Our bathrooms are a very important part of our home. After the kitchen, they are probably the second busiest room in the house. Especially on a weekday morning when the whole family is trying to get ready and in the shower! But it’s not just the family who the bathroom has to appeal to. It also needs to be stylish and welcoming in case you ever have guests staying over. First impressions are important, and the bathroom is one of the rooms that will shape those impressions! If yours is starting to look slightly tired and dated, it could be time to update. Even if you don’t have the money or desire to renew it completely, there are still plenty of ways you can brighten it up and update it without spending a fortune.
Refresh your bathroom in a weekend with these affordable makeover ideas. With our simple decor updates and minor renovations, you can bring added style and function to your bathroom without a total overhaul.
Reviving a tired bathroom doesn’t require a total overhaul. See how updated fixtures, refreshed cabinets, smart storage solutions, and decorative accents can add character and style to your bathroom, while not breaking your budget.
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Simple Ways Of Updating A Tired Bathroom
Add Space & Light With A New Mirror
Mirrors are great additions to any room. They can increase the perception of space and make a room look slightly larger than it is not only that they can also give the illusion of light. If you place your mirror on the opposite wall to window, sunlight can shine onto the mirror and be reflected throughout the room. Furthermore, modern mirrors can incorporate all kinds of gadgetry, including demister pads, lighting, clocks and even a Bluetooth connection to your mobile phone for playing music whilst you shower! And everyone loves a bright and airy bathroom!
Install A New Towel Rail
Some people hang their towels on their bathroom radiator. You know the type, the flat contract style radiators that are fitted as standard in most homes. A good quality tall towel rail installed will give you extra heat output and extra vertical storage for towels and bathrobes.
Replace Leaky Tiles
Sometimes you need to update a bathroom because of maintenance reasons as opposed to aesthetics. One common component that often needs changing or renewing is the tiles. If these have been on your walls for a number of years, they could begin to leak and let water through. If this is ignored and left unattended, you could end up with a water-damaged wall or floor. To get rid of this possibility completely consider installing the Showerwall waterproof panelling system. This is easy to install and attractive alternative to tiling. Showerwall can be installed as a replacement or directly over old tiling.
Soft Close Toilet Seat
Sick of being woken up during the night by people slamming the toilet seat down? Then it sounds like you need a soft close toilet seat. These have sprung hinges to prevent them from being too loud when they close. Until recently this ingenious idea was only available on plastic seats, but now even wooden seats are seeing this being introduced. Unfortunately, they still won’t encourage men to put the seat down after them!
Renew Wooden Finishing
Let’s face it, after repeated use wooden bath side, and end panels and toilet seats can start to look a little shabby. The seat can get chipped, and hinges discoloured, and the bath panel can start to ingress water at the base. For a relatively cheap upgrade get these replaced. If you’re thinking of selling your home perhaps go for a clean white panel and toilet seat, or a contemporary facelift consider a wooden panel in smart Avola Grey or luxury Walnut finish.
Renew Tile Grout
If your grout is discoloured, your whole bathroom will be dragged down with it. Particularly in the shower space, a pinky/orange film can form on the once clean lines of grout. Even after cleaning this can quickly return. So one quick way to liven up the room is to re-grout. For a proper long-term solution, hand grind the old grout away and then re-fill and point with new compound. For a quicker cheaper job simply clean then paint over with a grout pen available from most DIY shops.
A Lick Of Paint
Giving a room a quick lick of paint is a great way to update it, and this is particularly true in the case of your bathroom. It’s always best to ensure surfaces are thoroughly clean and free from the mould before painting. Consider lighter colours to help reflect available light around the bathroom. Darker colours in smaller spaces will close the space in.
Add Some New Decorations
New decorations and bathroom accessories can help improve the look of your bathroom. You can keep this simple by just adding some bright contrasting towels. Or you can replace toilet roll holders, towel rings, robe hooks and shelves with a new matching set perhaps with a modern or traditional style. Chrome covered brass accessories will stand the test of time. Alternatively, you can buy some funky accessories, like a patterned shower curtain. There are also lots of fun toilet seat designs out there these days.
For an understated improvement, why not bring the outside in? Add plants to space or use natural wood, stone or maybe a brick finish to an element of the space.
Add Some Candles
Of course, you don’t need to make any big purchases to spruce up your bathroom. If you already have a lot of tea lights and scented candles, you can add them to your various surfaces. Not only will they add to the decor, but they will also help you to relax after a stressful day at work!
