Posted on: 5th Aug 2014
Designing a bathroom is a lot of work and you’ll no doubt have your head turned by all the fantastic units and pieces of furniture available for this vital household space.
Gone are the days when a bathroom simply contained a basic suite with a wall mounted medicine cabinet or shelf; now you can choose from a range of features that include wall hung storage cupboards, vanity units with basins, laundry baskets and back to wall toilet units.
All this choice is great for those who want to get the most out of their bathroom but it does pose a few difficulties – the main one of which is ensuring you don’t go overboard and buy too much furniture that simply won’t fit in your bathroom.
It’s understandable that you want the best but filling your bathroom with storage units will just make it impractical and inaccessible; two words you really don't want associated with your bathroom! So, to help you create the perfect relaxing space in which to bathe, here’s how to work out just how much furniture your bathroom needs.
Look at the size of your bathroom and see how much room there is to play with. Take a variety of measurements such as the total floor space as well as the height of the walls and the amount of floor space needed to allow access to different areas. The amount of room you have to work with will not only determine the dimensions of the furniture items you choose but also the amount of furniture you can have too.
It is also worth remembering that rules over the distance certain appliances must be placed from electricity points will come into play with your design. Locating these points and working out how much room this takes off your total floor space is essential.
If you already have some new furniture in mind, take the dimensions and lay newspaper down to gauge the footprint
Posted on: 2nd May 2014
With property prices soaring in the UK, many renters and owners are finding themselves with less spacious, ‘cosier’ properties than they might otherwise have hoped for.
Despite this news, it appears that it's those of us living in London (where property prices have increased by 20% over the past 6-7 years) who are being hit the hardest. Elsewhere in the country, prices are actually slightly lower than they were before the financial crisis of 2007/08.
Assess your Options
If you are a homeowner, you may be looking at your options. For example, are you looking to sell up and cash in on the equity of your home? If you really are looking to benefit from higher house prices, you may look to downsize. Or perhaps the time is right to assess your home for renovation?
If you're a young person looking to step onto the first rung of the property ladder, it may mean you'll be forced to choose a much smaller property than you had anticipated.
What has this got to do with Bathrooms?
In all the above cases, you are likely to find yourself having to work with a limited space in your home. But this needn’t necessarily mean sacrificing comfort and style. And no matter where you live, your bathroom will be an essential feature of your home’s style and atmosphere. In fact, it's a central feature that is overlooked all too often
Posted on: 10th Feb 2014
Where fashion leads, interior trends often follow.
Monochrome has been particularly popular on the catwalks for the past few seasons now, and it’s a trend that has filtered down to interiors too. But although very current right now, it’s also a look that is timeless, which means that it’s a great choice for a space like the bathroom. Once you’ve invested in a new bathroom suite you probably won’t want to update it in a hurry so it’s important to choose a décor scheme that will endure. This is particularly true if you are going to be tiling the space as well, as tiles aren’t something you can cheaply and easily replace.
Black and white are soul mates, like yin and yang - seemingly opposite ‘forces’ that are actually interconnected and interdependent. Black absorbs while white reflects. Put them together and they pack a punch, creating design schemes with real impact.
Here are a few reasons why black and white works particularly well for bathrooms:
It never goes out of style
Black and white is a timeless combination that won’t date. It will look good for years, and you won’t need to update it in a few seasons when colour trends change
Posted on: 10th Sep 2013
If you've never come across Wenge before (pronounced “wen-geh”), you are in good company. Wenge is a relatively unknown type of wood finish for furniture and when it comes to the bathroom Wenge is making a breakthrough as an accent colour. From the Millettia laurentii tree found in Central Africa, this is a tropical timber that is very dark in colour. It has been described as “nearly black” or even as “espresso”.
Of course, most bathrooms come in a traditional white finish, but a Wenge finish can really complement and accentuate the rest of your suite, giving a classy dark and light design.
At Victoria Plumb, we have extensive ranges of bathroom furniture which feature Wenge including bath panels, mirrors, vanity units, toilet units and both floor mounted and wall hung cabinets.
Here are our top tips for using Wenge in your bathroom:
Your bath makes up one of the largest surface areas of any item in your bathroom. Add a new Wenge Bath Panel to your existing bath, to provide contrast.
Add a wall hung mirror cabinet such as the Odessa Wenge 3 Door Mirror Cabinet. This not only adds to the overall theme of your bathroom, but provides both light and much needed storage space for toiletries
Posted on: 2nd Sep 2013
It’s that time of year again: Summer is now officially over and those little hell-raisers are finally going back to school!
If you’re a parent and you’ve relaxed your children’s routines during the holidays, you'll probably find yourself having to go back to much stricter hours of bath time and bed time. Getting your little treasures to readopt this regime can sometimes be hellish, but here a few tips from a fellow parent that might help:
1. Bath Time = Fun Time
Bath time should be a period of fun and enjoyment for your children. Take time out to chat and play with them. Ask them what they have got up to during the day and formulate some fun games to play (if you want to be sneaky, these can even be “learning games”!).
2. Spell it out
Make each step of the routine clear to your children. If the process goes tea time, wind-down time, bath time, bed time – make sure you stick to that. Don’t give in to small changes here and there.
Posted on: 30th Aug 2013
Do you suffer from a lack of space in your home? If the answer is “yes” you are not alone. In fact, according to a recent Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) report, “lack of space” was one of the key causes of dissatisfaction in the home. *
That’s why we at Victoria Plumb have come up with two new compact, space saving furniture ranges called Plan and Smart.
The Plan Range is made up of six pieces (between £99 - £229) available in either a walnut or white finish. The range blends various bathroom furniture elements, including a contemporary back to wall toilet unit and a choice of basin units in both wall hung and free standing formats. The design is stunning in its simplicity, with ample storage coupled with chic, modern style.
Like the Plan Range, the five-piece Smart Collection has walnut and white finish options and includes basin units, large and small storage units and a cistern-concealing unit for a back to wall toilet. On sale between £99 - £269, this range features prominently in our new TV ad. The design strikes the perfect balance between form and functionality, with easy opening storage ideal for instant access to essentials from towels to bath oils.
Samantha Dowle, In-House Stylist Designer at Victoria Plumb, thinks these new collections offer something for everyone: “With their compact and stylish design, these ranges certainly don’t restrict those with small bathrooms or en suites - they embrace them