Many of us dream of having a beautiful spa-like bathroom that visitors will be envious of, but with the average cost of a new bathroom in the UK around £3,000 to £5,000, it’s an expense that we repeatedly put off. If you think reinventing your bathroom is only for those that can splash the cash, think again. You don’t need to spend thousands of pounds to transform your space with our affordable tips to upgrade your bathroom on a budget.

Sparkle and shine

The first step to refresh your bathroom is exactly that… refresh it! It may sound easy, but spend some time deep cleaning, rather than just a wipe around the sink. Scrub your grouting and tiles, wipe all surfaces (paying attention to corners and hard to reach places) and polish your floors. Go through your bath and beauty products to get rid of old shampoo and soap bar remnants that you don’t use, thus freeing up valuable space.

Once your bathroom is squeaky clean, you can touch up your old, grey tile grout using a handy grout pen from most DIY stores. If you think it is bad, then you will need to scrape out the old grout and replace with new. Watch this handy video from B&Q for help re-grouting your tiles. Do the same with silicone sealant around your bath and sink.

By detoxing your bathroom top to bottom, you will instantly see a bigger, brighter and fresher space.

Change it up

Upgrade your fixtures and fittings, like taps. It’s a simple and inexpensive way to give your bath or sink a lift. You could go for a vintage feel or ultra-modern chrome, depending on your tastes.

Change your shower curtain or replace your shower screen. Over time, they fade and are a magnet for grime and scum so it’s time for an upgrade. Moreover, you can play around with colours or patterns to add an instant lift.

Consider investing in a new lighting fixture to let your bathroom shine. If this is not in your budget, then simply swap existing bulbs for bright white LED ones to give a cleaner, more illuminated look.

A new mirror will also bring light and space to a small bathroom. A large mirror above the bath, roughly at eye level, can be all it takes to make your bathroom look exquisitely large and the cost shouldn’t need to run away from you.

Time to breathe

Your bathroom is especially susceptible to mould and damp due to the steamy, humid air from showers and baths. Make sure that windows can be opened fully, if you have one, by decluttering the windowsill. If not or if there is no window, invest in and install a powerful extractor fan to get rid of the wet, warm air.

Plants literally breathe a new lease of life into any room so opt for some greenery. Most plants thrive in a bathroom environment, but we recommend succulents like aloe vera. Not only do they look great but don’t need much watering to thrive. The aloe plant is also bursting with vitamins and minerals and can be used to help treat minor cuts and burns and heal dry skin. Dracaena plants, or dragon plants, are fantastic air purifiers that come in over 40 varieties. This undemanding plant prefers light shade and a level of humidity not generally found in most rooms. Therefore, by placing your dragon plant in the bathroom, the lighting and humidity will keep its greenery bright and flawless.

If you don’t have a green thumb, opt for artificial plants that will still add a natural touch without the worry!

Colour outside the lines

Colour is a great way to reinvent any room in your home and there are many ways to introduce it in your bathroom.

New fluffy towels and bath mats in bold colours or prints will add a pop of colour without any DIY work in sight. It’s a fun, cheap and extremely easy way to upgrade a plain white or neutral bathroom. We love the soft feel of Egyptian Cotton towels and have a wide variety of vibrant colours to choose from, like this fuchsia pink.

If you are feeling brave then repaint walls in fresh, fun colours like duck egg blue to brighten the space and add more light. Dulux have a fantastic range of specialised bathroom paint in a variety of colours. You could even pick out a feature wall and decorate with a bright contrasting colour or patterned wallpaper for a real treat.

New tiles are always at the top of the list but can be an arduous and expensive task to accomplish. Tile stickers are a great way to revamp your space, without the cost or work. With many patterns and colours to choose from, you can be bold knowing that if you fancy a change or it’s not quite right, you simply pull the stickers off. Try or for a great range.

If you fancy a little DIY, then cladding is a great way to achieve a new bathroom look. Acquire some wood panels and spend time sanding down and painting a neutral colour. Then add either as a bath panel or around the bottom half of your bathroom walls for a beautiful, vintage finish.


New accessories such as soap dishes, laundry baskets, toothbrush holders and beachy sculptures are a fun way to update your bathroom without breaking the bank. You can opt for matching sets (from most high street stores), bold colours, and different textures like marble or completely mix and match. The choices are endless and you can spend as much or as little as you like. Try a coastal theme with shells and coral or a quirky approach with ceramic boats, ducks or fish.

Adding some artwork will lift your walls to new heights. Frame your favourite postcards, photographs or art and hang on blank walls. Top tip – use Velcro stickers, as they won’t damage the wall. No drilling is required and you can change the arrangement when it suits. You could even explore wall stickers instead of artwork. Choose motivating or quirky quotes for a different touch to your wall coverings.

