Creating the Perfect Bathroom

Designing your new bathroom around a contemporary freestanding bath tub will provide the room with a stunning focal point. Freestanding baths are perfect for creating a clear centrepiece and can provide the ultimate touch of both luxury and style. Freestanding baths ooze relaxation by the way they look and sit in a bathroom suite. Contemporary freestanding baths are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and choosing the one that is right for you, to not only suit the design of your bathroom but ensuring that it meets your tastes and requirements is an important element to get right. Freestanding baths are rapidly increasing in popularity within the bathroom market. More companies are creating new designs and styles to help create a wide range of option for homeowners when wanting to gain the perfect look.

Freestanding baths come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, from large to compact. A double-ended freestanding bath has a central waste so that the taps are in the middle and two can bathe in comfort, although you would be wise to try out the size of the freestanding bath in the showroom. A single ended free standing bath has one straight edge, designed so that the bath can be positioned flush against a wall. This style is particularly useful for smaller bathrooms as it gives the freestanding look without the need for floor space all around.

The Freestanding Bath tub is a beautiful luxury, certainly not the typical feature in a standard bathroom. However, if you are looking at a change from the standard three-piece white suite seen in most bathrooms, then perhaps its time to reconsider your bathing options. Gone are the days of heavy freestanding baths that required reinforced floors, and now a large influx of bathtubs come in a variety of sizes, materials and shapes give you a total new outlook on choice.

A Freestanding bath can offer you a immersive bathing experience, which offers a perfect opportunity to slip into a deep bath filled with bubbles for a more luxurious bathing experience. Freestanding baths tend to be filled to the top allowing you to spend hours relaxing in tranquility. Another advantage of putting a freestanding bath in your home is that it makes a real style statement. Typically associated with luxurious hotels and those swanky New York apartments, a freestanding bath makes a statement. Whatever your reason for choosing a freestanding bath for your bathroom, there are a wide range of styles and sizes now available allowing you to make the choice that suits your needs and perfect for your home.

The Elements stone freestanding bath & basin collection

For absolute bathing luxury look no further than the Elements stone freestanding bath and basin collection from Waters Baths of Ashbourne – soft comfortable shapes designed to insulate and cocoon you. Made from natural materials that have taken millions of years to form. Presented in a sublime "Infinity" matt white finish to complement the most stylish bathrooms in luxury homes and boutique hotels around the world. The Elements collection of freestanding baths from Waters Baths of Ashbourne is created using DQ Cast, a unique mixture of Quartz and Limestone. Superior in strength to acrylic or cast iron, and hand polished to an infinity matt white, providing an inviting and relaxing tone to all of our Elements baths. DQ Casts’ natural formula ensures all Elements baths keep your water warmer longer, do not flex or creek and are suitable for everyday family use. Each Elements baths comes with a lifetime consumer guarantee.

The Elements stone baths feature six unique designs each with its own distinctive style and appeal. The Luna is a striking circular bath that will surround you with beautiful curves at every turn, the Haze bath is deep, sleek and the epitome of chic a really deep long bath perfect for a long soak at the end of the day. The Mist bath is the deepest bath in the range and is perfect for long soaks and is certainly a spacious bath despite its relatively short length. The Ellipse and Dawn baths feature elegant curves and utter relaxation the baths are both over 1700mm long giving a completely submerged bathing experience. The Cloud freestanding bath completes the Elements bath range and is a real statement piece, a stunning bath that really stands out. Each Elements bath in the collection comes complete with matching freestanding basin.

The Elements Collection from Waters Baths of Ashbourne is available now. Visit www.watersbaths.co.uk to view our extensive Spec Sheets and download information on the new range and also view our Find a Showroom page to locate your nearest showroom dealer who will be able to give you all the information you need on Waters Baths of Ashbourne and the products available

The Elements collection from Waters Baths of Ashbourne

No one can deny the appeal of freestanding baths, after all they are quite simply stunning a real centrepiece and statement of luxury. With advancements in design, styling and material choice gone are the days when a huge bathroom and bank balance to match were needed. A Freestanding bath without question is undeniably beautiful and can instantly add a touch of glamour and elegance to any bathroom, but precisely what are they and how do they differ from a typically standard bath? To put it simply, a freestanding bath is a stand-alone bath, which sits either directly on the floor or is mounted on feet without being attached to a supporting wall structure.

For most people, when you envisage a freestanding bath you imagine it to be the focal point of a bathroom with plenty of space all around it. That is still true to an extent as most freestanding baths are installed away from the wall, however, with the variety of sizes and styles now available, space isn’t quite the issue that it used to be. Indeed, there are designs that do allow the bath to be located along a wall even though the base of the bath is away from it. Freestanding baths tend to fall within two distinct categories traditional and contemporary. This isn’t a rigid definition as some baths have elements of both within their design. Traditional freestanding baths have that period feel about them and consist of slipper baths and roll top baths, whereas a contemporary freestanding bath tends to focus on shape and minimalistic charm.

