The bathroom is one of the rooms that people spend the most, but it’s also where you can save the most. Sometimes cosmetic work is enough- new tapware, paint, shutters, a blind, a showerscreen, etc.  

October 24, 2017

Careful planning and smart choices can keep costs down. Here’s ideas we’ve tried ourselves to great effect.  

Hang a wall-width mirror

To give the illusion of space, a new mirror will lighten the bathroom, add sparkle and can transform the poky into the palatial.  

Work with a limited palette

A fresh coat of paint can make a bathroom look larger, wider or taller.  

It’s all about clean, uninterrupted lines

A new frameless shower screen is the way to go.  

New tapware can set the entire tone of a bathroom

Use your imagination: choose anything from snazzy mod black taps to budget styles that could easily pass muster as designer pieces.   

Add a thick marble shelf

For a feeling of luxe, attach marble shelves to the wall, window ledge or shower step.  

Replace your showerhead

A high-efficiency showerhead is a simple, affordable change that can have big impact.  

Get the five-star look

Fill your bathroom with pretty soaps, candles, scrubs, balms, bubbles, shampoos, creams, oils and potions.  

Stock up on towels

Go on, invest in 10 new fluffy, fresh, white towels. It’s amazing what a difference they can make.  

Window Treatments

A new blind, especially in pale tones, will make the bathroom appear larger. Windows too small? Hang blinds (rollers to timber venetians and fat slats), wider or longer than the windows’ dimensions, to the size the window should be.  

Hang pictures

Gather all your unhung art, to create a bathroom gallery wall that will signal attitude and confidence.  

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