The humble downstairs loo is a room frequently forgotten about; and it’s a space that can quickly become cluttered with unwanted junk. However, anyone with a flair for interiors will know that while it’s often the smallest room in the house, it can also be a prime spot for making a style statement. From bold wallpaper to utilising space, here are five simple steps that will guarantee your downstairs loo gets an upgrade in the style stakes.
Make use of the space
While your downstairs loo might not be the biggest room in the house, there are a wealth of ways in which you can ensure it doesn’t seem cramped. Opt to have the door opening outwards, or a sliding variation to make the least impact in the room. Picking a triangular-shaped or wall-hung corner will guarantee extra space, and selecting a small corner or rectangular sink will ensure you’re making the most of the room. Using space saving fittings such as combination and corner units and cleverly hung mirrors will add the illusion of space in an otherwise small room.
Be bold with decor
The downstairs loo is a great room to express your creative side with bold prints and décor. Using a statement wallpaper or hanging a dramatic piece of art is a great way to turn what can otherwise be a cold and lifeless room into a space with soul, but ensure that if you opt for decadent wall décor that you keep the flooring neutral to avoid overkill.
Lighting is key
Many downstairs loos are lacking in natural light, so paying attention to the lighting is key if you want to up the style stakes. Opting for a chandelier on a dimmer switch is a perfect way to add a bit of character to the room, while light sensors is a fail-safe way of avoiding guests looking for light switches.
Add some personal touches to your downstairs loo by displaying travel mementoes, cherished items and family photos that might otherwise be stored away in a drawer somewhere. From certificates, to awards, to school photos and newspaper clippings, try streamlining this timeless trend by creating a montage of family snaps, or a visual history of your home in minimalistic frames.
Get creative with the floor
If you want to add a touch of originality to the downstairs loo but don’t want to go all out, focusing on the floor can be a great way to do exactly that. A great way of experimenting without changing the overall look of the loo, utilise the floor to try out styles and colours you might usually shy away from. Colourful or statement tiles in a bold print will add some spark to an otherwise neutral interior, and can be an inexpensive and effective way of jazzing up your downstairs loo in a flash.