HOUSE & HOME: Take the BORING out of the bathroom

The bathroom is often the most neglected room in the house design-wise.  It should be bright and welcoming, warm and relaxing.  Is it time for you to take action?  Here are some considerations:
  • Too often, in small bathrooms, there's just one small light shining from above throwing more shadows than light.  Changing the light fitting or bulbs to create more light is a start or installing wall lights on each side of the main mirror.
  • Simply replacing the shower curtain can make a big difference.  Depending on your personal style, you can hang a splash of colour or try for elegance, or an illusion of elegance.  There are many fabrics to choose from.
  • What's going on behind the curtain?  Is the shower experience all it should be?  Changing the showerhead doesn't always require a plumber.  Fit a rainforest head for a generous all-over soak:  a power-boost spray will wake up your senses.  Or you can keep the family happy with a multi-function showerhead which has three different spray patterns and can cut down on water consumption.
  • New towels can dramatically change a bathroom.  Fluffy towels in white and neutral colours will bring a hint of spa into your home.  For the kids, try vibrant colours and over the top patterns.  Is there space for an electric towel warmer?

The typical powder room doesn't have a lot of space - just enough for the essentials.  But it's an opportunity to create a small showplace on an affordable budget.  A pedestal hand basin, a tall, slim, faucet and a toilet sharing the same pared-down elegance, plus a few accessories set between gleaming white walls are all you need.