The bathroom is arguably the most important room in your home, while we could perhaps make do without a kitchen to cook in or a dedicated bedroom, a property that lacked a place to go to when nature calls or to carry out our morning ablutions could scarcely be called a home at all.
As the bathroom serves such a utilitarian function, it can be easy to overlook — many people stop with the basics — Bathtub/shower, basin and toilet. That’s all you need, right? Well, while you may be able to get by with those three basic amenities there are a few more small additions you can make to a bathroom which will make a whole world of difference, making the space more practical, warm, relaxing and just generally more welcoming.
So, if you feel your bathroom is a little lacking here’s 5 small improvements you can make to dramatically improve the room whether it’s your home’s sole WC or an ensuite for a second guestroom.
Is having a towel warmer unnecessary decadence? Absolutely not! A heated towel rail is a low-cost and easy improvement to make to a bathroom, but once you’ve experienced the luxury of stepping out of the shower on a freezing winter’s morning and sinking into a soft pre-warmed towel you’ll marvel how you ever lived without one.
Not only will you no longer have to dread that perpetually wet towel during the winter months, a towel warmer can heat a room as efficiently as a radiator and works as an effective way to dry clothes if the dryer ever goes on the fritz as well.
There’s nothing quite like getting up in the morning and clearing your head with a mighty power shower, but if your home has low water pressure you may think you’ll only enjoy be able to enjoy such a treat when you stay in a hotel. But, this is not the case. There are a range of pumps and electric power showers available to up your shower pressure. Exactly which you’ll need is dependent on the kind of boiler you have, but your installer will be able to assess this for you.
If you want to conserve water then add an aerating shower head — these wondrous innovations use technical-wizardry to mix air with water creating the feel of higher water pressure while actually conserving the amount of water they use.
It may seem unnecessary, with their being so many low-cost bathroom faucets available, but low-quality fixtures tend not to last and to be inefficient. If you’re willing to spend a little bit more on your fittings then you will find a huge selection of chic styles available that will last for decades – meaning they basically pay for the cost when you consider the cost of constantly getting a plumber out to fix or replace that dripping tap that’s been keeping you up all night.
Furniture and furnishings
No, we’re not talking about a tatty wicker basket. If you’ve got the space adding actual furniture to a bathroom makes it a vastly more welcoming space, add a sofa or an armchair to create a spa-like feel, giving you a space to relax and read in while you wait for the bath to run. if your bathroom is on the small side there are still lots of things you can do; hanging a few pictures and replacing a drab bathroom mirror with a more stylish one will make a huge difference.
It’s amazing how much of a difference changing the flooring of the room can go to change the entire mood of the room. So, if you’re bathrooms current flooring is beginning to look a little past it’s prime, or is simply not to your taste then replace it, it’s not as big of a job as it sounds.
If you’re unsure what sort of flooring would be best for you, check out our blog post on finding the perfect flooring for any room.