How To Update Your Bathroom on a Budget

how to update your bathroom on a budget
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Whenever we think of home makeovers, most of us probably always immediately think about it being costly, right? Overhauling a room, ripping everything out, starting again… But you really don’t need to change everything to have a big impact and to get a brand new look. Doing up our own home on a budget has been a fun project as we have worked out what can stay and what can go, what can be upcycled, what can be reused or repurposed elsewhere and how we can achieve the aesthetic we want without breaking the bank. I have previously talked about how we updated our kitchen on a budget so now I am going to turn to how to update your bathroom on a budget.


When we moved into our home every single room was painted magnolia. Now, as lovely as a neutral palette is, you don’t want it everywhere and even though it may look crisp and clean I often feel it makes a room lack a bit of personality. In order to gain that, I decided to go big and bold with my colour choice in our bathroom. It may seem a little overpowering to some people, but each time I now enter my bathroom I am hit by this vibrant peacock green and I just love it. It can be a risk going for a darker shade as it can sometimes make a room feel smaller or a little dingy but if you pick well the room should be able to pull it off.

the green walls of our bathroom a dark peakcock green


Boring bathroom tiles on the wall are up there with boring decor for me. They just don’t do anything for the room and this shouldn’t be the case as tiles can be so much fun! There are so many different styles, designs, shapes and patterns available in them now and finding the right tile will make your bathroom pop. On top of choosing tiles for the bathroom you could also think about adding a little more interest with a row or two of mosaics as we have done here:

a full look at our bathroom including the white tiles and mosaic strip

They really help to break up the wall and work with the tiles to add a little more interest that draws your eye. We only replaced the tiles on the walls as the flooring is white and in perfect condition which saved us more money too, however, if you wanted that wetroom look you could achieve this by opting for the same tiles on the floor as the walls which can also give the illusion of the room being much bigger than it actually is. A very simple way of altering a room without needing to extend it.


All bathrooms need a mirror but ours came with a bog-standard square one that looked as though it was unfinished. The great thing about mirrors is that you can easily pick them out secondhand, you may be given a hand me down, you could try sourcing one from a house clearance or shop the sales. It doesn’t have to be a big expense, it is just about finding the mirror that fits the style you are going for.

the mirror in our updated bathroom

Bath Panel

When the idea of doing up a bathroom comes up, you may be thinking that you will need to rip out the bath, toilet, sink and so on but honestly, if these are in good working order I would just leave them be. A very simple way of updating a bath is to just replace the bath panel with one more suited to your taste.

Shower Screen

The shower curtain has kinda had its day now. Not only can they look quite drab, but they are also breeding grounds for mould, mildew and bacteria and often need washing to keep them at their best. To update your bathroom why not do away with the curtain and replace it with a shower screen? Again, this doesn’t have to cost the earth, there are always sales on and eBay is a great place to find secondhand items for a little less which is where we purchased ours from. A screen will immediately make your bathroom look brighter, sleeker and more modern.

our bathroom with the shower screen going across

Shelving and Finishing Touches

To finish off the look, think about how you could incorporate shelves, cubby holes, pictures, ornaments, candles and so on into your bathroom. Long ago, the bathroom was always more of a clinical looking room but this room deserves a design element too and if you tie your new look together with some pretty items then go ahead and do it. When you are laying back in the bath and looking around the room you want warmth, tranquillity, things that will make you feel calm and happy and if that comes in the form of your favourite trinkets then put them exactly where you can see them. Choosing items you already own, making your own shelving, digging old photo frames out of a cupboard will all help to keep you on budget.

our shelves and plants and candles of the bathroom

And that is all we did. No walls were knocked down, nothing was ripped out, we didn’t need to replace the cupboard or radiator or floor and I got a bathroom I love without spending too much at all.

Creating a brand new bathroom certainly doesn’t need to take a lot of hard work or a lot of money and if you set a budget for every room you could lovingly transform your home and still keep some of your savings for whatever else you have your sights set on. Adding a half bath can be a cost-effective way to enhance both the functionality and value of your home. What ideas do you have for your next reno project?

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