Bathroom design for children

Creating an interior space for children can be a difficult design project. But it doesn’t have to be.

Professionals and DIY designers must balance making space welcoming, safe and enjoyable for young children, yet sympathetic to adult design sensibility. Something to remember when decorating or designing space for children; is children don’t stay children forever. Employ flexible, clever design strategies and your bathroom will appeal when your children are little, and stand the test of time as they grow up.
Bathrooms are key learning areas for young children. You don’t want to transform your bathroom into Disneyland, yet, at the same time cold minimalism is not an inspiration environment to learn toothbrush skills. This week I’m going to provide some advice on how to give you and your children, the best of both worlds in the bathroom. Create a fun exciting space, capable of standing the test of time.

1. Safety first

This one, hopefully could have gone without saying. Number one when building, or renovating to suit young children, is safety. Bathrooms are dangerous surface emporiums, filled with sharp edges, glass and slippery floors. Often you will be with your child, but as your little one grows, they will want to feel more independent. There will come a time when going to the toilet and brushing teeth, will become solo tasks. Here are some ideas to assist in minimising risk and maximising safety.

  •  Framed shower screen: Frameless glass shower screens look amazing, but when designing for children, I recommend investing in framed screens. Exposed glass edges are difficult to see. Frameless glass, with young children is a disaster waiting to happen. Richters offer a range of framed shower enclosures, perfect for minimising bathroom risks.
  • Rounded vanity: When selecting your vanity and basin, choose products with smooth edges to avoid nasty bumps.
  • Big bath mat: Ensure stray splashes and spills are taken care of. Invest in a larger than average bath mat to minimise wet and slippery surfaces.
  • Non-slip flooring: Not all residential floor finishes are non-slip. When selecting bathroom flooring, no matter what material, aim for at least an R11 slip rating.

2. Colour

Children love bright splashes of colour. Cheerful tones will automatically make your bathroom inviting and interesting. The key to using colour, is keep it bright, but simple. Keep your palette to a maximum of two colours and one shade. Following this formula, your interior will be less likely to date over time. Finding balance between colour and shade will allow your interior to present joyful in a mature manner. Opt for timeless colour combinations you find appealing and your bathroom will stand the test of time. Some of my suggested colour combinations are:

  • Aqua and crisp white
  • Lime, stone and cool white
  • Orange, maroon and warm white
  • Lemon, stone and cream


 3. Be fun, but don’t be foolish

Accessories are the best way to cost effectively transform any room into a child friendly space. The advantage of quirky children’s bathroom accessories is they’re not permanent. You can update regularly with minimal financial impact. There are incredibly cute bathroom accessories available, bath towels plugs, toothbrushes and bars of soap – your options are endless. Increase bathroom enthusiasm, give your children the opportunity to select their own bathroom accessories.

4. Storage for you and them

Children love feeling part of the ‘big kids club’. The last thing you want is to create an interior where all a child hears is “no”. “No you can’t touch that”, “No you can’t open that” – it’s all very negative. Enable children to feel permission and responsibility in the bathroom by incorporating easy to reach storage options. Open wall storage provides children easy to access lower level nooks for bath toys and towels. Higher shelves can be used by adults to store bathroom products best kept out of reach. Allowing children access to their own towels, bath toys and hairbrushes will give them a sense of ownership and pride in the bathroom. They will also truly feel like on of the “big kids”.

5. Make it easy to use

All residential bathrooms, even new builds designed with children in mind, will be proportioned to suit adults. Allow easy, safe basin and toilet access via bathroom stools. Invest in products specifically designed for bathroom use. These stools have multiple step options, non-slip feet and they make an adorable addition to bathroom décor.

Avoid using chairs and generic stools, these are more likely to slip out from under a child, because they’re not designed for this application

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Glass shower screens are brilliant, and this is why…

In any renovation or build, selecting bathroom fixtures and finishes can be a difficult and sometimes stressful task.

You’re prepared to invest serious money in your bathroom. You want to make sure every selection will be fashionable for many years to come. You also need to select products complimentary to the space you have to work in, and of course you need to harmonise each individual element.

