10 Ways to Update Your Bathroom on a Budget

Feb 22, 2016 | Design and Interior Decoration

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Reviving a tired bathroom doesn’t require a total overhaul. See ten ideas you can use to update your bathroom on…

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.

 1. Update your fixtures

A very cheap and easy way to update your bathroom is to replace the fixtures. New faucets and a modern shower head can easily change the look and feel of your bathroom, giving it a very pleasing visual lift. It’s a simple and cost effective way to make some improvements to your bathroom.


2. Replace outdated lighting

With the myriad of modern and contemporary bathroom lighting styles that are available, you can easily find some that will fit your budget and theme. Replace your dated light fixture with something that is new and dramatic, like chandeliers or pendant lights. Avoid yellow bulbs and cold or fluorescent lighting. Natural or simulated natural light in bathrooms is always the best option.


3. Clear the clutter

Removing the clutter from the counter top and other areas of the room is an inexpensive way to give your bathroom an uplift. Place unused items in storage containers under the sink or drawer.  You can also add some freestanding or wall-hung shelves to your bathroom as part of your updating plan.

Under the sink storage. Source.

Under the sink storage.

4. Coordinate accents

Little things can make all the difference. Create a harmonious colour palette by matching your cabinet doors to your feature tiles and decorative accents. Adding your much loved accessories can also transform the bathroom into your own personal haven.


5. Restore the classics

Updating doesn’t always have to mean brand new. If you have a classic claw foot tub that is starting to discolour from age, you can easily restore it by using spray paint resurfacing. This is a much cheaper option than replacing it with a brand new tub.

Resurfaced claw foot tub. Source.

Restored claw foot tub. Source.

6. Update the tile

If you can’t afford to re-tile your entire bathroom, there are many ways your can still update your bathroom tiles on a budget. Resurfacing with spray paint or replacing grout can improve the appearance of a tiled room quickly and at low cost.

Bathroom design as seen in The Aurora Display Home by Smart Homes For Living.

7. High style vanity

Save on expensive cabinetry by turning an existing piece of furniture into a vanity. If you have an old chest of drawers or a vintage table, you can easily turn it into a stylish vanity for your bathroom. The most important factor to consider is size – whether the piece’s dimensions will work for your room, and if it will give you enough basin and counter space for your needs.

Vintage bathroom vanity to get you inspired. Source

Vintage bathroom vanity to get you inspired. Source

8. Repurposed storage

Free-standing storage can make a big difference in a bathroom. Using old wooden crates as smart holders for extra toilet paper and rolled bath towers is a stylish option which will add some character to your bathroom.


Re-purpose the old crates to create more storage in the bathroom.Source

9. Refresh your shower curtain

If you have a bathroom that requires a shower curtain, take good care when selecting your utility. Shower curtains can consume a large area of the bathroom visually and can be the perfect item to add some style to your décor.

10. Frame your plain mirror

Mirrors can make a big difference in any room. In the bathroom, mirrors need to be highly functional and fit within the overall décor. Consider updating your mirror by adding a frame around it to give an unique look and style.


If you’re looking for more bathroom design ideas, see our  “Dark Bathroom Design Inspiration“.


Written by Siobhan


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