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When it comes to family bathrooms, they can often seem rather child oriented. This is obviously rather convenient when it comes to baby bath time, but not so high on the relaxation scale when it comes to Mum’s downtime. Trying to find that comfortable compromise between convenience and calm oasis can be tricky, especially when you have to keep bathroom safety in mind for the little ones as well. Here are just a few things you can do to create a bathroom well worthy of sharing, relaxing and playing, without compromising.

 

Go all out on storage

When all you want is bubble baths, bath salts, moisturisers, and candles, but all the little ones want are rubber ducks, coloured bath bombs, the room can start to look a little bit cluttered, to say the least. Without effective storage, it far more closely resembles the bathroom section of TKMaxx than it does a calm oasis. So, this is the part where you can get imaginative. Fabric shoe holders hung on the back of the bathroom door makes the perfect home for rubber ducks and other bath toys. Not only does it allow air to flow, so mildew doesn’t set it, it also keeps them firmly constrained so there is no fear of them coming alive at night and starting a bathroom uprising. Boxes with click-close lids make the perfect home for your bath accoutrements on the more luxurious, pricy end of the spectrum that you’d prefer weren’t made into weird and wonderful bathtime concoctions by your tiny, budding alchemists. Any cleaning chemicals which you choose to store in the bathroom can also be kept locked away, for safety and tidiness. Ensure the only thing on permanent display are things which are purely ornamental, and lovely, fluffy towels for that homely feel. That way, you have a bathroom which is uncluttered, easy to keep clean, and always ready for guests.

 

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Keep colouring neutral

If your little ones had their own way when it comes to decorating the bathroom, the likelihood is that it isn’t going to create the most relaxing colour scheme. A great way to decorate a room which needs to be shared is to stick with neutral shades, and bring colour in with accessories and toys, which can be promptly tidied back into their rightful places after bath time. Keeping your colour scheme in the creams, whites, beiges, and greys, gives you great flexibility when it comes to accessorising. If you’d prefer to keep everything tame, match your shower curtain, towels, and bath rug to your wall colours. If you’d prefer to make more of a feature, the world is your oyster, and any colour will add a pop against the neutral backdrop. A single colour used as a feature in all soft furnishings can add a really fun element to the room, without allowing the kid’s sense of style to creep in. And if you’d prefer a theme, different blues can be very relaxing, but also act as a great backdrop to any maritime themed bathroom.

 

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Make the most of shared features

While, chances are, your relaxing bath doesn’t include rubber ducks, there are features of the bathroom that both you and your children share. The bath itself, the shower head, and the taps are all permanent features, so make the most of them to bring a sense of style or a modern look to the room. When these features are beautiful, efficient, and stylish, they can really add a new level of luxury to the room, which you and your kids will appreciate equally. A waterfall-style bath tap, such as those at Tap Warehouse, is perfect for ensuring water is a safe and comfortable temperature, but it’s also a different and beautiful addition to a bathroom that you and the kids are both sure to love. Artwork is also a shared feature, so keeping it fresh, modern, and interesting ensures that the room feels as much belonging to the kids as to you, avoiding having to be plastered with Postman Pat and Thomas the Tank Engine posters. This is why a gentle maritime theme works quite nicely. While I’m not suggesting that you go for full fishing nets and lobster pots to adorn the room, a few smaller, maritime and natural items can add a really jovial touch, without being overwhelming. Starfish, anchors, and life belts are all adorable accessories, look really cute when embroidered on soft furnishings, and aren’t so childish as to make the room more about them than you.

 

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Choose comfort above all else

What do you and your kids have it common? You both want to be happy and comfortable above all else, and that’s something easily achieved in a bathroom, without compromising too much of your own taste. The truth of the matter is, fluffy towels, fluffy bath mats, and the perfect ambient temperature are all you need for a comfortable and cozy bathroom that the whole family can enjoy. There are literally very few things worse in the world than getting out of a hot bath or shower into a cold room, using an old, scratchy towel to dry yourself, while dripping water onto a cold tiled floor which, as luck would have it, you’ll probably end up walking on in your nice dry socks straight after. If you’ve not got the fluffiest towels available, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Plus they make attractive decoration too. The ambient temperature can be more difficult to achieve, particularly if you don’t fancy investing in a pricy smart thermostat which allows you to control each room individually. A good quality radiator with attached temperature control, preferably one made for draping towels over (there really is nothing better) is perfect for getting just the right feel for the room, without having to redo your entire home.

 

A bathroom shouldn’t just be for the kids, but nor should it just be you. Unless you’re fortunate enough to have a bathroom per person in your home (you lucky things), you’re going to need to be able to share that space. And that means your luxury bath bombs sharing space equally with their rubber ducks. Smart storage solutions, a neutral colour scheme, and beautiful permanent features and understated accessories prove that you really can share the room with your kids, without having to compromise.



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Claire Kirby

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