Interior design student Gabi has some easy tips to follow to help you spruce up your bathroom and living spaces. Best of all, you can do it on a budget.

It's easy to get overwhelmed when you want to update the look and feel of your home on a budget. Take the stress out of decorating and get started today by following these easy tips.

Quick and easy bathroom updates

Easy updates

Clear out the clutter

Get rid of any unnecessary items and clean up your flat surfaces. You might like to try out some creative storage ideas like adding a mirror cabinet or utilising different drawers and racks.

Update your bathroom linen

This is often a very cost effective method as simply changing your bathroom linen can change the look of your bathroom entirely.

Update your decor and accessories

A neutral bathroom colour scheme is your best friend when it comes to decorating. It allows you to add on-trend pops of colour and have the flexibility to change things up whenever you need a refresh. Artwork can look amazing in bathrooms, plants breathe new life into spaces, and even things like a freestanding towel rack or side table for your bath tub can help make your bathroom feel luxurious.

Take it to the next level

Replace old or dated fittings

New taps, vanity handles, and towel rails can change and lift an entire room, even if you can't afford to go all out on updated fixtures.

Paint old tiles and cabinetry

You can buy special paints for tiles and cabinetry from your local hardware store for a fast and affordable bathroom makeover. Go for a classic palette of black and white or other soft neutrals to allow your decor to really stand out.

Make your living areas pop

Easy updates

Pull your furniture away from the walls

This simple trick makes almost any room feel a lot larger and will create a more social space. Moving things just a few centimetres can make a huge difference to the overall look and feel of the room.

Add personality to your home with books, mementos, and artwork

A miminal decor theme can often become boring and even unfriendly. So add some coffee table books to add interest, artwork for pops of colour, and mementos to breathe some personality in your living areas.

Create texture and interest with textiles

Layers add warmth to a room so add some scatter cushions and include a luxurious throw on your lounge or arm chairs. Refreshing these items seasonally is also an easy way to make your living area seem new again.

Take it to the next level

Choose furniture with legs

Furniture that sits off the floor helps to open up a space, making the room feel larger.

Define a zone with a rug

Not sure how big the rug should be? The general rule is to make sure your furniture is just touching the rug. Give your lounge a measure before you head to the shops to make sure you get the right size for your space.


Don't forget, if you're taking on a major project or need some help be sure to hire the appropriate tradesperson for the job.

Imagery taken at ROCKCOTE Design Centre, Gold Coast.



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