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How To Warm Up A Cold Bathroom

By on Dec 30, 2015
How To Warm Up A Cold Bathroom

Few things match the luxury of a hot bath or steamy shower on a cold day. However, undressing in a freezing bathroom for that luxury or stepping out afterward onto a cold tile floor isn’t very appealing. Bathrooms can be one of the coldest rooms in the winter because of all of the porcelain, ceramic and metal.

Sure, adding a fuzzy bathroom rug helps, but these won’t take away the chill in the air and they get messy fast. If your cold bathroom leaves you shivering, consider these helpful ways to warm things up.

Install Radiant Flooring

Imagine stepping out of the shower onto warm tile. That is what will happen if you install radiant flooring in your bathroom. Radiant flooring consists of tubing or wires that heat the flooring from underneath.

Flooring materials can be made of almost anything, but ceramic tile is often recommended because it conducts heat well. One of the best things is that radiant flooring won’t just keep your feet from freezing. Since heat rises, it will help keep your whole bathroom warmer. Other benefits to this type of heating include that it is silent and it doesn’t blow dust into the air as forced air heating can. 

Bathroom Flooring

Use Towel Warmers

No matter how warm you make your bathroom, there is always that initial chilly feeling when you step out of the bath or shower and the air hits your skin. Wrapping yourself in a towel helps a little, but chances are, you still won’t feel comfortable until your body warms up.

You will feel a big difference, however, if you use a towel warmer. These are heated racks that heat towels up in just a matter of minutes. You can also use them to warm up a bathrobe or some articles of clothing, such as your pajamas.

Towel warmers can be easily added to nearly any bathroom, and you can choose from wall mounted or freestanding designs.

Towel Warmers

Renovate with A Gas Fireplace

Long before the days of indoor plumbing, families would sometimes bring an old metal tub in front of a roaring fireplace. Then they could fill the tub with heated water and bathe without freezing.

We are lucky in our modern age that we not only don’t have to carry buckets of water to take a bath, but we also have gas fireplaces, which can be installed nearly anywhere in the home.

Some models require venting while others do not. And you can choose from many different designs to match your decor and the size or shape of the room.

You can also choose from realistic log sets or ultra modern looks such as stones or glass sets for the fireplace insert. This is by far not the cheapest way to warm up your bathroom, but it will add amazing warmth and luxury, and it can add value for many years to come.

Add An Oversized Showerhead

One problem with standard showerheads is the stream of water doesn’t cover your whole body at once. Therefore, the water heats parts of the body while other parts are chilled.

An oversized showerhead eliminates some of that because the cascade of warm water covers more of your body. 

Replace Countertops with Wood

Wood exudes warmth in a way that granite, marble, quartz or other countertop materials can’t. Although the temperature difference in the room might be negligible, switching to wood will make your bathroom seem warmer, and this does make a difference. 

Warm Bathroom Colors

Use Warm Colors

For the same reason as using wood countertops, consider using warm color tones for bathroom decor. Warm colors include red, orange, tan and these colors can trick the mind and make you feel warmer than the cooler colors, which include blue and pale green.

You don’t have to go overboard and paint your walls in warm colors, although that can work if it matches your interior style, but do incorporate wall art, tile or other features in warm color tones.

Add A Small Sauna

Unless your bathroom is very small, chances are, you can incorporate a sauna. Many new prefabricated saunas these days are built to fit into small areas and don’t require you to expand the room. You can even find tiny saunas built to hold one person at a time. 

Most small saunas use infrared light to heat the body instead of heated air, but both the traditional saunas and infrared saunas offer a warm retreat to remove winter’s chill. These won’t add a lot of heat to the rest of the bathroom, but they give you a place to warm up before your shower.

In addition to the pleasant warmth, many people tout the health benefits of saunas. The benefits may include better circulation, improved skin health and relief from joint and muscular pain.

Natural Light

Use Natural Light

If your bathroom window faces the south or southwest, make sure nothing is blocking the afternoon sunlight from shining in. Solar heat can cause a rise in temperature of several degrees, but this only works if it is unimpeded by drapes or window blinds.

If you are doing extensive remodeling, consider adding skylights to the bathroom to take full advantage of solar heat. This is one of the most eco-friendly ways to warm a bathroom, and you will also save on your electric bill.


There was a time when the bathroom was neglected in home design. The rooms were viewed as just a necessity, and not much care was given to making them comfortable or beautiful. Now things have changed and more people are transforming their bathrooms into spa-like areas for unwinding. Warming up your bathroom is one of the most important steps you will take towards transforming it into a personal, comfortable retreat.

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