Warm and Inviting: the perfect Centrepiece for your bathroom…

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 with Ancient Egyptians said to have built Limestone bathing areas in which servants would pour water over them. From the origins of stone tubs to how they are made today to give them such an amazing structure and design. The Stone Bath, often considered the height of luxury, stone baths do tend to have a special something about them and are often admired by the majority. Stone Baths have developed significantly and are available in a large variety of designs, styles and sizes, and despite first impressions, they are particularly comfortable too! A natural stone bathtub is actually a more 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. The thickness of the walls makes for a robust body and means they are well insulated.

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 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 Elements range of Stone products coming in the Summer.

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.

The Perfect Bubble Bath

If like many, you have invested heavily in turning your bathroom into your own personal sanctuary with a glorious freestanding bath, luxury towel warmers, a plethora of matching accessories and scented candles, all in search of the relaxing bath experience, then you need to make sure your getting the most out of your new found haven. To gain the ultimate bathing experience experiment with what works for you, choose a selection of relaxing scents, but no what works best and when to use them. Certain scents such as mint are meant to be stimulating and are best used in the morning when you might be in need of a refreshing bathing experience.

Scents like lavender and chamomile are intended to be relaxing and are a much better choice for your night time bath. You can use scented bath salts or a few drops of essential oil to infuse your bath water with your desired scent. Pay attention to lighting, less is more. Less lighting the better, turn the lights off and use candles to provide a dim and relaxing backdrop. It’s even better if you match your candle scent to your bath scent. If you add lavender essential oil to your bath, use lavender-scented candles as well.

 

Freestanding health benefits

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. A little reassurance, rubbing, and a hot bath go a surprisingly long way, even with the most horrendous case of low back pain. A hot bath is amazingly good therapy for back pain.

Freestanding Bath Taps


Choosing a freestanding bath can often seem like a step into the unknown, an unnerving choice, with a lot of the homes of today space is quite often at a premium. Whilst a lot of freestanding baths on the market today will use a lot of space within a bathroom, there are significant amounts of options that are designed for smaller bathroom spaces.

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 co-ordinating bath taps.

Freestanding bath taps provide both style and functionality to the everyday bathroom as they continue to prove to be an essential addition. An increasing amount of homeowners are opting to invest in freestanding baths for both modern and traditional bathrooms, as they provide the user with a truly luxurious and relaxing bathroom experience. Deck mounted bath taps are a great choice if there is enough room on the edges of your freestanding bath for tap holes to be drilled and deck taps to be fitted. They’re the most common type of bath tap on the market today and will always be seen attached to the baths edge in standard straight and double ended baths.

If you have a freestanding bath that sits comfortably next to an adjacent wall then wall mounted bath taps might just be the choice for you. The benefit of having wall mounted bath taps is that almost all fittings and pipework are hidden neatly in the wall, allowing you to have a fully concealed bath mixer tap set or bath filler spout. Although potentially a costly choice, freestanding bath taps look utterly stunning when paired with a freestanding or roll top bath. Freestanding bath taps are usually mounted firmly to the floor, concealing pipework and other fittings, and raised by sleek shrouds to the height of the bath they are a real show stopping bathroom accessory.

Freestanding Bath

 

It’s officially bathroom season, which means only one thing, the time has come for you to renovate your tired looking bathroom. Property owners are able to breathe again with recession now over. This is great for the economy and the property world has begun to wake up as the nesting instinct kicks in, now its time to spend and extend. So if you need to invest in property the best place to start is the Bathroom.

Bathrooms sell houses, Fact. However a modern and contemporary bathroom is going to be a much better selling point than a traditional old-fashioned bathroom suite, for example a toilet that looks dated or dirty (or doesn’t flush properly) is a turn off and the same goes for décor and storage space, which should not only be eye-catching but practical.Proper lighting can also be a great value booster, such as adding a window in the bathroom, so natural light can illuminate the space. An attractive pedestal sink with luxurious curves and graceful lines is far more attractive than a blocky cabinet.

One of the most common mistakes bathroom redecorators make is trying to do too much. Instead of choosing numerous standout features, like large fixtures or a glamorous chandelier, simply choose one elegant standout feature to be your focal point. Choose a Freestanding Bath. Freestanding baths are the height of fashion for smallest room chic and they come in a whole range of modern and vintage styles. It’s not by chance that baths tend to be tucked into the corner of the room. It’s usually the most efficient use of space in what is generally a small room, plus the corner position and a bath surround hides the plumbing.

Freestanding baths can be sited with the length going along a wall but aesthetically they need space at each end to show off their contours. Freestanding bathroom furniture is more adaptable and means you can change the room format when you want to. Don’t forget to factor in the space impact of towel rails (and whether you want these to be heated as well as coat and towel hooks behind doors and on walls, which also need clearance (and are often at head height). Creating a simple theme that runs throughout your bathroom can be achieved with accessories and colour to create a well rounded fresh bathroom setting. Perfect.

Freestanding Bathtubs


The freestanding bathtub. A stunning luxury, not always suitable - When a freestanding tub has to double as a shower it can be tough, with limited space for standing. However, if you have the room for a bathtub that's separate go for it. There are plenty of gorgeous new freestanding bathtubs on the market, and loads of vintage beauties if you are looking to create a period haven.

But why choose a freestanding bathtub? Here are just a few reasons why: Design, Freestanding bathtubs are distinctive. These large bathtubs create a superb statement when incorporated in a bathroom design. In some cases, the tubs themselves can become the focal point of the space. Traditionally, these types of bathtubs are identified with a single design: a large deep tub with feet, resembling that of an old Victorian style bath. Over time, an increasing number of models and designs have been made available on the market to accommodate different types of users.

There are traditional and contemporary baths in a variety of shapes, lengths, depths and materials. There are roll tops, oval, square shaped tubs and more. Made up of a variety of materials Baths are made from a variety of materials including stone, cast iron, wood and acrylic. Complimentary plumbing fixtures such as taps, showerheads and enclosures can be purchased and installed to create a consistent theme for the space. Having a freestanding tub installed in the bathroom is a fast way to renovate the look of the bathroom. It can also be used as an asset. If the homeowner decides to sell the house in the future, the freestanding tub can help increase the value of the home and make it more enticing for buyers.