It may be difficult to function in a small bathroom. However, you can still make the most of your space with a few designer tips from OXO Bathrooms. The right fittings and accents can help you achieve a high-end, luxurious space you’ll love.
Here’s what you need to do to get the look…
Choose A Corner Sink
Large sinks may be out of place in a smaller bathroom. This can actually become a stumbling block rather than a statement of style in a small space. However, tiny sinks may not offer you the functionality you need either. So, what’s the solution?
We suggest considering a not-so-traditional corner sink, right beside your toilet. This works a lot better than being placed awkwardly alongside the shower. Now you can wash your hands, and see yourself too!
Float Your Vanity
Large vanities can be cumbersome in a small space. Choose a floating vanity that will make your room feel more spacious and a add a little luxe factor to your bathroom. It will also free up some much-needed floor space when you step aside to wash your hands.
Open Your Shower
Save on cash and create the illusion of space with an open shower. Skip the purchase of a door – this will not only visually increase the size of your bathroom, but also provide a convenient “step in, step out” style that is perfect if you need to “rinse and run”.
Choose a Modern Wall Mounted Toilet
Installing a wall mounted toilet brings an instant modern aesthetic to a small bathroom. The bowl and actuator plate are the only parts in the room, meaning the bowl is much closer to the wall. In turn, this will save you precious floor space and legroom in a small bathroom.
Go For Luxe Lighting
The right lighting can totally add an element of elegance in even the smallest room. Add a few warm tone lights to your bathroom. This will enhance the luminescence and reflectiveness of the room. Furthermore it will help to create a brighter and roomier-feeling space.
Choose The Right Mirror
Mirrors come in many shapes and sizes. A mirror reflects light and space and can instantly make a smaller room feel much larger. In the bathroom, we suggest looking for a modern round mirror. This will certainly pack a punch in a smaller space and create a more contemporary aesthetic! Suspended just above the soap shelf, a round mirror will open up the space like only a mirror can!
Be Strategic With Colour
Colours can influence the feel and overall look of a room. Dark walls may make the room feel smaller, while light walls often make a room feel larger. However, to add a bit of contrast, you could choose moody, darker floor tiles paired with lighter walls. Check out this beautiful monochromatic bathroom (above) and see how well the dark floors work with the lighter subway surrounds. This will add visual interest and a luxe factor, even in the smallest room.
Less Is More
Don’t overthink your small bathroom. Keeping things simple can help you achieve a more streamlined look. Less is more here. Therefore, we suggest designing your bathroom for the space available. Keep it clean, uncluttered and in tip-top shape. This will ensure it feels welcoming without overwhelming.
Need help to design your dream bathroom? The professional and experienced OXO Bathrooms’ team is available to advise and assist on the best solutions for your bathroom needs from inception to installation.
The year 2020 has brought with it a range of bathroom trends that excite us tremendously – let’s talk about toilets and tiles, vanities and Van Gogh’s, in our list of Top 10 Bathroom Trends 2020:
At the rate in which bathroom trends evolve, it’s a tough choice on colours and designs and layout, when renovating, redecorating or building a bathroom. Bathroom décor and finishes are long-term and long-lasting, so it’s important that you love your finished product, as you’ll be living with it for a long time to come.
Long live marbled finishes
Marbled feature walls or vanity countertops continue to hold the hearts of decorators, with classic elegance that simply doesn’t go out of date. This year is the year of risk-taking, and so bold marbles are coming to the fore, such as the layered contrasts of Zebrino marble or the sharp jagged designs of Paonezzo marble.
A garden in your very own bathroom, biophilic features use lush, live greenery to decorate vanities or even entire walls. The biophilic wall concept is already popular in hotels, restaurants and spa environments, but many private homeowners now bring biophilic décor into their bathrooms, to breathe life into the tiled interiors.
What makes a bathroom biophilic features extra-cool is that tropical plants thrive off of bright natural light, and the moisture in the air created by warm showers.
It never ceases to surprise us that open showers once again rank as one of the top bathroom trends of yet another year. Sometimes boasting a single minimalist sheet of glass to divide the shower from a toilet or vanity, gone are the days of wonky shower doors and musty shower curtains – more and more people choose to enjoy the space and freedom offered by an open shower.
Subway tiles are already a classic kitchen and bathroom look – originating from the subways of New York in 1904, these prominent 3-by-6-inch rectangular tiles are now available in a variety of colours. Particularly popular this year, the jet-black subway tile makes a bold, moody statement in a shower or as a bathroom vanity backdrop.
