Affordable bathroom decor: 36 Bathroom Decorating Ideas on a Budget

36 Bathroom Decorating Ideas on a Budget

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Add Café Curtains

Lindsay Brown

Ensure your bathroom gets natural light and privacy by installing café curtains. Go for a patterned option to enhance the overall character of the room, as Avery Cox Design did in this space. If you want to get crafty, you can even DIY them with your fabric of choice.

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Hang a Gallery Wall


If you’re tired of bare bathroom walls, fill them with framed art as designer Alexander Reid did in this space. Source cheap frames from places like flea markets, HomeGoods, and Facebook Marketplace. Take pages from coffee table books you already own, or invest in a new book, for artwork to fill the frames with.

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Wallpaper the Cabinets

Jacob Snavely

Take inspiration from the cabinetry in this bathroom designed by Toledo Geller. If you have plain inset cabinets, use peel-and-stick wallpaper to fill the inset surfaces of them. If you’re artsy, you could even paint designs directly onto the cabinets yourself for a unique touch.

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Bring in Fresh Flowers


A vase with a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers can instantly enhance a bathroom’s luxury atmosphere. Just take it from this bathroom designed by Lucy Harris, which features flowers near pottery and art on a floating shelf. If you want the look to last longer, go for an artificial arrangement.

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Repurpose Old Furniture


The next time you’re considering tossing or selling a piece of furniture, consider bringing it into your bathroom instead. For instance, you could forgo built-in shelves and create more storage space with an armoire. Both traditional and quirky, this unexpected item will make your bathroom feel homier. It’s especially unique when paired with Fornasetti’s cloud-print wallpaper and a modern aubergine stool, as done in this bathroom decorated by Arent & Pyke.

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Display Towels on Towels


Nothing screams luxury like a fully stocked towel display. The one in this bathroom designed by Hecker Guthrie puts all linen closets to shame. Of course, the fresh flowers and sleek mirror enhance that effect.

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Incorporate Brass Accents


Brass features add “a hint of luxury and a nod to older styles,” designer Shari Francis says of this bathroom she gave a cosmetic upgrade. Any easy yet cheap way to do that? Incorporate brass accessories. If not with a faucet or mirror, use a brass soap dispenser, tissue box, toothbrush holder, or even a set of hardware for hanging towels and robes.

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Add a Small Table

Emily Minton Redfield

Enjoy a regular bubble bath? Put a small table next to your tub, as designer Elizabeth Georgantas did here. A wood stool or small slim side table will not only make your space look more luxurious, but it’s perfect for hosting your glass of wine, book, speaker, or candles.

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Get an Indoor Tree

2LG Studio

Add a tree in the corner for a low-lift update that has a ton of transformative power. As seen in this bathroom designed by 2LG Studio, the palm leaf tree truly brings it to life.

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Paint Everything One Color

Leanne Ford Interiors

Picking one color and sticking to it will make things a lot easier, and this tonal look is both on-trend and visually interesting (even—no, especially—if you go for something as simple as white). In this bathroom designed by Leanne Ford Interiors, even the faucet is painted white.

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Choose a Colorful Rug

Regan Baker Design

One of the only ways to bring warmth into a bathroom with affordable decor is an area rug. It’s also a fun way to add color, print, and texture. The fringe and pops of neon featured in this mostly-marble bathroom by Regan Baker Design is the perfect case study. A bath mat will do, too.

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Swap In Eye-Catching Hardware

Hecker Guthrie

Always remember that extra storage is your friend in a bathroom, where you’ll want to tuck away unsightly essentials. Eye-catching hardware, like the rose gold handle pulls in this space by Hecker Guthrie, make the cabinets look a lot more expensive. And instead of installing custom marble countertops, you can just shop for an affordable marble tray to stack your items on.

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Splurge on Soap

PHOTO: Tom Ferguson; DESIGN: Arent & Pyke

When you can’t afford to renovate the bathroom, focus on minor additions that can make it feel a touch more elevated. Spending thousands on installing a new marble sink, for example, may be out of the question, but a fancy soap for guests can do more good than you’d think, and it’s a fraction of the cost. Aesop is always a good call, as seen in this bathroom designed by Arent & Pyke.

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Use Fake Plants

Hecker Guthrie

This bathroom designed by Hecker Guthrie proves that you don’t need a huge space to make an impact, especially when plants are involved. Love plants but can’t keep them alive or don’t think the ones that eventually die are worth the money? There are actually some pretty great artificial plants and leaves that don’t look totally fake, whether you display them together in a vase or bolster a bouquet of flowers with them.

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Add Something Metallic

Leanne Ford Interiors

Adding a dash of metal can make the bathroom feel a little fancier and more polished. Even something as nondescript as a catch-all or soap dish will do the trick, but we’re partial to that round stool in Leanne Ford’s bathroom.

