Adapting a modern bathroom to the needs of your whole family can be hard, so we asked Ideal Standard, the UK’s leading bathroom brand, to give us their top tips.
When decorating a family bathroom there seems to be an unwritten rule: You can’t have a practical space that is also sleek and stylish. However, at Ideal Standard, we believe you really can have the best of both worlds and we’re going to share our top tips on how you can achieve this.
One of the biggest trends, and easiest ways to achieve a modern décor, is minimalism (using less to achieve more). Don’t feel you have the space for minimalism? Think again. The concealed cistern is your friend.
By concealing your cistern behind a wall allows you to choose a sleek wall hung or back to wall toilet option. Not only does it create the illusion of greater floor space, it also helps tidy up the wall space behind the toilet, with no unsightly cistern staring back at you. Plus, to top it off, these toilet options make cleaning a lot easier, with no awkward nooks and crannies to navigate around. Beautiful and practical.
If this sounds like a good option for your bathroom, the recently launched Strada II back-to-wall toilet is sleek with a modern angular design.
Storage is king
One of the most common reasons for not having modern décor in a family bathroom is clutter! Bath toys, beauty products and grooming tools all spring to mind. If this sounds like your bathroom, contemporary storage is the way forward for you.
A wall hung storage unit will help to create that super minimalist feel. Why not try the Strada II wall hung vanity unit? With 2 drawers, it’ll provide plenty of storage, whilst the compact, wall hung design encourages a super-modern finish.
A hugely underestimated product within the bathroom space is the humble mirror. Selected and applied carefully, it can help solve design problems and achieve a minimalist look, whilst still playing a vital role within your family bathroom.
If your bathroom feels a bit on the pokey side, opt for an extra large mirror. Whilst this may sound counter-productive, the reflection will make it feel like you have much more space than you actually do.
To help solve storage issues, why not install a large mirror cabinet? Not only will it make the space feel roomy, it will also help store essential bathroom products and grooming tools.
Looking to achieve an ultra-modern feel? Opt for a mirror with an ambient light.
Lighting is a valuable design tool that can sometimes be overlooked and, in a lot of cases, can have the biggest impact on the overall feel of your room. This is particularly true in bathrooms, especially where there isn’t a window.
Firstly, and most importantly, dimmable lights in bathrooms are always a good idea. With the bathroom being a multi-functional space it’s best to have options—bright light for when you need to see exactly what you’re doing and a more relaxing dimmed option for when you want to create a spa-like atmosphere (e.g. chilling in the bath). You could even opt for a medium light level for when you’re bathing children before bedtime, in the hope it makes them a little sleepier!
Lots of important beauty grooming can happen in front of a high traffic family mirror, so task-specific lighting can sometimes be the best idea (as well as the main room lighting). Putting feature lighting or spotlights above the mirror or, better still, a mirror with lighting built-in, can really help with tasks like shaving, plucking and maybe even inspecting the occasional blemish.
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