28 Ways to Add a Splash to Your Bathroom

Try out these quick and easy bathroom updates from HGTV Magazine—no plumber needed.

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March 15, 2019
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Playful Patterns

“This space had a clean, timeless look, but it needed a fresh, young vibe, too,” says Denise Davies, a designer in Westport, CT. To jazz up the classic white subway and penny tiles, she went with a dotty green-and-white fabric by Studio Bon for the Roman shade. Also unexpected: a mat with giant palm leaves from Urban Outfitters and dip-dyed Serena & Lily stools that can double as plant stands.

Iridescent Soap Pump

Click ahead for some soap pumps with major style. (Mind Reader Iridescent metal soap pump)

Buy It: Bed Bath and Beyond, $30

Leaf Soap Pump

Coastal Beach Cottage Tropical Palm Leaves ceramic soap pump set. (Includes toothbrush holder, not shown)

Buy It: Zazzle, $28

Pineapple Soap Pump

SKL Home Gilded Pineapple stoneware soap pump

Buy It: Hayneedle, $11

Pink Soap Pump

Calvin Klein Gio porcelain soap pump

Buy It: Wayfair, $20

Abstract Bath Mat

These bath mats are almost too cool to step on. (InterDesign Abstract 21" x 34" polyester bath mat)

Buy It: Jet, $15

Tasseled Bath Mat

Opalhouse Tasseled Diamond 20" x 32" cotton bath mat

Buy It: Target, $25

Striped Bath Mat

Brooklyn 21" x 34" cotton bath mat in maize

Buy It: Anthropologie, $48

Berry Towels

The towels ahead are way beyond basic. (Lolly cotton bath/hand towels in berry)

Buy It: Pottery Barn, $15 and up

Black and White Towels

Ikat Dot cotton bath/hand towels in vintage ebony

Buy It: PBTeen, $4 and up

Block Printed Towels

Mitta cotton bath/hand towels in periwinkle

Buy It: John Robshaw, $25 and up

Striped Towels

Dena Home cotton bath/hand towels

Buy It: Horchow, $14 and up

Whoa! Wallpaper

"There’s a confetti surprise when guests walk in here,” says San Antonio, TX, designer Julie Bradshaw—thanks to this starring role wallpaper by Pierre Frey. For even more chic style, the vanity is painted Starburst Orange by Benjamin Moore to match. Simple acrylic and brass accents let the colors shine.

Floral Shower Curtain

These shower curtains are runway-worthy. (Dena Home Tassel polyester shower curtain)

Buy It: Neiman Marcus, $38

Peach Shower Curtain

Allover Fruits cotton shower curtain in peaches

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $39

Geometric Shower Curtain

Patterns by Andrea Pattern177 polyester shower curtain

Buy It: Society 6, $70

Woven Wastebasket

Here are a few wastebaskets that aren't blah. (Beach House 10-3/4"-tall seagrass and plastic wastebasket)

Buy It: Container Store, $18

Rainbow Wastebasket

Rainbow Stripe 8"-tall polyresin wastebasket

Buy It: Pottery Barn Kids, $39

Buffalo Plaid Wastebasket

Buffalo Plaid 11"-tall metal wastebasket in white, grey and black

Buy It: Jaye's Studio, $75

Coconut Candle

These cute li'l candles are bathroom ready. (Gallery 8-ounce soy-blend-wax candle in coconut santal scent)

Buy It: Capri Blue, $24

Pink Candle

Glow 17-ounce soy-blend-wax candle in peony & lavender scent

Buy It: Bloomingdales, $32

Beachy Candle

Maison Metallo 11-ounce coconut-blend-wax candle in laguna scent

Buy It: Voluspa, $18

Statement Vanity

“I didn’t want the cabinetry to get lost in this space, since the wallpaper—by Christopher Farr—is so prominent,” says New York City designer Tharon Anderson. So she painted it Buckland Blue by Benjamin Moore and chose polished-nickel drop pulls by Nest Studio, which play up the shape of the mirror by Wisteria.

Colorful Hamper

18"H x 14"-diameter linen hamper

Buy It: Etsy: HomeGoodStorage, $18

Grown-Up Rubber Duckies

Oli & Carol rubber ducks

Buy It: Rose & Rex, $12 each

Bow Shower Curtain Hooks

These curtain hooks are oh-so-pretty. (Kate Spade New York Bow metal shower curtain hooks in gold finish)

Buy It: Bed Bath and Beyond, $18 (for a set of 12)

Bath-Time Art

Rubber Ducky by Katie Melrose unframed print for a 7" x 10"

Buy It: Society 6, $20 and up

Next-Level Mirror

Hello there. “A large mosaic mirror brings presence and personality,” says designer Lisa Hilderbrand, who’s based in New Canaan, CT. The 29-inch-diameter stunner here is by Serena & Lily. Penny tiles, a trough sink painted Sunburst Yellow by Rust-Oleum, and a barn-style pendant add vintage charm—with zing.