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Where do you get your ideas for home décor? Do you like to dip into interiors mags or head down an Instagram rabbit hole? Maybe you’re among the one in five people who like to snoop around friends’ houses for a bit of interiors inspiration? If you’re on the lookout for unusual bathroom ideas that don’t include putting a carpet in the bathroom, here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
1) Upcycled accessories
Sustainable and eco-interiors are very much in vogue, but they needn’t be bland or boring. While reclaimed doors and painted furniture can help your budget to go further, it’s the little touches that will help your bathroom to really stand out. Do you have any vintage cups or teapots that could be given a new lease of life as a toothpaste pot? How about a set of ladders to fold your towels over? Looking for somewhere to put all of those bathroom nik-naks? A repurposed drinks cart can make for stylish bathroom storage that’s a little out of the ordinary.
2) Ditch the acrylic suite
Many homeowners have moved away from plastic-look bathroom suites in recent years, preferring instead to add a touch of old-school glamour with a clawfoot ceramic tub, but those aren’t your only options. Tin interior touches were tipped by Pinterest as a top trend for 2019. So could a traditional tin bath be the focal point of your bathroom? Or how about a cast iron or steel bath to steal the show? Mixing metals and textures is a great way to add interest in a room too.
3) Different doors
We all know that you can easily update a room by painting its door and switching out the door handles, but why stop there? Swapping in a sliding door can give you the illusion of having more space in your bathroom. Or, you could consider incorporating dressing screens into the mix to help you divide your bathroom into bathing and dressing areas.
Houseplants are still a huge home interiors trend and they’re no longer reserved for the living room and study. If you love the idea of using greenery to lower your stress levels, clean the air and add a splash of colour, you could try hanging plants in your bathroom. If that’s a little too quirky for you, try using the upper steps of that recycled ladder as shelves for a few potted plants.
5) Statement wallpaper
Paint and tiles are the wall coverings we usually reach for in the bathroom but a bold statement wallpaper can set an entirely different tone. Whether you love botanicals, fruit prints or want to inject a coastally inspired feel with boats, anchors or shells, papering just one wall can give you a starting point for an entirely new room theme. Papering the sink wall and fitting a good splashback area can help to ensure that your paper lasts too,
Do you say your affirmations in the mirror every morning? Have a mantra you like to recite before you head out the door? Sure you could pop that on a print and frame it or even get a decal of your favourite phrase for the space above the bath, but a chalkboard area is a little different. Install a chalkboard in place of a mirror and you can write an inspirational note to yourself and update it as you please. You could also consider painting a chalkboard wall and adding illustrations to match your bathroom décor theme.
7) Dressing area
A dressing area makes for a real luxury addition to a bathroom and isn’t too hard to create, as long as you have the only true essential, which is a little space. Excellent extras include a comfortable chair, a dressing table, mirror and perhaps even a rail that you can use to hang your outfit of the day out. Think about creating your ideal area for getting ready for the day ahead. Fitting a free-standing dressing screen or curtain can also be a smart move in a busy bathroom. Not only does a screen help your dressing area to look the part but it gives privacy to allow a busy bathroom to be used by several family members at once.
What would you most like to see in your bathroom? A glamorous dressing area or a cute chalkboard that helps to set your mood for the day? Have you seen any other quirky bathroom ideas that you’d like to put into action in your home?