For many, bathrooms are a place of comfort. An oasis where you can soak out your troubles after a tough day, or simply a place to catch a moment of isolation away from the daily grind. Bathrooms can do wonders for the body and the mind.
However, for some people the bathroom ends up being the last room to be given care and attention in the home, serving as simply a functional room rather than somewhere to be relaxed in and enjoyed.
Difficult layouts, stale flooring, grime and grease are just a few of the reasons that our bathroom visits become shorter and shorter, but you shouldn’t be afraid as there are some simple ways to make them better.
If you’re in need of an oasis in your home but your bathroom is not quite up to task, then here are some helpful tips to get you on your way and create that dream bathroom you’ve always wanted.
1 – Look at storage solutions
A common reason that people reject a home when viewing properties is a lack of storage. If you don’t have enough places to store your belongings, then your home can very quickly become untidy and unpleasant. The same goes for a bathroom. If your bathroom lacks storage, then you’ll end up with a cluttered room that you want to spend as little time in as possible. Consider adding shelves, hooks, overhead storage or a cabinet to keep things neat.
2 – Set the mood
If you’re looking for somewhere to relax then the lighting needs to be right. Too bright and you’ll be too alert to unwind, too dark and you’ll probably cut yourself shaving. Consider having alternate forms of lighting in your bathroom for different purposes. Perhaps having brighter lights by mirrors for when you’re grooming and less light towards the bath, or a dimmer switch for powerful control. If you have windows, then don’t forget to utilize daylight. You can always install blinds if privacy becomes an issue.
3 – Engage your sense of smell
Another sure-fire way to relax is to light up some candles, not only for the visual serenity that they bring but also for the scent they provide. You can provoke all sorts of different moods and feelings using scented candles and can encourage your body to calm itself and unwind after a long day. Aromatherapists often recommend scents like cider, cinnamon and even papaya for optimum relaxation.
4 – Upgrade your showerhead
Not everyone is a “bath person” and some prefer a long hot shower over a soak in the tub. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t make your time in the bathroom luxurious. You can improve your shower time ten-fold by installing rainfall showerheads, pumps or new enclosures.
5 – Bring nature indoors
Another often forgotten aspect that can improve a bathroom and create an interesting and more unique feel is to add greenery. Bathrooms are naturally humid environments so allow plants to thrive. What’s more, there is plenty of evidence that house plants can drastically improve air quality too.
6 – Start at ground level
The number one way to create a luxury look in your bathroom is to upgrade the flooring. If you are going to spend money on your bathroom then this is where you should start, as it has the overall biggest impact on the room.
While the most important aspects of bathroom flooring are durability and water resistance, that doesn’t mean that you are limited in choices. There are some types of flooring like carpet that are best avoided in a bathroom, but options range from high-quality laminate to Luxury Vinyl Tiles. If you’re after a rustic, wooden look then you can go for an engineered wooden floor which has better protection against moisture build up than a solid wood floor.
Size shouldn’t restrict you either. Flooring can transform even the smallest bathrooms to give the illusion of more space. For example, by laying flooring at an angle you can trick the eyes into reading the room from a different perspective, or by laying flooring parallel to the longest wall you can make a narrow bathroom feel larger. You can also use neutral colours to create a clean, minimalist and ultimately larger looking room.
For more advice on what type of flooring is best for which room of the house, please take a look at our room by room flooring guide which covers all rooms of the house, give us a call on 01522 524374, or pop in to our company showroom where our experienced sales staff will be happy to guide and advise you further.