How To Design A Bathroom That Is Suitable For The Entire Family

January 13, 2020

When a room is not designed to its best, it can cause problems, especially in homes with larger families. Today we will be looking at the bathroom. As you know the bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the home and can at times cause frustration, because either it does not allow for an efficient use or it gets cluttered way too quickly.

Firstly, to make the most of your space you are going to need to get rid of any clutter that is on the shelves or on your bathroom units. Clutter makes your room look dirtier then it actually is. Clutter also makes your room feel smaller.

To get around the problem of clutter you can either throw it away, which is not that practical or invest in clever storage solutions for your bathroom.  

There are many ways in which you can add storage to your bathroom, this includes shelving units, wall units, bathroom mirrors with built-in storage, under sink storage, and ottomans. 

You can also use features like towel warmers to recover some space, as they take your towels, which are often dumped on bathroom units creating a cluttered appearance. The added benefit to this is that your towels are always warm when you get out of the bath.

Family bathrooms should also be designed with the users in mind. New families with younger children should opt for a bathroom where a full bath is set where there is plenty of access. Bathing a newborn is much easier when both mom and dad can access the baby. Older families, on the other hand, should look to install specialist items for older family members such as a walk in bathtub or hoists to make the bath time easier.

One of the quickest tips that you can implement into your bathroom for your family is to color coordinate everything.  If you have more than one kid you will probably have seen them fight more than once over different items in the bathroom. Usually, it’s the case of them thinking a toothbrush is theirs when it is not. Kids will argue over the silliest of things, so I always think it is best to think ahead to finish any arguments before they start.

To get around the fights and to make life that little bit easier color coordinate everything. You can get your children involved too and ask them to pick their color. After they have picked, everything that is green belongs to one of them and everything that is orange belongs to the other.  

Those who are more style-oriented and shudder at the thought of orange and green towels in the bathroom can go down the route of personalized items. You can get personalized towels, flannels, robes, toothbrushes, and everything else that you can think of online for fairly cheap these days.

If you have implemented the tips above and you still feel your bathroom is too small you do not have many options left other than to move home or to redecorate your bathroom.

If you want to redecorate your room you can choose to use equipment like wet rooms to make the most out of your space or you can create space through decorating choices such as paint, tiles, and mirrors.

When using paint in your bathroom if you opt for natural colors and keep the walls and ceilings in the same color you will create an illusion of space. Spas use this exact technique when they want to create a space that looks bigger than it is. Usually, spas will use matching tiles on the floor and the wall.

Matching either the ceiling and wall or floor and wall will allow your eyes to be tricked into thinking there is more space than there is. You can then add to this effect by installing mirrors in your bathroom. The larger the mirror the better. This technique is often used by restaurants and it works.

Paint and mirrors are inexpensive and can make a world of difference when it comes to making a space in your home that does not feel claustrophobic.  

Hopefully, the above tips have given you some good ideas on how you can create a bathroom space that is suitable for your family.  If you have any tips please leave them in the comments below.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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