Top tips for your bathroom

It’s been a long day at work and you’re a little stressed; what better than a relaxing, hot bath to unwind and loosen up? Bathrooms have become sanctuaries in our homes in recent years, with innovative design and outstanding comfort at the heart of all good bathrooms. If you’re thinking of updating your bathroom, then we have some handy hints and tips to help you create a space to relax in.

Small bathroom ideas
A clawfoot tub in the centre of a decadent room is the dream for many of us, but the reality is that any well-designed bathroom should consider space and practicality at its core. If you have a smaller bathroom, or a room that is an awkward shape, then embrace the space and look for solutions, not problems! High storage allows you to make the most of the room, and naturally draws the eye upwards giving the feeling of taller spaces. If storage is paramount, then think about utilising the space under your bath – all you need is an opening bath panel that you can close and open when needed. To give the illusion of more space, include plenty of mirrors in your bathroom, as well as objects with mirrored or shiny surfaces – this will reflect the light around the room keeping it bright and airy. 

Bath or shower?
Everybody has a preference for either a bath or shower, it is all down to personal inclination. If you’re feeling radical, however, then skip the bath altogether and go for a luxury shower in your bathroom – if you use glass screens then the space that this creates will give a real feeling of luxury. Exaggerated shower head sizes, and multiple shower heads will enhance this feeling of spa decadence, and the notion of bathtubs will long be forgotten. 

Floorspace
A floor can make or break a bathroom in terms of the style stakes so the smallest of changes to your floor coverings can have a big impact. If you’re lucky enough to have quality floorboards in your bathroom then make the most of them by sanding them back and painting them – the rustic aesthetic is timeless and easy to maintain. A classic white paint will keep the bathroom crisp, but experimenting with other colours (especially pastels) will also add some interest to the room. Tiling your bathroom floor is a preferable option due to the longevity of the finish, and despite recent trends towards ornate tiling and Moroccan influences, we would recommend a neutral tile for bathroom floors which can be accented with painted walls and accessories. 

The small stuff
The smallest details can have the biggest impact in our bathrooms – matching accessories around the room give a cohesive feel to the room, from soap dispensers to toothbrush holders…they can all make a difference. Keeping the walls and floorings fairly neutral in the bathroom are always a good idea as they are then easy to maintain and, most importantly, look clean and fresh in a space where cleanliness is next to godliness. Don’t worry about creating a bland space, however; you can add colour and interest through your bathroom accessories – these can be much more bold in design in order to add pops of colour around the room.

Julian Bethell

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