Bathrooms can be the most tranquil room in the home. You can use that room to escape to at the end of a long day; a place to de-stress and to emerge from feeling pampered and beautiful.
Sadly not all bathrooms are like this as there are those that have become the perfect haven for mold, mildew and cracked paint.
Having time in the smallest room in the home to unwind can help to reduce high levels of stress so it’s worth sorting out the bathroom if yours has become neglected.
Use Some Elbow Grease
Not everyone has thousands of pounds hidden away that can be spent on a new suite, but you can work wonders with a much smaller budget. The first place to start is with some good old fashioned elbow grease and some environmentally friendly cleaning products. Give the entire room a good scrub and pay attention to the grout and any areas where mold seems to accumulate.
Throw out and recycle all those old products that have been hanging around for months and don’t forget to scrub behind the toilet and on the sink pedestal. Once the room is clean you will have the perfect canvas to work on.
Grout Costs Very Little and Makes a Huge Difference to a Tired Bathroom
If your grouting is badly stained consider popping to your local hardware store and buying some new grout. Scrap out the old grout and replace it with the new. Once the dirty work is over invest in some bathroom paint in a new colour and set to covering the walls.
Use the bathroom paint on the ceilings (if you buy white or off white you can use the same colour on the ceiling and walls to save money. Keep the walls a light, bright colour as it looks cleaner and you can still add colour with your accessories.
If you have a shower you may have a shower curtain. Shower curtains are brilliant breeding grounds for germs and mold and they can quickly cheapen any bathroom. If you do have a little bit of money available, invest in a new shower enclosure or shower screen. The glass is easier to keep clean and wipe down and it immediately transforms the look of the entire room.
Make the Room Look Bigger
Some bathrooms can feel very enclosed, especially if there are no windows. It is possible to give the illusion of more space. Lighting can play an important role in creating the feeling of space. Use natural sunlight light bulbs in the ceiling light and any other lights you may have in the room. Sunshine lights are fantastic if you use the bathroom to put your make-up on as you will no longer head out with tell-tale foundation lines on your jaw!
Mirrors will help too. You could invest in one large mirror or make a feature wall with many different styles of mirrors. It’s possible to find cheap mirrors at car boot sales and charity shops or look on your local Freecycle website. Make sure there is one mirror perfectly placed above the sink and consider the other mirrors to be decoration rather than functional. Mirrors will reflect any natural light that enters the room as well as the electrical lighting or candle light.
Choose Light Colours
Finally, if you are spending money on new towels, bathmats, paint, tiles or even some flooring avoid choosing dark colours. Dark colours enclose the room as they will make the space feel heavy and small rather than light and relaxing. If there is a bold colour you are really attracted to look for soaps or beauty products as these are small and won’t absorb all the light.