Posted on: 28th Aug 2014
With those long, light days of summer fading into autumn, and evenings becoming darker earlier, the spotlight now falls on the lighting in our homes.
Bathroom lighting can often very conventional with one solitary bulb creating a bright but somewhat harsh illumination that lacks warmth and imagination. However. . . . the one thing that lighting in your bathroom doesn’t have to be is boring!
It’s amazing just how much difference the right type of light can make. So here are five unique options for you to try:
As the bathroom is more commonly used as a luxury room of relaxation, a chandelier would be a great choice. It doesn’t have to be a huge draping chandelier; they come in all different shapes and sizes
Posted on: 17th Dec 2013
There are now more accessories than ever to keep the modern bathroom fully functioning and limit any negatives in getting yourself clean this winter.
Gone are the days where the bathroom was a place of necessity and hindrance, only used for the sole purpose of personal hygiene – small, cramped rooms that resembled something practical and functional, and needed to take up as little space in the house as possible.
A Place for Pampering
Today, the bathroom is seen as a place for pampering, relaxation and an escape from the stresses many people face in daily life. Larger rooms are sacrificed to create the ultimate bathroom space as more and more hours are spent in this new, tranquil arena.
Since the focus on a luxury bathroom has become more prevalent we have seen an increase in original and creative accessories to complement such a stylish room.
In the Deep Midwinter
During the winter the bathroom would once have been considered a cold and unwelcoming place but thanks to these improvements opinions have waivered.
One of the biggest, must-have, accessories for the winter is the heated towel rail. Since the turn of the century demand for towel rails has seen an almost exponential growth, and it is easy to see why.
The repeated scenario of having to leave the shower and dry in the cold, with a coarse towel is a daily grind for the majority of the British public. With a heated towel rail it keeps the towel soft and warm to provide instant satisfaction for the, suddenly cold, user
Posted on: 18th Nov 2013
Whether it is in the kitchen sink, the bath tub or that brand new stylish basin unit that you had installed, having a blocked plug hole is inconvenient and unpleasant.
It is probably the most common problem to occur in modern plumbing systems, as general the materials used and the designs incorporated minimise most other faults. However, a blocked plug can occur for many different reasons which is why they can happen annoyingly frequently.
Of course when it does happen it isn't usually a reflection on your cleanliness or maintenance any more than it is on the design of your fittings. The causes are usually simple and straightforward and can mostly be solved with a little application and few DIY skills.
When you do get a blocked drainage system of any kind it is important to tackle it swiftly as it can, in some rare cases, reflect a more serious underlying problem.
So what are some of the most common causes of blockages?
1. Foreign Objects
By far the most common cause of a blocked plug hole is because something has become stuck somewhere in the system. Although we don't realise it, a lot of material such as hair and soap in bathrooms, and fats and food waste in the kitchen, end up going down the plug hole.
Sometimes for various reasons this can accumulate further down the pipes and ultimately build up over time to cause a blockage which is only noticed when a slowing of draining water becomes an actual pool that refuses to budge
Posted on: 15th Nov 2013
Without wanting to go into too much detail (or any detail for that matter) we all spend a significant portion of our life on the toilet. While this may not seem like big news there is one hurdle which we must all overcome – the choice of toilet seat.
Style and Comfort
There are two main considerations when choosing a toilet seat. The first is style and the second is comfort. The seat has to work well with the style of the room. It has to fit, in a design sense, and work aesthetically.
Go for an oak toilet seat in a modern minimalist bathroom and it will look out of place. The reverse is also true. A minimalist seat in a country style bathroom will look odd so you need to try and match the style of your seat to the rest of the room.
Bold or Subtle?
The toilet seat can also either be a design statement or it can be something that simply nestles with the rest of the features
Posted on: 6th Sep 2013
If you were in America and asked where the loo was, the chances are that you would be met with a funny, puzzled look. If you asked where the toilet was, you would be met with a slightly more disapproving look. The thing is that we all have different ways of asking about the conveniences.
In America they refer to the toilet as the bathroom. To actually use the word toilet is considered slightly bad form. That begs the question, however, where did the word loo come from and why is it so particular to us Brits?
“Watch out for the Water!”
There are several theories about the origin of this strange word for the toilet that we use in Britain. The most commonly cited reason for our use of the word loo is that it comes from the cry of "gardyloo!". This in turn comes from the French term regardez l’eau, which translates literally as "watch out for the water". Servants would have shouted this in medieval times when they were emptying chamber pots into the street. This was frequently done from the upstairs windows of buildings, so it was certainly very good advice