Toilets to Suit Any Bathroom Design

A toilet is a toilet, or so you would think, but the shape and design of your toilet is an important step in the overall design of your bathroom. If you are in the process of designing a modern bathroom, you don’t want a traditional toilet and if your bathroom is compact, you may not want a normal toilet that will take up too much space.

There are two main factors to take into consideration when choosing the right toilet for your bathroom.


Toilets come in a number of shapes and you can find the one that best suits your overall design. The rule I work by is that if you have chosen square shower trays, rectangular baths and square or rectangular basins, then you need a rectangular toilet.

Keeping everything the same shape helps enhance your bathroom and keep the design flowing, an oval toilet will look out of place in a bathroom that is filled with straight edges.

When choosing toilets you can choose from circular or square shapes that you can blend in easily with your overall bathroom design.


Toilets come in four basic designs, once you have chosen your shape you need to determine which of the toilet designs best suit your bathroom.

The close coupled toilets are the more traditional designed toilets where you have the toilet, base and cistern all on display and installed against a wall. These are seen in many bathrooms around the world.

The wall mounted toilets are increasing in popularity because all the plumbing is hidden in the wall and all that is on display is the toilet pan and the flushing mechanism. These are perfect for modern and compact bathrooms leaving space below the pan to clean with ease.

Then there is the corner toilet. The corner toilets are the best choice for cloakrooms or compact bathrooms where space is minimal. The cistern is triangular shaped to fit perfectly in the corner helping you maximise your floor space and make your bathroom feel bigger than it is.

The back to wall toilets are suitable for both the modern and traditional bathroom. These toilets have the toilet and base on display but all the plumbing is hidden behind a wall or cabinet, this helps keep your bathroom looking stylish and elegant without the bulky cistern on display for all to see.

Stainless Steel Mirror Cabinets – The Perfect Modern Design

These days’ homeowners are paying careful attention to their bathroom designs. Clear lines, gleaming chrome, brilliant whites and a minimalistic finish are all at the top of the list when it comes to bathroom design.

It’s all very well deciding you are going to modernise your bathroom, but you need to pay careful attention to your basin, your toilet and your bath or shower and then there are your taps, your towel rails and let’s not forget your mirrored cabinets.

I love the stainless steel mirror cabinets for a modern bathroom. They come in a selection of styles to enhance the bathroom space and their clean finish means they work well with the taps and shower heads you choose for your bathroom.

There are so many great designs available, but there are five stainless steel mirror cabinets that really stand out for the modern bathroom space.

Wave Duo Hinge Mirror Cabinets

If you are looking for a way to break away from the clean straight lines in your bathroom, these stainless steel mirror cabinets are just what you are looking for. They have a very stylish and slim design, making them the perfect choice for any modern bathroom.

The Duo Slider Mirror Cabinet

The ideal stainless steel mirror cabinet for the slightly larger bathroom or family bathroom. Again these have the clear lines and beautiful mirrored doors. The sliding action of the doors make these a modern and convenience choice, you don’t have to worry about opening the doors and any obstructions. They have the double shelf offering plenty of storage space.

Tall Corner Hinge Mirror Cabinet

When struggling with wall space, these stainless steel mirror cabinets may be the solution. They fit snugly in the corner of your bathroom and with their tall design offer more than enough shelving space to keep your bathroom completely clutter free.

Compact Hinge Mirror Cabinet

The compact hinge mirror cabinet is the ideal choice for a smaller bathroom with a single mirrored door with magnetic closure, it adds brightness to any bathroom design. These stainless steel mirror cabinets come with a double shelf offering ample storage for all your medications, toiletries and hair products or make up.

Lucido Maxi Triple Door Stainless Steel Cabinet

You will want these stainless steel mirror cabinets when remodelling a family bathroom. With three separate compartments, you have more than enough space for the whole family to store their toiletries. The two side compartments have adjustable shelves, while the larger centre compartment has fixed shelves offering ample storage space.

