Bathroom Makeover Inspiration

For many, the bathroom is the one place in the home where you can shut out the family and get away from it all. It is a room where you should be able to relax, unwind, and soak in some sort of peaceful tranquility. When looking for new homes, many look to the bathroom as one of the key rooms, so if you are planning on selling your home, this is not a room to be neglected.

The good news is that a bathroom makeover can be affordable, with many places selling a complete white bathroom suite for under £250, leaving you with a good base to accessorize and stamp your style on. You will need to hire a plumber as this is not generally a job you want to be doing yourself, but luckily you can find good plumbing services on the internet and can soon be enjoying your new bathroom.

So where to look for inspiration? The movies of course. Film scenes that take place in bathrooms can be scary, sexy, or hilarious. Besides “lock the door while you’re in the shower” and “rose petals make a wonderful bath accessory” there are a few more things we can learn from films: décor tips. Whilst it is true that films have huge budgets to make every scene look the way they want, you can take away small features to make your bathroom look like it’s come straight out of a movie:

American Beauty

Photo: American Beauty (1999) screen grab

Photo: American Beauty (1999) screen grab

The Spa Bathroom

If there’s nothing you enjoy more than taking a long hot bath, you need to make your bathroom a soothing environment. Make small upgrades by investing in a rain shower head or adding lovely spotlighting. Large tiling and plush towels and robes will also give your bathroom a spa feel. Of course you can’t forget plants! Add some fresh flowers or make even a small tree to bring the calming properties of nature indoors.

Pretty Woman

Photo: Pretty Woman (1990) screengrab

Photo: Pretty Woman (1990) screengrab

Tub for Two

Pretty Woman started a lot of trends and in the bathroom, it was the two-person tub. If you want to relax in luxury with your better half, add a gorgeously creative freestanding bath like this modern-style Maderno tub.

Photo: Bathrooms.com

Photo: Bathrooms.com

White Chicks

Photo: White Chicks (2004) screen grab

Photo: White Chicks (2004) screen grab

Make it Vintage with Wallpaper

This scene in White Chicks is better remembered for the bathroom design than what happened in the bathroom (in case you don’t remember, let’s just say it’s similar to the food poisoning episode of Bridesmaids). What I loved about this bathroom was the cute wallpaper that gives the bathroom a vintage feel—helped by the gold frames, of course! Wallcoverings can add a number of different dimensions to your bathroom décor: stripes can make the room seem bigger while embossed wallpaper has a vintage feel.

Photo: Elle Decor

Photo: Elle Decor

Pyscho

Ditch the Shower Curtain

I’m sure that after this Psycho was released it inspired a lot of people to get rid of their shower curtains in the bathroom. Personally, I prefer to have a door – I don’t know about you but the curtain wrapping itself around me gives me the willies! Shower curtains can look messy so instead opt for a sleek shower door, or, if you really want to be able to see what’s happening, don’t have a shower enclosure at all!

Photo: Homebase, £240

Photo: Homebase