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5 Simple Touches to Spruce Up Your Bathroom

5 Simple Touches to Spruce Up Your Bathroom

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If your bathroom is in need of a little TLC, there are plenty of upgrades you can make without an entire remodelling. A few small changes will make all the difference, and you can transform your bathroom into a haven of tranquility. Bring the spa home with essential oils, or add a touch of greenery. Invest in a few new accessories to brighten up the place, and ditch your dull old mats and towels. Here are five simple touches to spruce up your bathroom.

Refresh your accessories

Finally get rid of your old bath mat, shower curtain, and other accessories and replace them with something a little more luxurious. Check out this gorgeous striped mat for a bathroom, for example. You’ll be surprised how much difference new furnishings can make. These types of accessories won’t break the bank, but they’ll help to add both comfort and elegance.

A touch of greenery

Plants create a calming atmosphere and look lovely in the bathroom. You need to be careful to choose the ones that will thrive in the environment, however. Some plants can wilt in the steamy atmosphere if not. Here are the best houseplants for your bathroom. If you haven’t got much room in your bathroom, try using the vertical space instead. Put up shelves to host plants, or you could even hang planters directly on the wall.

Essential oils and aromatherapy

Create a sensory space with essential oils and aromatherapy. The essential oils that work best in a bathroom can include lemon, eucalyptus, tea tree, thyme, and peppermint. These will add a light, clean scent. There are several ways to use essential oils in the bathroom. You could get a diffuser or a candle, or add the oils to your bath. Close your eyes and it’ll be like having a fancy spa in your own home.

Feature wall

Rather than replacing the entire tiling or redecorating completely, you could create a feature wall. Fill an unused section of the wall with some handcrafted tiles. If you’re only updating a small section, you can opt for something a little more high-end. Treat yourself to designer tiling, or an original mosaic. There are also plenty of budget options too for building a stylish feature wall. Here are some of the home decor trends this year to give you inspiration. Choose the look that best suits your unique taste and personality.

Original artwork

Artwork also makes a great feature, and you won’t have to do any retiling. You could look online for some quirky bathroom wall art, or research a local artist. If you’re the artistic type, you could even make something yourself. It’s up to you what kind of look you want to create. You could go for something abstract and colourful, or humour. In the bathroom, anything goes, and it’s nice to have artwork to look at. It helps to create a relaxing atmosphere and brightens your mood. With a few fun additions, you can freshen up your bathroom this year.

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Family Bathroom

family bathroom

Family Bathroom

As some of you may be aware, we moved house back in November. Since then we have been busy, one of our first jobs was to create the perfect family bathroom. We have been extremely busy giving our new house some much-needed TLC that it desperately needed.

All rooms in our new house needed work doing in one way or another (we are slowly working our way through). When you move to a new house this is to be expected. The one room we desperately wanted was our bathroom. We had a family vote on what room to start first and the bathroom won.

The previous people who lived here was disabled and was unable to look after the house and the upkeep/DIY jobs. Being disabled also meant a disabled bathroom – this would have been perfect for them but was not suitable or needed for us. The style of the bathroom was just not us.

Take a look

 

Prior to this video being taken there was also a pull down seat in the shower. We had already removed this to give us more room in the shower as we did not need it.

The bathroom as you can see is only small but we planned to make full use of any space we could. In our old house that too was only a small bathroom and we created a perfect family stylish bathroom. We took the bath out at our old house and put a walk-in shower in place – we soon regretted that as we missed being able to have a bath.

As you can see from above there was hardly any storage space, infact storage space was minimal. A family bathroom to us means storage space is a MUST. I hate having our wash products out on display, I like them stored away when not in use.

family bathroom

The boxed out area was removed and made smaller, allowing room for a bath to go in place and pipe work for the new position of the new radiator.

family bathroom

family bathroom

Measurements was then done to re position the pipework.

How we created our family bathroom

We set out by measuring our bathroom and then took a look online to see what sort of bathroom we would like. We firstly chose our colour, then our design. We then looked at the measurements of our chosen design to see what we could make fit and work best with the bathroom space we have.

We wanted maximum storage and a nice light fresh look. We found this set…..What do you think?

new bathroom

This is the Ardenno bathroom set from B&Q in white gloss. We found the measurements with this set fitted perfectly in the small space and gave us the storage space wanted along with the light coloured fresh look we was looking for.

The wall tile we chose was Haver sand. We liked the detail within the tile and the tile isn’t too dark, we thought it would pair together nicely with the bathroom suite.

family bathroom

family bathroom
The bath is a Cooke & Lewis Conway steel bath.

family bathroom

The floor tile we chose was Nordico vintage beige we wanted to pair the tile colours together as closely as we could. This tile gives a nice wooden flooring effect but infact its porcelain with a vintage design and is a stunning tile.

family bathroom

We wanted a bathroom that had plenty of storage space so that it didn’t become a dumping ground of clutter. We put the time and effort in to the measuring, planning and design of our family bathroom, checking those measurements and colour schemes twice as you can’t be too careful.

Just because we have a small bathroom it didn’t mean we had to compromise on style too just because of its size. Any size bathroom can be beautiful no matter how small.

With the bathroom being a small room we didn’t want to over clutter the room, we wanted to keep it simple with soft natural shades. We are going to add splashes of colour within the furnishing of the room, we are yet to get a blind and new towels etc.

So here is our new and improved family bathroom

What do you think?

As we said above the soft furnishings are yet to be added but we now have a more usable and welcoming family bathroom that we done by ourselves and love.

We moved where the position of where the radiator was, it was taking up space next to the sink so this was removed and it freed up valuable space. The whole bathroom was emptied, re-styled and re-positioned.

Ian is a fully qualified electrician and one of his hates is mini trunking. As you can see from the video of the old bathroom it has mini trunking. All cables are now safely behind the wall. We have also tried to hide as many pipes as possible we think it looks much tidier.

From this

family bathroom

To this

Family Bathroom

Family Bathroom

We now have storage space

Family Bathroom

A much more family friendly bathroom that is more us and our style. We all got stuck in and helped and that makes our bathroom even more special. We try our best to do as much of our own jobs around the house as we can. Making our home full of very special memories that are made with love.

Our next project is to now tackle the garden