Smart Ways to Get a Luxe Bathroom Look for Less

Although we all love to drool over images of gorgeous designer bathrooms, we may not have the budget to go all-out when the time comes to spruce up our own washrooms. But that doesn’t mean your remodel has to be generic and uninspired. There are many ways to get a high-end look without a hefty price tag. Here are some tricks to do just that.




Larger-format tiles.

Search for an out-of-the-box dimension rather than the typical 12-inch by 12-inch format. Tile sizes like 12 by 24 inches or 24 by 24 inches will make your bathroom stand out from the rest. Another great advantage of using larger format tiles is that they make you bathroom appear larger, as their is less grout and lines that break up the space less, making for a smoother, more seamless look.

Bathroom Large Format Tile Shower













Trim accents. 

Or consider giving your standard tile a punch by splurging a bit on trim pieces as accents. These will give your room an interesting, graphic element, but the small quantity needed won’t break the bank.

Bathroom Shower with Accent Border Trim













Tile rug. 

Most bathroom designers will tell you that if you want to splurge on any one part of the renovation, it should be the floor, because it has the biggest impact. Instead of laying a pricey stone mosaic everywhere, you can save by designing a “rug” with just a few square feet of something eye catching, and using large-format field tiles in a coordinating stone around it.

Bathroom Tiled Rug












Upgrade knobs and pulls. 

If you don’t have the funds to spend on a custom vanity, don’t fret. A simple model can look one-of-a-kind with some pretty hardware, like the pulls seen here. Try a vintage or specialty store to find hardware that is unique.

Bathroom Upgraded Cabinet Pulls













Furniture vanities. 

You can repurpose a fabulous piece of furniture you already own or a flea market find into a unique vanity. If you are even a little handy, you can use one of the many DIY tutorials online that will show you how to cut holes in the surface for a drop-in sink and faucet, as well as retrofit drawers to make room for the water supply. 

Bathroom Furniture Vanity










Source the bathtub carefully. 

One of the most expensive features of a new bathroom can be the biggest fixture of all: the bathtub. Gorgeous versions from upscale manufacturers can run more than $10,000. To get a similar look, check Craigslist or local architectural salvage shops for vintage tubs under $500. For $500 to $700 more, you can have it professionally reglazed to get it looking as good as new.

Bathroom Refinished Antique bathtub











Consider chrome. 

When it comes to picking a finish for all of your plumbing fittings, there are so many options — nickel, bronze, brass and more. Chrome is usually the least expensive. And on the plus side, it’s the easiest to maintain and keep clean, and it looks great in both modern and traditional spaces.

Bathroom Chrome Fixtures












Another alternative to update your existing faucets and fixtures are with paint, check out the below picture of the amazing updated look of these faucets, just using paint!

Bathroom Faucets updated with paint













Don’t write off shower curtains. 

You can make smart choices when decorating your finished bathroom, too. Instead of commissioning expensive glass doors for your shower, go with a fresh white curtain. You can’t go wrong.

Bathroom Shower with shower curtain














Find your own mirrors. 

Forgo the cheap “builder’s special” frameless mirrors that are often hung over vanities in favor of styles with a little more flair, like this shapely pair. 

Bathroom Unique Mirrors










Don’t forget the details. 

While high-end apothecary soaps and lotions often have beautiful packaging, these items can really add up. Pick your favorite products from the drugstore and pour them into pretty glass pumps and bottles that look great and will last forever.

Bathroom Accessories Details