Although safety will probably be uppermost in your mind when creating a new bathroom for your kids, there is no reason why you should have to compromise on style if you follow the 3-step plan below.
1. Think waterproof. Before you head for the local shops or browse online for materials to use when decorating, take a moment to consider how your children behave when they are having a bath and make a list of options that will work well in a very wet area. Tiles are traditionally used in bathrooms all round the world, for a very good reason. Unlike paint or wallpaper, a well-tiled surface will not deteriorate significantly over time when exposed to large quantities of water.
If you are sure that all the materials you are shopping for are suitable, it will help you to focus on colour schemes and other aesthetic considerations when making your final choices. Children may not seem too bothered about the décor in each room of your home but creating a comforting and relaxing environment in which they feel happy and secure can be achieved more easily when using the right colours in the right combinations so it is worth spending some time to get it right. Which brings us to the next point.
2. Consider the future. Unless you are happy to decorate your kids’ bathroom and replace the furnishings on a regular basis, it is probably best to choose colour schemes and designs that will still appeal to them when they are older. Freestanding baths are a good choice when replacing an existing suite as they are easy to fit and maintain, as well as being popular with people of all ages. If all the furnishings that you choose are not fixed to the walls, it will be easier to repaint or tile the room in the future, should it be necessary.
Depending on the ages of your children, it might be a good idea to involve them at the design stage to ensure that whatever you do will be something that they are happy with, both now and in the future. With you to guide and restrain their youthful creativity if required, it should be possible to come up with a design of which the whole family approves. Although you may find that hardwearing and attractive home design products are a little more expensive, it is well worth spending extra to ensure that your children’s bathroom will look good for many years to come.
3. Set a budget and stick to it. Renovating rooms around the home can be very stressful but most of the stress arises from worries that costs are spiralling out of control and that it will not be possible to finish what has been started. For this reason, bathroom renovation projects are far more enjoyable when firm limits on costs are set from the start. Work out how much you are happy to spend and then choose materials and services that enable you to stay within your budget. Not only does this approach help to save money, it will also save time as you will not spend hours looking at fixtures and fittings that are too expensive for your project.
When you are working out how much you would like to spend on renovating a bathroom, it is worth considering any problems that may occur in the future so that you can include the cost of resolving them in your budget. Unless you are confident that you know how to detect plumbing leaks without any outside help, it is a good idea to find out what local experts charge and to put some cash aside for emergencies.
There are many other factors that you will probably want to consider when designing and renovating a bathroom that your children will love but if you keep the three steps above in mind throughout the process, you should be able to avoid making any costly mistakes and will greatly increase the chances of successfully completing your project. Whatever design and furnishing choices you make, I hope that you and your children derive much pleasure from your new room and are encouraged to tackle similar home improvement projects in the future.