The Best Bathroom Mirror Options


Bathroom mirrors play such an important role in any bathroom. Mirrors help reflect natural light into the bathroom space and as you probably know by now, a lighter and brighter bathroom automatically feels spacious. Mirrors can also be used to highlight a feature in the bathroom, maybe that feature wall you’ve worked on or a stunning roll top bath.

There are things you need from your mirror though. They should not only be there to reflect light and highlight features, they should also offer convenience, practicality and they should be a functional item.

Bathroom Mirrors with Shelves

The bathroom mirrors with shelves are a top choice when trying to find the most functional and convenient mirror for your bathroom space. These mirrors come in a choice of shapes and sizes which can brighten up any bathroom wall.

They offer a clear reflection essential for getting ready for work or that night on the town and they have shelves which can house all your make up, shaving items and hair care products. The advantage of having the shelves on the mirror offers you that additional storage space that you need for your smaller bathroom items.

Some of the stunning bathroom mirrors with shelves designs include oval, square and cone shaped. They are all completely unique in their design with ample shelving to store your items. One of my firm favourites is the Zola mirror with shelves, these bathroom mirrors with shelves have a wooden frame with a shelf on either side, the mirror is rectangular in shape to blend in with any bathroom design. What I really love about this specific design is you can mount it horizontally or vertically depending on your preference.

Zola Bathroom Mirror with Shelves

Zola Bathroom Mirror with Shelves

Other Options

Of course there aren’t only the bathroom mirrors with shelves available, there are LED mirrors, infinity mirrors and even mirror cabinets to choose from.

What I do is work out the space I have available, you want the mirror placed on a wall which offers convenience, many of us prefer the mirror to be located close to the basin. Whether you have chosen the bathroom mirrors with shelves or an infinity mirror, you need to ensure the mirror isn’t too big for the space you have available.

Whether it’s an LED mirror or a back lit bathroom mirror you have chosen, it should become an art piece on your bathroom wall.

Advertisements

Shower Enclosures for the Smaller Bathroom Space


I think one of the hardest things to do is design a smaller bathroom. In a year where everyone is designing spa-inspired and luxury bathrooms, those stuck with compact bathrooms have to decide how to make the space work for them.

In a smaller bathroom environment you have to be so careful where you place your bathroom products and it’s essential you ensure that there are no products that obstruct other products. For example, if you choose a pivot or hinged shower door for a smaller bathroom, these doors could swing open and bang into your vanity or even toilet. If this happens the entry may be obstructed, this could leave you trying to squeeze into a small opening when getting in and out of your shower.

This is why when choosing shower enclosures in a small bathroom space, you should choose those that don’t swing open and there are a number of options available.

Sliding Door Shower Enclosures

The sliding door shower enclosures are one of the top choices when finding a shower door that doesn’t swing open. It helps you maximise your floor space in smaller bathrooms and they are modern and stylish in design.

Sliding Shower Enclosures

Sliding Door Shower Enclosures

The sliding door shower enclosure slides on a rail located at the top and bottom of the shower, they are easy for everyone in the family to use and reduce the risk of water leaking onto your floor while showering.

Bi-Fold Door Shower Enclosures

The bi-fold door shower enclosures are also a top choice. These shower doors also work on rail system like the sliding door shower enclosures except that they fold up, just like a concertina file.

Bi-fold shower door

Bi-fold Shower Door

The doors fold in towards the shower rather than out, so they don’t compromise your floor space. These shower enclosures are also sleek and stylish and blend in beautifully with any bathroom design.

Walk In Shower Enclosures

The walk in shower enclosures are a modern choice and unlike the sliding door shower enclosures, these do not have any doors but rather an opening with a lip that ensures water doesn’t leak out while showering.

walk in shower enclosures

Walk in shower enclosures

Whichever you choose, whether it’s the sliding door shower enclosures, bi-fold or walk in option, you can maximise your floor space and ensure that your smaller bathroom layout works for you.

