Roll Top Baths For That Luxurious Touch


2013 is a year for spa-inspired and luxurious bathroom designs. It is becoming more important to have that luxurious bathroom in your home than ever before, a chance to come home and relax in a large roll top bath rather than heading to the spa or gym.

We spend our lives juggling work and family life, these days lifestyles are chaotic and we work hard to enjoy the finer things in life, such as a luxurious en-suite or family bathroom in our home so why not add that touch of luxury with spectacular roll top baths as the centre piece.

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Slipper Roll Top Bath

Choices Available

When choosing roll top baths you probably want your bath to become a centre piece in your bathroom and you have a few choices available to make that dream a reality.

There are a number of choices available but before you start looking it’s best you choose exactly where you intend placing your new bath. Is it going in the corner of the bathroom with two sides against a wall or is it going against a back wall with three sides open?

The roll top baths are available as single or double ended which means you can place them wherever you like in the bathroom and still enjoy the benefit of a large, deep and comfortable bath, perfect for enjoying a spa-like experience each day when you get home from work.

Then you have the choice of roll top baths or slipper baths, now the slipper baths are raised at one or both ends, giving you that ideal space to lie back. In fact these baths give a fantastic statement to any bathroom even though you would expect them in Victorian times with their sturdy feet which adds to the elegance and style of the design.

Your Stylish Design

Whenever you choose a piece of bathroom furniture such as roll top baths to add that stylish finish to your bathroom you need to ensure that you are not limiting the floor space you have available. Larger bathrooms benefit from these baths being put on display as such, in the centre of the room giving the bathroom that “wow” factor.

Obviously in a medium sized bathroom, placing roll top baths in the centre of the room would not be a practical option, here you can place them against a wall or even in the corner so that you can still enjoy the luxury and style these baths offer to your overall bathroom design.

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Ways To Reduce Your Bathroom Clutter


One of the biggest things we struggle with in our bathrooms is the clutter. What I am talking about is mess, have you noticed how a bathroom can become messy within minutes, toiletries everywhere, shaving items and even hair care products?

While a messy bathroom isn’t dirty, the mess ruins the entire look of a bathroom and can leave you running around in a panic if a guest arrives at your door unexpectedly. I personally hate clutter in the bathroom, I have worked hard to design my bathroom into a modern oasis with plenty of glass, chrome and light colours and towels lying everywhere, medicines left on the edge of the basin and make up left on the window sill is not my idea of a perfect bathroom space.

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Vanity Unit and Basin

Bathroom Cabinets

One of the ways to reduce the clutter is to consider bathroom cabinets that can hang on the wall above or next to your basin. These are ideal for the smaller bathroom items such as medicines, some toiletries, make up and shaving items, but they are not suitable for the larger items such as your clean towels, shampoos and conditioners.

Placing a mirrored cabinet on the wall can immediately offer you some storage along with a practical and functional mirror which can assist to bounce natural light into the room helping achieve the sense of space.

Vanity Units

Vanity units are such a practical bathroom product that includes ample storage combined with your basin. The advantage to this is that you maximise your floor space while reducing the clutter, it doesn’t get any better than that.

Personally I prefer the wall hung vanity units which make cleaning so much easier. These units hang on the wall, which really assists with the feeling of space and makes the bathroom look stylish with a floating cupboard.

With the choices available you can include a wall hung vanity unit into the smallest cloakroom or into the most spacious of bathrooms. There are single door units, double door units and those with drawers rather than cupboards, all offers ample storage for your clean towels, toiletries and so much more.

The fact that the wall hung vanity unit is available in a choice of colours is a big bonus. If you are looking for that modern and minimalist design, the white gloss works beautifully, but if you want to make a statement and add a splash of colour or texture these units come in black and light oak, just what you need to compliment the space.

How A Designer Would Choose Your Bathroom Mirror


When designing any room in our homes these days we want style, sophistication and even elegance. The bathroom is an important space in any home and with the right design can increase the value of your property.

This year is the year for luxurious bathrooms, those spa-inspired places where you can relax and unwind after a hard day at work. With whirlpool baths, shower jets and stylish design choices putting a luxurious design together is much easier than it has been in the past.

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Blue Infinity Mirror

Then comes your bathroom mirror, you want to make the right choice to ensure it blends in with the rest of your bathroom design while complimenting the space and even becoming a centre piece on what would have been a very bland wall. So how do the designers do it?

Light

The first thing is a designer will do is determine where the natural light is coming from, any mirror can be used to bounce the natural light into the room giving it a more spacious feel. Stand in your bathroom and see how the natural light enters the room, where is the light focussed, which wall? This is the wall you will want to place your bathroom mirrors with lights.

