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All this time at home may have given you the time you need to take a look at the rooms in your house. Maybe you’ve wanted to redecorate but just haven’t had the time, and now you do. So, where do you start? A room in the house that often gets forgotten in terms of getting a makeover is your bathroom. This space is easy to transform, and when working your DIY magic, you can get a great result from the work you put into it.
You can start with something straightforward. Just clean up the existing tiles in your bathroom. These rooms go through so much wear and tear due to it being a humid and damp space. So take the time to give the tiles and grout some TLC.
The conditions in a bathroom can discolor your tiles and grouting with mold and mildew. How do you start to get rid of this? It may take you some time, but the effect will undoubtedly be worth it. Get your old toothbrush and some white vinegar.
Dip your toothbrush into the vinegar and scrub the tiles and the grouting. It may require quite a bit of elbow grease, so divide the room into sections and do a bit each day or if you have a partner willing to help, delegate some of the work to them.
If the vinegar and toothbrush aren’t doing the trick, get a grout pen. That will help to brighten up the dull tile borders in your bathroom. This action alone will give it a much fresher appearance and is the perfect starting block.
Another thing in your bathroom that you may consider refreshing is your towels. Towels get used for years and years, and they also tend to lose their freshness and fluffiness. Towels are an excellent accessory for your bathroom and functional, too.
Towels also won’t break the bank, so treat yourself to a new set for your bathroom. Towels don’t have to be hidden away in a bathroom cupboard, and you can instead use them as a piece to display, which you’ll want to with lovely new towels.
If your bathroom is all white, you could use towels as your opportunity to insert a pop of color into the room. White towels are tricky to keep very clean, especially if you want them on display, so perhaps try a rich grey or an emerald green or blue.
If you don’t know where to display your towels, add hooks to the back of your bathroom door or fold them neatly on a table or stool you have in your bathroom. If you purchase color towels, make sure to follow the correct washing instructions to preserve the color.
Speaking of stools and ways to display your towels, stools are a great storage option for bathrooms. Many people have cabinets put into their bathrooms, but you might not have this budget available, so use a stool instead.
Find a small stool that you may have lying around your home that isn’t being used and put it in your bathroom. If your bathroom is small, it is excellent to use a stool as it won’t take up too much space but will add something extra to it.
You can use this as a space to store towels, bathroom necessities, or use it as a seat in your bathroom if you need it. This multi-functional item is a wonderful addition to spruce up your bathroom in many ways.
When looking at the floor of your bathroom, you might automatically think that you will need to redo the tiles to make any sort of statement on the flooring. Instead of doing this, pick out a new bath mat from the store to liven up the room.
It is so easy to pick a simple bath mat, but you could use this as the chance to make a design statement in your bathroom. Find one that has a bold color, pattern, or maybe a different shape to the typical rectangle.
A bathroom is often a place where we go to relax. Capitalize on this and transform it into the most relaxing spot where you can go after a hard day. Bathroom lights are often very harsh because we like to see what we are doing in there.
If you don’t want to change the bulbs because you find the lighting necessary for doing makeup or grooming, buy some candles. Candles can add a wonderful decorative feeling to the bathroom even when you aren’t using them.
You could get a set of hurricane lanterns and position them on your floor, or you could use column candles on your bath edge and light these when you want to relax in the bath. There are also LED candles that are no fuss or hassle to use.
Another cost-effective way to create a calming and tranquil bathroom is to bring nature indoors. You can do this by purchasing just a few indoor plants and finding the perfect spot for them in your bathroom. This greenery could be on the windowsill or a table.
You could get a bit more adventurous with your plants by hanging a few from the ceiling or placing them higher up. If you don’t want to use real plants because of maintenance, order some realistic-looking faux flowers or greenery.
If you’re short on space in your bathroom but want to add a bit of flair to the area, try out some baskets. Some incredibly textured baskets serve not only a decorative purpose but also a practical one.
You could use these baskets to help create storage space in your bathroom while also adding a charming accent. You could store toiletries, laundry, and cleaning products in these baskets. Find one that has a beautiful natural texture to add warmth.
Your laundry basket is another bathroom accessory that you can use to revamp the space. You don’t have to use the ordinary plastic box that serves only a functional purpose, try and find something to add to the aesthetic.
