Bathrooms, like kitchens, can often be bland, sterile areas of a home. They can also be expensive to change - so if you move in somewhere (rented or purchased) and it's all wipe clean tiles and the fittings are in good condition, it's likely you'll stick with what you've got for a good while. The thing with bathrooms is that ideally you want a bathroom that exudes glamour and luxury. A place to enjoy winding down (with a mag and a large glass of vino in the bath), or a space you enjoy getting ready for the day ahead in.
I've put together 7 easy, simple steps to create the feeling of a more glamorous, luxurious bathroom, with no plumbing or tiling required!
1. make your bathroom cabinet/storage area glitzy
Bathroom storage is obviously a must - there has to be somewhere to put the toilet duck and the towels. Yet instead of buying the standard wicker storage bathroom unit or chrome mounted cabinet, think outside the box. Bathrooms become more interesting when you add in furniture that you don't usually find in bathrooms (think a nice armchair or small table). Take the measurements of your storage space area and then visit auctions houses, charity shops and Ebay and look for inexpensive older furniture, such as a vintage chest of drawers that would work in the space.
In my bathroom I purchased a white Ikea display cabinet and hacked it to look more Hollywood glam by adding glass and gold handles and mouldings painted in black. In the display area I put pretty bathroom items like delicate storage jars and posh scented products, saving the items I don't want on display for the bottom of the cabinet.
If your bathroom storage is built in, look at painting it a cool colour, adding moulding or adding better handles or pulls. Notonthehighstreet.com and Anthropologie have a great interesting range of drawer handles and pulls.
TOP BUDGET TIP: You don't need to keep going out and buying a bunch of Jo Malone products to keep your cabinet looking luxe. Once the product is used up fill the container with a cheaper alternative the same colour and put it back in the cabinet!
2. never leave mundane bathroom items in the packet
You'll never find a 12 pack of ASDA toilet rolls in their packet on the floor next to the loo in interiors mags, nor a 99p antibacterial handwash on the sink! Instead, create storage areas for your everyday bathroom items. In my bathroom I have a basic wire basket from Tesco for £3(spray painted gold) to house my toilet rolls, and magazines are collected together in a nice trug (rather than being left on top of the loo). Supermarket brand handwash and shower gel has been decanted into pretty gold and glass soap dispensers that you can buy at pretty much all homeware shops.
3. project luxury with accents of marble and brass
Marble is on trend right now, but it has always been used as a luxury material in posh bathrooms. Brass also looks more glam than chrome, and works well with marble. Add elements of marble and brass in the bathroom via items like marble toothbrush holders and dispensers, even the bathroom bin! If you are re-vamping your bathroom places like Topps Tiles do a good range of 'marble effect' bathroom tiles.
4. ADD ART AND FRAMED PICTURES
Make your bathroom interesting and keep it in balance with the rest of your home by adding art and pictures. If your bathroom wall is tiled and you don't want to drill in any holes in case the tiles crack, use Command Strips to stick your pictures on the wall.
5. make like a spa and add candles, oils, and decorative towels (yes, really...)
Nothing says 'me time' like a spa. Add multiple candles in your bathroom wherever you can to create a relaxing environment.
In my bathroom I have also added a small table with pretty small crystal decanters (which you can pick up at nearly every charity shop going for a couple of pounds each) which I've filled with cheap bath oils brought at Boots or Superdrug! They look quite glam in the charity shop containers don't you think?
On the table I've also copied the spa 'look' by rolling up white hand towels and laying them on top of each other.
6. Go Faux!
Flowers look lovely in a bathroom but adding fresh flowers each week is a pain. You can get faux flowers these days which are such good quality and look EXACTLY like the real thing. Check out Abigail Ahern for good quality faux's. If you live in or around the Essex area there is a gorgeous shop called Aromaround which sells really good quality faux's at a decent price.
If you have a dark bathroom go for botanical green faux's like ferns and fig trees. If your bathroom is light then wild flowers and single roses or peonies look pretty.
To clean them give them a good ol' blast with a hairdryer!
7.add cheap mdf tongue & GROOVE panelS
I love a bathroom with tongue and groove panels - it adds to the element of visual interest and it also means you can use two colours in your bathroom, one on the walls and one on the panels. You can buy MDF tongue and groove from the DIY store for under a tenner for a standard panel (about 6 'strips'), and you glue it to the wall - easy peasy!
What do you think of these tips, and of my bathroom? I have been thinking of painting the tongue and groove a dark colour - good or bad idea? Leave your comment below!