How to Update a Bathroom on a Budget

Carla Docdocil
January 27, 2023

Does your bathroom need a makeover, but you don't have the budget for a full renovation? Have no fear! There are many ways to update a bathroom on a budget.

From simple DIY touches to changes that will drastically transform your space, this guide will show you how to take your tired old bathroom from drab to fab! So grab a paintbrush and your creative side, and let's get started giving your bath the upgrade it deserves without breaking the bank. 

If the Walls Are Closing In, Add Some Color!

Bathroom with aqua walls

Painting the bathroom a new color is one inexpensive way to update it. It's a simple and quick way to give your bathroom a new look and feel. Need help deciding on a color? White, cream and pale blue are perennially popular for bathrooms because they are light and airy. 

Alternatively, bolder colors like black or dark green could add some drama. Consider your fixtures and decor for a unified look when choosing the new paint color. Your bathroom can look completely different and feel like a brand-new room with just a few coats of paint.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

The bathroom mirror is frequently overlooked but can significantly affect the room's appearance and atmosphere. Consider your preferences for style and practical requirements when choosing a new mirror. To keep the area from feeling crowded, ensure the appropriate size for the space. 

And if money is tight, changing the mirror can be a simple and affordable way to improve the look of your bathroom. For a unique finishing touch, consider adding a homemade frame.

Whatever option you select, giving your bathroom mirror some thought can significantly improve its appearance and functionality.

There’s Lighting at the End of the Tunnel

Bathroom lights

Each piece you choose for your bathroom makeover must be carefully chosen. For instance, adding some creative lighting can completely transform the aesthetics of your bathroom.

The bathroom lighting design process is similar to other standard bathroom remodeling projects. 

It's crucial to consider the lighting you install in your bathroom. It is an essential element of the overall bathroom theme or design that you selected. If your bathroom doesn't have windows, it's necessary to install light fixtures. For example, if you need more light over the sink, use energy-efficient LED lighting to brighten the area. Although it might be a little more expensive, adding a chandelier will give the room a more romantic, elegant feel.

Escape Boring and Add Some Color to Those Cabinets

Adding a pop of color to the cabinet doors is a great way to update a bathroom on a budget. In an otherwise neutral bathroom, a playful focal point is created by the cabinet colors blending with the bathroom colors and accessories.

Is your bathroom big and bright with lots of natural light, or is it small and dark? The size, arrangement, and amount of light will affect how the paint color appears on your cabinets after painting. For example, the space will feel even smaller if you use darker paint colors for the cabinets. On the other hand, painting your cabinets a lighter or brighter color will do wonders for opening them up and making your bathroom look bigger.

This is Not Your Curtain Call, so Replace Them

The shower curtain is frequently the most prominent element in a small bathroom. You can spruce it up by replacing your outdated, moldy shower curtain. Combine patterned fabric curtain panels with a clear plastic shower liner for a more fashionable look.

Regarding space-saving, your bathtub and shower area are frequently overlooked, but a shower curtain can help you gain valuable room. Do you remember when there were only a few colors and styles of shower curtains that weren't trendy? A ruffled fabric will go well with your romantically themed bathroom. In contrast, a high-contrast colored variety will go well with the rest of your sleek and modern bathroom, depending on your bathroom decor. Once dry, pulling back the shower curtain will make your bathroom look bigger and give the space a more styled look.

Make a Last Ditch Effort and Lose Those 70s Tiles

Bathroom tile samples

Replacing bathroom tiles can be a great way to upgrade your space. You don't need a full renovation to completely transform the look of your bathroom - simply replacing dated or damaged tiles with something fresh and modern can make all the difference. Not only will brand-new tiles give your room a much-needed facelift, but they may also provide functional benefits such as additional insulation and waterproofing, making it easier to maintain your bathroom over time. So if you're looking for a cost-effective way to add a wow factor to your bathroom, swapping those old tiles for something shiny and new is definitely worth considering!

So, What Does Your New Masterpiece Look Like Now?

Updating your bathroom doesn't have to be expensive. Following these tips on how to update a bathroom on a budget can save money, and you’ll have a beautifully refreshed look. And if you're looking for more ways to update other spaces in your home, check out our post on daybed ideas. You don't have to spend much money to make your home look great!

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