Last time you updated your bathroom it was just the two of you using it: now your family has expanded and the space is in need of a makeover.
Safety is, as always, your number one priority. But once you’ve added a non slip rubber mat to the bath and shower, stashed those oh-so-interesting medicine bottles up high or behind a locked door, and regulated your water temperature to prevent scalds when your children wash their hands (and, eventually, bathe or shower) by themselves, your thoughts will turn to room design.
Since most modern bathroom suites are white and fairly plain, you’ve got free rein in choosing colors and styles for your new room scheme. And whether you want to go all out and create a children’s wonderland in your bathroom, or keep the bulk of your redecoration neutral but add in some details that will appeal to your little ones, appealing designs and the addition of some chunky and easy-to-use accessories in the bathroom can help your children get to grips with using the space independently each day – both physically and psychologically.
Whether you go for a scheme with bright and bold colors in splashes, spots, squares or stripes, add your kids’ favorite cartoon characters, opt for a seaside vibe, or incorporate some cute jungle animals, if your room scheme is coordinated enough to look good to adult eyes as well as cute enough to appeal to your little ones’ tastes, then you’ve achieved your goal.
The usual interior decoration suspects of paint, wallpaper and wall art (in the form of wall stickers or stenciling and framed prints) are ideal for use in a bathroom. You should use bathroom paint and splash resistant wallpaper – but if you fall in love with a particular design of regular wallpaper, you can always add clear plastic panels over the top as a backsplash in areas where the walls are likely to get wet, then rely on good ventilation to keep any damp from forming elsewhere.
Bathroom pieces like a ‘splat’ shaped basin in a bright, primary color, a colorful and chunky child toilet seat insert, a characterful shower curtain or a stick-on shower screen design, and child-friendly accessories such as a cute toothbrush holder and soap dispenser will add detail to your basic design and help transform your bathroom into an appealing space for a child to spend time.
And on the DIY front, you can transform your plain bathroom mirror with a store bought or homemade stencil and some glass frosting spray and give your old bathroom furniture a new lease of life with some high gloss cabinet spray paint – just pick a color and get spraying!
This article was written by Helen Davies who is a keen blogger, self confessed Pinterest addict and freelance writer for Better Bathrooms.
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