Renovating a bathroom is a big project to undertake for any homeowner. On average, Aussies spend up to $19,500 on a bathroom makeover. Of course, this varies greatly depending on the scale of renovation, choice of fittings and fixtures and so on.
If a full bathroom overhaul is a little more work than you’d like to undertake, or will simply be too taxing on the bank account, there are other nifty ways of sprucing up your bathroom without undertaking a major renovation. If your bathroom is in good condition, you may only need to make minor alterations to see major improvements.
De-clutter and organise your storage
If you haven’t already organised every inch of your home during isolation, now is the time. Take some time to clear out the clutter and re-organise your existing storage space. This will enable you to see what you’re really dealing with. Having a nice tidy blank canvas will allow you to determine which areas need work if you need additional storage or storage solutions that will make better use of the space. Consider utilising drawer dividers, additional wall shelves, freestanding storage cupboards (separate from your vanity unit) etc. You may also want to find space for a small bin and laundry hamper if possible, which will help keep your bathroom tidy and organised, not to mention making household chores much smoother!
A modern bathroom really benefits from a clear and clutter-free look, so organisation will go a long way.
A fresh coat of paint
They’re not wrong when they say a fresh coat of paint can do wonders! Brightening up your bathroom’s walls, ceilings, skirting boards and architraves will really revitalise the space. Opt for a classic bright white, or a muted trend colour like sage to give your bathroom a modern feel.
And don’t forget to properly clean and prep the surface beforehand!
Alternatively, you might consider adding panelling to the walls of your bathroom. This decorative product is perfect for more traditional spaces, but it can also provide a distinctly modern feel depending on what it is paired with. Plus, it’s perfect for the DIY renovator.
Refresh or re-finish fittings
Another quick fix to spruce up any bathroom is to refresh the fittings. Swap out tired taps and shower mixers for more modern alternatives, there are some great styles and finishes to choose from. Things like your shower base, bathtub and basins can also be resurfaced using specifically formulated products if you’d prefer to keep them. There are DIY solutions for this, although the professionals really know their stuff in this department, so you may want to leave the hard work to them for best results.
Rejuvenate your tiles and grout
Nothing breathes life into a bathroom more than fresh tiles and grout! There are so many tiles to choose from at Elegance Tiles, you’re sure to find something that suits your style. And if you’re going to the trouble of retiling, make sure you pick a complementary grout colour. Again, this can be a DIY project, but we’d always recommend consulting a professional if you’re unsure how to proceed.
Alternatively, if your tiles are still in good condition, a deep clean might do the trick. Giving tiles and grout a good scrub with warm soapy water and vinegar will help lift surface dirt and grime. No doubt it will also be a good upper body workout.
Update your vanity unit
Out with the old and in with the new, updating your vanity will give your bathroom a new look in no time! Updating the cabinetry handles and knobs is an easy and effective first start. Or, you can replace the whole thing with a vanity unit that suits your space and perhaps addresses any storage deficiencies you may have.
Replace shower screens and mirrors
A worn out shower screen can seriously date your entire bathroom design. A new frameless or semi-frameless shower screen will instantly breathe new life into your space. Depending on the age of your shower screen, an update may also be needed for safety reasons. Many older screens use float glass (which normally breaks into sharp shards) whereas a new shower screen will be made using safety or tempered glass, which instead, crumbles into smaller pieces upon impact. This is a much better option to ensure your family’s safety.
Your existing bathroom mirrors can also be replaced if necessary, once again providing a fresh new look in your bathroom. Installing a large, frameless mirror will help to create the illusion of more space, great for smaller bathrooms. Or you could opt for a modern wall mounted mirror on a blank wall to create a truly stylish look.
The finishing touch! Top off your revamped space with accessories and decorative pieces that complement your bathroom’s style. These items will complete your new look and tie together all the elements of your design to create a more cohesive and consistent style. Treat yourself to new soap dispensers, tumblers or other small accessories. To really elevate the overall look, complete the space with fresh bathroom towels, floor mats and hand towels. And if you’d like to make the space extra vibrant, introduce some natural beauty with lush hanging plants or bright flower arrangement.
Updating your bathroom does not need to include a major renovation, especially if the space only needs a few touches here and there. These tips will help you create a luxury bathroom look for less, offering a new lease on life for your existing space. You will find even more inspiration in our Design Hub. Or you can always pop into your local Elegance Tiles store. Our knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to assist you with your design choices and colour schemes.