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. 

 

The Modern Bathroom

The growing influence of the East on design and interiors has meant that dark, rich wooden floors and fittings are back in fashion. Although luxury is the same across every continent, the east is really very different from the west. Oriental or Asian decorating styles and concepts have a classical appeal. Many designers promote a cold Zen atmosphere with beautiful visuals and subtle nods to ancient traditions. With many fast paced lifestyles a little peace is always welcome, and we all need a moment to relax.

 

Our chaotic homes should be rich with Buddha sculptures, which have become equally as popular in Western homes for many well-known reasons. The bathroom is a place where you should be able to relax and recharge your batteries. On the other hand expensive wood versus cold and white background gives a sense of calm and relaxed atmosphere. Contemporary bathroom suites are more modern in appearance frequently taking more of an angular form. Instead of pedestal basins with cross-head taps, contemporary-style sinks can be expected to include more cutting-edge tap designs such as waterfall or mixer taps and more modern basin styles, such as wall-mounted or countertop basins where the sinks become a strong focal point. Contemporary suites are also more likely to include bath designs such as our Spring freestanding bath from the i-Line collection. The i-Line and Linear range in particular are suitable for a contemporary bathroom. While colour schemes may still include classic white units, you may find them combined with starker contrasts such as dark wood surrounds and furniture or bold and bright accent colours.

Natural Colours for your bathroom

Get the most out of your bathroom this October with natural colours. The end of 2014 seems to produce nature-inspired hues, bringing fresh life to today’s bathrooms, making them feel more like spas and less like unexciting spaces. If your bath could use a colour lift, dare to be different and browse from an earth-toned palette rather than traditional bathroom colours. With the correct colour palette and a general clean it will leave 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 Waters Baths.

From soft dove to heather, it’s like 50 shades of Gray, Gray is an ideal option for adding beauty to bath spaces. Because of its sophistication and versatility, this chic colour scheme gives you plenty of room to play with your own style. One feel-good option is to balance cool grays with colours and materials that have organic roots, like wood cabinets and wooden floor tiles. The Wave freestanding bath uses the stunning Downpipe from the Farrow & Ball collection to create this truly stunning bathroom. If you want to go bold, go black. Black is versatile, It makes a dramatic impact. And it can look very high-end, particularly as an accent colour. For a more standout look, go big with black walls and streamlined décor. Choose one statement-making piece in black, like a freestanding bathtub, that you can integrate into an otherwise light and airy room. Metallic finishes like chrome and brass can add to the wow factor of your bath space. Chrome is sleek, modern and versatile. Brass is unique, edgy and vintage.

A key trend for bathrooms is dark wood effect porcelain floor tiling. With many realistic imitation wood patterns to choose from offering all the warmth of wood with the practical features creates the ideal combination for your bathroom. For a modern result, why not use the same tiles on your floor and walls, to give a fluid, cladding effect. Spa inspired bathrooms are the big thing, combining boutique style décor, refined bathroom furniture and bathroom accessories to create an enjoyable and comfortable room to spend time in. Forget the clinical style bathroom the spa inspired bathroom is all about combining colour and comfort.

 

The Perfect Bath

A warm bath is perfect hydrotherapy, and despite the fact you probably already enjoy a nice hot bath, you may not be benefiting its full therapeutic potential. To get the most out of a hot soak, you need to understand the benefits and what it’s doing for you. A hot bath is calming and relaxing, especially in a larger freestanding bathtub with more room to spread out to maximize your relaxation, you can drift away from your troubles. The key is heat, not having the bath too hot as this actually has a negative effect on your body getting your nervous system revved up, and thus the relaxation is a bit of an illusion. In fact many people often struggle to sleep well after a particularly hot bath, enduring intense heat can be tiring. Your circulatory system has to do a lot of work to cope with high temperatures. A warm bath can be used as an effective treatment for certain kinds of muscular aches and pains. Immersing yourself in hot water can do something for aching muscles as warm skin relaxes the muscles.

A hot bath can be great for lower back pain despite the misconceptions; the majority of low back pain is essentially muscular in nature. Specifically, the cause of most back pain is knots in your muscles, which can cause far more grief than most people realise and yet they are relatively treatable. For the ultimate therapeutic bathing experience spend some time choosing your perfect bath. Waters Baths of Ashbourne offer three stunning collections; each freestanding bath has a personality that can add the final touches to your bathroom so it captivates the attention of all who enter. If you are searching for a truly immersive bathing experience, then look no further than the stunning i-Line collection created using Lucite Acrylic. Each bath in the range has something to offer and is customized to fit even in the smallest of spaces, without compromising any of the internal space.

The Elements stone collection is the pinnacle of perfection and the six Elements Stone freestanding baths are the ultimate luxury, all of the baths are made from natural materials and are styled with an ‘Infinity’ matt white finish so they look at home in all  bathroom styles across the globe. Alternatively, you may choose something a little simpler, yet classy, in which case the Linear range would ideally suit your needs, with all baths in the Linear range being developed with the philosophy of the bath you want, in the space you have. This allows you to have a luxury freestanding bath in the space your bathroom permits, and with the extra 80mm profile edge allowing you to add taps to the side of the bath like a conventional bath, this bath can be installed back to wall, or as a centerpiece making the Linear collection truly diverse.

All of the i-Line and Linear baths are made from Genuine Lucite™ Acrylic, which is an innovative material that is UV stable and colour fast, so that discoloration becomes something of the past. The permanent thickness of the material ensures that deflection never occurs during usage, whilst its trademark strength means that all of our baths have a luxurious, long lasting abrasion resistant finish.

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 perfect setting for your freestanding bath...

The bathroom plays a fundamental role in everyone’s daily routine however the bathroom is often given little or no thought in regards to the appearance of this indispensable room. Your environment can have an enormous effect on your mood, so you should give careful thought to the atmosphere you’re creating. To feel at your best, you should give careful consideration to the interior décor of your home in general, but it is especially important in the bathroom. The foundation of any bathroom’s style is always its suite after all this is what will define your bathroom. Naturally other aspects such as lighting and colour are important however they simply build on the style outlined by the features and shapes of your bathroom suite. It’s absolutely essential to choose wisely. There are two main trends in bathroom suite styles contemporary and traditional, its here where you begin to define the style of the bathroom your creating.

Traditional bathroom suites aim to combine a comfortable yet classic look with reliable modern mechanisms. Traditional-style suites create a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere with softer edges and more rounded features that fit seamlessly into your home. They also generally contain more conventional design elements, such as crosshead taps, slipper baths, sink pedestals, traditional-style materials and close coupled or chain flush toilets. Waters Baths of Ashbourne have a selection of freestanding bathtubs that would suite a traditional styled bathroom such as the Wave freestanding bath from the i-Line collection.

Contemporary bathroom suites are more modern in appearance frequently taking more of an angular form. Instead of pedestal basins with cross-head taps, contemporary-style sinks can be expected to include more cutting-edge tap designs such as waterfall or mixer taps and more modern basin styles, such as wall-mounted or countertop basins where the sinks become a strong focal point. Contemporary suites are also more likely to include bath designs such as our Spring freestanding bath from the i-Line collection. The i-Line and Linear range in particular are suitable for a contemporary bathroom. While colour schemes may still include classic white units, you may find them combined with starker contrasts such as dark wood surrounds and furniture or bold and bright accent colours.

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.

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.

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.