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Photo: Holly Mathis Interiors

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The Smallest Way to Make the Biggest Impact
We all know this (fast, easy, cheap) solution. But trading in your shower curtain for one in a hot-off-the-runway print—like this ikat-meets-chevron style from West Elm, the most-requested bathroom upgrade on Mathis's blog—can give the whole space an edgier, new look. Basically, the less standard-bathroom-curtain, the better; Mathis has also noticed increased demand for white, ruffled ones and monogrammed designs from Etsy. The next step: Swap out the bath mat. Natural rugs, particularly the Dash & Albert striped-cotton version, have been gaining popularity for their simple, clean-lined style, she says. That doesn't mean you have to toss your so-fluffy-it's-like-pillows-for-your-feet version—simply hang it on the bathtub and hide it behind the shower curtain while guests are over.

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