Bidet Facts

Bidets are very popular in modern homes and you have to wonder why. The majority of homes include bidets into their bathroom design and yet the bidet will never be used.

A few years ago I had an apartment with a bidet. The bidet became a place to store my laundry instead of a laundry basket, which got me interested in what these toilet looking devices were all about.

Bidets come with stylish bidet taps, the taps have a versatile spout enabling you to direct6 the water flow. They come in a chrome finish to blend in with your other bathroom fixtures and fittings.

Now to what you may not have known about bidets.

Bidets can be dated back to the 1700’s. While there is no confirmation on who actually designed the bidet, it appears that they did originate in France and were found in some of the wealthier homes across the country during that time.

Now back in the 1700’s, you bathed once a week, so you can imagine that personal hygiene was not a top priority. The bidet back then was a bowl of water that was used to keep your “parts” clean while you waited for your next bath.

Since then the bidet has evolved dramatically. They look like a toilet, except they don’t have a toilet seat and have a tap instead of a flushing mechanism. These days you use stylish bidet taps instead of a bowl of water.

These days bidets are added to bathrooms not only because of their personal hygiene advantages, but because they give an air of luxury and sophistication. In fact these are great additions for senior citizens that struggle with bowel problems.

Bathroom design needs to be taken into consideration when adding bidets into your bathroom. The bidet taps and bidet itself needs to blend in with your overall bathroom design.

The bidet taps on the market are available in a selection of design and the spout of the tap enables you to direct the water flow. They are finished in polished chrome to add sophistication to the bathroom design.

Make a Statement with Freestanding Baths

Freestanding baths are ideal for larger bathroom spaces, making a statement and creating that “wow” factor that makes your bathroom stand out from the rest. These baths stand on their own either in the centre of the bathroom becoming a centre piece or along a wall offering an elegant and sophisticated finish to any bathroom design.

Shape is an important decision when choosing freestanding baths, there are a number of shapes available, enabling you to incorporate them into your design, even turn them into your bathroom centrepiece.

Oval Designs

The Rubarto freestanding baths are my favourite when it comes to looking for an oval or curved edge design. These oval baths are simply spectacular with high sides allowing you to really soak in the bath. Again they come in a choice of colours allowing you to add that splash of colour to your bathroom design.

Rectangular Designs

The Assai is one of my favourites when it comes to freestanding baths, these baths are rectangular in design with straight edges to blend in with any modern finish. The top of the bath flares out slightly giving it that beautiful finish that will wow your guests.  The great thing about these freestanding baths is that you can use them to add colour to your bathroom with a host of panels from white to grey and black to purple.

The Legato freestanding bath is another top choice combining straight edges with angled sides, almost a hexagonal shape that will add style to any bathroom design. These baths come in brilliant white to help gives your bathroom that light and bright feel.

Counter Top Bathroom Basins

Counter top bathroom basins offer sophistication and modern style to any bathroom design. They make a statement in the bathroom, offering that “wow” factor you are looking to achieve. 2013 is a year of luxurious and spa inspired bathroom designs and the counter top bathroom basins enhance this, blending in with the design and creating a practical and convenient space.

The counter top bathroom basins come in a selection of shapes and sizes from round to rectangular. These basins are designed to sit on top of your shelving unit or counter top. They are very appealing and a welcome addition in any bathroom design.

Size and Colours

There are a number of size options available when looking at the counter top bathroom basins, making them ideal for large and small bathroom designs. They fill the space with modern style and sophistication. Glass is a great addition if you want to enhance the light in the room and make a big statement.

There are also white options available. The brilliant white stands out, they work beautifully if you are incorporating a feature wall behind the basins, enabling them to make the statement they are looking to make.

It’s so easy to create that “wow” factor in your bathroom when you are adding counter top bathroom basins. Choose a shape that best blends in with your overall design. The rule of thumb is to keep the design as close together as possible, so if you have gone for plenty of straight edges, choose a rectangular or square counter top bathroom basin. When your bathroom is brimming in curves and cylindrical products, go for the round or oval counter top bathroom basins to blend in and enhance the space.

