The course of love never runs smooth and, inevitably, some relationships run their course. In this article, we'll look at ways you can reclaim your bathroom space after a break up.
Statistically, most couples tend to break up just before the schmaltzy and often sickly sweetness of those romantic Valentine's Day gestures. Most of us have experienced heartbreak at some point in our lives, whether the split was an amicable decision, one you took yourself or one you were on the receiving end of. Depending on the circumstances, you may feel down in the dumps, relieved or even ecstatic! One huge positive you can take out of the situation is that, with your new-found freedom, you can finally refurbish your home to suit your own tastes, starting with your bathroom.
Make your space your own with beautiful furniture
When the heartbreak is at its worst, there is nothing more therapeutic than getting things back to the way you like them. So if you're newly single, now's the time to swing into action and follow our 5 top tips to reclaim your space.
1. Get that scrubbing brush out
If you've ever heard of the famous song "I'm gonna wash that man right outa my hair" from the musical South Pacific, the sentiment is more than accurate when it comes to your bathroom. A good day of cleaning and cleansing will certainly help scrub the place clean, free of any lasting traces of your ex-partner. It's extremely therapeutic!
Get those rubber gloves on and get into the grouting with a mix of bleach and water (why not use his/her old toothbrush if they left it behind!). Wipe all your surfaces clean and scrub your taps, windows and mirrors to ensure a sparkling finish.
And for heaven's sake, throw away any old toiletries or reminders of your ex! You certainly don't want an old deodorant canister as a permanent reminder of your lost love.
2. Reclaim your style
Did your ex dominate the bathroom design with their own tastes and furnishings? In most cases, a shared bathroom has to be fairly neutral when it comes to decor. But now is the time to reclaim your bathroom and make it your own.
If you haven't got a massive budget to spend, a new lick of paint can work wonders, with on-trend bathroom colours including raspberry and marigold adding a new dimension to your walls. Nothing defines us like our taste in colours, so with just a small amount of work, your space will start to reflect your own personality in no time.
Add a more feminine touch with some flowers, matching towels and some pretty wall prints
New accessories, such as soap dispensers, towel rails and robe hooks, will reflect the changing usage of your bathroom and provide YOU with YOUR essentials exactly where YOU need them. (It's all about YOU, see?)
Take a look through inspiration galleries and gather some ideas to come up with the decor style that reflects your tastes and personality. If you've always wanted an art deco style bathroom, now's the time to realise your dream! Pinterest is the perfect place to pull together all your ideas and share with your friends.
3. Enhance your feminine/masculine features
If your ex still lingers on with little reminders here and there, it may be time to start making your bathroom slightly more feminine or masculine (depending on your own personal preferences). Feminine touches could include adding some fresh flowers along with some softer furnishings. A new window covering will also help soften the light coming into your bathroom. Get rid of things like shaving mirrors and darker colours.
For those seeking a more masculine feel, the opposite may be true. Add some contrasting accent colours with wooden bath panels and furniture. Invest in some suitably stylish towels and reclaim all that storage space, with a new shaving set and personal grooming kit. And what masculine bathroom wouldn't be complete with a fine selection of reading material?
Of course, it all comes down to personal taste as to how far you go, but you'll soon be feeling much more positive post break up, with all those creature comforts safely back in place.
4. Treat yourself....you deserve it!
One up-side of being a singleton: no tricky birthday/Christmas/Valentine's Day gifts to buy! With all that money already saved, why not splash out and treat yourself to something a bit fancier? If you love relaxing in the bath, why not invest in a luxurious new freestanding bath? Or for those who are always on the go, why not pick up a shower cabin with pummeling body jets for an invigorating, all-over shower experience.
Splash out on a luxurious Mode Heath freestanding bath
5. Back on the market
If you're still sat there moping and thinking cleaning or redecorating your bathroom isn't very rock 'n' roll, well just remember this: Once you are ready to get back into the dating game—and if you just so happen to invite a special someone back for a coffee—just imagine their thoughts when they look upon your beautiful, stylish bathroom rather than a tired, uninviting space, haunted by the ghost of an ex.
So who knows? When Mr or Miss Right eventually comes a-knocking, your bathroom might just be the key to unlocking their heart!
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