Refresh Your Bathroom this Christmas: 6 Weeks!

What is our Christmas Countdown? It’s an extensive DIY guide in the build up to Christmas. Week by week, it will give your home ideas, and help you get your home ready for the arrival of your festive guests. We’re at the 6 week mark now! Not long until your merry visitors come bursting through your door. Are you ready for them?

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This week, we’re going to be looking at refreshing those bathrooms and en suites! If your guests are staying for long, they’re bound to use the bathroom at some point or another; so why not give it a fresh new look? If not for them, do it for you. Create a soothing, refreshing restroom where you can relax and unwind throughout the festive season and the year ahead. It has to be both aesthetically pleasing and practical – with plenty of clever storage spaces for stowing away extra towels and linen for your guests.

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Getting the colour just right

Whether tiling or painting, it’s important to get the colour of those bathroom walls just right! As any interior design aficionado will tell you, colour can rapidly alter the effect a room has on you. Whereas fiery reds can make you feel , blues and greens can calm you down. That’s exactly what you need in a bathroom; soft, relaxing, peaceful colours to settle your mood, and help you to unwind after a stressful day.

Aqua

A mix between green and blue, aqua has refreshing, cleansing, dreamy qualities. Unlike other light tones of blue or green, it doesn’t get lost, and sits fairly prominent in the room.

Our Sea Green Tiles from the Marvel collection are a close match! Use Gloss for a more impressive, shimmering finish. Alternatively, for a flatter background that you can accessorise to, use matt tiles.

aqua green bathroom tiles

Boysenberry

Alternatively, if you’d rather have a more lively bathroom, which reflects your personality, you could go for this luscious purple option. It’s earthy, warm and strong, and will bring real character into your restroom or en suite.

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This collection of Eden Tiles is exclusive to Walls and Floors, and was designed by our in-house designer Louisa Charlotte.

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Add some extra grip to those bathrooms floors

When it comes to bathroom and en suite floors, it’s important to add a textured, gripping surface to help make them that little less slippery. Especially when it comes to loved ones. It’s too easy to slip on a smooth wet floor, and do yourself a mischief. But fear not. Anti-slip tiles aren’t the grim, grey, sandpapery slabs that they used to be. There are hundreds of stylish designs to choose from!

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The crate effect tiles featured above are a great option. They bring a wholesome vintage charm into a room, and along with their realistic wooden design have a gripping R10 anti-slip finish; helping your loved ones stand a little steadier when they step out of the bath or shower, dripping wet.

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Keeping with the wood effect design, these Vintage Wood Plank Tiles also have an anti-slip surface; perfect for increasing the friction beneath damp feet.

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Make your own air freshener

Air fresheners can be very expensive these days. Why not make you own? They’re cheap, easy to put together, and will add that homemade charm to your bathroom this Christmas.

air freshener bathroom

What you’ll need: 

- A jam or honey jar (with the label removed)

- A nail and hammer

- Some baking soda

- Lavender essential oil

1) Fill the jar a quarter full with the baking soda, and add 6-8 drops of the lavender essential oil.

2) Poke holes in the jar. You can create a heart-shaped pattern, as shown below.

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3) Screw the lid onto the jar, and put it in place in your bathroom, ready for your festive visitors!

The baking soda will absorb any bad odours and replace them with the essence of lavender. If the scent dies down after a while, give the jar a little shake.

This guide was taken from http://www.imperfecthomemaking.com/

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Rug and ready

We don’t usually associate floor rugs with bathrooms, but here at Walls and Floors we say, ‘why not?’ They help to anchor the room, and they’re more hard-wearing than bath mats, which wear down to the cross-threads in no time. Unlike bath mats, they come in a multitude of stylish options; matching any colour scheme you may choose to go for. Just ensure you use a rubber mat underneath, to stop the rug from sliding around on your bathroom floor.

Bathroom rug

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Start accessorizing: Think stylish, but practical

Once you’ve got your walls and floors sorted, it’s time to start adding in your bathroom accessories! As much as you want them to be trendy and aesthetically pleasing, you also want them to be very practical.

Storage is something we always find ourselves in need of, when it comes to the bathroom. We need a place to stow away all our towels and spare linen; as well as our multi-packs of toilet roll, our cosmetic and pharmaceutical potions and lotions, and all of our standby toothpastes, shower gels and shampoos for when the current tubes or bottles run dry.

Wicker baskets are a very stylish way of storing all manner of things. We can spray paint them to be any colour we like, and they slide nicely into drawer units or cabinets. The ones featured below are from Dunelm.

wicker-baskets

Get creative with your taps! Rip out those boring old hot and colds, and fit one of these fantastic waterfall taps. You push one way for hot, one way for cold, and the water gushes down the metallic gully; pouring out into the sink like a miniature waterfall. I like this one from Tap Warehouse…

Waterfall tap bathroom

Don’t be sparing with the reflective surfaces. Mirrors are handy in the bathroom, it’s true, but they also reflect the light around the room; making it seem much brighter. They can also help a small bathroom or en suite seem bigger.

Mirrors in bathroom

The devil is in the detail. Help tie the room together by investing in a set of matching towels, and have them on show. Make sure they tie in with your main colour scheme!

So there you have it! A complete guide to transforming your bathroom this Christmas. Will you be introducing any of our suggestions into your bathroom or en suite this year? Will you be coming along? Let us know over on Facebooktwitter or Google+.


 

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