What are the quickest and easiest ways to transform your bathroom space? We asked our friends at Ideal Standard, the UK’s No 1 bathroom brand, to give us their top 5 tips.
There’s no question that, during the last 6 months, we’ve all been spending more time at home. And, like many people, that’s meant shining a spotlight on all those quirks and problems you may have been putting off for a while.
From outdated décor in the living room, to that uncomfortable dining room chair you may have been using at your makeshift desk, and that questionable paint choice in the bathroom—it’s the perfect time for a refresh!
When it comes to your bathroom, it’s a space you relax in at the end of a day and, quite frankly, one of the only places many of us can enjoy a bit of peace and quiet—so, it’s no surprise that a refresh is high on many peoples’ to-do lists. Here are 5 clever ways you can update your space without breaking the bank.
1. A pop of colour
Switching up your colour scheme is a quick way to make a real difference, especially when it comes to injecting a bit of life into your bathroom. Whether it’s through a new shade of paint in an on-trend colour, a statement tiled backsplash, or even just some new accessories like towels, face cloths and bathmats, there are many ways to add a touch of personality.
If you’re after a completely new look for your bathroom, you could go one step further and think about introducing new textures and shades through your furniture and fittings. The stylish furniture in the Ideal Standard Concept Air collection is available in a range of different shades, providing a whole new look to your bathroom.
2. Transform the taps
Sometimes, it can be the smallest changes that make the biggest difference. For example, you can give your bath or basin a new lease of life simply by replacing old taps. There are plenty to choose from and enough styles to suit any style, from waterfall mixers, to elegant and curved designs, or even a more angular and contemporary tap to give a more up-to-date feel. As handwashing is such a key focus at the moment, this change is bound to capture the imagination of your whole family, so you’ll be sure to get a noticeable change, even if you avoid the more complicated process of swapping out an entire basin.
3. Create the illusion of space
While the bathroom is arguably one of the focal points of a home, it is getting progressively smaller, especially in new-builds where downstairs toilets and ensuites are becoming more and more popular.
If things are feeling a little cramped, clever adjustments like combining the bath and shower, rather than having separate fixtures, can do wonders to create the illusion of extra space. Wall hung toilets and furniture units can also help to open up a room and, as an added bonus, make it much easier to clean.
New bathroom collections like Concept Space have been specifically developed to fit into even the smallest spaces, with intelligently-designed baths, basins and toilets that make use of the room available without feeling cramped or compromising on style. Slimline or mirrored cabinets can also be added to make the space feel bigger, lighter and brighter, while still being practical and useful for storage.
4. Let there be light
When was the last time you updated the lighting in your bathroom? Whether you’re trying to create a spa-like feeling of calm and relaxation through downlighting and candles or modernising your bathroom with spotlights—lights are a key factor when it comes to creating the bathroom space you want.
Lighting is often a part of the bathroom that is overlooked and thinking about your light fittings can make a world of difference. Clever lighting positioning not only feels luxurious, but can also help to highlight the key focal points in your room whilst concealing the areas you’re not too keen about!
5. Getting back to nature
Without needing to break the bank, you can make use of, what’s known by designers as, biophilic design in your bathroom. It sounds very clever but it’s all about bringing the outdoors in and adding natural features to a space to boost your wellbeing. Not only will the bathroom feel more spacious and brighter, but it’ll also actually make you feel better mentally.
There are some really easy ways to bring more natural influences into your space, from increased natural daylight with open blinds, to the introduction of houseplants (make sure they’re ones that suit the conditions in your bathroom and don’t mind a bit of steam from the shower by checking out this guide to the best bathroom plants), or you can even take it one step further by decorating with vivid prints or murals.
So, there you have it, some top tips to bring your bathroom back to life without having to take on a huge renovation project. Why not find out more about how our Ideal Standard collections can help create your dream bathroom.