To make this process a little easier, today, let’s sort your shower specification. No matter your bathroom style, a quality glass shower screen is a must. The advantages associated with framed, semi-framless and frameless glass shower screens are enormous. They will benefit every bathroom they’re installed. For anyone stuck in bathroom design decision making mode; stop what you’re doing, tick one thing off your list, and discover the many reasons why you need a glass shower screen.

You need a glass shower screen to let your tiles shine, shine, shine!

Glass shower screen = feature tile’s ultimate companion. The beauty of glass is it’s transparent. Transparency allows other bathroom features to dominate, creating interior focal points. If you’re considering a dominant colour, or bold patterned tile, you can’t go past teaming up with Richters’ Momentum semi-frameless sliding screen Momentum will allow your shower recess to maintain definition, without detracting from feature surface finishes.

Following K.I.S.S? You need a glass shower screen.

Keep It Simple Stupid. We have all heard it before, but how often do we actually listen and apply? Not enough DIY interior designers remember to keep design simple. Simplicity doesn’t mean boring, it means tasteful and selective. Applying outrages finishes to any interior can be difficult for professionals to master. Secure bathroom success, opt for simple and effective design solutions. Frameless glass shower screens are the ultimate in sophisticated bathroom specification. Richters offers a range of hardware, such as hinges and brackets for frameless shower screens.

You need a glass shower screen to make your bathroom bigger.

Paramount in small bathrooms, but also an advantage in larger rooms, a glass shower screen will always make space appear larger. Opaque materials, or shower curtains are interior obstructions. A glass shower screen allows the eye to travel through space and process a full room. Floor to ceiling shower curtains break visibility, always creating illusions of less bathroom space. Richters’ Evolution semi-framless shower screen, enables interior visual flow.


You need a glass shower screen to make your bathroom brighter.

Unless extremely fortunate, chances are your bathroom has a small window or skylight. The last thing you want is to fit your bathroom with anything that could potentially prevent natural light from saturating your interior. Bathrooms are predominately used for grooming, they require quality lighting. Natural light is the best light for personal grooming. Glass shower screens provide definition of shower space, without reducing light flow

You need a glass shower screen for timeless style.

‘What will still be in style 10 years time?’ Even professional interior designers don’t have a crystal ball to answer this one. However glass shower enclosures, are a safe bathroom investment. Clear glass, generally won’t date. The inherit benefits of a glass shower screens will always remain, and by selection simple glass hardware, you can reduce the risk of falling out of fashion.

A glass shower screen is almost guaranteed to compliment any bathroom décor, no matter what your chosen design style. Simple, effective and timeless, the glass shower screen is must for all bathrooms.

Keep your shower screen looking sharp

You followed my advice and went with a Richters shower screen. Congratulations! Glass shower screens have so many features and benefits, unfortunately self cleaning is not one of them. When it comes to cleaning your screen, consider products and their impact on our environment. Harsh cleaning chemicals can compromise frame finish, not to mention toxic products, post cleaning, flow into our waterways. Keep your shower and the environment looking ace with environmentally friendly cleaning recipes.

Vinegar

Vinegar is the one item that every household should have. It is effective and safe in cleaning a number of different things and your glass shower screen is no different. Simply put white vinegar into a spray bottle and spray onto the shower door. Scrub the mixture onto the screen with a non-scratch cloth before rinsing off with warm water.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is another magic cleaning solution that will not only clean the shower but also deodorize your bathroom. Get your shower screen wet before wiping the shower screen with baking soda on a cloth. You can expect a paste to form on the door when you mix the baking soda with the water. Rinse off with warm water after.

Lemon Juice and Salt

This is the most effective option if your glass shower door frames are made out of metal. Over time you may notice that rust forms which can make your shower look dirty and old. Combine one tablespoon of lemon juice to two tablespoons of salt and form a paste. Using a toothbrush, scrub the mixture into the corners where the rust is forming. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.

(Cleaning recipe source: Stay At Home Mum)

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