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Ideas to have an incredible, clean and modern bathroom

Bathroom in Hong Kong, where the shower area shares the same space as the toilet and sink.

Bathroom from the beginning of the 20th century, in an apartment of the Casa Milà, in Barcelona.
A bathroom (also called a toilet or simply a bath) is a room generally used for personal hygiene, bathing and the disposal of human waste.

Fundamental elements of a bathroom

Bathtub and/or shower (in some countries called shower), is where people clean themselves with soap, either shampoo for hair or hair or gel to wash the rest of the body and face.
Toilet, toilet or washroom, used for evacuation.
Washbasin (also called a lavatory), where hands are usually washed. Also used to comb your hair, wash your face, shave, brush your teeth or insert your contact lenses.
Mirror, placed over the sink, in which our image is reflected and we can see ourselves (it is usually used as a support for combing your hair, touching up your make-up, shaving, etc).

Additionally, the following elements can also be taken into account:

Special features

Some bathrooms do not have all the appliances and accessories listed. In cold countries the toilet is usually separated (with a sink) in another room apart from the rest of the bathroom, since this area requires more ventilation, and this would cool down the environment too much when you want to take a shower.

Design considerations

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The bathroom, which was once an undesigned and undecorated place, now enjoys the same aesthetic importance as other rooms such as the living room and bedroom. The bathroom has been gaining importance over time. Its purely hygienic functionality has transmuted into one. In line with the social schemes of the present, the bathroom has had to respond to an increasingly rapid pace of life.

The design of a bathroom has to consider the use of both hot and cold water in significant and moderate amounts to wash the human body. The water can spill on the walls and the floor and the humid air can cause condensation on the cold surfaces (it becomes liquid). To prevent water from jumping to the floor, bathtubs and showers are often surrounded by curtains or screens.

The use of ceramic or glass, as well as plastic materials, is common in bathrooms, because of their ease of cleaning. However, such surfaces are often cold to the touch, so bath mats are also used to make the contact warmer. Also, since they are in permanent contact with water, these surfaces must be waterproof to prevent water from penetrating and causing damage.

Since they are small rooms and in many cases interiors, decorators recommend installing many points of light and, at least, placing a large mirror, to visually enlarge the space.

Electrical appliances such as lights, heaters and towel heaters are usually placed as fixed elements avoiding the use of plugs. In addition, they should be at a minimum distance from the bathtub or shower, in order to reduce the risk of coming into electrical contact (with wet feet, that is to say, by making the ground) and suffering a shock that could be fatal.

Power strips that interrupt the electrical circuit can reduce this risk and are required for bathroom installations in some countries such as the United States and Canada. In other countries, such as the United Kingdom, only certain special plugs for electric razors are allowed in the bathroom.

It is not less important to emphasize that these spaces require a meticulous cleaning since due to the humidity they can be a breeding ground for bacteria, moulds and fungi that can produce bad smells and cause infectious diseases. The use of sterilizing agents such as ozone or ultraviolet rays that can annihilate all kinds of microorganisms is being studied.

How to properly clean and disinfect your bathroom in less than half an hour

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Little tips to make the cleaning of one of the most important places in the house perfect and to give pleasure to spend hours enjoying the home

The coronavirus crisis has caused many people to spend hours and hours confined to their homes. This has caused two important and unexpected phenomena: on the one hand, the appearance of anonymous artists who delight their neighbors from the balconies so that time passes more quickly; on the other hand, that many people work hard to clean the house so that it is perfect.

Because this matter, that of cleaning, has become fundamental in the more than ten days that Spaniards have been confined after the state of alarm was decreed. More hours are spent at home, which makes it dirtier; but, in addition, the fear of Covid-19 makes us wash our hands more and want to have everything perfectly clean to avoid theoretical contagion.

Be that as it may, the fact is that there are many who want to have their house in perfect condition at these times when it is enjoyed, even if it is out of obligation, more than usual. And to help you maintain one of the most important places in the house, we have prepared some small tips to clean and disinfect the bathroom in just half an hour.

Start at the beginning

In the bathroom, as in any other room of the house, we pile up a multitude of objects: soaps, creams, foams, toothbrushes… the list is endless. So the first thing to do is to remove everything from its place: to do this, get a couple of boxes and go placing everything in those containers outside the bathroom until you leave it completely empty, both of small and large objects (scales, stools, garbage cans, etc).

We can take advantage when the bathroom is empty to throw away old objects accumulated with time that either have expired or we will never use

Once the bathroom is empty, it’s time to clean up. The first step is to finish with the dust accumulated on the floor so you have to sweep or vacuum (better this second option). The reason is that when sweeping we raise a lot of dust, even if it is not seen, so if we first clean the furniture and then sweep, the dust will return to stay on the objects already clean.

