High on chic, low on budget

Want a scheme that looks a million quid, but lacking the funds to make it fab? Here, we show you how to get style on a shoestring. 
Janssen bathroom suite

How to create a stylish bathroom on a low budget
If you’re anything like us, your taste in décor probably won’t quite match up to what you can really afford. But, hey, it never stops us – we just shop smart and create a look that fools everyone into thinking we’ve spent a fortune, when actually we’ve had change over for a posh bottle of bubbly (for the bath, that is).
So, where to start? Your major spend will be on the fittings, so shop for those first, looking for shapely, show-off pieces. 
Choose eye-catching bathroom fittings
You might not have the space – or cash – for double basins, but you can still make a statement and create a focal point with a contemporary freestanding bath or super sleek pedestal basin. Sanitaryware needn’t be from the same range, but in a small space, a curvy suite can make the room feel more streamlined.
The design of pedestal basins has moved on quicker than Usain Bolt – new, contemporary ones are sooo stylish and are super affordable. Team with angular tall monobloc taps to create a look that’s more luxury hotel than B&B.
Choose a toilet that echoes the shape of your basins – picking a wall-hung toilet if possible to help create the feeling of space in a small room. Remember that toilets with corner-shaving curves will help make the room feel bigger still.
If your bathroom is cluttered with enough bottles to warrant its own docu-soap on hoarding, consider an inset basin or countertop design instead of a pedestal, and set them on a piece of furniture with storage space beneath. 
Create a colour scheme
So you want to make a statement without splashing out? Don’t settle for all cream/magnolia/white and instead go for something a little more dramatic for your walls.
Mosaic tiles, particularly those with a lustrous finish, create a feeling of luxury, but won’t break the bank. To keep the look upscale rather than downmarket, match the colour of the grout to the tiles and, if your budget is stretched already, limit them to key areas, such as the basin splashback and behind the bath. Then, choose a paint colour for the rest of the walls that matches the tile colour perfectly. This Diesel black brick mosaic from Topps Tiles has alluring glints of green, blue and gold.
Paint your floor
If floor tiles are beyond your budget (or you’re still saving up for the ones you really, really want), why not paint the floorboards? There are lots of tough floor paints out there in solid colours and washes if you want the wood to show through. Choose a light colour in a glossy finish if you’ve gone for a deep shade on the walls to bounce light around the room. This Arsenic floor paint is one of 132 colours from Farrow & Ball. 
Don’t stint on mirrors
What’s not to like about a mirror? They are cheap to buy, cover lots of wall space and make a small room look much bigger and lighter. Above the basin is a must, but if you’ve got spare wall space, hanging one over the bath or leaning a tall mirror to show off a shapely basin will work wonders. Just don’t put one near the loo.
In a small room, choose a mirror with storage built in – our Nash mirror has slim shelves above and below it where you can stash your best looking bottles. 
Don’t be shy with accessories
Choose buys – from pictures to furniture – that are more of a show-off than David Walliams. Don’t be unforthcoming about buying designer lookalike towels at high street prices. These Debenhams designs have more than a little of the Missoni about them.
Just as you would on a night on the town, accessorise, accessorise, accessorise. That means bowls, trinkets and candelabra, like this one from Habitat, perfect for a candlelit soak (just be sure you blow out before you push off). 
Can’t stretch to a chic, vintage clock, a giant wall art letter, or even a painting? Swap it for an oversized fake – this station clock wall sticker by Brume will make a big impression (but not on your budget) – and it even works. 
Be inspired by the cheap but chic bathroom design ideas and good-looking bathroom floors on our Pinterest boards.

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