Depending on what style you want to go for in your bathroom, research options available to you and within your bathroom budget. There are beautiful laundry baskets made of natural materials that are trendy.
You could match this to your storage baskets for a very coordinated and on-trend look in your bathroom. You probably realize more and more than just a few finishing touches and changes can reinvent your bathroom without construction.
Speaking of coordinating your bathroom accessories, this is something that will bring your bathroom decor to the next level. Choose matching bathroom accessories like soap dispensers and toothbrush holders to bring the look together.
You could also find storage jars and towels that all are in the same hue or color. Bathroom accessories often look more expensive than they are if you know how to use them cleverly in a bathroom, and a trick to this is matching colors.
There is yet another way to reinvent your bathroom straight away without needing to get builders in. It’s as simple as picking a new set of blinds for your bathroom. Curtains get moldy in a bathroom, which makes blinds a better option.
Pick a polyester roller blind for your bathroom windows. This fabric allows the moisture from baths and showers to roll off of it. If your window is right next to the shower, pick a blind that is made from PVC since this is 100% waterproof.
When picking your blinds set, make sure to choose curtains that are cohesive with the new look you are going for in your bathroom. Perhaps you could even make your shades the statement by picking a patterned print for them.
Blinds are easily installable by yourself if you have the measurements correct. If you need some additional help, you can always hire someone to come and install the blinds to make sure they are the perfect fit for your stylish new bathroom.
There is a cost-effective way around it if you don’t have the budget or the availability to have new tiles installed in your bathroom. It might not be a lasting solution, but it is an immediately effective one and will give you a look you want for less.
You can buy peel and stick tiles that you can place over your existing tiles in the bathroom. You don’t have to use these all over the room to create a new look; you could add a decorative sink backsplash or above your bath instead.
Choose a statement tile that will breathe some new life into the area. If it’s placed in the regions that aren’t getting a lot of wear and tear, like the sink backsplash, this cost-effective tile addition will last you quite a while.
This next addition to your bathroom will add a taste of luxury that you didn’t know you needed, and it will help your bathroom. We’re talking about the fantastic heated towel rail.
This item may never have been on your essential bathroom list, but once you have one, you’ll never be able to live without it again. Firstly, these provide lovely warm towels that are waiting for you once you get out of the shower, and this luxury adds to your bathroom’s appeal.
It will also help to try the towels in your bathroom as well as heating the room. The benefit of this is that it will help to eliminate any mold or damp in the bathroom. There’s nothing worse than a musty smell in a bathroom from wet towels.
This type of item might cost you a bit more than any of the other budget bathroom transformation hacks, but it will be a great addition. There are many options when it comes to heated towel rails, and you can pick a stylish finish that will complement your bathroom design.
There is another popular towel storage option that gives your towel a chance to try if you can’t afford this option. Get a stylish ladder and lean it up against a wall and secure it. You can use this to hang towels and bathrobes as well.
This trick is one that you can’t go wrong with, and it really will reinvent your bathroom and make it feel so much bigger than it is. You don’t need to call in the builders to extend your bathroom; you just need to buy a mirror.
Go big or go home with this mirror. A large mirror in a small bathroom will add some space and dimension to the room. If you can, fill up one wall with a mirror or choose a large mirror with a border to make it look extra chic.
While you’re busy making your bathroom the chicest one ever, install a statement light feature. You may have never thought about adding a cool light to your bathroom, but this design trick isn’t just reserved for the dining room.
Go and search for a beautiful pendant lamp that adds a fascinating focal point to the room with its sculptural appeal. It will help to draw the eye upwards and add an exquisite design statement to the place that will elevate it.
Think about the little things in your bathroom, as well. Do you just have your cotton buds and cotton wool sitting in the plastic containers you bought them in? Buy some glass storage jars and fill these up with them instead.
Make these items work in your bathroom as a feature. By filling up the transparent jars with them, you’ll create the sense of being in a luxury hotel bathroom instead of just being at home. Small design elements like this can contribute to your bathroom reinvention.
Just as you’re filling up transparent jars with your essential items, do this for the rest of your details in the bathroom. Clear up the clutter of your sink by picking out some matching dispensers, which will create a streamlined look.
You can also do this inside your shower to create a fancy feel for anyone who steps foot in there. Install wall-mounted bottles and transfer these liquids into cute containers that go with your chosen color scheme in the bathroom.
