Oooh, Bathrooms! Those tiny spaces that can have a big impact...and give away our secrets.
But when we are talking about kids bathroom spaces, we have a lot of things to consider.
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When my kids decide to take a bubble bath, the first thing I do is remove the bath rug!
No matter if you have a shower curtain or not, they are going to splash and the floor is going to be flooded.
All bubble baths are restricted to days when I know I can spare the extra time to cleaning up after them!
If you have the luxury of decorating the bathroom just for kids, you could indulge in kid-size bath fixtures. Do away with step stools and plastic add-on toilet seats.
You will have to be prepared for changing the fixtures as the kids grow up. A cost effective method is to use conventional plumbing which can continue in the room even with the grown up size sink and tub.
Tip: Remember, toddlers love to exert their independence. Kid size fixtures and fittings allow them this freedom. Lower the light switch as well, to a height they can reach.
As in the bedroom, bathroom designs should follow the logic of neutral colors for the costly fixtures. You can establish the theme through less expensive and easily replaceable items such as shower curtains, bath rugs, wall borders, toothbrush holders and other accessories.
Just to remind you once again…do not over-decorate the bathroom. For a flower theme, add butterflies and ladybugs to enhance the outdoor spring look. For the ocean theme, a giant smiling octopus on one wall breaks the monotony of fishes and seashells.
Tip: If you are adding actual seashells or any such accessories, go for big size ones, so your toddler cannot put it in his mouth. It is best to avoid such items that can be swallowed or broken. Showcase the bathroom designs through artwork and wall decals instead.
Normally we would avoid bright colors on the walls for bedrooms. But the kids bathroom need not have the same restrictions. Time spent in the bathroom is considerably less.
Also a bright color to greet the kids in the morning as they brush their teeth might give them the right start to the day. Bathroom designs will be more dramatic if the colors are cheerful.
Replace vanity doors and drawer knobs with ones that match the color scheme or theme (think starfish, sea animals etc) to give the room the fun factor. Since the bathroom walls take up hardly any area, changing the paint color, once your kid is bored with it, is a snap.
Tip: Consider using Chalkboard paint on one wall of the bathroom. Your kids (or you) can create new bathroom designs (in keeping with the theme) when he gets bored of the existing one.
The bathroom is only half walls, with the rest of it either tiled or mirrored. Spruce up those boring tiles by either using stick-on accents or adding stencil designs to make bath-time a lather of fun.
Repeat the color and design in several spots around the room. You could also personalize with the names of the kids spelled in fancy ways.
Tip: There are bath-time markers available in market. Your child can produce instant art by drawing on the tiles as he bathes. This is a neat way to display his artwork and create a new look…everyday!
There are just so many bathroom accessories in such charming themes; you might be tempted to buy the whole lot. As with the bedroom, first chalk out your budget. Here are some cool bathroom designs that will lend a theme without emptying your pocket.
Keep these points in mind when finalizing the bathroom designs.
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In several homes, the kids bathroom also serves as the guest bathroom.
Are you torn between decorating with child oriented bathroom designs or a more elegant one that matches the rest of your décor? You have 3 options:
a. Go with the child theme. Your first priority is your child. Giving the room his definite stamp will put a glow in his heart. Besides, a fun kid theme does brighten up the small space and appeals to the child in all of us.
b. Opt for a neutral theme. Bathroom designs and themes such as flowers, ocean, beach etc. reach across all ages and can be designed to appeal to kids as well as grown-ups.
c. Keep a separate set. If you are a perfectionist and will not settle for a compromise, keep a separate set of accessories to be used when there are guests in the house. Remember to keep a step stool to make the sink accessible to your little one.
The storage space is an oft neglected aspect of bathroom decorating. You must organize the cabinets and open shelves to provide for items such as toilet rolls, cleaners, extra towels.
For babies and small kids, additional space is taken up by bath toys, creams and soaps. As the kids grow, so do their skin care needs. For older kids and teens, adequate storage for the various types of creams, shampoos, hair dryer, make-up kits etc is a welcome addition.
A clothes hamper can neatly hide the pile of dirty laundry. These basic ideas help the kids stay organized and the bathroom looking tidy.
Whether you decide to go for simple bathroom designs or over-the-top ones, this is one sure way to create a unique space your kids will definitely enjoy.
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