bathroom decoration
15 September 2015

Four ways to dress up a dated bathroom

We’ve all come across bathrooms that seem like relics of the past. They’re bursting with old-fashioned tiling, strangely coloured bathtubs and cabinetry that has seen better days.


While sometimes a thorough renovation is in order, you’d be surprised by how much of a difference a few cosmetic improvements can make when it comes to dressing up a dated bathroom.

Cabinetry and tiling

Tiling and cabinetry tend to be areas that are subject to trends – and can quickly end up going out of style.

Both tend to be costly and time-consuming to replace, but there are plenty of budget-friendly options you can use as a work-around.

Stripping back cabinetry to either a natural wood or distressed shabby chic state can add instant visual appeal, while a crisp layer of paint in contemporary tones can instantly dress up tired cabinets and drawers.

A chic paint job can also allow retro-style tiles to “pop” in a cheerful, charming way – letting them become a feature rather than an eyesore.

That said, if your vintage tiles are too much for the eye, a few layers of neutral paint over the top can provide a simple fix.

New fixtures and fittings

If you don’t have the budget to replace or restore fixtures such as baths and basins, you can still get a contemporary look with modern taps, faucets, showerheads, and racks and railings.

Brushed chrome and sleekly styled fittings instantly upgrade the appearance of a bathroom – and often pair surprisingly well with older-style features such as pedestal basins or claw-foot baths.

While you’re hard at work on your fittings, consider changing out any old- fashioned lighting at the same time.

Swap in contemporary light shades, replace bulbs with softer options, spray paint older fixtures, or even install contemporary down lights or recessed lights if possible.

Textiles and accessories

The simplest changes can make a huge visual impact where bathrooms are concerned.

Invest in some good quality towels, bathmats and shower curtains, opting for cheerful brights or crisp, neutral tones, depending on the look you’re after.

Stylish accessories such as soap dispensers, mirrors, towel hooks, wall hangings and sunny flower arrangements are affordable additions – and can easily be moved around or swapped out if you want to change up your colour scheme.

Window coverings

Just like accessories make an outfit, good quality window coverings add that final bit of flair to a room.

For a clean, contemporary look that also offers plenty of privacy, consider installing a set of chic modern blinds.

In smaller or darker spaces, or where privacy is less of an issue, sheer roller blinds provide an appealing aesthetic while also letting in much-needed light.

You don’t have to go all-out

If a full-scale renovation is out of the question for your bathroom, don’t despair.

Choosing to upgrade small but key items such as fittings, textiles and blinds, along with a fresh paint job, can make all the difference when it comes to modernising a dated bathroom.

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