The average British bathroom tends to be relatively small. Therefore renewing the flooring shouldn’t lead to too much expense. So if you’ve committed the ultimate bathroom sin and currently have a carpeted floor, it’s time to lift that and replace with a more hygienic tile, laminate or vinyl flooring surface. Tiling can be expensive unless you can do it yourself to save a few pounds, laminates can be tricky to install, and you run the risk of potential leaks unless you buy the good stuff. For a quick, attractive install that’s warm underfoot consider the likes of Malmo Vinyl Flooring.
Use Family Photos
Family photos are great decorations. You can frame them and hang them on the walls or stand them on a surface. It’s a cheap way to update your décor, and also adds a fantastic personal touch to your overall interior style. Another fun way to update your bathroom in a personal way is to get your kids to paint some pictures. You can frame these and hang them next to the photos!
Update Your Storage
A lot of clutter in your bathroom can make it feel messy and a lot smaller than what it is. If you feel like you’ve started hoarding products, have a good clear out. Can’t throw everything out? Then it might be time to update your store. Think about purchasing a bathroom tallboy, mirrored storage cabinet or vanity unit. There are plenty of white gloss offerings on the market available for relatively little expense.
Revitalize Your Claw-Foot Tub
Sometimes an old tub needs a boost. Rather than replacing an old timeless cast-iron claw-foot tub, save a bundle by reglazing it instead. You can make it a graphic focal point by colouring the outside a deep or vibrant hue or give it a soft contrast between a white interior and muted exterior, whichever treatment suits your space.
Have Fun With Wallpaper
Add colour and pattern with coated wallpaper that’s easy to clean and can stand up to high humidity, or make your graphic wall covering, available inexpensive peel-and-stick designs.
Use Faux Candles
Use battery-powered LED wax pillars to create a candlelight effect without the fire hazard. Install salvaged wall candle sconces to hold them and give your instant bathroom ambience.
Try a New Towel Rack
Hang towels within reach on a flea-market coat rack. Just be sure to seal its aged finish under clear polyurethane. Or for a more classic look, turn towels into decorative accents with a row of Shaker-style pegs.
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Add a Tub Surround
Give a drop-in tub vintage appeal by panelling its exterior. To guard against rot on wood surrounds, make the deck out of plywood topped by a sheet of waterproof laminate, and cap just the edges with solid stock. Use exterior-grade beadboard plywood for the sides, and skirt the bottom with baseboard.
Or, craft a rustic and rustproof surround for your drop-in bathtub out of corrugated, galvanized-steel roof panelling. Find all of these materials for less than $100 at home centres.
Create a Place for Two
Set between matching pedestal sinks, a tiled-back vintage washstand creates a his-and-hers vanity for a lot less coin than a new dresser-style model.
Save By Not Building In
Easy-to-hang flush-mount mirrors don’t require wall-busting construction as recessed medicine cabinets do. Because they’re easy to swap out, you can change up your bathroom’s style on a dime with mirrors from resale shops.
Add a Subway Wall
In the confines of a bathroom, a small investment can make a big splash with an accent wall made from subway tile. Taking the tile up to the ceiling will make the room appear taller. There are plenty of colour options to choose from, and tiles start as low as 99 cents per square foot at The Home Depot.
Seek Out Salvaged Shutters
Forgo pricey shades and dress up a window with painted shutters instead. Louvred-on-top designs offer privacy without blocking light, and the adjustable slats let you direct the sun’s rays.
Try a Mixed-Material Floor
Add some variety underfoot by combining textures—such as wood planks and pebble tile surrounding the bath—for an unexpected twist that brings the great outdoors inside.
Create a Beadboard Canopy
Give the ceiling a lift with this budget bathroom idea by covering it in beadboard and extending it down the walls several inches for a canopy effect. Paint it a tranquil shade of sky blue to evoke old-timey porch ceilings.
Choose a Checkerboard Floor
Vinyl composition tile offers a durable and inexpensive alternative to a two-toned ceramic-tile floor. To get the look of small squares, use a vinyl tile cutter to slice 12-inch tiles into 4-inch ones.
Repurpose a Vintage Vanity
Retrofit a mirrored dresser as a sink cabinet by making a cutout in the top for a drop-in lab. Find inexpensive but characterful dressers at garage sales and flea markets. You can choose to keep the unique appearance of the original surface or refinish the piece for a clean, vintage look.
