Bathrooms can seem like one of the more daunting rooms in the house to renovate.  It’s no wonder people often put off tackling it.  However, a new bathroom not only adds value to your home but also provides a much-needed space to relax.  So, where do you start?

Pick a suite to last

The first and most obvious consideration is the bathroom suite.  If the layout of the existing suite works, then fitting your new suite in the same position will keep costs down. Keep it neutral, an unfussy white suite will stand the test of time.  You can easily achieve your preferred look through your choice of fittings.  Whether it’s traditional or modern, choose the right style of shower head, taps and lighting to create the look you’re after.  These fittings can easily be switched out in the future as trends change.

Upgrading your own bathroom

The walls and floors

The walls and floor are the next most important thing to consider.  Getting this element right will bring the whole room together.  The most popular flooring options are ceramic or porcelain tiles, and vinyl.  Tiles will offer you a more hard-wearing and long-lasting floor, as well as a more luxurious feel.  Shop around online to make sure you keep costs down. Doing the tiling yourself will also help the budget.  If you’re a novice, there are plenty of helpful online guides to show you how to tile a bathroom.

Tiling the walls is more than a practical choice, it’s a chance to show your personality.  However, be aware that if you opt for a heavy pattern, it may age quickly.  If you don’t feel brave enough to go for a colourful tile, try tiling part way up and adding colour by painting the rest of the wall.  This will also help make your renovation more cost-effective.

Choose your storage wisely

Even in a small bathroom, there should be enough space for storage.  Whether you go for a vanity unit or some simple open shelves will depend on your budget and the amount of room you have.  Wall cabinets can make a room feel smaller, whereas open shelves keep the feeling of space.  If you’re feeling confident, you could try upcycling an old cupboard into a vanity unit or use reclaimed wood to create shelves.

Don’t forget to accessorise

Finally, when all the hard work is done, don’t forget the little details.  New towels, plants and prints for the wall, it’s those finishing touches that will bring it all together.


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