Add Bathroom Mirrors with Shelves to Your Bathroom

Everyone has a clear idea on how they want their new bathroom to look. These days bathrooms are being designed to be luxurious with a spa inspired theme. More and more emphasis is being placed on bathrooms than ever before, which is why it’s essential each product is carefully handpicked to complement the other bathroom items.

Bathroom mirrors are an essential part of designing your bathroom. The bathroom mirrors with shelves are a welcome addition to any bathroom design. Shelving is always invaluable in any bathroom, helping you reduce the clutter by offering you a space to store your smaller bathroom items.

Design Choices

There is a good choice when it comes to bathroom mirror designs, you can have square, rectangular, oval or even interesting shapes and designs to make a statement in your bathroom. When it comes to bathroom mirrors with shelves, the Zola mirror with shelves really stands out. This rectangular mirror is surrounded by a black frame with a shelf on both sides. The great thing with these bathroom mirrors with shelves if you can choose whether to mount it horizontally or vertically, adding texture and colour to your bathroom design.

Another great choice is the Minima Hex Mirror with top light and shelves. These hexagonal shaped mirrors offer additional lighting, which is always welcome, along with shelving for your smaller bathroom items. Then there is the Minima Cone Mirror with light and shelves, again a convenient mirror with three shelves and additional lighting, the perfect addition to any bathroom.

Practical Solutions

The most important thing about bathroom mirrors with shelves is the practicality that they have to offer. In the early morning rush having all your makeup and hair accessories close to the mirror can shave valuable seconds when getting ready for work. Choosing a bathroom mirror with shelves that comes complete with a top light only makes the mornings more enjoyable.

Many bathrooms struggle with light and these top lights add the additional light you need whether you are getting ready for work or an important date.

Walk In Shower Enclosures

Walk in showers are a very popular choice when it comes to shower enclosures because there is no door, they are easy to get in and out of and most important, they are stylish and sophisticated, blending in with any bathroom design. The biggest convenience when it comes to the walk in shower enclosures is that you don’t have to worry about your shower door swinging open and banging into any of your other bathroom items.

Bathroom Layout and Design

You will need to take your bathroom design into consideration when looking at the walk in shower enclosures available. Be sure you measure your available space and your shower tray to ensure the walk in shower enclosure is the right choice for you.


There are a selection of walk in shower enclosures to choose from, so you can find the perfect match to enhance your bathroom space. There are straight edged clear glass designs to stunning curved options available.

As I mentioned before the walk in shower enclosures don’t have a door, which means you don’t compromise on floor space when choosing these enclosures. This makes them an ideal choice for smaller and large bathroom designs.

Do You Need a Shower Door?

The reason walk in shower enclosures are so popular is because they don’t have a door, which is advantageous especially in smaller bathroom designs. Don’t worry though, the enclosures have a small glass pane that reduces the risk of leaks and with so much clear glass, these enclosures are a welcome addition in any bathroom design.

Some people just prefer peace of mind of a shower door that is entirely your choice, there is no right or wrong when it comes to your shower enclosure. Though bear in mind if you have a smaller bathroom space you want a door that slides, folds or offers a walk in design, to ensure you don’t compromise your floor space in any way.

Shower Baths – A Touch of Bathroom Convenience

Yesterday I gave you insight into the luxurious roll top baths available, the perfect addition for the luxurious bathroom design. Roll top baths are not always practical for smaller bathroom spaces, which is why today I thought I would write about shower baths.

If you’re in the process of renovating your family bathroom then you know your biggest problem is trying to keep everyone happy. You want a bath where you can soak after juggling work and the children all day and your children want a shower, which is quick and easy when they want to run out and spend the evening with friends.

Shower baths are the perfect solution, they offer convenience and the arguments can end as they meet the requirements of the whole family with ease.

