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.

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.

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.

Introducing the Wave & Spa Freestanding baths...

What makes the perfect bath? For some it’s slipping into steaming hot water, for others a cool quick dip to awaken the senses, or a luxuriously long, sud-filled soak. When it comes to the ideal accompaniments - candles, wine, music, the list is almost endless. No matter how you enjoy your bath, Waters Baths of Ashbourne believe that it should be exceptional every time. That’s why we bring together traditional qualities, such as hand-finishing, contemporary styling, innovative manufacturing techniques and premium quality materials. Waters Baths of Ashbourne are a brand with a reputation for creating beautiful and contemporary freestanding baths. Since 2011 we have been driven with a passion to create spectacular centre piece freestanding baths, we are committed to deliver stunning, quality, distinctive products with an un-paralleled customer service, and after extensive development we are pleased to announce two new exciting additions to our popular i-Line collection, the Slip and Spa freestanding baths.

Breathe deeply as you immerse yourself in Slip. Deeper at one end so you can lie back and enjoy unprecedented relaxation. Indulge yourself with a glass of wine, lower the lights and soak away the stresses of your day. Spoil yourself in our luxury Spa bath – Set aside an evening of rejuvenation, relaxation and self rewarding peace and quiet creating an intimate environment for you and your thoughts. With beautiful curves and a supporting heightened ends the Spa bath is an ideal addition to your bathroom. These two new freestanding baths use the same quality materials that all our baths are made from which is100% Lucite acrylic material, to BS/EN standard colour regulations ensuring it fits seamlessly with other items in your bathroom and its fully UV stable and abrasion resistant, ensuring a long life.

The launch of the two new stunning models added to the popular i-Line collection of freestanding baths., are the first exciting additions since the initial launch, the new models will slot straight in with the existing i-Line models. The i-Line baths are ergonomically designed to hug your back and support your shoulders and their super thin design allows for even deeper levels of submersion - meaning no cold toes or knees - making it perfect to sooth aching limbs. As the ultimate statement in quality and style, our baths are always inspirational and recommended by architects, specifiers and interior designers. By choosing a freestanding bath from Waters Baths of Ashbourne, rest-assured you’ve made an investment that will last a lifetime.

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.

What’s your ultimate bathroom luxury?

The bathroom is a place of relaxation and recuperation, a luxury haven of tranquil bliss and pure unadulterated selfishness for one to just unwind – after all you probably deserve it. So the question is what is your ultimate bathroom luxury? For me, it’s the luxury of a freestanding bath. A hot bubble bath running, a candle or two are flickering and there’s most certainly a chilled flute of champagne nearby. The ideal bathroom can be hard to achieve, especially if you’re planning a perfect bathroom that ticks all boxes and scenarios. If you want to create your perfect bathroom you need to create a bathroom that really works for your space. Trying to make standard fittings and pre-made elements fit a bathroom space can sometimes be like fighting with a jigsaw full of different size pieces it’s much more effective to pre plan and build your concept bathroom by using properly-fitting fixtures and sanitary-ware to suit your personal space, planning is key. 

Refurbishing a bathroom or designing one from scratch is a chance for you to have exactly the style you’ve always wanted from basins to storage, tiling to lighting design. Few room measurements are exactly the same, and every aspect of decoration needs to be taken into account when designing a bathroom such as how your interior design matches or complements the rest of your house. Building a bathroom or shower room from scratch offers many benefits and allows you to fix all the little errors in your existing bathroom. The great thing about bespoke bathroom design is that you don’t have to compromise on your choices – standard sized fittings often mean you can’t use your room efficiently, whereas bespoke interior design means you can make the very best of the space available and even add in extras that you couldn’t have considered before.

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. If your ultimate bathroom luxury features a Waters freestanding bath tweet us a picture @watersbaths or send an email to hello@watersbaths.co.uk and you could be enjoying a luxury spa gift set in your blissful new bathroom.

 

 

Choosing the right taps for your Waters freestanding bath

Choosing a freestanding bath can often seem like a step into the unknown however freestanding baths are exceptionally adaptable in lending themselves to the particular design aesthetic of the bathroom they’re placed in. A traditional bathroom design, roll top baths look stunning when placed in the centre of a room. If you’re attempting a minimalist and contemporary designed bathroom, pick a freestanding bath with sleek curves and a pure white finish. The key to making a freestanding bath work in a contemporary themed bathroom space is to choose the right coordinating bath taps.

Choosing the right filler for a freestanding bath doesn’t need to be a complicated choice, to help here are the available options for your Waters freestanding bath. The obvious choice is also probably the most common the luxury freestanding bath tap, suitable for fitting alongside any of our beautiful freestanding baths designed to sit on the outside edge and usually supplied with a hand shower, although care must be taken to ensure you have the correct pressure and the water flow fills the bath without excessive splashing. Freestanding baths taps are available from many different manufacturers and at a wide range of prices – often a freestanding bath tap will compliment the taps on your basin and shower.

