20 budget bathroom decorating ideas

Whether you're a renter in search of easy and affordable solutions; want to enhance a space with a couple of statement pieces or intend on designing your bathroom from scratch, find inspiration with our bathroom decorating ideas on a budget

white bathroom with Hemnes accessories from Ikea

It is kitchens and bathrooms that help sell a home, but they are also the most expensive rooms to design, so you that is why we have pulled together this list of budget bathroom decorating ideas. From selecting sanitaryware to finishing the look with storage and accessories, there are just so many things to buy. 

Our solutions are intended to help homeowners and renters alike in their bid to design a bathroom that's functional, with zen-inducing capabilities.

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Whether you're a renter in search of easy and affordable bathroom design and storage solutions; want to enhance a space with a couple of statement pieces or intend on creating your bathroom from scratch, you're sure to find a solution that suits your budget.

1. Enhance a space with on-trend statement pieces

If you'd like to incorporate a trend into your bathroom, but don't want to spend a fortune, consider investing in a couple of in-keeping statement pieces. We love the idea of incorporating this year's folklore trend, with its calming soft grey palette and cool metallics, into a contemporary bathroom. 

Find this Clipper mother of pearl side table, Tanya brown gold hanging lamp  and Mosaic wall art at Barker & Stonehouse.

Budget: ££ (per item)

simple folklore trend items in a white bathroom

(Image: © Barker & Stonehouse)

2. Add interest to your bathroom with a painted ceiling

After years of keeping them white, painting a ceiling in a bold coloured paint is an easy, affordable and on-trend way of adding interest and an extra dimension to your bathroom. Couple with matching accessories and house plants, to break up a stark contrast in colours.

We love this combination of  walls painted in Stoneware, detail trim in Andes Summit and ceiling in Tomato Tango, all from Benjamin Moore.

If you are a keen DIYer and want to give this a go yourself, check out our guide to painting a ceiling

Budget: £

red painted ceiling in a bathroom

(Image: © Benjamin Moore)

3. Create a design feature using coloured shutters

In addition to offering privacy, shutters make a charming addition to a bathroom with large windows and high ceilings. Consider painting existing shutters or opt for a coloured design that ties in with the rest of your scheme for a unique finish. DIY design and fit shutters will save you £££s compared to those measured up and fitted by the shutter company.

Visit California Shutters for a variety of colours and designs.

If shutters are slightly out of your budget, we have loads more options in our bathroom window treatment ideas, including window film designs.

Budget: ££

pink plantation shutters over a bath

(Image: © Shutterstore)

4. Use vinyl effect tiles for a realistic finish

Easy to lay and convenient to clean (with the option for underfloor heating), vinyl flooring is a go-to when choosing flooring for a bathroom, especially if you are decorating your bathroom on a budget. If you're keen to create a realistic look, we would recommend considering it for a textured effect. You can find out more on choosing vinyl flooring in our guide. 

This luxury vinyl tile from Starfloor has an embossed surface that mimics the natural grain of real wood.

Budget: ££

Starfloor luxury vinyl tile in a bathroom

(Image: © Carpetright)

5. Create a design feature using shelving 

In addition to providing a valuable bathroom storage solution, shelving can be used to create an appealing design feature make it one of our favourite (and most practical) budget bathroom decorating ideas. Style with house plants, candles and other zen-inducing trinkets for a truly relaxing atmosphere.

Combining these square and rectangular shelf designs, both from John Lewis, gives this wall a graphic look ideal for a modern space.

Budget: £

Dark bathroom with shelving squares

(Image: © John Lewis)

If you're looking to move on from the metro wall tile trend, opting for a herringbone finish makes a great alternative. Combine small tiles in a variety of similar toned colours for a timeless and sophisticated finish. Complete the look with white accessories and delicate house plants for a fresh and stylish looking bathroom. 

We love the colour variation in the Carrara marble used for these  Kennet tiles from Neptune. Find out how to choose the right sized tiles for a bathroom, particularly in a small bathroom.

Budget: £££ (to tile a whole wall including labour)

Herringbone tiles from Neptune

(Image: © Neptune)

7. Experiment with striking paint effects

Experimenting with on-trend paint ideas is an easy and affordable way of creating a contemporary feel in a tired looking space. Pick two or three shades of varying tones (we'd recommend blues for a bathroom, though pinks and greens are equally effective) and create a stylish finish with the help of our guide to painting an ombre accent wall. For more inspiration, check out these bathroom paint ideas.

Team with bold accessories for a smart modern bathroom. We love this  Wooden Two-tier Ladder Rack from Sainsbury’s Home.

Budget: £

Ombre effect blue bathroom

(Image: © Sainsbury's Home)

8. Refresh a tired space with a new bath mat or rug

A quick and easy update that's ideal if you're a renter; changing your rug or bath mat can be all it takes to incorporate a trend or give a tired bathroom a new lease of life on a tight budget. This bathmat is only £15 from Dunelm!

Budget: £

Copper freestanding bath in a white bathroom with pink accessories

(Image: © Dunelm)

9. Invest in made-to-measure blinds

In addition to offering privacy, blinds can enhance the finished effect of a bathroom. Opt for a colour in-keeping with your scheme for a more minimalist feel or use coloured blinds as a means of adding a pop of colour to a space. Either way, it's worth investing in made-to-measure blinds for a sleek finish.

