Bath­room Bliss

Re­mod­elling in Style

Indwe - - Advertisements - Text: Katlego Sekano, Prop­erty24 Im­ages © iS­tock­photo.com

Look­ing at the mul­ti­tude of dif­fer­ent bath­room styles cur­rently avail­able, you would be for­given for think­ing that when it comes to dec­o­rat­ing, any­thing goes. But if you take a closer look, you’ll find that the dif­fer­ent de­signs share a com­mon thread – uni­ver­sal de­sign prin­ci­ples that you can ap­ply to your own bath­room, what­ever your style choice.

RECONFIGURE THE LAY­OUT Ex­tra space in cramped bath­rooms can be freed up by swap­ping a sep­a­rate bath and shower for a two-in-one op­tion, as well as mak­ing do with only one basin as op­posed to two. You could also look into re­mov­ing, mov­ing or re­plac­ing items such as light fix­tures and cab­i­nets.

CHOOSE TIME­LESS FIT­TINGS A bath­room with clas­sic fea­tures is un­af­fected by the pas­sage of time or changes in style trends. Stick­ing to time­less, well-made bath­room items means you won’t have to spend money on new fix­tures ev­ery few years.

Think of qual­ity fit­tings like stand­alone or corner bath­tubs, sub­way tiles and nickel fix­tures as in­vest­ment pieces or the back­bone of your bath­room. Not only do these items look good now, they’ll re­tain their ap­peal for years to come.

LIMIT YOUR OP­TIONS Cram­ming too many dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als into one small space could re­sult in a messy and un­wel­com­ing bath­room that no­body wants to use. To avoid fall­ing into this vis­ual clut­ter trap, limit the num­ber of dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als and fin­ishes you use and scale back on the dé­cor.

To do this suc­cess­fully, use some of the colours, tex­tures and fin­ishes you’ve al­ready used in your home. By re­peat­ing the same de­sign el­e­ments through­out your bath­room, it adds co­he­sion to the space while keep­ing it sim­ple and el­e­gant.

IN­VEST IN STOR­AGE Some­thing as sim­ple as a van­ity with cab­i­nets and draw­ers can free up bath­room sur­faces. If your bath­room doesn’t have enough room for a free­stand­ing cabi­net, you can also look into wall units, shelves, bas­kets, bins, trays and product or­gan­is­ers. The more stor­age, the less clut­ter.

SPLURGE A LIT­TLE Plan­ning a re­mod­elling project is al­ways a bal­anc­ing act, es­pe­cially when it comes to the bud­get. The re­al­ity is, to make room in the bud­get for big ticket items, you’ll have to pinch a few pen­nies in other ar­eas to make this hap­pen. For­tu­nately, the bath­room, be­ing one of the small­est rooms in the home, al­lows you to splurge where it mat­ters most.

If you’re un­sure about where to spend your money, take in­spi­ra­tion from lux­ury ho­tel rooms. Splurge on bath tow­els. Any­thing you use on your skin should be made of the best qual­ity you can afford. Lux­u­ri­ous tow­els may cost you a lit­tle more up­front, but un­like cheap tow­els which tend to wear faster, lux­ury tow­els will last for years to come.

You also want to spend a lit­tle bit more on light­ing. State­ment light fix­tures can take your bath­room de­sign to a whole new level – just re­mem­ber to use suit­able light­ing for dif­fer­ent zones. You can also cre­ate a high-end look in the bath­room by mak­ing sim­ple changes like in­stalling a ful­l­length mir­ror above your van­ity or tiling your bath­room from floor to ceil­ing.

For more lifestyle tips and ad­vice, visit the Lifestyle sec­tion on www.prop­erty24.com.

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