We’ve all experienced the bathroom blues. It’s that jolt you feel when your feet touch the cold bathroom floor, that sharp gasp as you step out of the shower and it’s that fearful moment when you realise you have to make the trek to your ice-box-of-a-bathroom in the middle of the night. Don’t let the bathroom blues get you this year; from budget-friendly hacks to serious solutions, our practical and stylish ideas will help to keep you warm.
There’s nothing better than the feeling of wrapping yourself in a warm, fluffy towel on a chilly morning. This is why the addition of a heated towel rail is one of our favourite ways to stave off the cold. From matte black angular shapes to sleek contemporary styles, these days heated towel rails play more than just a functional role. Match the finish of your towel rail to your tapware for a cohesive look. If you can, try and position your towel rail as close to your shower as possible to make it easy to reach for your toasty towel.
From infra-red heaters to heat lamps and fan heaters, there are a range of options that will make it easy to tackle those bathroom blues. It’s best to consult an expert to ensure your choice of heater is suitable for the size of your bathroom. Remember that a steamy shower and warm bathroom can be a recipe for mould and mildew so make sure you install good ventilation. For a streamlined look, we recommend recessing your ventilation into the ceiling.
If you’re building new or renovating, now is the perfect time to consider how to position your windows to maximise sunlight. Utilising natural light as much as possible will help to warm your bathroom (for free!) throughout the day and the heat of the sun will reduce the risk of excess moisture and mildew. If space is at a premium in your bathroom, the addition of a skylight is a clever way to add an extra burst of light. Don’t forget to check the seals and joinery of your windows, otherwise any warmth in the bathroom will literally slip through the cracks. If you’ve got a draughty door get a doorstop to block wind from whistling through the gaps.
Keeping your feet warm and off those frosty tiles in the winter will make a world of difference to your bathroom. For a budget-friendly solution, a plush new bathmat and colourful rug will do the trick – the patterns and texture will also help to add an extra layer of visual warmth. For a really luxurious feel, underfloor heating is well worth the investment and will make you never want to leave your bathroom. Talk to a Mico Bathrooms expert about what the best options are for your space.
If you’re looking at doing a major job on your bathroom, now is a good time for you rethink the types of materials you want to use. Mico Bathrooms advises that you look beyond porcelain and chrome and consider natural materials like timber and stone, and brushed metallics like brass and copper. These textural materials will help to add depth and warmth to your space to keep that chill-factor low. Cork flooring is fast becoming a popular choice for bathrooms, not only does it feel warm underfoot but it’s also a sustainable choice.
Whether it’s a splash of a paint, indoor plants or bright towels, using colour will help to offset the cold, clinical feeling that bathrooms can often have. Earthy colours like ochre, cinnamon, rust and olive green are on trend and will warm your space right up. If you’re a little apprehensive about bold colours greige, a mixture of warm grey and beige, is a safe paint colour that will still make your space feel inviting. Even switching your lightbulb from a white light to a yellow light can make the world of difference.