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.

Shape

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.

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.

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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.

Understanding Shower Valves


Shower valves play an important role in any shower design. The majority of homeowners choose mixer units, adding convenience to their showering experience. With a choice of designs available, shower valves can add functionality, practicality and convenience to your shower.

To find the best one for your shower you need to understand the shower valves and what they have to offer to help you make an informed decision on which will blend in best with your bathroom design and which will offer you the easiest use.

Thermostatic Shower Valve

Thermostatic shower valves are concealed units, they are very stylish and all you see is two chrome dials. One controls the water flow while the other controls the temperature. These are the perfect choice for the modern bathroom design.

These shower valves also come in a three dial option where you can manage more than one shower head, you can use the other dial to manage your shower jets or second shower head depending on your shower design.

Exposed Thermostat Shower Valves

Exposed thermostat shower valves are a very popular choice and is a bar with a dial on either end, one dial is for water flow and the other is for temperature selection. They are finished in polished chrome and cylindrical in shape, working beautifully with any bathroom design. Another design choice is a cubed bar for those who have chosen the straight edged modern bathroom fixtures and fittings.

Dual Exposed Thermostatic Shower Valves

Dual exposed thermostatic shower valves are traditionally designed shower valves finished in polished chrome that will blend in with any bathroom design. These shower valves come with two easy to use levers, the levers replace the dials in the other designs, so you have one for water flow and one for temperature.

Your Choice

With a good range of shower valves to choose from I would suggest you take your other fittings and fixtures into consideration before making a decision. Keep the design flowing so if you have chosen plenty of straight edges, choose cubed shower valves that will blend in with ease.

Also note which shower you intend placing the shower valves, is it a family bathroom where children will be using the shower or is it your en-suite? Choose the shower valves that will best suit your requirements, bathroom design and preference.

Why Should I Use Bottle Traps in the Bathroom?


Before looking at bottle traps for your new bathroom design, it’s a good idea to fully understand their function and how they can improve your overall bathroom experience.

Bottle traps are used on basins, if your basin includes a pedestal or semi-pedestal, then you won’t be needing the traps. Bottle traps are a long tube that allows waste water with a trap on the one side which attaches to your basin, the trap captures any hair or items that fall down the basin, they also capture all the gases to ensure the smell doesn’t permeate back into your bathroom.

When Should I Use a  Bottle Trap?

In a majority of cases bottle traps are used for practical reasons in both bathrooms and kitchens. If your new bathroom basin fits into a vanity unit, then a bottle trap can help with the space issues you have available. The trap will be hidden from sight within the unit enabling all excess water to drain away with ease.

In modern bathrooms, bottle traps are used as a decorative item. These traps are exposed and finished in stylish chrome showing the minimalist style of the modern and elegant bathroom design. The advantage is that it leaves enough space under the basin for additional storage if you need it.

Advantages

Bottle traps have one advantage and that is that they are so easy to clean and maintain, all you do is unscrew the trap with a bucket underneath to catch any excess water, clean out any hair or anything stuck in the trap, give it a rinse and screw it back into place, it really doesn’t get any easier than that.

Choice of Designs

When it comes to your bathroom you don’t want to add an ugly plastic and bulky bottle trap to your basin, you want something stylish and modern that will blend in with the rest of your bathroom design.

These days bathroom bottle traps are finished in chrome, giving that stylish shine that blends in with your bathroom taps and shower heads.

There are two bottle trap designs to choose from the minimalist design which is a chrome finished cylindrical tube with a tubular trap. This is the perfect choice if you have chosen tubular taps for your bathroom, carrying out the same style throughout the space.

For those who have gone for the ultra modern look with square taps and products, there is the square trap, these bottle traps have the cylindrical pipe, which is mostly hidden anyway once installed, but it is finished with an elegant and modern square trap that will blend in with your bathroom beautifully.

Why Use Easy Plumb and Fast Flow Waste in Your Bathroom


The easy plumb and fast flow waste kits ensure that every shower installation is quick and easy. There is so much more to consider when adding a shower to your bathroom that just where to put it, where the water flows to and how quickly it flows is an essential consideration that shouldn’t be forgotten.

Shower Trays

Most of the shower trays available come with adjustable legs, which enables you to ensure the shower tray is completely level before sealing it and making it a permanent bathroom fixture. The few that don’t include adjustable legs need to be placed using mortar, which is a job for the professionals.

