DIY Your Way to a Better Bathroom

If your bathroom needs a refresh but the idea of spending a fortune puts you off, we have good news for you! There’s no need to break the bank when redecorating or remodelling. With a little creativity, a few sound purchases and some simple DIY work, you can transform your bathroom into a relaxing haven, regardless of size. Keep on reading for 10 ways to decorate your bathroom on a budget.

What Will It Cost to Renovate My Bathroom?

According to the 2016 Home Improvers of Great Britain report, housing alterations and improvements cost the nation a staggering £33 billion in 2014, with London taking the lead in the home improver market with the most spent overall. And with quotes collected from dozens of bathroom installers in 2016, Quotation Check calculated that the typical cost to replace a bathroom in a standard three-bedroom house in the UK would cost around £3600.

Of course, this all depends on the size of the space, fixtures and overall quality of the remodel, which could end up becoming significantly pricier depending on the project. By taking the DIY approach, you not only have more control over your budget, but you will eliminate labour costs, which cuts down expenses by a huge chunk – and who can complain about that?!

Benefits of Redesigning Your Small Bathroom

  • Happiness - Surroundings can have a huge impact on overall mood and happiness so undertaking a home improvement project can help to increase feelings of contentment – especially when you see the results!
  • Add value - By planning a home improvement project, you’re not just enhancing the enjoyment you’ll get from the space, but are potentially adding value to the overall cost of your home – a benefit in the long run.
  • Decrease clutter - By improving the storage space in your bathroom, you can decrease clutter and store extra supplies, freeing up counter tops and even space elsewhere in your home.
  • Improve fixtures - In a smaller space, you can easily get away with using a smaller amount of higher priced materials. Invest in a few select pieces for high impact while spending less.
  • Save water - Something we should all be striving to do is save water. By installing energy efficient faucets, showerheads or water saving septic tanks, you can do your bit while enjoying your washroom.

How Much to Spend?

The first thing to do is determine how much you can afford to spend on redecorating your bathroom, as this will help you determine the extent of the changes you can make.

Budgets of £1,000 or less

Focus on cosmetic changes, like new fixtures, storage, lighting or a fresh lick of paint. Don’t underestimate the impact of a visually appealing focal point, like a dramatic mirror or a wall decal.

Budgets of £1,000 or more

Focus on more complex changes. Install a new bath, a bigger shower or an upgraded toilet. You could also look at having the bathroom extended or having a sky light built-in.

10 Ways to Decorate Your Bathroom on a Budget

DIY Your Way to a Better Bathroom

1. Add a splash of paint

A fresh coat of paint is the most obvious and affordable way to refresh your bathroom. Pre-planning is a necessity, especially when deciding whether to go for a neutral shade or add colour and texture to the walls, as this will impact the look and feel of the space and accessories going forward. Invest in high quality paint with a moisture-resistant satin finish and take special care when painting around small fixtures in the bathroom. If the roof is prone to mould, purchase and apply a sealant to help curb the growth.

2. Focus on small details

Light fittings, towel rails, drawer handles, toilet roll holders…on their own these small fixtures may seem insignificant, but updating them can make a substantial difference to the overall look and feel of your bathroom. In smaller spaces the cost of using high end fixtures will be lower, but if you want to spend even less, consider browsing sites like Pinterest for ideas on how to repurpose or upcycle everyday items for use in the bathroom, like wooden pallets, vintage frames, glass jars and more.

DIY Your Way to a Better Bathroom
DIY Your Way to a Better Bathroom

3. Choose luxury

Turn your space into a spa-like haven by replacing the showerheads and taps with luxurious alternatives – an oversized shower head or the gleaming new curve of a tap can instantly elevate an everyday space into something sleeker. When choosing a new shower head, pay careful attention to spray patterns – multiple settings is ideal – in addition to the pressured water delivery.

4. Strip the game

Possibly one of the simplest bathroom decorating ideas on a budget, yet often overlooked, is a refresh of the caulk and grout. It won’t cost much to do - simply give the grout a scrub and apply fresh caulk around the bath and sink for a sparkling white finish.

DIY Your Way to a Better Bathroom
DIY Your Way to a Better Bathroom

5. Know when to replace and when to refurbish

Replacing the bath, shower or toilet entirely will take a huge chunk out of your budget. Evaluate which items need replacing versus which can be refurbished to save money. Armed with a basic DIY refurbishing kit, some equipment and a YouTube instructional video, you’d be surprised at how simple it is to refresh some of the largest fixtures in your bathroom. Having a bath relined professionally is cheaper than buying a new one, while replacing a toilet seat, cleaning around the joints and clearing any calcium and lime build-up can freshen up the entire system.

6. Create the illusion of space

Make small spaces appear larger by introducing glass and mirrors. Invest in a clear glass shower door to create the illusion of a more spacious bathroom, or introduce an oversized mirror as a focal point.

DIY Your Way to a Better Bathroom
DIY Your Way to a Better Bathroom

7. Declutter with storage

Storage is one of the most exciting ways to get creative with bathroom redesign, and there are so many options to choose from: floating storage, vanity stands, wall cabinets, storage ladders, stacked baskets, crates, rails…the options are virtually endless. Adding more storage to your space will help to declutter counter tops, enable you to keep more supplies out of plain sight and enhance the beauty and functionality of the space overall.

8. Add character

Open shelving, floating storage, wall decals, mirrors, bursts of colour in unexpected places… the sky is the limit when it comes to adding character to your space. In many instances, you’ll be able to execute the ideas yourself, whether by adding mosaic tiles to the walls, adding vintage storage, staining tiles or introducing a bold print to the walls.

DIY Your Way to a Better Bathroom
DIY Your Way to a Better Bathroom

9. Accessorise

For a bathroom you can update regularly, opt for a minimalist look – white or neutral walls and finishes – then introduce bright splashes of colour in the form of accessories like towels, shower curtains or glass jars. Next time you feel like a change, simply update the accessories for a whole new look.

10. Update the countertops

The countertops in a small bathroom are unlikely to be expensive, which means it’s easier to opt for high-quality alternatives when replacing them. While granite is a popular choice, some other popular trends include concrete, wood and stone-textured spray painted tops.

DIY Your Way to a Better Bathroom

10 Ways to Decorate Your Bathroom on a Budget

That’s a lot of information – but all for the right reasons! Here’s a little recap:

  1. Add a splash of paint
  2. Focus on small details
  3. Choose luxury!
  4. Strip the grime
  5. Know when to replace and when to refurbish
  6. Create the illusion of space
  7. Declutter with storage
  8. Add character
  9. Accessorise
  10. Update the countertop

Now, go and enjoy your new bathroom!