Take Control of Your Bathroom Mess with Bathroom Cupboards


When it comes to any bathroom design it’s essential you ensure you have ample storage for all your bathroom accessories, toiletries, make up and shaving items. Choosing the right storage solution can be daunting and whether you are in the process of renovating a family bathroom, en-suite or cloakroom, you need to find the right storage solution to meet your needs.

Imagine in a family bathroom you choose a small bathroom cupboard which only stores a small amount of items, this means the family will still leave things lying around. The aim of bathroom cupboards is to have the right amount of storage for all your bathroom items and everyone in the family should have space to store their items, reducing the clutter and keeping your bathroom neat and tidy.

Some of my favourite bathroom cupboards include:

Linda Open Shelf Bathroom Cupboards

These bathroom cupboards are a welcome addition to any bathroom design in a stunning white that will blend in with your overall bathroom design. The cupboards can be mounted vertically or horizontally on any wall offering two open shelves to display items or use to store toiletries and other bathroom products.

Linda 25 Base Bathroom Cupboards

These bathroom cupboards are the perfect choice for an en-suite or smaller family bathroom. Available in a sleek white that will blend in with any bathroom design, these bathroom cupboards have a drawer and cupboard offering ample storage for all your toiletries, make up items and shaving items.

Bathroom Storage Cupboard

Linda 25 Base Unit

Euro 35 Linen Bathroom Cupboards

When you think of practicality and functionality when it comes to bathroom storage then the Euro 35 linen bathroom cupboards come in first place. These cupboards offer a drawer for storage and the cupboard is a handy linen cupboard, ensuring that dirty clothing and towels are not left strewn across your bathroom floor. These bathroom cupboards are also available in a stunning white finish.

Bathroom Linen Storage

Euro 35 Linen Basket

Euro Tall Bathroom Cupboards

These bathroom cupboards will not only look fantastic on any bathroom wall, but they can be used to fill a bland wall. These cupboards are long and thin with two cupboards and a draw separating them. Perfect for any family bathroom offering an abundance of storage space.

Bathroom Tall Storage

Euro Tall Unit

Zola Tall Bathroom Cupboards

The Zola tall bathroom cupboards are available in a beautiful black finish to add that “wow” factor to any bathroom design. These are one large single cupboard which offers a large amount of storage space for the larger bathroom design.

Black Bathroom Tall Storage Cupboard

Zola Tall Cupboard

Add Some Extra Light to Your Bathroom with Bathroom Cabinet Lighting


We all need ways to reduce the clutter in our bathrooms, which is why so many of us choose bathroom cupboards or vanity units. There is nothing worse than not having adequate storage in the bathroom area, you are left with towels strewn across the floor, make up on the window sill and shaving items on the side of the basin.

While storage is imperative to any bathroom design, being able to find things in the cupboards is just as important and even with the light on, you may find that your cupboard is too dark which is why you need bathroom cabinet lighting.

Bathroom cabinet lighting is not only ideal for over the cupboard or even in the cupboard, but this lighting can be used over a mirror or just as a handy additional light source that is guaranteed to lighten and brighten your bathrooms space.

Stylish Desgins

Bathroom cabinet lighting comes in a choice of stylish designs and I love placing mine over my vanity unit, so I always have light flowing onto the basin area.

Some of the designs include:

The single cone design is one of my favourites and will blend in with any bathroom design whether you have a modern or traditional bathroom. The metallic finish is perfect blending in with your taps and shower accessories. The cone design is elegant and sophisticated and guaranteed to enhance the bathroom space.

Single Cone metallic Cabinet Lighting

Another of my favourite bathroom cabinet lighting options is the single pumpkin design. Now while the name may sound a little strange, this cylindrical design is the perfect choice when your bathroom is filled with gentle curves and round or oval bathroom products. Also finished in metallic, these bathroom cabinet lighting options will blend in beautifully with your overall design.

