Bathroom on a budget


This post does mention previous collaborations items with Wickes, Hampton and Astley and Junique.

Our bathroom was dull and lacked personality when we moved in, not offensive but also not inspiring. It was a classic beige and white bathroom which just wasn’t me. We’d have loved to have installed a new bathroom but when we looked at the finances of it all we decided  and decided to update on a budget.


Bathroom before


Obviously, painting the walls is an easy thing to do to give your room a fresh new look. Also consider painting the cupboards, bath panels and vanity unit in a colour too.  You can use internal wood paint for this or paint such as Frenchic Alfresco paint.  I used Farrow and Ball Oval Room Blue in our bathroom as I wanted a soft rich blue to inject some personality into our bathroom. Before installing our metro tiles, we also painted the old wall tiles with Ronseal tile paint which refreshed the room for about £20.

Ronseal tile paint on wall tiles


Wickes Metro Tiles


Mirrors and prints

People often forget to dress their bathroom, this can be a relatively cheap way to update your bathroom.  I bought a new mirror with a shelf to give a modern, industrial look and then covered the bathroom in Junique prints (gifted to me) which instantly dressed the room.



Accessories and vintage pieces

My wall cupboard cost me £20 from a charity shop and then I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk paint and replaced the handle to a brass one.  Handles can easily be replaced to suit your look and to match your scheme.  The wall shelf is great way of storing towels and plants and I leave bags hanging on the door for further storage.    Our towel rail and toilet roll holder needed to reflect my vintage style and so I found them at a budget price on eBay.  By simply changing your toilet seat to black you give your bathroom a stylish twist and always invest in some good quality towels like this set from Hampton and Astley.



Tiling and flooring

If you can’t afford to retile or haven’t got the skill set, do consider vinyl sheet flooring or self adhesive tiles.  Our vinyl tile was from Feature Floors, as we wanted a modern patterned look and warm flooring under our feet.  Our Victorian home can be cold in Winter! We did eventually change the wall tile to a metro brick which we installed ourselves which was part of a collaboration with Wickes.


Replacing taps can help to make your room look more cohesive as they come in a range of styles and finishes.  We opted for a traditional style from The Cast Iron Bath Company to give a more vintage look.


I hope  you have found this blog post helpful and has given you some ideas to create an updated bathroom for less.



Room notes:

Wall colour – Purbeck Stone by Farrow and Ball.

Unit and bath panel colour – Oval Room Blue by Farrow and Ball.

Wall tiles – Metro tiles from Wickes.

Flooring – Feature Floors Sorzano Vinyl Self Adhesive Tiles 

Mirror and shelf – Rose and Grey

Straw bag from Joules

Prints by Junique

Taps – The Cast Iron Bath Company

Hanging planters – Nkuku 

Towels – Hampton and Astley

Tile Paint before retiling-  Ronseal tile paint

Accessories – Many items eBay, H&M for bathroom accessories including shower curtain and mat and plants from local garden centre,


I’m currently looking for some bathroom inspiration for my own home as I often find that the bathroom is the room that is neglected.  Most homes play it safe with their colour selection opting for neutrals but a bathroom can be used to demonstrate a great sense of style and love of colour. So here are my latest finds which I hope you will enjoy as much as me:

  1. Little Greene Company‘s use of colour.

I love this stunning wallpaper in this bathroom which has been beautifully dressed with some of their vibrant paints.  I especially love the cast iron bath tub painted in Mister David, Yellow.

greene-company bathroom

2. Downtown Abbey Range from Victorian Plumbing 

The Downtown Abbey Range from Victorian Plumbing would look simply stunning any bathroom.  I am considering this vanity unit for out bathroom as I love the beautiful colour and would be a great storage solution for our small bathroom.


3.  Stamford tile from Topps Tiles

This ceramic tile features pretty patterns and complementary colour ways of cool blues, olive greens and soft creams. Stamford tiles enhance any bathroom and would become a talking point of any home.

stamford bathroom tile

4. Storage in the a bathroom or shower wall

To increase storage space in your bathroom try knocking out a section of the wall to make additional space for all your toiletries.  Also try using some stunning grey gloss tiles as an alternative to the usual neutral white/cream.  Plus don’t forget to always do your homework on your tile selection as often you can find some bargains on Ebay.

Bathroom storage-in-the-wall

5. Wet room zoning with tiles


I have totally fallen in love with this look!! How effective is it to zone the shower area with the continuation of the floor tiles?  This was styled by Drummonds and the tiles were from Rustico Tile and Stone.


6. Copper styling

Copper is everywhere in any stylish home and it hasn’t escaped the bathroom! Whether you opt for the slightly higher maintenance shiny copper or copper with a slightly aged, rustic charm you are sure to create a rich and opulent room! Finally, if you would like more styling styling ideas with copper visit Foam & Bubbles.


7. Freestanding baths


A freestanding bath creates a striking statement piece within any bathroom such as this one from Global Bathrooms.


8. Tulare LED illuminated audio bathroom mirror from Pebble Grey.

Listen to music on your iPhone or iPad through our new Tulare LED Bluetooth Mirror. The popular audio mirror has built in speakers and a digital clock display. It comes with a remote control, which conveniently allows you to select your own music with the simple touch of a button. The Tulare also has a built in shaver socket, demister pad and sensor switch making this the ultimate bathroom luxury.





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