Transform Your Bathroom on a Budget

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Your bathroom is probably one of the rooms in your hosue that takes the least priority when it comes to DIY and it’s hardly surprising when new bathroom suites are so pricey. Luckily you don’t need thousands of pounds stashed away to create a room you’ll love getting ready in. Here are x easy (and, more importantly, cheap) ways to give your bathroom a new lease of life without breaking the bank.

A new shower curtain

We all know it’s important to change your shower curtain often to prevent mould and grime build up, but why settle for the same old boring white every time? Add a pop of colour to your bathroom and jazz things up with a shower curtain that has a unique pattern or bold colour. You can pick up shower curtains very cheaply from all major supermarkets and it’s a great way to inject some fun into an otherwise sterile white room. It’s also worth installing a curved curtain rod while you’re there. As well as giving the room a sleek and polished finish, you’ll get more elbow room when you’re reaching for all of your lotions and potions.

A lick of paint

So simple it seemed too easy to add here, but you should never underestimate what a fresh lick of paint can do to a room. Even if you don’t go all out with a new colour, topping up your existing colour will instantly make the room look fresher. If you’re going for a new look stick with a white ceiling to make the room look bigger and head to your local DIY store from some testers so you can see what the colour looks like before you commit. Eggshell and satin finishes are good for bathrooms as they clean easily and don’t show imperfections so well.

Accent tiles

Re-tiling a bathroom can be expensive so why not go for an accent look instead? A mosaic tile effect around the shower surroundings never goes out of style and you can pick up tiles very cheaply in clearance sales. Just be sure to plan the design out on paper before you begin to avoid any problems at a later stage.

Add a shower shelf

A simple change that really makes a huge difference. There’s nothing like clutter to really detract from a room and you wouldn’t leave bottles of condiments sprawled all over your kitchen, so why should your bathroom be any different? A shower shelf means you can keep the important every day essentials such as shower gel and shampoo kept neatly hidden away while you store your lesser-used products in a stylish wicker basket. The shelf is so easy to install too – you just need a little adhesive found in all DIY shops.

Ditch the towel rail

There’s nothing worse than towels ending up in a crumpled mess on the floor so ditch your towel rail and go for hooks on the back of the door instead. As well as looking chic they’re super easy for the kids to use and you can fit several towels into the same space as you can fit one on a towel rail.

How to: Deep Clean Your Bathroom

Learn how to bust all of those sneaky bathroom germs by following our nifty guide to deep cleaning your bathroom, from the shower to the grouting, right through to your loo!

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  • Clean your shower by pouring white vinegar into a bag and tying over the head of the shower. Leave overnight – it’ll dissolve limescale around where the waterjets come from the shower, as well as soap scum.. Just run the water to rinse it. For the curtains, pop ’em in the washing machine with your normal detergent and some old towels, and for the shower doors, mix a paste of baking soda and white vinegar and then apply to the the doors.  Sit for 15 minutes, then buff away with a microfibre cloth. Leave the windows open for 1 hour a day in your bathrooms to reduce humidity.
  • For grout, your best bet is to dip a grout brush into straight bleach, then scrub the grout until it turns white, making sure that the room is very well ventilated. But to prevent the grout from getting mucky in the first place, try sealing it every six months with a moisture-resistant product. It’ll save you a big job down the line.
  • For general tiles, walls and ceilings, spray everything with all purpose bathroom cleaner, then turn the shower on to generate some steam, get out of the room, then shut the door behind you and go and have a sit down somewhere for half an hour. Wipe everything down with a clean sponge or cloth, then rinse with clean water/a clean cloth and use a clean microfibre mop to reach particularly high/hard to reach areas. A nifty way to prevent water marks on tiles? Apply a coat of car wax onto them once a year so that the water can just roll off of the tiles instead of  marking them.
  • For toilets, pour a cup of baking soda into the bowl, then leave to sit before brushing and flushing. It should leave the loo sparkling. Another option is to invest in a handheld steam cleaner so that you can clean hard to reach areas without having to get your fingers involved, like the hinges of the loo seat. Don’t forget to either clean the loo brush either – using a dirty toilet brush to clean your loo will only result in a dirty loo so make sure you clean it after every use either in bleach or soapy water.
  • For the sink, you can use the baking soda/white vinegar trick – it’ll reduce dirt and get rid of any soap scum. For taps, it’s much cleaner to use disposable cleaning wipes than regular cleaning products – if you use the same sponge to clean the kitchen as the bathroom you could just be spreading the bacteria around

The guys over at Cleaspiration, have some great home cleaning tips, it is still fairly new but it looks like a nice site

Source: Real Simple

Transform Your Bathroom from Drab to Fab

One of the best things about going to a hotel is the fancy bathroom, right? Soft, fluffy towels, a high-powered shower and flattering light combine to create a spa-like experience that instantly makes you feel like you’re being pampered. Transform your drab bathroom into a fabulous space by following these top tips – and if you need some help? Hire a plumber today.