Exercise your art muscles
While past décor trends have shown little inclination toward art pieces in the bathroom, we now see this changing as more people fill their empty bathroom walls with framed Van Gogh prints. Gone are the limp corner ferns, with open corner spaces now more frequently decorated with a lofty sculpture.
Brushed brass finishes
Bringing in an element of timeless class and style, brushed brass finishes are adorning more bathrooms this year than ever before. Brushed brass is particularly effective with mirror framing, bathroom fittings, and other decorative items such as pots or vases. The brushed effect offers the understated elegance of brass, without the garish glare, and is easier to maintain.
Dramatic powder rooms
The small bathroom – often the “guest loo” – has previously been the subject of disdain, undersized and under-utilized. Decorators are now seeing that the dimensions of the small bathroom, or powder room, are ideal for dramatic, over-the-top, expensive finishes, making it more than just a powder room, but a luxuriant bathroom experience to wow visitors.
Another 2020 bathroom trends that have already been on the rise in recent years, floating fixtures include vanities that are installed directly from the wall, and have no legs or a floating toilet that does not have a base. This minimalist floor space makes for a modern bathroom, both easy to clean and easy to look at. You can take this look one step further, with a tankless toilet.
Also increasing in popularity is the freestanding tub, which becomes a startling feature in the bathroom, a centrepiece to enjoy aesthetically and indulge in.
With freestanding bathtubs now taking centre stage, designers turn their eye toward deep soaking bathtubs that offer the spa-like experience of a steaming deepwater bath. Dramatic in design, these offer an imposing look for your bathroom and a flawlessly comfortable bath.
Merging bathroom trends with solid knowledge
Considering the time we spend in the bathroom daily, we may as well enjoy it and find it indulgent and luxuriant. But where do you draw the line on following trends, following your heart, and factoring good, sound professional advice? Make sure that you merge luxury with practicality, and get the best of both worlds when designing your bathroom space when you get in touch with one of our sales consultants!
We’ll come right out and say it, it’s not always practical getting to the spa. With kids, full-time jobs and a household to run, not many people have the luxury of time. And with all the stress of everything else that makes up day to day life, we’re sometimes guilty of skimping on the “me time” we really need. Self-care and a little bit of pampering every now and then is just what you need. If you can’t get to the spa – you just need to get a little creative to have an indulgent experience – and one in the comfort of your own bathroom.
So, how exactly do you have a spa day at home? A little bit of fuss and a lot of bubble bath goes a long way! Read our favourite ways of slowing down and de-stressing with a relaxing spa day at home below.
You can’t have a spa day without a “jacuzzi”. Begin your day of relaxation by drawing a hot bubble bath. Pour yourself a glass of wine, put on your favourite “chill” playlist, light one of your favourite scented candles and have your favourite fluffy towel closeby whilst you get into that novel you’ve been meaning to read for weeks.
Need to ready your skin for the summer holidays this December? Your next step is to apply some luxurious Charlotte Rhys Salt Scrub for silky smooth skin. Scoop a small amount of the scrub into your hand and gently exfoliate your skin in small circles. Rinse the scrub off and your skin will feel magically refreshed and moisturised again.
As you step out of the bath, Moisturise! Moisturise! Moisturise! This is such an essential part of taking care of your skin. Use a luxurious, delicately-scented moisturiser to nourish your skin after patting yourself dry and putting on your favourite pyjamas.
Beautify those nails! A good spa day is not complete without a mani – so take the time to carefully paint your fingernails and toenails with your favourite colour. Even if it’s a bit finicky on your own, every time you look at your lovely painted nails you’ll thank yourself for taking some you time!
So there you have it, our favourite things to indulge in at a spa day at home. Cheers to a wonderful morning, afternoon or evening, and time well-spent giving yourself the you-time you deserve!
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They say that life is to be enjoyed, not just endured, which is why there is no shame in adding a touch of modern luxury to your home, starting with your bathroom (it is the most important room of your home, after all!). Research has shown that the average person spends around 92 days in the bathroom over their lifetime, so it only makes sense that your bathroom has is a sanctuary finished with luxurious fittings to add to the experience.
In 2019 we have seen all sorts of trends – from statement walls and open showers to opulent free-standing baths and functional design for small spaces, but none have stood out as much as the common thread that have tied them all together – the chic minimalism that has become the core focus of many bathrooms this year.
With so many people approaching their bathroom redesign with a “less is more” attitude, we had to ask ourselves, what is it about these spaces that people are so drawn to?
