Compact Bathroom Tips


I think we’ve all ended up in the situation where we have had to design a small or compact bathroom space. It’s not an easy task when you’re trying to place a toilet, basin and shower into a small space.

Long and rectangular bathrooms that are galley style can be one of the hardest to design, but with the right bathroom products, colour and plenty of light, you can turn this small bathroom into a stylish space.

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Small Bathroom

Your Shower

The first step in the process is to determine if a shower is the right choice for you. In many smaller bathrooms, a bath is not an ideal choice and will take up way too much of your floor space.

Quadrant shower trays are a top choice for compact bathrooms, these shower trays can be fitted into the corner of the bathroom maximising your floor space. The great thing about these shower trays is the gentle curve that they offer, you can base your entire design around this stylish tray.

Another option is a wet room, though there are many people that will choose quadrant shower trays over a wet room design due to convenience and practicality.

Your Basin

Even in the smallest of bathrooms you want some form of storage, without it your bathroom will become cluttered and messy. Keeping in with your quadrant shower trays you can choose a vanity unit that includes a basin, this way you are maximising your space and making the most of what space you have available.

Vanities are essential for any bathroom, but I feel they are more important in a smaller bathroom area. It only takes a few items to be left out for a small space to look messy and cluttered.

Your Toilet

Toilets come in a choice of designs. Now if you have chosen quadrant shower trays then you want a toilet that is oval or round, back to wall toilets are exceptionally popular and ideal for the smaller bathroom space. These toilets have the cistern hidden behind the wall, this means only the toilet bowl and pedestal are in the room, saving you plenty of space when you need it most.

Light and Bright

When designing a compact bathroom you will concentrate on maximising the space you have available, but another very important aspect is the colour you choose. You want an abundance of natural light, using large windows wherever possible and combine that with white walls and floor and your bathroom will feel spacious, airy and bright.

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The Luxurious Bathroom Addition


The bidet, a luxurious bathroom addition that is often misunderstood. Dating back centuries, the bidet has been something of a grey area in bathrooms, but as bathrooms are designed to luxurious standards, the bidet is making a comeback.

The bidet has been gracing bathrooms around the world for many years and has increased in popularity the last few years. In many cases they have been installed for show, a luxurious edge on a bathroom design.

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EV Series Bidet Tap

What many don’t know is that the simple bidet is a hygienic choice for any bathroom. The ideal solution for the elderly and is also known to be a must for those who suffer from urinary tract infections.

While the bidet may just become an item on show in your luxury bathroom, it’s not as simple as all that. Bidets have taps and you need to choose your bidet taps with care. You want them to blend in with all your other fixtures and fittings in the space, complement the bathroom and maybe even become the wow statement you were hoping to achieve.

Bidet taps are simple, they are a single tap with a level to manage the water pressure and temperature. The spout is somewhat different from a regular tap in that you can move it to the direction you want it to flow.

The CU Series Bidet Mixer is a fantastic choice for the modern bathroom where you have already chose square taps and products for your bathroom. These bidet taps are square in design, very stylish and will blend in beautifully with your current design. The only cylindrical part on this bidet tap is the spout, which you can move as you wish.

The PL Series is a cylindrical design. It’s a modern and stylish design finished in gleaming chrome to complement any bathroom design. A single level manages water pressure and temperature and again the spout can be moved to direct water flow.

Then there is the AR Series, also modern bidet taps. These are cylindrical in design to complement any modern or traditional bathroom. These bidet taps also give you control of the direction of the water flow with a lever that manages temperature and pressure.

Remember that you want everything to blend in together when designing your bathroom. If you have chosen straight lines, such as squares and rectangles from your bathroom products to taps, the you want a square designed bidet tap to bring the design together and give your bathroom a sophisticated finish.

Shower Enclosures For the Compact Bathroom Design


When renovating a compact bathroom so much time needs to be spent on the layout and functionality of the space. When working with a smaller bathroom you are limited to your design layout, of course a large oval bath in the centre of the room is not a practical choice, never mind you won’t be able to move.

A bathroom with only a bath and nothing else is definitely not the bathroom design you are aiming for. I’ve worked with some small bathrooms, they are becoming more common in homes across the UK and the one thing I have learned is that the planning stage is imperative.

Bathroom Plan

Plan Your Bathroom

Measure out the space of the bathroom and then you can start working on the bathroom products, where they will fit into the bathroom and maximise your floor space. I usually prefer to add a shower into a smaller bathroom, this leaves you with ample space to add your vanity with inset basin, your toilet and other accessories such as your designer radiator.

