A few simple changes can go a long way (Picture: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Redoing your bathroom can be a major task and intimidating expense, but you don’t have to completely gut the room to improve it.
Sure, it can be nice to start from scratch when doing home improvements, but if you’re looking to improve your bathroom, sometimes less is more.
Scarlett Blakey, Creative Partner of Ophelia Blake Interior Design, has tips for anyone looking to give their bathroom a boost on a budget…
Pay attention to the lighting
Having the right lighting in your bathroom is key to fostering the right relaxing tone.
‘The key to creating the perfect ambience in your bathroom,’ says Scarlett, ‘Is to make sure the lighting reflects the kind of sanctuary you are trying to achieve.
‘Introducing symmetrical wall lights either side of your wash basin will limit shadows, whilst a bold yet beautiful pendant light above your basin, can really make a difference to the look of the room.’
Just freshening up the paint job can be enough (Picture: Digital Light Source/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Put a fresh lick of paint on the walls
Even something as simple as a new coat of paint can work wonders.
‘Walls are there to be used, even in your bathroom!’ said Scarlett. ‘If your walls are painted, adding a fresh lick of paint is a really simple way to update your bathroom.
‘Keep the colour neutral to enhance the element of calm, and instead opt for bringing in pops of colour and pattern through added accessories.’
Bring nature indoors
Scarlett said: ‘Botanical design brings together the minimalist idea of removing unnecessary embellishments and introducing plants to extract the natural benefits they have on the mind and the environment.
‘Add in planets and a variety of foliage to decorate your bathroom and really enhance the natural atmosphere you are trying to create.
‘Potted orchids help to create that clean and classic hotel finish, while reacting well to humid bathrooms.’
Redo your tile grout
A seemingly little thing like old grout can drag the whole bathroom down.
‘If your bathroom is tiled, it might be time to renew your tile grout. If it is discoloured, your whole bathroom could be dragged down with it,’ Scarlett explained.
‘Experiment with different grout colours, as this can completely transform a basic tile into a statement piece. Grout pens are available from most DIY shops for a quick fix.’
Mirror can make the space feel bigger than it is (Picture: Quick Image/Construction Photography/Avalon/Getty Images)
Invest in a new mirror
It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book, but a well-placed mirror can make a room feel bigger than it is.
‘If your bathroom is on the smaller side,’ said Scarlett, ‘Mirrors are a great way to create an illusion of space.
‘You want your bathroom to be bright and airy, so placing a mirror opposite a window is an effective way of reflecting any natural light that comes in.’
Add some pleasant scents
Something that often goes overlooked when it comes to DIY is smell, but having the bathroom smell like your favourite things makes the space even more luxurious.
‘To evoke memories of that luxury hotel spa experience, focus on scents,’ said Scarlett. ‘Essential oils and scented soaps will help you to relax and unwind, and give your space a really indulgent edge.
‘Choose a stylish diffuser to instantly add atmosphere to the room, and finish off with a scented candle in order to truly unwind.’
Add some high quality finishing touches
Making sure you choose the right products for your bathroom might not could as DIY, but the impact on the room can be significant.
Scarlett said: ‘Creating a luxurious bathroom on a budget can seem like a huge task, but it’s all about the finishing details. Beautifully designed, luxury smellies from brands including Jo Malone or Molton Brown can help to give the room an elegant touch.
‘Try to create a display of products in their original packaging on a decorative ceramic tray to form part of the overall look.
‘If you fancy a little bit of a splurge, good quality towels and dressing gowns are a great place to start. Hanging these accessories can evoke a true sense of warmth and luxury, and are of course also extremely practical.’
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