If there’s one room in your home that you spend an awful lot of time in, but that often gets pushed to the bottom of the makeover list, it’s the humble bathroom.
Nothing beats locking yourself away from the stress and strains of work and family life for a long hot soak in the bath or a warm shower on a cold day. Just you with no one able to demand anything from you. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Except of course, if you’re bathroom looks like it’s seen better days. That mold around the tub, that textured paint and the bathroom cabinet left by previous tenants, it all adds to a dated and run down the bathroom. It’s time for a change.
When you’re on a budget but could do with fixing up your sanctuary of peace and relaxation, we take a look at three cheap but effective bathroom boosts.
We’re not just talking about walls, anyone can do that, we’re talking about your ceilings and your wooden floors. If you have a plain white ceiling, then why not look at some bathroom colors that are really on-trend at the moment that you can easily apply yourself and without spending a fortune.
Think olive green or smoldering greys that bring out the whiteness of your walls and add a dimension of drama to your bathroom.
You might also want to look at treating your wooden floors. Perhaps you have floorboards that could be transformed with a colorful stain, a color that reflects another element in your bathrooms such as your towels or shower curtain.
That bathroom cabinet needs to go but where else are you going to store the things you need? For a start, you might want to make showering a bit more convenient with shower caddies that keep everything close to hand when you need them most.
You want to replace the cabinet but are looking to keep it a little cheaper than pick up some scaffolding planks from your nearest timber yard. Spend a morning sanding them down and varnishing them to protect against humidity and you have some characterful, rustic boards that you can cut to different lengths, replacing that old cabinet. Add a couple of plants or an antique soap dispenser and you have a unique storage area in your bathroom.
One place where you’ll find lots of unusual and interesting bathroom items antique reclamation yards and antique shops. Don’t be afraid to add a bit of interest and drama to your bathroom with unusual storage ideas and one-off pieces. Find a chest, for example, to store towels and that can provide a handy tabletop.
Take back your bathroom and make it your favorite room in the house thanks to some cheap but effective changes that will suit everyone’s budget. Then sink back into that bath and lock the world outside as you relax into your newly designed bathroom, transformed thanks to your own handiwork and a little bit of creative thinking.