It Feels Good
There’s no denying it – luxury feels good. But it feels even better when it’s simple and understated. Modern bathroom design focuses on clean lines, sleek surfaces, and ZERO clutter. The whole look and feel of this style of bathroom is basic.
Stripped down aesthetics that feature natural materials and neutral tones, complemented with pops of colour by way of decor and other elements – what’s not to love about the simplicity and timeless appeal of modern bathroom design?
Space is synonymous with luxury, and a core feature of modern design. We’re not saying that small bathrooms can’t achieve the same effect (they can, when expertly designed and outfitted with the best bathroom fittings on the market).
But the combination of space, clean lines, feature pieces and minimalist design of a modern bathroom comes together to create something magical, memorable – a retreat that demands for you to sit back, relax and enjoy the clean ambience of your most private sanctuary.
Whilst modern bathroom designs do place focus on simplicity, natural materials and neutral colour palettes, that doesn’t mean they’re dull and drab – in fact the understated elegance of unpretentiousness is what sets them apart.
Think – a combination of marble, statement open shower, premium bathroom fittings, brand new fluffy towels – stylish, luxurious, perfection!
So, you could say we’re biased. But premium bathroom fittings are probably the most important feature of a modern bathroom – aside from their function, their design doesn’t get any better when compared to other inferior fittings on the market.
More so than that, top of the range fittings add a touch of finesse to break up the clean lines – something that all modern bathrooms need, and provide your sanctuary with the right type of technology it needs to be eco-friendly without sacrificing quality or style.
Final Words –
Modern bathroom design changes your life. When you spend so much time in your bathroom – it’s only right that it is a sanctuary befitting of all your needs and requirements. We don’t see modern bathroom design losing its appeal any time soon.
If this is the style for you, well what are you waiting for? Your ultimate modern bathroom is just a meeting away. Get in touch with us and let’s set up your first meeting and let’s start putting your dream bathroom together.
We get it. Your bathroom is not a space you rip up and remodel on a yearly basis for the fun of it, just because trends come and go. Remodelling your bathroom requires significant investment, financially and emotionally. Regardless of taste, it’s important to consider what your bathroom will look like when what’s hot now, isn’t so hot in a few years to come.
To ensure your bathroom remains sophisticated and on-trend in the years to come, we’ve put together a small guide on things you should consider during the most exciting part of your bathroom remodel – choosing all the elements that will make up your new bathroom. Read on below for our top timeless bathroom design tips!
Mint green and salmon took over in the 80’s. We know what you feel when those bathrooms come to mind – happy nostalgia (I mean, those are the bathrooms we grew up in, right?) with a slight shudder of horror imagining your brand new bathroom looking the same way. That trend took homeowners by storm back then and looking back now, that’s exactly why you should steer clear of modern trends that come and go. When you’re deciding on the wall colour of your new bathroom, stick with lighter, neutral palettes that evoke a sense of fresh sophistication.
We particularly enjoy stark, white bathroom walls. Bright, white walls keep a bathroom timeless, making the space feel clean and open. It’s generally a good rule of thumb to apply this to your permanent fixtures as well. Inevitably, things will need to be replaced as the years go on, and replacing fixtures of a specific colour is absurdly difficult once a colour fad has fallen off the radar.
White walls also have this uncanny ability to complement any other colour, and balancing the starkness of the white with colourful towels, art, rugs and other accessories is a great way to keep your bathroom up to date. Trendy decor is easily changed and replaced to keep up with the times.
White walls also complement other elements of your bathroom – particularly when you want to draw attention to a certain feature, like marble floors or tile backsplashes. But stark white spaces come with needs. In particular, the need to be complemented by textures and quality fixtures, as we discuss below. This is one timeless bathroom design trend that will never go out of fashion!
A timeless bathroom design doesn’t have to be dull and drab, void of personality. Adding texture by way of eye-catching features that don’t overwhelm the space is easily done but has to be done right. Careful attention is required when deciding what elements you are going to use to add texture to your new bathroom.
Black & White
Black and white colour palettes work with almost any design style and never fail to present a polished look. This combination can be complemented with cute little pot plants or colourful bathroom linen to prevent a too clinical feeling. It is important to note that the ratio of white to black makes a difference. Use more white for a cleaner, brighter feel, or more black for a dramatic effect. The beauty of it is that the choice is yours, and choosing a black and white colour scheme means your bathroom will never go out of fashion.
Incorporating marble, granite or quartz into the mix brings an elegant, timeless appeal to the space, with these textures almost always working well with surrounding colours. Natural materials come with their own unique colouring and patterns. Whether you opt for natural materials on walls, floors or countertops, they bring a distinctive lasting element to your bathroom that no other element can.
