Five Essential Bathroom Winter Warming Tips

As anyone who spent a good five minutes de-icing their car this morning will tell you, winter is well and truly back.

Out of all the rooms in the home, the bathroom is arguably the one most affected by a plummeting of temperatures. Placing your feet on the cold tiled floor, sitting on the cold toilet seat during a pre-bedtime trip to the loo, that horrible moment you step out of a hot shower; we’ve all been there.

Fortunately, there are quite a few ways you can warm up your bathroom without spending a fortune on heating. Here are just a few…

Heat up your towels before showering

There isn’t much worse than stepping out of a hot shower on a freezing winter’s morning and having to perform that dance to keep a semblance of warmth within your rattling bones.

While there isn’t much you can do to counter the sudden change in temperature, warming up your towels pre-shower can help you retain some of the much-needed heat. A heated towel rail is the best way to go about pre-heating your towels. They come with the added bonus of ramping up the ambient temperature a little bit too!

Introduce some bathroom rugs

The other great winter bathroom menace is cold feet from stepping on cold tiling or lino. The obvious solution to this would be to wear slippers, but they aren’t the most practical of items to wear into the bathroom (unless you enjoy wearing wet shoes).

A much more practical and stylish solution is to invest in a couple of rug-esque bath mats. By that, we mean rugs that your feet can sink into slightly, providing a nice warm embrace for your otherwise freezing tootsies. Just make sure that the rugs you buy match up with the rest of your bathroom colour scheme.

Heated toilet seat

No-one likes sitting on a cold toilet seat but there aren’t really many alternatives in the winter months, bar maybe holding a hairdryer over the seat for a few minutes.

Or, you could invest in a heated toilet seat. While it may sound like the kind of lavish expense reserved for the more monied among us, heated toilet seats don’t actually cost as much as you might think! When nature comes calling a frozen December night, it’s an investment you won’t regret.

Ambient lighting

Feeling cold is a bodily reaction to ambient temperatures, and is largely unavoidable if you’re standing in a cold room naked. But how much of the cold we feel is psychological?

Well, not that much in all honesty. However, basic psychology dictates that red makes us feel warmer while blue makes us feel colder so adding some warm shades to your room might just help in the ongoing battle against the cold. And what better way to introduce some colour than with one of our ambient illuminated mirror cabinets, which bathe your bathroom in the kind of warm glow normally reserved for a toasty log fire.

Dance like no-one is watching (they probably aren’t)

Of course, all of the above avoids the most obvious way to get warm in any scenario; move around a lot. And what better way to get moving than having an impromptu jig to some pop classics?

Our audio mirror cabinets allow you to connect your music-playing device of choice to two speakers housed on top of the cabinet, meaning you can pump out beats without fear of water damage. Recommended genres for ‘get warm bathroom jigging’ include drum and bass, hard house and heavy metal.

Now, we turn the question over to you, our lovely readers – how do you keep warm in winter? Let us know on Twitter @bathroom_mirror, on Facebook or on Google+!

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Jamie Bell is the managing director of Illuminated Mirrors. You can find Jamie on Google+; he also occasionally updates the Illuminated Mirrors Facebook page.

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