Then it’s time to apply the cleaning products. It is important not to do it directly on the surfaces, but to throw the product on a cloth and, with it, go cleaning the tiles, the bathtub with its screen and the sink. In addition, we must apply a different product for the toilet, if possible, a disinfectant to eliminate all the germs. Afterwards, we should let the product work and not be in a hurry to remove it.

Once we have waited a reasonable time it is time to clean and remove the product. We will start with the tiles, since it is the biggest front we are facing: to save time we can use a kitchen cloth, bigger than a normal cloth, or a hand towel that we will later wash. When we have finished with the tiles we will have the feeling that we have already passed the equator of the task.

Everything ready in 30 minutes

After the tiles we went to the bathtub with the screen if it had or the shower tray. The trick in this case is to use newspaper so that the crystals are perfect. Once clean we go to the sink, with which we will do the same process, but with a clean cloth for sinks and taps and using newspaper again for the mirror that we normally have in front of us.

There are few objects left to clean: if your bathroom has a bidet, it is the next target; if not, we go directly to the toilet. It is important to leave it for the end so that the disinfectant has done its job: if you have enough rags, dedicate only one to this toilet; if you are just walking, use it for the end and throw it directly into the washing machine so that it does not touch other surfaces.

Once we have finished, it is time to mop the floor. When we have finished and it has dried it is time to put everything back in place, starting with the bulkiest objects. However, leave a slightly damp cloth so that, as you place each object on its furniture or shelf, you can go over it if it has any dirt on it.

Many objects such as soap dishes or glasses for brushes can be put in the dishwasher, saving us precious time

A final trick is to put in the dishwasher all the objects in the bathroom that can be used: glasses for the toothbrush, soap dishes, etc. That way, when we put everything back, it will be perfectly clean and shiny. We will continue to be confined but, at least, we will enjoy a total cleaning in our house and, in addition, in record time.

IDEAS FOR RENOVATING BATHROOM WALLS

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Bet on giving a twist to the decoration of your bathroom and renew the walls with a personal and colorful touch. Be inspired by these ideas.

VINYL PAPERS FOR THE BATHROOM

Updating the bathroom decoration without getting into complicated works or making big investments is possible. For this purpose, in addition to the increasingly sophisticated tile paint, vinyl wallpapers, such as the one in the photo, which can withstand humidity and can be cleaned without problems, are also used. A solution at a good price with suggestive prints for all tastes.

VINYL: STONEWARE

A fantastic option for express renovations is this vinyl paper from Caselio, which simulates the finish of stoneware tiles; it is glued, pasted and ready! Mosaic model from the Cap Horn collection (30.90 euros/roll of 10 m).

SOFT TILES

A very original checkerboard, so soft that it looks like padding. It is the Capitoné series, from the Tau Haus collection, perfect to combine with plain white tiles of the same format. Each one of the pieces measures 20 x 20 cm, and they belong to the firm Tau Cerámica. Its price is 16 m2 approx.

CREATES CONTRASTS WITH THE TILES

The symmetry of the tiles creates a strong contrast with the soft lines of the vintage air dresser, from the Urban Class line, from El Corte Inglés (1,120 ?). An eye-catching proposal that Encarna Romero carried out in the Crear Hogar space, in Casa Decor Madrid.

Idea: recycled

Why not recover an old piece of furniture for the bathroom? The charm is assured; you can paint it in a fun way and make the necessary installations taking advantage of the space in the first drawer. The space will be round if you decorate the wall with a mirror and wall lights in the same style.

WALLPAPER, CLASSIC ELEGANCE

Black and white: an ideal match for a stylish environment. The protagonist in this washroom area is the retro-looking wallpaper together with the washroom with welded stainless steel front casing, in 33 x 33 x 24 cm (310 ?). The built-in single-lever mixer is the Cuadro model (210,75 euros); both of them, from Teka Sanitary Systems. The chrome details of classic inspiration round off the proposal of the decorator Raúl Martins for the Teka space in one of the editions of Casa Decor.

WALLS WITH NATURAL STONE

Beauty without artifice. The natural stone finishes are spectacular; that is why they are imposed in avant-garde bathrooms. In order to get it right, it is important to guarantee a correct waterproofing, since they are porous materials, the alternation with white paint, to lighten the whole, and the combination with design sanitary ware. In this photo, the natural stone coverings are by Gunni & Trentino. Sanitary ware and taps, by Duravit.

TILES WITH GEOMETRIC MOTIFS

Reminiscent of the bathrooms of our childhood, this corner stands out for the hydraulic tile base, by Ludivall. This type of tile -precious and increasingly present in the market- must be treated to make it waterproof. A classic washbasin, by Leroy Merlin, completes the vintage look.

