The bathroom is the room that can make a statement, it is always an area that is scrutinised by guests or house buyers so it is worth taking time to consider how it is best to revamp it without spending a fortune.
Changing a tired bath is always a good idea, remember some of those trendy colours that were around in the seventies and eighties, if you still have one then reverting to good old fashioned white is best. Choose a footed rather than a built-in bath, as it creates extra floor space which, in turn, can make a small space seem larger.
With the basin, there are some classy countertop versions now available and they have the added advantage of having drawers and cupboards giving valuable storage space. You can complete this by hanging a pretty mirror above the basin, with lighting around it.
Essentially a bathroom needs to be practical, comfortable and stylish and it has to be clean at all times, so avoid carpet. Bathroom carpet was fine in the days of massive houses and huge rooms, where the carpet was for warmth, use wood, tiles or marble to keep the room clean and tiles are also a great way to add colour, pattern or texture.
Lighting is a very important feature in a bathroom, subtle lighting from mirrors supplemented by downlighters is all that is needed, however, it has to be adequate to be able to perform daily grooming. Modern bathroom cabinets with lighting demister pads incorporated also have storage space for toiletries. You can fit a light in the bathroom that comes on automatically when you enter and turns off when you leave, so you don’t need to fumble around for the switch in the dark.
There may be not a lot that can be done if the first thing that you see when opening the bathroom door is the loo, re-positioning is a major operation involving re-routing the soil pipe so it is best avoided. It can however be made less stark by a floor-standing decoration and it is a good idea to have a basket of loo rolls perhaps on a shelf behind it.