Whether you spend 10 minutes in the shower, or an hour in the bath, the décor in your bathroom is just as important as in the rest of your home. A well designed bathroom, stylishly decorated and cleverly planned to hide all your toiletries will enable you to enjoy your time getting cleaned up, instead of having to battle with a cluttered too-small bathroom cabinet, a washed out shower curtain or a shower that just doesn’t quite have the wow factor.
Here, we take a look at some of the most important things to consider when redesigning your bathroom.
Size Matters, so plan well
No matter how big (or small) your current bathroom is, there are bound to be ways to make the most of your space. Built in cupboards and vanity units are a godsend in smaller rooms, allowing you to hide your shampoos and shower gels away until it’s time to clean up. Consider using large mirrors to give the impression of a larger room, and leave wall décor to a minimum. Instead, consider a heated towel rail that can also act as a radiator. Many older houses lose space in the bathroom due to large unwieldy radiators. You can certainly have these removed and a slim line, space age towel rail installed, giving you the extra space a smaller bathroom really needs.
If you’re lucky enough to have a larger bathroom, then care should still be taken to ensure it doesn’t look too crowded. Choose a corner shower unit and separate bath if you like, but make sure you plan the room out carefully to make best use of the space. If you have more than one bathroom, then consider a shower in one room and a large standalone bath in the other, to really make best use of the space, keeping the shower room high tech, and contrasting this with the bathroom, where you could include a glamorous makeup mirror and dressing table.
Creating space with colour and light
If your bathroom is a little on the small side, then neutral colours will create an illusion of space, but you don’t have to have everything in magnolia, cream or white. Having a few accent pieces in a contrasting colour will still give you the light airy effect but will also pull together the look of the bathroom. Bold accessories can come in the form of vibrant rugs, indoor plants or you can even have contrasting towels and toothbrush holders. Use a colour wheel to find out what combinations of colour work best for you – then get shopping! Do also consider the lighting when creating space in your bathroom. Colours that look fantastic in daylight may make the room look smaller at night. Investing in some great lighting is essential to help offset this, providing a light that looks cosy, and not dim.
A little forward planning and research is all it takes to create a bathroom that looks light and airy, and if you maximise the space you have, you’re sure to enjoy your bathroom more.