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  • Add a mirror on tracks. Mirrors are the easiest way to add interest and glamour to a bathroom, as they bounce around all of the light that comes into the room – especially if there is a light of white or cream in the bathroom. The glossier the tile, the better, really. Putting a mirror on tracks instead of hanging two up means that you’ll be able to move it around as needed.
  • Reconsider your lighting. In most bathrooms, the only lighting that you have is either overhead or around the mirror. To create a cosier feel, use angled lamps for task lighting and consider adding additional lighting points.
  • Wet room. If you can afford to renovate your bathroom, one of the simplest ways to turn it into a fabulous spa-inspired space is by creating a wet room. Have a drain in the bottom of the floor along with a shower head hanging from the ceiling and a free-standing bath. Emphasise the feeling of space by popping a glass divide between the two. Using heavy oak pieces is a great idea if you want to create a space that will stay stylish for years to come – combine the oak with plenty of white ceramics.
  • Full length mirrors. If your room is particularly small, adding mirrors everywhere that you can is the easiest way to make the bathroom feel bigger. If you don’t think you have room, pop a full length mirror on the bath of the door. Easy peasy! If you use the back of the door to hang dressing gowns, just remove the hooks, then place single hooks either side of the mirror or on the wall instead.
  • Faux finishes. Leather, suede and wood are all luxe finishes that instantly make a room feel more opulent, but they’re often really difficult to work into a bathroom for feat of water damage. That’s why faux finishes are your friend – look for sturdy linos for the floor, ready-tiled bathroom tiles (large tiles with groups of smaller tiles within, which makes tiling a breeze) and even laminate wooden panelling for a vintage look. Whether you use faux finishes or “real” finishes, open windows or turn on the fan once you’re finished in the shower so that everything stays dry.

Source: The Nest

DIY Tips: Hotel Worthy Bathroom Ideas

Longing for a luxe bathroom? Dreaming of your very own five star experience? Follow these tips to learn how to create the bathroom you’ve always wanted – and take a look at this link for tools to help you get the job done.

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  • What makes a hotel bathroom feel luxurious? Soft, fluffy towels hanging up at the sink and on the wall. Buy a new range of towels and instead of throwing them over the banister on the stairs, fold them neatly and arrange over wall-mounted towel racks. Choose thick, Egyptian cotton towels in shades of black, taupe or white.
  • If you have the budget, it’s a good idea to invest in a brand spanking new suite with plenty of contemporary detailing – square edges are always chic. On the walls, opt for large tiles and continue them onto the floors, too, for a seamless look.
  • For a clean, minimal look, choose a shower tray that is either inset into the ground so that it sits flush with the floor, or put a slope into the floor so that it’s a walk in shower. For the door, simply install a piece of thick glass. You could also simply add a wall, tiled in the same tile, for a chic spa-style experience.
  • Make the space look ultra-modern by using open bathroom cabinets, rather than lots of cupboards. If the space is small, cupboards will only make it feel smaller. If you use open storage, make sure you display your toiletries and towels neatly, otherwise the bathroom will look a bit of a mess.
  • Don’t opt for a dull, boring, square or rectangular tile – instead, opt for something in a unique shape, colour or style. Patterned tiles work well in larger bathrooms, as do tiles that are stone-effect or slate-effect as they give a luxurious feel.
  • Use hidden storage, such as underneath the sink, to pack away toiletries that aren’t quite so glam. Don’t lock everything away though – keep a selection of toiletries and folded towels out to add to the hotel feel of the room.
  • For a smart, sleek finish that’s affordable and easy to maintain, too, why not choose vinyl flooring? Opt for a modern pattern or keep things plain and simple with a brightly coloured vinyl.
  • Shutters aren’t particularly cheap, but they do add a smart finish to any room and look particularly stylish in a bathroom. Opt for sleek stainless steel or wooden painted shutters for a homely, period feel.
  • For a hint of period charm, why not add wooden panelling to the bathroom? Opt for a pale, painted wood – just make sure you choose a water-resistant paint that will protect the wood from the moisture in the bathroom.
  • We’re so used to using plain white, chrome and wood in a bathroom that we often forget that there are other options too. Inject a little bit of colour into your space by using a coloured towel rail or radiator, and add a brightly coloured, water-resistant chair or accessories for interest.

