Freshen up boring bathrooms

From a simple freshen-up to a total renovation, there are great offers on DoneDeal to help create a bathroom you’ll love Are you sick of your bathroom suite? Is the colour or design of your toilet, sink and bath drab and dated? Start with the basics Look for offers on whole new suites in the DoneDeal Bathroom section, especially in clean, neutral white. For a classic feel, search for retro suites – free standing roll top or slipper baths, oversized shower heads, old fashioned tap fittings and toilet handles. Be aware that some older cast iron baths will need to be viewed first to see if reconditioning work is required. To modernise your bathroom, look for corner baths, jacuzzi or whirlpool baths; modern sink and toilet sets, including soft close toilet seats; and new shower doors and bases. Rethink the carpet and flooring Nothing screams dated like carpets in a bathroom. The most hygienic options are tiles or lino. Once you’ve measured your floor space, look out for deals on off-cuts of brand new lino in a good colour, or odd boxes of tiles. If you’re going to re-tile walls, or sections of walls (behind sink and general bath area), look for sets of floor tiles and wall tiles that will complement each other. Let there be light Be it shaving, make-up application or a good read, look for light fittings that suit your chosen style. Many modern mirrored cabinets have built-in spotlights. You can also look for light fixtures that allow you to direct individual lights where they’re needed. Let off a little steam Whether retro or modern, all bathrooms should have an extractor fan. Research the best option for you – a fan built into the window, or a wall-mounted one. You’ll need a qualified electrician to install it, but it’ll save money down the line by eliminating moisture. If you’re investing in a revamp, it might also be worth replacing a radiator with a heated towel rack. These will heat the bathroom as well as drying your towels – again keeping the bathroom fresh and dry. De-clutter Make your bathroom an oasis of calm. As well as mirrored cabinets above the sink, look for vanity unit/sink combinations in both modern and retro styles for extra storage below. Search for shelving – these can be used to store and display towels or other items, leaving windowsills, sinks and baths free of clutter. General upgrade tips Sometimes all you need is a fresh coat of paint. You can also: Re-grout floor and wall tiles for an instant fresh, clean look. Replace old shower curtains with a shower panel. Choose a colour scheme to set off neutral bathroom suites and look for towel sets, floor rugs and framed prints that will bring it all together. Look for deals on matching sets of toilet roll holder, toilet brush stand and waste bin. You can also set up an email alert for particular items you want. #HomeampDIY