How to warm up a bathroom – 12 easy ideas to try

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How to warm up a bathroom for winter

Is your bathroom on the chilly side?

You’re not alone. Bathrooms can be one of the coldest rooms in the house. They are filled with ceramic and usually have hard, carpet-less floors. They also require a window or extractor fan, which can let in cold drafts.

There’s nothing worse than getting out of the bath or shower into icy surroundings. It can ruin much-needed relaxation time and make cold mornings down-right unpleasant. But don’t worry, because there are plenty of ways to warm up a bathroom in time for winter.

We’ve pulled together a list of ideas. Some are cheap and cheerful, while some are more permanent investments. Read on to discover what they are…

1. Re-seal your windows

If your windows let in drafts, take a look at the seals. Are they old, fraying or pulling away at the edges? If so, it’s probably worth resealing them for better insulation. You can find plenty of online DIY tutorials to help or, alternatively, a tradesperson should be able to fix the problem in no time at all.

2. Try adhesive window insulation

Another way to keep heat from escaping from closed windows is to add clear adhesive vinyl to the inside panes. This is a simple way of reducing heat loss through the glass and won’t affect how much sunlight comes into your room.

3. Warm your toes with cosy bathmats

Rugs and bathmats are useful for avoiding slippery floors, but they can also provide an added layer of insulation. Stepping out onto a fluffy bathmat is a much more comfortable experience than landing on cold, hard tiles.


4. Feel warmer with candles

Lighting a candle isn’t going to provide a heat source, but it can help make the room feel warmer. If you’re taking a long soak in the bath, lighting candles is a wonderfully relaxing touch that can take the chill out of the air.

5. Trap warmth with thick blinds

Thick, fabric blinds that cover your window cavity are a brilliant way to trap warm air into your bathroom, as well as providing added privacy during the evenings. Roller blinds are a good option as they come in fabric styles but don’t take up too much room.


6. Treat yourself to fluffy new towels

After years of regular washing, towels get grainy, scratchy and crisp to touch. A simple way to make bathing and showering more pleasurable during winter is to invest in new towels. Burying yourself into something soft and fluffy might just make all the difference.

7. Warm up the décor

We tend to always stick to colder colours when it comes to decorating our bathrooms. Blues, whites, greys and greens; these look lovely, of course, but can add to the feeling of a cold room. Adding a feature wall in a warmer colour, like pink, yellow, or a sandy neutral, for instance, can help lift the space and make it feel warmer.

8. Add natural materials

Ceramics are cold and hard by nature, so counterbalancing them with other substrates will help dilute their impact. Bringing in some more natural tones like wood, slate and cotton can help warm up a bathroom.


9. Warm up the lighting

LED spotlights are a common addition to bathrooms, due to their convenience. However, the light they give out can be quite harsh. Light at around 4000K and above replicates daylight and is considered cold light.

Light measured at 3000K and below, on the other hand, is warmer and provides a tone similar to that of candle or firelight. Switching up your bulbs to warmer tones can help to take the visible chill out of your space.

If you’ve tried the ideas above and they haven’t quite given you the results you’re looking for, why not try one of these more permanent ways of heating up your bathroom?

10. Install a heated towel rack

This is a hugely effective way of warming up a bathroom because you benefit from heat that spreads around the room as well as warm, dry towels. Heated towel racks come in both electric and central heating powered models and there are hundreds of styles available.


11. Invest in underfloor heating

If you’re willing to invest a little more money into warming up your bathroom, then underfloor heating is the way to go. Electric underfloor heating mats are cost-effective to run once installed and only raise the floor level by around 1cm. They take around a day to fit, depending on your flooring and the size of your room. Underfloor heating provides an even distribution of heat throughout the room and feels luxuriously toasty underfoot.

12. Get an electric panel heater

Although some electric heaters won’t be suitable for use in the bathroom (due to the risk of water contact), there are now many varieties designed for this very purpose. They can be affixed to the wall and controlled from outside the room, making them safe to operate.

We hope you’ve found these ideas useful. If you’re considering any of these options as a part of a wider bathroom renovation project, why not talk to our team? They will be able to answer your questions and offer practical advice. You can get in touch with our customer care team today.

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