Design Advice

5 Tips to Revitalize the Look of an Old Bathroom


Our bathrooms are our self-care havens, where we engage in our daily routines to start or wind down our days. Over the past year, as our home, work, and social lives have completely overlapped, they have become even more important—they now are our full-time spas and salons, or a quiet spot to take work calls. So, we think it's a good time for a refresh, with five styling tips on how to evolve your outdated bathroom into the stimulating and restorative space you have dreamt of. Read on for our guide on how to make an old bathroom look new, including tips on how to incorporate bold bath mats, luxe bath towels, and natural elements into your space. Even better, when you implement our old bathroom ideas, you can transform your bathroom space without having to tackle a renovation project.

1. Don't settle for a boring bath mat 

A bath mat is an easy opportunity to inject some texture and personality into your otherwise plain and old bathroom while also providing some much-needed cushion underfoot. Handwoven from cotton and featuring a timeless check design, the Sebou Mat offers a minimal and supersoft touch. If you have a larger bathroom or a double sink vanity, go bold by adding a plush runner rug. We're fans of a runner with a pop of color and geometric design to add lots of visual appeal.


Masha Mat

$38 - $78

Zehra Rug

$298 - $3,598

2. Embrace vintage and personal elements

Is your bathroom feeling generic? You'll find a vintage rug or piece of art gives a one-of-a-kind, collected feel to any old bathroom. Set down a vintage mini rug in front of the vanity or alongside the bathtub, it's a statement piece with its unique pattern and rich color palette. To complete the look, add in your favorite piece of wall art or painting. From tactile artwork to abstract prints, it's another personal touch that makes your space feel tailored to you.

3. Upgrade your Towel Set

One of the best and easiest tips to follow on our "how to decorate an old bathroom" ideas list is upgrading your bath towels. A lavish and plush towel feels incredible against your skin, so we love the idea of treating yourself with an entire set (or two). To help make your at-home spa dreams a reality, place fresh stacks of bath towels where you can—we especially love a bathroom that makes you feel like you’re a guest in a fancy hotel. The Claire Bath Towel is smooth and absorbent, and in an inviting almond color, this quick-drying towel is a stylish addition to sink counters, shelves, and open linen closets.

4. Incorporate natural textures and scents

Enliven your old bathroom by integrating natural, organic elements into your space. Tie a small sprig of eucalyptus or rosemary to your shower head before taking a bath, and the steam from the hot shower will fill the room with the most heavenly scent. Or, select a more wintery option with either the Seeded Eucalyptus Live Garland or Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Wreath. As a finishing touch, candles and diffusers with essential oils add warm, soothing aromas to your bathroom. This Vitruvi Essential Oil Blend complements the nature-inspired style with its notes of fir, spruce, pine, and cedarwood. 

5. Keep everything organized + in reach 

A relatively simple way to spruce up an old bathroom is to declutter it. After all, a cluttered bathroom counter can make getting ready in the morning feel rushed and stressful—so create groupings or vignettes of commonly-used products organized on a tray or plate for a styled look. (Move any items not usd daily to a bathroom cabinet to reduce clutter.) Bathroom accessories crafted from natural materials like rattan or wood provide refined appeal and seamlessly sit back to timeless wooden cabinets or vanities. Round off the calm and collected look with an upgrade on your hand sanitizer, featuring several fragrant botanical scents.

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