Tiles have featured in bathrooms since the Romans invented bathhouses, so it’s no surprise that adding a feature wall with a splash of tiles can serve as a classic addition to your new bathroom.
One trend that has never gone out of fashion are subway tiles, that bring both a touch of contemporary style and easy maintenance to your bathroom. Subway tiles have made a statement in bathrooms since the 1900’s – and being small and hardy means they are easy to clean – win-win for style and hygiene!
However, it is important to consider the scale and scope of individual elements in your bathroom. Overdoing the tile can have the opposite effect of tying all the features of your bathroom together, and make the space feel cluttered and enclosed – a definite no-no when designing a bathroom meant to be ageless.
The freestanding bathtub is perhaps the most classical and enduring element your bathroom could feature. Since the freestanding clawfoot bathtub became fashionable in England in the late 1800s, we have been equal parts adoring and committed to relaxation and self-care. Considered enchanting, sophisticated and the epitome of luxury, a bathtub wrought out of solid rock can never go out of fashion in our opinion!
We don’t need to tell you that simplicity is key to keeping your bathroom timeless.
Trends have their time and place, however, specifically when it comes to environmental consciousness in the bathroom. In this instance, opting for fine fixtures that are considerate to the environment will not hamper your efforts in designing a timeless bathroom.
Faucets and basins tend to go out of fashion as time goes on, but keeping it simple and green mitigates the risk of your bathroom going out of fashion any time soon!
We know we keep on harping on about it, but bathroom lighting may be the one element that makes the biggest difference in the agelessness of your bathroom.
A combination of ambient, task, accent and decorative lighting makes a huge impact on the ambience of the space, and is key in establishing a beautiful, lasting bathroom sanctuary.
One trend that never goes out of style is bathroom organisation! Counters that are free of clutter give a feeling of a pristine, dirt-free space. In conjunction with open shelving, bathroom baskets, drawer separators and functional design – an organised bathroom is a key component of ageless luxuriousness.
Final Words –
If you’re in the market for a timeless bathroom design, our team offers the latest insight to ensure your new bathroom is ageless now and in years to come. Whether you are revamping your guest water closet or master retreat, OXO will assist you with conceptualising the bathroom of your dreams into reality. Contact us now and let’s get talking!
We can all agree that some days getting it together for the morning rush is difficult, especially when the sun hasn’t even risen yet. So you can bet that if there’s anything that will help make our morning routines easier, we’re in!
Having a clean, organised bathroom can really help speed things up when it comes to getting ready (it also means you can luxuriate in that extra 5-minute lie in you’ve been craving all week). It’s also a better, more relaxed start to your day as you enjoy getting ready in a calm and clutter-free bathroom (and who couldn’t use more relaxation in their day?)
Sometimes the disorganisation is overwhelming so you overlook it. But you need to take ownership of your dominion and take the steps to a cleaner, brighter space and ultimately happier you. Now is your opportunity to get rid of the clutter! Now’s the time to put into practice all the following bathroom organisation tips you’re going to read!
First Things First
Organising your bathroom should always start with a good spring clean and declutter session. This is perhaps the most important step of cleaning up your bathroom because, honestly, there is no point in organising a bucket-load of products that you don’t actually need.
The truth is, we tend to accumulate a lot of products that are halfway finished, that we’ll “use one day” (you never do), and other items we think we need to hang on to (you don’t). Many beauty and hygiene products only last between six months to a year, and you’ll only be able to use so many in that time, so there’s no use stockpiling what you’ll never get to utilise.
When you open your bathroom cupboards to begin tidying this weekend, ask yourself the difficult questions that will set you on the path to a more organised bathroom and happier you. If you have to think about the answer, chances are that you don’t need it. As you assess your assortment of products, keep the following questions in mind;
Do I use this? Not to be confused with “Will I possibly use this one day?” – You either do or you don’t, so you shouldn’t have to think very long about it.
Do I need this?How many extra toothbrushes do you really need? Do you absolutely have to keep those half-finished bottles of body lotion? Do you actually wear that nail polish? Assess what you need on a regular basis to avoid stockpiling products that have a lifespan. Selectively identify what you use and donate or chuck out the rest.
Does this have a place in my cupboard?Everything you own should have a designated space. If you have too much of one thing, then the surplus needs to go. Getting rid of excess products helps you save space and arrange your belongings for easier access and quicker morning routines.
