Design and decor ideas for your bathroom

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You don’t necessarily have to redesign your whole bathroom to make the space feel cosier and more inviting. With some decor items, a fresh lick of paint and the right lighting, your bathroom can take centre stage and offer a relaxing, feel-good atmosphere. We have put together some decoration ideas for your bathroom, which can be realised with minimal effort and expense.

Harmonious bathroom colours

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Light colours make small bathrooms appear bigger and more spacious. However, you don’t always have to stick to the classic pure white. Other light colours open up the room too, and they lay a great foundation for colour coordinated bathroom decor. Combine natural elements such as wood or stone with muted colours and perhaps one or two splashes of colour. Another tip would be to use no more than three different colours or materials for your furniture and accessories. This gives the room a calmer and more harmonious feel.

Putting your bathroom decor in the right light

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Sufficiently bright lighting, especially at the mirror, is essential in a bathroom. However, bright light sources that illuminate the whole room do not tend to create a cosy atmosphere. Several smaller lights installed in certain areas of the room can really help to draw attention to your decor pieces. Another tip for creating a more inviting bathroom atmosphere is simply to substitute the bulbs in your ceiling lights for ones with a warmer colour. With nice candleholders and scented candles, there can be enough light without needing to use the ceiling lights – and they will also fill the room with a pleasant scent.

Mirror, mirror on the wall

Do you have a small, cramped bathroom? Simply installing a large mirror will make it feel more spacious. Backlit mirrors have an especially elegant effect and this approach is particularly unobtrusive with LED technology. Furthermore, you can light the room indirectly by installing spotlights above the mirror, while also achieving the perfect lighting for your daily bathroom rituals. Even hanging a string of retro chic fairy lights over the mirror is a look that will never go out of fashion.

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Creating attractive storage space

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When choosing your bathroom accessories, don’t just look for the prettiest pieces. Consider items that will help to keep your bathroom tidy and organised. These include baskets, trays and other containers that you can use to stow away towels, bathing and makeup accessories and other small but important items. Adorning your bathroom with attractive containers and holders will also make it better organised and more convenient.

Bringing a bit of nature to your bathroom

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Using plants to decorate your bathroom instantly upgrades the space and makes it feel more homely. Green plants with firm, smooth leaves such as palms, ferns, Monstera or ivy are ideal for bathrooms, while certain orchids also do well in the warm, humid surroundings. If your bathroom has no windows, or gets very little daylight, perhaps you have a socket free for a special plant lamp? Or alternatively, simply fill a simple glass vase with cut flowers and place it in the bathroom. You can even turn to deco plants made of plastic, wood, paper or textiles to bring the illusion of nature to your bathroom.

Making the best use of walls and floors

A fluffy bathroom mat will do more than just keep your feet warm when you climb out of the bath or shower. It is also an accessory that can give the space a completely new look. Coordinating the colours of mats, walls and shower curtains creates a particularly harmonious effect. Alternatively, you could pick a contrasting colour for the mat, which is then picked up in your individual accessories.

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Other than that, you should keep the floor as clear as possible, especially in small bathrooms. It is advisable to hang cabinets or other furniture on the wall rather than standing it on the floor – this also makes cleaning much easier. Sideboards and shelves at head or hand level provide space-saving storage and offer clear structure, order and overview.