For many of us the bathroom represents much more than the small room we go to in order to shower each morning. The bathroom is the inner sanctum of the home, that one place we can escape to, to indulge in a little pampering, an oasis of calm where all the troubles of the world that exist beyond that locked door seem but a distant dream.
Despite the dear place it holds to many people, in a lot of homes the bathroom is left a drab, neglected utilitarian looking area. It tends to be one of the rooms that is forgotten about when we all think about making improvements around the house — a less obvious choice to focus on perhaps, than say the kitchen or master bedroom, despite its importance.
Here, at Opun however we think that bathrooms should be celebrated, so here’s our guide to a few small, and a few big, improvements you can make to your bathroom to really add some deserved luxury to your water closet.
Splash out on showers and baths
There tends to be two distinct types of people in any one household; those who like to unwind slowly before bed with a calming hot bath, and those who like to blow away the cobwebs each morning with an exhilarating power shower. Whatever camp you fall into, this is probably the one area of the bathroom you will want to splash out a bit more than others, to turn your daily ablutions into one of the highlights of the day.
A deep, free standing bathtub whether in a contemporary or traditional style makes a characterful centre piece, while a large walk-in shower enclosure gives a sophisticated atmosphere. If you lack the space to fit both amenities in and your house is split down the middle on the age old ‘bath or shower?’ Deliberation then a bath/shower combo is a beautiful solution, and today there are many chic styles available allowing you to have the best of both world’s without sacrificing any space.
Any fan of the Coen brother’s classic comedy film ‘The Big Lebowski’ will be able to tell you the extent that adding a simple rug can go to “tie the room together”. Well, this is particularly true of the bathroom, not only does the humble bathroom mat give a luxurious feel underfoot but the right one will really set the whole room off — making small bathrooms look bigger and large bathrooms feel cosier, accentuate it by picking a colour that complimentarily contrasts with the overall colour scheme of the room.
Picking flooring that’s right for your bathroom can be more complex then at first it appears, as you want something that both looks good but is also durable enough to last a long time while frequently being sodden, picking a material that will not be too slippery may also be a concern, especially for those with young children. Tiles, either stone or ceramic are a classic and consistently popular choice as they are hardwearing and there is a colossal variety of styles out there. For a less obvious choice consider using wooden flooring, although you may have some reservations about using such a material in the bathroom many hardwoods are robust enough to survive in a such an environment and create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. If however you want to really add a polished, glamorous air to the room go for a classic staple like marble or polished concrete.
Heat the ground
The thought of stumbling into a cold bathroom on a freezing February morn, is often the thing that keeps us hitting that snooze button each morning. And that’s what makes underfloor heating such a great innovation well worth considering if you’re thinking of improving your bathroom. A series of coils placed underneath your bathroom floor will slowly heat the entire room leaving the floor cosily warm to the touch, helping you spring out of bed and into the shower every morning.
Find your perfect colour palette
One of the first things you might want to decide on if totally remodelling a bathroom is the colour palette. Neutral colour schemes are popular as they are conducive of a cleanly and calming atmosphere, but that does not mean you can add some brighter, gregarious additions for a lavish touch. Think about using copper, brass or gold coloured faucets for some old school charm, rather than the standard silver colouring. You can also create a beautiful focal point by using printed wallpaper on just one wall, or even a small portion of a wall to accentuate an area such as that surrounding the basin and mirror. 50 years ago people may have laughed at the idea of using wallpaper in a bathroom, however today thanks to the durable and splash proof wallpapering products available it’s possible for a wallpapered wall to last a long time in even the most humid of bathrooms.