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How to make your bathroom feel warm and cosy

14525125_1785254548356345_5598531512577771993_o-2.jpgIs there anything worse than getting out of a warm bed on a cold morning?  We can understand why some animals hibernate.  You have to get up when it’s still dark and head to the bathroom to get ready for another day.

If your bathroom is making you feel chilly, we’re here to help.  Here are our favourite ways of making bathrooms feel warm and cosy for winter.

Turn the lights on

Sometimes the right kind of lighting can make you feel warmer.  We can’t explain why, but somehow it works.  If ultra-bright lights feel too cold, look for something with a softer focus.  There are lots of different bulbs to choose from so you can create a different effect even if you don’t want to change your light fittings.  You can then use spotlights where you need bright light, for example where you do your make up or over the shaving mirror.

If you’re sinking into a warm bath at the end of a hard day, light a few candles.  The flames aren’t big enough to heat the room but they’ll make you feel cosy.

Warming things up

Let’s face it, your bathroom is always going to be colder than the warm bed you’ve just got out of.  There are still things you can do to make sure that the difference isn’t quite so painful.

We’ve seen bathrooms that don’t have radiators, often because there wasn’t enough space.  There are loads of more compact designs available now so it might be worth another look.  You could also get the best of both worlds and put in a heated towel rail.  This heats your room and gives you a lovely warm towel to wrap up in when you get out of the shower.

Of course, if you’re feeling flush you could always think about underfloor heating.

Get warm under foot

If you’re not in the market for putting a whole new heating system under your floor, there is another way.  Your living room probably feels cosy and inviting because you’ve got a comfy sofa and carpets.  In a bathroom, it’s the complete opposite.  We’ve seen carpeted bathrooms, but it’s not always very practical.  A wood or laminate floor can feel warmer than tiles, or you could try an extra-large bath mat.  These can be great in smaller bathrooms as you can have a nice soft mat that covers the whole floor.  Then, if it’s wet or dirty you can hang it up or throw it in the washing machine.

Warm up your colours

Colour can have a huge impact on how we feel.  In fact, big corporations invest millions in choosing the colours that will appeal to their customers.  The same applies at home.  An ice blue bathroom might look great, but it could have you shivering on a chilly morning.  Classic white cabinets go with anything, but they’re not exactly warming on their own. 

Of course, we’re not suggesting that you should have a whole new bathroom every time the weather changes.  However, if you are investing in a makeover, it’s worth thinking about how those colours will make you feel in the depths of winter or at the height of summer.

There are other ways to change your colours which don’t cost an arm and a leg.  You could paint the walls a different colour, or just change your accessories.  You could feel warmer just by wrapping yourself up in a cosy red or hot pink towel.

Does your bathroom leave you feeling cold? How are you warming it up?  Leave us a comment and let us know!