English Blinds offer a high quality, custom-made service. Seen here is their Bartlett Basque roller blind in charcoal, which has a textured faux silk finish. See our guide to blinds to find the right one for your bathroom.

Budget: £/££ (depending on window size)

Charcoal grey roller blind in a modern bathroom

(Image: © English Blinds)

10. If budget allows, design a space that oozes luxury

If you're blessed with a large bathroom, designing a bespoke double shower area is a desirable addition worth considering. As well as being the ideal solution for busy couples, it oozes luxury, making your bathroom perfect for unwinding after a long day.

We love this combination of Arysto shower panels from Merlyn with statement hexagonal tiles (try these Allegory hexagon tiles from Walls and Floors for a similar effect). Be inspired by these luxury bathroom design ideas.

Budget: £££

His and hers shower wetroom with hexagonal tiles

(Image: © Merlyn Showering)

11. Choose bespoke pieces that suit your space

Opting for unique or bespoke pieces can be a great way of adding character into a bathroom. If you're an experienced DIY-er, consider customising key pieces found at reclamation yards or vintage fairs; we love the idea of turning a cabinet into a washstand and it's much more straightforward than you might think. Simply cut out a hole where the sink should be – most come with a template.

We love the traditional feel of this vintage Bow fronted cupboard from Scumble Goosie. If you are on the hunt for a vanity unit, we have load of inspiration over in our ideas gallery. 

Budget: ££

Scrumble Goosie washstand in raw wood in a dark grey bathroom

(Image: © Scrumble Goosie)

12. Update your bathroom with simple accessories

A quick, inexpensive (and often practical) way of updating your bathroom is with good-quality accessories and essentials. Opt for white additions to achieve the hotel-chic element we're all after or add a bit of glamour with metallics.

Again, all of these accessories are super affordable from Dunelm

Budget: £

White bathroom with gold accessories

(Image: © Dunelm)

13. Colour your bath

If you're looking for an alternative to a white bath, consider having it custom painted in an eye-catching, bright shade. We'd recommend making it the focal point in an
otherwise white scheme.

This Tubby Torre Duo from the Albion Bath Company has been painted in a striking purple; shade 10RB 19/626 from Dulux. Find the best bathroom paints for your transformation.

Budget: £££

Purple tubby bath from Albion

(Image: © Albion Bath Company)

14. Lay patterned or geometric floor tiles 

The addition of patterned or geometric floor tiles to a bathroom is an effective way of giving it an updated and on-trend feel. If your bathroom is on the small side, style floor tiles with an otherwise neutral scheme; alternatively couple with another tile design or deeper colour scheme if space isn't at a premium.

Recreate this look using tiles from Original Style.

Budget: ££

patterned floor tiles in bathroom with roll top bath

(Image: © Original Style )

15. Maximise space with multi-purpose storage

It’s always a bonus if you can find a bathroom storage solution that serves more than one purpose. Mirrored cabinets do just that, storing bathroom essentials while making a space seem larger and lighter.

We love the Hemnes/Rattviken range from Ikea.

Budget: ££ (per item)

White bathroom storage and washstand with white metro tiles

(Image: © Ikea)

16. Use colour blocking to create a design feature 

If you're looking to renovate a bathroom on a budget, consider experimenting with bathroom paint ideas. If you love the idea of colour blocking, but are concerned that it will overwhelm your bathroom, take inspiration from this combination of two light toned colours to create a subtle yet effective design feature. There are loads more ideas on how to work the colour blocking trend over on our gallery. 

The addition of house plants and a mustard yellow towel from Dunelm offsets the colour scheme effectively.

Budget: £

colour blocking paint effect in bathroom with hanging towels and storage unit

(Image: © Dunelm)

17. Pick bright towels

Relatively inexpensive, new towels are a fantastic way to update an existing scheme; giving a space a new burst of colour or enabling you to effectively incorporating a trend. While you're at it, why not upgrade your towel storage, too?

Budget: £

a wooden ladder leant against the wall with towels hanging over

(Image: © Dunelm)

18. Create the illusion of a larger and lighter space

The addition of a large mirror to a small bathroom creates the illusion of light and space (as well as serving a practical purpose), giving it a whole new lease of life. We love the brushed steel finish and smart leather strap of this Dipre Round Wall Mirror from My-Furniture. It’s sized to perfectly fit above a sink and comes with its own stainless steel wall hanging peg.

Inspired to invest in a new bathroom mirror? We've rounded up the best bathroom mirrors in our buying guide.

Budget: £

Round brushed steel mirror with leather strap over sink

(Image: © My Furniture)

19. Display photos and pictures on bathroom walls

Just because a bathroom is a practical space, that doesn't mean you can't personalise it with pictures, photos and paintings. Display your artwork above a focal point, such as the bath, for maximum impact. 

If you need any tips and tricks on putting together a gallery wall, check out our guide to displaying photos and prints

Haze freestanding bathr in a dark bathroom space

Haze freestanding bath, Waters Baths of Ashbourne

(Image: © Waters Baths)

20. Fill your bathroom with plants

Another easy, affordable and non-space-stealing way to up the style factor in your bathroom is to display house plants. In addition to making a simple, yet stylish, storage solution, wicker baskets work as a great home for bathroom house plants. 

star window film from purlfrost

(Image: © Purlfrost)

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