We are finally in the new house and every day we’re learning something new about each room. We’re constantly thinking about what we’d like to do to each one, what kind of vibe we want and roughly how long we’ll wait until we tackle each of them. Our priority at the moment is getting the boys bedrooms done so that they’re carpeted and comfortable so that we can help them settle in quicker (not that they need any help, they’ve taken the move incredibly well!).
However, it’s always good to start small and I thought a good room to focus on would be the downstairs loo. I honestly don’t feel like it needs much doing to it as we quite like the decor as it is, but for me it’s about putting our own touches to the room and really making it ours.
Creating Space In Your Downstairs Loo
The downstairs loo, while you’d like to think it’s pretty spacious, is more like a W.C cubicle. The toilet is behind the door and there’s not really much room for anything else other than the toilet and the sink but nevertheless it’s a convenient downstairs room that functions as it should; and it works perfectly well when the boys are desperate and can’t get upstairs quick enough.
One way of creating an air of space in the room is to have a mirror. The previous owners did have a mirror but took it with them and I felt like it really drew the room in so we wanted to replace it straight away. Not only does it give off a feeling that it’s more open than it actually is but it obviously reflects light and helps with making it a bright little room that does the job!
This gorgeous Arietta mirror from Lumino is exactly what we had been hoping to get. We chose to mount it horizontally rather than vertically as we felt it fit the space better (and the screws were already in place!) but you can have it either way. The Arietta mirror also boasts two rows of battery operated LED lights which are activated by a switch. The lights offer more of an ambience rather than a way of lighting your room which is perfect for night time toilet visits should you need something to light the way.
It’s a great focal point of our W.C room and is both contemporary and stylish which I think is in keeping with the current decor; as you can see we have bookcase wallpaper! You can check out Lumino’s full range of LED mirrors for more bathroom inspiration.
A Good Toilet Seat
I have to say we haven’t changed the one that was left on the toilet as it works so well with the room already and it is so comfortable! I think a good toilet seat is almost a necessity and a well styled one is even better.
A Stack Of Mags
Surely it’s almost law to have a good reading stash in any toilet space? We haven’t gotten that far yet but it’s definitely worth having a good stash of magazines and a couple of books lying around.. you know.. in case you need 10 minutes peace from the kids. It may well be known that I have feigned needing the loo just for a few minutes of peace.
I think a nice plant always works well in rooms like this. They make them feel less like a toilet and more like another room. I’m loving all the botanical themes that are very trendy at the moment but I also love orchids and that’s why I’ve opted to have one in this room.
You should also have a good air freshener (especially after the man installing our Sky TV christened our loo and left it absolutely stinking!) and a decent supply of toilet roll.
I always make sure there’s a toilet brush brush along with cleaning products so that I don’t have to drag them out from under the sink every few days. It’s easy to whip round when you have those small essentials in place.
What are your downstairs toilet essentials? How did you decorate your downstairs loo? Do you use mirrors to create space?