Bathroom Cabinet Lighting

Pumpkin Metallic Bathroom Cabinet Lighting

If you have a double or large basin then the duo funnel design may be the right choice for you. These are so stylish in design and really complement the bathroom space, especially in the modern bathroom designs.

When you think of bathroom cabinet lighting chances are you think of an ugly light that is hidden inside your cabinet. The bathroom cabinet lighting designs can be used anywhere in your bathroom to add additional light to a darker area, to highlight your mirror or basins or to enhance a feature in the space.

Mirrors Are a Must When Designing Your Bathroom


Mirrors play such an important role in any bathroom design. You’re probably thinking this statement is obvious, you need a mirror when getting ready in the mornings and having one in the bathroom saves you from running from the bathroom to a mirror in another part of your home.

While this is the obvious reason for having a mirror in the bathroom, they also reflect light entering the bathroom offering a lighter and brighter space and best of all, they can be used to highlight a feature in the bathroom.

Choices

There are so many great bathroom mirrors available, but my favourites are the LED bathroom mirrors. These mirrors not only offer you a clear reflection, but they have elegant LED lights around the mirror which add additional light to the bathroom space and ensure you enjoy a clear reflection throughout the day.

LED Bathroom Mirrors

LED Bathroom Mirrors with Digital Clock

Some of these mirrors come with digital clocks built into them, what a way to ensure you are never late for work again.

The LED bathroom mirrors can be used in any bathroom design due to the fact that they are available in a wide selection of shapes and sizes from those with lights all the way around the border of the mirror to those with lights at the top of the mirror and a digital clock at the bottom.

Placement

The placement of LED bathroom mirrors is as important as the shape and style that you choose. Your mirror should be conveniently placed to ensure they are both practical and function in the space. At the same time they should be strategically placed to either reflect any natural light or to highlight a feature in the bathroom area.

You will be amazed how placing LED bathroom mirrors on a wall which receives an abundance of natural light will immediately brighten your entire bathroom area. As you know by now a lighter and brighter bathroom will feel more spacious than it actually is.

The last advantage to the LED bathroom mirrors is that you can use them at night for additional light rather than putting on the main light. This will give a welcome glow to the bathroom and best of all, it will not disturb the family every time someone gets up during the night.

Quadrant Shower Enclosures – The Best Choice for Smaller Bathrooms


One of the hardest things to do when renovating your home is working with a small bathroom. Smaller bathrooms are so limited in what you can and can’t do, but there is no reason you should compromise on style and elegance when working with a more compact space.

In fact the smaller bathroom is more common than you think. Homes seem to be built on a smaller scale these days, leaving family bathrooms small spaces where you have the choice to place a bath and compromise your floor space or add a shower.

Why Quadrant Shower Enclosures?

The quadrant shower trays are a unique shape perfectly designed for a corner position. These trays are usually square or rectangular with a gentle curved front which offers sophistication and elegance to your bathroom space.

The quadrant shower enclosures are specifically designed to fit these trays and come with sliding doors which are perfect for any smaller bathroom where you are trying to maximise your floor space. The sliding doors open with ease offering ample room for getting in and out of the shower and the biggest bonus is that they do not swing open into the bathroom area.

Quadrant Sliding Shower Enclosures Doors

Quadrant Sliding Shower Enclosures

As you can imagine when working with a smaller space, choosing a shower enclosure that has a swinging door is impractical. This will compromise your floor space dramatically and leave you with the risk that your shower door will swing open and there will be an obstacle in the way. In turn this means that the door will not be able to open properly and may have you trying to squeeze through a small space to get in and out of your shower.

Planning

Every bathroom needs careful planning, but this couldn’t be more true when working with a smaller space. You need to measure the area carefully and then choose your fittings and fixtures accordingly. You want to keep as much as your floor space as possible, which is why I always choose the quadrant shower enclosures when working with limited space.