Now you may wonder why bathroom mirrors with lights are such a popular choice with designers, it comes back down to lighting. They offer additional light on those darker days, they offer convenience and practicality while adding that special something to the bathroom.

Design

Next step is to take in the design of the bathroom. A modern bathroom with a minimalist feel and plenty of straight edges will benefit from a mirror that compliments the space, such as rectangular mirrors. The standard pure mirror and the extra vision pure mirror are both bathroom mirrors with lights that would work beautifully in a modern bathroom space.

Luckily bathroom mirrors with lights come in a range of shapes and sizes so you can easily find one that blends in with the rest of your design, whether you have curved edges or straight edges. For curved edges you will want to incorporate round or oval mirrors or something along the lines of the Minima bowed mirror which has a straight top and bottom design with curved sides.

The “Wow” Factor

Any bathroom mirrors with lights which are mounted in any bathroom should offer a focal point for the space, that special “wow” factor that helps bring the design together, enhancing the space while it’s also functional and practical.

Hinged Door Shower Enclosures – A Stylish Finish To Your Bathroom


Choosing a shower enclosure should be easy, but with so many to choose from you may be hesitant on which one is the right option for your bathroom. Hinged shower doors offer style and elegance to any bathroom space, they can blend in with your bathroom design assisting you in finishing your bathroom to perfection.

What you will notice when looking at hinged door shower enclosures is that you have two options available, there are framed and frameless designs and you choice can be determined depending on whether you are working with a modern or traditional bathroom.

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Bow Hinged Shower Door

The framed designs are finished in chrome helping it blend in beautifully with your bath and basin taps, shower head, shower valves and your designer radiator, if you have one. These are perfect for both modern and traditional bathroom designs. The gentle curve of the door offers additional showering space, but be sure your enclosure is bowed, these hinged door shower enclosures only work with the Sloegrin shower trays, matching perfectly and ensuring that the shower is fully enclosed, reducing the risk of leaks.

The frameless hinged door shower enclosures are the ideal choice for both ultra-modern and modern bathroom designs following through with the minimalist design. The chrome handle blends in with the rest of your fixtures and fittings while the plain glass of the enclosure allows light to flow through with ease, making the space feel lighter and brighter.

The Best Match

Of course your shower enclosure will depend on the shower tray you intend on placing in the bathroom. For example, the frameless hinged door shower enclosures work beautifully in a recess space where you have chosen to place a shower with straight edges and a modern finish.

You always need to take the space you have into consideration when choosing these shower doors because they do open up into the bathroom. The hinge allows the door to swing open with ease giving you a large opening to get in and out of the shower. If you think you may have obstacles in the way, be sure to measure and then measure again, as there is nothing worse than your shower door not opening completely and having to squeeze through the opening.

When you choose the hinged door shower enclosures for your bathroom you can enjoy an elegant and stylish finish to your design, a centre piece of your bathroom that is cool and modern.

Getting to Grips With Shower Valves


Shower valves are an important aspect of your showering experience, this is the part that helps you manage your water flow and temperature. Of course you want your new shower valves to blend in with your overall design and complement your shower, which is why you need to know the different options available.

Exposed Shower Valves

The exposed shower valves are stylish and elegant and will look fantastic in any bathroom design. These are generally a bar with a valve on each side, the one side will determine the water flow while the other determines the temperature. The advantage is that everyone in the house can manage the temperature they prefer and the pressure they require.

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Thermostatic Mixer Valve

The exposed shower valves come in cylindrical designs, square and deluxe options. Depending on your overall bathroom style, you will be able to pick the one that best works with your other bathroom fixtures and fittings.

Concealed Shower Valves

The concealed shower valves are very modern and stylish, perfect for that minimalistic bathroom design. These valves are a plate which is attached to your shower wall with two or three dials. Each dial has a purpose, one will be for the water flow letting you determine what water pressure you prefer, one will be for the temperature giving you the chance to make your shower as hot or cold as you wish. If you choose a concealed shower valve with three dials, you will use the third to manage the shower jets or extra shower head that you have placed in your shower.

Dual Concealed Shower Valves

These shower valves are very stylish, perfect for modern or traditional bathrooms. The valves are round in shape with two levers, the levers manage your water flow and temperature.

There are four dual concealed shower valves to choose from, two of which have a cross head for managing the water flow, the same as you would find on many traditional taps. Perfect for all bathroom designs offering elegance and sophistication to the space.

How to Choose

With so many shower valves to choose from it can be a difficult decision on which is right for you. The best solution is to take your overall bathroom design into consideration along with the taps you have already chosen for your basin or your basin and bath, keep the shower valves in line with those designs to ensure you have the same style flowing throughout the space.

