You don't have to have a huge remodeling budget to make your bathroom look like you spent a lot of money. Here are some ideas to create an expensive look while still being frugal.
Install a Marble Countertop
Bathroom vanity countertops are small. It's not like a kitchen that may recover a dozen or more feet of countertops. Head to the marble showroom before you pick out your vanity and sink. There are always leftover pieces of marble that are too small to do much of anything with. Chances are, they will have a lovely piece of marble in their leftovers that is just right for your bathroom. Contact services that can create marble countertops to learn more about your options.
Choose a High-End Mirror
Skip the stock bathroom medicine cabinet available from the home improvement store that every other bathroom has. You can find somewhere else for you bottle of aspirin. Instead, find a fabulous, huge mirror that will make a statement in your bathroom. In addition to looking like a custom piece, it's large size will have the added bonus of making your small bathroom look much bigger. Check out thrift stores and antique shops; dresser mirrors have a way of becoming separated from the dresser itself over the years and are often sold for cheap. Spruce it up with a new coat of chalk paint to give it an updated look.
Create a Custom Vanity
Upscale glamorous bathrooms aren't made from a cookie cutter. While you're at the thrift store or perusing the antique shops, keep your eyes open for a piece of furniture that could double for your new bathroom vanity. Old wash stands which use to hold the bowl and pitcher of water for washing before indoor plumbing are still plentiful. Low dressers and buffets are other options suitable for bathrooms with double sinks. Rather than using the wooden top, simply install your new marble countertop instead. You can also choose to have a sink bowl that sits atop the counter rather than being flush.
Don't Be Basic
When you want a luxurious look, you have to think outside the box. Choose a bold wallpaper pattern to paper an accent wall and create a focal point. Again, because the area is so small, you can afford to splurge on one roll of expensive flocked wallpaper that will make a statement. Skip the contour rug that goes in front of the toilet and look for a beautiful, nontraditional rug on closeout instead. It's the little unique touches that will give the illusion of an expensive, custom design.