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9 small ways to spruce up your bathroom

February 6, 2014

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Looking to give your bathroom a face-lift? If you’re rather underwhelmed by a room that is often not given enough attention, it’s not as time-consuming as you might think to spruce up this space with a few fun items found around town. Whether fashionable and/or functional, here are nine low-cost ways to refresh your bathroom without spending thousands of remodeling dollars.

Homestyle touch

Handcrafted washcloths, $4.25

Handcrafted washcloths, $4.25, at Essential Goods, 825 Massachusetts St.

Handcrafted washcloths, $4.25, at Essential Goods, 825 Massachusetts St.

Made with organic cotton, these chunky knit handmade washcloths give the bathroom the homey feel you’ve been looking for. These artisan washcloths, knitted by local artist Lis Niswonger are a popular item found at Essential Goods, 825 Massachusetts St., with shoppers nostalgic of items knit by their grandmothers, says owner Molly Crook. They are not only soft on the skin but also give the bathroom a quaint look when left out to dry.

Colorful touch

Floor mat, $19.95

Floor mat, $19.95, at Earthbound Trading Co., 916 Massachusetts St.

Floor mat, $19.95, at Earthbound Trading Co., 916 Massachusetts St.

Nothing worse than getting out of the shower and slipping on a wet floor. With this weaved floor mat, available at Earthbound Trading Co., 916 Massachusetts St., the floor will remain warm and dry, and the bold, bright color palette will add an explosion of vibrancy to the floor. For a smaller spaces, it can easily be folded in half to fit. Who says the floor can’t look good too?

Aromatic decor

Bazil Essentials Candles, $19.50

Bazil Essentials Candles, $19.50, at Essential Goods, 825 Massachusetts St.

Bazil Essentials Candles, $19.50, at Essential Goods, 825 Massachusetts St.

It’s never a bad idea to get some fragrances in the air of the bathroom, and what better way to do that than with organic soy candles. The b.e. (Bazil Essentials) line of candles, available at Essential Goods, and made by Lawrence resident Courtney Gray, come in various scents and mantras; the cedarwood forest is b.e. tranquil and the peppermint eucalyptus is b.e. serene. Those are two sought-out qualities for a relaxing bath after a long day at work, complete with burning candles. The best part is that when left out, but not lit, they still offer a refreshing deodorizing effect. Much better aesthetically and fragrance-wise than over-intrusive aerosol cans.

Ultimate comfort

Exquisite Handheld shower head, $39.99

Exquisite Handheld shower head, $39.99, at Ernst and Son Hardware, 826 Massachusetts St.

Exquisite Handheld shower head, $39.99, at Ernst and Son Hardware, 826 Massachusetts St.

Replace your current shower head with an Exquisite handheld shower head with five different settings. It hooks up directly to your already existing shower arm so it’s really easy to connect, says Rod Ernst, owner of Ernst and Son Hardware, 826 Massachusetts St. The direct contact of the water stream to your skin provides the comfort after selecting one of the following settings: spray, massage, aerated, spray and massage, and spray and aeration. There is also the added bonus of pinpointing areas of the body while conserving water.

Quirky, but useful

Soap in a Sack, $10

Soap in a Sack, $10, at Made, 737 Massachusetts St.

Soap in a Sack, $10, at Made, 737 Massachusetts St.

Don’t knock it before you try it. It’s actually a hot item in Made, 737 Massachusetts St., reminiscent of soap on a rope. The best part of soap in a sack is that once you’ve used the natural soap that sits inside this scrubby loofah pouch on a string, you can replace it with your favorite soap and continue to reuse. No longer will the bar of soap slip from your fingers, and the mesh exfoliates as it cleans. Afterward, hang it up to dry for easy storage.

Storage/organization

Shelf with hooks, $77.95

Shelf with hooks, $77.95, from M. Street Interiors, 825 Massachusetts St.

Shelf with hooks, $77.95, from M. Street Interiors, 825 Massachusetts St.

Not enough ledges to work with in your bathroom? This shelf with hooks, from M. Street Interiors, 825 Massachusetts St., is an ingenious way to solve storage problems and add rustic decor to a smaller bathroom. Hang your towels from the hooks and place atop the shelf extra toiletries in a couple baskets, a small vase with a few seasonal flowers or several kinds of bath salts in glass jars for pops of decorative color set against the wall.

Indie accessories

Mason jar soap/lotion dispensers, $20

Mason jar soap/lotion dispensers, $20, at Made, 737 Massachusetts St.

Mason jar soap/lotion dispensers, $20, at Made, 737 Massachusetts St.

Offered in different sizes, Made, 737 Massachusetts St., sells glass mason jar dispensers that can be filled with your favorite lotion or soap bought in bulk. Fill the small quilted container with hand soap and set it right next to the sink for a far more decorative look than the plastic Purell bottle that grows more dingy with each pump. Get more than one in various shapes and sizes for hand soap, body wash, lotion and other cleanses for a consistent, organized look on the countertop.

Whimsical accessories

Owl soap dish, $4.95

Owl soap dish, $4.95, Earthbound Trading Co., 916 Massachusetts St.

Owl soap dish, $4.95, Earthbound Trading Co., 916 Massachusetts St.

If you don’t go the liquid hand soap route, these whimsical soap trays shaped like owls are a simple way to add a bit of color and personality next to your sink. Available at Earthbound Trading Co., these adorable dishes make for a quick and easy way bring a smile to guests’ faces.

Inspiring art

Be Greater Today poster, $12.47

Be Greater Today poster, $12.47, at Earthbound Trading Co., 916 Massachusetts St.

Be Greater Today poster, $12.47, at Earthbound Trading Co., 916 Massachusetts St.

Mornings are not exactly easy for anyone. Start your day off on the right note with this retro typography motivational poster, at Earthbound Trading Co., to hang on your wall and tell you to “Be Greater Today.” That’s a reminder we could all use daily. “Be Kind Today” is another option for another bathroom in the home, in case someone needs to be reminded after getting up on the wrong side of the bed.

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