Does this bring me joy?Perhaps the most important question of all! This phrase, by Marie Kondo – goddess of decluttering, encourages you to hold each item in your hand, and ask the question: “Does this bring me joy?”. You’ll know the answer right away, and that will help you rid your bathroom cupboards and counters of everything you don’t need.
Once you have decluttered your excess beauty and hygiene products, you need to turn your attention to other problematic areas of your bathroom.
Cluttered counters are one of those areas. Keeping as few items on your bathroom counter as possible creates a fresher, tidier space. Using a tray to store your essentials helps you clear your counter with ease when it comes to cleaning day, and also brings a pleasing aesthetic to your bathroom. Note: your tray shouldn’t take up more than ⅓ of the counter space, or it will hinder your morning routine as you get ready!
Not to be confused with hiding the clutter, incorporating additional hidden storage inside your bathroom cabinets can make the difference for the organisation of your bathroom as a whole. Whilst you may have rid your excess products, organising the remaining items for seamless use can still be a challenge. Few people know how to effectively use their limited bathroom cabinet space for better storage, but using wesh mire baskets help with holding a variety of items which tend to get muddled up as they are frequently used.
Cabinets sorted, you need to focus your attention on your bathroom drawers. Beauty and hygiene products come in all shapes and sizes, and those smaller items tend to get lost in cluttered bathroom drawers. Using drawer dividers can make all the difference – giving every item a “home” and making it that much easier for you to find what you’re looking for as and when you need it.
Keeping things organised and accessible is one of the main reasons to declutter, but moreover, it makes a huge difference to the general cleanliness of your bathroom. The containers you use to store things also play an important role. Items should be organised by category and placed into the appropriate vessel when necessary. For example, glass apothecary jars are attractive storage options for supplies like cotton balls and cotton swabs, but you should rather use bathroom baskets for your additional towels.
Tired of having dirty laundry splayed across bathroom and bedroom? A stylish laundry bin will help keep those dirty, wet towels and other unmentionables hidden from view, and also make washing day easier as you haul your laundry to the washroom!
Organising your bathroom doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. Creating a more functional space that is organised and clean with just a few changes can make your morning routine that much quicker and enjoyable.
Looking to design your ultimate, clutter-free bathroom?
OXO’s expert bathroom designers can assist! Schedule a design meeting with us and allow us to give you a guiding hand when redesigning your bathroom. We look forward to hearing from you!
Making use of a compact space is challenging at the best of times, so how does one make the most of a small bathroom when it is undoubtedly the most important and utilised room in your home?
Well, clever storage and chic finishes can make even the smallest of bathrooms not only practical but beautiful too! Here are some of our top tips for packing a punch when mapping out your plans for a small bathroom design.
Small Bathroom, Big Dreams
Configuring your bathroom in such a way that there is enough space between your toilet and the sink, your shower and towel rail can be tricky, especially if you have limited space and an unconventional layout. That’s where a little bit of creativity and a splash of astuteness comes in!
Not-So-Traditional Corner Sink Bathroom sinks can sometimes be cumbersome, disrupting your movement as you try and get to the toilet or your shower. There is nothing more frustrating, especially if the space can be used more effectively! This not-so-traditional corner sink, right beside your toilet, works a lot better than being placed awkwardly alongside the shower. Now you can wash your hands, and see yourself too!
Float Your Vanity Floating your vanity helps make the space appear visually bigger, and frees up some much-needed floor space when you step aside to wash your hands.
Open Your Shower These days, you can get away with not having a door on your shower. Open showers are designed to maximise bathroom space, and not only visually increase the size of your bathroom, but also provide a convenient “step in, step out” style that is perfect if you need to “rinse and run”.
Wall Mounted Toilet Installing a wall mounted toilet brings an instant modern aesthetic and is a great choice if you have a smaller bathroom, as the bowl and actuator plate are the only parts in the room, meaning the bowl is much closer to the wall – saving you precious floor space and legroom.
It’s All About The Lighting Oh so important, no matter what room in your house! Adding a few warm tone lights or will enhance the luminescence and reflectiveness of the room; creating a brighter and roomier-feeling space.
Round Mirrors Making use of a large round mirror in your bathroom is certainly not new, but does it pack a punch in a smaller space! Suspended just above the soap shelf, with it comes a stylish modern aesthetic, opening up the space the only way a mirror can!
Strategic Tiles & Colour Schemes When it comes to small bathrooms, you need to be strategic with colour. Dark walls will make the room feel smaller, light walls will make the room feel larger. To add a bit of contrast, you can get by with darker floor tiles and lighter walls, and switching up the styles to create a statement!
