Nine ways to update your bathroom decor on a budget

Our simple and budget-friendly bathroom decorating ideas will help you transform your space without breaking the bank

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If you’re in need of bathroom decorating ideas on a budget, the good news is that you don’t have to plan an extensive remodel to completely transform your space.

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In fact, with a few clever swaps and tricks, you can give your bathroom a completely new look – all for less than £200!

Keep reading for our budget bathroom ideas and save yourself thousands!

Invest in a vanity unit

Vanity units are brilliant for creating extra storage without compromising on floor space.

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Vikki’s bathroom took about two weeks to complete from start to finish. The vanity unit and illuminated mirror are both from Roper Rhodes

Even compact designs are still large enough to hide all manner of mess without taking over the room. We love the on-trend brass accessories and moody blue tone featured in Vikki’s bathroom makeover (pictured above).

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Window film for instant frost effect

You can make the most of the natural light in your bathroom by getting rid of curtains and blinds – but, of course, you’ll still want your privacy. Enter window film!

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Sodia carefully sourced the smallest period-look pieces for her compact family bathroom, including a basin from Victoria Plum and a roll-top bath. The travertine floor tiles are from Topps Tiles

Window film will give you the privacy of frosted or etched glass, without the cost. Many companies do bespoke designs so you can create the perfect look for your window.

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Make your basin a focal point

Make a feature of your basin by choosing a show-stopping design. Concrete options in on-trend colours are all over Instagram – see an example inside Ella Russell’s Instagram home here –  and while they’re not always cheap, they make a big impact.

Pink bathroom sink and shower tiles

If pastels aren’t your thing, look out for patterned basins for classic, vintage style. It’s also worth checking out salvage sites and eBay for super-cheap reclaimed sinks with tons of retro charm – check out the vintage style bathroom in Laura Sawyer’s converted London flat for some inspiration.

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Be smart with lighting

Cast a flattering glow over the whole room with creative bathroom lighting, such as wall sconces and LED shelf strips.

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Hayley’s bathroom features clever lighting tricks, which help it to feel relaxed and luxurious. ‘I also promised myself a lovely roll-top bath, where I could lie and look out at the treetops,’ says Haley.

Low lighting will make bathtime feel much more relaxing and help cut down on energy costs. Look for lighting with frosted glass or fabric shades, or change the bulbs you have to a lower wattage for a soft, warm radiance.

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Seek out clever bathroom storage

Make every inch of space work harder by using clever storage solutions.

Real home: 'It was the ideal doer-upper for us'
Sophie searched out a double drawer vanity unit to maximise the hidden storage space in the small bathroom. For a similar design, see the Ronda chestnut 900mm-wide floor standing vanity unit at Victorian Plumbing

Corner caddies and angled shelving will make use of those awkward and unused spots. Don’t forget about the areas behind doors or the corners of the bath.