Small bathroom makeover ideas on a budget

Small bathroom makeover ideas on a budget

Small bathroom makeover ideas on a budget

How is your bathroom looking lately? Probably not like how you want it to be. You might have guessed what this article is about. There is no denying that bathroom renovations can be expensive, however cheap bathroom makeover is also attainable. We have come up with small bathroom makeover ideas on a budget that is not only effective and fast but also affordable to implement. Whether you are a tenant looking for some inexpensive ways to beautify your small bathroom or just broke and in need of a cheap update, we’ve got you covered. Just because you can not afford the tub of your dreams does not mean that you can not change the way your bathroom looks or give it a major design upgrade.

Small bathroom makeover ideas on a budget

Since we spend quite a bit of time in our bathrooms, therefore they should be well organized and lovely spaces that are just as fit for a relaxing bath or shower as they are for getting ready in the morning. Keep reading for a plethora of small bathroom makeover ideas on a budget that looks a lot more expensive.

Pro Tip: If a bathroom material still works, fix it up, and reuse it. This is the guiding principle of any surface-level renovation. Secondly, while bathroom designers are great, they can break your bathroom makeover budget. Therefore, consider designing your bathroom by yourself. Spending some time studying bathroom layouts and learning the basic bathroom design guidelines can help you save some precious money.


Painting can be accomplished by even the least skilled do-it-yourselfers. Considering how little painting you need to do in bathrooms, here’s our first advice for you. Experimenting with on-trend paint ideas is an easy and affordable way of creating a new vibe in a tired-looking space. Since painted ceilings are a massive trend at the moment, therefore, paint your bathroom ceiling anything but white. Painted ceilings are a great way to add interest to space, especially a smaller space like a bathroom. After you are done painting your bathroom’s ceiling you can also paint your bathroom’s floor a quick and affordable makeover. Yep, we said paint your floor and we mean it. Painting bathroom floors have also become a bit of a trend, so if you have floorboards in your bathroom, consider painting it as well. You will have to use wood paint but if you could use a paint designed for floors then it will be more effective as it will be more durable and less slippery.

Paint the walls as well when you’re at it. Paint the walls with an unexpected shade. There are a few cheaper ways to update a space by giving it a new lick of paint. Everyone’s loving pink at the moment and softer shades are also a space-enhancing choice for small rooms. So if you are looking for an on-trend bathroom makeover, we say go for a rosy hue. So what are you waiting to pick two or three shades of varying tones and create a stylish finish?

Bathroom Wallpapers:

Experiment with bathroom wallpapers. Bathrooms and wallpapers can work out pretty well if you just follow a few extra steps when choosing and hanging your wallpaper. First of all, don’t hang wallpaper anywhere that will be in constant contact with water. Secondly, if your bathroom isn’t really well ventilated we would recommend sticking to wallpaper specifically designed for bathrooms. Otherwise, you can use any wallpaper you like, but make sure you use extra strong wallpaper adhesive.

If you are not into wallpapers then you can opt for tile stickers. Tile stickers can have life-changing properties for your bathroom. Look for ones that are water-resistant, most of them are, and you can stick them over the existing tiles in your shower to recreate your bathroom’s look without any messy grout or expensive patterned tiles. The best part is you can use them on the floor too.

Another easy way, in fact, we would say that there is no better way to cover up the lower portion of walls than with easy to install wainscot. Wainscot is a pre-fabricated board that extends as high as forty-eight inches and eliminates the need to patch wall dings and minor holes; wainscot simply covers it up.

Bathroom Storage: 

Invest in stylish bathroom storage to make more space and smarten your bathroom. Shelves are a good bathroom storage solution, but make them both practical and stylish by choosing open shelving that you could also make a bit of a feature of. Use them to store your essentials, your soaps, and what not you can stick them in some pretty glass jars as well if you want, but also mix in some more decorative pieces like candles house plants, and towels.

One of the cheapest ways to update your bathroom is to get yourself a few new cute folded towels. Now obviously you did not spend money on new towels to fold them away in a cupboard, so get your fancy new towels out on the show. Something like a gorgeously simple wooden ladder would be perfect. You can go on to add simple inexpensive bathroom accessories such as soap dispensers, toothbrush holders, caddies, storage jars, and all the other fun stuff for a fresh feel. This is a quick and often practical way of updating your bathroom.

You can also add a magazine holder as well. A magazine rack is both beautiful and affordable finishing touches. Moreover, a tasteful wastebasket and matching tissue box cover will tighten up your bathroom nicely.