Less Is More As with anything, and especially in the context of a small bathroom, less is definitely more! Designing your bathroom for the space available, and keeping it clean, uncluttered and in tip-top shape will ensure it is always a welcoming space that won’t get you feeling claustrophobic.
Need Help Redesigning Your Small Bathroom?
OXO’s expert bathroom designers can assist! Schedule a design meeting with us and allow us to give you a guiding hand when redesigning your small bathroom. We look forward to hearing from you!
As a leading stockist of luxury bathroom and sanitary ware in Southern Africa, we see it as our duty to stay up to date with local and global bathroom trends that are constantly evolving. This gives us the insight we need to guide our clients on what’s hot, what’s not, and advise on the best buys for their particular style. Creating timeless bathrooms with a modern edge is part of our love for what we do, which is why we have put together this comprehensive guide to bathroom tile trends for 2019.
If you’re in the midst of redesigning your bathroom, you know there are countless styles to choose from. Victorian meets Metro, Contemporary meets Futuristic – the choices are endless! Allow us to guide you on this years’ wonderfully outlandish tile trends that we think are here to stay!
This year, it’s all about colour and dimension! Hexagonal tiles have been making a resurgence recently, and we’re seeing them in all combinations and sizes. The beauty of hexagonal tiles is that they can be used on a larger scale – covering floors and walls, or as a statement piece on a single divider in your bathroom. Bold motifs and striking design, with colour patterns that create complicated and visually arresting styles – what’s not to love?
Subway tiles are one of our favourite design features. They are timeless, work with almost any style – Victorian, Modern, Industrial (you name it!) – and can be switched up simply by playing with colour, arrangement or size. This adorable quirky bathroom design features a combination of purple and rose gold, and those subway tiles most certainly make a statement! The checkerboard style of the tiles adds a subtle texture to the space, giving this bathroom a dimension it otherwise wouldn’t have. Paired with the truly exquisite LiquidRed accessories – we’re in love!
Gorgeous and up to the minute – metallic bathroom finishes bring an edge to your bathroom that only a hint of shine can! When you combine a metallic finish with hexagonal tiles, magic happens. The metallic hue brings an unexpected depth to the space, and coupled with a rich, matte statement wall – well, you can see the result in this truly unique Geberit styled bathroom.
Matte finishes are here to stay. These gorgeous, oversized subway tiles in a checkerboard pattern are soft but powerful, and leave an impression long after you have seen a bathroom that features them! Whilst matte tiles are great for their easy maintenance – their low sheen means smudges and water marks don’t appear as easily as on glossy tiles, they do need quite a bit of lighting, so make sure your bathroom flows with natural and artificial illumination!
So there you have it – four of the bathroom tile trends taking 2019 by storm! Choosing the tiles for your bathroom remodel isn’t going to be easy, but this is a challenge you can have the most fun with!
We stock a wide range of Douglas Jones tiles that make all the difference in your new bathroom. If you have an idea but you’re not sure where to go with it, our expert bathroom designers can assist! Schedule a design meeting with us and allow us to take you through the process of choosing your favourite tile colours, finishes, shapes and materials to complement your exquisite bathroom in the making.
The bathroom is one of the only rooms in a multi-bodied household where we’re expected and encouraged to lock ourselves inside. With that kind of permission, it makes sense to use this private space as a luxurious sanctuary. Make the most of your haven by giving it the proper lighting. Here’s some important advice to keep in mind when redesigning your bathroom, lighting included.
The four types of light needed for the best bathroom atmosphere are task, accent, decorative and sparkle.
This is the light by which you can best see yourself. Propertask lighting at the mirror is important and we recommend using a pair of sconces mounted at eye level on either side of the mirror to provide shadowless illumination. This creates the best scenario for makeup application, shaving, tooth care and so on.
Tip: Avoid adding a light above the mirror. That includes recessed lighting in the ceiling which would throw a strong light onto your forehead and cast deep shadows below your eyes, nose, and chin. Not only is this light ineffective for shaving or applying makeup, but it can also visually age you by 10 years. People should look their best when they look at their reflection. Proper lighting in the bathroom will make you feel better about yourself and promote confidence throughout your day.
If you enjoy art in your bathroom, accent lighting will show it off best. Recessed directional lights provide focused illumination for each piece of art — or, in this case, for an alcove dedicated to your favourite bath products.
This adds visual sparkle. Using a single pendant in a square-shaped bathroom will add just the right touch.
