How to revamp your bathroom without a major renovation

Wondering how to renovate a bathroom without building works? Discover tips on how to play with elements without the need for special work and giving the room a new look

Our needs evolve and, with them, those of our home. Maybe your bathroom looks dated, and you want to improve its functionality, adapt it to your new needs, and update the aesthetics to bring it more in line with your lifestyle. Having an attractive room will add value to your home and make you feel much more comfortable.

And contrary to what you might think, you don’t always need to carry out major works to give your bathroom a more modern feel to the bathroom.

What does a bathroom renovation without building works involve?

When you renove a bathroom without building works, you have slightly fewer options in terms of the things you can replace. But this doesn’t mean you can’t make substantial changes – you can give your bathroom a full makeover without drowning in rubble.

In a bathroom renovation without building works, you do not need to touch the drains or change the layout of the bathroom fittings.

Tono taps

Ideas for renovating a bathroom without building works

However, there are a lot of changes you can make to give your bathroom a completely new look.

  • Choosing taps in special finishes adds character to the room.
  • Improving the lighting.Incorporating wicker lamps or other natural materials could give warmth to the bathroom, as well as visually refreshing it. 
  • If you have a free area of wall in the bathroom, adding a touch of colour or, on the contrary, painting it white if it is already colourful, can give the space a new look.
  • In the case of flooring, we can opt for vinyl floors, which are installed on the surface quickly and easily.
  • Replace the old bathroom mirror with a trendier one, adding a touch of modernity to the room. Mirrors with organic shapes are on trend. 
  • If you want to give your bathroom a green touch, go for a biophilic design. You can put up a vertical garden or take advantage of a surface to decorate it with some plants. This helps us connect with nature and bring the space to life, creating a relaxed atmosphere ideal for self-care.
  • Including accessories that round off the look. Towel racks, soap dishes, toilet paper holders, baskets, stools, towels, curtains... As we always say, every detail counts.
  • Install new tiles using solutions that can be applied over the top, without removing the old tiles. This means no rubble. For example, you can use wallpaper or adhesive vinyls that can be placed on the tiles.

bathroom-without-major-renovationLignage taps in brushed gold with wall and wallpaper

Renovated bathrooms without building works

As you can see, there are many options to give a bathroom in need of an update a new look, even if we do not want to carry out cumbersome works.

Renovating a bathroom without building works can give it a modern and renewed look, without the need to carry out major interventions, remove wall cladding or change drains. 

Sometimes, small renovations have a major impact.

Keep reading to get inspired. ⬇⬇⬇

bathrooms-without-major-renovationSlender deep concrete washbasin, Oxo titanium taps and Noken mirror

Renovations without building works, before and after

Bathrooms are spaces that are so real they grow with the people who live in them.

In this case, interior designer Cristina Domínguez shows us a very special "Before and After": an environment designed for children who are no longer so young and need a space adapted to their new needs. A much-needed makeover and refreshed look with a great result.

Some of our bathroom solutions were used:

bathrooms-without-major-renovationBathroom after and before the renovation by interior designer Cristina Dominguez

Changing the toilets

If you want to change the toilet in your bathroom, you need to remember that whilst this doesn’t imply any building work, you will also need to replace all your other sanitary items. Fitting a new modern toilet alongside an older bidet or sink won't improve your bathroom aesthetic at all.

Nowadays, there are many modern toilets, including toilets with a wall-mounted back, wall-hung toilets or toilets in different coloursChoosing a more contemporary option will give your bathroom a new look without you having to do any major works, although you need to choose one with the same water inlet and outlet system that you currently have.

Likewise, if you have a bidet, it is advisable to replace it with an option in the same style as the toilet.

bathrooms-without-major-renovationLounge matt white toilet and bidet

Renovating the washbasin and bathroom cabinet

portada-como-elegir-mueble-bano-essence-cEssence C units

You can also update your sink and other bathroom fixtures without doing any major building work in the bathroom.

If you have a traditional style pedestal washbasin, one option is to replace it with a more modern wall-mounted or countertop washbasin. Not only will it make your bathroom look more current, you’ll also gain storage space in the bathroom and make the washbasin/vanity space more of a focal point.

It is essential that you pay attention to the taps and choose one that suits your desired style. You could also fit a modern or LED illuminated mirror if you’ve got an electrical point. This will give you a stylish, welcoming look, as well as improved functionality in this important element of the bathroom. 

Updating your bath or shower

Renovating the bathtub or the shower, is another way you can revamp your bathroom without any major works. And it's also one of the most versatile parts of the bathroom in terms of the range of options available.

Firstly, whether you have just a shower, or a bath too, one option for updating the bathroom without building works is to install a shower enclosure with special finishes or hinged glass. This won't just make your bathroom feel larger, it’ll feel cleaner too, as you can get rid of your unhygienic shower curtain.

Another option, which does require a bit of work (albeit minimal) is to replace the bathtub with a shower tray.

You can read more about how to change a bathtub for a shower tray in our blog.

bathrooms-without-major-renovationLounge Foret cabinet, Lounge toilets and Lounge bathtub with Finish Studio finish

An alternative to all this, if you already have a shower tray, is to replace it with a more modern oneAt Noken, as well as various different types of shower trays (acrylic, fibreglass, resin, etc.) you’ll find a lot of attractive and modern options for updating your shower tray such as our new Slate shower trays with new Finish Studio, finishes that can create natural textured finishes on the surface.

As you can see, renovating a bathroom without building works is possible.

Would you like to keep getting inspired? Check out our blog or Instagram for useful and practical tips, as well as the hottest bathroom trends. 

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