Cheryl Michelle Khan is a designer and writer at Tradewinds Imports, an online specialty company retailing modern bathroom vanities. She has extensive knowledge about all the finer details that go into planning the perfect bathroom renovation project and is an expert in all things related to home decor. Tweet her your decorating Q's @SuperInteriors.
Most of us know a kid who needs a little extra motivation to brush their teeth, wash their hands or jump in the tub. Here are six ideas for... designing a fun, functional and safe bathroom that little ones will love to use.
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Stick to a Single Theme
For a bathroom that's fun, exciting and full of pizzazz without looking like — well, like your kids designed it — choose one theme and stick with it, rather than throwing together a bunch of disparate elements. To create a pleasing, unified look, focus on a child's favorite book or movie, or an area of special interest (dinosaurs or ballerinas, anyone?).
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Choose Easy-Care Surfaces
When designing a kids' bathroom, it's especially important to think about functionality. Choose materials that are sturdy and easy to clean. Vinyl wall coverings can be wiped down with a wet sponge. When possible, select tile with minimal grout lines for easier cleanup. Tempered glass countertops are also a joy. Just a little window cleaner and a quick wipe will remove toothpaste stains, dirt and soap residue. Vanities with lacquer finishes are also easier to maintain than those made... from wood.
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Add a Little Magic
Kids love magic, and there's some awesome new bathroom technology available that can provide it — along with some other great benefits. Look Ma, no hands! Smart faucets save water and turn on and off automatically, while Kohler's new Touchless Toilet can be flushed with the wave of a hand. (You can also order an adapter kit that can be installed on most existing toilets for just $99.) And, if you want to go all out, there are chromatherapy bathtubs that provide a multicolored light show... while you soak. That might get your kids to wash behind their ears!
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Pick a Fun Shower Curtain
Your kids will love the really unique and artful shower curtains available at ShowerCurtainHQ. If you appreciate fine décor, you'll enjoy checking out some of my favorites like the Fire Engine, Darth Vader and Yoda!Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Opt for Soft-Close Seats, Cabinets & Drawers
No-pinch toilet lids, drawers and cabinet doors are a must for little ones who love to stick their hands in all the wrong places. You can purchase soft-close glides that will slowly ease shut, much like a hydraulic door closer. You'll have more peace and quiet — and peace of mind — and a lot fewer smashed fingers.
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Corral Their Dirty Laundry
You can slide this last one in without too much resistance: Place a laundry hamper in your child's bathroom, and there will be fewer excuses for leaving dirty clothes scattered around the house. Incorporate the hamper into your bath design by selecting a complementary theme or color palette.
Cheryl Michelle Khan is a designer and writer at Tradewinds Imports, an online specialty company retailing modern bathroom vanities. She has extensive knowledge about all the finer details that go into planning the perfect bathroom renovation project and is an expert in all things related to home décor. Send her your decorating Q's on twitter @SuperInteriors!