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Display a Robe

Arent & Pyke

Even something as simple as hanging a robe can make all the difference. As seen in this Arent & Pyke-designed bathroom, it makes the space feel spa-like. The small Art Deco area rug also plays up the blue tones throughout while introducing pattern and a pop of coral.

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Hang a Pendant Light

PHOTO: Alexandra Ribar; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors

Leanne Ford is the master of reclaiming old items and making them feel brand new again, like the shelf, mirror, and antique knick-knacks in this bathroom. The schoolhouse-style sink fits in with the retro look while the fresh white paint and oversized dome pendant polish things off.

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Wallpaper Half the Wall

Arent & Pyke

Not only is it a good idea to keep wallpaper out of splashing range, but it can also cut your cost in half if you only buy enough for half the square footage. The white tiles in this bathroom designed by Arent & Pyke keep things feeling fresh while the wallpaper adds a little more personality.

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Warm Things Up

Alexander DB

Design firm Alexander DB softens up the large factory-style windows and gritty concrete floors in this industrial space with a plush area rug and striped hand towels. Though they’re decidedly more bohemian, they fit in with the modern black tub and warehouse vibes because they stay within that monochrome palette.

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DIY Wallpaper

PHOTO: Reid Rolls; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors

Give your walls some oomph and treat them like a canvas for a collage project. Think vintage ads and magazine articles and a few records for some contrast. In this bathroom designed by Leanne Ford, the vintage magazine scraps play up the retro feel of the tiles.

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Bathrooms on a budget – 33 chic yet cheap bathroom ideas

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Bathrooms on a budget needn’t be any less incredible than pricier options – from interior design shows to celeb-inspired bathroom remodels seen on Instagram, the media is awash with inspirational and affordable spa-like spaces.

Because the good news is that, no matter what you have to spend, most bathroom ideas are still achievable. Thanks to lookalike surfaces, and clever DIY hacks, you can still pay homage to the hottest interior design trends without needing to hire in a contractor. 

We have pulled together a list of budget bathroom know-how, some ideas we have cost under $50/£50, some under $100/£100 and some under $500/£500. You will then find some more practical advice if you are designing a bathroom from scratch and looking for budget-friendly tips.  

Bathrooms on a budget: under $50/£50

Yep, we said budget and we mean it. All the ideas in this section are incredibly affordable and most of them are super quick updates (sometimes it’s as simple as adding one of the best home fragrances) or little DIY jobs to anyone could do. That makes them fast as well as cheap – we approve.

1. Use online marketplaces for materials and go DIY

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There’s nothing like the satisfaction of undertaking a little bit of DIY. Yes, it can be messy and take longer than if you got the professionals in, but there’s a lot to be said about a person who can apply themselves to an interior challenge.

Plus, there’s also the obvious benefit of cost-saving on labor, and a few smug brownie points to be had when guests compliment your bathroom too.

This yellow bathroom idea by home renovator @homewithhelenandco uses daffodils to give a bit of springtime style to her bath and shower.

She says: ‘I’ve mentioned before that I tiled the bathroom myself. My most asked question is where the tiles are from. I just searched for orange subway tiles on Ebay (yep, they’re orange, not yellow) watched a couple of videos and went for it.’

‘If you’re thinking of wallpapering or tiling for the first time, YouTube is invaluable and just take your time. This took me weeks to finish.’

While your own labor is free and the cost of watching online videos is included in your internet package, auction-based e-commerce sites can be a minefield if you don’t know what you’re doing.

The cost of metro tiles will ultimately depend on how they’re sold (per piece or by the box), but we’ve seen boxes go for as little as $23/£17 per square meter.

Be sure to haggle where you can, know your spending limits and even try searching using misspelled words. Bidding using an uneven amount can make all the difference too.

2. Start with a pot of paint

(Image credit: Annie Sloan)

From beautiful neutral beige, to dark and daring black and navy hues, painting your walls is top of our list when it comes to updating your bathrooms on a budget. And there are many budget bathroom ideas that make the execution both easy and stylish.

Don’t just think about painting your walls one single shade. Instead, explore different bathroom paint ideas that experiment with placement, paint types, textures and techniques. For example, whilst chalk paint can add a rustic look your bathroom, a floral stencil can add pretty country details to your bathroom decor. 

To keep this budget bathroom decor low-cost and minimal on maintenance, the best paint for bathrooms should be moisture and steam resistant, washable and a formulation that protects the emulsion from mold – something we commonly see in damp areas like the bathroom. Some time-saving variants will be quick-drying and require no undercoat, too.

Lastly, opt for a low odor paint where possible, and keep the room ventilated, to avoid the room smelling too much like paint for days to come.

3. Swap expensive flooring for affordable alternatives

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If you’re a fan of tiling, but don’t have the DIY expertise or can’t foot the financial bill, then luxury vinyl tiling (or LVT) is one of the best water-resistant budget bathroom ideas to consider.

A long shot away from its formerly fashionable, but now outdated lino cousin, this modern bathroom idea imitates more high-end flooring options, and is an accessible choice for homeowners and renters alike. Prices start from a very purse-friendly $2.72/£1.95 per square foot.

