There are simple tips you can follow to improve and modernise your bathroom. One thing is to use a tiled floor. If you have laminate flooring, it is still worth considering a tiled floor as it is far less vulnerable to water penetration than wooden flooring. Wooden floorboards also need to be looked after and polished as water may penetrate under and behind the wood. If water does get underneath your laminate flooring or behind your tiles, not only is the flooring damaged it can also be potentially dangerous to your health if you walk over it. Wood also needs an annual “stain compilation” to help prevent the build up of stains caused by everyday usage. Wooden floorboards can be painted (and if you want to refurbish the appearance of your bathroom, dried, varnished and waxed are all great options) or even laminated too. This however isn’t a long term option as once you’ve been treated it will not be possible to paint the floor again. Impregnating sealer can also be used which is the ideal alternative for wooden flooring. This sealer essentially bonds with the wood and creates a clear protective coating. Old spots or freaks should be effectively sanded off, before re-coating with the impregnator.
Install new ceramic or gloss tiles on the walls (preferably with raised designs so they can look even more modern). If you do use painted tiles, be sure to cut around the corners so that you don’t stand a risk of walking on them (if you cannot afford a gravity slipper bath, which many people do because of the need to have a safer bath, then stay clear of the corners). The colour of the tiles (and the colour of the wall too) should be contrasting enough to look good together but not too much. This is especially true if you live in a built up area. If you are going to use a powder room suite, this neutral colour is ideal. On the walls, you could use more striking tiles (embellished, marble or gloss), but again, not too much. You could also add deco tiles – large diamond shaped tiles that were popular in the 1970’s and ’80’s (but are back in fashion again). These will look very smart on the walls and the most practical use of them is to use them to under wallpaper (if you use say, a vibrant design) or to add a touch of colour, though on the walls, they’ll be out of sight so this often works well.
The bathroom should then be finished with a clean white gloss paint – perhaps a brownish faux paint (if your basin is ceramic). I’ve used two different types of paint for the two different rooms (they don’t have to be exact interchangeably), a gloss interior which nearest resembles a gloss interior, and a faux paint which resembles a gloss but is a slightly darker shade. While the gloss is unlikely to be likely to go out in the bathroom, the faux paint should last until the composition of your bathroom changes. Generally having a white gloss paint wins over white (both in the bathroom and the kitchen) colors. The walls and floor should be cleaned to a high standard so that nothing is sticking or splashing (particularly in places not easily cleaned). Clean the floor with a dry dust mop to prevent dust motifs from sticking.
Finally, with a new refrigerator and other fittings, the bathroom can be made a fresher start to your life, with a smart and sanitary effect.