It seems like Christmas comes earlier and earlier each year. So, to help you get prepared for the festive period, we’ve come up with our ultimate guide to getting your cloakroom into shape for your guests.
Despite being a time of “peace and goodwill to all people”, Christmas is often one of the most stressful times of the year, especially when visitors of the expected and unexpected variety come a-calling! Instead of a cheerful “ho, ho, ho!”, you may well end up muttering “no, no, no” to yourself as you try and plan your festivities.
Hang up a stocking or three and turn your cloakroom into a festive space your visitors will love
In a recent survey, people were asked what stressed them out most at Christmas. Rather surprisingly, it wasn't buying presents or running up credit card bills that stressed people out the most. No, in fact, it was deciding which side of the family they should spend Christmas with.
And, in a way, we can all see why. Whilst Christmas is a time for all the family to come together, it is also a season of tough choices. Will you be going to all the effort of making a full Christmas dinner, or should that job fall to Mum & Dad, Gran & Grandad or Aunty Beryl?
A few decorations here and there can really add a festive touch to a small bathroom space
Preparing your home for Christmas
Then there are all the people you are expected to get around and see. Sometimes the days around Christmas can feel like a military operation, with a strict schedule that needs to be adhered to.
One thing that can get us really stressed when we're running around buying presents, wrapping gifts, cooking food, making drinks and just generally being busy, is how our home looks to visitors. It's a time of year where we get an unusually large number of guests (often unexpected), so we want our homes to look their best.
Check out our festive bathroom style guide: The Lodge for Christmas inspiration
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To try and help make Christmas run a lot smoother, here at Victoria Plum we'll be furnishing you with some great ways to get your home ready for the festive season.
We've got plenty of ideas to make your home more welcoming to guests, so when the festive period comes around, it's one less thing to worry about. Many of our ideas will cost a lot less than you think.
In the run-up to the Christmas holidays, we'll be looking at the different things you can do to wow your friends and relatives. And we’re not just talking bathrooms… You’ll also discover plenty of inspiration for other areas of your home, including festive kitchen ideas too!
So, let's get started, with perhaps the smallest room in your entire house.
For a timeless, traditional bathroom space this Christmas, you'll need some well-chosen accessories
The downstairs cloakroom
For those of you lucky enough to have a cloakroom bathroom, it is typically the place that can make or break the impressions of your home. As you eat, drink and get merry, who in their right mind wants to traipse upstairs to answer that call of nature?
A cold and functional cloakroom can certainly send shivers up the spines of any of your house guests. Whereas, in fact, the cloakroom can be the perfect place to let your creativity run wild and show off your own personality and impeccable taste.
Small bathroom ideas
Whilst you'll find many small bathroom ideas at Victoria Plum, let's focus in on your cloakroom for the time being.
Toilet and basin
The mainstay of your cloakroom, these are the foundations upon which your littlest room is built. If your suite is looking old and tired, maybe it's time to update it? You can do this for a lot less than you'd imagine.
One thing you may not have considered is using the corners of your room to free up valuable floor space. You can choose corner basins and corner toilets that fit snugly, or even a corner vanity unit, giving you much-needed storage.
Making great use of your corners, a vanity unit like this can provide precious storage space
If you weren't aware, there are a range of specialist cloakroom taps available. These are slightly smaller versions of some of our bestsellers and give you a more compact design without having to compromise on style. Updating your cloakroom may be as simple as replacing that crusty old tap for something new and exciting in gleaming chrome.
The Hardy cloakroom mixer tap can transform your cloakroom in an instant
Let your guests check their makeup or check out those bags under the eyes by installing an illuminated mirror. This isn't just a nice-to-have, but will really brighten up what can often be a dark and claustrophobic space.
The Cass illuminated mirror from Mode Bathrooms will add a touch of glam to proceedings
Another great idea is to use your wall space as additional storage. A towel shelf is the perfect place to hang and store towels, ensuring your guests always have the option of clean towels.
The Options contemporary towel shelf certainly lives up to its name, giving you plenty of options when it comes to storage
If your basin area is a little cluttered, why not add a simple glass shelf, like this one from the Accents 1805 antique gold accessories range?
Try and choose shelving and accessories which fit with the overall style of your décor
What's on the floor in your cloakroom? Vinyl? Tiles? Or, heavens forbid, carpet? If your flooring could do with a quick upgrade, why not consider our revolutionary Krono Xonic waterproof vinyl flooring?
It's so easy to fit, you can do it yourself. You'll find a range of stunning finishes, including wood and tile effect, that simply clip together to form a tough, durable watertight layer. With very little floor space to cover, it will take no time at all!
With the look of wood, but none of the expense and effort, this vinyl flooring is a real quick win when friends and relatives come to visit
A quick lick of paint can often be the best way to spruce up a room, but in areas of high moisture content, such as a bathroom or cloakroom, you need to make sure you invest in high quality paint or risk the formation of mould.
Luckily, here at Victoria Plum, you’ll find plenty of inspiring small bathroom colour ideas. Why not try on-trend grey or something a little brighter?
Grey doesn't have to be dull! A lick of fresh paint can sometimes be all you need to liven up a tired interior
Create a feature wall with some elegant tiling, or why not add a splashback around your basin with patterned tiles. Either way, quality bathroom tiles will help to add a hardwearing and easy-to-maintain surface which will last well into the future.
Getting ahead of the game
Remember, if you buy now, you can get delivery before Christmas, giving you plenty of time to get your home ready for the festive season.
Why not check out more of our festive ideas by clicking on any of the links below:
- Get the Look: Enchanted Winter
- Get the Look: The Lodge
- Independent Living: Adapting your bathroom for disabled or elderly guests
- Get your bathroom ready for Christmas with Mira Showers
- Our favourite Christmas songs to sing in the shower
- Get your home ready for Christmas: The guest bedroom
- Get your home ready for Christmas: A festive living room
Keep your “mince pies” peeled for more Christmas-themed bathroom ideas in the coming weeks!