What’s more, cleaning vinyl flooring is low maintenance too. Using one cupboard staple, you can get this flooring solution gleaming in no time! 

4. Upcycle old bathroom furniture

(Image credit: Annie Sloan)

If you have tired, lackluster units that are in need of a bit of TLC – don’t throw them away. Across social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram, upcycling old furniture is one of the top trending budget bathroom ideas.

If you have any old units lying around, why not try painting or sanding them to breathe new life into them for your bathroom?

Plus, if you haven’t got vanity units that need revamping, Facebook Marketplace, Ebay and Gumtree are great go-tos for where to find secondhand furniture.

5. Fake tiling with adhesive wall and floor solutions

(Image credit: Brewster Home Fashions)

As the saying goes, time is money, so who wants to spend countless hours doing DIY during their free time? (Unless you enjoy it of course!)

Instead of spending precious time mixing gloopy wallpaper paste, cutting tile after tile and cleaning tile dust off your surfaces – wing it with peel and stick wallpaper and adhesive wall and floor tile solutions.

These sticky solutions aren’t tricky! In fact, they are one of many simple bathroom ideas that mimic premium bathroom wallpaper ideas. 

So get peeling and sticking for as little as $1.44/£1 per square foot.

6. De-clutter your space like an interiors expert

(Image credit: Christy England)

One of our most cost-effective ideas for doing your bathrooms on a budget, this trendy tip requires no special equipment or designated spend. Simply tidy your bathroom by either stowing away lesser used products or by binning cosmetics, lotions, gels and ointments that are past their expiry date.  

This will instantly give your bathroom an update – turning it from a cluttered messy space to a clean, fresh zen area in which to relax.

But if you’re wondering how to determine what goes into the trash can, take a look at the back of your packaging and look for a tub icon. This will indicate how many months the product should be kept for after opening. So off you go –  tidy up like Marie Kondo!

And if you’re reluctant to get rid of your haul, creating DIY bathroom shelving ideas or a ladder using reclaimed wood is a budget-friendly and thrifty idea. Dollar stores will also stock drawer dividers and other cheap ways to efficiently organize your space.

7. Paint a bathroom ceiling anything but white

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Painted ceilings (that aren’t white!) are a massive trend at the moment and are a really great way to add interest to a space, especially a smaller space like a bathroom. If you are a keen DIYer and want to give this a go yourself, just check out our guide to how to paint a ceiling.  

If you’re feeling brave and want to copy this gothic look above, we recommend going for a combo of Farrow & Ball Down Pipe and Railings, and investing in good bathroom lighting. Designing a bathroom from scratch? Head over to our feature for an in-depth guide. 

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8. Paint a bathroom floor for a quick and affordable update

Painting floorboards has also become a bit of a trend, so if you have floorboards in your bathroom, consider this as a cheap but chic bathroom update. You’ll need to use one of the best wood paints, but if you can, use a paint designed for floors as it will be more durable and less slippery – if more limited in color choices.

You can also paint tiles – sometimes, the bolder the better, as seen above!

9. Or paint bathroom walls an unexpected shade

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There are few cheaper and easier ways to update a space than by giving it a new lick of paint. Pink room ideas are among our favorites at the moment, and softer shades are a space-enhancing choice for a small room. So if you are looking for an on-trend bathroom update, we say go for a rosy hue. Something like Farrow & Ball’s Sulking Room Pink, which despite the name is actually a really grown-up take on the color, would be our fave choice.

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10. Paint your bathroom tiles 

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If you don’t want the expense (and mess!) of taking down bathroom tiles and starting all over again, consider painting over your bathroom tiles. This is a relatively quick and cheap bathroom tile idea for bathrooms on a budget. 

Whether you want to paint your tiles one color, or create a gradient ombre finish, a pot of paint goes a long way to achieving a luxury bathroom design for less. 

Most tile paint only needs one coat, but with its high VOC content, be sure to keep it out of reach of children and keep the room well-ventilated to extract the fumes from this solvent-based solution.

It’s also worth noting that gleaming grouting goes a long way, so you remove any grubby gunk before ploughing ahead.

11. Create an ombré paint effect

(Image credit: Annie Sloan)

Experimenting with on-trend paint ideas is an easy and affordable way of creating a new vibe in a tired looking space, on a budget. Copy this idea and pick two or three shades of varying tones (we’d recommend blues for a bathroom) and create a stylish finish with the help of our guide to how to paint an ombré accent wall. 

12. Experiment with bathroom wallpaper

(Image credit: Drummonds)

Bathrooms and wallpaper? Surely that’s not a good mix? Well, actually, it can work if you just follow a few extra steps when choosing and hanging your wallpaper. First, don’t hang wallpaper anywhere that will be in constant contact with water (such as inside a shower!) – and if your bathroom isn’t very well ventilated we would recommend sticking to wallpaper specifically designed for bathrooms. Otherwise, you can use any wallpaper you like, but make sure you use extra strong wallpaper adhesive; a layer of clear varnish can help protect it further, too.  

