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How to create a comfortable bathroom with a soft touch

You don't need a remodel, here are a few easy things you can do to make your soak-space feel warm and welcoming
   Luke Arthur Wells  |  written on: 18-09-2018 11:18am

Bathrooms are usually thought about as hard spaces: ceramic, porcelain, chrome, brass, glass – not textures that particularly bring to mind warmth and comfort. Yet these places are meant to be among the most relaxing and personal in our homes. When it comes to furnishing, especially with textiles, a bath mat is the furthest that many will go, but is there room for a soft touch in a bathroom?

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Having once rented a flat with a carpeted bathroom many moons ago, I can tell you firsthand some of the horrors of living with textiles in a space that is regularly wet and humid, so my first consideration is one of ventilation. However, if you’re thinking about turning your bathroom into a more comfortable space, the likelihood is that you have the room to do so, meaning that your bathroom won’t be small and at such risk of intense humidity and fabrics getting wet no matter where they’re positioned. 

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It’s probably not the choice for a home with young children either – but in an adult space, where you’re taking care when using it, soft furnishings can deliver not only a luxurious, boutique feel, but also create a room that has use beyond its purpose.

The question you need to ask yourself is as to whether you want to spend time in this room outside of using its facilities. If it has inspiring high ceilings or catches the light beautifully at a certain time, you might find yourself wanting to enjoy the space more, in which case bringing a sense of comfort to it is key. It might be the perfect spot for a morning coffee, or somewhere to retire to read a book in peace and quiet.

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Seating is the real game-changer here, and it could be anything from as simple as an occasional chair to a built-in window seat to bring a comfortable space to your bathroom, but it doesn’t just have to be limited to this. Curtains in particular can really soften the look of a bathroom space, especially in comparison to hard-edged shutters and Venetian blinds, while low-pile rugs can make cold bathroom floors feel a little more dressed.

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It comes down to being sensible with usage of textiles in this space – if your bathroom is a workhorse for the family, keep it simple and easy to clean with hard surfaces, but if not, don’t limit yourself from looking at fabrics to create a more useable space.

Also read:
6 ways to add warmth to your bathroom
Is seating the unlikely detail your bathroom might be missing?

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   Luke Arthur Wells
Luke is an interior designer, stylist and blogger at www.lukearthurwells.com. He’s a believer in understated interiors that don’t have to shout to be heard, and he’s currently practicing what he preaches renovating a Victorian terrace in Essex, where he lives with his partner and two pampered pups. When it comes to his design style, he loves new and interesting building materials, a carefully chosen white paint and he also has a weakness for coffee table books and a fresh bunch of eucalyptus.

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