Souce: UKTV Home

DIY Tips: Essential Bathroom Design Tips

Bathrooms are an oft-neglected room of the house, which is a bit of a shame, really – after all, your bathroom should be one of the most relaxing rooms in the house. Turn your boring and bland bathroom into the prettiest powder room of them all and a relaxing, soothing space to boot by following these design tips. Take a look at this link for bathroom supplies to get the job done.

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  • Remember that your bathroom is just as important as your living room in terms of design. Although we tend to focus our budget on rooms like our living room, bedroom or kitchen, a stunning bathroom can add thousands of pounds’ worth of value to your home – plus, the more luxurious the bathroom, the more relaxed you’ll be when it comes to bath time!
  • Don’t scrimp on taps and hardware like the toilet flush or shower fitting. There isn’t really any point spending money on a contemporary square bath or curved toilet with soft close seat if you use cheap taps and fixtures to finish the look. Go online to look for designer-style taps and hardware if you’re on a budget.
  • If you’re incorporating countertops into the design of your bathroom, look for marble, granite or stone – they’re easy to maintain, easy to clean and will last for years. If you don’t want to incorporate countertops into the design, make sure that there’s enough space for a little bit of storage – either below the sink, above the sink in the form of a mirrored cabinet, or even just an open shelving unit erected against a wall.
  • If you have space, incorporate furniture into your bathroom rather than just the more traditional bathroom suite. A waterproof chair that you can sit on to do your hair, a steam-proof mirror and a little cabinet or table that you can use to store all of your beauty bits and pieces will all come in handy. Incorporating furniture into the bathroom design means that the room will be used more frequently, too.
  • Install more than one light source. Lighting in the bathroom can often appear a little bit harsh, especially if you only have an overhead light, so consider using spotlights, lights around the mirror or bathroom-safe lamps to soften the light in the bathroom – much more flattering!
  • If your budget stretches to it, consider splashing out on a rain-shower shower head. It’ll not only add a luxurious feel to your bathroom but it’ll make each and every shower feel like a spa experience – what could be better? Another handy option is to install a showerhead at waist height that can be used to wash feet, rinse hair and clean the shower down after use – a must if your main shower head is fixed in place.
  • If in doubt, choose white tiles and a white bathroom suite. White on white always looks chic, classic and stylish – and it won’t ever go out of style.

Source: Style at Home

DIY Tips: How to Maximise Space in a Small Bedroom

Learn how to maximise space in a small bathroom by following these top tips. Install some nifty storage solutions, use our clever design tips and get rid of unwanted clutter to make your bathroom seem bigger – and take a look at this link for decorating materials to help you get the job done.

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  • Use plenty of light, neutral and bright colours on the walls and where possible, steer clear of pattern and dark colours. Instead of using dark colours or patterns, play with textures and finishes – things like shiny chrome taps, sumptuous cotton towels and a slightly sheeny or matte colour on the walls will all work really well.
  • Flood the room with as much light as possible by putting a mirror onto the wall opposite the window. If there is no window in your bathroom, consider installing spotlights in the ceiling – they make everything look extra shiny and sparkly and are a great way to introduce light into the room.
  • Small bathrooms can easily become damp, so don’t forget to ventilate it regularly by using fans, opening the windows and keeping the door open.
  • Install a short, deep bathtub instead of a long tub – you can still have a good soak even in a smaller tub. Put the shower over the bath and install a clear shower screen instead of using a curtain so that the room still feels open and bright.
  • Make the most of the corners in your room. Corner tubs take up a lot of space, so the best bet would be to use a corner sink or even a corner loo if your space and plumping allows. New loos are also generally smaller than older loos, so just a quick update might be all you need, even if you’re keeping the toilet in the same place. You could also use a curved corner shower unit – they take up hardly any floor space and if you don’t have room for a bath or for a full shower, they can be a good option.
  • The more “stuff” in your bathroom, the busier and more cluttered it’ll look. Do your best to keep clutter to a minimum and the room will instantly look larger – it’s as simple as that. Provide storage solutions, such as wicker boxes tucked away on a high shelf, a storage unit underneath a sink or a cabinet above the loo. Keep cupboard units off the floor where possible to maximise floor space and make use of shelves and any empty nooks and crannies to use as storage. Don’t forget to use boxes or baskets, too, instead of leaving shelves open – that way everything can be tucked away out of sight.
  • Place hooks on the back of the door – you’ll be surprised at how handy the storage will be.
  • If your budget allows, install under floor heating. It’ll keep the room toasty but because you won’t need to install a radiator, the room will feel bigger.

Source: UKTV Home