HGTV's Jenny Marrs Has A Unique Solution For Outdated Bathroom Vanity Lights

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A bathroom can quickly look outdated even if the fixtures and design are neutral. However, decorating a bathroom doesn't have to break the bank and can easily be done on a budget. Adding design elements like wicker and greenery can quickly transform the space. For the biggest impact, consider a bathroom lighting fixture makeover. For example, Jenny Marrs from HGTV's "Fixer to Fabulous" opted to use modern pendant lights to replace the builder-grade vanity lights in her homeowner's bathroom in Season 4.

No rule specifies that you have to use vanity lights in your bathroom. By opting for pendant lights that you may find more often in a kitchen, you can transform the area in ways you may not have thought possible. In the "Fixer to Fabulous" episode, the new lights and other renovations made the outdated bathroom gorgeous and feel brand new. "With the new fixtures, new shower door, new pendant lights and the warmth of the wood on the cabinetry the look is completely updated with a clean Swiss-inspired style," Marrs explained on her blog.

Pendant lights for your bathroom

During the bathroom renovation, Jenny Marrs installed the Morine Single Light Metal Pendant ($133) from Joss & Main to update the bathroom. The homeowners wanted a calming vibe for their home, so Marrs chose the pearled white and brass option. If you want similar vibes for your bathroom, consider the Kita Single Light Metal Dimmable Pendant in White from Birch Lane for $190. For something more budget-friendly, consider the simple Urban Dome Shade in Matte White from Color Cord Company for just $60.

If you are looking for something more moody, the Brass Najuma Single Light Iron Dimmable Pendant ($118), sold by Joss & Main, will make a statement and look gorgeous against a navy blue wall or black vanity. For a more modern look, go with the bold Geoffrey Single Light Glass Steel Dimmable Pendant ($93) or the more subdued Nikki Single Light Metal Steel Dimmable Pendant ($112), which will give your bathroom an instant facelift and blend nicely with modern grays and whites.

Elevate your new bathroom lighting with these finishing touches

Of course, updating the lighting wasn't the only thing Jenny Marrs did to update the bathroom. She also added new fixtures, another inexpensive way to make the bathroom feel fresh. She used black knobs from Amazon for $27, which pair seamlessly with the gold faucets and wood vanity. She also replaced the large wall mirror with two stand-alone mirrors framed in black wood. The arched design adds class to the bathroom, making the entire space more modern. These black arched mirrors sold by Walmart are a similar option, and at just $56 per mirror, they are steals for bathroom accessories.

Another great way to update your bathroom without spending too much is to add wallpaper – the funkier, the better! – or to paint a feature wall. If you want to go further, changing the flooring will also create an instant facelift – Marrs used a porcelain cement-look floor tile from Lowes, which costs about $1.60 per square foot.