Image: Calacatta Gris 4″ x 16″ Marble Bathroom Shower and Wall Tile, Icon Silver Matte 12″ x 24″ Porcelain Floor Tile, CS-Sky Blue 2″ x 2″ Hex Marble Shower Floor Tile from Arizona Tile
Bathrooms and kitchens are a big deal in a home when you are trying to add value and appeal. When you want to invest in a bathroom renovation, you may feel overwhelmed by the potential cost but there are ways to help make it a budget-friendly renovation.
Depending on your budget and the improvements needed in the space, creating the perfect design can be fun and satisfying. Here are some tips and tricks to renovate a bathroom on a budget.
Image: Geo 2 Bisou Midnight Glass Mosaic on Shower Wall, Geo 2 Eclipse Glass Mosaic on Shower Floor, and Smooth White 8×24 Bathroom Shower Ceramic Wall Tile, Paros Black Hex 16″ Porcelain Floor Tile from Arizona Tile
Cosmetic vs. Structure
The cost to renovate a bathroom can grow exponentially if plumbing and electric need to be reworked in any way. Depending on the need, this could add many thousands of dollars to the bathroom renovation. If it is possible to avoid these types of changes, you can instead focus on making cosmetic changes, such as adding a detailed tile shower wall or floor, and a stunning vanity. Geo 2 glass tile offers that look of intricacy and paired with the dark, rich black of the Paros Black Hex can make for a stunning look. If your budget is being squeezed or you are trying to keep the cost to a minimum, you can still create a luxurious feel throughout by focusing on specific details.
Stone… or is it?
There is no denying that natural stone is beautiful. It expresses a type of luxury that goes back in time thousands of years. In Greece and Rome, marble was used because of its durability and beauty, and it certainly showed sophistication and wealth. Esteemed buildings were fashioned in marble, sculptures were created with marble, and when marble started being put in homes, it only went into homes of the wealthy. One way to create a budget-friendly bathroom is to use tile that emulates marble. Not only is porcelain less expensive than natural marble, but it is practically maintenance-free and very durable. Easy to use on any surface in the bathroom—the floor, the wall, the shower, around the vanity—there isn’t an option much more practical than this to have the beauty and sense of luxury, yet keep the renovation within budget.
The Tru Marmi Series has the same characteristics as some of the most sought-after stones, even marble. With five different color and veining options, all in neutral color tones, and numerous size options, you could fashion a large portion of your bathroom in this stunning porcelain tile.
Image: Paros Navy 2×2 Porcelain Accent Bathroom Porcelain Floor Tile, Paros White 12×24 Porcelain Wall Tile, and Reverie 8 Patterned Porcelain Floor Tile from Arizona Tile
Tile work can truly be breathtaking when imagined and installed in a one-of-a-kind design, be it in the shower, on the floor, or as the backsplash. Using small tile may look nice and add dimension and finer detail, but it may cost a little extra. Instead, using a large tile through much of the bathroom and having some accent areas with smaller tile, may help to stretch your renovation budget.
Small tile may cost more for installation if it requires more detailed work during the installation process. Paros White porcelain is a great blank canvas on which to highlight more vibrant patterned tile like our Reverie 8 porcelain. But there’s more… adding detail, dimension, or color does not have to be eliminated when working on a budget-friendly bathroom design. Including small areas of accent tile will truly pop around any stone or tile. Islandia glass tile would make for a perfect recessed shower shelf as your eye would be drawn to this nook, as some wall detail to accent the larger stone, or to jazz up a backsplash area around the vanity.
Image: Perla Venata Quartzite Bathroom Countertop, Flash Ivory 3×12 Ceramic Tile Backsplash from Arizona Tile
Whether you are renovating a small bathroom on a budget or prefer a smaller vanity possibly to achieve a more modern or streamlined appearance, having a smaller vanity is another way to reduce your bathroom renovation costs. The smaller the piece, the smaller the expense, typically. Not only does a smaller vanity save on cost but it can make the bathroom appear larger, especially in a tight space. Oversizing the vanity may overwhelm the bathroom space and minimize other design details, meant to be a focus. The creamy and warm background tones with the light brown veining of Perla Venata quartzite is an excellent choice for a neutral, warm natural stone countertop surface.
Image: Themar Bianco Lasa Pol. 24×24 Porcelain Bathroom Wall Tile, Blue Tahoe Satin Quartzite Bathroom Countertop and Backsplash
When you have spent lots of thoughtful time designing the space—you have used an all-time favorite porcelain tile, Themar Bianco Lasa, and you have complimented it with Blue Tahoe Satin quartzite for an eye-catching, modern design—that is what you want as your focal point. Incorporating your vanity as shown above with the natural stone as the countertop and continuing up the wall as the backsplash, ensures that will be the focus of your room. Swing by one of the many Arizona Tile —maybe you will fall in love with a one-of-a-kind stone slab that will transform your bathroom and enhance the overall design.
Image: Portofino Classico Polished Quartz Bathroom Countertop, Chymia White Mix 2 Porcelain Tile Backsplash from Arizona Tile
Let’s not undermine how quickly a fresh coat of paint can instantly change a room. With a gallon of paint and a paintbrush, you have already made a step toward improvement. Paint comes in an endless variety of colors so no matter what appeal you want out of your budget bathroom renovation, you can find the perfect pairing of paint for your bathroom walls. A nice half wall of tile paired with a complimentary paint color to the upper wall will add nice dimension and elegant allure. A lighter neutral paint color pairs well with Chymia White patterned porcelain and our Portofino Classico polished quartz.
Image: Tivoli Nero Bathroom Shower Porcelain Wall Tile from Arizona Tile
No matter your style, there are many ways to get creative with natural stone and ceramic or porcelain tile to create an awe-inspiring look in your remodeled bathroom, even on a budget. Arizona Tile wants to help design your home or business, and is happy to give ideas to stay within your budget. Browse through the website to see the high-quality products Arizona Tile has to offer, to view full product information, and even to find inspiration; then visit any Arizona Tile store to see the amazing products in person and to talk to our professional, knowledgeable staff. To see your favorite products in your space and to enhance your design ideas, utilize the tile visualizer. If you have any questions, send them our way!