This acts asfill light. In bathrooms with taller ceilings, a cove or cantilever details, ambient lighting fixtures can be installed along the perimeter of the space. Architectural details such as these can hide the fixture and create indirect lighting.
Sconces on large mirrors at the sink vanities now offer functional task lighting. Recessed cans on dimmers provide ambient light for whatever mood is desired. Dimmers are especially useful in the tub area, where relaxation and romance are priorities. Wall sconces offer additional ambient and decorative light. Large mirrors, both at the vanity and over the tub, effectively reflect all of these layered light sources for the best effect.
Looking for more tips? Get in touch with us to set up a design meeting and allow us to put your dream bathroom together.
It’s a hard life, being a towel. All that hard water and friction can really wear a fabric down. Not to mention regular exposure to oil and soil. Even the fluffiest, most luxurious towels need a little TLC now and then, to keep them feeling their best.
If you’ve ever asked the question ‘How do I keep towels soft?’ we can help. We’ve put together some tips to get your towels as good as new.
CUT BACK ON DETERGENT.
Towels feel stiff because they start to build up soapy residue. By using a little less detergent than suggested, your machine’s rinse cycle will have an easier time washing out those last pesky bits of soap.
WASH IN WARM WATER.
Warmer water (around body temperature is best) absorbs detergent better, leaving less buildup on your towels. You can also let detergent dissolve in the washer before adding towels – just start the wash cycle, add soap and wait a minute or two before adding your towels.
REPLACE FABRIC SOFTENERS WITH VINEGAR.
Fabric softeners contain silicon that will make towels water repellent, so they won’t get as good a wash. Instead, soften your towels by using one cup of white vinegar about every six weeks; this will remove the soapy residue that makes towels feel rough, bringing back softness while restoring them to full absorbency. Simply run the towels through a regular washing cycle, then redo them using vinegar instead of soap.
USE BAKING SODA.
This will help loosen up fibres and clean off any chemicals or grime, making your towels softer. Just mix half a cup of baking soda with your normal amount of detergent. As an added bonus, baking soda naturally eliminates musty odours that may have built up – say, if you left damp towels lying around in a gym bag or in a pile on the bathroom floor.
LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD.
Don’t put too many towels in your washer at once. Not only will it strain the machine, it won’t allow enough room to rinse out all the dirt and detergent from your towels. The same goes for your dryer; if you overload it, there won’t be enough air in the dryer to properly fluff the fabric. So you’ll get stiff, matted towels, instead of soft, fluffy ones. For most standard machines, try two or three bath towels at a time, along with hand towels and washcloths.
TOSS IN A TENNIS BALL OR DRYER BALL.
Having a few unused tennis balls or dryer balls bouncing around in the dryer helps remove lumps while softening and fluffing your towels.
GO EASY ON THE TUMBLE DRYING.
True, it makes towels fluffier, but the heat from the dryer can damage the integrity towels. So use a lower setting or alternate between air drying and tumble drying. You can also partially dry towels on the line and then finish them up in the dryer. If you prefer line drying, shake the towels out afterwards to fluff up the fibres, or toss them in the dryer on a cool setting for additional softness.
There you have it – the answer to the age-old question ‘How do I keep towels soft and fluffy?’ Follow these self-help tips and your towels will stay plush and fluffy their whole lives.
Getting married? Give your guests a little extra something with a Wedding Bathroom Basket. This great little idea – also known as hospitality baskets or bathroom emergency kits – have become very popular for weddings in South Africa over the last year. Usually, a basket, tray or box, is placed in your reception venue bathrooms and full of first aid items, toiletries, and sanitary products to help your guests with any mini emergencies they may have. And while not essential, the extra effort will certainly be appreciated by guests!
Bathroom Basket List
To help you create the perfect bathroom baskets we’ve compiled this handy little list of items to give you an idea of what to include to help you and your guests enjoy your big day even more.
Sunscreen (for outdoor weddings)
Bug Spray (for outdoor weddings)
Beauty Bits and Items to Freshen Up
Dry Hair Shampoo
Feminine Hygiene Products (tampons and liners etc.)
Clear Nail Varnish
Deodorant (aerosol style so multiple guests can use it)
Mints and Gum
Baby Powder (can help with sweaty feet and chaffing!)
Stain Remover Pen
Mini bottles of perfume and aftershave (you could pick up samples from beauty counters)
Tips for Creating the Perfect Wedding Bathroom Baskets
Grab yourself a nice basket, a pretty decorated box or tray to put your items in but keep in mind the space you will be placing them, make sure the basket isn’t too big for the counter or too small for all the items you are including. If there is no counter space at your venue, ask if a small table can be left in the toilets to hold the bathroom kit.