Waters Baths new range of Elements stone freestanding baths are a perfect example of contemporary luxury manufactured using DQ Cast a material that is a unique mixture of crushed Quartz and Limestone, naturally formed millions of years ago. Mixed with modern polymers and UV stabilizers to form a material stronger than granite. Unlike real stone or other solid surface products DQ Cast has no gel coat and is free from fissures, veins or other imperfections that could compromise strength or appearance. The new Elements stone range is available from mid June with the first three models available: Mist, Haze and Ellipse. The Elements collection is completed in July with the Dawn, Luna and Cloud bath following to complete the Elements collection of six stone baths.

Introducing Brook²

Introducing Brook². Waters Baths of Ashbourne are extremely excited to introduce the latest addition to the i-Line collection the Brook² which is scheduled to replace the existing Brook model. We have created a stunning new model designed exclusively by the talented Seb Waters the Brook² freestanding bath is a exciting addition to the range.

Bathe in Brook² – Dim the lights and indulge yourself in our brand new Brook bath, ideal for a quick splash, or the perfect space to while time away. Its bold, modern design is contemporary yet traditional and a great addition to any stunning bathroom. The new Brook features slightly curved lines with a look towards the popular Stream bath, the overall shape hasn't changed dramatically consider them to be small perfections of the older model which will soon be replaced. The new Brook² will be available from mid June and can be preordered now. The Brook² comes in a generous size of 1660x820x580mm and a new smaller 1500mm version is in the pipeline and scheduled to be released towards the end of the year. The Acrylic Freestanding bath is the perfect addition to any bathroom with prices starting at £1195.00 for the Linear collection and £1595.00 for the i-Line range. Our new Elements stone collection will be available for £2195.00 and will be available from June. To find out more about our Elements collection you can read our blog on the Elements collection coming next week.

The perfect accessories

A lot of the bathroom design trends for 2014 tend to revolve around keeping things clean, simple and practical. As the place to enjoy some quiet time getting ready in the morning and the space we retreat to at the end of the day for a soak in the tub, the bathroom is a hub of activity in any home. Whether your bathroom needs updates or complete renovation, keeping the space up to a quality standard is one of the best investments you can make in your home, and 2014 is all about seamlessness, functionality and bold accessories. Accessories give your bathroom a new dimension, personality and a sense of character. It’s these details that make the difference to typical bathroom designs and bespoke personalised bathroom havens. With accessories you create a perfect a beautiful bathroom. Bathrooms don't have to be boring - the latest design trend is to treat them as you would any other room when it comes to décor. Hang a sparkling chandelier; choose a stunning freestanding bath, paint floorboards and accessories for a stylish room where you can relax. 

Bathroom lighting is often overlooked and limited to a few down lights in the ceiling. But good lighting can bring simple white room bathroom sets to life. The right lighting controls can create a wide spectrum of atmospheres. Dimmers are a must as they allow you to change the mood of the room for different occasions. The latest trends in bathroom lighting combine an element of halogen light with new technology like energy-saving LED bulbs. Lighting is essential to the mood of your room. Bathroom accessories combine great design and clever functionality that match flawlessly with other items within the bathroom. However they're often overlooked when the finishing touches are being applied. This is a big mistake as it’s this final attention to detail that pulls your design together making your bathroom a pleasure to use. So it makes sense to pay the same amount of thought on them as the rest of your home. Think about somewhere to hang your bath robe while you're taking a shower, a magnified mirror to help apply your makeup in the morning, an imaginative place to display fresh towels, there's a wealth of good looking yet practical solutions to choose from. And to finish your bathroom haven, why not inject a splash of colour and character into your bathroom by choosing brightly coloured towels? Try vibrant colours like warm reds or deep purple as these colours promote warmth and will definitely bring any contemporary bathroom to life.

Bathroom Showstopper...

The winter of 2013-2014 will no doubt be remembered as one of the wettest and most miserable, so as spring is finally here, our homes are certainly due for a treat this April. If you have a bathroom project in mind now is a perfect time to turn your ideas into reality. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to create an entirely new bathroom or instead just wish to make some minor alterations to a few accessories, give it a fresh coat of paint or replace tired dated tiles giving your rest room a fresh lease of life. Redecoration is an essential part of keeping your home both attractive and comfortable.

