If you are just starting a family, it can be tough to know what kind of design elements and décor style to use to make your home family-friendly. This is especially true for the bathroom, which is full of hard materials like porcelain and metal.
With that in mind, here are some tips and tricks that will help you create a family-friendly bathroom.
So, What Should Be Considered?
When you are designing a family-friendly bathroom, you will want to include as many child-friendly features as you can. Making it both a safe and comfortable environment for your little one will help in combating any fears they may have about bath time.
Some of the things that you should think about including to your new family-friendly bathroom are:
- Soft-close toilet seats
- Shower screens with curved edges
- Textured, non-slip floor coverings
- Flat-base baths to avoid slipping
- A thermostatic shower to reduce the risk of scalding
- Taps fitted with temperature regulators
- Non-slip bath and shower trays
- Hand-held shower head to make short work of hair washing
- A heated towel rail with thermostat control.
One thing that is paramount to consider in your family-friendly bathroom design is to remember that it will change as your kids change. The needs for a baby versus the needs for a curious toddler will be vastly different.
It’s best to avoid installing features designed specifically for children into your bathroom, things like smaller toilet seats because in a few years they’ll have simply outgrown them.
The key to future-proofing your bathroom is adopting a design that works for adults but is easily accessorised for kids.
For example, instead of a kid’s toilet seat, something like a stool may be a better choice. This allows your kid access while keeping the room adult-friendly too. Stools also come in a wide range of colours and designs specifically for kids.
Other great options are shower baths, and child steps for access to the sink.
Make It Colourful
Just because your bathroom needs to be child-friendly doesn’t mean it needs to be entirely child-focused. But keeping your bathroom colourful, warm, and stimulating to your child will create a calming atmosphere for them.
The paint scheme of the bathroom can be fairly subtle; such as cream, white, or peach. You can then choose to contrast this with colourful accents and accessories to give your room some gusto. So, for example, picking coloured skirtings, rugs, mats, and having a plant or two.
Another really simple and fun idea you can do is have individual towels, with each member of your family picking their own colour. Not only will this make your bathroom look colourful, but it also helps you stay on top of the laundry.
There are so many ways to make your bathroom child friendly without having a complete overhaul. The key is committing to accessories for kids, rather than re-working your whole bathroom.
With this in mind, get creative with it and make your bathroom the best it can be.