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My Master Bathroom: Final Flourishes
By: Helen Davies
So you’ve chosen and bought your new bathroom suite, you’ve found a contractor (or brushed up on your DIY skills), and the suite is fitted. Your bathroom is in! Mess = done.
Yet although many bathroom suites are very attractive items in their own right, you’ll find that a bathroom that just contains a bathroom suite looks a little bare. And so it should! Your toilet, bath, basin and shower are practical items; their looks, while important, remain secondary to their function.
To finish this remodel properly, to make this room the bathroom of your dreams, you need to focus on your final flourishes.
Let’s start with accessories. In the context of a bathroom, accessories are the useful extras that are both functional and decorative: a bathroom shelf, a robe hook, a soap dish or soap dispenser, a toilet roll holder, a toothbrush holder, a towel ring or towel rail and a tumbler. Depending on your taste, you can choose a set of matching bathroom accessories to bring a coordinated feel to your new bathroom, or you can opt for a more eclectic selection of mismatched and vintage finds that will add charm and a little quirkiness to the space.
Either way, once you’ve fixed on your bathroom accessories, your room is well on its way to being complete.
And so finally we come to decor. Decor is very important: this is where you add personality to your room. Think about things like floor and wall tiles, wallpaper and paint, pictures, mirrors and wall hangings, towels, rugs, vases of fresh flowers and candle arrangements.
Your first decision should be your colour scheme. Colour can have a massive impact on a space: it can warm or cool, instill a sense of space or create a cosy ambience, add some pizzazz or soothe the senses. And a colour scheme can be subtle and understated or striking and dramatic. Focus on the mood and style you want to create when selecting your choice of colour.
Then there’s texture. Rich, warm room schemes will benefit from some soft textures – add a few candles, some fuzzy floor rugs and piles of super-soft towels in complementary shades for a cosy atmosphere. Fresh, cool colours, on the other hand, may work better paired with harder textures and reflective surfaces – choose decorative mirrors and elegant glass vases to throw light around the room and emphasise that sparkling, springtime feel.
Written by: Helen Davies
Helen is the in-house interior designer for Better Bathrooms.
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