Bottle Traps For The Bathroom Design


When designing your bathroom one of the important decisions that you need to make is the style of your bathroom basin. There are a selection available from those that have a full pedestal to those with a half pedestal and then there are those that fit into a vanity, on the counter and those that use bottle traps.

If you are unsure what a bottle trap is, check under your kitchen sink. Now don’t get a fright, the bottle traps available for bathroom designs are not ugly plastic traps that will ruin your overall design. The traps available for bathrooms are finished in chrome offering a minimalistic design for the modern bathroom.

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Chrome Bottle Trap

These days it’s stylish to put your bottle traps on display, the advantage to this is that you maximise your space. You can place your basin on the wall, have a bottle trap below and plenty of space below that adding to the spaciousness of your design.

Bottle traps do offer advantages though, they are not only available to look elegant and sophisticated. These traps do what the name says, they trap debris that goes down your bathroom drain and the best thing is that they reduce the risk of blockages and unwanted smells.

Easy Maintenance

Bottle traps are probably the most functional choice when installing a basin in the bathroom. You can clean them out with ease on a regular basis, all you need is a bucket to place under the trap, unscrew it and clean it out. You’ll find all the hair and debris that would have blocked the drains and it’s clean and ready to collect all the debris all over again.

Stylish Designs

With so many basins available on the market today that are ideal in finishing your bathroom to perfection, bottle traps are useful additions which help you add that sophisticated edge to your overall design.

The full pedestal bathroom basins are the more traditional design, they are the ones you used to see in all bathrooms. The half pedestals are stylish and offer more space, making it much easier to clean below them.

The bottle traps are used on your wall hung basins, vanity basins and many of your counter top basins. Leaving the trap to be seen by all who enter the bathroom may not be your first choice, but with a range of designs to blend in with your bathroom style and finished in chrome, they can look spectacular and really add that finished look to your bathroom.

The Affordable Way To Give Your Bathroom A New Look


Have you been waiting to redecorate your bathroom but budget just doesn’t allow for it? Are you looking for ways to give your bathroom a facelift without replacing the larger bathroom products? It can be done and all you need is a limited budget and a great imagination.

There are many ways you can give your bathroom a new look and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. I always start off by giving my bathroom a good scrub, now I don’t have a dirty bathroom, but taking the time to wash the blind, scrub the tiles and get all the bathroom items sparkling is the first step to a makeover.

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Dressing Gown Hooks

Did you know that mixing vinegar and water together can work better than some of the bathroom cleaning products you find on the shelves? In fact I find that vinegar and water works much better on the glass shower doors and removes soap and water marks with ease.

Things To Buy

What you’ll need to make a difference in your bathroom is some new accessories. The cone bathroom accessories such as toilet roll holders, toilet brush holders and tumbler holders are available in a stylish design. Choose all your accessories the same so they blend in together whether it’s a towel rail next to the bath or a soap dish near the basin.

Cone bathroom accessories are finished in chrome which add elegance and sophistication to your bathroom, giving it that facelift that it needs.

Invest in some new towels, towels can be used to add splashes of colour to your bathroom space and a new blind can make a huge impact on the entire bathroom design.

You’ll also want to get some white bathroom paint. Bathrooms should be light and bright, changing the wall colour to a gleaming white can automatically make the space feel lighter, brighter and more spacious.

Remember you have your towels for colour, your new cone bathroom accessories for elegance and your blind for impact.

You may want to add a bathroom mirror as a finishing touch, adding something to an otherwise bland wall. Be sure to position your mirror so that it bounces any natural light coming into the space. Mirrors are fantastic tools in the bathroom offering you convenience and functionality, but they work beautifully in reflecting light, again making the space feel light, bright and spacious.

Have You Got Everything You Need For Your Bathroom Renovation?


Doing a bathroom renovation is such an exciting time, you measure your bathroom, draw up a plan and start choosing your bathroom products. Very often the budget gets used on the larger items, the bath, shower and vanity and little is left for the essential items, such as your easy plumb and fast flow waste (wastes for shower trays, baths and basins).

It’s so easy for your budget to get blown on the larger items, yet forgetting or not having enough money left over for the essential waste can be disastrous for any bathroom project. It’s obvious you need easy plumb and fast flow waste for your bathroom design, where would the water go if you didn’t plan this into your budget?

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90mm High Flow Shower Waste

Ensuring You Stay on Track

The easiest way to ensure that you don’t forget the essential things you need for your bathroom renovation is to set an overall budget and then break it down. Set a budget aside for the shower and its waste, the bath and its waste and the basin and its waste. This way you can rest assured you will have everything in place when the contractors come in to start work.