The easy plumb and fast flow waste kits enable you to install a shower tray with ease. The easy plumb shower tray panels come with legs which can speed up the installation process.

Shower Waste

Shower trays are not sold with the plumbing included. This needs to be purchased separately and the high flow shower waste kit will give you a complete kit on what you need to completely your shower installation. The most important thing to consider is how quickly the water flows from the shower tray, the last thing you want is water building up while you shower and eventually leaking all over your bathroom floor.

The easy plumb and fast flow wastes are designed to make a shower installation an easy one, they have everything you need to ensure your tray is installed and the water will flow freely reducing leaks and ensuring the whole family can take advantage of the water saving shower option on a daily basis.

How to Choose Bidet Taps


Yes that’s right you haven’t read the title wrong, this is how to choose bidet taps that will blend in with your bathroom design. As you know bidets have become a very popular choice in modern bathrooms, they offer that sophisticated finish to any bathroom design. At the same time it’s important to ensure your bidet blends in with the rest of your bathroom design.

The bidet taps you choose are as important as the bidet itself. The taps should be stylish and work with the bidet to add that sophisticated flair to your overall design.

Style

When it comes to bidet taps, the best option is mixer taps which mix the hot and cold water to your desired temperature. These taps are specifically designed for the modern bidet available in a sophisticated chrome finish which when chosen to match your other bathroom fixtures, will complement your bathroom space with ease.

From the stunning CU series bidet mixer with it’s flat handle and squared design to the modern design of the AR series bidet mixer with it’s stunning chrome finish, it’s easy to choose bidet taps that will blend in with your current design.

Blending in with the Design

A lot of emphasis is being placed on bathrooms these days which means you need to pay as much attention to your design as you would in your living room or kitchen. Previously a bathroom was what it is, a bathroom. Not much care was taken in the design of the bathroom, but these days your bathroom is another room where you need to make a statement.

When planning your bathroom it’s important that all your bathroom pieces work together. Having an oval freestanding bath when your toilet, basin and shower enclosure is square will not work well together. Think of it from a designers point of view, keeping everything the same will help you enhance the room and add sophistication and flair to the space.

Bidets are available in a choice of shapes to work with your current toilet, bath and basin. Your bidet taps need to match your current tap designs. If you have rounded mixer taps on your basin and bath, then carrying this on to your bidet will help keep the space uniform without making the bidet taps look out of place.

Modern Finish

Bidet taps are modern in design and the chrome finish adds sophistication to the room. Ensure your bidet taps are the same shape as your other taps, the modern PL series bidet mixer is a top choice with it’s stylish design and shiny chrome finish, this tap will complement any bathroom space.

Sophisticated Counter Top Bathroom Basins


How many times have you walked into a bathroom and been “wowed” by the design? I cannot count how many times this has happened to me and with more emphasis being placed on bathroom designs these days, you need to use the products available to create that statement bathroom design.

Counter top bathroom basins offer any bathroom a stylish, sophisticated and modern look. They are the “wow” factor in any bathroom and are being widely used in homes around the country.

Why Counter Top Bathroom Basins?

You may wonder what makes the counter top bathroom basins so appealing and sophisticated. It could be the shape, the fact they make that statement in the space or the fact that they offer that designer finish to the bathroom design.

The counter top bathroom basins come in a choice of shapes from round to rectangular and they sit on your existing shelf or counter top in a brilliant white which makes them stand out and be noticed.

Take Your Bathroom Size into Consideration

The great thing about the counter top bathroom basins is they come in so many size options enabling you to fit them into your bathroom design with ease. They will complement any bathroom design in their brilliant white, blending in with the most minimalistic design or the most luxurious finish.

If you are in the process of designing a bathroom, you probably want to create that luxurious space that you can relax in after a long day at work. Your bathroom can be transformed into an oasis filled with light and neutral tones, luxurious finishes and fittings and a counter top bathroom basin that will stand out and offer that “wow” factor.

Turn your bathroom into a “wow” area, be proud to show your friends and let your counter top bathroom basins be your bathroom centre piece.

Three Advantages to Buying Bathroom Products Online


These days technology has enabled us to sit at our computers and find any product or service that we need. The advantage to this is you have a wider selection, it’s more convenient, saves you time, energy and money and the item will be delivered to your door.

