Have fun with these sim­ple but cre­ative ideas that’ll ring the changes with­out turn­ing into a full bath­room redo

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Sim­ple tweaks and tricks to beau­tify your bath­room

1 Floor filler

Make your free­stand­ing bath the star of the show by tiling a state­ment floor be­low it, with the rest of the floor cov­ered in a more sim­ple de­sign. It means you won’t have to spend too much on pricey tiles. You could even build a false plat­form for your bath to stand on to re­ally el­e­vate it in the room.


A coun­ter­top basin al­lows for more sur­face space. Go for wall-mounted taps to keep the basin the star of the show and choose a cir­cu­lar shape as it’s eas­ier to clean.

3 Re­place tired grout­ing

In­stead of us­ing white grout, pick a colour that con­trasts with your wall tiles, such as black or grey grout with white metro tiles. It ups the style stakes and will stay look­ing fresh for longer, too.

4 Pic­ture this

Cre­ate a handy shelf in your bath­room by build­ing a sim­ple wooden frame be­hind your bath and tiling over it, then paint­ing the wall above in a sim­ple shade. Al­ter­na­tively, just hang a few pic­ture ledges along one wall to dis­play art­work and ac­ces­sories.


Cheaper than tiling, us­ing wall­pa­per in your bath­room can add stun­ning pops of colour. Steer clear of wall­pa­per­ing di­rectly be­hind a bath or basin (as splashes may cause dam­age) and seal the pa­per with a matt dec­o­ra­tor’s var­nish to pro­tect it.

6 Choose a rus­tic style plinth

Up­date your wash­stand to some­thing with more char­ac­ter, like this chunky wooden one, and set your basins on top. Make a sim­ple frame from tim­ber, or even up­cy­cle an old ta­ble or side­board, creating a unique piece of fur­ni­ture be­spoke to your home.

7 POP in a Plant

Raised colour­ful planters make the ideal home for your fresh (or faux) green­ery. Al­ter­na­tively, hang plants from the ceil­ing in macramé hang­ers.

8 Wow with win­dow film

The smart so­lu­tion to en­sure pri­vacy in your bath­room with­out hav­ing to forgo nat­u­ral light. Plus, it al­lows you to have more fun with pat­tern. Sim­ply cut to size than ap­ply to the glass in sec­onds.

9 neat TRICK

In­vest in a wooden bath bridge as a place to keep your fancier toi­letries, ready for a long soak in the tub. Great for keep­ing plants on top when the bath’s not be­ing used and a glass of wine when it is!

10 Go for bold

Add some colour to your bath­room and give an old tub some love by paint­ing it in a bright new shade. Cast iron and most acrylic baths can be painted or spray-painted but it’s best to check with the man­u­fac­turer first, and al­ways use a primer to achieve the best finish.

11 Quick fix

Add some pink to your bath­room for a fresh new look. If your suite is white, mix in some dark grey or black ac­cents to stop it be­com­ing too girly, and ac­ces­sorise with green­ery to balance out the whole scheme.


Use 3M Com­mand clear ad­he­sive mini hooks, £4, Home­base, to hang a trio of planters on your wall to dis­play dried eu­ca­lyp­tus.

13 Chuck out tired tow­els

Like cush­ions, tow­els are a quick way to add colour to a room. Treat your­self to a brand-new set, and mix and match pat­terns – just stick to the same key colours for a co­he­sive look.

14 Switch up fur­ni­ture

Don’t be afraid to use ‘non’ bath­room fur­ni­ture – a side­board or bed­side ta­ble makes a great place to store toi­letries and might suit your scheme bet­ter than a typ­i­cal van­ity unit. Go for an op­tion raised up on legs to make the room seem larger.

15 light up your mir­ror

Add at­mos­phere to your bath­room with an il­lu­mi­nated mir­ror. With dimmable light lev­els to suit your mood or the time of day, they are a great choice. Most have in­frared sen­sors, mean­ing they turn on and off with a swipe of your hand.

16 Up­grade hard­ware

Re­place limescale-cov­ered shower heads and taps with smart new brushed brass or cop­per de­signs. Or just give ex­ist­ing ones a re­ally good go­ing-over with a limescale re­mover un­til they shine.


Make an open wire shelv­ing unit by spray­ing a group of wire bas­kets cop­per or brass, then fix to the wall in a clus­ter from their flat bases.

18 Lay a vinyl floor

Jazz up a plain white bath­room with a pat­terned floor. Vinyl is af­ford­able (find de­signs for less than £10m) and sim­ple to fit your­self. Plus you can even lay it over ex­ist­ing tiles, pro­vided the grout lines aren’t too deep.


Even smaller bath­rooms can take some pat­tern, like this chevron tiled wall which off­sets the plain floor­ing. Keep colours min­i­mal to stop the scheme look­ing too busy and use over­sized mir­rors to make the room seem larger.

20 Go green

For an eye-catch­ing dis­play in your bath­room, sus­pend a wooden lad­der from the ceil­ing, then hang a col­lec­tion of planters from each rung. Use plants that nat­u­rally grow down­wards like ivy or trail­ing string of pearls. Macramé hang­ers would work well here, too.

Have a ready sup­ply of clean tow­els within arm’s reach by lo­cat­ing your rail next to the bath

Verde bath, £389, Brit­ton Bath­rooms

Lily pad blush rose pat­tern en­caus­tic tile, £3.30 each, Ca’ Pi­etra

Am­ber­ley orchid tiles, £69.99sq m, Topps Tiles

Choose three ton­ing shades of your favourite bold colour to make a strik­ing im­pact

Add a Ro­man blind in a co-or­di­nat­ing shade for a sleek, un­fussy finish

Sys­tem 120cm mir­ror, £475, Roper Rhodes

Yoga penny porce­lain mo­saic tem­pest tiles, £13.20 each, Ca’ Pi­etra

Up­date a monochrome colour scheme with lots of green fo­liage Pu­gin Fili­gree matt wall and floor tiles, £62sq m, Bri­tish Ceramic Tile

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