Just like we work in our summer wardrobes and lighten up the other areas of the home, redecorating the bathroom is a bright idea too. While some may argue it’s no day at the beach, it sure is nice to relax in a summer-friendly bathroom when the weather is nice and warm and the days are longer and lovelier.
We don’t have to break the bank to make the bathroom a bit snazzier, and less can be more as long as the effort is well coordinated. A seasonal touch can make summer even more special, even in the restroom. We spend a decent amount of time in there, so let’s make those “me time” moments as enjoyable as possible. You may even end up wanting to spend more time there!
Here are some fun and fashionable ways to easily redecorate the bathroom for summer. Do one, do ‘em all, or use these ideas to come up with your very own. No project is off-limits as long as it’s something you’re going to love. Bath time has never been so beautiful and the toilet will soon be the best seat in the house.
Pastels like light pinks, baby blues, and pale yellows are certainly not the only colors that capture the feel of summertime. There are other ways to get that summery vibe you are seeking without going for “baby nursery” colors.
How about a boating theme with navy and white as your main colors? This nautical feel is perfect for summer, while neutral enough to work well year-round too. Use white and navy towels, a nice new blue bath rug, a nautical themed shower curtain, and even some cute ocean prints you can frame and hang on the wall.
You can also go for a fresh green scheme. Think of the well-watered grass on your front lawn as inspiration for an outdoorsy feel inside the house. The brighter the better, so don’t shy away from a true grass green for this redo. You can incorporate some real plants as decorations inside the bathroom too to bring nature indoors.
Otherwise, try a white-on-white plan that makes the most of the crispness of a clean and bare bathroom. Clear out all the mess and wipe out the color. This will make the bathroom feel pristine and polished.
Too-small bathrooms always feel cramped, and when the weather is hot, the tiny size feels even more stifling. Make your bathroom seem bigger by de-cluttering and making the most of the small space. First and foremost, get rid of all the items on your vanity and countertop. Only leave out the bare essentials and store everything else neatly away in your drawers, cabinets, and under the sink. This step alone will already air out the area.
The next step is to add some mirrors. You can make a bathroom seem twice the size by tricking the eye into thinking there’s more room than there actually is. You don’t have to purchase very expensive mirrors. At a home goods store or even a yard sale, you can find something fabulous for a fraction of the usual price. If your shower curtain isn’t see-through, ditch it for a clear shower curtain. If you have heavy curtains or dark blinds over the windows, switch them out for something light and white. Get brighter bulbs for the lights, and use white towels and hand cloths. Keep any other decorating to a minimum. If you have the time, repaint the walls a white or light shade, including the ceiling. Your formerly mini-bathroom will suddenly feel much more spacious.
With summer comes a sense of lightness, as well as an easy breezy atmosphere. Keep this in mind when redecorating the bathroom for the season. Save the “heavy” stuff for when there’s snow on the ground. And remember, have fun with your own sense of style and flaunt your inner flair for what’s fabulous. Your bathroom can be a reflection of your imagination, so let it run wild!
When summer arrives, many homeowners look for bathroom cleaning tips to help prevent mildew stains, keep the area sanitary, and ensure that fixtures and cabinets maintain a shiny, beautiful finish. Below are some tips on efficient cleaning techniques:
General Purpose Cleaners. Choosing general purpose formulas speeds cleaning jobs, as they allow the homeowner to multitask. Foam cleansers that offer a wide spray nozzle to cover broad surfaces are a great choice, and these grime busting formulas typically work very quickly to cut through soap scum buildup and mildew on the surfaces of tubs and showers.
Window Blinds, Fans and Vents. A large duster with a long handle can be used to clean fans, vents and window blinds. There is usually no need to use a cleaning formula, as dirt typically sloughs off quite easily if a large enough duster is used.
Light Fixtures. It is important to remember to take down light fixtures and carefully polish them with an all-purpose window cleaner, as condensation builds up quickly on the inner surface of such fixtures during summer. Scented cleaners are available, which are a great choice for bathrooms during warm weather. When lighting fixtures are cleaned and replaced, many homeowners are surprised at how much brighter the bathroom appears.
Floor Cleaning Tips. When cleaning the floor, a vacuum attachment or crevice tool are great devices to quickly eliminate hair and larger pieces of debris. This type of dirt is much easier to clear away when it is dry, rather than wet. Once the larger pieces of debris are discarded, the floor can be mopped or treated with a tile cleaner, depending on the material from which it is made.
Cleaning Shower Heads. Another top summer cleaning tip for bathrooms is using plain, old-fashioned vinegar to clean shower heads. If shower pressure seems a bit weak, it may be due to mineral deposits and lime clogging the shower head. Vinegar is a great choice of cleaning product for this problem. Simply removing the shower head and soaking it in a plastic baggie filled with one part vinegar and three parts water will eliminate virtually all lime and mineral deposits.
Wooden Cabinets. To protect and moisturize wooden cabinets, all-purpose pine cleaner is the best choice. This is because humidity and other harsh conditions during summer can cause wood or compost material to dry out and crack. At the beginning, as well as the end of summer, all wood cabinets should be cleaned with such a formula.
Finally, keeping bathroom windows cracked an inch or two during summer evenings allows moisture to escape outside. This helps prevent the formation of mildew-a common problem when weather is hot. Following the tips outlined above will ensure that a home’s bathroom maintains a clean and beautiful appearance all summer long.