When visiting a friend’s apartment or house for the first time and “taking the tour”, their sales pitch will usually follow something like this: the sofa in the living room is Eqyptian cotton and mahogany, the kitchen counters are Welsh slate, imported by hand, the bedroom has a walk-in closet that can fit an elephant and the bathroom is “over there”. It is pretty apparent that the bathroom does not get enough love, even though it is where we spend an awful lot of our time. The best way that we can do the bathroom justice is to give it the care and consideration it needs.
With that in mind, here is a list of 7 bathroom upgrades that are totally worth it!
Lighting is one of the most important aspects of a bathroom because there tend to be many tiles, mirrors, and other shiny surfaces in the bathroom which are great for reflecting light. Windows are a great source of natural light but are not always practical in every bathroom. Upgrading your bathroom with LED lighting panels that are cheap, reliable & environmental-friendly should be the first item on your upgrade list. Stick to what works and try to avoid fancy designs and over-stylized lighting, especially if you have a limited budget.
A New Toilet Seat
This upgrade may seem to come a little out of the left-field but a new toilet seat can make a huge difference to the bathroom experience. The days of the classic toilet seat may be numbered as new high-tech models that incorporate heating capabilities and LED lights for nighttime use are becoming more and more popular. There are tons of great resources online about the best toilet seat brands and models that you may want to consider when upgrading your bathroom. If you are not so into the idea of LED lights and heated seats, stain-free toilet seats are also available these days which can reduce the amount of scrubbing that needs doing, which is surely welcome news to everyone.
Your home can always benefit from having extra storage space, and a bathroom is certainly a place where order and tidiness are much appreciated. Toilet paper, towels, lotions, and shampoo all need a place to be stored to stop your bathroom from descending into chaos. Bathrooms are great because there are so many little nooks and crannies that lend themselves perfectly to additional storage; under the sink, above the toilet, in the shower, wherever there is extra space. To increase the storage capacity of your bathroom, just pop in a cabinet or a set of waterproof shelving and you can bring order where previously there was disorder. Mirrored cabinets are great in bathrooms because they are multi-functional and mean that you don’t have to add an additional mirror when there may only be limited wall space.
A Separate Tub and Shower
Whilst a standard tub and shower combo is perfectly functional, it is also very ordinary and doesn’t really make a statement. Not only that, but a combined bath and shower requires a plastic shower curtain which is the least attractive feature in any room of the house. Having a separate tub & shower offers more freedom of choice after a long day and is far easier to clean. When choosing your shower stall, consider glass options that will really sparkle under your new LED lights, and create a truly luxurious look in your bathroom.
His and Hers Sinks
Time is of the essence in the morning, and especially for big families or working couples, multiple sinks save so much time and decrease the number of early morning arguments. His and her sinks have become really popular in master bedroom en suite bathrooms but there has been a recent trend of people installing multiple sinks in their family bathroom too. It can be a real treat for kids to have their own sink, especially young children who are first learning correct hygiene and teeth care habits. Set up all of their bathroom products around their sink so they know it is just for them and they will spend more time washing each day.
Upgrading your bathroom is really easy and can make a huge difference to your home. Our bathrooms are inexplicably overlooked when it comes to the focus of our interior design strategies but it is so beneficial to make a great bathroom environment. If you are looking to upgrade the bathroom in your home, try out some of the tips in this guide and you can create the perfect bathroom for the whole family.