The bathroom is usually the smallest room in the house, and as such the most overlooked. But with a little time and creativity it can quickly become one of the most welcoming and prettiest too; helping to add value and interest to your home.
Pimlico estate agent, Andrew Reeves says a well looked after bathroom can be a real hook for house hunters who are sick of looking at tired loos. “With some good bathroom furniture, fashionable accessories and some carefully chosen plants, you can easily turn your small room into a spa- like area that people will love.”
It pays to invest in quality fittings, and features like stone sinks and free-standing baths are extremely popular at the moment. But even if you don’t have lots of money to play with, you can still create a very attractive space. Some big fluffy towels, neatly arranged stones and lots of candles will instantly make the room more welcoming and comfortable. Art work is also a good move says M&M Property, “If you really want to make an impact, try to tie in with big art fashion trends of the year. Line drawings, bold jewel tones and black and white photography are among the hottest trends in interiors for 2018 and they all work really well in bathrooms.”
Storage space is also a good way to get brownie points with potential buyers. Built in cupboards and shelves are fantastic and can excite even the toughest of house hunters, but if you can’t afford any major DIY there are some great free standing units around. Also invest in a few baskets for toilet rolls – nobody likes to see them piling up but when they’re neatly arranged in an attractive basket it’s a different story.
Another good way to create a sense of relaxation is by adding an attractive bath tray. The days of grubby looking plastic ones are gone, and you can now find some lovely ornate copper or brass bath trays in the shops – perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine and a good book after a long day at work.
Use colour carefully too. Coordinating your curtains, shower accessories and towels creates a sense of unity and calm, rather than a mishmash of different tones and textures which just adds to your bathroom looking unloved and unimportant. And don’t forget the smells! Add a nice jar of pot pourri, some incense and scented candles in your favourite aromas.
For a full-on spa effect, why not try out some healing crystals? They may have once been dismissed as mumbo jumbo, but they’re becoming very fashionable thanks to celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Tom Hardy who have become hooked by their mystical powers. They look pretty, and if you believe the hype they can totally re-set the energy in any room.
Lawsons & Daughters concludes, “Too many perfectly nice homes are let down by bad bathrooms, and it can really put buyers off. If you take a little time and effort, you can turn your smallest room into a really attractive, sweet smelling haven that house hunters will fall in love with.”