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25 Updates Under $50 for Your Bathroom

Bathrooms can be expensive to update, but they don’t have to be. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders, but beyond that, even something as simple as swapping out the shower curtain and adding a few new accessories can give the room a new look.

Below are some great options to choose from to update your bathroom. They’re all affordable, and I chose them all to work well together, so mix and match to your heart’s content!

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  • Un Homme + Une Femme Vases 1 of 25
    Un Homme + Une Femme Vases
    I have these on the wall outside of my bathroom because the take on the man/woman sign for public restrooms cracks me up.
    Available at CB2 for $4.95 each
  • Cart on Wheels 2 of 25
    Cart on Wheels
    So cute, especially in turquoise. These handy little carts can corral all of your bath odds and ends.
    Available at IKEA for $49.99
  • Candy Shop Bath Mat 3 of 25
    Candy Shop Bath Mat
    This coordinates with the shower curtain coming up in the slideshow, but it would also be great with any of the colors in the mat, or with a neutral.
    Available at Bed, Bath & Beyond for $29.99
  • Honeycomb Bath Accessories 4 of 25
    Honeycomb Bath Accessories
    Color and pattern are great, but don't overlook a great texture for bringing a little visual interest to the bathroom.
    Available at west elm for $4-$10
  • Apothecary Jars 5 of 25
    Apothecary Jars
    For the stuff you don't mind showing off, a pretty container.
    Available at west elm for $24-$34
  • Horizon Crunch Can 6 of 25
    Horizon Crunch Can
    These crunch down to store small and save space, but what's best about them is the stripey ombré effect.
    Available at Bed, Bath & Beyond for $19.99
  • Round Mirror 7 of 25
    Round Mirror
    I have this one in my bathroom and it has held up well. Simple, modern, and cheap.
    Available at IKEA for $29.99
  • Pleated Bath Mat 8 of 25
    Pleated Bath Mat
    More great texture for the bathroom, this time something soft underfoot.
    Available at west elm for $24
  • Candy Shop Striped Shower Curtain 9 of 25
    Candy Shop Striped Shower Curtain
    Such great colors! This would instantly make a bathroom feel a bit more cheery.
    Available at Bed, Bath & Beyond for $39.99
  • Rin Bath Coordinates 10 of 25
    Rin Bath Coordinates
    These are seriously awesome, but then, I'm a sucker for a bit of typography on just about anything.
    Available at Target for $7.99-29.99
  • Strapping Floor Bin 11 of 25
    Strapping Floor Bin
    I use these as hampers for my kids, and as toy baskets. Super versatile and durable, and they come in even more colors than you see here.
    Available at The Land of Nod for $16.95
  • Washing Machine Hamper 12 of 25
    Washing Machine Hamper
    Maybe this will help you feel like you're being productive when adding to your never ending laundry pile? I mean, it's almost like doing laundry.
    Available at CB2 for $29.95
  • Striped Shower Curtain 13 of 25
    Striped Shower Curtain
    The big, bold scale of this shower curtain is fantastic. It comes in yellow too.
    Available at west elm for $40
  • Flock Wall Art 14 of 25
    Flock Wall Art
    Who couldn't use a few more mirrors scattered about the place? Put a bird on it.
    Available at Chiasso, a set of 6 for $28
  • Lacey Wastebasket 15 of 25
    Lacey Wastebasket
    I like it when a product doesn't take itself too seriously. It's a trash can, made of plastic, but ooh, lace! Kind of funny.
    Available at Bed, Bath & Beyond for $12.99
  • Wall-Mounted Galvanized Steel Cubes 16 of 25
    Wall-Mounted Galvanized Steel Cubes
    The picture here isn't doing these justice. Trust me, they'd look awesome in a better setting.
    Available at The Container Store for $16.99-$49
  • Land and Sea Shower Curtain 17 of 25
    Land and Sea Shower Curtain
    Stripes ahoy! The colors here are great for a modern take on the beachy inspired bathroom.
    Available at Kate Spade for $40
  • Molger Bench 18 of 25
    Molger Bench
    This bench says "spa" to me, and if you have the space for it, it can say it to you, too. Every morning.
    Available at IKEA for $39.99
  • Raised Dot Bath Mat 19 of 25
    Raised Dot Bath Mat
    The polka dots on these are subtle, but that doesn't mean they'll go unnoticed. Yummy colors, too.
    Available at Kate Spade for $25
  • Wall-Mounted Magnifying Mirror 20 of 25
    Wall-Mounted Magnifying Mirror
    I have this one in my bathroom too and I don't know how I ever applied liquid eyeliner without it.
    Available at IKEA for $4.99
  • Covered Trash Cans 21 of 25
    Covered Trash Cans
    So cute, they look like candy! Which is a weird association for something you'll fill with trash, but there you go.
    Available at Crate & Barrel for $16.95
  • Bubble Balls 22 of 25
    Bubble Balls
    Bubbles + baths… they just go together. These would be cute hanging in an empty corner, or gathered in a bowl if you actually have some display space in your bathroom.
    Available at CB2 for $1.95-$3.95
  • Collapsible Wire Basket 23 of 25
    Collapsible Wire Basket
    How perfect would this look all styled up with a stack of fresh towels?
    Available at CB2 for $39.95
  • Towels 24 of 25
    Towels
    Speaking of towels, grab some new ones while you're at it.
    Available at Pottery Barn for $29 or less
  • Paint 25 of 25
    Paint
    If you're really looking to make a change without spending too much money, you're always going to get the biggest bang for your buck with a fresh coat of paint.
    Choose your favorite brand and you're sure to come in under $50

• Nicole Balch is the founder of Making it Lovely, a design blog about living a stylish life and transforming the so-so. Catch up with all of Nicole’s posts here on Babble, and follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook.

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