How to create a child-friendly bathroom
Designing and decorating a child-friendly bathroom can be challenging for a number of reasons, least of all the fact that it can quickly be outgrown if it is too whimsical. The bathroom is a multi-purpose space after all, and while it must include plenty of storage, easy-care surfaces and durable fixtures, allowances should be made for little people too.
Bathrooms can be hectic in the early mornings, especially when children are getting ready for school. With a little creativity and clever design your child's bathroom could become a practical, easy to manage space for parents - that is easy to keep clean and adapts with the growth of your child.
Create a playful atmosphere by incorporating colourful glass mosaics. Colourful mosaic tiles are an affordable way to bring energy to the bathroom, and you can easily up the colour scheme with towels, face cloths and bathmats in colours in the mosaics. You will find a wide selection of glass mosaics at your nearest www.tileafrica.co.za
Tiled walls are hygienic
Tile the walls as well as the floor. Tiles are exceptionally hard-wearing, hygienic and easy to clean, and tiling your walls will not only protect the from splashes resulting from robust bath romps and bath crayons, but also adds character to the room. For more information on Tile Africa products, visit www.tileafrica.co.za. Click here for floor and wall ideas and tips on tiling.
Step it up
Make the bathroom easy to use. Buy a step stool or better yet, have one built into your vanity. Vanities are by default a bit higher for adult use so by adding a step, your children will be able to reach the tap and other necessities without too much fuss or mess.
Towel hooks are easier to use
Rather than fitting towel rails, mount towel hooks to make it easier for children to hang up their towels. In this way you will never have to bother with refolding or adjusting the towels to make the bathroom look neat after bath time.
Two basins better than one
In a shared bathroom, and where space permits, two basins with their own mirrors are ideal and will prevent the squabbling over space when it comes to brushing teeth, cleaning faces and washing hands.
Clever storage ideas
Storage in a bathroom is very important as children have lots of toys, especially when it comes to making bath time fun. Aside from installing a practical vanity with cupboard and shelf space, consider adding additional storage baskets and bins to reduce the clutter of bath toys and goodies.
Homemade art adds colour and interest
Use your PC printer and inexpensive picture frames (or make your own) to add educational art to a bathroom wall. Use colours that coordinate with those already in a bathroom and incorporate images that will teach your child about bathroom hygiene.