13. Invest in stylish bathroom storage to make more space

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Obviously, shelves are a good bathroom storage solution, but make them both practical and stylish by choosing open shelving that you could also make a bit of a feature of. Use them to store your essentials, your soaps, cotton wool, floss and whatnot (stick them in some pretty glass jars if you want) – but also mix in some more decorative pieces like candles, house plants and cute folded towels.

Get some more tips on how to style shelves in our dedicated feature. 

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14. Update towels – and how you store them 

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Literally the cheapest way to update your bathroom is to get yourself a few new towels. Also think about mixing up the way you store them. You didn’t spend money on new towels to fold them away in a cupboard, so get your fancy new towels out on show! Something like a gorgeously simple wooden ladder would be perfect.

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15. Add simple bathroom accessories for a fresh feel

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A quick, inexpensive (and often practical) way of updating your bathroom is with accessories. We are talking soap dispensers, toothbrush holders, caddies, storage jars, all the fun stuff. Look out for cheap bathroom accessories when you next do your food shop; supermarkets like Walmart, Target, and Tesco and Sainsbury’s in the UK all have really lovely and super affordable pieces. 

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Brighten and enlargen a bathroom with a mirror

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It’s interior design 101 that mirrors can add a ton of space and light to a room, which is obviously going to make your bathroom feel fresher. So, you know what we are going to say: buy a new bathroom mirror. Go as large as your space can handle to bounce as much light around as possible. 

Have we persuaded you to invest? We’ve rounded up the best bathroom mirrors in our buying guide, so go and have a scroll through those.

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17. Decorate with tile stickers

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We only recently discovered the life-changing properties of tile stickers. They mostly come in at under $10/£10 a pack and you can use them pretty much anywhere. Look out for ones that are water-resistant (most of them are), and you can stick them over the existing tiles in your shower to recreate this look – no messy grout or expensive patterned tiles needed.  

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Oooooh look, you can use them on the floor too! Stick on tiles for your floor are available at most good DIY stores, and are so easy to use/install.

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18. Get rid of grime in between your wall tiles

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Want to update your bathroom tile for free? Well, almost. Then learn how to clean tile grout like a pro. All you need is a toothbrush, a good cream cleaner and a little bit of elbow grease. By getting rid of dirt and debris in between your grout, you’ll instantly brighten up your bathroom walls for barely any cash at all.

Get the paste into all the nooks and crannies and then leave for about 30 minutes to let it work its magic. Once you’ve left it for a while, simply rinse off with clean water and wipe up any residue with a microfiber towel.

Top tip: Baking soda and vinegar mixed makes for a great natural cream cleaner that will leave your grout sparkling. We actually have a whole feature on natural cleaning hacks, so make sure you go and check that out too. But if the stains still remain, an affordable grout pen should do the trick once and for all.

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19. Fill your bathroom with house plants

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Bang on the biophillic trend, adding the best air purifying plants to your scheme is a budget bathroom idea that will bring the outdoors in and detox your space. From increasing productivity and boosting your mood, the list of health benefits of houseplants just keeps growing and growing. 

From handmade macrame hangers to ceramic pots, DIY plant shelves and living walls, there are endless ways to style your plant babies.

Be sure to choose high-humidity bathroom plants that will thrive in this space. Some hardier varieties simply need a regular mist or spray of water to keep them hydrated, but set your alarms to ensure they don’t die from dehydration.

Top tip: If your bathroom is windowless, we recommend opting for fake plants. You’ll find a load of fake (and real) options in our round up of the best indoor plants. 

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20. Switch up your shower curtain

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Throw away that yellowing, ever so slightly moldy shower curtain. Go on, do it now. And get yourself a gorgeous shiny new one. It will give your bathroom an instant update, especially if you choose a neutral option that’ll let the other standout features in your room shine.

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21. Hang a gallery wall

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Treating your bathroom decor and styling like you would that of your living room or bedroom is one of the quickest (and cheapest) shortcuts you can take to giving it a bold new look. Hanging a gallery wall is one way to do this – and you needn’t even spend to get this finish; simply repurpose pictures you’re not using or want to swap out from other rooms. 

Bathrooms on a budget: under $100/£100

So, you’ve got a bit more of a budget to spend on your bathroom, but still want to keep your spend under $100/£100? Here are some ideas that will have more of an impact, but still won’t break the bank…

22. Illuminate your bathroom with inexpensive lighting

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As budget bathroom ideas go, lighting is one of the brightest ways to make your suite look expensive. From sophisticated wall lights to stunning ceiling chandeliers, statement pendants and modern lampshades, these bathroom lighting ideas fittings and fixtures will make your space shine.

Be sure not to overlook bulb sizes and light color temperatures. While cool light is generally considered better for tasks such as applying makeup, you’ll want warm light for creating a calm and tranquil bathtime atmosphere.  

