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Update your bathroom for less

Wall-to-wall style

‘Vinyl wallpapers are most commonly used in bathrooms,’ says Paula Taylor, colour and trends specialist at Graham & Brown. ‘However, if your room is well ventilated, any wallpaper should be fine as long as it isn’t in direct contact with water.’

The Jungle Blush Green wallpaper (pictured above) is a standard matt paper, or you can create an underwater escape with the Flow Black wallpaper, below, both £60 per roll,

Bucket list

For slick industrial grit that won’t cost the earth, upgrade your room with an Alape enamel bucket sink. ‘It has an enduring appeal,’ says Mark Holloway of stockists ‘The design harks back to simple utility sinks of the 19th century, yet it has a contemporary feel at the same time. It’s out of the ordinary but also great value.’

Enamel bucket utility sink, £133.05,, or try coloured ceramic basins by Alice Ceramica add a splash of on-trend hue, from £497.76,

Natural selection

Timber cladding is back, according to PLAANK sales manager Callum Freed, and it’s the perfect material for adding texture and insulation in what is often a cold room in the home. ‘The Reclaimed range is our most popular product,’ adds Callum. ‘Panels have a slightly distressed finish with an authentic weathered face. Bathroom feature walls never tend to use more than two or three packs. Once installed, there’s no upkeep — knocks or dents simply add to the charm.’

Wood cladding in seven finishes, above, from £224.99 for 1.86m2, Or fake it with Blue Mix Split Face Wood Tiles, below, made from porcelain. £29.95 per sq m, ​

Move to the dark side

‘Bathrooms are often small, so homeowners paint them in neutral tones, hoping to create light and space,’ explains Charlotte Cosby, head of creative at Farrow & Ball. ‘However, this can often create a dull space. Instead, using a bold shade like our richly dramatic Paean Black will create an intimate, cocooning look, full of character. We recommend our Modern Emulsion, which is washable and mould-resistant.’

Paean Black paint, £103 for five litres,

Black magic

‘The secret to transitioning your outdated bathroom into a luxury spa retreat can be as easy as a simple tap swap,’ says Nadia McCowan Hill, resident style advisor at ‘Dare to go the dark side and opt for a tap in bold black for a sleek statement. Pair with a black-coated brass shower head for a luxe look that brings your bathroom into the 21st century.’

Black terrazzo 42cm washbasin by Tikamoon, £139.99,

Round Mix Fixed Shower Head, £27.99,

Single lever monobloc tap by Belfry Bathroom, £19.99,

Floor show

Interiors blogger Lisa Dawson is a big fan of vinyl flooring for a simple, stylish update: ‘Vinyl is reasonably priced and can be found in thousands of patterns, from geometrics through to marble and patterned tiles — even a sandy beach. I would choose a fairly neutral print, maybe even cork, as natural textures and colours are a good long-term pick.’

This pink, marble-effect vinyl Rosa floor, above, is a game changer for the bathroom, £59 per sq m, or try Colosseum luxury vinyl tiles in Cubist Dark, below, £42.95 per sq m,

The X tiles

‘Small spaces are becoming the hub of creativity and can show off your flamboyant side,’ says Rachel Todd, a bathroom designer at Fired Earth. ‘You don’t need to tile the whole bathroom, so if you are struggling to include the tiles you love on a budget, have a patterned feature splashback or include them in a shower recess. Mix with a basic tile and accent with paint for the rest of the room. Our beautiful, recycled glass tiles create a real stir in a small area.’

Indian Ocean Mosaics in Madagascar Seaspray, £15.28 per 31.6cm x 31.2cm tile,

Treat yourself to a few luxury tiles to make a feature of a sink splashback, like Iridescent Glass Mosaics in Energy Spectrum, £61.46 per 37.7cm x 21.7cm tile,

Pale pink is very this season, Bonheur Ceramic tiles £1.62 each for a 7.5 x 30cm tile,

Seventies cool

‘The 1970s revival is more about reimagining, rather than recreating, the decade,’ says Michael Sammon, sales and marketing director at Frontline Bathrooms. ‘We love this tinted shower enclosure as it is a cheeky nod to the frosted glass look which was so popular back in the 1970s and 1980s. The enclosure also adds another element of privacy, especially in family bathrooms.’

Aquaglass+ Tinted Walk-in shower panel, above, from £385,, and add a touch of Studio 54 glam with these Foxed Mirror glass tiles, below, £4.95 per 150 x 200mm tile,

Deco fabulous

‘Art deco interiors conjure up feelings of glamour, opulence and the roaring 1920s,’ says Lucy St George, co-founder of Rockett St George. ‘The style can be incorporated with any décor, from traditional aesthetics to modern interiors, and add a sophisticated finishing to the bathroom. We’ll see lots of art deco influences with strong, geometric wallpaper, tin tiles, mirrored side tables and deco-style mirrors.’

Filigree Tin Tile, £19 each,

Glass toothbrush mug, £6.99, (other items available in store)

An elegant and chic French Folding Mirror, £75,

Let there be light

‘These retro-style, bulkhead lights are just the thing to give a nod to the industrial trend, and can be used in the shower and bath areas,’ says Marketa Rypacek, managing director of lighting specialists Jane Rockett adds: ‘The bathroom often gets overlooked with standard, boring fittings. If you want a chandelier, you can always hang one without any light fitting, just for decorative purposes. It looks beautiful above the bath and is the perfect example of statement light in an unexpected place.’

Bulkhead round light in Gunmetal, £89,

Part of a bathroom image from the book Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors, £13.96,

The Deuce wall light by Dar Lighting has an IP44 rating for bathroom use, £79.99,