Monday, 8 August 2016

Quick & simple bathroom makeover - Using only accessories


How to give your small bathroom a quick, simple and budget-friendly makeover, using accessories only. Featuring tips on how to maximise space, trick the eye into making the room look bigger, incorporate storage into your interior design, and how small can still be stylish. Artificial plants and greenery add a natural touch without the commitment of live plants, and a bath shelf makes more of the space.

Our bathroom is one of those rooms I feel totally overwhelmed with tackling - whilst I'd love a new floor and suite, at the moment that isn't really financially possible, so I've had to be creative with how I decorate it instead. Rather than ripping everything out, I've done I can using budget accessories only. On top of that, the fact that its quite a small space too, has meant I had to be careful with how I styled it. Simple is best when tackling small rooms, as the last thing you want is for a space to become over-cluttered, and therefore appear even smaller. So as you can probably tell this hasn't been an easy makeover at all!

recently went for afternoon tea with my family, where I stumbled across the cutest ladies' toilet (I really should have been more interested in the cakes than the loo, I know!) which gave me some inspiration. I love the fact that the look is quite glam but simple too. It screams hotel-luxury, but also looks as if you could easily recreate it on a budget. 

How to give your small bathroom a quick, simple and budget-friendly makeover, using accessories only. Featuring tips on how to maximise space, trick the eye into making the room look bigger, incorporate storage into your interior design, and how small can still be stylish. Artificial plants and greenery add a natural touch without the commitment of live plants, and a bath shelf makes more of the space.

Seriously though, how pretty is this?!

I think the main focus of the tea-room loo is obviously the stunning faux flower display, which I've attempted to recreate with a large vase forming an eye-catching feature on the side of the bath. I've filled it with my current obsession - faux eucalyptus stems - they're really reasonable at £8 a stem, and are some of the best quality fake foliage I've come across, so would definitely recommend them. Plus no risk of killing artificial! I absolutely love going fake with my plants and flowers - I previously shared some of my favourite budget greenery here.

How to give your small bathroom a quick, simple and budget-friendly makeover, using accessories only. Featuring tips on how to maximise space, trick the eye into making the room look bigger, incorporate storage into your interior design, and how small can still be stylish. Artificial plants and greenery add a natural touch without the commitment of live plants, and a bath shelf makes more of the space.

My main purchase for this room was these ladder shelves from IKEA (unfortunately they're now discontinued, but you can find a similar set here). They fill this space perfectly, and are the ideal spot to display accessories and items in a very simple, but effective way. Don't be tempted to over-style your shelves though, as leaving what's called 'negative space' on some shelves can create an illusion of space and trick the eye into thinking the room is bigger than it really is (you can find more of my tricks on making a room look bigger here!)

How to give your small bathroom a quick, simple and budget-friendly makeover, using accessories only. Featuring tips on how to maximise space, trick the eye into making the room look bigger, incorporate storage into your interior design, and how small can still be stylish. Artificial plants and greenery add a natural touch without the commitment of live plants, and a bath shelf makes more of the space.

I've added lots of artificial greenery (I can't get enough at the moment!) and some candles, whilst flannels and loo rolls are stored away in a basket, and I filled some large bargain IKEA jars with cotton wool balls and shells.


How to give your small bathroom a quick, simple and budget-friendly makeover, using accessories only. Featuring tips on how to maximise space, trick the eye into making the room look bigger, incorporate storage into your interior design, and how small can still be stylish. Artificial plants and greenery add a natural touch without the commitment of live plants, and a bath shelf makes more of the space.


After searching high and low for a bath shelf, of which I'd seen so many beautiful ones on Instagram, my husband managed to track me one down on Amazon, which I've styled with some White Company toiletries, cotton pads stored in a beautiful glass jar I picked up from Sainsbury's, and yet another succulent, of course.

In the future new flooring and bath panel are definitely on my list for in here, however for now I'm quite happy with how this has turned out, and it goes to show that you absolutely can refresh a room with just accessories!

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What are your tips for giving a small bathroom a makeover?

Thanks for reading,
Sam Xx


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