Easy bathroom transformations - 10 of the best

Want to redesign your bathroom, but short on time and money? Try these quick updates to completely transform your bathroom

Completely redesigning a bathroom can take a lot of time and be an expensive undertaking. But to dramatically change the look of your bathroom, you don't necessarily need to start again.

A few clever tricks and tips from our experts could help you to transform your bathroom instantly and with very little effort. Taking a bathroom from drab to fab is really as easy as adding a wall of patterned paper, a fresh coat of paint or a few soft-furnishings. A brand new bathroom is all in the details!

Give your plain bathroom a shabby chic makeover with some feature wallpaper, a painted chair and a vintage table. Or why not simply pick a new colour scheme to lift your white bathroom and add in personal touches, such as a patterned screen and matching blind.

If you don't have the time to redecorate, just update your bathroom with beautiful new accessories. Adding lanterns or candles to shelves and windowsills - even just placing them on the floor or the edge of the bath - will completely change the look of your bathroom. For spa-like zen, soft towels and matching slippers will overhaul your ordinary bathroom, creating a space you can't wait to spend time in.

However you choose to transform your bathroom, there's no doubt these ideas will give you inspiration to create a whole new look...

1/10 Blue floral and polka dot bathroom

bathroom with bathtub and polka dot wallpaper

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jon Day )

There are some useful tips you can take away from this eclectic bathroom: firstly, the power of punchy wallpaper; you really can put polka dots on a freestanding bath and get away with it; and paint any chair you have to hand red. It will look fab!

Brian Yates

2/10 Shabby chic bathroom with feature wallpaper

bathroom with wallpaper on wall and chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/Richard Gadsby )

Take one plain white bathroom suite, add a battered old chair and a console table and voila! One spanking new shabby chic bathroom ready to go.

Jocelyn Warner
Similar chair
The Conran Shop
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Jocelyn Warner
Similar chair
The Conran Shop

3/10 Traditional-style grey panelled bathroom

bathroom with wooden flooring and mirror

(Image credit: Future PLC/Richard Gadsby )

There's nothing like a quick lick of paint to spuce up a room. Sophisticated grey on the wood panelling takes this bathroom scheme to a whole other level...

Similar bath
Sanctuary Bathrooms

4/10 Industrial-style bathroom with metro tiles

bathroom with metro tiles and white wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey )

Ah the humble splashback... If there's one sure-fire guaranteed way to give your bathroom a quick, expensive-looking makeover it's updating the splashback. You only need a few bathroom tiles and why not be brave and go for a contrasting grout colour as well...

Similar tiles
Criterion Tiles

5/10 Monochrome bathroom with lanterns and candles

monochrome bathroom with lanterns and candle

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise! We've said it before and we'll say it again, the easiest way to transform your bathroom is to... well, you get the drift. Lanterns and candles are an affordable and easy way to achieve the look.

Marks & Spencer

6/10 Bathroom with green toile screen and towels

bathroom with towel and chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jon Day )

Sometimes transforming your bathroom is as easy as picking a new colour scheme and just going with it! A screen and matching blind make dramatic additions to this bathroom but the towels are an easy fix.

The Dormy House

7/10 White spa-style bathroom with blue accessories

white spa style bathroom with blue accessories

(Image credit: Future PLC/Trevor Richards)

Bathrooms can be a bit boring can't they? So why not turn yours into a spa instead! All you need is a few Zen-like accessories artfully placed around the bath, a bathmat and a pair of matching slippers... Easy when you know how!

Blue throw
Marks & Spencer

8/10 Modern bathroom with striped accessories

bathroom with stripped and curtain

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jeremy Baile )

Bath curtains have gone rather out of vogue in recent years, replaced by the ubiquitous see-through screen. Well, we've got news for you - bath curtains are back and a carefully chosen one is a cheap way of lifting a tired scheme up to where it belongs.

Lisbeth Dahl

9/10 Quirky bathroom with bird-themed wallpaper

bathroom with bird themed wallpaper and table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Brown)

If you're going for a total transformation in the quickest amount of time possible then you'd best get your trestle table out and slap some pretty funky wallpaper up.

Wall panels
Cole & Son

10/10 White panelled bathroom with pink accents

bathroom with bathtub and window

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jeremy Philips )

If you don't have much free time, then keep it simple. Co-ordinating a colourful blind with bright fluffy towels injects some very welcome pizzazz into this white bathroom.

Bath and mixer tap
Bath Empire

For more bathroom decorating ideas go to our dedicated bathroom channel