Dunsany RoadTraditional Bathroom, London
tina hillier photography
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Reserve shelves for displayNo one wants to walk into a bathroom and look at a squeezed tube of toothpaste – least of all someone who might buy your house – so store all those day-to-day bits and bobs out of sight in an easy-to-access box for as long as your home’s on the market. Use open shelves for decorative pieces that ooze style and bring freshness to your bathroom. Restricting yourself to only two or three pretty pieces per shelf not only looks good, but suggests the bathroom has storage space to spare.
Play with ratiosIn a classic-style bathroom that’s not making too much of a style statement – oh, except one of total understated neutral elegance – too much black or geometric or print could tip the balance away from the plush, small-country-hotel-chic look that this space nails so well. But a little monochrome will always look classy… and the trick here to take home? Note how there’s more white than black, which dials down the dramatic contrast you often get with monochrome pattern – so rather than overpowering the rest of the room, the two-tone floor simply adds another complement to it.
Layer fragranceOne of the most disconcerting things when you move to somewhere new is that it smells like someone else’s home. Fragrance, like music, is incredibly evocative, so consider the importance of fresh flowers, reed diffusers, room sprays and candles to add an extra layer to your decorating scheme. Creating a sense of your own place is a multi-sensory thing, so consider your home in terms of its holistic characteristics, as well as its aesthetic ones.How have you made your place a home? Share your ideas and photos in the Comments section.
Cull the clutterBathrooms should be ordered and tidy. There should be plenty of storage to stash all your everyday toiletries, leaving space to display clean white fluffy towels, scented candles and pretty jars and soaps.The better you make your house look for the photos, open house or viewings, the quicker it will sell, so stash your bits and bobs out of sight – and always put the loo seat down!
Create a bathroom sanctuaryBathrooms need to be completely decluttered and depersonalised. And always, always keep the toilet lid down for photographs, viewings and open days. Save Unless you have a non-ironic retro bathroom suite, in avocado or pink, there’s probably no need to replace it. Instead, focus on stowing away all cleaning products, bottles of shampoo, shower gel and soap. Remove medicines, tablets, tubes of toothpaste and anything remotely intimate or personal. Your buyers really don’t want to be reminded of who lives here. And, of course, make sure it’s scrupulously clean and tidy. Spend Do remove carpets or rugs as these are very much out of style in bathrooms and could appear unhygienic. Replace with vinyl or tiles. Add new white fluffy towels (keep them for show only, you can always use them after you’ve moved). Add a healthy green plant or vase of fresh or faux flowers. Re-grout tiles and remove any trace of mould or mildew. If you have a shower curtain, it’s worth replacing it with a screen instead as this is an inexpensive upgrade that will add more wow factor. Shower screens maximise the light and are more hygienic and easy to spruce up for viewings. Spend some time buffing your taps and making all surfaces clean, dry and smear-free before viewings.TELL US…What styling tricks have you used to get your home ready to sell, rent out or prepared for when guests come to visit? We’d love to hear your tips in the Comments below.