2 June 2017

10 Bathroom Ideas on a Budget

Updating and remodeling your bathroom is an exciting project. Not only will it make going for a bath or shower a lot more pleasant, it will also add value to your home and impress your guests! The bathroom is often neglected in home makeovers and is usually the last room in the house to get some attention. This is a shame because it used by all the inhabitants every day.
There are some jobs that you can do yourself. The design decisions are all up to you and there are plenty of inspirational ideas on Pinterest. The size of your bathroom does not have to be a limiting factor because there are plenty of ways in which you can give the illusion of space. You also don’t have to spend a fortune to get stunning results.

  1. Redecorate wisely
The options for redecorating your home are endless. However, in the bathroom, things are a little more complicated.  There is a lot of water flying around a bathroom and so some areas will need a water-proof covering. In most domestic bathrooms, the waterproof layer is provided by ceramic tiles. Tiles can be very expensive if you opt for the high-quality designs. One cheaper option is to stick with the existing tiles and give the grout a good clean up. Replace the silicon layer where the tiles meet the bath or the shower as this is often stained with mold. There are plenty of cleaning products that are designed precisely for this job but you must take care when you are using them as they contain a strong bleaching agent.
  1. Mix up cheap items with a few expensive elements
If you fall in love with some expensive tiles you do not have to deny yourself. Use a block of cheaper tiles and finish off with a layer of the expensive ones on the top. Alternatively, you can use mostly the cheaper tiles but create a feature square or rectangle from the more expensive ones. Remember that larger tiles are quicker to fit but it can be fiddly cutting them to fit around pipes.
The same is true for floor tiles. You can use cheaper tiles but invest in some high-quality bathroom rugs.
  1. Save on counter tops
Most bathroom sinks are cut into counter tops. As you only need a short length, it is easy to get carried away and buy an expensive material such as granite. There are a few tricks to getting a bargain when you are buying granite. Check out all of the colors. Some are more expensive than others and you can save yourself a fortune by opting for one of the less popular colors or the ones that are on a special offer. You can also get a lot of money knocked off the price of granite if there are imperfections in the length that you are buying. This may be the very part that you are cutting out anyway! Remember there are cheaper alternatives to granite such as marble and laminate that can look just as good.
  1. Don't economize on paint
Paint is an area where it is worth investing in a high-quality product. Moisture collects around the ceiling and walls in bathrooms and this can lead to mold growth. If you buy a good quality paint that resists against mold growth then it will last for longer. Buying cheap paint is false economy because it gets moldy and you will have to paint all over again which costs even more money! You can also cut down on condensation and mold be ensuring that the bathroom is adequately ventilated. Simply opening a window rarely works. It is better to fit a mechanical extraction van that removes moist air from the room. You can get fans with humidity sensors that atomically turn on when the humidity reaches a certain level.
  1. Buy in the trades that you need
You may think that you will save money by doing the plumbing work yourself but this is a high-risk strategy. You must buy in professional plumbing services to ensure that your safety and the structure of the house is not put at risk. Fitting showers, baths and toilets is complicated and should be carried out by someone who knows what they are doing. Water leaks are dangerous and expensive to fix. They also cause a huge amount of damage to the structure of the house. A plumber is a great information so pick their brains whilst they are doing the job for you! They can advise you which fittings would work best in the space that you have available.
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  1. Don’t forget the small things
Replacing some of the small elements in your bathroom can make a world of difference. Try to update light fixtures, sink faucets and towel racks. Paying attention to tiny details such as drawer pulls can complete the whole look. These elements may seem insignificant, but add them all together and you have the perfect look. You don’t have to buy all of these as new. Hunt around second-hand stores and reclamation yards for period items that would fit your look.
  1. Add some storage
Storage is often forgotten in a bathroom but you need somewhere to store all the toiletries. You don't have to buy expensive bathroom cabinets. You can make your own from off-cuts of paneling and paint it to match the rest of the bathroom. A heated towel rail is not that expensive but is a lovely way to store your towels and keep them warm! These need to be fitted by a professional.
  1. Replace the shower screen or curtain
The shower screen or curtain can really date the look of a bathroom and they get to look old and tired after a few years of use. Shower curtains are very cheap to buy and there are loads of colors and patterns available. Shower screens are slightly more expensive but look great. There is a lot of choices. You can select a frameless shower screen or a pivot shower screen. Your choice may be limited by the bathroom layout and style so check with your plumber first. If you are planning on replacing an old shower curtain with a new screen, make sure that you have enough clearance to open the shower door.
  1. Install new lighting
The options for bathroom lighting are sometimes very basic, it is either on or off. This can lead to you having to endure a harsh overhead light or complete darkness! However, with the right bathroom lighting, you can completely change the mood of the space. Start by working out how much natural light enters the bathroom during the day. Then add some softer wall lights or a light that can be dimmed. Remember, you need to select lighting fixtures that have been designed to cope with moisture and humidity. You should always get a professional electrician to install the fittings for you because water and electricity is a dangerous combination. You also need light switches that are designed especially for bathrooms.
  1. Put up a new mirror
It is essential to have a mirror in a bathroom but you can turn yours into a design feature too. Where mirrors are concerned, the bigger the better. They create the illusion of space so they can make your small bathroom look a lot bigger than it actually is. If you put up several mirrors the light will bounce around and illuminate the whole room.

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