More and more people are turning their attention to the look and style of their bathroom. No longer just a functional room; consumers are realising that they can carry through elements of design that were traditionally seen in other parts of the home such as artwork and smart technology and incorporate them into what was traditionally viewed as the “smallest room in the house” to create a mixture of practicality and cutting-edge design.
Many people have shied away from using dark colours in their bathroom design and renovations particularly when they have had limited space to work with; naturally thinking that dark colours would make a space feel oppressive and even smaller. But this doesn’t have to be the case!
There are many reasons why homeowners decide to update their bathroom suite. Function, practicality, increasing family size, working from home, adding value or simply adding a more luxurious feel are all perfectly understandable depending on the individual needs and desires of the homeowner and/or their family.
Whether your bathroom is large or small, modern or more traditional, choosing the right fixtures to go with the rest overall design of your bathroom can be a little daunting. After all, you want to make sure that you choose something that really helps to pull the whole room together. With chrome, copper, gold and silver fixtures available it can be difficult to work out which one will work best. Each one of course has its own advantages and disadvantages and of course some will fit better with certain styles of bathroom than others.
Renovating the bathroom can be a costly and disruptive job that some people put off having done. However there come a point where no matter how much repainting or rearranging you do it really is time to take the plunge and plan that new bathroom.
Here are just three signs that it might be time to renovate your bathroom.
Creating a bathroom that will grow with your family can be something of a challenge. Whilst you might be inclined to use child friendly fittings, your babies won’t always be little and as they grow up you don’t really want to be left with a bathroom that is full of fixtures that are no longer quite as practical as they once were.
Sharing a bathroom with your children can be challenging. Whilst you may want a relaxing, luxurious space in which to unwind, it is important to bear in mind the need to make your bathroom a practical space that works for your children as well.
With some careful consideration to the design of your bathroom it is entirely possible to create a space where both adults and kids can co-exist harmoniously.
Even the small changes to your home can brighten up a tired space, and your bathroom is the first place to start. Using on-trend ideas, your bathroom can become an environment that is a pleasure to spend time in. A Japanese inspired theme in your bathroom will bring beauty and tranquillity into your home, and revitalise the smallest room in the house!
In the West, people tend to spend a small amount of the time in the bathroom, but in Japanese culture, a bathroom is seen a space for relaxation and revitalisation as much as it is for hygiene purposes. You can bring the same idea into your bathroom by using a few inspired pieces.
A limited space shouldn’t deter you from creating a small but beautiful en-suite bathroom. En-suites can be crafted using an existing space, such as a walk-in wardrobe, or constructed using partition walls inside a bedroom.
Making the most of a small space
Whilst an en-suite should include at the very least a toilet and sink, even the most petite of spaces can include a shower. Walk-in showers come in an array of shapes and sizes to suit the most minimal of areas. Showers don’t have to be confined to the corner of the room, as a D shaped unit can be situated in the middle of the wall. Should you have limited space for a door to open fully, try a hinged one. You could even convert the en-suite into a functional wet room. These types of en-suite bathrooms have a central drain in the floor and unenclosed showers, making them highly contemporary and functional.
If you have room, a ‘slipper bath’ is a stylish and modern addition to your en-suite bathroom. They are traditionally shorter than typical bathtubs, and can fit into a reduced space with minimal effort. The high side enables people to rest their backs, soothing away the days stresses and making the bathing experience a pleasure.
Small touches, big impact
There are a number of other ways in which you can maximise the space in an en-suite bathroom:
- Floating fittings such as under sink cabinets expose more of the floor and give the illusion of more room.
- If you can, try adding a skylight. More natural light will open up the room, giving it a light and airy feel.
- Go for light coloured fittings, as dark colours make a small space look more cramped and boxy.
- Use free standing storage for bottles and towels, as being able to move them about will result in more space being made available.
- Using tiles of the same shade on both the walls and floor will give the room a more expansive feel.
En-suite bathrooms are one of the biggest attractions for home buyers, and can add significant value to your home. The initial outlay of creating your en-suite will have a big return in the future, should you sell your home.
Now you know what you CAN do with an en-suite – why not go and create the en-suite you always dreamed of!
Technology has been making almost every aspect of our lives easier and more efficient for many years now. When you are planning your new bathroom, you should research the many new ways technology can be incorporated to give you a modern and accessible luxury space.
Walk in showers are stylish and contemporary and give the bathroom an open and light feel. They are also perfect for making your bathroom more accessible. But what tech can you consider for your walk in shower to make it that bit extra special?
One of the biggest pieces of technology to be developed in recent years is the smart or digital shower. Digital showers are a fully inclusive and innovative way to shower and offer a range of benefits. Smart showers are very safe as your desired temperature can be set remotely before you begin to shower and the water will never go hotter than that. This is ideal if you don’t want to be scalded or worry that someone using the shower may not be as sensitive to temperatures. Digital showers can be turned on and off remotely- either by a switch located on a more convenient place or height or even via remote control. An LED light display will tell you when you shower has reached your chosen temperature so no more jumping in to a shower which hasn’t yet warmed up.
Water saving technology
Becoming more environmentally friendly has never been higher on the agenda and anything that can cut your water use as well as save you money is a must for your bathroom. Shower heads fitted with water saving technology can reduce the amount of water you use every time you shower. There are different shower heads which do this in different ways but with all of them, you will still get the shower pressure you are used to. Save money on your water bill and save the planet at the same time; perfect.
Add a touch of fun
LED lights can be added to your walk-in shower, either in the floor or wall tiles, to make the area lighter. This will create a modern, stylish look but also make the area safer for those who struggle with their sight. However, if you fancy adding a touch of fun to your walk in shower, invest in coloured LED lights which can be digitally set to change colour while you shower. Set the mood or add some disco lights while you sing along in the shower to your favourite songs.
With all this tech on offer for walk-in showers, isn’t it time you thought about upgrading yours?