Tiles can transform a bathroom instantly and give a luxurious feel without breaking the bank. The current trend for tiles is for a minimalistic look by using less decorative tiles. Wood effects, stone and polished porcelain remain dominant choices for floor tiles, however they are slowly transitioning onto the walls. When choosing your tiles, it’s important to think about how they will compliment your chosen bathroom design. In terms of sanitary ware we see no end to the dominance of white, this is not a problem as you can make bold statements with your chosen tiles and accompanying accessories. 

With a little know how, tiles can be used to make a small room look bigger. Use light or glossy tiles on walls or floors can give the appearance of a mirror making the space go further and adding more light, this can often give the impression of more space. There are many advantages to choosing tiles for a bathroom makeover. While tiles are needed to give your bathroom an elegant look, colour and accessories are required to give your bathroom character and style. Colour trends for this springs designer bathrooms are natural colour combinations utilising the best of our surroundings such as Farrow & Ball’s Cooking Apple Green or Stiffkey Blue that give a bathroom that picturesque natural look. With colour schemes focusing on natural elements give your bathroom the centerpiece it deserves with a luxury freestanding bathtub.

Natural stone bathtubs are the ideal way to make a statement in the bathroom, both in style and luxury. Like every other item in the bathroom they come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles. Natural stone baths are believed to go back an estimated 3500 years, from the origins of stone tubs to how they are made today to give them such an amazing structure and design. Often considered the height of luxury, stone baths do tend to have a special something about them and are often admired by the majority. A natural stone bathtub is considered a superior choice when compared with an acrylic tub. They can retain heat up to ten times to that of an acrylic bathtub as they have increased heat retention and are generally more durable.

They are also easier to repair than standard baths as they are made from a single mold therefore meaning that you can simply polish and smooth away any scratches or scuffs. They have an organic feel to the touch, which can give your bathroom a more authentic tone. As with many home décor a lot may depend on budget, but remember stone products are life investments. Waters Baths of Ashbourne’s Elements collection of Stone Freestanding baths are developed using DQ Cast. Waters DQ cast is a unique material mixture of crushed Quartz and Limestone, naturally formed millions of years ago. Mixed with modern polymers and UV stabilizers to form a material stronger than granite, to provide a natural appearance and subtle depth of colour through-out that will last a lifetime… 

*The Elements stone freestanding bath collection will be available from June 2014.

Back to basics - Designing your bathroom haven...

April is synonymous with rain and dreary days however there is an easy way to bypass this particular tedious of months and that is to revert back to basics. The joys of spring haven’t quite hit the dizzying heights and the change in time hasn’t lived up to expectations but despite that April is still a fantastic month to finish off any DIY projects and home improvements ready for those summer months of sunshine and relaxation, after all nobody wants to be stuck in doors working away come May.

The fun part of bathroom remodelling is choosing your sinks, walk-in showers, towel heaters, translucent tiles and graceful faucets. Even the newer toilets on the market are standout design pieces. But when it comes to putting together bathroom designs in plans make sure you focus on the basics. 

The first stage of your process should be to find a bathtub that provides a bit of indulgence. Perhaps you will opt for a bath with a Jacuzzi system fitted and let the bubbles massage away your stresses?  Or maybe you prefer a larger bath that is big enough for two people to share such as a freestanding bathtub? Whichever option you decide on; be sure not to go overboard and choose a model that is too big for the room. Otherwise you may end up with a cluttered look that destroys the relaxing vibe you are aiming for.

There are huge ranges of bathroom tiles now available. In most cases, those looking to create luxury bathrooms will opt for the natural stone choice. Granite and marble both deliver a striking look that will last for decades. However, they do of course come at a high retail price. For a more affordable option you could consider travertine tiles; which look just as luxurious, but cost substantially less. Selecting your fixtures will help add the finishing touches to your bathroom design. For example, a nice heated chrome towel rail can both look great and provide a warm towel when you finally decide to get out of the bath. Additionally, a large mirror on one of the walls can help to make the bathroom feel more spacious than it actually is.

The final factor to consider in your luxury bathroom is a suitable lighting option. Obviously you want there to be enough light so that you can see what you are doing, without there being so much that is detracts from the relaxing vibe. So go for midrange bulbs that offer a nice warm colour rather than a clinical bright white or blue. You may also wish to consider a separate fitting around the mirror, so that you have the option of extra light when you need it.

Summer Bathroom Colour Trends 2014

With March ending and Daylight Savings Time upon us, we’re treated to longer daylight filled hours and are just about ready to ditch our winter blacks and grey’s and fall in love with the spring 2014 colour trends that will soon be in bloom. Pastels, primary colours and metallic gold’s and silvers will be all over the spring and summer of 2014.For bathrooms, the trend in color for 2014 is more. It used to be that there wasn't lots of colour in the bathroom, so more colour is definitely a newer trend, you still see a lot of the white, crisp spa-like solutions, but even those often have bright accent. Neutral shades such as cream, beige and taupe have long been popular colour choices for the bathroom because they wear well and fit easily into any design scheme. But these safe colors are giving way to bolder palettes that create a cheerful, fun place to enjoy during your bathroom ritual.

