Frugal Living

Decorating Your Bathroom on a Shoestring Budget

We all deserve a lovely bathroom where we can relax and rejuvenate, and wash away the dirt and stress of the day. But a limited budget can stop you from thinking that a stylish space is a possibility. The good news is that you can transform your bathroom into a cosy and inviting retreat without breaking the bank- heres how to go about it! 

Give Your Walls a New Lease of Life

If your bathroom is fully tiled and the tiles are outdated or ugly then painting them is a good option and so much cheaper than fully retiling. This can massively improve the look of the bathroom and as long as you do careful prep (such as cleaning them properly first) and use the right paint and techniques this can look really good. If the tiles are ok but everything is just a bit tired looking, consider scraping and regrouting, or buy a grouting pen to freshen everything up. If you have any non tiled areas of your bathroom walls, a simple lick of paint can make all the difference, choose bathroom paint which will hold up against moisture and prevent mould. 

Replace the Flooring

Consider your bathroom flooring options. Things like vinyl or stick on tiles can be a great, inexpensive way to update the bathroom or replace a tired, outdated or impractical existing flooring. If youve ever moved into a house where the previous owners have had bathroom carpet down then a new floor is a must!

Add Accessories

Accessories are key to adding personality and style to any space, since bathrooms tend to be small spaces you just need to choose carefully to avoid it looking cluttered. Go with items that look good as well as being practical, such as beautiful storage jars or decorative dishes. 

Swap Out Old Hardware

A quick and inexpensive way to give your bathroom a facelift is by replacing old, worn-out hardware such as drawer handles, towel racks and even taps. Swapping the taps can rejuvenate an old bathroom suite and is something that hobby DIYers can do with a little help with online tutorials and Youtube videos. 

Play with Lighting

Good lighting can make a huge difference in any room. Consider replacing harsh overhead lights with softer, warm-toned bulbs or installing a dimmer switch outside of the bathroom door instead of sticking with your simple on/off cord pull. It’s a job for an electrician but shouldnt be too expensive and could be well worth the cost if your bathroom lighting is letting down this room. 

Replace Your Shower Curtain

A new shower curtain can i instantly brighten up your bathroom and set the tone for the entire space. If your current one is scruffy, mouldy or past its best then pull it down. Choose something else, perhaps a colourful or patterned one that complements your overall bathroom aesthetic. If you have a slightly bigger budget and some DIY skills, switch it out for a glass screen which looks elegant and is practical. 

Embrace Greenery

Finally, plants have the magical ability to breathe life into any room, including your bathroom. Low-maintenance varieties such as spider plants, pothos, or succulents that thrive in humidity will all do well in the bathroom. Place them on your windowsill or in hanging planters to bring a fresh and natural touch to your space. Not only will they add visual appeal, but they’ll also purify the air.

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