How to get a Perfectly Posh Bathroom

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We'd all love to have a bathroom that looks like it should belong in an exclusive health spa or five-star hotel. It's possible to make just a few adjustments that won't cost the Earth to give you a shower and bath space that won't cost the earth but will freshen up your life in resplendent style. Check out Victoria Plum for a great range of bathroom ideas. 
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Cheaper Solutions

Before launching into an extensive and expensive spending spree there are a few little touches that can immediately change the style of the room.

New bulbs or tiles in a different colour such as blue can change the mood, while the additions of vases and flowers on shelves or around the bath, can add vitality and vigour. 

A simple repaint job, comprising window sills, the door interior and other fittings, might spruce things up nicely. Treat your walls to a paint, perhaps in off-white or biscuit. Add a matching shower curtain and towels for the final splash of colour.
The bath is the centrepiece of the room.
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Beautiful Bathtime

The blocky baths of the 70's and 80's have been 'flooded' by new and funky ideas for the 21st Century. But that doesn't mean that vintage can't be a winner when choosing a top tub.

Assuming drainage and water supply are adequate the centrally placed, cast -iron style of a free-standing antique  bath could make you feel like 18th century Royalty.

Newer baths for the modern family will most likely be made of carbon-fibre reinforced acrylic or steel, but for true opulence push for cultured marble or even genuine marble, onyx, granite, glass, brass, copper, or wood. These are expensive and more costly to maintain, but look spectacular.

Remember that the bigger the bath, the more weight of water it will contain, so make sure it is well supported. Function should also be a primary concern. Whirlpool or airbath facilities will give your joints an additional pleasing massage, perhaps incorporating aromatherapy or chromatherapy (underwater lighting). 

If you can't afford a new bath, one simple way of making it look better is to simply clean it. The old remedies of rubbing chrome with lemon, and using diluted vinegar in water as a spray, have endured because they work.
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Mirroring the Mood

It's well established that mirrors can make a room appear bigger; combine that with minimalist trimmings and you can seemingly double the size of your room in moments. 

A large-freestanding mirror near the bath is a statement, while an LED-lit mirror gives a touch of glamour. 

Perhaps above all other accessories the mirror needs to complement the other items in the bathroom in terms of style.

If you're going with a metal frame, choose wisely as different metals give a different message. Brass/gold are light and warm, while chrome and silver are colder and iron/lead is more vintage. A contemporary, personalised mirror for a feature wall can grab attention; combine it with a matching light fitting for the final touch.
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Tap into Stylish Fittings

Replacing the fixtures and fittings can sometimes give a completely different tone. Rusty, grimy and plastic taps do nothing for a room's image.

The most common tap types are probably the old-style compression, so the true posh bathroom connoisseur should consider upgrading to single-handle disk or ball taps. Match up the bath and the sink, and consider incorporating a hand held-style shower head.

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Time to Relax

It might sound strange, but if you have room a sitting area is a lovely addition to the bathroom which will make visitors take notice.

A simple armchair or seat in a sympathetic colour will add to that feeling of de-stressing and relaxation. Don’t be too concerned about mould as the steam will rise above it.
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Wonderful Wallpaper

With good ventilation there’s no reason why a bathroom can’t hold high-quality wallpaper, and once you’ve tiled it and placed mirrors you won’t actually need that much paper. Remember that you’ll be wallpapering around units and fittings in a small space, and look for patterns with a waterproof coating.
 
It’s worth taking a sample to the bathroom, blue-tacking or taping it in several areas to show how it will look with the finished product. Repetition of a pattern, or animals or birds usually works. A maritime design such as a map or anchors will work, depending on the image you’d like to create.
 
Other options include Cath Kidston, duck egg, trees and even dogs. Don’t rule out a darker shade, such as gold, brown or even black, particularly for the rustic look. If the thought of putting up paper scares you, try a personalised paint roller, which creates a stylised pattern that resembles wallpaper.
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A Fine Feature

Feature walls need not just be suitable for the sitting room. Sometimes a single panel or wall can transform the entire image of a bathroom. A mosaic or brickwork effect is particularly striking.

If the design allows, continuation of a pattern on the side of the bath caps off the effect.
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Fresh and Funky

It might not be the most modern way of freshening the room, but a scented candle is a cool and classic addition to a room that sets the mood and looks wonderful at night. You don't even need to light it.

If candles don't float your boat, the simple addition of citrus potpourri or fresh flowers will banish odour. 

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Add a Wetroom

There is no specific design rule for a wetroom but you’ll find that many new houses boast them as part of an en-suite package. Often doorless and usually larger than a standard shower, some see them as a metaphorical release from our cluttered every day lives.
 
The other difference to a standard shower is the lack of an upraised tray, meaning that you can walk straight into the warm water without having to step up. A deck with a pre-set gradients allows the water to flow to waste.
 
The experienced DIY enthusiast can install a wet room, using a series of barriers to prevent leaking and create that ‘hotel-bathroom’ look. Kits cost around £6-700.

Alternatively, bring in the experts - the next step up is to create a Roman- or Scandinavian-style steam room to improve blood flow and relax muscles.
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Don't Hide your Vanity

Vanity units are both a storage facility and an expression of style. There are a number of options as vanity units can be freestanding, in a corner, or wall hung. Some even incorporate the toilet.

Again, this is probably a job you can do yourself as there are plenty of video guides online. The main considerations are measurement accuracy and matching the cabinet style to the rest of the room.
Less can be more for the posh bathroom
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Minimise for Big Effects

A big no-no for the posh bathroom is clutter. Minimise the number of soaps, toothbrushes, jars, and other implements on display to just a few well-chosen items.

Be sparing with loud colour, and that includes fabrics; towels and shower curtains that clash with tiles and the décor should be removed.
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Electronic Ecstacy

For the fan of gadgets the bathroom is restrictive, but it's still possible to incorporate some good gizmos.

Bored with the standard shower control? Go with a digital keypad instead. Need music? A wireless bluetooth radio set with a speaker in the shower head should do the trick.

Finally, if you can't do without your fix of films or soaps then a wall-mounted waterproof LCD television is the ultimate symbol of a bathroom that belongs on the big screen.
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