Finding the Best Shower Enclosure

When it comes to smaller bathrooms a shower enclosure with a swinging door is not the most practical solution. If you choose a shower enclosure with a pivot or hinged door then you have to start worrying about how far the door can open before it is stopped by the vanity or toilet.

Now as you can imagine having a door that swings open and it not opening all the way will leave you squeezing through the opening of your shower door each time you want a shower. I don’t know about you, but when I have a shower I want it to be practical, functional and convenient and squeezing through a door space doesn’t tick any of those boxes.

The top choice for the smaller bathroom is sliding door shower enclosures. These give you the ability to enjoy the advantages of a shower and not worry about how much space the doors will take up. The sliding door shower enclosures do what it says on the box, the door slides open leaving you ample space to get in and out of the bathroom and you don’t have to worry about the door being obstructed in any way.

Other advantages to the sliding door shower enclosures are that they are minimalistic in design and even better they are easy to clean and maintain, making them the most suitable option for any small or large bathroom design.

Tips On How to Update Your Bathroom The Easy Way


Often you’ll step into your bathroom and think it’s time for a change, bathroom designs change constantly. Take this year for example, it’s the year of luxury and spa inspired bathrooms.

Now unless you’re ready to do a complete bathroom make over, just a few changes and additions can update your bathroom and have it looking new again.

The Small Things

There are a few small things you can do that make a big difference, such as giving your bathroom a new paint job. Choose light colours such as white or natural tones to really enhance the space and make the bathroom feel bigger than it is.

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Fantasy Bathroom Design

Remove any chipped tiles and replace them and re-grout any areas that need it. These can be done over a weekend and it’s not expensive to make the small changes needed to give your bathroom a new lease on life.

Upgrade Your Shower

Shower heads get old and outdated and if you have a traditional bathroom, taking a look at new shower sets may be the ideal solution. Choose ones that offer you the convenience while finished in stunning chrome to really give your bathroom a boost.

Add a Radiator

A radiator in the bathroom can make a huge impact on the space, especially during the colder winter months. The bathroom radiators that you get these days are modern in design, finished to perfection in gleaming chrome and they become the centre piece of your bathroom making a statement that the bathroom is an updated space.

Lighting

You don’t have to start replacing everything in the bathroom to give it an update, in fact you probably don’t want to spend too much money at all, which is why using bathroom cabinet lighting to add the additional light is so advantageous.

Bathroom cabinet lighting is available in a range of design choices to complement your new updated bathroom, give your bathroom the extra light it needs and enables you to shine the light where you need it most. You can hang these lights over your basin vanity to shine on your basin for getting ready early in the morning or have them shine over your bathroom mirror to help you get a brighter reflection when getting ready.

As you can see subtle changes can make a huge difference to your bathroom design and bring it up to date without costing a fortune.

Affordable Bathroom Designs


Designing a bathroom on a budget may seem difficult, but if you know what to look for and ways you can save costs, then you are able to complete your new bathroom within your budget.

Bathroom Suites

Bathroom suites is just one of the many ways you can save money when designing a new bathroom. These suites include a toilet and basin, sometimes a vanity. The advantage is that you pay one price for all the items and another advantage is that they all match and work well together. This can save you a lot of time and energy trying to source bathroom products to match the ones you have already purchased.

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Bright Bathroom Suites

Shower Sets

If you’re putting a shower into your bathroom taking advantage of shower sets can save you a lot of money in the long run, in fact it’s easy to finish off your shower working to a tight budget.

Shower sets usually include a slide rail, taps and the shower head. What this means is again everything is matching and you don’t have to try and source a shower head to match your mixer taps or vice versa.

In fact shower sets are the convenient way to plan your shower, there is a wide selection available for you to choose from including those designed for the more traditional bathroom to those specifically designed for the ultra modern and luxurious bathrooms.

Other Suggestions

Once you have purchased your shower sets or your bathroom suite you will want to complete your bathroom still using some of your budget. A lick of paint goes a really long way and you should bear this in mind, in fact painting your bathroom can give your bathroom a completely new feel.

Choose light colours and natural tones, natural tones are a firm favourite this year that offers warmth and texture to what would be a very clinical bathroom.

Buy bathroom accessories that blend in with your basin taps and shower sets, chrome is often preferred because it’s a modern material with a great shine that enhances the bathroom space. Choose your accessories to match from your toilet roll holder to your towel rail and then ensure they are the same shape as your taps and shower sets, so square or circular in design.

Keeping the same design throughout your bathroom helps keep your bathroom looking elegant and stylish and you can buy all these items on a shoestring budget and still finish with a spectacular bathroom.