SKIRTING BOARDS IN THE BATHROOM

Do you have children at home? Protect the walls from these little troublemakers with a painted wooden base, even in the bathroom if it’s not tiled. With a nice paper and a flirty dressing table, you will exhibit a romantic look without losing sight of its functionality. Flåren closet with glass door and mirror drawer; from Ikea (129 ?).

BATHROOM IN INTENSE BLUE

A good plastic paint, of quality, will support the humidity without problems, although it is convenient that it does not enter in direct contact with the water. This space, so fresh and original, was coated in a powerful blue of Bruguer Paints that, combined with white, gives off an unmistakable evocation of the sea. The decoration of such smooth walls admits multiple suggestions, from adhesive vinyl to a composition of squares or series of large format photos.

WALL WITH RELIEF

The installation technique and the format of the ceramic tiles is sufficient to give a bathroom personality. This is the case of the Dreams series, from Fanal Cerámicas, formed by pieces finished in sand color, very simple, but with an original design that combines different thicknesses in unevenness. A tempting invitation to bet on straight lines and design.

VINTAGE TILE

Retro style and modern design merge in perfect harmony. Try this mix in your bathroom: a straight-lined washbasin and vintage tile. From Ikea.

COLOR ON THE WALLS

Join one of the booming decorative proposals: create color gradations. Rectangular pieces should be placed horizontally to make the room appear wider. Porcelain tile, in 60 x 30 cm (108 ?/m²) and mirror with fluorescent light (1,148.40 ?). All in Trentino.

WOOD WITH THE RESISTANCE OF STONEWARE

You will find ceramic collections that simulate different varieties; choose the finish that best suits the decorative style you want. For a modern room, make a skirting board reminiscent of wenge and finish it off with a steel strip. To bring out the light, combine it with white wall coverings. Tiles that imitate wood, in 30 x 90 cm (21.25 euros/m²) and wall radiator (1,100 euros). Everything, in Azulejos Peña.

TILES WITH TEXTURE

Imitating other materials, such as eye-catching fabrics or wallpapers, is another bet of the most avant-garde coatings. In this bathroom a very personal atmosphere was recreated with tiles that simulate a paper with current line flowers; in 30 x 30 cm (32.63 euros/m² in Radisa).

LOOKS FOR MODERN ALTERNATIVES TO THE CLASSIC TILING IN WHITE

The newest trends bet on decorations in relief, where pieces of different formats are combined to achieve surprising visual stimuli. Tiles, in 30 x 60 cm mesh (455.88 euros/m² in Trentino).

RECOVERS THE CHARM OF EXPOSED STONE WALLS

It achieves a romantic aesthetic, with a delicate rustic air, with a mosaic of different varieties and types of marble. Mosaic, in meshes of 26.5 x 29.3 cm (21.46 euros each); porcelain washbasin (779 euros) and tap (261 euros). Everything, in Peña Tiles.

Nothing is missing in the bathrooms; where and how to place the towel racks and roll holders

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A well designed bathroom is one that misses nothing. And here it doesn’t matter the size. No matter how big it is, if the toilet paper (that staple product) has to rest on the toilet, and the washcloths on it, the bathroom will look messy and impractical.

Looking around the bathrooms of some of the best houses we show you in our -open doors- section, I realize that in many bathrooms this kind of accessories are missing. Something that may be due in part to the fact that they are recently reformed spaces and to place these accessories, perhaps (I hope) it will be done after the photo session. In the case of publishers, unless they are going to sell roll holders, towel racks and hangers they omit them thoroughly. Okay. It may not be the most aesthetic element but they are very necessary.

If large bathrooms should not present problems about where to place these accessories, small bathrooms can generate doubts. Because we will always prefer to lengthen the basins or enlarge the shower than leave a specific hole to the towel rack.

The roll holders

Until Japanese toilets become the norm in one of our bathrooms, the toilet seat should not be missing. Lighter and lighter in design, we should try to place them on the right side of the toilet if possible, always at a comfortable distance for the hands. If possible on one side and if not possible, the same wall on which the toilet rests.

Many times, instead of a wall, we find the washbasin cabinet and we should not be afraid to place the toilet seat there. It is as good a place as a wall.

With the theme of roll holders, the good news is that their designs are becoming lighter and more discreet. The new triangular models do not look like a roll holder and the bars allow the roll to be placed horizontally or vertically (if the space is very small sometimes it can only be placed vertically).

Towel rails for washbasins

Towel rails should be placed near the sink. This is almost the only rule they must comply with because they can be placed at the height of the sink, on one side if there is a hole, but if there is not, they can (and must) be placed high.

Raised towel rails on one side of the washbasin are very comfortable and with these examples, you will be convinced that they are a valid and aesthetic option for your bathroom.