One of the easiest ways to make your small bathroom look bigger is to install a mirror. It is interior design 101 that mirrors can add a lot of space and light to a room, which is obviously going to make your bathroom feel fresher. Go as large as your space can handle to bounce as much light around as possible. If your bathroom is tiny, clear clutter, add more surface space by installing a shelf right under the mirror and above the sink. You can also read our article in which we have briefly explained how you should place the mirror here.

Freshen up your existing tiles:

When your tiles get dirty, it can bring down the whole look of your bathroom. Therefore, get yourself some gloves, a toothbrush, and a good cleaner, and start scrubbing. Get the cleaner into all the nooks and crannies and then leave for some time to let it work its magic. Once you have left it for a while, simply rinse off with clean water and wipe up any residue with a towel.

Pro Tip: Baking soda and vinegar mixed together to make a great natural cleaner that will leave your tiles sparkling. If even after a deep clean your tiles still look a bit dull, you should mix up a few detergents to brighten the tiles. It takes minutes to apply but makes a dramatic difference.


Another easy, and affordable way to make your bathroom as pretty as a picture is to display house plants. If you are really into plants then you can also create an indoor garden. Adding a couple of plants to your shelves or hanging up a few in baskets could be all your bathroom needs to feel like a new space. You can read more about the indoor vertical garden here.

Top tip: If your bathroom is windowless, we recommend opting for fake plants.

Shower Curtains:

Switch up your shower curtain and get yourself a gorgeous shiny new one for an instant makeover. Throw away that yellowing, ever so slightly moldy shower curtain that makes your bathroom look dull. A fun shower curtain with geometric shapes will not only beautify your bathroom but also play up existing tiles.

Lightning and Fittings:

Upgrade your bathroom lighting to make it look brighter and for a fresh look. On a serious note, lighting can make or break a room so switching it up could be all your bathroom needs to make it feel brand new. Therefore, go ahead and get rid of any harsh overhead lighting you might have and replace it with softer shade or, if you have the budget, add some warm wall lights that could completely change the vibe of your bathroom.

If your bathroom fittings are looking a bit worse for wear, then maybe it’s time to get them replaced. They aren’t really something you notice until you change them up and realize you have put up with that gross showerhead for way too long. Black fixtures are bang on trend at the moment and there are loads of affordable options out there. You can also try a bronze or copper fixtures.

Cabinets and Sink Faucet:

Since buying and installing new bathroom cabinets can get expensive, therefore refresh your cabinets with new hardware. Installing a new sink faucet is another trick to make a sink sparkle without replacing the entire top or vanity and to make your bathroom look new(ish). You can also add a colorful rug in front of your cabinets. In fact, one of the great ways to bring warmth into a bathroom is an affordable area rug. Furthermore, it is also a fun way to add color, print, and texture to your bathroom.

Pro Tip: Before you buy the new hardware, make sure that its screw alignment matches up with the holes on your existing cabinets. This eliminates the need to drill new holes.

Luxury Fragrance:

A high-end room fragrance will instantly elevate the overall feel of your bathroom.  If you do not want to splurge on one home fragrances, then you can also opt for a candle instead—they are a little easier on the wallet.


Since we are on a budget, therefore we would suggest resisting the urge to move major plumbing. Save money by leaving the toilet and bathing facilities where they are. There is no need to move the plumbing when their current locations satisfy your needs. Moving water supply or drainage immediately drives up the cost of any makeover. However, if you need to make changes then stop for a minute and ask yourself what you might be able to do on your own. With the advent of plastic plumbing pipes and push-in fittings, even the least confident plumber can tackle light plumbing tasks with relative ease.

Tips for designing bathrooms on a budget: 

  • Salvage whatever you can from the current design. This could potentially save you a lot of money in replacing items that are serviceable but just need a little care.
  • Try to maintain the existing plumbing layout if possible. Keep the waste and water inlets as they are and try to place sanitaryware accordingly to keep plumbing costs down.
  • Take on bathroom renovation work yourself.


These are some budget-friendly and unique makeover ideas for your small bathroom that you can go for; all of which are fairly unique and uncommon. Remember that not always spending a lot of money means that you’re getting the best stuff rather you can go for cheap yet unique decorating ideas for your bathroom.

We hope this article helped you and made everything clear for you to implement and if you want more posts like cheap decorating ideas you can comment on this post and do let us know.

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