But, as we know, water and electricity do not mix well. So ensure you put safety first by consider bathroom lighting zones and IP (Ingress Protection) ratings. Put simply, these ratings will determine how well the electrical enclosures are sealed away from moisture, dirt and debris which can be a health hazard.

23. Wow with window treatments

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From cut-price curtains, to discount drapes, low-cost window films and bargain blinds, there are loads of bathroom window treatment ideas that can add privacy and style to your decor. 

What’s more, many of today’s modern materials can block UV rays, offer customized levels of light and keep the room cool by blocking out the sun’s heat. But rather than going straight to the leading manufacturer, it pays to shop around. 

When working out how to measure up for curtains, making sure you get your measurements correct is absolutely essential. Fittings that fit flush to your window space and look bespoke will make the space appear more expensive.

Once you’ve chosen your material, another way to save with this budget bathroom decor is by fitting the window treatment yourself. Ensuring you know how to put up a curtain pole is just one step towards a successful project.

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24. Upgrade your shower head

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Changing your shower fitting is one of the best ideas for updating your bathrooms on a budget.

Opulent finishes like brass can quickly turn your bathroom into an expensive-looking haven. Just be sure to keep abreast of the advice on how to clean brass to ensure this luxe look stays well-maintained.

As technology and the demand for creative options grow, you’re literally showered with options. Choose from a fixed or handheld shower head, and even fixtures with jet or spray options for a sensual spa bathroom experience.

25. Swap time-consuming tiling for a sheet wall covering

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We’re sure you can agree that dodgy DIY tiling or cowboy builders cost a small fortune, and are a stress that absolutely NO ONE needs in their life when updating their bathrooms on a budget.

So instead of running the risk of botched bathroom tile ideas, why not invest in a sheet wall covering that you can install yourself? These large decorative wall panes come in various material types including marble and natural stone for a luxurious look at a lower cost price.

26. Buy some new pieces of bathroom furniture

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We aren’t talking a new bath here, or even a new sink – something like a side table or a new statement stool will do. Look for pieces that aren’t necessarily made for bathrooms that will add more interest to your space. We love these rustic wooden stools from Etsy, which could actually be pretty practical for chucking towels over or keeping things handy near the bath. 

The gorgeous little cabinet in the bathroom above is definitely on our lust list!

27. DIY a stylish bath panel

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The queen of amazing DIYs @thisenglishhome  totally transformed her bathroom by making a new cane bath panel on a budget. You can find all the steps you need to know over on Victoria’s Instagra – just check out the Bathroom highlight for everything you need to recreate this look. 

Or, just head over to our guide for how to DIY a bath panel for everything you need to know. 

28. Or, paint your bath panel 

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If you don’t fancy that big of a DIY project though, revamping a plain white tub with a bright bath panel is easy to do and a quick way to refresh a tired-looking scheme, injecting a bit of pattern and color. 

Choose the correct bathroom paints and make sure you pick an option that goes with the rest of your color scheme. 

Bathrooms on a budget: under $500/£500

Still not blowing all your budget – but if you’ve got a touch more to spend on your space, here are some affordable ideas that still come in at under $500/£500…

29. Choose bespoke bathroom pieces

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Opting for unique or bespoke pieces can be a great way of adding character into bathrooms on a budget. If you’re an experienced DIY-er, consider customizing pieces you have already got; we love the idea of turning a cabinet into a washstand, and it’s much more straightforward than you might think. Simply cut out a hole where the basin should be – most come with a template.

If you are on the hunt for a vanity unit, we have load of inspiration over in our bathroom vanity ideas gallery. 

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30. Or trawl online marketplaces for one-off finds

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Buying a whole new bathroom might not quite be in your budget, but you’d be surprised what cool pieces you can find second hand. We know, you are probably thinking, ‘Err… I don’t want anyone’s second hand toilet, thanks’. But how about a reclaimed freestanding bathtub with ball and claw feet? Or a vintage Victorian sink? A hand-me-down bathroom doesn’t sound so gross now does it? Keep an eye on sites like eBay and Etsy for these kind of unique pieces.  

31. Buy an ex-display or sale suite

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A great tip to help you control your budget is to buy ex-display bathroom hardware. More often than not, these items are do not carry any cosmetic defaults – they are simply surplus stock or end-of-range items from the store.

While in some cases you’re still covered until the brand’s guarantee or warranty, it’s worth double checking with the store you purchased the goods from. 

Make sure to keep hold of any receipts and documentation to manage your expectations on what can be refunded or exchanged as the terms may differ from ‘normal’ policy.

32. Replace your bathroom fittings

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If your bathroom fittings – taps, showerheads and the like – are looking a bit worse for wear, maybe it’s time to get them replaced. They aren’t really something you notice until you change them up and realise you’ve put up with that gross showerhead for way too long. Black fixtures are bang on trend at the moment and there are loads of affordable options out there. Or, for an equally trendy but slightly warmer look, try bronze or copper fixtures. 