There is nothing worse than building work being put on hold because you don’t have everything ready when the contractors arrive. They can gut your current bathroom, but once it comes to installation they will not be able to proceed without the right easy plumb and fast flow waste available.

Choosing your Plumbing and Waste

There are a number of choices when it comes to your easy plumb and fast flow waste (wastes for shower trays, baths and basins). If you imagine a bath you know there is an overflow area and a plug hole, both of these need to have access to the drain allowing water to drain out of the bath without flooding the bathroom. The wastes for these incorporate the two with the option of the traditional plug and chain design or the easy Klik-Klak push design. Choose the design that best suits your bathroom décor and style.

The same applies to your basin, are you going to choose the traditional plug and chain or the easy to use push button easy plumb and fast flow waste? Which one suits your bathroom style and is easier for the family to use?

Take careful consideration when choosing your waste, always see what is available before making any decisions and most of all, remember to add your easy plumb and fast flow waste into your bathroom budget so you have everything ready when your contractors arrive.

Shower Choices For The Modern Bathroom


What do you think of when you think of the word “modern?” Do you think of straight edges, minimalistic, white and bright? Modern is a popular choice for bathrooms these days, the streamlined designs, the elegant touches, the square bathroom products and the white, glass and chrome finishes.

When choosing a shower for your modern bathroom you need to choose a shower tray that blends in with your bathroom design while remaining both functional and practical. This is why I love the square shower trays, they offer the straight edges and you can place them in the corner of the bathroom or against a wall, wherever you have chosen to place your shower.

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Bi-Fold Shower Doors

Where is Your Shower Going?

Your first decision before you go out and buy a shower tray is to determine where you are placing it in your bathroom. Often I choose a corner position which helps maximise the floor space of the bathroom leaving you room to place a bath if you have the room and all your other essential bathroom products.

Maybe you have a recess area in your bathroom, the perfect place for a shower. Again this is where the square shower trays come in, often fitting into the space with ease and then there is placing the shower along a wall. Combining the square shower trays with a stylish enclosure, panels and accessories and you have a sophisticated space to be proud of.

What Door Are You Choosing?

As you look at all the shower trays available you’ll notice that some of them only allow you the ability of a sliding door, now you may prefer the idea of a bi-fold door or a pivot door and with the square shower trays you are in control and just about any shower door will work with ease.

For smaller bathrooms I would suggest that when installing your square shower trays you stick with the doors that do not swing open such as your sliding doors or bi-fold doors. The bi-fold doors are stylish and work on a concertina effect that allows you to make the most of the bathroom space you have available.

For larger bathrooms you can choose any shower door to fit the square shower trays from the hinged and pivot doors that swing open to the walk in shower enclosures that don’t have a door and ooze sophistication and elegance to the sliding and bi-fold doors. With these trays you are in control of your own bathroom design.

Sheer Bathroom Luxury with a Whirpool and Airpool Baths


Spa inspired and luxury bathrooms are the top of the list when it comes to bathroom designs this year. Bathrooms, which used to be an essential space in any home are taking on a different role, they are a space to unwind after a long day, a place which oozes luxury, sophistication and elegance and the more luxurious the bathroom, the higher your home value.

Most people don’t renovate their bathrooms just to increase the home value, but it is a welcome extra when you have completed your luxurious bathroom and know it’s added a few pounds to your home value.

One of the most popular additions to a luxury designed bathroom is whirlpool and airpool baths. People spend thousands at day spas each year, getting hydrotherapy treatments for aching muscles, poor circulation and arthritis. Why spend so much money when you can have the convenience at home in your own bathroom?

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Napoli Whirlpool Bath

The Difference

You may be wondering what the difference is between whirlpool and airpool baths, when it comes to health benefits there is no difference. The difference is in the way that they work, whirlpool baths jet out water, while airpool baths jet out air. It’s that simple. The only slight difference is you can never run a whirlpool bath without water covering the jets, this is very important as you can burn out the motor.

The Benefits

Whirlpool and airpool baths come with a host of benefits. They offer great massaging powers to those with aching muscles, relaxing in a hot bath while the jets gently massage aching joints is exceptionally beneficial.

These baths also improve circulation and help aching joints for those suffering with arthritis.

Away from the healing benefits, the whirlpool and airpool baths are easy to clean and maintain, which means that the choice is yours on which one to pick, one is not better than the other. The whirlpool baths require you fill the bath with soapy water using a cleaning mixture which you run through the system, you then add clean water and rinse the system before drying it out with a towel.

The airpool baths use the air jets to keep the system clean, once the bath is empty, you can run the jets for a minute and then wipe out the bath, ready for the next use.

The biggest advantage of these luxurious baths is the statement they make in any bathroom design. They add that sophisticated and luxurious finish to any bathroom design.