Many of us long dream our ensuite was fit for a five-star hotel, making us feel as if we’re on holiday while soaking away our cares. Luckily, a luxurious new bathroom doesn’t have to mean weeks of chaos and a strain on your finances as well as your sanity! Just by upgrading the details, such as tapware or towel rails, putting in a new vanity or maybe a freestanding bath, and adding the warmth of a heated towel rail, you can completely transform the space for a fraction of the cost.
Find partners in chrome
The first and least expensive step is to replace all the shiny things. Choose new tapware, towel rails, cabinet handles and shower fittings in a streamlined modern style. Many companies offer complete accessory collections designed to complement one another for a consistent look throughout your bathroom.
Invest in a new vanity
Let’s face it, you’re going to spend a lot of time in front of the vanity, so it pays to choose one that makes you smile every time you look at it. For the pinnacle of glamour, opt for a surface-mounted basin, and if you’re going to call a plumber out anyway to reconnect your pipework, why not swap the toilet for a swish new model as well?
Feel warm and fuzzy
A freezing cold bathroom in winter is a miserable experience, but thankfully it’s not something you have to endure. Install a three-in-one light fitting that also incorporates heat lamps and an exhaust fan, and you can be toasty at the flick of a switch. And hanging your towels on a heated rail means you’ll be able to cocoon yourself in wonderful warmth the second you step out of the bath or shower.
See yourself in a new light
Put up as many mirrors as you can – they don’t cost much, but they make any bathroom seem much more spacious, and greatly increase the brightness of ambient light.
Splash out on a bath
Many older homes feature freestanding baths, although chances are if you have an original model from the same era as your house, it’s probably looking somewhat worse for wear. Fortunately there are designer options you can choose to replace a chipped and dated claw-foot tub. Made from lightweight acrylic, a sleek and sculptural bathtub can create a stunning focal point for your bathroom, without ripping a hole in your wallet.
All it takes is a weekend or less to transform your bathroom from a yawn magnet to a wonderful haven where you can spoil yourself in style – plus, it doesn’t have to break the bank!