5 Ways to Beautify Your Bathroom on a Budget

Ellie Green
Authored by Ellie Green
Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - 19:22

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend over the odds to get the bathroom of your dreams. You can easily beautify your bathroom by making a few simple changes to your existing one. So long as you’re prepared to get your hands dirty, you can implement several budget-friendly changes and completely change how you view your outdated bathroom. Budget-friendly changes such as repainting, retiling, or even switching up the décor can make all the difference and won’t cost you much in expenses. In this article, we outline five ways to beautify your bathroom on a budget so that you can be one step closer to your dream bathroom without the hefty price tag.

Continue reading to see how you can achieve this.

Transform Your Tiles

One easy and often overlooked way of beautifying your bathroom on a budget is by transforming your tiles. Suppose you’re determined to decorate your bathroom on as little budget as possible. In that case, you could try polishing your existing tiles with a solution made up of water and either vinegar, lemon juice, or baking soda, which is sure to leave them looking good as new and is cost-effective. On the other hand, if you are looking to transform your tiles. You could do this yourself by purchasing a pack of peel-and-stick adhesive tiles from your local hardware store, an affordable alternative if you’re looking to revamp just one section of your bathroom instead of retiling the whole wall. Or, if you’re searching for a complete make-over, you could opt for a bathroom wall panel installation which is a more modern and economical alternative to traditional ceramic tiles. Check out Igloo Surfaces for more information about wall panels for bathrooms, and browse a selection of bathroom products perfect for beautifying your bathroom. 

Is your grout looking like it needs a refresh too? If you’re up to the task or willing to pay a professional, you could consider replacing your grout completely. Alternatively, you could purchase a grout reviver pen, which is generally inexpensive and sold online or at your local supermarket. Suppose the current grout in your bathroom is particularly susceptible to dirt and grime build-up, and it makes you conscious. If you choose the replacement route, you could consider opting for a darker grout, opposed to a traditional white or cream colour, as this contrasts nicely alongside white or uniquely patterned/coloured tiles and bathroom wall panels. Plus, opting for a darker colour will reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning your grout, which is a bonus!

Replace Your Bath Sealant and Taps

Another easy way to transform your bathroom cost-effectively is by replacing the sealant around your bathtub. Much like grout, the area around your bath sealant is prone to the build-up of dirt and grime, and in worst-case scenarios, it can even attract mould. Due to the site always being wet and warm, it encourages bacteria build-up and can cause the perimeter around your bath to discolour, which is why either replacing it often or cleaning is encouraged. This is a reasonably easy job for a confident DIYer and will only set you back the costs of the new sealant, which you could always use again in the future, so it’s a budget-friendly task. Alternatively, if you don’t want to get messy, you could try refreshing your existing sealant by cleaning it with a mixture of white spirit or mould remover, which is sure to do the trick if you’re after a quick fix.

While you’re at it, you could consider refreshing your taps, especially if your current ones have seen better days. Depending on where you source them, replacement taps are relatively cheap, and a new, shiny pair can instantly refresh a tired, old bathroom.

Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

Adding a fresh coat of paint to any room is enough to make it feel brand new again, and although it isn’t a significant change, it can feel as though you’ve implemented one. Painting can be a familiar and inexpensive project for keen do-it-yourselfers, but painting a bathroom differs slightly from other rooms in your house, and it’s essential to make the necessary preparation so you avoid slip-ups down the line. As bathrooms are small and one of the most pivotal sources of water in the home, make sure that your family can cope with the disruptions to that room while the revamp is in process.  You’ll also have to consider what kind of paint to buy, as no matter how hard you try and avoid it; water will eventually splash onto it. Most local hardware stores sell mould-resistant paint suitable for bathroom walls, and if you’re planning on painting your tiles or radiators as well, make sure you purchase appropriate paint for those jobs as well.

Introduce Greenery

If you’re looking to beautify your bathroom by adding a little bit of colour, but don’t want to commit to the expenses or labour that is involved in changing your tiles or painting, you could try introducing house plants. Most plants thrive in the humidity of a bathroom and have mood-boosting properties. Studies have shown that when humans see greenery and nature, we become more positive and are less likely to adopt a negative mindset. Take a look at this list of the best bathroom–friendly plants that thrive in humidity for some inspiration.

Replace Your Toiletries with Dispensers

Another cost-effective way to beautify your bathroom is by replacing all your disposable plastic toiletries with wall-mounted dispensers. Instead of having bottles of product lined up along the rim of your bath or stockpiled on your window ledge, you can keep these areas looking smart and free of clutter by de-potting shampoo, conditioner, and body wash into refillable dispensers. In the long run, this will be more ecological and cost-friendly for your family, as instead of purchasing a plastic bottle each time, you can buy refills.  In doing so, you can reduce the amount of waste your bathroom produces, and an added bonus is that it makes your bathroom look smart and eco-friendly. 

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