If you have a shower that has a curtain and you can’t afford to have it redone with glass, pick out a new shower curtain. Shower curtains can make a place look cheap when they get old and moldy, so buy a new one.
It is an inexpensive way of redoing your bathroom. You can choose something monochrome to create a sleek moment in the bathroom or perhaps go for one that has a pattern or even in a bold color to make a statement with it instead.
A bath caddy is another small detail in your bathroom that can make the space feel indulgent. It will instantly make the area feel more luxurious and inviting when you place it over the bath. What should you fill your bath caddy with?
Pick out some beautiful candles, fill jars with bath salts, and some impressive looking soaps. This idea is a way for you to enjoy your bath time and experience some relaxation to the maximum. It’s also a design accent that won’t break the bank.
Now, move on to steps that require a little more effort than just buying a new mirror or dispensing your shower gel. You might have a piece of furniture in your bathroom that you love, but you think it needs to be refreshed.
It could be a bathroom cabinet, for instance. Instead of purchasing a new one, you could just get a new set of handles. If you want to keep things sleek, go for a metal design that will last the test of time with its classic, elegant feel.
If you are going for a more bold bathroom, buy handles that are in a bright hue, or even have a fun pattern. This idea will give your cabinets a new lease on life while you are sprucing up your bathroom space.
A fresh coat of paint on the walls in your bathroom will go a long way and can truly transform a room. Before you paint, think about what you are trying to achieve with the place. If you want light to reflect around the room, go for softer shades.
These softer shades will help to create an illusion of space. If you want to go for a bolder color, it will turn the room into a real statement. There is also the option of ditching the paint and going for some wallpaper instead.
Wallpaper is often forgotten about when it comes to the bathroom, but there are so many moisture-resistant wallpapers that you can choose from. Wallpaper is a much cheaper option than replacing all the tiles as well.
In your bathroom, you could just pick one wall that will be considered the feature wall and add the wallpaper to it. The other walls could be kept in a more neutral tone so that it keeps the spacious feeling you want to create.
Fake it till you make it in your bathroom and create a luxurious look. You might be dreaming of a bathroom that is just covered in stunning marble, but you know that it comes with a huge price tag that just isn’t in the budget.
The good news is that you can still recreate this marble look on a budget. There are more affordable tiles that also have a marble-effect on them. Choose ones with a white gloss design to bring in the opulence to your bathroom.
Some of these fake marble tiles have a very realistic grain, which means that no one will ever know that it’s not the real deal and will create a beautiful look in your bathroom without having to spend thousands and thousands.
If you are going to re-tile your bathroom and have to pick up low budget tiles, there is a way to make these look a lot more expensive than they are. Choose a contrasting grout. People generally opt for white to blend in with the tiling.
However, you could transform your bathroom with some dark grey or black grouting instead. Use this in contrast to white tiles to create a trendy bathroom that will have everyone asking who designed it.
If you aren’t design-inclined but want to make your bathroom look smart and chic, start by removing the colorful clutter that is scattered around your bathroom. Make sure to match your storage items and wall cabinets.
By creating this monochrome look with blacks and whites, you immediately will have a streamlined feel in your bathroom that will be on-trend and a lot more fashionable than your previous mixture of random colors.
Just like we suggested you change your furniture handles, you can also change your taps. Everyone goes for the ordinary classic chrome taps, and you could choose a design route that is the opposite of this.
Pick out a tap that is matte black or maybe even a metallic-like copper, which will instantly add a modern touch to your bathroom. You can either replace your existing taps, or you can spray them using metal paint and primer.
If you do this, you can finish off the new look by mounting a black grid mirror behind the basin. This updated sink area is an ideal starting point to get you inspired for the rest of your bathroom, and it’s reinvention.
There is also the option of reclaimed fixtures. These are upcycled furniture items that can give your restroom character. You don’t have to go the new route; you could also reinvent the vintage wheel in this area!
Go antique shopping and find a beautiful sink or even a bath that can help you create the essence of a Victorian bathhouse. You could also go for a more country look by putting a sink into a wooden vanity unit.
Transforming and reinventing your bathroom is a great DIY project and one that can be done on a budget. These simple tricks and ideas are an easy way to update an old room in your house. A bathroom should be enjoyed, and you can make sure you do with these tips.