Cold tiles on the bathroom floor make winter mornings feel even colder. From simple inexpensive changes and additions to more luxurious options, here are a few ideas to warm up the tiles and get winter mornings off to a better start.
- Use your windows
Heating a room can be as simple as letting the sun in through your windows. If they’re situated on the right side of the house, the natural light that comes through during the day can warm up the room. Also, check the windows for any cracks or spaces. Warm air often escapes through these gaps and fissures, while cooler air is allowed in. Even worse, these cracks often go unnoticed. Taking care of them can go a long way toward ensuring your other heating systems are more efficient.
- Add a cozy rug
Traditional bath mats are practical, but the quickest and perhaps least expensive way to avoid the cold tile floor is to add a cozy rug to your bathroom. You can pick one of these up from your local home accessory or bed and bath store. Remember to think ‘outside the bathroom’ and instead of choosing the typical shag bath rug, choose an area rug that adds design or additional color to your space. Your bathroom will instantly look like it’s had a face lift, and when you step into your bathroom on a cold winter morning, your feet will thank you.
- Add a towel warmer
Get your towels toasty with a heated towel warmer. Inexpensive stand-alone models can be purchased in local home stores, and if wall space permits, heated towel bars can be permanently installed. Heated towels are the perfect way to wrap up when you step out of a steamy shower.
- Add a heat lamp
A heat lamp is an efficient way to keep the bathroom warm for quick periods of time. If you’re going to be spending some time in front of the mirror, for example, a heat lamp can keep you warm while you’re washing up, doing your hair or putting on makeup.
- Consider adding radiant floor heating
One of the most luxurious things you can do to make your bathroom toasty in chilly weather is invest in radiant-heat flooring. Hot-water radiant floors cost more to install than other heating systems – between $6 and $15 per square foot – but there is little comparison when it comes to the comfort they bring, according to This Old House. To install this heating system, your best bet is to hire a heat contractor, since you will be hard-pressed to find all the required components in one place.
By employing one or more of these ideas, your bathroom will be both comfortable and warm all winter long.
Need help with your bathroom’s improvements? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They can put you in touch with local service professionals.
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