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33. Update your bathroom with wall paneling 

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Wall paneling is a more affordable alternative to wall tiles, especially if you can fit it yourself, which most experienced DIYers would be able to do. Just be aware when using paneling in bathrooms that although, MDF designs painted with an oil-based finish are water-resistant, they shouldn’t be used where they will be soaked. This is one of the best bathrooms on a budget ideas for a really premium finish.

How can I modernize my bathroom cheaply?

1. Work with the bathroom you have got

The first rule of renovating any room on a budget is to salvage whatever you can from the current design. This could potentially save you lots of money in replacing items that are serviceable but just need a little TLC. However, don’t keep something if it will have a cost impact in another way. For example, it might be cheaper to replace a whole bathroom suite, than try to find separate replacements to match one another.

The most important thing though is to try to maintain the existing plumbing layout if possible. Keep the waste and water inlets as they are and try to place sanitaryware accordingly to keep plumbing costs down. Acquainting yourself with the rudiments of bathroom plumbing can help you make the right choices for your budget, too.

2. Take on bathroom renovation work yourself

As mentioned in many of our ideas for doing your bathrooms on a budget, doing things yourself can save you huge amounts. Take on DIY tasks that you feel confident with, but leave anything that involves the cutting or adjustment of expensive materials to a professional.

3. Choose sanitaryware on a budget

Other than shopping around online or waiting for sales, what can you to do maximize savings on sanitaryware?

When it comes to choosing bathroom sinks, a pedestal model or wash-stand, which has legs, is usually less expensive than a vanity unit or cabinet and makes a striking standalone piece. If you need more storage space than this type of sink can offer, add simple shelves to an alcove, and supplement with smaller bathroom storage solutions such as baskets, caddies and hooks.

To make savings, you may be tempted to mix and match sanitaryware from different brands. This can work where styles are similar, but do check the colors very closely, as not all whites are the same. This also goes for adding a pristine new item into an existing, slightly aging suite.

If you are buying the fittings for your builder to install, before purchasing double check the practical matters, such as changing an old-fashioned high-level cistern over to one that is close coupled, or if the position of bathroom taps and/or waste is due to change. Moving taps and waste pipes will involve extra work and expense. 

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10 stunning bathroom decor ideas
In the bathroom, it is necessary to maintain maximum functionality and use most of the small space. At the same time, it is important not to forget about the interior. We offer ten useful and effective bathroom decor ideas.
10 stunning bathroom decor ideas

The bathroom needs to be kept as functional as possible and to make the most of a small space. At the same time, it is important not to forget about the interior. Here are ten useful and effective bathroom decor ideas

Our day begins and ends in the bathroom, where we spend a lot of time. Making the bathroom not only comfortable, but also beautiful is not an easy task, although it is doable. We have collected interesting tips and solutions, from the simplest to the more complex.

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An interesting washbasin design is the most obvious way to make your bathroom interior stylish and cozy. When choosing a sink, try to move away from the template and pay attention to unusual options. It can be either round, resembling a bowl, or square, strict geometric shape.

Think about non-standard solutions in the choice of material – it does not have to be the usual ceramics, metal sinks for high-tech interiors and even crystal for art deco style are no less practical. A lot depends on the placement of the sink – it can be built into a marble countertop or, for example, placed on a wooden cabinet with drawers and niches.

With the help of mirrors, even the most modest space can shine in a new light without major repairs. We offer some simple solutions: hang two mirrors symmetrically above the sink at once, or choose two mirrors of different sizes.

By the way, this is very convenient when two people use the bathroom at the same time. Much depends on the frame – the tree will give coziness and a feeling of closeness to nature, and the mirror mosaic will look elegant and give beautiful highlights when the lamps are on.

We often pay too little attention to lighting in the bathroom. As a rule, only one boring ceiling lamp is used as a light source, or at best several standard lamps in the ceiling.

In fact, you can play with the lighting in the bathroom, just like in other rooms of the apartment or house. If space allows, you can even fit a crystal chandelier into the interior! And fans of minimalism are advised to pay attention to hanging ceiling lamps-cylinders, which are most conveniently placed next to the mirror.

Our opinion:

— Subdued light in the bathroom looks great only in the photo, but in practice it is better to make the lighting quite bright, otherwise the presence of a mirror will simply lose its meaning. But the ideal option is a dimmer switch that controls the intensity of light. So you can take a bath with minimal light, and brighten the light when you need to apply makeup in front of the mirror.

Another simple and inexpensive option is to think about the position of the towels and the design of the holders. Agree, the usual hooks are already tired. Towels can be placed on a narrow open rack that can fit into even the smallest bathroom. Or equip special hanging baskets in which you can store other necessary things.

If you want to optimize the space as much as possible, even the hooks can be made original, for example, placed on a wooden panel, reminiscent of an entrance hall.

