Bathrooms are as special a place as any other room in the house. No matter what size your bathroom is, you can always brighten it up and transform it into a space that truly reflects your style and personality and yet is appealing to all. Here are three basic decorating tips you can use to make your bathroom come alive:
1. Choose the right color If your bathroom space is small, use soft, pale colors — it creates an illusion of more space. Try avoiding stimulating colors like a reds and pinks. In the case of a larger bathroom, you can go in for a medium shade of a darker color. Use colors like blue, violet or even a deep purple, which will add a royal touch to the space and make it look richer.
2. Light up the space What people don’t take into consideration at all is the lighting in the bathroom. With proper play of light, your bathroom can take on a whole new look. In the case of a small bathroom, what you can do is install the lighting into the ceiling, which will take up less space. Where there are no issues about space, make use of wall scones or a counter top lamp, which will add more warmth to the space rather than just an 80W bulb. Skylights, optical fires, and solatubes are some of the more exciting and expensive ways of bringing your room to life.
3. Accessorize well Make sure your sinks, toilet bowls and baths blend well with one another, in addition to blending with storage space and racks. A clean, neat bathroom always looks larger and more spacious than a cluttered or dirty one! Have only your must-have essentials visible and put away everything else. Add mirrors in the room, which will help reflect more light, making the room appear bigger. In the case of larger bathrooms, you can accessorize better. Make use of racks, closets, and stands that will add to the décor of the bathroom, but always bear in mind not to clutter.
Most importantly, never forget the most cardinal rule of decorating: in simplicity lies beauty!
Knowing a bathroom’s trouble spots helps you plan the cleaning routine. And more often than not, one tends to forget this most frequented room in the house. •The tub and shower are havens for mildew. Mop them dry after each use to discourage mildew and prevent the build-up of mineral deposits and soap scum. • Extend wet shower curtains so that they dry thoroughly. • Leave the shower doors ajar so that air can circulate. • Scrub the tub, shower, and sink every-week. • Avoid harsh abrasives; used repeatedly, they mar the finish. Instead, use a mild abrasive, a liquid disinfectant cleaner. Do the scrubbing with a sponge. • If stronger measures are necessary, use a brush, plastic souring pad, or nylon stocking, but avoid metal scrubs. •Clean caulking around the tub with a toothbrush and liquid disinfectant. • Clean a suction-backed tub or shower mat at least once a week.
Isn’t it annoying when the bathroom mirror gets all fogged up? Here’s how you can prevent it. Before you run the hot water in the bath, apply a thin film of soap on the mirror. Then wipe and polish it clean with a tissue. The mirror won’t fog from the steam in your bath this time.
If your bath or basin has stains caused by a dripping tap, rub the stains with a paste made of salt and lemon juice and then rinse. If the stains are old and resistant, make a paste of cream of tartar and peroxide. Rub the stain with an old toothbrush and then rinse.
Usually rubber mats kept outside the bathroom get clogged with water. To clean them pour some vinegar over it and leave it overnight. Next morning, brush lightly with cold water and rinse. They will become clean and look as good as new.