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Update your bathroom in 5 easy steps

Before we bought our new build property, we had only lived in ‘older’ houses, ones which needed a little work and gave us the opportunity to put our stamp on it. I couldn’t even begin to guess how many homes I have looked at since my years on the property ladder but I soon realised that you had to look past the decoration and furniture, to visualise it as a blank space.

Most rooms in a house can be updated with a simple lick of paint and perhaps a new carpet but rooms like the bathroom and kitchen can date quickly. I like a bathroom to have a ‘hotel’ feel to it and generally being smaller than a kitchen, it’s the cheaper of the two to update so here’s my tips on bringing a new lease of life to your bathroom in 5 easy steps.

New Bathroom Suite

White Bathroom Suite

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I moved into one house that had a turquoise, yes TURQUOISE bathroom suite and there was no way in the world that I could live with it. Putting in a new white suite doesn’t have to be expensive but it makes the world of difference to the look and instantly modernises.

New Tiles

Manhattan Winter Tiles

Whether you are looking to just tile a splashback, the shower cubicle or the whole walls and floors, it’s a great way to bring a new look to a bathroom and choosing the right tiles you can really achieve that ‘hotel look’. I particularly love these Manhattan Winter tiles I spotted on the website for ABL Tile Centre. They just have that ‘something’ which makes them a bit more special than the norm and will reflect the light from different angles.

Create a Feature Wall

Feature Wall

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If you’re on a tight budget then creating a feature wall is a simple yet effect way to add style to any room, not just the bathroom. Keeping all other walls in a neutral tone to match the wallpaper or tiling you have chosen really helps to keep the cost down and in only wallpapering or tiling one wall you might just be able to push the cost up a little to get a higher quality finish.

Creative Lighting

Creative Lighting

Creative Lighting via Shutterstock

Lighting is a great way of adding mood and style to a room. I love the effect that placing lighting behind these mirrors give. The great thing about this look is that you don’t even have to have expensive lighting, just someone who is handy with electrics and knows how to hang a mirror well in order to achieve the right look. Imagine how cool this would look in a white bathroom with colour changing lights, perfect for when you want to relax in the bath with a glass of bubbly!!

Add Artwork

Bathroom Art

Bathroom Art via Shutterstock

Such a simple way to add colour to your bathroom, you can choose a piece of artwork that you have seen or try creating your own on canvas or by playing around with colours on a favourite photograph. There are lots of different photography tutorials around online that you could try. A hint on the Feng Shui front though, don’t add more water pictures as this could flood your bathroom and lose you money!!

 

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    • July 17, 2016 / 8:13 pm

      I love artwork in the bathroom, we have art which we have made ourselves in ours and it looks brilliant x

    • July 17, 2016 / 8:14 pm

      Scary stuff!! I hope they saw fit to change it like we did haha 😉 x

  1. July 16, 2016 / 4:35 pm

    Great ideas. Im currently living with a grey bathroom suite. Would love to totally upgrade my bathroom but its not financially do-able right now.

    • July 17, 2016 / 8:16 pm

      I’m sure you hate the grey but it’s slightly more workable than turquoise 😉 I hope you manage to get the new suite you desire soon x

  2. jojo140883
    July 16, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    I’m just looking into updating our bathroom so found these tips very handy. Thank You x

    • July 17, 2016 / 8:18 pm

      Great news, hopefully you might be able to put some of these to work x

  3. July 17, 2016 / 12:14 am

    I can’t believe someone had a turquoise bathroom suite that you had to move into on the past lol but these tips show how you can quickly change that for the better!
    I love the hotel look of a bathroom too as feels super clean, neat and modern.
    My favourite bits are the feature wall, using artwork and especially the lighting behind the mirrors. I bet it would look fantastic and easier to sell when you’d decide to sell! 🙂

    http://www.copingwiththebigc.co.uk

    • July 17, 2016 / 8:20 pm

      My friend’s parents used to have an olive green suite, now that was a sight to behold!!! I love breathing new life into a house, it gives you a real sense of satisfaction 🙂 x

  4. annalisanuttall
    July 17, 2016 / 3:11 pm

    The top bathroom suite is identical to my one at home. It literally could be my bathroom. haha how funny!

    http://www.annanuttall.com

    • July 17, 2016 / 8:21 pm

      Haha how spooky! I promise I haven’t taken pics without you knowing 🙂

    • July 17, 2016 / 8:22 pm

      Thank you, I was always nervous of a feature wall until I took the plunge and put one in our kitchen when we moved in here and then I loved it x

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