6 Inexpensive Ways To Luxuriously Upgrade Your Boring Bathroom

Upgrading or remodelling your bathroom doesn’t have to break the bank. All it takes is a few strategic techniques to make your bathroom look more luxurious, elegant, efficient and far more attractive than your neighbours’ plain vanilla bathrooms.

1. Floor Tiling

Boosting the value of your bathroom (as well as refreshing them) is as simple as installing new floors. A floating floor (wood planks glued or snapped together) can be laid down over almost any material (concrete, plywood, sheet vinyl, and ceramic tile) and make your bathroom look warm and cozy.

For a small price, a few gallons of durable floor paint can be used to paint a light checkered pattern. There’s a reason some of the most luxurious buildings in the world apply checkered patterns for their floors. (Like the Queen’s Staircase at Versailles in 1680.)

2. Upgrade to Luxurious Counters

If you aren’t in the market for replacing your countertops, you can always DIY. For a more modern look, you can apply thin concrete overlays. You can mimic high-end granite using acrylic paints, a painting technique and Environtex Lite. Or, for even less expense, consider applying a glossy coat and clear glitter to your existing countertop.

3. New Doors

Not many chic interior designers use bathroom curtains for their showers anymore. There’s a reason shower doors are becoming increasingly popular – they make your bathroom seem larger and more inviting.

If you want something different, though—while still adding more value to your bathroom—consider updating your shower by installing a shower floor that sits a few inches above the rest of the flooring. You can even consider an overhead showering panel to replace your existing, detachable showerhead for a look of modern luxury.

4. Redesign The Wall

Consider wallpaper with vertical stripes… or beadboards. Any room, regardless, looks more expansive (and expensive) if the colours are lighter and brighter. Therefore, opt for translucent curtains or shades to let natural sun light in. (For an even more calming atmosphere, paint your bathroom walls a shade lighter than your home’s main walls.)

5. Think Expensive

One of the focus points with high-style decorating is “luxurious.” Achieving this in your bathroom doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. In order to get the biggest bang for your buck, giving the illusion of a high price tag, some secrets you can use are:

  • Using white paint to convey elegance (or monochromatic colour scheme).
  • Buy Turkish or Persian floor rugs (to replace bath mats)
  • If your room size allows it, consider a refurnished stool or carved armchair

6. Use Mirrors Wisely

Every interior designer will tell you that mirrors make rooms look larger. This doesn’t mean sticking them anywhere you please, though. If your bathroom is tiny, opt for larger mirrors that take up more space. The main advantage of mirrors comes when you use them to reflect things and spaces worth looking at. For an added “wow” factor, put a spotlight behind one for an enhanced (and calming) glow.


In case you haven’t noticed, a lot of the ideas you read about were pulled from spas and inns. These businesses are in the business of relaxing you to the bone and making you simply feel like you’re on vacation. For me, these designs are timeless, clean and reminiscent of spas. Pick out your favourite spa and draw your own inspiration from them when it’s time redesign your bathroom.