Inexpensive Design Ideas for a Bathroom Remodel

When guests come to your home, do you silently hope that they won’t have to go to the bathroom during their visit? Does getting ready in your old outdated bathroom every morning provide a depressing start to your day? After enduring a blah beige painted torn linoleum floored bathroom for years, I recently completed a mini-remodel. While I couldn’t afford to change everything in my bathroom, the following inexpensive design ideas that I incorporated gave me the beautiful results I envisioned.


Anyone who tries to put on makeup in the morning or get that perfect hairstyle knows the importance of good lightening in the bathroom. Changing bathroom light fixtures can add style to an otherwise plain bathroom and give you better function. Update harsh older fluorescent lights with new vanity lights or pendant lights. Nickel, stainless steel, and oiled bronze finishes look great in bathrooms painted in warm neutral colors. Do you have a large soaker tub in your master bathroom? If so, think about showing it off with an inexpensive mini-chandelier.


I know what you’re thinking. Flooring is not an inexpensive update in any space. However, the bathroom is probably the smallest room in your home. Therefore, if you want to start replacing the flooring in your home, the bathroom will more than likely be your most inexpensive space to start remodeling. While porcelain, ceramic, and marble flooring are popular for the bathroom, they may not be practical or affordable for you. I recently installed a Dura Ceramic floor in my bathrooms and am extremely happy with the result. With these tiles, you get the look of porcelain and ceramic for a much lower price. Dura Ceramic is also a softer surface than porcelain or ceramic and will not crack as easily. Because of its softer surface, it is easier on people with joint problems. In winter, Dura Ceramic will also not feel as cold as porcelain or ceramic flooring. Of course, vinyl is always an option for the bathroom. Vinyl is certainly cheaper than the other aforementioned options, but sometimes gets a bad reputation for its appearance and durability.


If you want to update a bathroom without breaking the bank, replacing an old dated mirror is a good option. Trade your big frameless mirror for a more modern framed one. Do you have two sinks in your master bathroom, but only have one large mirror. Think about purchasing two smaller mirrors and hanging one above each sink. If you really want to save money while completing a bathroom remodel, repurpose an old frameless mirror by adding a personalized frame of your own. For example, you could frame your mirror with worn reclaimed wood to create a rustic look or seashells to complement a nautical bathroom design.


You might be surprised how a few inexpensive accessories can transform a tired dated bathroom. If new countertops, vanities, and flooring are not in your budget for now, think about bringing new life to your bathroom with the aid of accessories. New cabinet hardware might make your vanity look new again. Because a bathroom vanity doesn’t usually have many cabinet doors, you can update your hardware for a small cost. Add color and patterns with new rugs and shower-curtains. Also, consider changing out your towel holder, toilet paper holder, and shower-curtain rod. When I updated these three items in my bathrooms, I was amazed at the difference it made.

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