When planning a bathroom renovation, keep in mind that it is the tiles that will form the basis for your interior. To make the space bright and cheerful, choose the appropriate materials. Ornaments and patterns are in fashion now, as well as tiles that look like mosaics and tiles. Tiles of a small size will look great, and there is no need to be afraid of bold color schemes. Still, the bathroom is the first room in the house from which our day begins, and it simply has to cheer you up!

Our opinion:

— For some, the option of bright tiles on the walls may seem too radical. If you are afraid that the pattern will quickly get bored, focus on the floor. Here you can definitely give free rein to your imagination – the combination of plain walls and a floor with an ornament in the bathroom looks fresh.

If you decide to replace the bath with a shower, get creative. Instead of installing a standard cabin, save space by enclosing the shower with floor-to-ceiling glass, as shown in the photo. This decision will make the bathroom visually larger. Glass can also be replaced with hinged doors, and wooden beams can be laid on the floor over the tiles – it is more pleasant and warmer to stand on them.

A niche is not only a stylish element of decor, but also an opportunity to maximize the use of storage space. Make small niches in the wall and highlight them with tiles of a different color. Niches are also very functional inside the shower cabin – they can be made of the same tiles as the walls, and inside them it is convenient to store shower cosmetics. Even if the walls in your bathroom are not too wide, a niche can be made shallow, it will still become a noticeable accent in the interior.

Various flower pots can transform the look of your bathroom. One has only to add a little greenery to the interior, as it will already seem “alive” and environmentally friendly. If the bathroom has a window, you can place plants in pots, but if the room is dark (as is the case in most Russian apartments), use dried flower arrangements or even artificial options – the main thing is that they should be as natural as possible.

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Many women “make-up” in the bathroom, but you rarely see a special convenient place for applying make-up there. True, to implement this idea, you will need enough space to set up a small table, chair and mirror. The simplest solution would be to equip a small corner next to the sink – then you do not have to hang several mirrors in the bathroom. And a small stool can be organically placed even in a cramped room, hiding it under the sink.

And finally, a bold solution that, although it steals a little space, will give you a lot of comfort: this is a bench inside the shower cabin. Make a ledge of brick or concrete, overlaying it with the same tiles as the walls, or, conversely, highlight it with a contrasting shade. Another option is a bench made of wood covered with waterproof varnish, it is warmer and more pleasant in texture.

However, if you don’t want to make such a radical change in the space inside the cabin, use a portable bench made of metal, plastic or wood. It will not look so impressive, but if desired, this furniture can simply be removed or moved.


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How to decorate a bathroom cheaply and beautifully with your own hands

Many people think that it is simply impossible to make a special bathroom interior in an apartment with a standard layout. But if you correctly approach the issue of design, then with your own hands you can cheaply and beautifully embody many ideas.


  1. Different styles of bathroom design
  2. Scandinavian style
  3. Classic
  4. Modern
  5. Country
  6. Provence
  7. Hi-tech
  8. Minimalism
  9. Bathroom design – choice of colors
  10. Finishing materials for the bathroom
  11. Ceramic tiles
  12. Plastic panels
  13. Wallpaper, paint, plaster 90 082
  14. Selection of furniture and accessories

Different styles of bathroom design

Before you start decorating, you need to decide on the style of the room. After all, the choice of color, materials, furniture and accessories will depend on the stylistic direction. Therefore, first you need to consider the design styles that are relevant today and choose the appropriate option for yourself, taking into account personal preferences.

But the choice will depend not only on the desires, but also on the size of the room. So, the classic style cannot be realized in a small bathroom, as it requires more space, light, air and luxurious furniture.

Scandinavian style

You can decorate your bathroom in a Scandinavian style cheaply and beautifully with your own hands. This stylistic trend in design has been the most popular lately.

The Scandinavian style is perfect for small bathrooms, as the main color is white, which creates the illusion of space.

Scandinavia is characterized by the use of natural materials, with the help of textiles and original accessories you can create bright accents. It is also worth noting that the installation of a shower cabin is not acceptable for this style. But if you need to save space without violating the general mood, then you will have to implement the cabin in the form of glass partitions without a pallet, and install the drain directly into the floor.

Scandinavian style is characterized by white walls.


Classic never goes out of style, which is why many people choose this style for bathroom decoration. True, it cannot be said that repairs will be cheap, since this style is hard to imagine without marble and furniture made from natural materials. Also, the classic is not suitable for small rooms, you need space, because the classic style is characterized by the presence of many functional bedside tables, drawers and shelves.

Calm pastel colors, candlestick-like light sources, bronze-effect faucets and slender footed bathtubs are among the highlights.

The classic style is very close to such a direction in the interior as art deco, which is also created using luxurious finishing materials and accessories.


Modern means modern technologies and innovations. Such a design can be realized with your own hands even in a small bathroom. The result will be cheap, but beautiful.

There are many ways to decorate a bathroom in this style, as there is a combination of colors used in contrast. Also, this style is characterized by the division of the room into zones with the help of decorative partitions.

