WITH the average person spending 92 days (over their lifetime) in the bathroom, it’s a room that gets a lot of use in our homes.
It’s also a room that is often neglected when it comes to decorating, as many of us prefer to lavish money on our living rooms and kitchens.
If your loo could use a freshen-up, here are three easy and low-cost ideas to rejuvenate your throne room.
- Paint the tiles
Before you start, ensure that you clean them thoroughly with a solvent (detergents leave behind residue that will prevent the paint from adhering to the surface). Once dry, apply a coat of sealant. When ready for painting, ensure you use enamel or special paint for tiles which is quick drying, mould-resistant, washable and most importantly, completely waterproof.
- Lay Vinyl Flooring
Tiled floors are great but require maintenance to keep them looking at their best. Vinyl floor coverings can be a better option for some. Calculate your floor space in square metres and allow an additional 10 per cent. Try to choose a vinyl that is at least three millimetres thick for durability.
- Wallpaper it
If your bathroom is small, you can choose to make one wall a feature instead of doing the whole space.
Make sure the paper has a vinyl layer for easy cleaning and waterproofing. Measure the length and height of each wall to be covered (subtracting doorways and windows from the total). Multiply the length and width to get the total in square metres/feet. Add the area of each wall for total area and increase this by 15 per cent to account for waste. European standard rolls cover 29 square feet (2.7 square meters). There are several calculators available online where you can add your measurements and they will calculate how many rolls will be required.