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How to turn your bathroom into a sanctuary

Saturday October 13 2018

The bathroom is like a sanctuary where the day’s plans roll out. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The bathroom is like a sanctuary where the day’s plans roll out. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

KAREN  MURIUKI
By KAREN MURIUKI
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Decorating your bathroom may be the least of your worries, because, let’s face it, this process is expensive.

And you may also be thinking ‘how many people even come in here?’ or ‘is it even that important? I’m only here for five or 10 minutes a day.’

But for some people like me, the bathroom is where I get to rejuvenate and reinvigorate myself; something which I take a bit too seriously.

It’s the only room in the house where I can have 20 minutes to myself, and the only room where I can channel my inner Rihanna. (Laughs). I cannot sing to save a life. 

A towel rail. PHOTO | KAREN MURIUKI | NATION
A towel rail. PHOTO | KAREN MURIUKI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Interior Designer Lawi Muriuki said that he, as well as many other people, plan out their day when they take a shower every morning.

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“To some people, the bathroom is like a sanctuary where the day’s plans roll out, are smoothened and analysed. It is where some people determine whether they are moving forward or have stagnated.

“The type of bathroom one has will be able to give your thoughts the desirable flow you need to make concrete plans. It’s therefore important to have colours and features that make you feel good.”

A toothbrush holder. PHOTO | KAREN MURIUKI |
A toothbrush holder. PHOTO | KAREN MURIUKI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Here are some useful tips to help you decorate your bathroom on a budget.

Use a modest colour palette with a pop of colour to show simple style.Modest colours include whites and greys, to which you can add a pop of red, yellow or orange. Light and neutral colour schemes create a calming atmosphere. On that note, it is important to coordinate colours through all the aspects of the room.

Maximise on floor space, which is mostly under your sink. You can use baskets to hold towels and rugs, or neatly arrange bathroom essentials which you may need once in a while.

Utilise the space above the toilet as well. This can be done by placing shelves to organise bathroom essentials on.

A bathroom organiser place above the toilet.
A bathroom organiser place above the toilet. PHOTO | KAREN MURIUKI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

When tiling, opt for white tiles because they create an illusion of space; making the room look bigger. White tiles also make it easier for you to keep your bathroom clean.

Opt for larger mirrors, which also makes the room look bigger by creating an optical illusion. Amplify your mirror to make it look better and more stylish by adding light above or around it. Mirrors also amplify the décor in the bathroom.

A corner shelf. PHOTO | KAREN MURIUKI | NATION
A corner shelf. PHOTO | KAREN MURIUKI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Install a corner sinkto reduce the only available traffic lane in the bathroom.

Bathroom products on the counters should be kept to a minimumso as to avoid clutter.

Towel hooks. PHOTO | KAREN MURIUKI | NATION
Towel hooks. PHOTO | KAREN MURIUKI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Use a shower curtain instead of a glass doorto save on space. Treat your shower curtain as a piece of art as well.

Accessorise.Using items such as towel/rug hooks, tissue holders, toothbrush holders, bathroom organisers and soap dishes further bring aesthetic into your small space.

A decorative tissue holder. PHOTO | KAREN
A decorative tissue holder. PHOTO | KAREN MURIUKI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Use small and coordinated photographs on a wall for aesthetic purposes.

Add small plantsto liven the room.

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