Giving your bathroom a makeover is an adventure in style and function; there are so many fabulous looks to choose from today that no matter what your taste or budget, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Your bathroom is one of the only rooms in your home that offers the chance for complete personal time and relaxation so it makes sense to dedicate a reasonable amount of time and money towards getting it just right.
Because bathrooms are essentially a functional room, there needs to be plenty of care taken in ensuring that your bathroom furniture is hard wearing and well designed as well as being lovely to look at. Look for pieces with plenty of storage incorporated as well as pieces which can be utilised in odd corners. Don’t stick with the usual…your bathroom makes a great place to experiment a little with style. If you haven’t got the nerve to be daring or different in the main portion of your home, try out some more unusual pieces and colours in the bathroom; it’s your private space and one which can become a real haven with some care and imagination.
Wash stands and wash basin cabinets
Wash stands are a great way to utilize the space beneath your sink area for extra storage. You will be able to purchase an entire wash stand with integral sink if you would like to completely refresh the room or just the basin cabinet to fit around your existing sink if you are happy with it as it is. There are a multitude of fabulous wash stands and wash basin cabinets available to buy from contemporary and sleek looking units to classic antique style. Depending on your taste you should look for a model with drawers or a cupboard as this is the perfect place for the storage of those little necessities which are best hidden away but which you might need easy access to. From high-shine glossy models in bright primary colours to natural wood and even metal, the possibilities in terms of style are endless.
All bathrooms need some good storage for towels and other larger items. As well as shelving units and wall mounted cabinets there are some really innovative ideas out there such as bathroom stools with hidden storage space inside. Corner cabinets are a good option for smaller bathrooms where every inch of space is a precious commodity whilst larger bathrooms can benefit from long, luxurious units with extra space on top for displaying ornaments or even art work. Open storage for towels can take the shape of ladder-like racks which can look very attractive in a homely, country style bathroom. When you are choosing your bathroom storage, think carefully about unused space…that section of wall above the door for instance can be a great spot for a towel shelf if you are low on choices.
Not everyone likes to keep their dirty laundry in the bedroom and the bathroom can be a good place to store things until laundry day. Look out for unusual storage hampers which double up as seats or benches. This is a particularly good option for older homeowners as a welcome seat is always a good thing in the bathroom. Whether you choose wicker, wood or plastic, be sure to empty your laundry hamper on a regular basis to keep it smelling fresh. A good tip is to add a little bicarbonate of soda to the inside of the hamper now and then. This acts as a freshening agent and won’t do any damage to the clothing or linen inside.
Bits and bobs
Bathrooms might be one of the least used rooms in a home but they still attract their fair share of bits and bobs. If you have children then you will be well aware of how the bathroom can get full to the brim of toys and other items. Storage for bits and bobs, including waste bins is an important part of deciding how best to set your bathroom up in an attractive and practical fashion. Caddies which attach to the wall tiles with either screws or suckers can be a good option; they are small enough that they don’t interfere with your floor space and light enough to remove and clean easily. Choose wire or plastic models which can drain easily and which may be lined with bags to simplify emptying. For children’s toys, there are plenty of trolleys on wheels which again are simple to clean and also double up as storage for bubble bath and shampoos!
Bringing it all together
If you would like your bathroom to be an attractive and welcoming room, look to bright colours and also to natural shades; warm coloured timber furniture can create a very cosy atmosphere when teamed with red or other vibrantly coloured accessories. Think about adding a few green ferns to your bathroom; hanging or placed on cabinets they love the warm, steamy atmosphere and will thrive in the bathroom as well as create a lovely luxurious feel to the room.
Taking care of your bathroom
Because the bathroom is such a wet environment, some care needs to be taken in the upkeep of the room and its contents. Don’t allow your bathroom to become “muggy” and damp; ventilate on a daily basis by opening the window and remember to be careful in wiping wet surfaces down after every bath time or every shower. This will help to prolong the life of your bathroom furniture as well as help to stop the growth of damaging moulds and fungi. Use cleaners which are designed for the bathroom or consider becoming a little greener or more eco friendly in your housework by using some natural homemade cleaners. Lemon juice, white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda all make excellent cleansers and will even whiten stained or grubby sinks and baths. You may have to use a little extra elbow grease but you will reap the benefits in using less abrasive cleaners.
Your bathroom may not be the heart of your home but with careful planning it can become a lovely place to relax and unwind from the stresses of the day.
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