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Bathroom on a Budget

Bathroom on a Budget

At Tile Monkey HQ we’ve been looking into ways to help you renovate your home if you’re not looking to break the bank. We'll be sharing these with you, room by room, over the next four weeks.

Let's take a look at the first room, the bathroom.

There are many ways, big and small, that you can revamp the interior of your bathroom on a budget. We’re going to give you some tips on how to save on the bigger things, which may have become an eyesore and you just can’t wait to get your hands on them!

 Pattern or plain?

Tiling is very effective but it can be expensive, so use it wisely. To save some pennies limit the amount of tiles you use and go for a high impact area. Tile the floor or the inside of the shower and choose a complementing colour on the walls. If you’ve got your heart set on a patterned tile, try it alongside plain ones. This not only keeps you on the right track with your expenses, it also lets your artistic tile shine. 

Top it off

If you don’t have a free standing basin, you may be looking at a cabinet or counter top to compliment it. Granite tops are very popular but can also be very expensive in certain colours. Try and vary the shades you’re looking at. It might be easier to choose the colour first and match the rest of the room accordingly. Granite slabs with imperfections might be something you want to consider. The more you can see it, the cheaper it will be. Take into account the size and location of your basin as this may well cover it up anyway!

Up-cycle and re-cycle

Multi-functional, stylish cabinets come in a variety of shapes, sizes and prices. If you’re into your DIY, or even if you’re not, you’ll have heard of up-cycling. You can pick up an old dresser or set of drawers for pennies, sometimes even free and with a bit of TLC they can become your favourite new furniture item! It does save money but it can also be time consuming.  The upside is you can paint it whatever colour you like and give it any design too! Mosaic tiles are a great asset when up-cycling furniture to give it that new lease of life.

Decisions, decisions..

Now comes every DIY’ers conundrum - rip up or restore. It’s each to their own on this one. You can find ways to restore your flooring or have a professional come in and do it for you, however this may take time, cost more and you’ve got a whole bathroom waiting! New flooring can transform your bathroom, give it a real fresh feeling and the base to create your colour scheme. Porcelain flooring doesn’t have to be expensive and has the quality and durability needed for a bathroom. Coming in so many styles, you'll be spoilt for choice!

That’s one room down - next week we’ll be seeing what inexpensive changes you can make to your bedroom!

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