Plumbing can be any, the choice should come from convenience and functionality. Furniture is innovative, materials do not have to be expensive, most importantly, practical. Lighting is varied, from LEDs to single lamps.

The main rule of modernity is non-standard shapes, sizes and emphasis on accessories.


Country can be called such a kind of rustic style using massive rough elements and natural materials in the form of brick, wood or stone. But most importantly, only natural colors are used in the design, for example, brown, sandy, beige, green.

It is hard to imagine a country style without textiles, curtains with small flowers and wicker baskets. Furniture should be simple, no frills. The best option is antique. Lighting is subdued.

If the bathroom is well ventilated, wood paneling combined with coarse plaster can be used for finishing.


The most gentle and airy French style, which will definitely require painting or plastering the walls. And also buy solid furniture, for example, forged.

Provence is a discreet color palette from light pink to milky, pale lilac and lavender tones. Especially appropriate for this style is a floral ornament, in particular lavender.

An important touch of the French style is the centrally shaped bathtub with figured legs.


Hi-tech style is peace, asymmetrical shapes and clear lines. This style is characterized by high functionality, and minimal use of accessories. As well as stretch ceilings, glossy walls, mirror cabinets and shelving.

This style is ideal for strong and modern personalities. Some consider high-tech to be an impractical solution for decorating a bathroom, and only in practice can one understand what its charm is.

The decorative function in this design is performed not by accessories, but by lighting.


Minimalist bathroom design is characterized by simplicity of forms, clear lines, plenty of light and no decor. Also, minimalism will not tolerate disorder, each item should have its own specific place.

The design uses one or two colors. Furniture and accessories should be as simple as possible.

The main motto of the minimalist style is nothing superfluous.

Bathroom design – color selection

Colors are easier to decide when an overall style is chosen. True, many are repelled precisely by color, and not by style. And if such a path is chosen, then it is worth considering some features.

For a calm interior design in the bathroom, 80% should be occupied by primary colors. It is better to give preference to white, beige, shades of gray or brown. The remaining percentage is bright details in the form of textiles, furniture, accessories, lighting elements. But in this case, you can do without bright details.

A colorful interior has a 50/50 split between basic and bright colors.

Finishing materials for the bathroom

Despite the fact that the bathroom is a room with a high humidity index, and not every material is suitable for decoration, the choice is quite large.

Ceramic tile

Ceramic tile is a traditional material and the best choice for decorating areas such as the bathroom. The advantages of such material include:0003

  1. Versatility – with the help of tiles you can embody different interior styles. Its expressiveness lies in the variety of textures, shapes and colors. And with the help of decorative elements in the form of inserts with reliefs or paintings, borders, you can add bright accents to the design.
  2. Ceramic is highly resistant to moisture, which will prevent mold and mildew.
  3. Easy to clean – this material can be easily cleaned from various types of pollution.
  4. Durability.

There are also disadvantages of ceramic tiles – this is the complexity of installation and low impact resistance, therefore it is better to use a more durable material – porcelain stoneware for finishing the floor.

Artificial stone is also suitable for finishing the bathroom, which has the same properties as ceramic tiles.

Plastic panels

The simplest and most inexpensive material with which you can completely change the interior of the bathroom in a short time is plastic panels. Such material is resistant to a humid environment, it is hygienic, not demanding in care. With the help of panels, you can hide communications, and for installation it is not necessary to invite specialists, everything can be done by hand.

Among the shortcomings, it is worth highlighting its fragility and paneling takes up to 5 cm of usable area, and for small rooms this is a significant loss.

Wallpaper, paint, stucco

Other options for finishing include moisture-resistant wallpaper, plaster and water-resistant paint. True, such a finish is permissible only in a well-ventilated area. But if the room is spacious, then it is these materials that will make it possible to realize the most unusual design projects.

When choosing wallpaper, paint or plaster, it is worth considering that despite their moisture resistance, they are not suitable for finishing areas around the washbasin and bathtub. Here it is better to lay out an apron made of ceramics or artificial stone.

Choice of furniture and accessories

The choice of furniture plays an important role in the design of the bathroom and to make it cheap and beautiful, this issue should be approached more responsibly.

To create a comfortable atmosphere in the bathroom with your own hands, designers advise giving preference to functional furniture made from natural materials. After all, only with the help of soft textures, warm and calm shades, you can achieve coziness and comfort.

Designers also note that simplicity, restraint and elegance are in fashion today. Therefore, massive baths with hydromassage should be abandoned. Furniture should be compact plus a minimum of decor.

If we look at a few ideas for bathroom interiors, more and more open niches with wicker baskets, rolled towels, cosmetics and various accessories. Furniture with a natural texture and accessories in copper, silver, gold and brass.

For a spacious bathroom, a long, wide marble top with a built-in sink is ideal. You can also consider a standard set of furniture – a bedside table for a washbasin, a pencil case, a cabinet with a mirror, if desired and possible – a dressing table and a couch for relaxation.