Bored of your bathroom? Here are some small updates to get a gorgeous stylish bathroom.
I’ve written a few posts about bathrooms in the past, and that’s because they’re an important room. Not only is the bathroom one of the busiest rooms of the home when you have a family (just after the kitchen!), they also act as a space for tranquillity and relaxation.
In a similar way to our kitchens, bathrooms need to be kept as clean and tidy as possible, although it can be a struggle! Especially on weekday mornings when the whole family are trying to get ready, with fights for the shower.
But it’s not just the family or the homeowners who the bathroom has to appeal to. It also needs to be stylish and welcoming for any guests who come over. People are quick to judge a house on the interior, design and cleanliness of a bathroom – so first impressions count!
Bathrooms can fast become one of the quickest rooms in the house to start looking dated. Most people look to update theirs as soon as it starts to look slightly tired. Updating doesn’t mean getting it completely re-done, though. Not everyone has the money or desire to completely renew it, and there are still plenty of ways to brighten it up and update it without spending a fortune. You can start with a few things at a time or opt for a refresh with discount bathroom suites to suit your budget.
Here are some quick, simple ways to create a stylish bathroom.
Create ‘Space’ With New Mirrors
Mirrors are such a simple and great trick to give the illusion of depth and space. They’re a lovely addition to any room, but particularly with bathrooms, as they reflect light around the room too.
If you place your mirror on the opposite wall to a window, you’ll find that sunlight can shine onto the mirror and be reflected throughout the room. Look for large, frameless mirrors which look more sleek and modern, and opt for classic shapes such as square and rectangular.
Aim for one large, ‘focal point’ mirror on your wall opposite the window, and then look to potentially have mirrored cupboards above your sink too. The two should compliment each other really well.
Replace Any Old Tiles
One common component to a bathroom that often needs changing or renewing is the tiles. Tiles are always the first to show signs of wear and tear, especially mould. If they have been on your walls for a number of years, they could start looking tired or show signs of stains from leakages.
Replacing tiles doesn’t have to be a huge job – you could always look to refresh one wall or place new panels above the sink or at the side of the bath panel.
Renew Tile Grouting
This is one which can make such a big difference to helping you get that stylish bathroom, even though it’s not actually a massive/expensive job in itself. The grout between your tiles – especially when white – is usually the first thing to become discoloured. When this happens, the appearance of your whole bathroom can be dragged down with it, looking dull and grotty.
One quick way to create a stylish bathroom is to make it look cleaner and brighter by doing a full re-grout. For a professional effect done correctly, it is recommended to hand grind the old grout away and then re-fill and point with the new compound.
However, it is possible for a quicker and cheaper job, to simply clean the grout and then paint over with a grout pen. You can get these online and from most DIY shops.
A Lick Of Paint
There’s a lot to be said about the wonders of paint. Giving a bathroom a quick lick of paint is one of the easiest and most effective ways to update it. Firstly, look at the four walls, and assess the ones which need sprucing up the most. Then start by cleaning them down. You’ll be amazed at how much dirt comes off just by giving the walls a full clean! It’s always best to ensure surfaces are thoroughly clean and free from mould prior to painting.
Consider lighter colours to help reflect available light around the bathroom. Darker colours in smaller spaces will close the space in, and can also create a duller atmosphere. Whites, creams, light greys, duck egg blues and beiges give a much more modern, open-plan feel to a bathroom.
It might be that your bathroom is very old, and bigger jobs need to take place, like a new toilet unit or shower. Look at things like replacing the shower head, or updating your fixtures if you can’t afford it straight away.
It all comes together in the end!