Make A Splash With These Bathroom Trends

Although it’s well known that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, it tends to be the bathroom that gets the raw end of the deal in the renovation stakes. Because we spend more time in our kitchens, cooking up a storm, socializing and having a chat with pals over coffee, we invest much more of our hard earned cash into the cabinetry, appliances, and styling within this hub of the home. However, the importance of a chic bathroom should not be underestimated. Take a look at these on-trend bathroom styles to inspire your next renovation project.

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The Essentials

The bathroom suite that you choose will set the tone for the entire room. You could opt for a rain head double shower, buy an elegant freestanding tub and opt for his and hers sinks. By giving your bathroom a boutique hotel look complete with floor to ceiling tiling, slate flooring, and subtle spotlights, you are creating a haven of relaxation. By showing off a lifestyle, it’s much easier to seduce potential buyers if you’re planning to sell anytime soon. In the meantime, you can light a candle or two, pour in the bath foam and enjoy a long hot soak in the tub after a particularly stressful day at work.

Mirrors

Many bathrooms are small and can feel dingy. If you’re particularly unlucky, you may not even have a window which means you have an extractor type fan to rely on to try and get rid of the moisture within the room. On top of this, natural light is at a bare minimum. To try and counteract this, you can install mirrors to bounce any light you do have across the room. Alongside tiles, with a sheen finish, you can increase the amount of reflective surface you have within your bathroom. You could select an antique or vintage mirror, opt for a mirror with a heavily beveled and expensive finish or choose something a little more modern like a theater dressing room type piece complete with surrounding lights.

Configuration

The en vogue trend at the moment is four piece suites. If you have the space try and separate out your bath and shower space. Others are choosing to concentrate more on the shower cubicle rather than the bath, opting for convenience rather than luxury. Keep your basin small to conserve space and hide the pipework and cistern of your toilet to create a more minimalist and unfussy finish to your renovation.

Don’t forget the finishing touches to a bathroom. You need to seal the windows, protect tiling grout from mold and scum and ensure that the showerhead remains free from limescale. There’s nothing worse than black mildew encroaching on your wonderful design. A clean bathroom is paramount.

Bathrooms, while not the hub of our homes, are an integral part. It’s vital that you’re able to invest the time and money needed in order to create a designer look that matches the rest of your home.

Give Your Bathroom a Weekend Facelift

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The bathroom is often the last room in the home to be given a makeover and the DIY treatment due to its important role in daily life and the difficulty of replacing piping and functional furnishings. This can sometimes lead to the bathroom’s appearance ruining the atmosphere and aesthetic of a home. However, there are a number of hacks allowing you to gift your bathroom a comprehensive facelift over the weekend without having to turn the water off for more than an hour.

Add Natural Light

If the flickering blue light above your bathroom mirror washes out your features and makes you feel like an extra from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, it may be time to add natural light. Whilst increasing the size of the windows may be an impossible task for a weekend, Natural Light Tubular develops specially-designed skylights and bulbs which recreate the effects of natural light within the home. The addition of faux-natural light can have significant emotional and physiological benefits.

Modernise your Taps

Installing new taps is a surprisingly quick and simple job which does not require any plumbing skills. Tap fittings within the majority of modern bathrooms have been standardised to make the replacement process very straightforward. Shiny chrome taps from interior specialists, John Louis Bathrooms, can instantly add a clean modern appearance. Furthermore, new taps can also help to improve the water pressure of the sink due to unused, unblocked aerators.

Just make sure you turn the water off during the short job!

Deep Clean Tiles

Over time, floor and wall tiles can accumulate significant amounts of grime. Sometimes, this gradual accumulation can be hard to spot with the naked eye but a deep clean can really bring out the original shine and gleam of the bathroom. Cleanipedia is the useful tool detailing the different cleansing methods which can effectively be applied to different bathroom surfaces and materials. The site includes many unusual tips and hacks, so you may be able to use items already in your cupboards to add a little sparkle to the bathroom.

Get Organised

Bathrooms full of clutter, loose hairbrushes and bobby pins can be incredibly unwelcoming. Implement a couple of organisational hacks to help clear clutter, save space and really open up the bathroom. These sticky magnetic strips from Maplin can be applied to a wall and all your small metallic items such as tweezers can be attached – helping ensure you never lose these within the clutter of the bathroom. A magazine rack also makes a useful storage option for larger devices such as hair straighteners which may be taking up space in the bathroom.

Implement a Consistent Colour Scheme

If your ‘aqua’ theme has been slightly diluted over the years as family members bring back decorative soaps from holiday and the towels lose their aquatic colour after repeated washes – it could be the perfect time to implement a new and consistent colour scheme. Creating a colour scheme throughout all décor and flourishes can make a bathroom appear neater, more uniformed and more welcoming. Dulux offers a colour match service so if you find a colour of towel you appreciate, you may be able to find the perfect accompanying paint colour for a feature wall.