Enjoy The Best of Both With Shower Baths


I don’t know about you but I love a quick shower in the summer time and a long hot bath in the winter. Of course not all bathrooms give us the ability to have both a shower and a bath in our bathrooms, which is why the shower baths give us the ability to enjoy the best of both.

Your Bathroom Design

The great thing about shower baths is the ability to fit them into any bathroom design, both traditional and modern bathrooms can benefit from the convenience of these baths. There are also compact baths available so you can enjoy the best of both in a smaller bathroom.

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Phoenix Space Shower Bath

Be aware that shower baths come in a selection of styles, so you need to have a clear idea in your head of what you want your bath to look like, do you want a curved front if your have rounded bathroom items already in your bathroom or is a straight design a better option.

All the shower baths have 6mm toughened glass shower screens with chrome profiles which blend in beautifully with any bathroom design, enhancing the space and adding an elegant and stylish twist to your overall bathroom design.

Types of Shower Baths

There is a selection of shower baths to choose from, here are a couple of the top favourites.

The Capri shower baths have a wonderful curved from that are available in both left and right designs to fit into any bathroom. They include a 6mm toughened glass bath screen with chrome profiles.

Then there is the Napoli with a dedicated bath screen. These shower baths also come with a curved front, available in a left or right hand design with a bath screen included. So they are ready to install as soon as they arrive at your door.

The Compact with dedicated bath screen is the ideal choice for the smaller bathroom. These shower baths also have a curved front and are wider at one end than the other, they are also available in a left or right hand design depending on your preference.

If you have a modern bathroom the Taranto shower baths may be just what you are looking for with the straight front finish offering an elegant style that is wider at one end.

Another of the modern designs is the Space shower baths which are also straight in design with a slight curve that gives your new bath that bit of texture and style.

Get Your Bathroom Ready For New Year


The chaos of Christmas is behind you and now it’s time to start planning for your annual New Year party. This means more guests and more people using your bathroom, you want to ensure your bathroom is ready for the masses and looks stylish and clean.

Many bathrooms just aren’t prepared, using a cupboard to hold their toilet roll, the side of the bath to hold their towels and hanging their robes over the door. This is fine when it’s just you and the family at home, but now you need to get ready for your guests.

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Tube Bathroom Accessories

Bathroom Accessories to Consider

You may want to consider investing in some tube bathroom accessories, these will not only be helpful on New Year, but they are practical and convenient items that every bathroom should benefit from.

The advantage to the tube bathroom accessories is their stylish design. The tubular design makes these perfect for any bathroom whether you have an ultra modern bathroom or a traditional one. The chrome finish gives them an elegant and stylish look that will complement the space beautifully.

You will need a toilet roll holder and toilet brush holder next to the toilet. Where do you put your basin soap? If you don’t use liquid soap then a soap dish can be a welcome addition to your bathroom. Remember you want your bathroom to be functional and yet still look stylish when all your guests come to visit.

Add a tumbler holder near the sink where you can place all the family toothbrushes, reducing the risk of them all lying all over the basin.

Get a towel ring for next to the basin, you can hang a hand towel on these beautifully and it means your guests don’t need to search around for a towel to dry their hands on. Close to the bath include a towel rail for all the bath towels, this helps differentiate the two and your guests won’t be forced to dry their hands on your used bath towels.

Lastly you can add some glass shelves, you can add some scented candles or your toiletries, this just reduces the amount of clutter lying around your bathroom. The tube bathroom accessories glass shelves are very stylish incorporating the thin tubular design along with glass which will make a stylish statement in any bathroom.

Stylish Bathroom Ideas – Create Your Dream Bathroom


Turning your bathroom into a stylish and luxurious space is one of the many things you can do to give your home a new lease of life, you don’t need to spend a fortune to make your bathroom the perfect place to relax in a bath after a long day at work.

Adding a few little things can make a huge difference, if you want you can go for larger items such as a new roll top bath or a new shower, but these ideas are ones that are affordable, practical and most of all stylish.

Roll top bath

Double Ended Roll Top Bath

A Lick of Paint

To give your bathroom a face lift a new paint job will go a long way, choose a brilliant white or very light colour. The lighter the colour the brighter the room will feel and the brighter the room the more spacious it feels. This is essential if you have a compact bathroom without much natural light.

Add a Radiator

A modern designed bathroom radiator will not cost you an arm and a leg and works as a beautiful piece of art work on your bathroom wall. These are finished in shiny chrome to match your taps, giving your bathroom that stylish feel.

Don’t use your old radiator valves, there are modern and elegant radiator valves to choose from to ensure you don’t ruin your new luxurious and stylish bathroom design. From round to square there are radiator valves that will blend in with your new bathroom beautifully.

