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.

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.

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.

2014 Bathroom Design Trends

As the place we enjoy peaceful time getting ready in the morning and the space we take refuge in at the end of the day, the bathroom is a focal point of activity in any home. Whether your bathroom needs a few updates or a complete overhaul, keeping the space up to date is one of the best investments you can make in your home, and 2014 is all about seamless functionality and bold statements.

2014 sees the resurgence of bold dark colours, the all-white bathroom is a timeless, classic look, but for those interested in a bathroom style with a bit more character, its time to reinvent your bathroom. Our bathrooms are evolving - they're not just spaces where we wash - they're also spa-like places to relax and unwind in. 2014 bathroom trends incorporate décor, furniture and accessories we might usually associate with living rooms or bedrooms blended with the bathroom for a really comfortable room that's a pleasure to spend time in. Forget cold, clinical wash rooms - 2014 is all about comfort. Incorporate an armchair, cushions, books, lighting and fluffy rugs to create a chilled out space not just a bathroom. Avoid white and, instead, choose coloured cabinets for a strong decorating scheme - just as you would in any other room of the home.

A key trend for bathrooms for 2014 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. Controversially, we could be seeing wallpaper return to the bathroom, though the practicalities of this may not work for everyone. Whatever happens in 2014 Spa like bathrooms have become a commodity and will continue to be so in the year ahead, combining boutique style décor, refined bathroom furniture and bathroom accessories that we might usually associate with living rooms 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.

Waters Baths - A year in the Spotlight


As 2013 comes to a close and with 2014 on the horizon, a year in the spotlight gives us chance to analyse the last 12 months for Waters Baths of Ashbourne. Having featured in a variety of both online and offline media publications its clear that Waters Baths are making waves, In March Waters Baths featured on the cover of EKBB (Essential Kitchen Bathroom Business Magazine) The Waters baths i-Line collection boasts a 20mm profile edge and has received high profile recognition from Interior design online specialists In+Ex, the range of baths has been championed for its ultra slim profile edge and gleaming white finish.

With edges measuring 100mm thinner than market alternatives, the I-Line range provides an additional 200mm of length space for an increasingly comfortable bathing experience. The beautifully crafted narrow edges combined with expert craftsmanship make this range really stand out from the crowd, providing a collection of baths that really are a breed apart from any alternative. The Kitchen and Bathroom Journal focused again on the thinspiration that Waters Baths created with their i-Line range. In July 2013 Architects Choice added to the growing number of media publication that recognized the beauty of the i-line freestanding bath range.

The i-Line Collection not only provides unlimited style, it also offers exceptional practicality, which makes it a continuous hit in a great deal of modern, contemporary bathrooms. The minimalized design combined with increased bathing space ensures the user receives a truly relaxing and tranquil bathing experience without requiring additional floor space, which at times can be hard incredibly to optimize. Real Homes Magazine were featured the new range of baths in June 2013 with the strap line ‘The exquisite new collection features five beautifully designed, acrylic freestanding baths that offer an indulgent bathing sensation’ Waters Baths of Ashbourne provided Sarah Beeny a Brook freestanding bath for her popular Channel 4 program Sarah Beenys Double your house for half the money in October which utilized the additional space saved from the edges to allow the couple with a modest sized bathroom still enjoy the luxury bathing experience the bath provides.

Home Building and Renovating put the Stream freestanding bath at the top of their product selectors wish list promoting the ‘same size bigger bath’ mantra that epitomizes what Waters Baths products are all about. House Beautiful Magazine added it to their Staring Role section with the tag line ‘These baths are special enough to take centre stage’. As luxury bath specialists, Waters Baths focus on creating stylish and innovative baths, transforming the everyday bathroom into a stunning personal spa, right in the comfort of your own home, Waters Baths certainly have exactly what you need to create your dream bathroom. Throughout the year Waters Baths has been recognized for their quality of products and innovation in creating stunning freestanding baths and long may it continue. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.