The quadrant shower enclosures fit into a corner space with ease leaving more than enough room for your vanity with basin and toilet.

Adding a mirror to the wall will help reflect light into the space and due to the fact that the quadrant shower enclosures come with clear glass panels that light can flow throughout the space, making it feel lighter, brighter and more spacious.

A Touch of Luxury with Airpool Baths


Airpool baths are a top choice this year as homes across the country renovate their bathrooms to a spa-inspired and luxurious theme. These baths are not only available in a choice of shapes and sizes, but they offer a host of health benefits and even better, they are easy to clean and maintain.

If you are looking for the convenience of a spa in your home, then adding the luxury of an airpool bath in your bathroom is the first step to achieving this.

Shapes and Sizes

The advantage to the airpool baths is that they are available in such a large variety of shapes and sizes to suit any size bathroom. From the stunning semi-circular design to the rectangular choices and the large oval options to the more square choices. You can blend these luxurious baths into any bathroom design.

When choosing airpool baths remember to keep your style the same throughout the space. If you have chosen straight edged designs for your basin, shower and vanity, then ensure you choose from the rectangular or square airpool baths. The same applies if you have chosen cylindrical or curved fixtures and fittings, choose from the oval or semi-circular airpool baths, allowing your design to flow freely throughout the space.

whirlpool and airpoll baths

Luxury Whirlpool and Airpool Baths

Health Benefits

What many people don’t realise is that airpool baths offer a host of health benefits and are the ideal choice if you are looking for that luxurious touch in your bathroom. These baths are a welcome addition to those with arthritis or circulation problems. The air jets gently massage aching joints and muscles while you bath and the massaging action dramatically improves circulation.

These baths are a wonderful addition if you are looking for that long and relaxing soak in the bath after a long day at work and can help alleviate stress.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Airpool baths are very easy to clean and maintain. It’s important to have your bath serviced by a professional at least once a year to ensure the motor is working to its best. But the rest of the time you just need to take a little time to clean the bath.

After each use let the jets run while the bath is empty and use a cloth to wipe out any excess water. Unlike the whirlpool options, airpool baths can run empty, reducing the risk of damaging the motor in the long run.

Understanding Bathroom Wastes


There are so many decisions to make when remodelling or designing a new bathroom from what shower tray to choose to which basin or toilet is the right choice for your design. One of the other decisions you will need to make when designing a bathroom is your wastes (basin wastes and bath wastes).

Wastes are an essential part of your bathroom design, these are what makes it possible for the water to flow from the product with ease and enables you to plug up the hole and use the product, so the decision needs to be the right one.

Basin Wastes

There are two things you need from your basin, you need to plug up the hole to fill the basin and when you pull the plug you need peace of mind that the water will drain with ease. So basically the concentration is based around the plug you use and if it is stylish and elegant, even better.

plug and chain wastes

Plug and Chain Wastes

There are a number of options when it comes to bathroom wastes and depending on your bathroom design and who uses the bathroom, will determine which is the right choice for you.

The first option which is suited for traditional and cottage style bathrooms is the plug and chain design that we all know so well. The chain is attached to the side of the basin to ensure that you don’t lose the plug and this design is easy for everyone in the family to use.

The other option when it comes to basin wastes is the easy to use Klik Klak design which is where the plug is attached to the hole at all times, a simple push of the plug seals the hole allowing you to fill the basin and another push of the plug releases the seal, allowing the water to drain with ease. These are ideal for households with children or the elderly and are so easy to use.

Klik Klak Basin Wastes

Klik Klak Basin Wastes

Bath Wastes

Bath wastes are easy to install and include a plug and overflow pipe, again there are two options to choose from, the plug and chain design which is suitable for any bathroom design and the easy push system of the Klik Klak design.

Klik Klak Bath Waste with Overflow

Klik Klak Bath Waste with Overflow

The advantage when it comes to bath wastes is you can choose from a round plug and outlet design or a square option, enabling you to blend your wastes with your overall bathroom style.