Carve a Curved backsplash
A custom demilune backsplash gives a wood vanity the look of a vintage washstand. Instead of warp-prone wood, use a sheet of marine-grade polymer that’s easy to cut with a jigsaw and never needs paint.
Brighten the Existing Tile
Refresh a vintage tiled floor, with an eco- and homeowner-friendly acid etcher that removes ground-in dirt from the surface and grout lines. This is an especially budget-friendly way to enhance and celebrate original design features in an older home.
Hang a Vintage Pendant
Hang a chandelier for a bit of sophistication in an unexpected spot—like over the tub. A unique fixture draws attention to a bathroom’s high ceilings to make space feel bigger. Look for rewired and ready-to-install chandeliers salvaged from old homes.
Create a Harmonious Color Palette
A coat of paint makes all the difference. Create a striking monochromatic effect by painting walls to match your floors, or try out two-tone walls separated by a chair rail. Both of these eye-catching options will create visual harmony.
Install Whitewashed Barn Wood
Refine the rustic look by whitewashing salvaged planks; it’s an easy and affordable way to add character to walls.
Make a Multihued Mosaic
Customize plain sheets of white mesh-backed floor tile with colourful accents. Design a pattern, pop out white tiles, and replace with coloured ones of the same size and shape. For the accents, search overstock bins at tile showrooms; as little as $10 can buy enough for an entire floor.
Wall-Mount a Cabinet
Conceal toiletries in a sleek hanging cabinet that doesn’t eat up any floor space. You can also install shelving to get the most out of storage in a small room.
Self-Closing Toilet Lid
Eliminate loud seat banging by installing a self-closing toilet lid. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference this small change makes. Check out some other cheap home-improvement ideas for the rest of your house.
Frame the Mirror
Add an impressive DIY frame to your large bathroom mirror. The shimmery glass tile shown here brings attention to an otherwise plain bevelled glass mirror. All you need is an MDF back, wood trim, tile, mirror and grout. We’ll show you how to do it.
Additional Shower Storage
Shower shelves make compact and handy storage nooks for soaps and shampoos. This inexpensive amenity will instantly make your showering experience better! Here are some other great bathroom add-ons.
Give Your Existing Vanity a Makeover
If your vanity has good bones, there’s no need to fork over the cash to buy a whole new one. Instead, give it a facelift with paint. This one went from a cookie-cutter oak cabinet to a charming, farmhouse-style focal point. Check out these other bathroom vanity makeovers.
Create This Super-Simple Bath Cabinet
In many bathrooms, a picture or a small shelf hangs above the toilet. But you can make better use of that space by building an attractive cabinet that offers about three times as much storage as a typical medicine cabinet. Learn how to build these cheap bathroom cabinets here. The simple joinery and store-bought doors make this a great project for the woodworking novice.
Install a Dimmer Switch
There’s more to changing a switch than connecting a few wires. You have to check grounding and box size for a safe, first-class job. It’s easy to install a dimmer switch, but make sure to upgrade the wiring if necessary to make it safer and meet Electrical Code requirements. We’ll show you how to assure a safe dimmer switch installation.
Make More Room with a Curved Curtain Rod
Besides giving the bathroom a sleek look with its gentle radius, a curved curtain rod gives you more elbow room in the shower. You can use your current shower curtain, or buy a new curtain and new rings in the same finish as the curtain rod to complete the new look.
Better Organization Options
If you opt to keep your existing vanity and other bathroom cabinetry, simply adding pullout shelves or drawer dividers will make staying organized much easier.
Towel Warmer for the Win
This inexpensive, easy-to-install accessory will make any bathroom feel like a spa. Warm-up towels while you shower, so you have a nice fresh-out-of-the-dryer feeling every time.
Glass Shelves for Bathroom Storage
Most bathrooms have one space you can count on for additional storage, and that’s over the toilet. Open glass shelves are a great place to display decorative bathroom bottles or knickknacks. And there are zillions of glass shelving systems on the market. Follow the directions that come with the system for the installation details, but learn how to anchor them to the wall here. Because you probably won’t have studs exactly where you need them. In this project, masking tape is used to avoid marking the walls.
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Install an Extra Pullout Mirror
This cheap upgrade makes a huge difference in the bathroom—especially for those households with several people sharing a small space. You can easily mount a pullout mirror to a stud in any wall in a matter of minutes.
So, as you can see, updating a tired bathroom doesn’t have to be too difficult or too expensive. It does require that you get on with it though, perhaps tackle easier tasks first in order to keep yourself motivated.