The bathroom is a room of the home that we spend a lot of time in. From getting ready in the morning to taking a long relaxing soak in the evening, it’s the one place where we truly get to unwind and enjoy a little me-time, so it’s important to find the perfect balance between soothing and practical. Whether your bathroom is after a much-needed update or you want to get it guest ready for hosting season, The LuxPad share their top tips for a quick bathroom refresh…
One of the easiest ways to refresh your bathroom is with new accessories. Not only are they great for keeping your bathroom products neat and tidy, they also add a decorative touch to the room. If you have a colour scheme in mind, you can truly bring your bathroom to life with accessories in your chosen shade. If you prefer a more minimalist style, consider bringing texture to your bathroom with marble or concrete accessories. Coordinate your toothbrush holder and your soap dispenser in the same finish to bring the room’s look together.
No bathroom is complete without a fresh set of fluffy towels. A complete towel set should consist of a face towel, hand towel, bath towel and bath sheet. Available in every shade imaginable, towels are great for infusing the room with bold colour and plain, block colours are the perfect complement to any bathroom. Opt for timeless stripes and busy floral prints to bring a minimalist bathroom to life.
We all deserve a little luxury at bath times. For optimum absorbency and opulence, look to Egyptian cotton towels that have a high GSM. GSM stands for grams per square metre which indicates the density of the material, the higher the GSM, the thicker and more absorbent the towel. A GSM of 400 and above is a good indication of a thick and luxurious towel.
Refresh your bathroom in an instant with a plush bath mat. A bathroom essential, bath mats need to be comfortable, practical and nice to look at. To get the perfect match the first time round, begin by considering the size of your bathroom to determine whether you should go for a rectangular or circular bath mat. Next, consider your decor and decide whether you want to go for patterned or plain. Whatever your preferred choice, pick a style that complements your towels. For ultimate luxury, sink your feet into a bath mat with a deep, shaggy pile. Perfect for bringing luscious textures to your bathroom, this type of bath mat will have your feet dry in no time. If you want to create a spa-like ambience, a slatted wooden bath mat is the perfect choice.
There’s nothing better than a fresh, clean bathroom space and bathroom storage is essential for keeping clutter to a minimum. From cotton wool pads to moisturiser and shampoo, your beauty must-haves all need somewhere to live when they aren’t in use. Baskets are the perfect solution, they sit neatly on the floor and can also be placed high on shelves. If you have an empty gap under your sink, utilise the space and store a basket or two filled with your bath and shower products or towels. And if you have space next to your bath, place a small fabric lined wicker basket near the tub filled with scented bath salts and oils to create a spa-like feel.
Make the most of your empty wall space with floating shelves. A great storage solution for smaller bathrooms, shelves are perfect for neatly storing your everyday essentials. Display your favourite perfume and hand cream next to a small potted plant to add visual interest to your bathroom.
Towel rails are a bathroom necessity and they’re great for ensuring your towels are neatly stored in one place. If you’re someone that likes to keep toasty warm after a bath, a heated towel rail is the perfect investment. Great for neatly storing your towels, a heated towel rail will visually enhance any bathroom thanks to the sleek, stylish look. Add height to your bathroom by placing the towel rail higher up the wall, it will give the illusion that your bathroom is slightly larger than it really is. Available in a range of finishes, there’s a style to complement any bathroom and most importantly, they’ll keep your towels fresh, fluffy and ready to use as soon as you step out the shower.
If you have limited space, hanging shower baskets and caddies are the perfect solution and they take next to no time to install. They often come with more than one compartment so they’re great for separating bathroom essentials in a busy household and they take up minimal space in the shower. They also ensure that you’ll have your shampoo, conditioner and body wash to hand.
Lighting can make or break a bathroom. Typically, bathrooms require a bright light, perfect for your everyday grooming needs. Contemporary wall lights are a nice finishing touch and they will bring hotel-esque vibes to any bathroom. Alternatively, you can achieve the same look with a backlit mirror and they come with many special features. One of the main advantages is that they emit an even amount of light so they won’t cast shadows on you in the way that overhead lighting does. The LED lighting provides full illumination so you can see yourself in the best light making these mirrors perfect for grooming and applying make-up. Also, most backlit mirrors come with a demister pad which stops the mirror from steaming up, so you won’t have to worry about wiping it down after you shower.
If you’re after something a little more glamourous, transform your bathroom with a chandelier. If you have a grand free-standing bath and high ceilings, make the bath a focal point by placing a large chandelier above it to add depth and drama to the bathroom. Or place a chandelier in the centre of the room to light up every corner. With so many styles and sizes available, you can make a chandelier work in almost any bathroom space.
Refresh Your Fittings
Don’t underestimate the importance of the small details, they can make a really big impact. If your fittings are looking a bit worn and tired then they’re long overdue an update. Whether you prefer gleaming chrome, matt chrome or wood, coordinate your towel rails and toilet paper holders in the same finish to complete the look.
There’s nothing better than a relaxing spa, so why not bring that spa feeling to your bathroom? Create your own private sanctuary that you can escape to in the evenings by filling the room with tealights and sea salt infused candles. Place some candles on a wooden bath rack to create a space where you can truly unwind, relax and enjoy some me-time.
Bring the Outdoors In
Spruce up your bathroom with an indoor plant or two. Choose plants that can be suspended from a ceiling or potted plants that can trail down from high shelves. Aloe Vera is the perfect bathroom plant as it thrives in humid conditions and is suitable for rooms with low light, so you don’t need a bathroom window. Not only is it easy to care for, Aloe Vera also decreases stress levels and improves the air quality, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. If you’d prefer something a little more low maintenance, opt for artificial plants, your guests won’t be able to tell the difference.
Preparing for Guests
With hosting season just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about those small finishing touches to get your bathroom guest ready. Give your guests the hotel treatment with a stack of fluffy white towels and make them feel right at home with a fresh bathrobe and slippers. Place a small hamper next to the sink filled with all the basic bathroom must-haves they may have forgotten like toothpaste, a toothbrush and deodorant. And finally, make the bathroom smell amazing with a reed diffuser that will perfume the air during their visit.