Choosing shower baths is the most practical option for any sized bathroom enabling the whole family to be happy with the decision and chop and change their bathing preferences as and when they want to.

During winter there is nothing better than a soak in a hot bubble bath after a long day. While you may find this a welcome break at the end of the day, your teenage children may find this wastes too much of their time.

Keeping everyone happy is just as welcome as having that hot bath, if everyone is happy there are no arguments, you can get younger children to bathe easier and don’t end up with a child that refuses to get in the shower because they can’t bear the feeling of water running on them.

The shower baths are also really helpful when you have very young children in the home. It’s not practical to pop a six month old baby under the shower to wash them, a bath is a necessity, but as they get older, throwing a dirty ten year old that is covered in mud under the shower is much easier than sitting them in a bath.

With shower baths you win either way, you have the advantage of both without compromising your floor space.

The Perfect Bath Choice for 2013

2013 is a year for luxurious and spa inspired bathroom designs and when it comes to luxury baths, the roll tops baths take centre stage. These baths are a statement, oozing style, luxury and comfort, the perfect pampering experience in your own home.

Why Choose Roll Top Baths?

When it comes to style and luxury the roll top baths have it all, they are stylishly designed and make a statement in any bathroom. Their ability to become a centre piece in the middle of a bathroom or be placed against a wall, makes them one of the most versatile bath choices you will ever have.

Bath Designs

There are a couple of design choices when shopping for roll top baths to turn your bathroom into a day spa that offer luxury and comfort. There is the standard roll top baths which are luxurious and stylish and then there are the slipper baths, these have a higher side to enable you to relax in sheer comfort.

You need a clear idea on where you want to place your bath before you start looking at the roll top baths available. There is the single ended roll top baths and then the double ended roll top baths. Now you’re probably wondering the difference.

It’s quite easy really, the single ended baths have one flat side and the other side is rounded and rolled. The flat side is positioned against the wall with the far side on display. The double sided baths have the same design on both sides, the ends are curved offering maximum space for indulging in your new bath. The double sided roll top baths can be placed flat against a wall or in the centre of the room becoming the focal point.

Sheer Luxury

All the roll top baths come with feet, these feet are usually chrome, the chrome blends in with your bathroom taps and lets the same materials be used throughout your bathroom. Remember if you’re choosing the double sided slipper bath the ends of the bath will be higher than the centre, this gives you the ability to lie either way, they also give you the ability to relax and soak your worries away with ease.

Wall Hung Vanity Units

All bathrooms, both big and small, seem to have the same problem, that problem is clutter. The dreaded word that seems to take over every single bathroom throughout the UK. Every bathroom has a number of personal items to be stored from towels to toiletries and medicines to shaving and make up items. Whether there is only two of you or a large family, storage is essential. Wall hung vanity units have been a top choice for many years, offering a range of great advantages, including:


The first advantage is that wall hung vanity units look spectacular in a modern bathroom where you are trying to make a statement and remember that 2013 is a year for bathroom luxury and these units ooze style and elegance.

Small Bathroom Spaces

When working with a smaller bathroom the one thing you want to maximise if your floor space. You can place a vanity unit on the floor, but by installing a wall hung vanity unit you are giving your storage that floating effect which increases the floor space you have available. These units are great for any smaller bathroom design.


Vanity units that are placed on the floor can take serious time to clean, you need to get down on your hands and knees and clean all the way around the vanity where it meets the floor. When they are mounted on the wall you just mop underneath and in one step your bathroom is clean.

The wall hung vanity units are wonderful additions to a bathroom used by elderly because you can place them at any height that suits you, this means less bending to get your items out of the unit, you can just pop open the doors and pull out whatever you need with ease.

Storage Solutions

Did you know that seventy percent of your guests will snoop through your bathroom cupboards? That’s right that is a lot of nosey guests, so having extra storage in your bathroom not only enables you to reduce the clutter but place everything neatly inside your wall hung vanity, let them snoop, at least your bathroom items are not scattered all around the bathroom.