How to renovate your bathroom on a budget

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

The most efficient way to add wow-factor to your wet zone is by nailing the perfect colour palette. Luckily, a fresh coat of paint doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, averaging about $30 per can. This is a simple DIY job that, when done correctly, can transform the look of your walls or vanity unit. Before you begin, sand the paint coats off your plaster walls and apply painter’s tape around any fixtures or fittings to avoid unwelcome drips. For a timeless bathroom, channel popular Hamptons style by contrasting blue hues with crisp white tones. These soothing shades also have a calming effect to help create a relaxing retreat. Our top tip? Ensure you choose an oil-based, semi-gloss finish that’s resistant to mould for durability. You’ll thank us down the track!

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.

Feeling inspired? Contact Bay 2 Bay Group today!

If you’re excited to get started on your bathroom renovation and need some professional help, then get in touch with us today and talk to one of our renovation specialists at Bay 2 Bay Group.

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