Replace your blinds and curtains to add colour and texture, or swap for old-fashioned wooden shutters, which will give your bathroom a completely new feel and help it to feel larger.

Then treat yourself to some scented candles or soap that you can put in decorative vases or containers. They will help you relax after a long day and give a fragrance burst when you step through the door.


Most bathrooms lack sufficient storage and can appear cluttered with old toiletries, toothbrushes and cosmetics lurking about. Invest in some baskets or a slim line cupboard to tidy away the clutter and keep your bathroom clear. You could also investigate if your bath panel can be swapped for a hinged one to give more storage or swap your standard sink for a vanity one with drawers.

Get creative with your storage solutions to add more of a personal touch to your bathroom space. Tiered wire storage keeps luxuriously packaged lotions and practical wash bags on show and easy to grab. Recessed shelves are a great space saver, both practically and visually, keeping toiletries neat and off the surfaces. Building the shelves into false walls that hide pipework is a clever use of a necessary feature.

Swap shop

Swap your dated and inefficient radiator for a new heated towel rail or underfloor heating. This will free up valuable space and add a luxurious feel to your bathroom.

A towel rail will show off your new vibrant towels to the max and keep them warm, dry and tidy. Ideal for smaller bathrooms and en-suites due to their compact nature, they will harmonise with the rest of your fixtures to improve the visual impact of your bathroom. During the colder months, having a heated towel rail in a smaller bathroom will be beneficial as they are very capable of keeping the room itself warm.

Our towel rails are the perfect complement for any sized bathroom. They have a nominal power output between 300 and 1,000 W, which helps to ensure that the unit heats quickly and retains heat for longer. The towel rails come in four sizes and are easy to install with wall anchors close to the side of the body. They also include a 2-hour boost mode allowing the unit to operate at maximum power for up to 2 hours, for that added touch.

Competitively priced, our towel rails are an affordable upgrade for your bathroom so you’ll keep your towels toasty whilst keeping an eye on your budget Choose between the D Series or KYROS:

D Series

We meet all the challenges in the changing world of technology with the D Series collection, the first in the world to incorporate an internal Wi-Fi module. The high power Wi-Fi modules can reach up to 100m without obstacles and our servers have a reliability of over 99%.

This unique line gives the user control over all the features from the D Series range together or individually from a smartphone, tablet or PC with the new Rointe Connect mobile app.

With the free Rointe Connect app your smartphone, tablet or PC will work as a switchboard for easy control of your installation meaning you can adjust temperatures, lock the products remotely and control the expenditure on a daily basis from home, your office or on the go. You can program activation and shutoff at whatever time you desire, maximising your energy savings.

All the products in the D Series range are available in a wide choice of colours and finishes, including up to 30 RAL colours so you can choose the style that suits your interior. There are also four sizes to suit every bathroom size.


The second-generation KYROS range now includes a new slimline straight bar design to fit perfectly into your bathroom and smart energy software with four lifestyle programs already installed. Therefore, homeowners will be able to reap the benefits of advanced functions that are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The KYROS range uses advanced infrared communication up to a distance of 3m so you can easily program 24 hours, 7 days a week via the AIR Control or BASIC Control remote.

It is the perfect solution for many types of property and it includes the vast majority of highly advanced features that all our heating solutions have to offer. From different aesthetic finishes to impressive visual menus, the improved KYROS range has everything you need.

Find out which of our electric towel rails best suits your needs in our comparison table.

Our exciting new range of underfloor heating uses BEAB approved ultra-thin heating elements to meet the growing demand for space-saving alternatives to radiators.

Formed from the perfect mix of radiation and convection, the heat dissipation of our underfloor heating is even and efficient.

Choose from one of three solutions – ATRIA Ultra-Thin, MILOS PVC or ERKO Foil. They are suitable for up to six different types of floor surfaces, including carpet, ceramic, vinyl, hardwood, laminate and linoleum. Each system is controlled with the ST.2 or CT.2 thermostats, plus with the free Rointe Connect app.

All our underfloor heating systems have an IPX7 degree of protection against dust, great for allergy sufferers, and waterproof mesh. They also come with a 10-year guarantee on the heating mesh and comply with all national and international regulations. In addition, we offer a free of charge replacement should the mesh become damaged during installation.

Find out which of our electric underfloor heating solutions best suits your needs in our comparison table.

Updating your bathroom needn’t be expensive and will give your home the interior lift it deserves. All these ideas are simple but effective, and best of all most require little time or money.  A weekend spent rejuvenating your bathroom can work wonders for transforming your dull and unappealing room into a haven of peace and tranquillity.

When it comes to finding electric heating solutions for your home, business or project, we are the best in the market. Quite simply, we develop the electric heating systems that we would put into our own homes.

Turn up the heat with Rointe today. Call one of our sales team on 0203 321 5928 or email us at to find out more information on our efficient and innovative range. You can also find your nearest official Rointe installer here.

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