Freestanding bath taps....

Suitable for fitting alongside any of our beautiful freestanding tubs they are usually sited on the outer edge of the bath and fitted with a hand shower. Before choosing a freestanding bath tap check your water pressure and ensure its sited so that the flow of water fills the bath without excessive splashing. Often a freestanding bath tap will compliment the taps on your basin and shower.

Compliments any of our: Linear, i-Line & Elements stone freestanding baths 

Deck mounted taps....

Deck mounted taps can be fitted onto the wide edge of any of our linear collection of baths, they're great if floor space is at a premium and you're unable to use a built in valve. There are many configurations and styles available to suit your bathroom project and maybe used in conjunction with a bath overflow waste system.

Suitable for the following collections: Linear

Wall mounted filler....

For a sleek and stylish way to fill your freestanding bath a wall mounted filler can look absolutely stunning especially when using waterfall type spouts. However, you'll need to build a valve into the wall and position your freestanding bath close to the wall but it will provide a wonderful filling experience.

Compliments any of our: Linear, i-Line & Elements stone freestanding baths

Bath overflow filler....

Used in conjunction with a shower valve and special over flow / filler - its very sleek and will fill your freestanding bath from the same point where the water normal overflows from.

Compliments our: Linear Freestanding Baths

Bottom filling waste filler....

 yes it sound strange but thanks to new advancements you can fill your bath from the bottom up,  its very unobtrusive and almost has to bee seen to be believed.

Compliments any of our: Linear, i-Line & Elements stone freestanding baths

 

Waters Baths of Ashbourne – The centre of attention

Designing your new bathroom around a contemporary freestanding bathtub 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 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 also 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.

A focal point could be just what your bathroom needs. Focal points are a very effective way to liven up your bathroom with some much needed interest and turn what would be an otherwise simple room into a cool and creative place. A freestanding bath placed in the centre of the room, for example, can draw your attention away from the rest of the bathroom to a central point. Usually it makes sense to make the most used item of furniture your centrepiece, arranging washbasins and toilets around the outskirts. As baths and showers are closely associated with luxury relaxation, surrounding them with a few key accessories and mood lighting can enhance the focus even more and give your bathroom the style feature it needs. How you light a room can be an extremely important part of setting the atmosphere for any space – and bathrooms are no different. Natural lighting can help make for a relaxing mood and are essential for a spa-like feel. For those that want their bathroom to make a style statement, bright, bold colours are good choice. You can contrast two bold colours and then complement them with a neutral.

Baths versus Showers: Speed over Luxury?

Baths are beginning to look like a thing of the past. An entire room dedicated to a bath is no longer necessary and truthfully a waste of space. Baths take too long for the modern generation, use too much water, and take up too much space. The phrase ‘Ill jump in the shower’ springs to mind excuse the pun, but there doesn’t seem to be space for ‘I’m off for a long soak’ anymore. However stop and think for a second, if it was taken away would you miss it? A Bath is a luxurious experience that deserves to be savored and enjoyed; a bath is a well-earned treat, and not to be considered a chore.

Baths have so many more advantages than a shower, apart from space and time savers are showers really enjoyable? The misconception that a shower is more efficient is also factually inadequate as some modern showers waste so much water, it would actually be better off filling the bathtub. In fact in some modern homes found that power showers use twice as much energy and hot water as a bath. An average 8-minute shower is just the same as filling a bath three quarters full with hot water.

A Freestanding bath is the perfect choice every time they come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, from large to compact. A single ended freestanding 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. If it was a choice between the shower and the bath, go for comfort luxury and quality every time and choose a luxury freestanding bathtub from Waters Baths of Ashbourne.

A Freestanding Advantage

It's very difficult to get more luxurious than a stone bath, bringing a distinctive natural charm to the bathroom and providing a focal point that will impress anyone who visits. Stone freestanding baths can provide the basis for the rest of your bathroom to be designed around, whether you're going for a completely modern look or matching the natural look with stone basins.

You may have the common misconception that a stone bath may not be comfortable, but because they're smooth to the touch, stone baths are a real delight to your skin, allowing you to easily slide in and enjoy a deeply immersed warm bath. Stone has many advantages, the beauty of stone is that it will last for years; some manufacturers offer lifetime warranties on stone products. With stone baths the materials combine to create an extremely strong and durable solid bath, meaning that it won't crack like a cheap acrylic bath might and should only suffer easily repairable minor damage.

Making the best use of space is the most important consideration when choosing a bath. Freestanding baths need large bathrooms with plenty of room to walk around. As with many home décor a lot may depend on budget, but remember stone products are a life investment and some manufacturers even offer services in which they tidy up warn looking baths to give them a fresh new look. Whatever you are looking for in a freestanding bathtub you cant go wrong with Stone Bath, look out for Waters Baths of Ashbourne’s new range of Stone products coming in the new year.