Modernise and Minimalise: Creating a Luxury Bathroom on a Budget

Olivia Cirocco
 | September 15, 2021

Bathrooms are second to kitchens when it comes to being the most expensive area in the house to renovate. Most of us tend to put a bathroom as the last priority for renovation due to the budget it requires. Fortunately, you won’t need to spend a fortune now or even do a gut renovation just to get the luxe vibe for your bathroom space.

Bathrooms always get the royal treatment even if the overall home interior design is simple. Thus, you can’t define bathroom decor without sophistication and elegance. But that won’t also mean that you have to spend a fortune for a luxe design or pay top-end prices for fixtures and accessories to get that luxurious look in your sanctuary.

Here, you’ll be able to cover almost everything from fixtures and accessories to making the most out of what you have to reduce renovation costs.


Planning ahead of time before you start the project will reduce the possibility of you to change your decisions, avoiding mid-project changes or last-minute changes to the renovation of your bathroom.

Apart from redoing and undoing work, you also have to look out for sales on expensive items such as tiles and fixtures. Deals on items shift every once in a while, and you can get a pretty good deal on tiles and fixtures for a reduced cost.


One most important thing to remember when taking budget into account when renovating is to salvage as much as you can from your previous design. Working with your existing space instead of tearing down an entire wall for added space could save you a lot of money.

You also have to maintain the current layout of the plumbing as much as possible to prevent the rise up of your expenses. To reduce the costs for plumbing, you should leave the drainage and the fixtures as they are if they ’re still in good condition.

Further, knowing the basic principles of plumbing can also help you with your budget in case you’re planning to buy new fixtures and accessories.


Hiring a professional to help you plan everything out, from the design, materials, and the places where you could get them from will speed up the process.

Asking help from a reliable expert will also help you achieve that budget luxury bathroom with ease. Consequently, you can create the design of the luxury bathroom you want even if you had help from a reliable expert. This way, you’ll be able to stick within your set budget.

Your primary goal is to create a luxury bathroom on a set budget, but you also want to achieve that modern luxe look without overdoing the design and its materials. Further, this will be the part where you’ll need the most help with.

There are home improvement companies offering services to plan and set everything out for your bathroom such as bathroom renovations in Melbourne, A quick and precise remodelling is always worth the cost.


Not overdoing the design will save you a lot of money, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to get the luxurious feel on your bathroom. Going modern on your bathroom will easily get you that luxe look, although that won’t be enough. Below are some of the ways you should keep in mind while remodelling your bathroom.

Dim It Down

Installing soft lights to your bathroom will give you that replenishment and relaxation feel. Also, dimming it down will reduce the presence of areas you don’t want to be seen in the bathroom.

But, that doesn’t mean the overall lighting of your bathroom will be that way, you can have your switch customised to adjust the level of illumination in some areas of your bathroom to suit your needs.


Your best friend for flooring is ceramic tiles. They can come in many shapes and styles such as embossed or painted. Ceramic tiles can highlight specific areas of your bathroom when used as a border around a particular area, or frame a cabinet or mirror.

Since you’re making a budget luxury bathroom, you have to keep in mind that decorative tiles are sold per piece. You will have to be precise with the measurements so that you’ll have the exact number of tiles you need for each area of the bathroom you want to be decorated.

For the walls, you could use glass, stone, metal and ceramic to get a variety of looks as well as durability, and you could have them on a specific area to prevent having a dull looking bathroom wall.

Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall

You have to get rid of large wall-sized mirrors over your vanity to get rid of old-fashioned look. Instead, replace your frameless mirror with a beautifully-framed mirror, and have it wall framed to enhance your bathroom space.


Bringing a piece of furniture in your bathroom will give you that luxurious feel. Having a chest or tall armoire can hold bathroom necessities and towels, a lounge chair or bench can give you a place to relax. A piece of free-standing furniture will add a custom touch to the area as well as softening the look of the entire bathroom.

Cabinet Knobs

You can choose traditional knobs of brass, pewter, or glass to carry the theme you’ve selected for your bathroom decoration further. You can have them shaped like butterflies, seashells, flowers, and even hearts.


Finishing up with fabrics on your furniture and windows will give a fancy touch to your bathroom. Since shower curtains are being replaced by walk-in shower stalls and glass shower doors, you won’t be able to showcase your beautiful fabric on shower curtains.


Remodelling to get a luxury bathroom look under a set budget isn’t impossible. You have to keep in mind that you shouldn’t overstuff your bathroom with furniture, accessories, and fabrics or it’ll look extremely old-fashioned.

A luxe bathroom looks simple but elegant. Materials, fixtures, and accessories don’t have to be expensive if you want your bath to be luxurious. It will all depend on how well you research and plan.

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Olivia Cirocco

Design Manager

As a Bachelor of Interior Architecture graduate of The University of South Australia, Olivia has gained extensive experience in the field. In addition to developing critical analysis skills, Olivia learned how to implement creative, environmentally and socially sustainable settings. Using these techniques she has since enjoyed specialising as a bathroom and kitchen designer.


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