How to Create a Bathroom of Dreams

Create the bathroom of dreams with these small changes.

When it comes to your home, there are two rooms in the house that would be classed as the “big ticket” rooms when it comes to adding value to your home. One is the kitchen, because it is the hub of the home, and the other is the bathroom.

It might be less obvious, but more people look at the bathroom over other rooms in the home when it comes to buying. This is because it’s the room that might be costly to replace. It can also be a place to relax and unwind after a hard day. Therefore, how it looks can be a way of appealing to you and your family but also for the future when it comes to selling. With that in mind, I thought I would share with you some of the ways you could create the bathroom of dreams.

 

Install a new bathroom suite

One of the biggest changes that you can make is installing a brand new bathroom suite. Of course, it can also be one of the most expensive ways to do it as well. I guess it would all depend on the condition and look of your existing bathroom suite.

Ask yourself how much of a change this would make. If you already have a white bathroom suite, replacing it might not be an option. Instead look at redoing the grouting and sealant, replacing taps and other fixtures. You’d be amazed how much this can transform a bath.

If it does need replacing, then make sure you enlist the help of professionals like Abbots Plumbing and Heating to help install it properly. With all the complication of pipes and the type of bathroom you are installing, it is always advisable to have an expert fit it for you.

 

Make subtle changes with colour

If you have a white suite, try adding splashes of colour in the accessories. You could consider adding different colours into the room to make it feel freshened up. A theme or colour change can make a big difference to your bathroom suite.

It might be something as simple as coloured towels and accessories, or you might want to add a colour to the walls if you have that opportunity to do so. Other things to consider would be pictures on the wall, especially if they are water related like holiday snaps at the beach or in the pool.

 

Create the spa-like experience on a budget

A bathroom is often a place where you can relax and unwind. A bathroom of dreams needs a spa like feel. Water can really help soothe your mind. Many people enjoy sitting in the bath and allowing the water to calm your senses. But you could take things one step further and create a spa like experience in your own bathroom.

Consider things like candles, even scented specifically with relaxing oils, and some spa like music There are applications you can download on your phone to help you recreate the atmosphere. Lower the lighting, and incorporate greenery. You could even invest in a new robe and towels just for the occasion.

 

Change one big thing

Finally, if you want to make a change but can’t afford the expense of a new bathroom then making just one change could be the way forward. Maybe the flooring or the tiles. It would add just enough of a change to make a bathroom feel brand new.

 

I hope that these tips help you to create your bathroom of dreams.

 

The Best Time to Redecorate Your Bathroom is January!

I know you don’t want to risk losing hot water in January, but it’s actually the best time to redecorate your bathroom.

It’s still cold outside in January, and so the last thing you want to do is cut off your hot water supply and lose the chance of having a nice warm bath. However, January is actually the perfect month in which to redecorate your bathroom for a number of reasons. Read on to find out what they are.

 

Get bargains in the sales

Obviously one of the most important reasons that January is a great time to redecorate your bathroom is the sales.

The January sales are way better than any bank holiday offers that you might come across later in the year for the simple fact that they cover all type of products. That means not only are bathroom suites and paints discounted, but you can also achieve some huge savings on more specialised items like towels, shower curtains, and even made-to-measure blinds.

All you need to do is check out Make My Blinds and other stores like them online to see just how much you can save. Remember the more you save, the closer you get to having your dream bathroom without clearing out your bank account.

 

You’ve joined the gym anyway

January is a great time to redecorate your bathroom because it’s the time of year you are most likely to have joined a gym. Bear with me here, as there is some real logic to this if you think about it.

If you’re having your bathroom done, it means you can’t use it, at least for a few days. That means you will have to shower somewhere else, and where better to do this than at the gym every morning after your workout and before work? You won’t even have to pay extra for a gym membership as, like everyone else in the country, you’ll have signed up to get rid of the Christmas excess anyway! Free showers, perfect!

 

Redecorate your bathroom in January because you can use the gym showers instead. Picture of a shower head with water coming out.

