This is a blog post by Topps Tiles, Britain’s biggest tile & wood flooring specialist.
Bathrooms are often the smallest rooms in our homes, but they can be an expensive area to redecorate and refurbish. Fear not however, we’ve put together some of our favourite ideas to help you achieve the bathroom of your dreams on a budget.
Before you start your project, have a good think about the look you’re trying to create and gather as much inspiration as you can. Don’t be put off by expensive décor and designer pieces when you’re creating your Pinterest board however; at this stage it’s all about pulling ideas together and seeing what will work best for you and your home. You can work on recreating the look in your own home for less once you’ve decided on a style and theme.
We’d advise collecting paint charts and fabric pieces, taking photos of things you like when you’re out and about and looking at interior magazines or online for ideas. Bringing these together will help you work out the kind of look you want to create and where you might be able to save some money. The high street will have designer-inspired accessories at a fraction of the cost which will keep you within budget.
A great way to see how your bathroom could be transformed with different tiles and paint colours is to try our Visualiser tool. It’s the perfect way to get creative and get a realistic idea of what the right tiles can do for your room. You’ll also find the Visualiser in all of our stores where a member of our team will be able to share their expert advice on creating the bathroom of your dreams.
Colour & Lighting
Colour and light are big considerations when it comes to decorating bathrooms. White and pale shades work particularly well in small spaces to make areas feel bigger, whereas a patterned floor might work well in larger areas.
This doesn’t mean you can’t use patterns in small rooms however; it’s all about choosing the right pattern for your bathroom. One of our favourite ways to inject a bit of personality into a room is to use plain white tiles on the walls and floors and add a splash of character with a colourful splashback. Mosaics or patterned tiles are perfect for use in small areas such as splashbacks to bring a room to life without breaking the bank.
Lighting is another important factor in a bathroom. If you don’t have natural light flooding into the room, we’d advise using white tiles with a glossy finish which will bounce light around the room and make the most of the space you have.
Heating & Wet Rooms
As a longer-term saving, we’d advise installing underfloor heating in your bathroom. This is a fantastic way to heat the whole room without taking up precious wall space and it keeps your toes lovely and warm on those cold mornings! If you need help choosing a system, Warmup’s expert team is available on 0845 345 2288 or try the Underfloor Heating Product Selector tool.
Another simple yet cost-effective way to achieve a high-end look in your bathroom is to install a wet room. When done right, a wet room creates a spa-like feel and is highly cost-effective and practical. Simply ensure you use anti-slip tiles and seal the tiles in the room correctly, and you’ll have a walk-in shower that lasts for years to come.
If you’re looking to create a wet room in your own home, we’d advise speaking to our experts in store for specialist tips and advice.
When decorating on a budget, accessorising your bathroom is the perfect way to create a stylish room and stay within your budget.
Once you’ve chosen your theme, try looking in homeware stores, interior shops or even supermarkets and keep an eye out for bargains. A couple of colourful accessories can transform a room and keep it looking fresh and on-trend. They’re also inexpensive to replace, meaning you can change the theme of your room as often as you like.