Interior design without tears: accessorising your bathroom

Image Credit: Increation Interiors
In between working full time, cooking as many healthy meals as possible without resorting to 1) takeaways or 2) curling into an exhausted heap, it can be difficult to focus on our home for long enough to really improve it. Beyond any housework and periodic mental note-taking - “sort out the spare room” has been on the white board for about a year - there just isn’t any time for interior design. But this was always our forever home and we need to keep making improvements.  I may be spending more time working home soon so at the end of 2012 we resolved to sort it out permanently, it being our home habitat and the way it functions.

This home will always be a work in progress and in order to relax here I've got to accept that some things just won’t change. We bought new wardrobes so that we had to organise our clothes instead of piling them up on the shelving unit in the corner. At least the rest of the room stays in order now.

I would love a large bathroom or even turn the small bedroom into an en suite. The luxury of a second bathroom would be amazing but it would be worth putting some work into making it just as pleasant to be in as every other room in the home. Here's my wishlist:

●   Stone surfaces, not tiles. Both are easily cleaned, but tiles can seem a tad clinical. Plus there’s that whole “keeping the grout” clean issue, although we did spot some fantastic tiling in a Japanese restaurant recently - the tiles were white, the grout was bright red. Fun, but we’re going for the relaxing tropical look.
●   One plant. Maybe two. Needs to handle steam and varied temperatures, so philodendrons or Boston Fern are good choices.
●   Stylish towel storage. Minimalist idealism be damned - we can’t escape towels in the bathroom. But we can keep them off the floors. Heated towel rails are practical, keeping the space warm and drying towels quickly.
●    Storage for products. Really not a fan of plastic bottles and logos all over the place, however high-end. Cleaning also happens faster if surfaces are clear. So we want tucked away storage that’s easily accessed when needed, ie once you’re in the bath and remember that you’ve forgotten your sugar scrub.
●    Good ventilation. Nothing worse than a luxurious looking bathroom that smells of mould.
●    Maximise natural light. Lying in the bath in the sunlight is one of my favourite luxuries, and luckily we have a big window in our bathroom. This will be undiminished by curtains or froufrou of any sort. If we didn’t have one, a skylight would be the answer.

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