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Your budget shouldn’t stop you from creating a stylish bathroom. We’ll guide you through some clever and economical ways to bring personality and flair into your existing space.

Create your space

Your bathroom has a lot to do. It should energise you in the mornings and be a refuge in the evenings, a place to wash away the cares of the day.

Most bathroom designs trend toward basic white, but it’s surprisingly easy to impress your personality on an existing bathroom with minimal changes and a modest budget. Adding a feature wall or swapping out taps and accessories can create a whole new vibe without compromising on practicalities or draining the bank account.

Read on for tips on how to transform the space you have into something completely different, with just a few, cost-effective small changes.

Tactile terrazzo

Terrazzo is striking, and its varied patterns can be found in everything from bathroom floors to tabletops to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Make this beautiful material your bathroom’s defining feature. Try these large-format Duratile floor tiles on the wall to create a bold statement. Or pull inspiration from terrazzo’s subtle use of colour in other swappable bathroom elements. For example, these tiles have deep charcoal flecks, which are then picked up in matt black tapware, a black-framed mirror and black-accented pendant lights. Earth-toned towels and accessories (clay, terracotta or blush, for example) pull out the flecks of bronze in the terrazzo and make this a warm and confident wash space.

Flatlay featuring a terrazzo bathroom tile, peach bathroom accessories and matt black tapware

Pale personality plus

A white bathroom can still be loaded with personality. Without deviating from a pale palette, these feather mosaic feature tiles add a whimsical element of texture. They have the overlapping effect of bird feathers or fish scales, giving a nod to the natural world and pairing well with organic textures like a timber vanity.

A white bathroom featuring a mosaic feature wall, timber vanity and chrome bathroom fittings

Keep the palette bright by adding light-reflecting classic chrome tapware (the elegantly curved spouts used here echo the shape of the tiles), simple accessories and a large mirror.

A flatlay of neutral bathroom fittings and accessories

Classic Hamptons

Elevating a plain bathroom into an elegant, Hamptons-style beauty might be as easy as adding VJ panelling. Water-resistant panelling like James Hardie ‘HardieGroove’ lining can withstand steam and splashes – just don’t use it in the shower zone. For a traditional emphasis, take the lining panels halfway up the wall to give a dado effect, and continue this heritage-inspired look with ornate tapware. The deep blue of Dulux Integrity captures the sophisticated coastal style of a Hamptons home.

Blue water-resistant VJ panels are installed halfway up the walls in a Hamptons-style bathroom

Love this style? Check out our guide on how to create a Hamptons style bathroom for more design inspiration.

Hamptons-style bathroom fittings and accessories on a flatlay, featuring a blue VJ panel

Contemporary character

Water-resistant wall lining can also work well in a modern bathroom. This simple yet contemporary washroom is transformed by a feature wall of HardieGroove VJ panels. Take these panels all the way to the ceiling and paint them any colour you want. (And if you change your mind, simply paint them again – they're that versatile.) The Dulux Highland Green used here contrasts beautifully with crisp white tiles, creating a look that's both stylish and soothing.

A HardieGroove VJ panelled feature wall painted in Dulux Highland Green behind a tub in a contemporary modern bathroom. The bathroom is styled with brushed brass tapware and accessories

Sleek and simple tapware and accessories in brushed brass invite warmth into the room and make this a space in which to linger.

A contemporary bathroom flatlay. Brass sink mixers, tap and bathroom accessories on a VJ panel painted in Dulux Highland Green

Give your bathroom tiles a little TLC…

Instead of splashing out on the installation of brand-new tiles, refresh your existing bathroom tiles with a coat of Dulux’s renovation paint. Check out our guide on how to paint bathroom tiles to learn more.

Photo Credit: Cath Muscat and Alejandro Sosa 3D

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.