If you’re dreaming of updating your bathroom but don’t have the time or budget for a full renovation, there are plenty of simple bathroom decorating ideas that are quick and easy to do. From messier jobs such as applying fresh paint or feature wallpaper to smaller touches such as houseplants and towels, even the smallest of changes can have a big impact in transforming your bathroom into a stylish and practical haven.
To help you give your space the upgrade it deserves, we’ve compiled a list of these ten quick and easy bathroom decorating ideas that will instantly bring your bathroom to life.
1. Be creative with paint
A lick of paint can work wonders as part of a low maintenance bathroom renovation. Paint a feature wall for maximum impact, or paint skirting, doorframes and window frames in a contrasting colour to the rest of the room for an instant refresh. For something even easier, why not try painting a mirror frame or vanity unit?
2. Introduce plants
Adding plants is a brilliant way to bring your bathroom to life. From sturdy palms to leafy ferns, there’s an abundance of plants that will thrive in humid bathroom conditions. Ensure you do your research first, as only certain plants enjoy the low lighting often found in bathrooms. Depending on your space, you could opt for a floor standing plant, one for your windowsill, or you could even hang one in your shower to create the illusion that you’re showering al fresco.
3. Set the mood with feature lighting
Update old lighting fixtures to dramatically transform your bathroom. If changing an entire fixture isn’t possible, you could simply change your bulbs. The right lighting can add warmth and ambience and make a small bathroom appear bigger. You could also add interesting lampshades to make your lighting a statement feature. Try pendant lighting or geometric shades for a modern bathroom update.
4. Add wallpaper
If you have a bit of time on your hands, create a feature wall using bold, patterned wallpaper. Try a peel-and-stick kind for a low effort alternative. Avoid areas that are likely to get splashed, and complement your new wallpaper with accessories in matching hues.
5. Cheat your way to new tiles
While tiling your bathroom may seem like a much bigger task than what you’re looking for, it’s possible to cheat your way to new tiles. If you’re bathroom currently lacks a splashback, try a wall panel as a hassle-free alternative that is easy to install.
6. Refresh grouting
Is your grouting looking a little worse for wear? Give it a good clean using specially formulated products, or create your own cleaning products using a solution of water and vinegar, or water and baking soda if that doesn’t quite cut through the grime. You could also paint your grout using special grout paint if you want to transform your bathroom more dramatically.
8. Install a shelf
Create more surface space with the addition of a shelf in your bathroom. Add one above your sink to neatly display hand soap and cosmetics, and decorate it with a lush plant, a scented candle or some pretty seashells depending on your bathroom scheme.
9. Update accessories
Get rid of scratchy old towels and add some plump and fluffy new ones to your bathroom. Choose new colours to instantly transform and brighten up your bathroom, and fold and hang them neatly for a smart look. The same applies to your bathmat – a simple change can add warmth and colour, and quickly elevate a space that feels rundown.
10. Splurge on soap
Upgrade your bathroom to hotel standard with the addition of fancy new soaps in attractive bottles. For an extra dose of luxury, add matching hand cream so that you and your guests feel pampered every time you use the bathroom.