Bathrooms are often overlooked when the time comes to renovate a home. Like kitchens, bathrooms can be expensive to modernise. Sure, you can pick up cheap bathroom suites for very little, but plumbers charge a high hourly rate and once you factor in new electrics and tiling, the project soon starts to add up. However, before you lose heart, don’t worry because there are several ways to modernise a bathroom without spending a fortune in the process – and here’s how.
Install a Modern Radiator
Old-fashioned radiators look great in a vintage bathroom, but if you want a more up-to-date look, it won’t cost much to upgrade your old radiator to a smart new ladder towel rail. Warm rooms MHS radiators are a smart choice for a modern bathroom, but there are plenty of options to choose from. Just be sure to use a qualified plumber to do the job, or you could end up with a messy leak.
Light, Bright Colours
What a difference a lick of paint makes. Many older bathrooms are painted white or shades of beige. There is nothing wrong with a neutral palette, but a splash of colour can really bring a bathroom into the 21st century. Choose a colour and paint one wall in a bold shade, before adding matching accessories and a blind in a lighter shade. Greens and blues work well in a bathroom, but don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and experiment with reds, oranges and vibrant yellows.
Clever Storage Solutions
Storage is often lacking in older bathrooms. One way to fix this is to replace a pedestal sink with a smart new vanity unit. This will give you extra storage for cleaning supplies and toiletries.
Replacing the taps shouldn’t cost the earth. Look at mixer taps or waterfall taps. These are super modern, but versatile enough to look good with older bathroom suites.
Modern Bar Shower
A modern bar shower is a lot more striking than a plastic electric shower. Bar showers use hot water from your existing supply as opposed to heating the water on demand. However, it does depend on what sort of boiler you have, so if in doubt about the type of shower you need, consult a plumber. On the plus side, bar showers are relatively inexpensive and not difficult to fit if the pipework is already there.
Brighten up your tired looking bathroom with some smart new accessories. Look for stainless steel towel rails, toothbrush mugs and toilet roll holders. Alternatively, check out brightly coloured accessories and match these to your new colour scheme.
Smart Window Blind
Frilly curtains are very old-fashioned, so do away with yours and fit a smart new roller or roman blind instead. Plain colours are versatile, but a bold pattern could work well if the rest of your colour scheme is low key.
You don’t need to spend lots of money to bring a bathroom into the 21st century, but if you are still living with an avocado or chocolate brown bathroom suite, start saving up for a replacement white one.