It’s a bathroom blitz
Decorate Clean up with these quick fixes, writes Chelsea Clark
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.
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”.
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.
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.”
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.
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