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Dream bathrooms with DIY tips!

Research by HSBC has found that a bathroom renovation may add up to £3,500 to the value of a home. They also found that the average return on investment for this improvement is around 48%. This is great value considering the average return on investment for a new kitchen is 49%.

As with most home improvement projects, doing the project yourself is a cost-effective way to improve your home. We’ve handpicked a few of our dream bathrooms and thrown in a few tips to help you get the job done.

Dark vs. light


The sophisticated aesthetic of this bathroom is achieved by the combination of natural light, artificial light and dark colours making it one of our favourites. The contrast results in a modern feel and is reminiscent of a New York style penthouse.

This bathroom features our easy to install Urban Gloss showerwall panels to complete the look. Have a look at our simple guide to choosing and fitting bathroom wall panels for more help with installing these panels.

Top tip

This bathroom includes a mirror with an LED light which can be tricky to install if you’re not a professional. As it requires installing electrical cables, it’s recommended that you consult an electrician before fitting the mirror.

Organise with elegance

Showerwall Marble Collection

A bathroom cupboard can be a cluttered nightmare for some homeowners. Master the mess and organise your bathroom by adding long feature shelves. Utilise the wall space to create an attractive display to improve the appearance of your bathroom whilst practically keeping all your products to hand.

The showerwall from our Marble Collection adds to the elegant look of this bathroom. The Marble Collection is a popular choice for homeowners and achieves a timeless look and suits large and small bathrooms alike.

Top tip

If you choose to install it yourself, ensure that there are no hidden pipes or cables, such as water or electrical, before drilling into the wall. Some stud finders sold at hardware stores or online can detect pipes and cables and can easily save you a headache. Contact a professional if you have any doubts or worries about doing this yourself.

Add a splash of colour

Consider a change of colour in your bathroom. Designers would advise choosing a shade that complements the room next to the bathroom. Some paint companies have applications that allow you to point your smartphone camera at a wall to see what the colours would like once applied.

Top tip

Choosing the right type of paint is vital when painting a bathroom as its exposure to moisture makes the room susceptible to mould and mildew. It’s advisable to use water-repellent statin or semi-gloss paint to get the job done.


Bathroom cladding from Kents Building Plastics are a great way to introduce a splash of colour to give your bathroom the tiled effect without the dirty grout lines. They’re quick and easy to cut and fit, cleaning is a breeze, and 100% waterproof.

Kents Building Plastics

For 30 years, Kents Building Plastics has built a reputation for high-quality products. We’ve expanded our range over the years to offer the finest shower panels and boards to our customers throughout the South West. For more details on any of our products, feel free to get in touch with a member of our friendly team by calling 0800 316 1217 or pop into one of our showrooms in Bristol, Hereford, Bath or Newport.