Bring A Touch Of Magic To Your Cloakroom

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The downstairs cloakroom is a feature of most homes. But despite its near universal presence in houses in Britain, it’s also one of the most neglected spaces, second only to the cupboard under the stairs.
Don’t worry, though, there’s much you can do to improve the appearance of your cloakroom and transform it into a space you can be proud of, even if it’s only a few feet squared. Here’s how the magic happens.


Clad Everything In Mirrors
The number one problem in cloakrooms is space. Being in a cloakroom can feel claustrophobic: so much so that you want to get out as soon as possible. The good news, however, is that you can really open up space with clever use of mirrors. Don’t just put in one or two: cover an entire wall to open up space and give people a sense that they’re not trapped in some tiny cupboard.


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To really add size, try including full-length mirrors behind items of furniture. This not only helps to make the space look bigger but also less cluttered as there appears to be more room behind things like linen baskets.


Brighten Up With Greenery
Downstairs cloakrooms are small, dark and smelly most of the time. As a result, they sometimes need a little freshening up. While you could pollute the air with air sprays and fresheners, a much better way is to use plants and do it naturally. Many people put Bonsai trees in their cloakrooms from companies like Tiny Trees. These trees are so small that they can fit on window sills or bathroom cabinets without taking up any significant space. What’s more, they’re real trees - just smaller - meaning that they’re great at keeping enclosed spaces, like cloakrooms, fresh.


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Get Clever With Storage
Putting storage into cloakrooms can be a little hit and miss, especially if you’re particularly low on space. That’s why you’ve got to get smart with storage. When you do it right, you often end up feeling as if you’ve got more space than when you started.
Shoe and coat racks are ideal because they only take up minimal space. Wall cabinetry is also ideal for keeping towels and toothbrushes, but make sure that it’s placed cleverly so that it doesn’t get in the way of movement or block any windows. Cabinets are best placed in recesses or alcoves.


Install A Towel Heater
Another common problem for downstairs cloakrooms is that they are cold, especially during the winter months. As such, it’s a great idea to install a towel heater to the wall. This will provide ongoing warmth while also keeping towels warm for guests. The great thing about today’s towel heaters is that they come in a wide variety of styles. You don’t just have to settle for plain chrome anymore. Towel racks come in a variety of matte colours to suit the rest of your decor


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Still not warm enough? If you’ve got a hard floor in your cloakroom, why not try installing underfloor heating?

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