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​7 ways to give your bathroom a magazine look

Johannes van Graan Johannes van Graan
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Fun fact: The bathroom is the second most expensive room to renovate in the entire house (succeeded by kitchens). Thus, it comes as no surprise that the average bathroom budget does not, unfortunately, make provision for marble tiles, a decadent claw-foot tub or a rain showerhead. 

But don’t despair, for there are still quite a few easier (and more pocket-friendly) ways in which you can give your bathroom a luxurious look.

Let’s start by scrolling down…

1. What are you looking at?

Beach Front House Eclectic style bathroom by JSD Interiors Eclectic Wood Wood effect
JSD Interiors

Beach Front House

JSD Interiors

It’s quite sad that the majority of us pick up contractor-grade mirrors that, style-wise, don’t fit in with out bathroom designs at all. 

Opting for a mirror with a little more personality, and getting clever with storage rather than resorting to that done-to-death medicine cabinet, will help elevate your space to something far more elegant. 

Flea markets and discount shops can still offer up some eye-catching designs – all you have to do is look!

2. Pick pretty paper

Black&White waves Modern bathroom by Pixers Modern

Black&White waves


Who said wallpaper is only meant for outdated bedrooms? It can look oh-so fabulous in your high-end bathroom as well! 

Yes, it might not be as cheap as a new potted plant, but it is a bargain compared to paying a contractor to install new, sleek wall tiling.

3. Get glossy

Modern En Suite Design Modern bathroom by homify Modern

Modern En Suite Design


Know what else you can do if wallpaper is not your thing? Treat those bathroom walls to some high-gloss paint, which not only makes a visual impact, but is also very easy to wipe down come cleaning time.

4. Start the day right

Penthouse Interior Design, River Thames, London Modern bathroom by Residence Interior Design Ltd Modern
Residence Interior Design Ltd

Penthouse Interior Design, River Thames, London

Residence Interior Design Ltd

Your bathroom sets the tone for each day – it is where you brush teeth, apply makeup, and attempt to get that hair looking the way you want it to, and the way you see your appearance can definitely affect how you feel about yourself.

So, ditch the garishly bright fluorescent bulbs and opt for soft and indirect lamps and sconces. And never forget the impact that a nice window with lots of natural light can have.

5. Banish the mess

House B - House Design Eclectic style bathroom by Redesign Interiors Eclectic
Redesign Interiors

House B—House Design

Redesign Interiors

Even the most stunning bathroom will look horrid if it’s in a constant state of clutter. And there’s nothing worse than walking into a bathroom and finding linens tossed on the floor. 

Treat yourself to a small hand towel ring right by the sink, where it’s needed; install a hook for your bathrobe; and commit to a rod or two for your bath towels. These simple additions, although virtually unnoticeable to the average guest, can make a radical impact on the room’s overall appearance.

6. Sit on something stylish

Guest Bathroom Country style bathroom by Tru Interiors Country
Tru Interiors

Guest Bathroom

Tru Interiors

The toilet is not the only seating space your bathroom needs to provide. Whether it’s a simple garden stool, an elegant ottoman or an ornately carved armchair, try and see if you can squeeze in a seating spot to up your bathroom’s luxury factor.

Besides, sitting on the toilet while doing a pedicure is just so over!

7. Watch what you step on

While you’re picking up those linens off the floor, be sure to grab that tired-looking bath mat and toss it out. And our recommended replacement? A Turkish or Persian rug! 

The tufted wool rugs are soft underfoot and the perfect substitute for a bath mat. And let’s not forget those beautiful patterns and colours that only get better as they fade, which can add so much character and cleverness to your bathroom.

Since we’re on a budget, we thought this might come in handy: 7 ways to save money in the bathroom.

Any other tricks to make that bathroom look more high-end? Do share with us...
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