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Five ways to warm your bathroom:

1. FIRED UP A fire will create a deliciously cosy, ‘linger-longer’ ambience in your bathroom. With mod options like gas and bioethanol, today’s fireplaces aren’t only easy to light, but also to maintain as there’s no messy coal or wood ash to clean. Considering installing one? Follow the lead of architect Jenny Mills who strategically positioned a double-sided gas fire in the wall between this bathroom and the adjoining bedroom so that it heats both spaces simultaneously. Gas fireplace from Beauty Fires. Bathroom fittings and finishes coordinated by Bespoke Bathrooms. Bath products from Whitehouse Retail and Kalahari.

2. THE LIGHT FANTASTIC The addition of an innovative light fitting from Ambiente Luce, which resembles a tray of glowing candles, instantly gives this Cape bathroom a warm and inviting atmosphere. “The right lighting can transform your bathroom from a bright and functional area to a softly lit, relaxing spa-like space,” says Melissa Davidson of The Lighting Warehouse. “If you only have a harsh central light, one of the easiest ways to create instant ambience is to ask an electrician to fit a dimmer switch just outside the bathroom door,” she adds. Bathroom design by Ros Bechet of Janus Interiors.

3. INTO THE WOODS Wood’s earthy tones and texture can make a welcome contrast to the clean lines of sanitary ware, tiles and glass, as can be seen in this Cape bathroom where Ros Bechet of Janus Interiors chose oak flooring to create a cosier feel underfoot. Nervous about using real timber in a splashy space? Companies like Belgotex and Italtile offer great waterresistant, wood-look alternatives, including vinyl flooring and tiles. Flooring from Floor and Stair. Bathroom fittings from Flush Bathroom Interiors.

4. OFF THE RAILS The ultimate indulgence, heated towel rails will allow you to wrap yourself in a toasty towel after stepping out the shower. “Heated by electricity or water from the geyser, these must be installed by a professional plumber or electrician for legal and safety reasons,” advises Mark Bennett, Sales and Marketing Director of Jeeves. Heated towel rails from Jeeves. Arrangements from Alison’s Flowers.

5. FEET FIRST Tiles can effectively be warmed with underfloor heating, but for an added layer of cosiness consider laying down a rug or mat. In keeping with the organic look of her Cape bathroom, this homeowner chose a trio of circular coir mats – a practical option as coir is a natural material that can withstand water so it doesn’t easily mark or stain.

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