Redecorating part of the house can be a lot of fun but before you spend lots of money luxury hand paintings and other home decor, it’s always a wise idea to do some research online and use interior design books to get an idea of different styles and approaches so you know you’re going to like the end result.
A big part of your design decisions will be informed by the size and shape of your bathroom, so bear this in mind when you’re doing your research. Here are a few top tips from the team at Mineheart to help you get it right, whether you’re decorating a small bathroom or a more sizeable one.
How to decorate a small bathroom
It’s important to try and create the illusion of space if your bathroom is on the small side, but this doesn’t have to be difficult to achieve. Remember to try and keep it as light and airy as possible, so don’t bring too many items into the space.
Being creative with your purchasing decisions is a good move, so perhaps opt for clear glass doors for the shower area instead of a curtain, which will block out light, and consider using a floating sink or pedestal instead of something bulkier which will take up lots of space.
Mounting furniture on the wall will help to free up space in a small bathroom while giving you the room you need for storage. Pieces are available in a wide range of styles and finishes, so you’re sure to be able to find products that tie in well with what you have in mind.
Freestanding furniture is also a good choice for smaller bathrooms, because items are easy to move around as and when required.
Interestingly, people are often tempted to go for neutral colour palettes and plain tiles when their bathroom is small but you can actually make it feel bigger and brighter if you choose patterned tiles and invest in larger ones, instead of small tiles.
If you tile the side of the bath and the walls, it will be hard to tell where the bath ends and the walls begin, which will help to make the space feel bigger. Similarly, using the same tiles on the walls as the floor will have the same effect.
With wallpapering, always have some samples of your favourite designs sent out so you can see how they look in the space. You might be surprised at what works and what doesn’t, and how your design ideas change once you see the paper on the wall.
How to decorate a large bathroom
As tricky as it might be decorating a small bathroom, larger spaces present their own challenges so don’t think that just because you have a big bathroom it will be an easy job. You still need to take the time to work everything out correctly or you might not like the end result.
Having lots of space is a luxury and you’ll find you’re able to play around with different patterns, shapes and textures. Investing in a freestanding tub can really create a stunning focal point, especially if there’s a big window in the room, but think about the shape of the tub and try to mirror this with your other white goods to create a sense of flow around the room.
Bigger bathrooms are perfect for showcasing some amazing designer art and luxury paintings, so don’t be shy. Now’s the time for bravery so seek out some large prints or a painting by your favourite artist and hang it in pride of place so it’s the first focal point that people see when they enter the room.
Don’t forget that you can always use partial walls to help zone your bathroom space if it’s particularly big. This can be very helpful indeed at preventing everything from feeling a bit lost in large rooms, but you’ll need to plan this from the beginning so you can ensure that all the plumbing is in the right place.
And regardless of the size of your bathroom, make sure that you bring in as much natural light as you can. This will make the room feel big and airy, creating a lovely space you’ll want to spend time in. But don’t forget to bring in task lighting as well, as this will help with daily lifestyle tasks like shaving and applying makeup.
We’d love to hear what design ideas you have for this part of the house, so get in touch with us today to tell us what you’ve got in mind.
Image credit: Miriam Ailin A. Hausken