Washbasin towel rails

Towel rails should be placed near the sink. This is almost the only rule they must comply with because they can be placed at the height of the sink, on one side if there is a hole, but if there is not, they can (and must) be placed high.

Raised towel rails on one side of the washbasin are very comfortable and with these examples, you will be convinced that they are a valid and aesthetic option for your bathroom.

In this position you have to be careful with the plugs because many times they are placed in this area. Try that the plugs are above or below and above all, take it into account when designing the bathroom.

Another way of which your wash-basin includes a towel rack is by means of models that join in the lateral as this one. Stainless steel towel rail for wall mounting 40 cm. Previous price 15,99 ? now price 14,99 ?.

Seven complements and accessories that you can include in the bathroom, even if they are not designed for the bathroom

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To give a plus of design to the bathroom so that it receives us as a pleasant stay, in which to relax and to enjoy, is something that is obtained taking care of the details and mainly, going a step choosing complements and accessories that one does not expect always to find in the bathroom.

The comfort of a bathroom is achieved by choosing good sanitary ware and taps but also by designing a bathroom that transmits the sensations (luxury, warmth, comfort …) that make us feel good and, if possible, that are in line with the rest of the house.

There are many elements designed for this room that are not compatible with any other. It is difficult to imagine a light fixture on a mirror in another room, or a bath mat in a living room.

If we limit ourselves to decorate the bathroom with accessories only designed for the bathroom we can get a good result, but surely do not go beyond the correct or approved in the final result. If you want to go a step further and raise the design of the bathroom a good idea is to include versatile accessories, designed initially for other rooms that will give the bathroom a more luxurious and comfortable.

A bathroom with pictures

For which we suggest to include pictures. But refrain from marine motifs because of the obviousness of the subject matter.

Carpets (not rugs) also in the bathroom

To live with or replace bath mats, try a cotton mat with an unconventional design for the bathroom (even Persian bath mats work). It is a very simple way to give warmth to the bathroom and to hide a bland or anodyne floor.

Unconventional bathroom lamps

The bathroom can be taken a step further by including classic wicker lamps or wall lights…without the need to use downlights and ceiling lights.

Individual pieces

Marble trays, basket vases and other non-conventional elements for the sink.

A very easy way to take care of the details making the difference is to replace the traditional washbasin kit with loose pieces, including finishes and trendy materials such as baskets, vases…

Your bathroom needs one or more wooden stools

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To include another finish -wood-, to have a place to lean or sit (in the absence of a sink), or to use it as a staircase (and get to clean the joints), any excuse is good to include a wooden stool.

The basins with the most personality if you use other furniture

It’s not just the sink furniture that is for the sink. If you use and recycle a chest of drawers or a sideboard instead of the conventional washroom furniture, you will have a design bonus.

IN DECOESFERA

Maisons du Monde converts some of its chests of drawers and sideboards into beautiful bathroom vanities
The plants are also for the bath

In fact, there are some plants that do very well in a humid environment and this is the room where the plants will be best.

Which bathroom tiles are ideal?

The decision to remodel your bathroom is the first big step to begin the transformation, but inevitably some doubts will arise along the way, so we will help you solve some of the most common ones and give you some tips to choose the bathroom tiles that go best with the style you are looking for.

Dimensions

One of the first points you should take into account is the size and dimensions of the bathroom, because the type of tiles you choose will depend on them:

Small

If your bathroom is small and its ceiling is low, we recommend you to choose tiles in light tones such as white, soft grey or beige and place them in an upright position. Doing it this way will generate an effect of amplitude in the space.

Narrow

For this type of elongated but narrow construction the solution can be to place light tiles in the background and dark ones vertically on the side walls.

Wide

If, on the other hand, your bathroom is large and has a high ceiling, you will have more freedom to choose the range of colors of your preference, we only recommend placing them horizontally to make the bathroom appear wider.

Type of light

This point will make the difference whether you take a truly relaxing shower or not.

Natural light

If your bathroom has a window or natural light entry that keeps it well lit, you can freely choose the type of bathroom tile you prefer.

Artificial light

If, on the other hand, your bathroom has little natural light or is only illuminated by artificial light, we again recommend that you opt for lighter and brighter tiles.

Design and distribution

Knowing which type of tile to choose will also depend on the design in construction and the layout of the bathroom elements. By having these points in mind you will be able to look for references such as the latest trends in bathroom remodeling, and easily define the style you want to give it, as well as be clearer about what type of tiles to choose.

We hope that, with this information, transforming your bathroom will be a much easier task. Remember that it doesn’t matter if you want to decorate a single wall, mix large and small tiles or even keep it simple with a neutral color combination, here you can find the perfect bathroom tiles for yours.