Top 6 Bathroom Renovation Tips

When we first moved into our house, it hadn’t been touched since the 50’s. The kitchen was pretty much one of the worst rooms in the house, followed closely by the bathroom. The pea green carpet was the highlight, I must say. So those were the first rooms to get renovated, and I’m so happy with how we have them now. I think when people look around a house to buy, those are the rooms that they don’t want to have to do much work to. It can be expensive to renovate a whole bathroom, for example. So you might just want to make a few changes to your existing bathroom, rather than replace the whole space. Here are a few tips for renovating or updating.



One of the best ways to change the look of a room is to make a change to the flooring. Depending on the type that you choose, it doesn’t even have to cost a lot. For a bathroom, the flooring needs to be durable and waterproof. Carpet is pretty much the worst choice ever! Stone tiles, marble or ceramic tiles are all great options they are durable and water-resistant. Bathrooms are usually on the small side, compared to bedrooms, so it is a good idea to keep the colours light and bright. Lighter coloured flooring will make the room look bigger and more spacious. Darker floor tiles will shrink the room. They also show more watermarks too.

You could choose hardwood flooring in a bathroom, as long as it is well sealed. UK Flooring has a wide range of hardwood flooring that you could look at, to decide what you like. They are good to add a natural warmth, which tiles often don’t have. So if you went for tiles, you could think about getting some underfloor heating. We had this, though and then it stopped working. As it was under tiles, it meant that it couldn’t be fixed without replacing all the tiles. So just something to think about.


As I have said, bathrooms are quite often the smallest room in the house. Mirrors are amazing to make the room look bigger and brighter. They reflect the light and add some sparkle. So adding a new stylish mirror will make such a difference. In my opinion, I think that one, large mirror over the sink area, looks better than several small mirrors dotted around the room. It depends on the style of the room you have, but the more ornate, the better.


If you have got a large, fancy mirror then you need some quality lighting to make it sparkle. Spotlights are a great option for bathrooms, as it means that the light is equally spread throughout the room. Some thing like a pendant light might work, as long as there is some other lighting in the room too. A strip light over the mirror might work, as well as a few more spotlights in the bath or shower area. Wall lighting is a good option for around the mirror, so that you can get lighting without shadows. Perfect for when you are using the mirror for applying makeup or other beautifying.


Consider a Large Shower Over a Bath

If you have kids, a bath is pretty much a must. If you don’t, or have an en suite that you could convert, a large shower might be a good option. Having a wet room that you don’t have to ‘step’ into is super stylish at the moment. One day when we have our own separate bathroom, I want to have a wet room. I have only enjoyed them in hotels thus far, and I think they are fab. A large waterfall shower head is a must too. Again, super stylish for a modern looking bathroom.


Add Elements of Luxury

If you have got space, it would be amazing to have a dressing table in the bathroom too. Though I am sure, that is more of the exception rather than the rule! If you can add flowers or plants, it makes the room look more exotic or tropical. Check for the type of plants that thrive in moist conditions, though. You could add shelving for towels, so it is set out like a spa. Something like an old wine rack works wonders for that; it looks so striking on the wall.

Choose Stylish Fixtures

If you want to make some changes, how about making the bath a feature and getting a claw-foot, freestanding bath? Would a pedestal vanity work in the bathroom you have? Features like this are a little more unusual but can look so good.


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  1. 27th May 2016 / 9:15 am

    My parents have literally just had their bathroom renovated, and I can agree with your points, I helped them choose the colours so we went with light grey tiles for that contemporary look, and one large mirror above the sink – definitely better than lots of little mirrors! x
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  2. 1st June 2016 / 10:06 pm

    Wow, all of these are great ideas! The black and white tile looks so nice in the bathroom, especially next to that tub. All of these bathrooms look so neat, but still have so much character! Nicely done! Thanks so much for sharing this!

  3. 18th July 2016 / 12:47 pm

    Hey Rebecca

    This is the post I was looking for and finally my search ends here.You have Beautifully mentioned the necessities of a perfect bathroom.I thought of renovating my bathroom and I will surely put all the key points in my bathroom .I am going to decorate it the way you have explained.I will decorate it with big mirrors and the luxury you had talked about .I loved the dressing table you had placed here in your pics.This post is simply amazing.Keep posting such stuff.

    Fred Wingg

  4. 23rd August 2016 / 8:20 pm

    Choosing a floor that waterproof is a great tip. It will save money if you don’t have to worry about potential water damage. A professional will be able to evaluate your basement to make sure that it is waterproofed effectively.

  5. 25th October 2016 / 5:44 pm

    Awesome tips, Rebecca! I absolutely agree on lighting and mirrors. I personally prefer having one large mirror installed rather than spreading out small ones, it just adds more depth in the whole space.

  6. 12th December 2016 / 9:07 pm

    A new floor in the bathroom can really revitalize an otherwise forgotten space. Thanks for sharing!

  7. 8th December 2017 / 1:01 am

    These DIY bathroom tips are quite helpful! Creating a large shower instead of having a tub is a trend that I have been seeing a lot of lately and it is great! It gives a bathroom more of a “spa” feeling.
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  8. 25th April 2018 / 12:21 pm

    I love your bathroom renovation so much! The colors are beautiful. All these pictures are so beautiful. Thanks for the bathroom renovation tips!

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