It’s a bath­room blitz

Dec­o­rate Clean up with th­ese quick fixes, writes Chelsea Clark

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The bath­room is surely one of the trick­i­est spa­ces in your home to ren­o­vate but there are sev­eral easy im­prove­ments you can make to this es­sen­tial ser­vice room with­out the need for a tiler, plumber or any real DIY knowl­edge for that mat­ter.

We’ve come up with ideas for up­dat­ing your bath­room in a week­end, with sim­ple fixes that of­fer max­i­mum im­pact.

Tap danc­ing

Fresh fix­tures can mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween a dream bath­room and a drab wash­ing space.

“Taps come in so many stunning de­signs and colours so you will never be short on choice for the per­fect look for your bath­room,” says Darcy Shaw, the na­tional buyer for bath­roomware for Beau­mont Tiles.

“Gold or matt black tap­ware are both fan­tas­tic al­ter­na­tives to the pop­u­lar stain­less steel or chrome looks.”ks.”

And DIY novices take note te — re­plac­ing your tap­ware in the bath­room isn’t as com­pli­cated as it seems.

Just en­sure the wa­ter sup­ply for both hot and cold taps from the mains sup­ply is turned off and that your taps re­main “open”.

Towel time

It sounds sim­ple but a stack of fluffy new tow­els can go a long way to achiev­ing the pop­u­lar spa-style look at home.

Co-or­di­nated tow­els will al­ways look bet­ter and more co­he­sive than mis­matched, thread­bare ones so try to stick to a match­ing set and choose a colour scheme that com­ple­ments your bath­room.

Don’t have a huge bud­get? Dis­count de­part­ment stores such as Kmart (above), Tar­get and Big W have a great range of tow­els in new sea­son styles and colours.

“Hav­ing new tow­els cre­ates a lux­u­ri­ous ho­tel vibe so you’ll feel like you’re stay­ing in a five-star ho­tel ev­ery night,” says Wes­ley Sin­clair from High­grove Bath­rooms.

Cab­i­net meet­ings

It’s easy for our bath­room cab­i­nets to be­come clut­tered and messy — espe­cially if you’re shar­ing a bath­room with the whole fam­ily. Ded­i­cate an hour or so this week­end to clean­ing out ab­so­lutely every­thing and giv­ing the in­side of your cup­boards a good scrub. Then or­gan­ise your bath­room prod­ucts into cat­e­gories (first aid, hair prod­ucts, ev­ery­day es­sen­tials etc) and store ac­cord­ingly. Small plas­tic tubs from your lo­cal dis­count store are per­fect for or­gan­is­ing prod­ucts un­der the hand­basin. If you still need more space, don’t head out to buy a b big­ger van­ity or shav­ing cabin cab­i­net just yet. The so­lu­tion could be r right in front of you. “The in­stal­la­tion of ex­tra c cab­i­nets can be­come costly and clut­ter the room so con­sider opt­ing for open shelv­ing or lad­der-style shelv­ing,” says Wes­ley. “They cre­ate the il­lu­sion o of more space and your wal­let wil will thank you.”

Bath­timeBatht buddy

Don’t for­get the small touches that can re­ally take your bath­room to the next level, espe­cially if you’re try­ing to cre­ate a lux­u­ri­ous, re­lax­ing space.

A bath caddy is an easy ad­di­tion and is the per­fect place for you to in­dulge in a lit­tle well-con­sid­ered styling with a lux­ury soap or bath bomb and some scented can­dles.

Some cad­dies now even in­clude stands for a tablet or e-reader so you never have to worry about drop­ping your pre­cious de­vice into the bath­wa­ter again.

Even bet­ter, look for those with pur­pose-de­signed wine glass hold­ers.

Just add ac­ces­sories

Just like you would in any other room in your home, in­ject some per­son­al­ity into your bath­room with ac­ces­sories to add some char­ac­ter.

Plants, art­work or a state­ment mir­ror can change the feel of your space in­stantly and re­quire very lit­tle plan­ning.

“Plants such as orchids, peace lilies and bam­boo flour­ish in low light, high hu­mid­ity and warm tem­per­a­tures, mak­ing them per­fect for the bath­room environment,” says Wes­ley.

“Opt for a tex­tured ma­te­rial or pat­terned pot to draw the eye.”

Place a small pot on the van­ity or go for gold and po­si­tion a large and leafy plant like devil’s ivy on the floor.

Colour shift

If you’re af­ter a more dra­matic change, com­mit to re­paint­ing this week­end.

Most bath­rooms have min­i­mal painted sur­faces so paint­ing jobs can of­ten be done in

Nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als are an easy fit in the bath­room. This log stool from Cran­more Home makes the per­fect perch for ac­ces­sories, cran­more­home.com.au

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