When you’re running a busy household, there are never enough hours in the day. Keeping on top of day to day tasks while looking a family is more than a full-time job.
With a family in mind, your bathroom has to tick several essential boxes. It must be clean and functional, and easy to keep. Efficient storage is critical to keeping things organised. You’d be surprised at just how many products the average family uses. Then there are the kid’s toys, spare toilet rolls, the list goes on and on.
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But wait! It doesn’t have to be this way. You can turn your bathroom into your serene space. Somewhere you lie back and relax after a hectic day and let your worries float away. There’s nothing quite as relaxing as a long luxurious bath, and you deserve to do it in style!
Make it Bright!
Inject some colour to instantly bring your littlest room to life. Stick to light colours if your lighting isn’t too bright. There’s nothing more depressing than a dingy, dark bathroom! Be brave and take a chance. Patterns can add interest and light to even the smallest of spaces.
Accessories Add A Splash Of Colour
It’s a piece of cake to start with budget friendly touches like new towels or a bright and bold shower curtain. If you use mats on the floor and around the toilet, then you should consider changing them too. I think they are pretty unhygienic and would just throw them out! Those little mats that sit around the toilet bowl can harbour all sorts of nasty germs and bacteria. They can even make your bathroom smell if you don’t wash them frequently enough.
Free Yourself From Clutter
Remove everything you don’t need and free yourself from clutter. Be mercenary and ruthless with yourself. Have a good clear out and bin all the old bottles with the tiniest amount of product in them. Or make sure you use them up when you have your next shower, but don’t let them hang around any longer. You’ll be surprised at how much space this will free up and help you keep your bathroom tidier! Pop over to http://www.becomingminimalist.com/
Mirror Mirror on the Wall
Mirrors aren’t just practical items in a bathroom; they can add light and create the illusion of space. Particularly useful in a small or dark bathroom, the right mirror can change the look of your room. There are so many styles to choose from. Have a look at http://www.mirrormania.co.uk/ for some inspiration. Modern designs are no longer limited to plain, straight edged mirrors, you can buy just about every shape and size imaginable. Try something geometric for a more modern look. Mirrors with bevelled edges can lend a sophisticated art deco air to your littlest room. You can match any theme in your bathroom with accessories, but make sure you don’t overdo it. Your bathroom will just look cluttered and messy.
Leaks and Limescale – Check Your Taps and Shower!
While you’re beautifying your bathroom, check your shower. If yours runs from the taps, check the tubes and shower head for leaks. In hard water areas, leaks can, over time, tarnish your bath ware with limescale. Replace as necessary and remove and scaling with vinegar or a specialist product. I prefer vinegar as it has no harmful chemicals. It’s a much safer alternative if you have children. Pop over to www.theguardian.com to read more about cleaning with vinegar.
A Fresh Coat of Paint
Painting your bathroom requires a little more equipment, but colour can bring it right up to date with little expense. Make sure you use a paint that is suitable to withstand the humidity of a bathroom. If you use the wrong paint, your new room isn’t going to look good for long. There are plenty of different types and finishes to suit your taste and budget. Go for the best you can afford for the longest lasting results. Make sure you have plenty of time to let the paint fully dry before you create any splashes or steam in the room, or your efforts may have been in vain!
Out With the Old……..
If your bathroom needs more than a lick of paint, and it’s all beyond redemption, it might be time for a real makeover. If you’re in need of a new bathroom suite, then head on over to www.lavare.com.au for some serious inspiration. I love some of the ultra modern bathroom styles around at the moment. Clean lines never go out of fashion and always make your bathroom look smart. the old avocado suites of yesteryear are thankfully confined to the past.
Fixing up the Little Things
If a new bathroom suite just isn’t in your budget, then there are other small fixes you can do. Replace bath panels, taps and external fittings like handles and knobs to make your bathroom feel like new. Even something as simple as this can give a room a lift and a different look. You don’t need to have lots of DIY skills; it is a piece of cake!
Out With Dirty Grout
Grubby grouting can make an entire bathroom look dirty. It’s not necessary to regrout the whole room, thank goodness! It can be a messy job, but grout pens are a quick and easy alternative. Just make sure the areas you want to grout are scrupulously clean, and allow them to dry out properly. Then, just use a grout pen to whiten. Instantly, your bathroom will look much fresher. You don’t have to be a DIY expert, as long as you can keep a steady hand you will be able to do a fantastic looking job!
So with a few straightforward steps, you can see it is pretty easy to brighten up your bathroom. Don’t forget to add little luxurious touches to make it feel like a little oasis of calm in your busy household. Plants that thrive well in a humid environment are a lovely finishing touch. Humidity suits plants like orchids, which will give your bathroom an exotic feel. Don’t be shy to try new things, your house is your home so use it to express yourself!