How To Decorate Your Bathroom On A Budget
Updated: Oct 16, 2022
The bathroom is where you spend the most important minutes of the day — it is, after all, where you get ready to face the world. Thus, it makes sense to want a clean, elegant, and well-decorated bathroom that has a stylish shower head, a gorgeous bathtub, luxurious bath and shower accessories, and mesmerising lighting.
Additionally, many of us would like a bathroom that not only soothes the eyes but also impresses guests!
However, many hesitate to dip their toes into the pool of bathroom decor because they are intimidated by how expensive it all can be.
Well, the truth is that the best bathroom decor ideas needn't always be expensive. That's right, it is possible to decorate your bathroom and make it look luxurious on a budget.
In this article, we'll take a look at a few easy and cheap bathroom decor ideas that will elevate your bathroom without burning a hole in your wallet. Without further ado, let's dive right into the world of budget bathroom decorating.
How Can I Make My Bathroom Look Better On A Budget?
Your search for budget bathroom decor tips ends here! There are several easy and cheap ways to makeover your bathroom and give it a luxurious feel without spending too much money.
We suggest that you deep-clean your bathroom before decorating it, to really make sure that the space gets to shine. Scrub that shower screen, clean the grout, scour that bathtub, and unblock the drain!
Plus, it's generally a good idea to decorate on clean surfaces, because then less dirt and bacteria will get trapped.
It's also a good idea to take inventory of what you have in your bathroom so that you can plan how to decorate the space. Once you know what you already have and what it is that you want, you can cohesively work on your budget bathroom idea.
Making a Pinterest board or keeping a few reference images of your ideal budget bathroom will also make the process of decorating easier.
So, here are some bathroom ideas we think you'll love. These will work especially well if you're looking for small bathroom ideas.
And don't worry, most of the tips either involve cheap bathroom accessories (that are still durable) or some interesting DIY home decor ideas. You will be able to find most of these shower accessories online!
1. Get Some New Towels
One of the easiest ways to decorate your bathroom and make it look luxurious is to get some new towels. Worn-out towels with stains and holes in them can really be an eye sore.
You can find high-quality, stylish towels for a reasonable price if you shop around, both online and in your local stores. Opt for towels in colours that complement your bathroom's colour scheme. Make sure they are made of a soft, breathable fabric.
If you already have nice towels that unfortunately are stiff and scratchy, here's an article that explains how you can keep them soft.
2. Get a New Shower Curtain
Another easy and cheap way to decorate your bathroom is to get a new shower curtain. If your shower curtain is full of holes and has become old and mouldy, it'll certainly drag down your bathroom's visual appeal. Plus, it won't be hygienic!
Getting a new shower curtain will instantly change the look of your bathroom and make it look neat and stylish. Again, make sure to choose a shower curtain that goes well with the overall colour scheme, matches your other shower accessories, and fits the dimensions of your bathroom perfectly.
3. Add Some Greenery
Adding some plants to your bathroom is a great way to decorate it and make it look more luxurious. And don't worry, this tip also works for a small bathroom that doesn't have a lot of floor space. Plus, you can always go with plant pots on shelves or choose hanging plants in order to maintain your precious floor space.
Not only do plants add a touch of elegance, but they also help to purify the air. If you're worried about plants not being able to thrive in a bathroom, you should know that there are many types of plants that are well-suited to bathrooms, such as snake plants and aloe vera plants.
And if you really don't have those plant parent genes...just go for fake plants!
4. Get Some New Soap Dispensers, Toothbrush Holders, and Storage Jars
Yes, we know this tip seems trivial. But you'll be surprised by how many people choose to simply ignore their soap dispensers, which are often cracked, caked in old soap, and dirty!
Soap dispensers are relatively inexpensive, and they can make a big difference in the overall look of your bathroom. It goes without saying that it's best to choose soap dispensers that match the style of your bathroom.
For example, if you have a more modern bathroom with white and neutral colours, then you might want to choose soap dispensers that have a more contemporary look and compromise a single solid colour. If your bathroom has a rustic look, go for a soap dispenser with earthy tones or that has a wooden finish.
Next, go for some elegant and practical toothbrush holders and storage jars. Heavy-set ones in solid colours usually make any bathroom feel luxurious! Having personal care items stored away neatly in holders and jars makes a huge difference and is also practical. See if you can get your soap dispenser, toothbrush holders, and storage jars to match for bonus points.
5. Get Some New Towel Hooks
You've got new towels, so why not get new hooks to hang towels? Towel hooks are another easy and cheap way to decorate your bathroom. They're also a great way to add some personality to your bathroom. You can go for funky ones with interesting designs that'll catch the eye of any visitor or simple ones that'll look muted but elegant.
6. Paint the Walls or Get Some Pretty Bathroom Wallpaper
If you want to give your bathroom an inexpensive makeover, painting the walls or getting some new wallpaper is a great idea and should be one of your top priorities. If you wish to really save money, you can even go for a single statement or accent wall.
There are many different colours and designs to choose from when it comes to paint and wallpaper, so you can definitely find something that fits the overall style and atmosphere of your bathroom. Just make sure to take the time to properly prep your walls before painting or applying wallpaper so that you get the best results possible.
