There’s nothing more relaxing than a hot bath or shower at the end of a long day. It can ease tense muscles, lower blood pressure and provide a calm and peaceful environment for you to take some time out for yourself. However if your bathroom isn’t up to scratch, you’ll never get the full benefit. Cracked tiles, mould, clutter due to poor storage solutions and peeling flooring can all bring down the look and mean you’re keen to get yourself out of there as quick as possible!
A full bathroom renovation can be expensive, time consuming and inconvenient- after all, having no bath, shower or toilet in the house for a while is always going to throw up problems! If you don’t have the budget or inclination to rip everything out and start again, there are plenty of things you can do which will modernize and spruce up the space. Here are some ideas!
Have Your Suite Refinished
Instead of ripping out the suite and putting a new one in, why not look into sink, toilet and bathtub refinishing? Whether your bathroom is porcelain, fibreglass or acrylic sheet, any damage can be repaired so that they look as good as new. Chips, scratches, scuffs and stains will all instantly age a bathroom as well as make it look tired- this is a great way to give your existing suite a new lease of life without having to purchase new or pay a plumber.
Install New Taps
It’s often the smaller details that can really add up, and actually sometimes just switching up the taps can make an old bathroom look much newer. Whether you go for traditional or contemporary is up to you, but a tap that’s free of stains and rust will do wonders in upgrading your bathroom. It needn’t cost the earth, and it’s something anyone with moderate DIY skills can do.
Replace the Tiles
The tiles are a huge feature in the bathroom. Because trends come and go but tiles are expensive and difficult to replace, many of us end up with bathrooms that look old fashioned. Chips, cracks and stained grout will all add to the unpleasantness. Having all new tiles installed will cost a fair amount, and really is something that should be left to the professionals for the best finish. However there is another option. An acrylic backsplash is easy to install and is a far cheaper option. Have the lower half of your bathroom fitted with a backsplash, and paint the top half using mould resistant bathroom paint. Backsplashes come in all colours and finishes so it will be easy to find one that suits your style.
Consider New Flooring
As with wall tiles, floor tiles can look dated and develop cracks and dirty grout over time. A quick fix is to have a sheet of vinyl fitted right over the top. Sometimes you might need a sheet of vinyl underlay first, but either way it’s an easy fix that’s far cheaper than new tiles. Fitted properly it looks very smart- it’s waterproof and hardwearing and again comes in just about any colour and pattern. If you have warped wooden floors it’s worth taking them out and replacing with something like this which is waterproof. If you live in the UK, you might even move into a house where the owners have used carpet in the bathroom! Thankfully this is becoming less common practice in modern times, but it goes without saying it’s not the most practical or sanitary choice.
Buy New Storage
A tired bathroom is always going to look worse when it’s full of clutter. Often, just clearing away the mess can make it look a million times better. Storage solutions like drawers for products, a wall mounted medicine cabinet and a corner product holder in the bath or shower can do the trick. Get rid of products that are gooey and half used, and tidy everything else away to where it’s supposed to be.
Replace the Accessories
Things like your shower curtain, toilet brush, bath mat, towels and toothbrush holder can look a little grimy and worse for wear after a while. Sometimes, replacing these things is a simple and effective way to bring new life into the bathroom. Choose a color that compliments your decor, any homeware shop will have matching sets of bathroom accessories. Go with a couple of decorative items as well but don’t go overboard as a small room can easily look cluttered. A plant and a wall hanging will suffice in bringing personality and interest to the bathroom.
Check out our other bathroom renovation posts for even more great ideas!