Decorating your bathroom on a budget

The bathroom is one of the most-used rooms in the house, and as such it takes much more of the brunt of daily wear and tear that comes with everyday life. Bathrooms can be notoriously expensive to revamp or redecorate though – so can end up a little neglected. But don’t despair! It’s more than possible to give your bathroom the makeover it deserves even on a tight budget. Here’s a few tips to help you know where to spend your budget to make the biggest impact.

A Lick of Paint

It’s truly amazing what something as simple and inexpensive as a new coat of paint can do to upgrade a bathroom. For the walls and ceiling, you’ll want to invest in mildew and mold-proof primers and paint, which are admittedly slightly more expensive than basic formulas, but you won’t need more than one tin to cover an average-size bathroom. The extra cost is money well spent as it builds in extra damp protection for moisture-prone bathrooms and can stop bigger and more expensive problems in their tracks. Cover any dingy surfaces, including baseboard molding, window trim, and scuffed cabinetry – only when you do will you realize how much of a difference it makes to the overall look! If the budget’s too tight, though, skip replacement and focus instead on deep cleaning. If your budget won’t stretch to a new bathroom suite – or if you don’t really want to replace your current one for purely aesthetic purposes – then consider updating them with suitable paint. For example, simply painting the outside of an old roll-top bath will give instant, dramatic results that can be the focal point for the rest of your revamp.

Bathroom cabinets can begin to look dated, worn or the paint flakes after a while but you won’t necessarily want to change those, you could sand down and repaint, change the colour with paint or go for a neutral tone and replace the door and drawer handles for a brand new look with little effort

Invest in lighting

An underappreciated way to get a rich look in your bathroom is to change the lighting, either by replacing ugly outdated fixtures, by changing the placement of the lights, or both. Check out Scotlight Commercial Lighting for some great options to help you update the lighting in your bathroom, no matter what your budget.

Consider options carefully before getting the electrician though, as you’ll want to make sure the new lights fit with the aesthetic of the room. Hanging a small chandelier with crystal drops over the vanity can be dressy and sophisticated. Replacing harsh bulb strips around the mirror with sleek sconces is an immediate modern update. And inserting lights in the ceiling that you can dim with a controllable switch creates a feeling of tranquility for those long soaks in the tub. The possibilities are endless, and not necessarily as pricey as you might have thought


By adding a new bathmat with a splash of colour or even changing the colour scheme of your towels you can change the look and feel of a room effortlessly and very cheaply too.  If you’ve a plain white bathroom then adding a bold colour to these accessories can draw the eye away from the white and make it look bigger in the process

Remove clutter

Tidy away toothbrushes, toothpastes, brushes, hair and shaving accessories into a drawer or cupboard if you can to keep surfaces clean and clear – cluttered shelves make a room look smaller so by putting away you can create an illusion of more space.  If you don’t have anywhere to store these then wicker baskets are an option

Bath toys can also be placed into a hanging storage bag or perhaps a large bucket to help the room tidy too

Once the kids are back to school I need to get cracking on our main bathroom as the tiles all need a good cleaning and the paint on the doors is cracking so I plan to paint those, I’m also eyeing up some lovely crystal style handles to give the room a different look, and new towels wouldn’t go amiss

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3 thoughts on “Decorating your bathroom on a budget

  1. Some great tips here. Our bathroom could do with a good freshen up. Its all tiled and like you, once the kids are back at school they definitely need a good scrub. One thing ours is missing is a cupboard, but I tend to put all the clutter in the airing cupboard x

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