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 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.

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.

Luxury Bathrooms

The freestanding bathtub is a stunning luxury, and a freestanding bath is a perfect centrepiece for any luxury bathroom. There are plenty of exquisite new freestanding bathtubs on the market, and loads of vintage styles if you are looking to create a period bathroom haven. Although bathrooms play a very important role in our lives, it doesn’t mean that they must to be designed solely for practical purposes. We spend hours grooming ourselves in the bathroom so why not make it an enjoyable area to be in. Soaking in the bathtub is of course a great way to unwind and many homeowners take up this option at the end of a hard day’s work. Relaxing is always easier when you are in plush surroundings. As a result we are seeing an increasing number of homeowners looking to install luxury bathrooms. But what makes a great luxury bathroom?

 

If your desire is a luxury bathroom then start by finding 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 luxury 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.

 

Whilst you are never going to climb in the sink for a quick dip at the end of the day, the item is a very important piece in the bathroom. So if you have enough scope to incorporate a larger sink, then do so. You will find that the extra space can make these tasks more relaxing. Having more sink space allows beautiful product displays in the bathroom, perfect for those who like to have everything close to hand. Also, make sure that you purchase quality taps for the sink and bathtub to complete its aesthetical appeal. If going for a freestanding bath, floor standing taps can give a bathroom an instant wow factor and should always be considered if the room is available. 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. For more information on Waters Baths of Ashbourne and to download our Spec Sheets, and 3D data files to create your own luxury bathrooms head over to our downloads page.