When it comes to renovating our bathrooms, we can often find ourselves in a slump, where we put up with an ugly bathroom, or a dark bathroom, just because it is still practical and there are ‘far more important’ rooms to be renovating throughout your house.
However, it is important to remember that often the bathroom is the perfect place for relaxation, second only to the living room, so it makes sense to have a beautiful bathroom in which you can while away the hours.
Like many fashions, bathrooms have changed drastically over the last 50 years, so depending on how old your property is your bathroom may be quite compact, with a sea green tone to it, or it may be dark and moody, with more of a ‘romantic grotto’ feel to it.
Whether you’re just jumping in the bathroom for a quick shower before an evening out, or you want to spend a good few hours soaking in the tub, making your bathroom look brighter and better can really help to transform your opinion of your bathroom for the better.
Here are 5 tips for creating a bright and beautiful bathroom you’ll look forward to using.
1. Colour Palette
One sure-fire way of making your bathroom look brighter is to change the colour palette.
Whether you have windows or not, a dark painted bathroom with deep reds and purples will certainly serve to make it appear smaller and more compact, even regal in its appearance.
However, this is not what you are going for if you want it to look bright and breezy.
Pastel colours are great for giving an apparent increase in space and complimenting warm colours such as sunshine yellows and fiery oranges certainly helps to make your bathroom pop and stand out.
eek advice from a professional if you are unsure as to which colours work well together and always test out your paints by applying a small sample amount before you decide to go ahead and paint the whole bathroom lime green just because it looked good on the pot.
Be warned, you may need planning permission for this one!
Skylights are a beautiful way of increasing light flow into your house if you don’t want to go for larger windows. They take up little space, require little maintenance and provide beautiful stargazing portholes for the evenings.
Just imagine, lying back in the warm bath while watching the rain lazily drum against your brand new skylight.
Or imagine seeing the sun slowly arch its way across the sky as you enjoy a good book in a day of pampering. Heavenly.
3. Glass and Mirrors
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One sneaky way to increase light in a beautiful bathroom is with carefully placed mirrors.
Full length mirrors make your bathroom look bigger than it actually is and by installing showers with glass or frosted glass walls you get rid of any ‘walls’ that may make the space appear smaller.
4. Large Windows
If your bathroom is on the ground floor, especially if it is facing the road or facing a neighbour’s house, you will have little options in the way of large windows.
If your bathroom is on the first floor, or it overlooks beautiful countryside and there is little chance of you or your family being seen, sometimes it is a good idea to get a little risky with the windows.
Large windows always give the impression of more space in any room, and if your bathroom overlooks the countryside or some natural hills, it will certainly add a bit of beauty into bath-time.
Larger windows are a great way of increasing light levels, giving you an aesthetically pleasing, brighter bathroom in the process.
5. Shutters not Blinds
It may seem like a strange suggestion, but window shutters are a great way of increasing the light and air flow in bathrooms, as they have far more flexibility than blinds when it comes to light and privacy levels.
Shutters are cut and made to fit, plus you can choose flexible half shutters that allow for more privacy on the lower half of the window while still keeping the window open for more light on the upper half of the window.
Try to mix and match ideas in order to find a bathroom that best suits you and always try to sketch up a few design ideas and imagine what it might look like before you start ahead with anything.
If you follow at least a few of these steps, you’ll certainly be well on your way to a brighter and overall more beautiful bathroom than you had before!
Article supplied by www.furnishedbyanna.co.uk, a multi-award-winning interior designer specialising in creative, affordable interior design that makes the most of your home.