Bathroom Ideas on a Budget

I am so ready to redecorate and redesign our bathroom.  Being totally honest the last time we painted it was 12 years ago!  Don’t get me wrong it’s not awful as we spent a lot of money on it, but it is so dated now that I really do need to redecorate.


However, we certainly don’t have a lot of money.  But the good news is that I have done all the hard work for you and pulled together some totally amazing Bathroom Suites for a variety of bathroom sizes and at fantastic prices.


As I am at the beginning phase of redecorating I wanted to share with you the fact that updating a bathroom in your home will add value if you plan to move in the future.  Another tip is to determine how much you want to spend on your new bathroom and factor in the cost of a plumber and electrician too.


So, what are you waiting for?  Below are some bathroom suite ideas together with other money saving tips on redecorating your bathroom.


  1. Small Spaces

Bathroom suites can get expensive and if you are stuck for space where do you go?  This fantastic suite is ideal for small spaces.  For less than £230 you get the complete set.


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Image: courtesy of Big Bathroom Shop



  1. Tiling

Tile can be expensive and if you want to tile the walls and floor you will probably have to fork out for a tiler to do the job for you.  In my experience I now wish we didn’t tile the floor as we had a radiator leak!  So, to save you money how about limiting the number of tiles you use.  Instead focus on having a feature wall or somewhere you want to make a high impact.


bathroom ideas on a budget


3. Paint

If you are happy with your tiles as they are, one of the cheapest things you can do to freshen your bathroom is to use paint.  Word of caution though if you are doing the paining yourself – take your time.  It took us forever to paint ours as we had so much to paint round.  From the shower, freestanding bath, sink, toilet – it was endless.  I recommend you buy some painter’s masking tape and have some patience too!


  1. Showers, Fixtures & Fittings


There are so many options when it comes to replacing a shower.  You can opt for replacing the whole lot or just your screen or fixtures and fittings.  Head over to the Big Bathroom Shop to see the full range of different options available to you.  Remember to stick to your budget and options which work best for you.


You also have the option to update light fixtures, sink taps and towel racks which wouldn’t cost much.  Updating them could make a huge difference to your bathroom with little outlay.  I mean just look at this fantastic mirror light, it would make any bathroom stand out.


bathroom ideas on a budget

Image: courtesy of Big Bathroom Shop


5. Grout

Another way to freshen up your bathroom is to redo your grout on your tiles.  It’s so cheap to buy white grout these days it will give you clean lines, crisp whiteness, and sparkle.  Getting rid of that unsightly grim is a must to cheer up a dull bathroom without spending a lot.


As I have already mentioned renovating the bathroom is firmly on my to-do list.  I really want to add a vanity unit too.  Below I’ve put a mood board together to show you what items I’m considering buying.  They are all within my budget range.


What about you?  Are you considering redecorating your bathroom?  Do you have any other money saving tips to share?



My Mood Board


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I love freestanding baths but this one is extra special as the back is flush with the wall.  Otherwise there would be a gap and you’d have a nightmare painting behind it!  I’m a very practical person!


bathroom ideas on a budget

Yes I love the mirror but I also love the sink and vanity unit.  Our current sink has no vanity unit and the space beneath is wasted.  I really need this now!


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We have a miserable little shower head but wow look at this shower tower!  Being able to stand under this with all the different options would be fantastic.


bathroom ideas on a budget

Oh to have wall mounted taps – how luxurious.  Only problem is that I’d need to probably knock down some of the bathroom wall.  Don’t know if I’m ready for that mess!



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The choices you make when it comes to upgrading your home will always depend on when you bought your house. If you’ve bought a home with original features, you’re likely going to be facing the retro look of times gone by, with terracotta tiles mixed with mint green accents – never a good look!



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There are some bathrooms that never go out of style and as the bathroom is usually the last room in the house to be changed due to its size, you’re going to have fun redoing it. If you have a bathroom with clean lines, white tiling and a white bathroom suite, you’re likely to spend time just updating the additions like photos, bathroom mats and towels.


A white bathroom is always really easy to accessorise. If you’re facing a bathroom that you think is out of date, don’t give up on it just yet. The vintage look is absolutely in right now, but that does mean you have to settle for swirly patterned carpet and raspberry tiles!


There are so many ways you can update your bathroom, no matter the size of it and it’s all going to depend on what you want to see when you walk in. You don’t have to remodel the whole thing, but if you do want to pull out the bath that is against the wall and add a claw-footed tub with freestanding taps, check out the options for pipes with Drainage Superstore and get some advice on what you need! If you want to achieve a vintage look, why not check out our tips for success:


Check Your Fixtures

An older bathroom has a charm that takes you through time, but that doesn’t mean you need to keep hold of the old, leaky faucets! Sconces that are out of date are also not a good feature. Changing the faucets on your sink or bath can make a huge difference to the entire look of a bathroom and these vintage fixtures could be the perfect change. Older tiles ooze sophistication and history, so don’t start digging them off the walls if you can help it. It’s different if they’re peeling or chipping, but if you paint the cabinets and walls to make the tiles pop, you’ll do the bathroom a world of good.


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Look Alive

A bathroom is used for showering and, well, toileting. But that doesn’t mean it cannot look beautiful and full of life. Add wallpaper, curtains and a pretty ceiling fixture to make the whole room stand out. Never be afraid to try out daring ideas in the bathroom. Sometimes the ideas you’d have wouldn’t suit a larger room but are perfect for a bathroom.


Embrace The Colour

A vintage, older bathroom can have pretty intense colours and the combination of those can be a little sore on the eye. If you don’t want to fully remodel the bathroom, learn to work with the colours and embrace them. Garish colours don’t have to be ugly – especially if you know how to accessorise correctly! If you accent the brighter colours with toned down towels in plain white, you can take the focus away from the brightness and add a little bit of balance.


Be Artful

Every bathroom needs a little talking point to make it feel homely. A perfectly placed piece of vintage artwork like this can make the whole room come to life, no matter how small it may be. Your bathroom can be the little room in the house but it doesn’t mean it can’t be big in décor and colour. It’s all about how you want your bathroom to feel and if your personality is splashed in the rest of the home, why not the bathroom, too?


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Beautiful Furniture

Pretty vanity units, shower screens and storage can change how a bathroom looks. Choosing shabby chic units and a squashy armchair – if you have the space – is always a great idea to make the bathroom look vintage. Adding pretty touches like silk flowers in jugs and a selection of toiletries can really make it pop.


How you choose to update your bathroom is always going to depend on how it looks to start. There are so many beautiful bathroom ideas out in the world but the best ones are those that you can come up with yourself. Home interior design is all about personality and it’s your opportunity to get creative and make something new that is different from what you find on websites like this one. Find something beautiful and make it your home.



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