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Can You Make a Bathroom Cheap and Chic?

May 4, 2023


If you’ve been eager to upgrade your bathroom for some time but are concerned about budget, fear not because there are ways to create a chic and modern bathroom on a budget. How exactly? Let’s take a look!

ways to create a chic and modern bathroom on a budget

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Get Out the Paint Brush

Did you know that visual information accounts for approximately 90% of information transmitted to the brain? That’s why simply repainting your bathroom can make it feel like an entirely different space. And it’s not just about making a space feel new. It’s also about getting the right look for your bathroom and preferences.

Whether you want a plain white look, a pink floral look, or to opt for dark black and navy hues, choosing the right tones for your bathroom will depend on how certain colours make the space feel. 

For example, bright warm colours (e.g., yellow, pink, red and orange) are known for uplifting one’s mood. Incredibly, the very colour of a room/space can reduce blood pressure and even increase metabolism! Colour psychology is often underestimated in these regards (Very Well Mind 2022).

Whether or not you want to paint your bathroom, you’ll want to also consider textures and techniques. Furthermore, the use of stencils can add another layer of visual sophistication that can beautify your bathroom. Flowery and nature designs are often a go-to, but there is an endless list of options you might want to look into.

Painting the Floorboards

This is similar to the prior point; however, painting the floorboards, in particular, is not the most obvious consideration to come to mind when you think of repainting your bathroom.

While painting bathroom walls will often be well-suited as a DIY task, it’s best to leave floorboard painting to a professional. For example, you may want to hire a professional painter to use high-quality wood paint to create a visually striking tile-like design painted over your wood floorboards. This is a low-cost but chic update that can really add character and beauty to your bathroom.

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Freshen Things Up with New Accessories 

New bathroom accessories (even those suitable if you’re on a budget) can add character and delight to any bathroom.

Some ideas you may want to consider:

  • Soap dispensers
  • Toothbrush holders
  • Storage jars
  • Caddies
  • Toothbrush holders
  • Grab rails
  • Towel rails
  • Towel rings

Of course, you’ll want to find the right accessories for your bathroom. Spend some time carefully considering what budget-friendly items would work best together in your bathroom to give it an extra flare of life.

What About Wallpaper?

Just as you might want to give your wall a fresh look with paint or/and stencils, it’s also worth considering new wallpaper. However, there are a few key things to consider.

For one, it’s important not to hang the wallpaper in a location where water will continually make contact with it. It’s important that the wallpaper (if opting for a regular one) comes with a strong adhesive and perhaps even a layer of clear varnish. You may need wallpaper that is specially made for bathrooms too. This will be particularly true if your bathroom has poor ventilation.

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Regrout Bathroom Tiles

It’s best to regrout any bathroom floor and wall tiles once a year or every six months in the case of shower bathroom tiles (since these tiles will be more directly exposed to water damage). However, low-traffic bathrooms (e.g., guest bathrooms or infrequently used en-suite bathrooms) may only need regrouting every two years.

Regrouting bathroom tiles can keep your bathroom looking fresh and vibrant. Generally, this is a DIY-friendly job, too, so long as you have the right skills and knowledge. The grout itself is likely to cost just £10 to £20, making it a cheap and handy way to revitalise your bathroom.

Fancier Mirror Installation

Most bathrooms are not known for having fantastic stand-out mirrors. It’s usually just seen as another standard feature.

However, you may want to opt for a fancier design, and thankfully it should be possible to track down one that fits your preferences and also won’t break the bank.

Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Hanging-circle mirror
  • Organically shaped mirrors
  • Circular hanging mirrors
  • French triple mirror
  • Wooden shelf mirror
  • Gleaming primrose mirror
  • Wall mirror with shelves
  • Mirror with built-in LED lighting

Depending on where you source the mirror you have in mind, prices will vary. Therefore, you may need to do a decent amount of research before finding the right one for you.

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Hiring the Right Professional for the Job

Unless all the work you have in mind is DIY friendly and you have the right skills/knowledge, you’ll want to consider hiring a suitable professional for the job at hand.

To find the right designer or/and construction team, in each, you’ll want to obtain quotes from three professionals/companies before making a decision. Take into account the quote they offer, their previous experience, any online customer reviews and even how well you get on with them before coming to a conclusion.

If you’re thinking of having a total bathroom revamp, you’ll probably want to sit down with a professional designer and run through ideas to come up with a budget-friendly but effective plan. 

While a full bathroom renovation can surpass £10,000, it’s possible to secure a new bathroom cost for significantly less when it comes to budget-friendly projects.

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