Create his and her baskets for ladies and gents’ bathrooms. Tweak the above list by adding in or omitting items.
Collect product samples throughout your planning, they’re free and they are perfectly sized for bathroom baskets.
If you have young children attending, don’t put any sort of medication (paracetamol etc) in the basket. Leave these items behind reception and leave a little note in the baskets telling your guests where they can get them if needed.
Likewise, keep scissors, needles or glue out of reach from little hands.
Ask a bridesmaid or a family member who is offering to help, to organise this for you. Just send them on this list to print out and they can pick up bits and pieces throughout the planning process.
We hope you find this little checklist helpful for your big day! For more great wedding advice and ideas on how to set up your personal or guest bathrooms, get in touch with us!
Original Article: https://www.onefabday.com/wedding-bathroom-basket-list/
Many people think the kitchen is the heart of the home, but we’d beg to differ! Your bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home – a place where you can rest, relax and refresh! Bathrooms, along with kitchens, are also among the most important rooms buyers look at when you are selling your home. There are a number of reasons for doing a bathroom remodelling project, and you may have different motivations for different projects. Here are some of the most common reasons to remodel your bathroom.
ADD A BATHROOM
One of the top reasons people begin a bathroom remodelling project is to add a bathroom. Among the most common reasons to add a bathroom are to create a master suite, turn a closet into a half bath or add a bathroom to a floor that doesn’t have one, such as a basement.
Adding a bathroom is an expensive project, especially if it is in an area of the house that is far away from pipes and plumbing connections, so you should ensure you thoroughly weigh the pros and cons of such a project.
EXPAND A BATHROOM
Not everyone has the space or the money to completely add a new bathroom, but a good alternative can be to enlarge and expand an existing bathroom. One common bathroom project is to enlarge a half bath by adding a shower and/or tub. You also might add a tub to a shower. Such projects can be done without too much expense and can greatly add value to your home.
ACCOMMODATE AN AGING RELATIVE OR YOURSELF
As you age, you may need to make changes to your bathroom to better accommodate you. That could involve adding rails and a ledge to your shower, for example. You also might need to make similar changes to one of your bathrooms if an elderly relative such as a parent is going to be moving in with you.
UPDATE YOUR BATHROOM
Bathroom styles, just like those in other rooms in your home, can change over time. Green and yellow toilets and sinks were once all the rage but now would be considered severely dated. Remodelling your bathroom to update with the times is a good reason. It might be as simple as painting it a different colour and updating the fixtures or it could require a complete tear out of everything. Updating is something many San Mateo homeowners do to their bathrooms when they decide to sell their home.
IMPROVE YOUR BATHROOM’S UTILITY
Sometimes, a bathroom in your home may need to be remodelled to increase its utility. That could be to add more storage or to improve the ventilation. You might also want to create a walk-in shower or add a bidet. Or you might add a double sink to accommodate a spouse moving in.
FIX A PLUMBING PROBLEM
Most plumbing problems are minor and are issues you can take care of with minimal work and fuss. However, if you have a leak that is in the walls in your bathroom, requiring you to tear out walls or flooring to fix the problem, it can be a good time to do some remodelling as well.
INSTALL WATER-SAVING DEVICES
Just about any bathroom could be improved in ways that will save water, and remodelling to install water-saving devices is a good reason to do work on your bathroom. Some common water-saving devices are low-flow shower heads and low-flow toilets.
IMPROVE OVERALL ENERGY EFFICIENCY
While saving water is a good goal in your bathroom, why stop there? There are some things you can do to improve your overall energy efficiency in your bathroom. Installing LED or CFL lights will save you on your electricity costs. Putting in a more efficient ventilation fan can also save money on your energy costs. You can make energy-efficient changes on their own or as part of a larger bathroom remodel.
TO MAKE COSMETIC CHANGES
Many people do minor bathroom remodels simply to make a few cosmetic changes and refresh the bathroom’s look.
Even if your bathroom is still in style and not dated, it may still be in need of a refresh. You may give it a new coat of paint or replace your vanity or cabinets. You could replace vinyl flooring with tile or put an acrylic insert in your tub or shower to make it look new.
BECAUSE YOU WANT TO & CAN
You may simply want to remodel your bathroom for no other reason than that you want a change and it will make you feel good. Nothing should stop you from remodelling your bathroom if you have the desire and the money, but you should try to ensure that any changes you make are adding to the resale value of your home or at least not detracting from it.
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