A Cabinet

Rid yourself of some of your bathroom clutter with a bathroom cabinet, these cabinets come in a range of designs, but if you’re adding a new radiator and stylish radiator valves you may want to choose something along the lines of the stainless steel mirror cabinets, so all your wall items are similar in colour and design.

Add Splashes of Colour

A bathroom can start to look very clinical with white walls, which bathroom items and chrome everywhere, buying some brightly coloured towels, some coloured candles or even a new bright blind can add great colour to your bathroom without deviating from the spacious feel.

Ample Light

The brightness of your bathroom combined with the shiny chrome such as you will find with the chrome radiator valves may not be enough to make your bathroom feel light and bright, you may need to change your bathroom lighting or add more lighting to ensure your bathroom feels stylish and spacious.

Top Tips For Choosing Bathroom Basins


Whether you are searching online or you have wandered from store to store looking for a bathroom basin, there are a few tips that can really help you find the ones that best work with your bathroom design.

Budget

The first thing you should do before you even start looking at bathroom basins is to put a budget together. If you are remodelling your entire bathroom, set your budget for each item you need, this will make it so much easier when it comes to what is available for you.

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Envoy Wall Hung Basin

While there are many different types of bathroom basins, they vary in price. Having a budget can reduce your search, making it easier to find the perfect basin for your bathroom.

Design

Bathroom basins don’t only come in one design, there are plenty of them and you need some idea of what you are looking for. Modern bathrooms will look spectacular with inset basins while the modern traditional bathroom may benefit from wall hung or modern basins.

Whenever you are looking at the basin designs available you need to ensure they will blend in with your current bathroom design, they will work with your bathroom products you have already chosen and most of all, they will make a statement.

The inset basins not only make a statement, they are modern and exceptionally stylish and will definitely become the talking point of your bathroom design. They are easy to install and recessed into a worktop, they are minimalistic and sophisticated.

Practicality

While design and budget are very important when looking for bathroom basins, practicality is just as important. You need to look at how practical the basin is in your bathroom. For compact bathrooms inset basins can be the best choice, they reduce the amount of floor space you need, making them a very practical choice.

Every day people make mistakes when choosing their bathroom basins, it’s easy to think that a basin will work but once your bathroom is completed, your basin doesn’t do the room justice. This is why you need a plan, a bathroom layout and a vision. Being able to imagine your completed bathroom will help you make the right choice, carrying the same style throughout your bathroom really helps. Choose inset basins when you are designing a modern bathroom, ensure your basin works with your toilet and bath, choose your taps to match throughout and enjoy the finished product.

Which Bathroom Mirror Is Right For My Home?


There are so many fantastic bathroom mirror designs available these days and choosing can prove difficult for many of us. There is a little trick I learned years ago when it comes to finding the perfect mirror, you need to look at the mirrors available and with your layout in hand, try and imagine the mirror on your bathroom wall, how will it complement the space, how will it be of convenience to you and how will it enhance your bathroom?

Of all the mirrors available, my favourite is still plain bathroom mirrors, they are minimalistic in design, no frills or fuss and no additional lighting to wire in during installation. But that being said, you need to know all the mirrors available to decide which one will work best in your bathroom design.

LED Bathroom Mirror

LED Bathroom Mirror

Bathroom Mirrors That Include Lighting

There are a number of bathroom mirrors that include lighting, such as the back lit bathroom mirrors. These mirrors offer convenience and practicality and are good when you have a smaller bathroom that doesn’t benefit from natural light, the additional lighting can make a huge difference in these bathroom designs.

Then there are the infinity mirrors, I’m sure you’ve seen these before they have lights that seem to disappear inside the mirror. These are the ideal choice for the ultra modern bathroom enabling you to make your mirror a centre piece. Don’t be fooled though, these mirrors offer good reflections and additional lighting when you need it most.

The Shelf Kind

Then you get the bathroom mirrors which incorporate shelves. These are very handy in bathrooms where you are limited in storage space. You can place all your make up and other items on the shelves and have them within easy reach of the mirror. They are stylish in design and work in both the modern and more traditional bathrooms.

Plain Bathroom Mirrors

There are my favourites, the plain bathroom mirrors. These mirrors have no lighting, no shelves, they are minimalistic which makes them the ideal choice for the ultra modern bathroom or the traditional bathroom. They come in a range of shapes and sizes which also means you can find one that works well with your overall bathroom design.

With so many bathroom mirrors to choose from, you do have to take your time and try and imagine the mirror on your wall. Remember a bathroom mirror should be a convenience but at the same time it should reflect light and be stylish, all at the same time.