Stylish Cubarc Bathroom Accessories


There is one thing that many people forget to add to their bathroom budget and that is their bathroom accessories. When working out the budget for a new bathroom design, they spend most, if not all their budget on the larger bathroom items, forgetting the necessary accessories which make your bathroom space practical and functional.

The cubarc bathroom accessories are a top choice for any modern bathroom design where you have chosen straight edges and square bathroom products, such as square taps, shower accessories, baths, toilets, basins and showers.

The cubarc bathroom accessories range offers so much functionality to your bathroom space with a large selection of fantastic accessories that turn your bathroom into a practical and elegant space, whether it’s a family bathroom or an en-suite.

Some of the accessories you can expect to find when looking at the cubarc bathroom accessories include:

soap basket

Soap dishesSoap dishes are a welcome addition to any bathroom design whether you choose to mount it next to the basin or bath, it reduces the soap build up on the side of the basin or bath while looking stylish and sophisticated.

Tumbler Holders – The tumbler holders available in the cubarc bathroom accessories range are available as a single or double holder which oozes sophistication and elegance. Perfect for mounting next to or above a modern bathroom basin.

Toilet Accessories – When looking at accessories for the toilet area there is the toilet brush holder and the toilet roll holder, both blending in beautifully together which will enhance any bathroom space.

Shelves Glass shelves are always practical in the bathroom environment, we always need additional storage for our toiletries, make up and shaving items. The glass shelves available in the cubarc bathroom accessories range are available as a single or double shelf, perfect above the basin or next to the bath incorporating the stylish cubed design with clear glass.

Towels – Not having a space to hang towels can lead to towels strewn across the bathroom floor or visitors not knowing which is the hand towel for guests and which is the bath towel you used this morning. The cubarc bathroom accessories offer a large selection of towel bars and rings to blend in with your overall bathroom design. The towel ring works beautifully next to the basin for a guest towel, while the single, double and towel rail rack and rail are a welcome addition next to the bath.

Top Tips When Designing Small Bathrooms


Small bathrooms are very common these days, it seems homes are being built on a smaller scale and that means small family bathrooms, small en-suites and tiny cloakrooms.

When faced with a small bathroom you may feel that there is no way you can turn this small space into your dream bathroom, but there is no reason that small bathrooms cannot be spa-inspired luxury spaces.

There are a few bathroom products you can use to turn your small bathrooms into dream spaces, careful measurement is key, so be sure to work off a clear bathroom layout so you know exactly how much space you have to work with.

Here are a few tips to help you.

Quadrant Shower

Once you have all your measurements in place you can start looking at quadrant showers for smaller bathrooms. The quadrant shower trays and enclosures fit beautifully into the corner of the bathroom, available in square or rectangular with a gentle and stylish curve in the front.

The advantage to the quadrant design is that the enclosures come with sliding shower doors, this means you don’t compromise any floor space and don’t have to worry that your shower door will swing open and bang into another bathroom item, even worse not be able to open completely at all, limiting your shower opening for getting in and out of the shower.

Vanity Units

Bathroom vanity units with basins are the perfect addition to small bathrooms, they not only offer valuable storage space which is essential to reduce clutter in the bathroom but they incorporate a basin, which again saves on valuable floor space. Vanity units come in a range of sizes from floor standing to wall mounted, so it’s easy to find the right sized unit to meet your bathroom size requirements.

vanity unit and toilet set

Back to Wall Toilets

Another space saving option for smaller bathrooms is the back to wall toilets. These toilets have the toilet cistern hidden in the wall which means only the toilet bowl takes up space in your bathroom, you’d be amazed how much space you can save by choosing these modern toilets for the small bathroom space.

Light and Bright

When working with small bathrooms always try and keep the area as light and bright as possible, a large window for natural light and plenty of white will make the space feel much bigger than it is.