Winter may officially start on the 21 December here in the UK, but as anyone who lives in this fair country of ours the chilly weather it usually brings is felt long before the season is supposed to begin. As soon as the central heating starts going on every day you know we’re in it for the long haul, and you really start to feel the cold when you get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and the heating has most likely been turned off. While sitting down on a freezing toilet seat can be better than coffee to wake you up in the morning, it would still be nice if we didn’t feel like we had to wear a coat whenever we want to use the bathroom. So what can we do to make the bathroom warmer? What are the must have bathroom accessories for keeping yourself warm and ensuring the bathroom makes it through the winter without a hitch.
Standard convector radiators may be cheap to buy and install, but they’re not exactly eye-catching. Instead, invest in designer towel radiators that are going to give you that warm feeling from looking so good as well as actually making you warm for real by putting out enough heat to keep that winter chill firmly at bay. There’s a huge choice of designs available, and while some tend to err towards the more luxury of price tags you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a great design. One thing to remember about designer radiators is that they tend to be on the larger size, so you may not have a lot of choices if your bathroom is quite small. Thankfully there’s another option for you there, and that’s our next idea.
If you don’t want a full radiator, or your bathroom is a little on the small side, then heated towel rails are a perfect choice. In small bathrooms, they’ll act just as good as a radiator in heating the entire room, although you’d have to have a particularly large bathroom for it to not heat it fully anyway. The best thing about heated towel rails is that you can stick your towels on them before you jump in the bath or shower. Once you’re out you can wrap yourself in a toasty warm towel, so that your transition from hot water to open air doesn’t have to feel chilly in the slightest!
For both of the above options, you can benefit from them on those chilly mornings by ensuring your central heating is set to come on at least half-an-hour before you normally wake up. That way you’re walking into an already warm bathroom. However, if you’re not one to have the central heating on a lot then these other tricks will also keep your bathroom warm.
Add a Rug
A lot of bath mats tend to be sad looking bathroom accessories that have been picked up somewhere for less than £5, at least that was the case in my bathroom! It’s fine for stopping the floor from getting wet when you step out of the bath or shower, but why not think a little bigger and go for a rug instead? While you should expect to pay more money here, a soft big rug is well worth the price for feeling nice and cosy on your feet in the middle of a cold winter’s night. Remember that it needs to be a rug that can cope with some errant splashes of water and the levels of moisture in the air.
Heat Up Your Floors
If you don’t want to be content with just a rug and you’re sick and tired of getting chilly feet then you can go even further and install underfloor heating. Obviously this comes with a price tag and takes some work to install, so you need to add the extra cost of getting it installed by a professional too. If you can afford underfloor heating then you can afford the associated costs of hiring a professional to get it installed, so don’t compromise your safety by trying to do it yourself.
It’s amazing how a simple colour change can psychologically affect you. Many bathrooms are crisp and white, which can feel cold and clinical at times – especially during winter. Giving your bathroom with a lick of paint, such as warmer autumn colours or even a pale yellow for that summery look can instantly make your bathroom ‘feel’ warmer just by looking at it. Think outside the box a bit, although don’t go too over the top, for a unique look. Bathroom mirrors can help make the space look larger as well as warmer.
Baths that Retain Heat
A long soak in the bath is the perfect way to spend a winters evening, but bath water that quickly goes cold isn’t going to get you through the next chapter of your book. If you’re willing to spend a little more on a new bath than copper, stone, brass and limestone all retain heat for longer. While you’ll have to consider whether the price tag is worth the extra cash, consider the fact that they often look gorgeous too.
Got a lot of money? Read on for two more ideas that you’re going to need a lot of pounds to incorporate.
Add a Sauna
Whether it’s a steam shower or an actual purpose-built home sauna, these tend to come with a hefty price tag. However, the benefits of having one of these in your home and the pure luxury that comes with it are massive positives. If you’ve got the cash and space then this is an option you should definitely consider, especially as the health benefits will last all year round.
Install a Fireplace
This is definitely the ultimate in luxury big ticket items. They’re very rare; I’ve never actually seen one in a bathroom myself, although I don’t really have any friends who could afford to do it anyway. There are plenty of examples out there on the Internet which can give you an idea of how stunning they can look in a bathroom. Aside from the price tag fireplaces in bathrooms will take an awful lot of work to install by professionals, and not every bathroom situation will be able to have one. But everyone can dream, and if you do happen to have the capital then go for it!
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