Small Bathroom Remodel Ideas on a Budget

Remodeling a small bathroom even a small one can seem like it comes with a steep cost. But it is possible to completely transform your bathroom on a tight budget. From simply repainting your vanity cabinetry and sourcing decor on Facebook Marketplace to using porcelain tile to imitate marble. The options are seemingly endless. Ahead, browse genius ideas designers have made use of for their clients’ bathrooms that are sure to inspire your own spa makeover. And if you need extra guidance through the process. We have you covered with bathroom renovation and remodel tips straight from the pros.

1. Before: ’90s Desert Tuscan

Designer Bari Ackerman describes the previous state of this bathroom as ’90s desert Tuscan. “It had a built-in jetted tub with heavy beige tile and a brown steam shower that didn’t work,” Ackerman says. “Not only was it dark and dated, but it also appeared the shower had been installed incorrectly so that absolutely needed to be remedied.”

2. After: Modern Art Deco

Ackerman updated the bathroom with a pink-and-orange palette for a modern twist on Art Deco style. A small budget-friendly upgrade with a big impact is the patterned shade the designer added to the window.

3. Before: Stuffy NYC Bathroom

Like most New York City apartments, this Brooklyn bathroom has minimal square footage and not much alluring character. The client enlisted designer Delia Kenza to give it a dreamy makeover with a clever rejiggering of the layout. A thoughtful palette, and the right finishing touches.

4. After: Dreamy Oasis

The client came to me wanting travertine, but sometimes when you’re on a budget. The travertine you get looks really pink,” explains Kenza. “And we wanted the neutral color.” The designer settled on porcelain with a slightly pebbly texture that adds subtle dimension. A custom travertine sink satisfies her client’s need for travertine.

5. Before: Old Rustic Tuscan

The heaviness of the Tuscan theme in this bathroom was too much for the homeowners. So designer Priya McCulloch gave it an airy makeover with two requirements: The project needed to be budget-friendly (the cost of the bathroom was approximately under $35,000) and the bathroom had to be low maintenance and easy to clean.

6. After: Light Tuscan Inspiration

McCulloch slashed costs by including high-quality porcelain tile to imitate marble, a walk-in style shower without a door, and recycling travertine tile from the home’s previous kitchen renovation that went toward the new bathroom floor.

7. Before: Spare Room

The Toledo Geller design team was hired to turn a spare room and small bathroom into a Moroccan oasis with plenty of functional details hidden under the design.

8. After: Moroccan-Inspired Bathroom

For a subtle yet textural element, the room’s ceiling is covered in a Moroccan plaster finish known as “tadelakt,” which the homeowner a retired woodworker and avid DIYer actually painted himself. “We looked over a few color samples with him, selected the tone, and then he got a kit and watched a YouTube tutorial,” says Geller.
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