Remember that softer shades will make your bathroom look like it has more space, whereas darker shades will make your bathroom look smaller. In general, light colours are preferred for bathrooms as they allow for more visibility and prioritise hygiene.
7. Get New Tiles or Go For Tile Stickers
If you're not a fan of painting or wallpapering, then another great option is to get new tiles for your bathroom or go for tile stickers. In fact, tile stickers are a great option for those who don't want to commit to the task of changing their existing tiles.
You can combine this tip with the previous one by painting the walls a light colour and then adding some darker tiles as an accent. If you've always wanted patterned flooring, go for some sturdy, waterproof, and bathroom-safe floor tile stickers. Interlocking rubber floor mats or tiles are another great idea that you can consider.
8. Add Some Artwork
Adding some artwork to your bathroom is a cost-effective way to make it look more stylish and luxurious. Plus, if you're an artist, your bathroom walls are simply another canvas for you to play on.
Again, make sure to choose pieces that go well with the overall colour scheme of your bathroom. You can also sideline this rule and go for a bold colour if you wish.
Remember that if you have a small space or a bijou bathroom, it's best to go with artworks that contain lighter colours and softer shades as they will brighten and open up the room. If you have a large space, you can go for darker colours without any worries.
9. Get Some New Shower/Bath Mats
A new bath mat will make your bathroom floor look clean and elegant. Plus, it's an extremely practical purchase — you'd be shocked to know that there are many people who don't use bath mats at all!
Just like with towels and other bathroom accessories, make sure to choose a colour that goes well with the overall colour scheme of your bathroom. We recommend that you choose an anti-slip mat for safety reasons, especially if you have kids, elderly people, and/or pets in the house. You can put these mats on the floor in and outside your shower enclosure or inside your bathtub, depending on your needs.
10. Get New Cabinet Hardware
If your old bathroom cabinets are looking a bit tired, then an inexpensive solution to update them is to get new cabinet hardware. This will give your cabinets a whole new look without having to replace the actual cabinets. So, go for those golden knobs or pulls!
In general, changing up the hardware of your bathroom furniture is a good way to make the space feel brand new. If you have a smaller bathroom and can't really fit any additional items in there, spicing up your existing furniture is a smart and cost-effective solution.
11. Get Mirrors
Mirrors are a must in bathrooms for practical reasons, but they also are an important part of home decor. You can place a large mirror on your accent wall or on top of the vanity unit — this will make your bathroom suite look like it's out of a 5-star hotel brochure and your small bathroom seem like it has more room.
An interesting mirror (one with a quirky frame or an unconventional shape) will add character to your bathroom. Plus, mirrors work in tandem with our next budget bathroom tip!
12. Change the Lighting
Lighting can make all the difference when it comes to a budget-friendly yet beautiful bathroom. Based on your needs, you can try out dim lighting or go for unique light pieces that will quite literally brighten up your bathroom.
Soft-white light is usually considered to be the best for bathrooms. Colour-changing lightbulbs or vanity mirror lights are also a great way to elevate any bathroom. If you want a more quirky feel, you can use fairy lights or LED strip lights around the mirror and walls. Make sure to keep these lights away from any direct streams of water.
Additionally, keep two things in mind — task lighting and ambient lighting. You want certain areas of your bathroom to be properly lit, such as the shower enclosure or vanity area — you don't want to cut yourself while shaving or do your makeup wrong just because you can't see anything under dim lights that are aesthetic but not practical.
On the other hand, ambient lighting will allow the areas of your bathroom that aren't used for any "tasks" to look elegant and luxurious. Thus, it's good to layer lighting in the bathroom.
13. Invest In Some Aromatherapy
This one's a given — who doesn't love the smell of a good aromatherapy diffuser or scented candles? Not only do they make your bathroom smell amazing, but they can also boost your mood and create a relaxing environment.
There are many different types of aromatherapy products available in the market these days, especially if you are prioritising decor ideas on a budget.
If you want something easy to use, then we recommend essential oil diffusers (you can DIY them as well). If you're looking for a luxurious touch, then scented candles are your best bet. You could also try out bath bombs and shower bombs. Placing a bowl of potpourri near the washbasin or on the vanity unit is also a fantastic idea.
Here’s an article that explains how you can try out aromatherapy showers at home.
14. Upgrade Your Bathroom Fixtures
If you have old bathroom fixtures or shower accessories, then it might be time to upgrade them. Not only will this give your bathroom a more luxurious look, but it can also help save water and energy. Plus, nobody likes looking at or using limescale-ridden, rusty, and leaky fixtures!
Here's an article that highlights the signs that you need to replace your shower head.
Consider replacing your old, malfunctioning, and rusted shower heads, hoses, and taps with affordable new ones. For example, you can get a new shower head (be it handheld or wall-mounted) that will make your space shine and also cut down on your water consumption. This way, you not only save money on bathroom decor but also save money on your water bills in the future.
So, there you go. By following these simple tips, you can easily decorate your bathroom on a budget.
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