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10 low cost bathroom upgrades to raise your home's value

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Updating a room can end up being an arduous and expensive process unless you can keep a tight control of your finances. Rather then getting carried away and totally redecorating your space, why not simply look to upgrade a few individual items that might be unwittingly dating your bathroom

Old shower curtains, cracked tiles and dirty grout will all make your space seem a little tired and unloved but these are not the only things you can tackle in one day to make a big impact. Take a look at our top tips for upgrading your bathroom quickly and cheaply and see which might be best suited to your space and budget.

1. Don't let old styling pull you back

 Bathroom by Cuartodebañ

Mueble Boheme Blanco Vintage


Drawer pulls can really date a piece of furniture so think about changing cabinet handles out for some newer, more contemporary versions and you'll be shocked at how much better your space will look. Don't forget to replace them all though or your efforts will look a little mismatched!

2. Floor your guests with a stunning rug

Drummonds Case Study: European Retreat, Denmark:  Bathroom by Drummonds Bathrooms
Drummonds Bathrooms

Drummonds Case Study: European Retreat, Denmark

Drummonds Bathrooms

Don't think that water and rugs don't mix. People are so afraid to put cute rugs in their bathroom but as long as you don't actually use it as a bathmat, they look great and will always add a splash of pizazz!

3. Stop being dull and be a bright spark

Aquaquae Showroom:  Bathroom by aquaquae

Aquaquae Showroom


Changing your light fittings is a super quick, often cheap and always impactful upgrade for any room but especially your bathroom. Steer clear of purely practical fixtures and invest in something funky. It'll really surprise people!

4. Drench yourself in luxury with a new shower head

You don't need to replace your entire shower unit to make a big impact on your room. Simply look to invest in a new, gorgeous and powerful shower head. Even a modern shower can have a vintage style attachment added to it so you can go as individual as you fancy. You could even swap out some taps while you are in the mood!

5. Get down and dirty with your grout

Ijzersterkinterieurontwerp:  Bathroom by Txell Alarcon
Txell Alarcon


Txell Alarcon

However hard you try to keep it clean, grout does dull with age, especially the white varieties. A quick freshen up with either a deep clean or a grout pen will have a massive effect on how fresh, clean and new your bathroom feels.

6. You wouldn't ignore a chipped tooth

Jasba Glazed Mosaic Tiles:  Bathroom by The Mosaic Company
The Mosaic Company

Jasba Glazed Mosaic Tiles

The Mosaic Company

Why does it seem so easy to ignore a chipped tile? It looks shoddy and can be dangerous so as soon as you notice a weak link in the chain, get it replaced. It will help your room stay as new-looking as possible and if you've invested in quality tiles, such as these ones from The Mosaic Company, you want that to be the case!

7. Don't keep a lid on it

 Bathroom by homify

Granley suite


If you hate your toilet seat or it's seen better days, speak up and get it replaced. We really love some of the cool designer alternatives out there these days, especially the resin ones with amazing items inset into them. Mermaid themed toilet seat, anyone? 

8. Peeling back the years

The silicone sealant that goes around the top of your bathtub and seals the tray in your shower will need replacing at some point. If you are taking on some quick and simple upgrades, do this at the same time. Be brave and clean off any mildew whilst you're at it!

9. Get sticky in your shower

Botanical Bathroom from Bathrooms.ccom:  Bathroom by

Botanical Bathroom from Bathrooms.ccom

Wall decals are such hot news right now so if you fancy styling up your bathroom in one easy step, why not think about taking decals to the next level with some tile stickers? It's a great way to make sure that anyone who bursts in will be looking at the wall and not you!

10. Express yourself with colour

 Bathroom by GAL srl
GAL srl

Shower curtain on measure in waterproof fabric

GAL srl

Who likes a boring shower curtain? Nobody that we can think of but you do need to keep an eye on the bottom of the curtain itself to make sure it isn't getting mouldy. As soon as you see a little grime, replace your curtain and embrace change every time by buying patterned, colourful examples. This will keep your guests guessing!

For more bathroom inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: Bold Bathroom Shelf Ideas.

Is your bathroom screaming out for an upgrade? Leave a comment and let us know which of these ideas you might you try!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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