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New Year, New Bathroom?

The New Year has well and truly made its mark. So what resolutions did you make? To eat healthier, to give up smoking, or to make home improvements perhaps? If you’ve struggled to think of anything, or perhaps you’ve even already fallen at the first hurdle, don’t despair, how about making some changes around the home?

The start of a new year is the ideal time to refresh and renew, and often one of the most neglected rooms of the home is the bathroom. Does your bathroom need some New Year TLC? Thankfully, designers in the industry have predicted some bathroom trends for 2013 to help you decide on a new style:

Eco-friendly

Environmentally friendly products have been popular for some time now. Consumers are beginning to realise the importance of protecting the environment, and are buying products that reflect this. Think about the rise in ‘eco-friendly’ cars, and organic, environmentally friendly food. It’s the same with bathroom products – from water-saving taps, to eco-friendly shower heads, the bathroom industry has certainly taken notice of this consumer trend, and so there is plenty of choice for eco-conscious buyers. An added benefit of eco-friendly is that it usually means money-saving as well. In addition to water-saving devices, electric showers can be an economical choice for many homes as they work independently from the hot water system. By heating water on demand, installing an electric shower can mean that less energy is used to heat stored water that could otherwise be left wasted and unused.

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Is your tap dripping? Get a new water-saving one

Save Space!

Another trend for bathrooms in 2013 is going to be clever space-saving storage options. More and more homeowners are choosing to stay and extend their homes, rather than move house.With families growing  space becomes a premium, and with bathrooms typically being one of the smallest rooms in the home, storage space becomes even more scarce. While some homeowners may be able to extend their homes, add another bathroom or even an ensuite, there are many who need to make do with the space they have. So, the demand for cleverly designed, space-saving bathroom cabinets has become much greater.

Add Some Art

Typically, bathrooms tend to be quite visually sterile, with plain, earthy tiles, and neutral colours. As homeowners get braver with their interior design, bathrooms are becoming more exciting. Now, the hot and steamy condition of a bathroom isn’t the best place to hang valuable artwork, but a bright print protected by a waterproof glass screen could be an option to add some colour whilst withstanding the humid conditions.  Another idea is to add some eye-catching tiles to add a splash of colour to the room. Be creative!

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Add some interest with coloured tiles

Sensual Spa

Another bathroom trend for 2013 is to recreate spa like experiences at home. Many of us have had lovely experiences in posh hotels and health clubs, with their luxurious bathrooms, and now the trend is to recreate these relaxing, indulgences spaces in our own bathrooms. So, from heated towel rails, to underfloor heating, ambient lighting and streamlined, we’re all looking for the latest high-tech advances to make our bathrooms as luxurious as possible. Of course, when it comes to showers, you can’t get much more luxury than a digital shower. Press the button and the shower tells you when the water is heated and the shower is ready to go – no more testing the water with your arm! Extra touches around the room, such as candles, spa-like bottles and products all add to the effect.

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Recreate the spa feel in your bathroom

Are you planning a revamp of your bathroom this year? What trends will you be choosing?

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Add Some Luxury To Your Bathroom (Bling Part 2!)

We love to explore the web in search of weird and interesting bathroom oddities, and our latest find is this extravagant ‘Chandelier Shower’. Slightly OTT in our opinion, but we may put the idea forward to our R&D department and see how it goes down! 

Chandelier Shower

Image courtesy of trendir.com

If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to a chandelier shower, then why not check out our less extravagant ideas…

We all like to pamper ourselves now and then, but while we may have to limit the luxury spa breaks to special occasions, we can definitely inject a ‘touch of luxury’ into our daily lives! Making some changes to your bathroom is an easy way to add some luxury to your daily routine:

  • Think about Lighting

Interior lights can play a major part in a room’s atmosphere. If you’re adding a new bathroom suite, or giving the room a fresh coat of paint, why not add some complementary lighting to make the room look its best? It will make such a difference to the room to add some strategic lighting points. And if you have the budget/capability – add a skylight to improve visibility further whilst adding a source of natural light.

  • Upgrade the fixtures

By simply changing some handles and taps, you can make a huge difference to the bathroom. Stylish chrome is always a popular choice as it complements most bathroom designs. Adding accessories to match your theme can also make an impact – think about towel racks, shelves and hooks to complete the look. In addition, think about what bottles and lotions you have on display, and make sure they fit in with your theme.

  • What about Warmth

No-one likes a chilly bathroom, and certainly, anyone wanting to achieve a luxury spa feel would fall at the first hurdle if the bathroom was cold. Have you got a heated towel rail? If not, consider installing one. It will keep your towels lovely and warm, and will also add some heat to the room, making it a cosy and warm environment. If your bathroom is especially cold, then it may be worth installing a discreet room heater that won’t detract from the bathroom decor but will create a lovely, warm atmosphere.

And last of all, don’t forget – fluffy towels, candles (be safe!), some relaxing music and a good book!

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