Warm up your bathroom...

For most people the bathroom is a place for warmth and relaxation, yet with winter seeping out the heat from every corner of the home, its important to ensure you are completely ready for the winter months. We naturally make our living rooms and lounges a place of cozy warmth and hibernation during the colder times of the year, but rarely think about improving the heat retention in our bathroom spaces. Cold floor tiles will chill the warmth right out of your feet, however its not difficult to help get your bathroom to raise your body temperature.

Add a comfy rug. A bath mat does not have to be a little rectangle. Add a large luxurious rug to enjoy underfoot during the winter; the rich colours will warm up the look of the room as well. Be sure to add a rug pad or rug tape that will grip the floor underneath any bathroom rug to prevent slips. Take a different approach to lighting. We tend to think there is a certain type of characterless light we need to choose for bathrooms, open your mind and browse the type of lighting you would usually associate with a dining room to give an added sense of class and luxury.

Invest in a bathtub that helps retain heat. Materials like copper or brass retain heat and will help to keep that hot bathwater warm, Invest in a statement piece such as a Stone freestanding bath. 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. Freestanding baths are a statement piece, instantly attracting your eye with the uniqueness and charm of a character defining bathroom luxury. It's very difficult to get more luxurious than a stone bath, bringing a distinctive edge 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. 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. 

 

Natural colours create bathroom inspiration

Natural tones bring fresh life to bathroom spaces, making them feel more like spas and less like plain spaces. If your bath could use a colour lift, take a colour from a natural palette that will have your space looking elegant, luxurious and anything but predictably neutral. For a balance of tranquility and energy, pick a shade of blue that’s not too saturated, and pair it with white. For a modern look that’s also inviting, use blues in dark or light shades as the backdrop for a rectangular bathtub such as the Pool freestanding bath. From soft dove to heather, shades of gray are an ideal option for adding beauty to bath spaces. Because of its sophistication and versatility, this refined color scheme gives you plenty of room to play with your own style.

 

The bath space is where most wind down after working all week. But, the possibilities for your bath space don’t have to stop there. With the right colour and lighting as a backdrop, the bath can also be highly invigorating. Candles can be a simple and cost-effective option for creating a romantic and relaxing bath. Scented candles can also influence your mood, from the soothing effects of lavender to the uplifting energy of lemon. But for a relaxing soak, dimmer lights offer ambience and versatility. You may also consider installing LED lighting strips under vanity mirrors or shelves.

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

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.