Wednesday, November 2, 2016

How to make your bathroom child-friendly

Designing a child-friendly bathroom is challenging for a number of reasons, least of all the fact that it can be quickly outgrown if it is too whimsically designed. 

To create a playful atmosphere, team neutral tiles with bands of glass mosaics in bright blue, fresh green or a soft turquoise.

The bathroom is a multi-purpose space, and while it must include plenty of storage, easy care surfaces and durable fixtures, and accommodations should be made for little people. 

A lot happens in the family bathroom, especially in the early mornings with the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the day ahead. But it doesn’t have to be all functional or practical. 

With a little creativity and clever design, your children's bathroom could become a world of fun and fantasy, and a practical, easy to manage space for parents, taking the hard work and frustration out of the 'it's time to have your bath' negotiation. 

Here are a few tips on how to design a child-friendly bathroom. 

1. Coordinate colors

To create a playful atmosphere, team neutral tiles with bands of glass mosaics in bright blue, fresh green or a soft turquoise. 

Make the bathroom easy to use. Buy a step stool or better yet, have one built into your vanity.

Colorful tiles such as mosaics bring energy to the bathroom, add texture and grab people’s attention. Coordinate the color scheme with towels, face cloths, bathmats, hooks and toothpaste holders in shades of the same hues as the tiles. 

2. Use tiles for the walls and floor

Tile the walls as well as the floor as tiles are exceptionally hard-wearing, hygienic and easy to clean. Tiling your walls will not only protect them from splashes resulting from robust bath romps and bath crayons, but will also add character to the room. 

3. Get a step stool

Make the bathroom easy to use. Buy a step stool or better yet, have one built into your vanity. 

Vanities are by default a bit higher for adult use so by adding a step, your children will be able to reach the tap and other necessities without too much fuss or mess. 

Storage in a bathroom is important as children have lots of paraphernalia, especially when it comes to making bath time fun.

4. Ditch the towel bar 

Instead of fitting towel rails, opt for hooks. It’s easier for the children to hang up their towels, and you never have to bother with refolding or adjusting the towels to make the bathroom look neat after bath time. 

5. Get more than one basin

Two basins with their own mirrors are ideal for a children’s bathroom as this will prevent the squabbling over space when it comes to brushing teeth, cleaning faces and washing hands. 

6. Using clever storage 

Storage in a bathroom is important as children have lots of paraphernalia, especially when it comes to making bath time fun. Aside from installing a practical vanity with cupboard and shelf space, consider adding additional storage baskets and bins to reduce the clutter of bath toys and goodies. 


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