Wider Selection

If you think about it a shop on the high street only has limited space and this means they can only offer a limited selection of bathroom products. Chances are they have a website and anything you do want you’ll have to go on their website to purchase, so basically you have wasted your time by visiting the store in the first place.

Even when buying from a high street store you will have to arrange delivery, especially on the larger items such as your roll top baths or shower enclosures, we don’t all have enormous vehicles that can fit these larger items.

A reputable online company will have a warehouse and this means they can store a much wider selection of items which are sitting there just waiting for you to push that “checkout” button and be shipped to you.

Added Convenience

I don’t know about you but once I finish work each day the last thing I want to do is head into the city centre to start making my way through busy shops. Buying bathroom products online is so much easier and so much more convenient.

I can sit down with my partner at night and we can pull out the laptop and start looking at the bathroom products available. Websites offer all the information including the measurements so I can match it to my bathroom layout and ensure the items I am looking at will fit into my design.

Delivery

Then there is the added advantage that everything I buy is delivered to my door. There is no need to hire a delivery van or try and squeeze my bathroom product into the back of the car. I buy the item and can have it delivered without leaving my house, now that’s the best way to buy bathroom products.

Airpool Baths for That Luxurious Touch


Airpool baths are one of the top choices because they offer that luxurious touch to your bathroom design with a host of health benefits and they are so easy to maintain and clean.

Airpool baths offer you the ability to have a spa in the comfort of your own home with so many shapes and sizes to choose from it’s easy to incorporate one of these luxurious baths to your bathroom design.

A Variety of Shapes and Sizes

These airpool baths come in a range of shapes and sizes enabling you to blend them in with your bathroom design. There are semi-circular designs, rectangular choices and oval options, not to mention the more square designs perfect for the modern bathroom space.

It’s important to take your overall bathroom design into consideration when choosing airpool baths to ensure you have the same design flow throughout the space.

Health Benefits

Yes that’s right, airpool baths offer health benefits so they are not only stunning in design and oozing luxury, but they can help with arthritis symptoms, aching muscles, blood circulation and more. After a long and stressful day at work you can lie back in your bath as the air jets massage your aching muscles helping relieve stress and headaches, what a great way to end a long day.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Cleaning and maintenance couldn’t get any easier with the airpool baths, unlike the whirlpool options, these baths only need you to run the jets while the bath is empty and use a cloth to remove any water to clean them. An annual maintenance check by a professional should be carried out to ensure you don’t incur any unnecessary costs later on and keep your bath in good shape.

The biggest advantage to these baths is that they can run without any water in them and you don’t have the risk of damaging any important components. The whirlpool baths on the other hand cannot be run without water, so they are not ideal if you have younger children in the home where the airpool bath can be added to any bathroom without any worry.

Top Bathroom Wastes For Basins and Baths


Designing a bathroom you never really expect how much time you will need to spend deciding which wastes work best for your home and your family. I used to be under the impression that I purchased a basin and that was that until I ended up starting to renovate my home and suddenly it was a world of bath and basin wastes, which ones worked best and which ones blended in with all my other fixtures and fittings.

Wastes play such an important role in your bathroom, but while they are essential, there is no reason you should deviate from the style and design you are working towards.

Basin Wastes

Basin wastes come in a range of designs, there are the traditional designs with a plug and chain and then the more modern options which I believe are the easiest to use. On the traditional note, we know them well, we know they work and they are so easy to install, so they tick all the boxes and are perfect if you have chosen a more traditional bathroom design.

Then there are the Klik Klak basin wastes with a slotted design. These are a very modern plus and waste which are so easy to use and perfect for family bathrooms. You basically push down on the plug to seal it and fill your basin with water and then another push releases the plug and allows the water to drain away.

Bath Wastes

Bath wastes also come in traditional and modern designs but have some differences. The biggest difference is that bath wastes include an overflow, which is essential to ensure you never overfill your bath and completely flood your bathroom. Not a situation you want to be in if your bathroom is on an upper floor.

The traditional bath wastes include a plug, chain and overflow pipe which will blend in with any bathroom design whether you have gone the more traditional route or the modern choice.

The pop up bath wastes are stunning in a modern bathroom and include the pop up plug with overflow pipe. Then there are the square Klik Klak bath wastes which are in square design and perfect for that ultra-modern bathroom design where you have already chosen square bathroom fittings and fixtures.