Bathing beauties: How to take your washroom from bland to beautiful
Take your washroom from bland to beautiful with these simple suggestions, writes Emily Westbrooks
For so many of us, the bathroom is an afterthought at best. We try to keep it scrubbed clean, but beyond that, it's purely functional. And yet we all know what a luxury it is to step into a bathroom that's just that little bit more polished. There are major changes you can make, like updating tiles with the latest patterns or installing new fixtures, but barring a full demolition and DIY, a few well-considered and inexpensive changes can make all the difference.
If an overhaul isn't on the cards, start with your shower curtain. It takes up the most real estate in the room, so make it count. Choose a pattern or image that makes a statement and let it take the lead in your bathroom decor. We love this geometric-patterned shower curtain from Argos.
Buy it: €15 at Argos nationwide
Most bathrooms are short on space, so here's the quickest trick to make the most of your square footage. Replace your standard medicine cabinet with a statement mirror, like this stunning rose gold mirror from April & the Bear, which will instantly make the space feel larger.
Buy it: €72 at April & the Bear, aprilandthebear.com
LET'S TALK TEXTILES
Towels will likely hang on hooks or towel racks all day long, so make them beautiful as well as functional. Choose coordinating colours or patterns and splurge on a new set every so often. It's well worth the small investment.
Buy it: Geometric bath towel, €10 at Tesco nationwide
VERSA-TILE tips & tricks
Choosing bathroom tiles can be a daunting task as they need to stand the test of time. To get you started with that big decision, we checked in with the folks at TileStyle in Ballymount, Dublin, for the inside scoop.
TileStyle expert Anne MacElmeel suggests first considering who will be using the bathroom. Will it be children, adults or the whole family? Before you start browsing tile shapes and colours, think about which room in your house leads into the bathroom - are you continuing the style of your bedroom or are you trying to create a quirky downstairs bathroom?
Anne also suggests eschewing Pinterest-perfect white tiles in favour of darker tiles. "Bright white tiles may look cool and contemporary but it is much more soothing to be confronted by warm, softer colours when you arise all sleepy to face the day."