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Bathroom

Don’t Forget the Bathroom

It’s generally accepted that the two rooms that sell your house are the kitchen and the bathroom. As there is already tons of info out there covering the kitchen today we will take a look at what can be done with the bathroom to make it more appealing to potential buyers- remember a home that offers relaxation is a home that sells.

Whilst it’s true that a small bathroom can feel cosy and intimate, it can also feel claustrophobic which, unless my idea of relaxation is very different to yours, will seriously impede any efforts to relax! No matter what style you decorate your small bath, though; it will always be a small bath.

With a bit of visual magic, colour play and lighting, you can add extra square footage to your bathroom without the aid of a lump hammer and total loss of privacy!

Though usually the smallest room in any house, the spatial theory you would apply to any other room still applies in the bathroom. The tips below are simple, effective and most importantly, cheap as chips- give them a go.

Select light and calming colours- Pale, soft colour schemes tend to give the illusion of more space. You don’t necessarily always have to choose white, but strong, exciting colours should definitely be avoided. Use the bights for accessories and towels, but select pastel tones, cool colours, neutrals, and well yes, whites for your background.

Brighten up the space- Without taking up any counter space, you can add extra lighting to better illuminate and therefore open up the look dark corners in your bathroom and add interest. Recessed can lighting can be installed into the ceiling and focused on any work space. Wall sconces or a small table lamp will add warmth. More expensive alternatives for bringing more light into the room would be skylights or larger windows.

Trade a large vanity for a pedestal sink- A vanity cabinet provides nice storage under a sink, but takes up lots of floor space in a small bath. Replacing the vanity with a pedestal or wall-mounted sink can be fairly inexpensive and gives the feel of added space as more floor space is visible. Find alternative storage space with a small shelf or organize a nearby boiler cupboard- it’ll keep your towels warm too!

If it sticks out, get rid- Walk into the bathroom and make a note of the things that immediately stick out or draw your attention- these things need to be replaced with less visible versions. Even the smallest eye catching piece of furniture or accessory can cause your room to shrink as it stops your eye from taking in the area as a holistic space. Remove wall shelves, hanging racks, or decorative accessories on the walls that cut into the room and make it look smaller. You may feel that you need some of the items for their usefulness, but if the room feels bigger without them, think of some other way to supply the space you need.

Streamline the design- Replace fussy curtains and frilly flannels with the clean lines of vertical blinds and plain towels.

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