10 Budget-Friendly Bathroom Makeover Ideas

Want to renovate your bathroom on a budget? Learn how to save money with quick bathroom decor and design face-lifts. With a quick bathroom vanity upgrade or new wall tiles your bathroom makeover will be stunning and won't break the bank!

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1. Refresh Your Faucets & Shower Heads

The sink is an integral part of any size bathroom and a quick change of the faucets can give your washroom a fresh new look. Install rounded faucets in sleek brushed nickel or chrome for a modern look. For a bold design statement go with on-trend matte black or gold finishes. You can get even more savings by installing a WaterSense faucet. The low-flow rate will help you save money on your water bills. 

For a cohesive design, swap out your shower and bathtub faucets too. Update your fixed shower head with a luxurious rain fall shower head. For under $100 you can feel like you’re at the spa every time you take a shower. Don’t forget to look for that WaterSense label for additional savings on your water bill! 


2. Add Some Colour with a New Shower Curtain

A simple shower curtain change can bring a new look to the entire room. The shower curtain can either complement your decor or become a centrepiece to your bathroom. There are two ways to go about choosing a complementary curtain: go for solid muted colours or choose colours based on the shades of your vanity or flooring. 

To make your shower curtain a centrepiece go for bright primary colours that are complementary to your bathroom walls. 


3. Expand Your Counterspace with a New Vanity

Replacing your vanity can make a huge impact on your washroom renovation. Floor mounted vanities are cost-effective options that can be easily installed and come in tons of options, ranging in style, material, and size. 

A great way to refresh your vanity is to simply replace the top. Great options for versatile, and inexpensive, countertops include laminate or quartz. You can visit a Lowe’s Canada in-store specialist for custom cuts, plus we’ll install it for you! 


4. Refurbish Your Vanity with New Cabinet Hardware

If you don’t want to splurge on a new vanity, a great option is to simply update the cabinet hardware. Easy to install, this is an affordable way to subtly alter your bathroom’s aesthetic. Silver cabinet pulls or matte cabinet knobs will give your vanity a modern look. For a more traditional style, go for brass or bronze hardware. 


5. Brighten Up Your Space with New Light Fixtures

Lighting can change the look and feel of a room and swapping out your light fixtures is a sure-fire way to make a lasting impression. When it comes to effective lighting, it’s all about layering. Having vanity lighting, and lighting where it is needed for showers, shaving, or putting on make-up is key. 

Inexpensive light fixtures include flush mount lighting, track, and vanity light fixtures. 

Savings Tip:Use energy-efficient light bulbs for even more long-term savings!  


6. Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

A dramatic way to makeover your bathroom when you’re on a budget is a fresh coat of paint. It’s generally a good idea to go with semi-gloss paint since it virtually repels moisture. 

For a bold bathroom update choose dark reds or blues, while neutral colours like olive green will give are more subdued look to your bathroom makeover. White and off-white shades offer a clean, crisp-look, and give you the versatility of adding an accent wall. 


7. Upgrade Your Storage Space

Is your current bathroom super cluttered? Is there minimal counterspace due to the amount of hair products all over the place? There are a couple of affordable storage solutions that will clear the clutter and revamp your whole bathroom. 

If your bathroom is small, look for narrow shelving to store your linens, hair accessories, and more. You can always borrow design tips from your local spa and install open shelves directly to your wall for an inexpensive, yet modern storage solution. Make use of all your space by installing hooks on the inside of your vanity cabinets to store everyday items. 

Don’t forget about towel bars and rings! Choose a finish that contrasts your wall colour to make them pop. 


8. Protect Your Walls with Brand-New Tiles

Place wall tiles where they matter the most, for functionality and decor purposes. They are usually installed in showers or behind the vanity sink and are a great way to completely update your bathroom. Have fun with mosaic tile patterns or keep it simple with solids colours and clean lines. 

Whatever you choose, wall tiles are sure to have a big impact for little cost on your bathroom renovation project. 


9. Get a Handle on Your Makeover with New Door Hardware

Everyone knows it’s all about first impressions, so why not give your bathroom door a little love too? A sleek update to your door handles will be a cost-effective way to make a good impression. Try black matte door knob for a contemporary feel, or you can install a brass door handle for a retro vibe. 

Don’t forget to give your door a fresh coat of paint, it will liven up your bathroom and give it a brighter look. Better yet, if you’re handy around the house, checkout our Barn Door DIY for a complete makeover of your bathroom door. 


10. Save Money with a Low Flow Toilet

An item that will save you money long term is a low flow toilet. These eco-friendly toilets use less water than the average, and are a great way conserve your water use. They come in various types from elongated to two-piece. There is an environmentally-friendly toilet that will suit any bathroom project. 

Low flush toilets use 4.8 L of water or less per flush. 


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