Think­ing big about bath­rooms

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

BATH­ROOMS may be one of the small­est rooms in the home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dream big when it comes to get­ting the most of this con­fined – yet much used – area.

Jamie Bell, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Il­lu­mi­nated Mir­rors, has five top tips for cre­at­ing a big­ger bath­room: ●● In­te­grated light­ing - Bulky over­head light­ing can make a ceil­ing feel lower and cre­ate the feel­ing of a smaller bath­room. By choos­ing a mir­ror with in­te­grated light­ing there is no need for a light fix­ture at all. ●● Go big or go home – Mir­rors are a fan­tas­tic tool when it comes to cre­at­ing the il­lu­sion of a big­ger bath­room. And the trick is to go big. Mir­rors that take up a large por­tion of the wall cre­ate the il­lu­sion of more space, es­pe­cially if you keep the tone of your bath­room rel­a­tively sim­ple. The larger the mir­ror, the big­ger the re­flec­tion and there­fore the greater the il­lu­sion. ●● Prod­uct place­ment - Where you place a mir­ror is vi­tal to the over­all ef­fect. The ideal spot would be the wall op­po­site a win­dow. Not only will this flood the room with nat­u­ral light dur­ing the day but vis­ually it will also cre­ate the il­lu­sion of two win­dows. ●● Keep it sim­ple - Con­fined spa­ces look big­ger when you use the same colour through­out. Keep­ing the colour scheme sim­ple means less con­trast and en­sures the room isn’t bro­ken up into small seg­ments. Go for the same colour across all walls and the ceil­ing. Large tiles and there­fore fewer grout­ing lines will also add to the feel­ing of more space. ●● Fix­ture list - There are cer­tain fix­tures all bath­rooms need: a toi­let toi­let, a tub and a sink are the bare es­sen­tials. But one size no longer fits all. Cor­ner sinks, smaller baths and back-to-wall toi­lets will give back some much needed floor space.

●● Ta­ble top Hol­ly­wood Mir­ror £299.99, above, and, inset left, Jamie Bell, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Il­lu­mi­nated Mir­rors

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