Give your bathroom the feeling of a day spa. The ultimate aim in a renovation is to create an oasis, a place to escape from a difficult day and unwind in a personal spa like sanctuary. Display your make-up, nail polishes and lotions neatly in attractive organisers; use matching accessory holders to keep things tidy after all we all know that cosmetics stacked away in drawers can be hard to find. The extra breathing space created in drawers and cabinets means your other bathroom necessities can be better organised too. If you have a small bathroom where cupboards are in short supply, remember that you can always build up rather than out. Use simple shelving that will create instant bathroom storage for towels, add drawers for a tidy finish. Their cool simplicity won’t clash with any colour scheme so they match bathrooms of any style or theme.

Bathroom Spring Clean...

The bathroom in particular along with the Kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the house, and therefore particular care and consideration must be taken when creating fresh design ideas to incorporate into this popular space. A well-designed décor really can make the biggest difference to your bathroom space, regardless of whether you’re looking to create a modern contemporary rest room or something a little more classic and traditional in an older home, and with spring in the air now is the perfect time for that spring clean your bathroom desperately needs.

For many spring cleaning has become a thing of the past, but the grime and germs that accumulate in your bathroom continue to linger. Cleaning the bathroom is the cornerstone of any good spring cleaning routine, but facing the dust and clutter that’s gathered over the winter months can be daunting. The first step in any effective bathroom cleaning routine is to clear away the unnecessary clutter left in bathroom cabinets. Bathroom storage spaces can often be neglected during routine bathroom cleaning session because everything is conveniently hidden behind closed doors. Since you’re not confronted with mess in your bathroom cabinets on a daily basis, there’s no motivation to clear it away, and it’s simply a case of out of sight out of mind.

After a thorough spring clean, why not add a touch of colour to give the bathroom a deserved lift, but remember be careful with colour as it is key to an effective bathroom design. Whites and creams are both popular options for both modern and traditional bathrooms, and pastel tones such as blues and greens are often used to add a fresh feel to the surroundings. Updating tired and dated bathroom furniture can also give live into a tired looking bathroom. You will also need to pay close attention to what you include and how much space it is likely to take up. It’s essential that anything you add to your bathroom doesn’t make it feel overly cramped or claustrophobic, all whilst coordinating nicely with the colour scheme you have chosen. The final piece of the jigsaw is adding the right accessories to give your bathroom a complete and continuous style that should never be underrated. Small additions such as taps, wall hung accessories, towel rails and the correct flooring are now all available in a massive range of shapes and styles to ensure that they co-ordinate with the style you want to achieve.

Regardless of the changes you choose to make, it’s really important to create a thorough plan of action before any work commences, as this can often result in minor renovation disasters. Create a detailed plan of the measurements of the space that you have available, and pencil in the fixtures you wish to include to generate a rough idea of the general layout of your new space.

The elegant design of the Freestanding Bath Tap

Choosing a freestanding bath can often seem like a brave choice in a lot of the homes of today, given that space is often at a premium. Whilst a lot of freestanding baths on the market today will use a lot of space within a bathroom, given that they often need to be placed away from a wall in a central location, (we recommend at least 30cm away from each wall – as shown in our fitting instructions) there are a significant amount of freestanding baths that are designed for smaller bathroom spaces such as our 1500mm range of freestanding bath tubs. Freestanding baths are fantastic in lending themselves to the design aesthetic of the bathroom that they’re placed in. For more traditional bathroom designs, roll top baths look stunning when placed in the centre of a room. If you’re focused on a more minimalist and contemporary designed bathroom, pick a freestanding bath with sleek curves and a pure white finish. Freestanding baths are all about making that style statement and taking guests by surprise when they enter the room.

With freestanding baths, freestanding bath taps give an added dimension to the bathroom aesthetic. With Freestanding bath taps you are able to enjoy a romantic bath with your partner, without arguing who has to lie against the uncomfortable, sharp and awkward taps. A freestanding tap allows you to laze around in luxury and can be placed at your convenience outside of the bath – and this also allows your plumbing and water supply to have a little more leeway in terms of installation as well. Freestanding bath taps allow you to enjoy your bath in its entirety whilst still enjoying incredibly stylish and functional taps, allowing you to get the perfect temperature for optimum comfort. The elegant floor standing design allows you to enjoy bath time like never before as well as adding a truly unique style to your décor.