 

No guests to worry about

January is also a great month to do any bathroom renovations because everyone has returned to their own homes after Christmas. You’re done with entertaining tonnes of neighbours and family members.

That means there will be no guests to disrupt the household and you can get on with ripping your bathroom out, putting the new one in, and not worrying that it’ll add to your household stresses.

 

No going out saves money and time

You have to remember that January is usually a fairly boring and uneventful month. Everyone’s recovering from Christmas so there’s not much going on. That means any money you save on going out can be put towards the discounted cost of redecorating your bathroom space.

The best bit is that you will have loads of energy to get the project completed too because there will be no hangovers on a Saturday or Sunday morning to worry about either.

 

Tips for a warm and toasty bathroom

Bathrooms can often feel like cold places, with their hard tiles and white suites, so here’s how to get a warm and toasty bathroom ready for the winter.

Have you ever noticed that your bathroom is the worst room for feeling cold? Ideally you want a warm and toasty bathroom, as it’s the room where you  wear the least amount of clothes. You can’t just stick the electric heater on when you’re in the bathroom waiting for the shower to get warm.

So how can you get a cosy bathroom the sensible way? With the right sort of research, you can find loads of different tools to keep the heat in your bathroom. To help you out with this, I’ll be exploring some of the best options out there. With these ideas, you’ll have a warm and toasty bathroom in no time.

 

Underfloor heating

The worst offender for the chill in most bathrooms is the floor. Bathroom floors are normally made of tile and sit directly on the floorboards of the house, unlike carpet which will sit on underlay. This is why your bathroom floor is always cold, and can’t gather any heat during winter. 

To solve this issue, some underfloor heating should do the trick for most people. Like a normal heater, this sort of device can be controlled by your thermostat, and will only turn on when it needs to.

 

Heated Towel Rail

Most people don’t like to waste space in this sort of room with bulky items like heaters. Bathrooms are often the smallest room in the house, so you don’t want to waste any precious space.

In reality, you can find a stunning selection of bathroom suites which include heated towel rails. This sort of product adds heat to your room, while the other elements will compliment it nicely.

We opted for a towel rail in our bathroom to replace the old radiator in there and I love it. It’s slim and fits in perfectly without looking bulky. It adds heat to the room and also makes the towel nice and toasty when you get out the shower. 

 

Good Insulation

Finally, as the last option to keep your room warm, it’s time to think about insulation. Windows, walls, and ceilings can all be insulated to keep heat inside your home. There are loads of companies out there with the tools and resources to make changes like this to your home. But, like most construction jobs, it’s best to read some reviews before you choose.

 

Getting out of the shower into a cold room is never comfortable. Heat in the bathroom will also reduce the amount of water which condenses on the windows, as the surfaces will be warm. Of course, though, just the thought of using the toilet in the cold should be enough to convince you.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start adding some warmth to your bathroom. It doesn’t take much to make improvements here, and it’s worth putting in the effort to get a warm and toasty bathroom which you can relax in.

The Finished Bathroom: Final Results

The bathroom has been my nemesis for weeks now.

I’ve been using the neighbours’ bathrooms for the last 8 weeks. It’s true that I’ve got to know them pretty well because of it – and they’re all lovely.

Luckily, we’re not living in this house. Having no working toilet or shower would have been impossible.

You might have seen my last bathroom post which shows the before and during pictures. I also talk about the amazing discounts we got. It meant we could have our dream bathroom without having to worry about price.

Here are the results of our finished bathroom!

The Finished Bathroom:

finished bathroom with radiator

 

 

 

 

 

Our radiator is a heated towel rail which sits a lot more flat against the wall. We opted for a bath/shower because a walk-in shower would make the room feel too small.

I just adore our sink, which was from Wickes (no longer available). It’s a tad bigger than I first thought (they always look smaller in the show room), with plenty of space for neat storage. It’s curved, which I think makes it look neater.

The bath has waterfall taps, which sit in the middle of the bath. This means neither of us will end up at the tap end! If that doesn’t solve all marriage problems, I don’t know what will.

Now I just need to clean the whole thing.