How to create a designer bathroom for less than you think!

With Helen Powell of Design Hunter

Average Reading Time: 4 Minutes

There’s no reason why you can’t have the designer bathroom of your dreams at a price that won’t break the bank. Choose carefully and it can actually be much more affordable than you might at first think. Before you embark on the journey, here are a few key points to keep in mind.

Deciding to design and install a new bathroom can seem like a big undertaking so it’s something people often put off due to the anticipated cost. There are lots of practical issues to consider so it’s certainly not the easiest room in the house to tackle – but a stylish new bathroom can truly transform a home. As something that everyone in the family will appreciate using, it can also add value to your property or help make it more saleable - so it’s definitely worth the investment!


Work out your budget!

First of all, work out your budget (and try to stick to it!) It’s a good idea to create a list or spreadsheet of all the things you’re likely to need, from the larger items all the way down to smallest of details. Not overlooking the key ingredients will ensure that you stay in control. Don’t forget to discuss this with your bathroom installer as they will be able to check that your budget is realistic.

Plan your layout

What works best and where? Does the existing layout work or might it be better if it were different? Perhaps you are even starting from scratch with a new space. A key piece of advice is that taps are relatively easy to relocate, whilst drains require more thought and work - particularly the toilet. Can you fit a separate bath and shower into the space or will you opt for an over the bath shower instead? If you have a small bathroom where space is particularly tight and still want to create a room with real impact you might even decide to leave the bath out altogether and design in a large walk in shower instead.

Tap into the trends!

It’s worth checking out the latest trends in bathroom design, even if you ultimately end up opting for a more timeless, classic style. Shapes, colours and finishes are often identifiable with different tastes and eras. Black bronze and brass finishes are currently fashionable on the latest tap designs, as are free standing baths and showers with 1930’s style Crittall window screens.


The (bathroom) suite life

Choosing the right bathroom suite is of course the main decision and one that sets the tone for the rest of your design and purchasing decisions, so spend some time thinking about what type and style you prefer. Is your choice in keeping with the style of the interiors in other rooms within your home? Will it work for everyone in the family?

Taps and fittings

Taps are often an overlooked extra cost, so it’s a good idea to do your research at the beginning of the project to avoid any unwelcome surprises. Don’t forget to include all the unseen plumbing parts and attachments you will need too. As the ‘functional jewellery’ design element, they add that finishing touch to a great bathroom.


Tiles can have a big impact on the look and feel of your bathroom and vary quite widely in cost. Choose a more expensive finish like marble they can easily eat into a big chunk of your budget particularly if you have a large area to cover. If you’ve already splashed out on an expensive bathroom suite and taps and need to source a more affordable tiling option but don’t want to compromise on style, consider something classic and timeless like a simple white metro tile.

Finishing touches!

Finally don’t forget to treat your finished designer bathroom to some stylish new accessories, including the important little details like soap dispensers and even pull cord handles. A new set of soft fluffy towels is a great way to complete the look and will provide the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a long hot bath to admire the view when everything is complete... after all you deserve it!




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