How to Redo Your Bathroom (without Renovating)

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How to Redo Your Bathroom
(without Renovating)

If you’re not starting from scratch, arsenic Gwyneth did precocious with her at-home spa, there’s inactive really a batch you tin bash to freshen up astir immoderate bath area, says apical NYC decorator Ariel Okin. Okin, who has her ain furniture, wallpaper, and accessory lines, arsenic good arsenic a gorgeous e-commerce site, Fenimore Lane, besides runs her ain interior plan steadfast with clients similar Lena Dunham and goop (she transformed an bare Union Square loft into our blase pre-COVID East Coast HQ), among countless different projects. Here, Okin’s superb decorating tips for changing up your space—no contractors needed.

DISTRACT WITH ACCESSORIES

Oversize greenery and artwork person the powerfulness to gully attraction distant from “anything little than stellar, similar lackluster tiles,” says Okin. “A large reflector is large if you’ve got nary windows.”

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Large woven baskets, a patterned ablution curtain, a beauteous bath mat, astonishing wallpaper, and—Okin’s fail-safe move—a caller overgarment of overgarment tin each execute a akin sleight of hand. “A slick overgarment of achromatic overgarment (or a shocking, bold color) tin alteration a dated, dingy vanity and does wonders to marque a abstraction consciousness cleanable and crisp,” she says.

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LIGHT IS EVERYTHING

“Swapping retired lighting fixtures is an casual hole that you tin instrumentality without having to renovate—any skilled electrician tin instrumentality retired the aged and popular successful the new. It tin bash wonders for making a abstraction consciousness caller without having to bash overmuch else,” says Okin. “Natural airy is your champion person successful a bathroom,” she says, but whether you’ve got large windows oregon zero windows, debar harsh overhead lighting and opt for sconces and level oregon array lamps instead. “Any benignant of airy coming from a filtered shadiness is much flattering and diffused than canned lighting successful the ceiling,” Okin says. “And it’s truly adjuvant erstwhile putting connected constitution oregon inspecting your skin.”

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  1. The champion lighting, of course, is candlelight. “Set the temper for that well-deserved agelong soak,” says Okin.

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ORGANIZE

Okin recommends the professionals astatine Neat Method, who person a straightforward strategy anyone tin use: Empty each drawers and cabinets, measure what you have, and make categories (hair, makeup, etc.). Measure the dimensions of your drawers and furniture abstraction and acquisition corresponding caddies and bins. “Into the baskets spell the products, and voilà—you tin easy find and enactment distant everything truthful the bath stays neat and tidy,” she says.

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DISPLAY YOUR FAVORITES

Not everything needs to beryllium relegated to bins and cabinets. Okin displays her astir often utilized ablution products connected a chic stainless-steel tray.

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  1. Add immoderate greenery straight into the shower. “Fresh eucalyptus smells astonishing and tin enactment bundled successful the ablution for weeks connected end,” says Okin. “It makes the bath consciousness similar a spa each clip the h2o turns on.”

    She keeps an oak tub caddy for books, candles, and a solid of wine. “Natural materials similar wood adhd texture and warmth,” Okin says. And a metallic julep cupful holds her mundane essentials, including her favourite Westman Atelier Vital Skin Foundation Stick.

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DECANT

“The simplest, astir effectual mode to marque a bath consciousness truly luxe and intentionally designed is with beauteous solid jars,” says Okin. “Store fabric balls, Q-tips, bath salts, and adjacent mouthwash successful them—they conscionable look great.”

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INVEST IN STACKS OF WHITE TOWELS

“There’s thing plusher oregon much enveloping than a caller acceptable of cozy achromatic towels,” she says. “They marque a bath consciousness similar a luxurious European hotel. And they look fabulous neatly folded connected a chic woody stool.” Not everything needs to match, however: “I emotion adding successful a patterned oregon scalloped manus towel present and determination for immoderate punch.”

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