With some clever thinking and a little inspiration achieving a designer look to the bathroom for less is easy to do. Here we share some useful ideas on how to get designer bathroom style without splashing the cash.
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Make use of reflective surfaces
Reflective surfaces such as metallic, mirror and iridescent finishes create opulence in the bathroom and bounce the light around to enhance a sense of space. Think about grouping a collection of small, different mirrors together, rather than fitting a large, expensive one.
Vanity units with glossy finishes are also ideal, plus you will have somewhere to keep toiletries neatly hidden away too.
Install statement flooring
Fitting statement flooring provides a good way to achieve maximum impact on a limited budget, as it covers a smaller surface area compared to the walls. Vinyl flooring is available in an array of eye-catching patterns so you can easily recreate a designer look. Geometric tiles are another good option and make a great investment.
Create a minimal look with glass
Making use of coloured glass is becoming an increasingly popular choice for the bathroom and provides a sleeker alternative to tiles. Quick to install, coloured glass can be expensive, but fitting just one panel can provide a designer statement.
Opt for slate
If you love natural stone but don’t have the budget for limestone or marble, consider opting for slate instead. Slate offers a more affordable alternative but still creates a designer look.
Tongue-and-groove panels offer an ideal way to conceal less-than-perfect walls and look great in any bathroom design. The panels can be painted to any colour you like and can be fitted vertically or horizontally.
Your choice of textiles can make all the difference to the bathroom and provide a great way to bring the space to life. You could opt for a bright shower curtain, colourful bath mat and towels and you could even introduce an elegant panel of fabric to the window.
If you’ve seen some gorgeous tiles that might just be out of your price range, you can still get the look without blowing your budget by using them on a single wall, as a splashback or bath panel.
Author: Liz Robinson