Being a massive bath addict, the bathroom is a pretty important room in my house. It has to look good, be sparkling clean and make me feel relaxed and comfortable. Bath-time is my only ‘me time’ so it has to be perfect.
I like to freshen things up pretty regularly, I spend a lot of time in the bath and I get bored easily. I’m always on the look out for accessories and new colour palettes to enhance how it looks and improve on the ambience.
How to Revamp Your Bathroom
In recent years I’ve lived in a few houses with very different bathrooms. In my first house, the bathroom was downstairs at the end of the kitchen and was a smallish size. I was renting at the time so didn’t have much scope for decorating so I had to do all my revamping with accessories alone.
I decided on a plum colour palette as the suite was white but the flooring was a dark wood-look lino so I thought dark, warm toned accessories would complement the look. I kept the accessories simple and added a dried flower bouquet to the window sill, had alternate plum and grey towels on the towel rack and a small canvas laundry basket on a wooden stand for dirty towels. It was simple, but it really gave the room a nice ambience.
For small changes to the look of your bathroom, I always think Pinterest is the best place to go to for inspiration (or outright copying someone else’s good taste). If you want anything bigger doing, you definitely need help from an expert. It’s hard to make design decisions on your own when there’s so much to consider.
Ideally you need to know what you want from your bathroom and seeking expert advice will mean you can weigh up all the options (including some you perhaps didn’t know about). The designer will also be able to help you on colour scheme to get you started on shopping new accessories.
I think I probably think about taps more often than normal people, but when I go to someone else’s house, I always take note of their bath taps. I love vintage looking gold taps, and I’m always secretly impressed by a waterfall tap. Once you’ve started noticing taps, you’ll look at them everywhere you go! Take a look at the extensive range of products at bathroom showroom in Harrogate and get fitting services too. Before you know it, you may also be admiring towel rails and pretty tiling, it’s kind of a slippery slope!
In terms of design, generally I favour light suites in either pure white or a subtly off white, with light coloured walls and beautiful but simple light-coloured patterned blinds. I think the more neutral colours make it easier to sell a house when it’s time to move, but that’s just my opinion. Towels, accessories and high end candles can add personality to a room that has the potential to look sterile (in the absence of soft furnishings rooms like the kitchen and bathroom can look a bit minimalistic).
What I’ve learned from my (perhaps unhealthy) interest in bathroom décor is that if the room is small, keep it simple, don’t over accessorise and only use minimal dark colours (perhaps dark flooring).
A large bathroom instantly has the potential to feel like the most luxurious room in the house. Buy plump, and fluffy towels and matching robes. Use warm lighting and nice smelling candles to make the room welcoming and relaxing. An ambient bath at the end of a hard day is such a treat.
Whatever size your bathroom is, the easiest way to revamp it is to find a colour palette of complementary tones and stick to it. If you’re having renovations to improve it, always seek professional help, and my final pearl of wisdom is to check out the taps. Look at your friends taps, hotel taps, taps on soaps, you can make a basic suite look super expensive with the right taps!
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