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8 Budget-Friendly Ideas to Beautify Your Bathroom Space

November 25, 2021

You might enjoy spending more time in your bathroom after giving it a little makeover!

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The majority of your grooming and self-care routine takes place in your bathroom. That's why it's important to make it a place you actually want to spend time in.

Ameera Residence, SS2 by RK Interior Studio
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If your bathroom is starting to look outdated, there are a plethora of low-cost ways to update its appearance, ranging from simple swaps of everyday items to DIY projects. So, get ready to give your bathroom a quick facelift with these easy tips!

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1. Add a dose of greenery

Plants are the best way to liven up a drab bathroom. They not only add lovely pops of colour and texture to a room, but they also help to purify the air. Consider hanging eucalyptus leaves around your shower head to create a spa-like atmosphere in your bathroom. The steam from your shower will aid in the release of the plant's oil, which has been shown to reduce inflammation, pain, and stress while also improving respiratory health.

Villa Flora, TTDI by PINS Studio
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Meanwhile, low-maintenance plants like aloe vera, Boston ferns, Orchids or Bird of Paradise, and dumb canes, as seen in this PINS Studio bathroom, can thrive in a humid environment as long as natural sunlight enters the space.

Get similar-looking plants from Shopee: Dumb cane, RM18.00, Bird of Paradise, RM14.40.

2. Swap out old mirrors

Bathroom mirrors are useful in a variety of ways. It can stand out as a focal point in a room and create the illusion of a brighter environment. Long and tall mirrors both work well in creating the illusion of a larger space, so choose a shape and style that complements the size and layout of your bathroom, as IQI Concept did here.

Temasya Anggun, Selangor by IQI Concept Interior Design & Renovation
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To maximise functionality in your bathroom, consider adding a fogless mirror, a mirror integrated with LED lighting, or a magnifying mirror!

Get similar-looking items from Shopee: Wall mounted magnifying mirror, RM88.83, Oval bathroom mirror, from RM176.60.

3. Replace old fixtures/hardware

If replacing an entire bathroom cabinet or washbasin is out of the question, think about replacing your bathroom hardware instead. Drawer pulls, toilet roll holders and faucets are examples of small changes that can make a big difference in the overall appearance of your bathroom. It only takes a few minutes and usually doesn't cost much to replace.

Fera Residence, Wangsa Maju by Pocket Square
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To create a seamless look in your bathroom, purchase hardware such as a shelving unit, shower curtain rings or towel rods that look the same or are similar enough to match, as seen in this Pocket Square bathroom. It will make the room appear more polished!

Get similar-looking items from Shopee: Matte black rainfall shower head, from RM395.00, Matte black faucet, RM72.00, Matte black toilet paper holder, RM79.00, Matte black wall-mounted shower set, RM29.75.

4. Throw on some fresh paint

Paint is an excellent, low-cost way to transform a bathroom. And, because you're painting a small area or covering a small surface, it is the best place to experiment with bold colours.

Tiara Hills, Kuala Lumpur by The Grid Studio
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Consider adding an accent wall or repainting your vanity cabinets with your favourite colour of choice, as seen in The Grid Studio's bathroom. A mint green cabinet added a dash of colour and character to the otherwise monochrome bathroom.

Get a similar colour paint from Shopee: Jotun water-based mint green paint 7L, RM48.00.

5. Incorporate convenient storage spaces

If your shampoo bottles keep falling off when you try to reach them, it indicates that your bathroom is lacking in counter space. Assuming you've already decluttered all expired bath products, add storage baskets, shelves, and over-the-toilet units to store shampoo bottles, toothbrushes, cotton swabs among other things and to keep clutter at bay.

Suasana Sentral Loft, KL Sentral by Airhost
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We like how Airhost maximises bathroom storage space by installing a towel bar, a medicine cabinet above the toilet, and a shelf unit in the shower without taking up any floor space.

Get similar-looking items from Shopee: Stainless steel towel bar, RM16.90, Stainless steel bathroom mirror cabinet, RM128.98, Bathroom Wall Hanging Toiletry Holder, RM7.60.

6. Replace light fixtures

Nothing ruins a relaxing bath quite like harsh lighting. To create a soothing atmosphere while taking a long hot shower or soaking in a bathtub, consider adding extra mood or task lighting, or install a dimmer switch to control the brightness of your bathroom light.

Dorsett Hotel and Residence Duplex by Blaine Robert Design Sdn. Bhd.
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The gold accent pendant lights as shown in this bathroom designed by Blaine Robert help to set a relaxed environment while also adding a glamorous touch to the room.

Get a similar-looking item from Shopee: Minimalist pendant light, RM109.98.

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7. Bring in some fresh scents

Let's face it: your grooming habits can contribute to a wide range of odours in your bathroom. The musty odour caused by humidity is one that we are all familiar with. Aside from ensuring proper air circulation in your bathroom, using an oil diffuser, reed diffuser, incense, or scented candles is one of the quickest and easiest ways to mask these unpleasant odours.

Prima Midah Height, Cheras by Doubble Interior Associates
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In addition to freshening up the space with amazing scents, the reed diffuser in this stunning black and white bathroom by Doubble Interior Associates is a perfect example of how small touches can make the bathroom feel and look more luxurious.

Get a similar-looking item from Shopee: Reed Diffuser 100ml, RM35.50.

8. Replace outdated shower heads

To create a fully customisable showering experience whilst also making the bathroom feel extra luxurious, consider swapping your builder-grade showerhead with multiple configurations showerheads to pamper yourself during each grooming session.

Seri Duta II,  Jalan Langgak Duta by Dot Works
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Take for example this bathroom by Dot Works that features a ceiling-mounted showerhead that produces rain-like pouring water for a soothing effect, making daily showers feel like a spa day. Meanwhile, the retro-style design contributes to the bathroom's relaxing atmosphere.

Get a similar-looking item from Shopee: Rainfall shower head, from RM9.99.

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