When it comes to updating the bathroom there’s no need to spend a fortune, all you need is a little creativity and imagination to take the most used room in your home from drab to fab.
Before starting on any bathroom updates, you will need to decide how much you can afford to spend, and determine the extent of the changes you want to make. If you don’t have much spare cash, a lick of paint can make a huge difference, but if you have a little more to spend, you could fit new taps or add new tiles to update the space.
So, if you’re struggling for ideas, here’s eight ways to create a fresh, new look…
Have a clear out
Clearing away clutter and getting rid of anything that hasn’t been used in ages is the cheapest way to give your bathroom a revamp. It’s a good idea to only keep what you need in the bathroom on a daily basis. You could buy a couple of wicker baskets or shelving to keep toiletries neatly stored away. If budget allows, replace an old sink with a new vanity unit for a smart, modern look.
Hiring a tradesman to remove and dispose of old bathroom fixtures, and install new ones, means that costs can soon start to add up. If you have some DIY experience, then it makes sense to tackle these jobs yourself to save money. However, if you do lack the skills, hire a professional to avoid costly mistakes.
A fresh lick of paint
If you are on a tight budget, a fresh lick of paint can work wonders in any bathroom, and it’s a quick and simple way to update any space. When choosing paint, it’s a good idea to opt for a formula that’s resistant to mildew and mould, and make sure to take care when painting around the window and fixtures.
A splash of green
One of the big bathrooms trends for 2017 is to introduce some plant life into your bathroom. A touch of greenery will add a splash of colour and freshen up the space in an instant. Opt for plants that thrive in a humid environment, and place them on a window ledge, shelf or around the edge of the bath. Ferns, bamboo, orchids and ivy are all plants that work well in the bathroom.
Fresh sealant and grout
Often overlooked, sealant and grout are small yet important details, and when covered in mould, looks really unsightly. Cleaning or replacing the sealant and grout provides a great way to freshen up your bathroom, and you’ll be surprised at the difference this inexpensive update can make.
New towels and bath mats
You might think that new towels and bath mats won’t make much difference to your bathroom, but making the right colour choice can give the space a whole new look. If your bathroom is mainly white, then why not opt for bright towels for a pop of colour?
New bathroom fixtures
Replacing fixtures such as the mirror, shower head, shower curtain, taps, light fixture and accessories will transform your bathroom with little effort. You don’t have to spend a fortune on new fixtures, there’s plenty of affordable options that combine value for money with superb quality.
You could even get creative and scour salvage yards to see what you can find that could be upcycled into something that will give your bathroom a unique touch.
Add impact with art or wallpaper
Patterned wallpaper is becoming more popular for making a statement in the bathroom, and it won’t cost too much as you can limit it to just one wall. If you don’t fancy using wallpaper, you could choose some cheap and cheerful framed prints for an eye-catching display. If you’re the arty type, why not create your own pieces of art so you can stamp your own personality on your bathroom?