A hard-working, stylish bathroom adds instant value to your home. But how can you take your pamper zone from boring to beautiful without blowing your budget?
Thankfully, there are plenty of low-cost updates you can make in your bathroom renovation – from a new coat of paint to fresh flooring. You can even try your hand at DIY jobs to slash costs! But you should stick to the pros for trickier installations (like plumbing modifications or regrouting shower tiles), as small slip ups can be more expensive to fix in the long run. To help you get a luxe look for less, we’ve rounded up our top bathroom renovations ideas.
Refresh your colour palette
Splurge in small spaces
A cheap bathroom renovation doesn’t mean you need to compromise on quality. If you have your heart set on a luxurious material like natural stone or veined marble, don’t despair. Instead, use it in a space with the smallest square meterage and turn it into a focal point. Opt for an inexpensive benchtop so you can splurge on your splashback, which requires less material and is more visible to the eye. This way, you get the best of both worlds: low-cost and high-quality!
Upgrade your mirror
If you can’t afford an extension for your small bathroom, it’s time to start shopping for mirrors. This simple feature reflects light and is a visual trick to doubling the width of a room, creating the illusion of more space. The best of the mirror bunch is moisture resistant and large enough to cover the entire wall above the sink.
Hunt around online at homewares stores for interesting shapes (curved silhouettes help soften the hard lines of a bathroom), water-resistant frames and even mirrored wall cabinets for extra storage. If you choose correctly, your mirror can be the cheapest feature in the bathroom while packing the biggest design punch.
Replace your fixtures
While they may seem like small considerations, outdated showerheads, tapware and sinks can bring down the best of bathrooms. The good news is that there’s an abundance of exciting, affordable fixtures to choose from to instantly elevate your bathroom.
To keep costs low when you’re replacing your taps, choose the same configuration and a similar design to avoid additional costs that come with moving pipework. Talk to a licensed plumber before making any decisions, as they can offer their expert advice and ensure you’re not making any costly mistakes. As for classic styles that will stand the test of time? Chrome-plated or brushed metal tapware are both stylish and durable.