Sprucing up your bathroom on a budget

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There are many reasons why you might want a new bathroom. Maybe your current bathroom is looking a little dated and dull, or maybe you’ve bought a house and aren’t happy with the bathroom that’s been left behind. Whatever the reason, a brand new bathroom can have a positive impact on your home, but as with the rest of your home small changes can make a big difference too.


As with most home improvements, the cost of a new bathroom is a big issue. To completely refit even a small bathroom can cost a lot of money, which may lead to putting your plans on hold for now. The good news is, that doesn’t mean you can’t make any changes at all. There are a lot of great ways you can transform your bathroom on a budget to make it better suited to your needs and tastes.

Take a look at the following ideas:

Give it a really good clean

This may sound obvious, but the first thing you can do to transform your bathroom is to give it a really good clean. Even if you generally keep things clean, taking some more intensive action can produce some great results. Some tips for cleaning the worst parts of your bathroom include using a tough mould remover spray that will take care of black mould, and using a grout brush that can bring your tiles back to life. A strong limescale remover can help with any hard water stains in your toilet bowl too, making it look good as new again.

A thorough scrub may be enough to make your bathroom feel fresh again, or at least give you a good foundation for future changes. Keep on top of the cleaning to help make sure your efforts don’t go to waste.

Change up your accessories

If your existing bathroom accessories are looking scratched or discoloured, switching these can make an immediate impact. Bathroom hardware doesn’t have to be very expensive, with many high street stores selling items like towel rings, toilet roll holders, toothbrush holders and the like. You can also find taps at an affordable price if you want to make some bigger changes that still fit within budget. My advice here is to choose taps that fit in with your ideal bathroom, so if you do make bigger changes in the near future, they can be reused.

You can also play around with your shower options to make things look fresher. Replacing existing items with trims and accessories for shower panels can help you make your shower look new again. While you might not be able to make a full replacement just yet, these little changes will make a big difference to your shower’s aesthetic.

Paint your tiles

If a good scrub doesn’t quite tick the box, there are some great tile paints on the market that can help you give your tiles a new lease of life, without having to go through the trouble of re-tiling.

If you want to add patterns and get creative, you could also use stencils to jazz up the tiles and give them a designer look. There are lots available online if you can’t find something suitable in store.

If you’re feeling a bit unsure about this, then take a look at how to paint tiles for a simple DIY bathroom transformation.

Add some new flooring

Bathroom floors can become dingy very easily. They can also feel very outdated if your home has an older style of flooring. Laying something fresh is a great way to transform your bathroom, and it can be done very affordably. 

Blue and white bathroom floor tiles

Bathroom floor tiles are quite easy to fit, and are affordable as you don’t need too many of them. Alternatively, you can get some vinyl flooring that can give a tiled-effect look without the hassle of actual tiling. Vinyl flooring is easy to change and is a lot more resistant to water and other types of damage than you might think, plus many styles are great when it comes to being non-slip. Most carpet and flooring shops can give you advice on this that is specific to your home and space.

Change the colour scheme

Could changing your bathroom’s colour scheme give it a whole new look? From painting the walls to changing the colour of your bathroom furnishings, a little colour switch could make your bathroom feel more like yours. 

It’s the little changes that can make the biggest difference, turning your bathroom from drab to fab in an instant. Take a look in shops like Ikea or Dunelm for bath mats and towels to match your preferred style.

Plant life

My final tip is to add some greenery. Ferns and orchids normally thrive in a bathroom environment, but if you’re not sure there are some fantastic artificial potted plants on the market too which will only require the occasional dust!

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As you can see, there are a lot of fantastic ideas to help you transform your bathroom, without having to rip it out and start again. For now, think about improving what you have instead to produce some great results.

N.B. This is a collaborative post. For more information about how I work with others, please take a look at my disclosure page.

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