Summer Bathroom Colour Trends 2014

With March ending and Daylight Savings Time upon us, we’re treated to longer daylight filled hours and are just about ready to ditch our winter blacks and grey’s and fall in love with the spring 2014 colour trends that will soon be in bloom. Pastels, primary colours and metallic gold’s and silvers will be all over the spring and summer of 2014.For bathrooms, the trend in color for 2014 is more. It used to be that there wasn't lots of colour in the bathroom, so more colour is definitely a newer trend, you still see a lot of the white, crisp spa-like solutions, but even those often have bright accent. Neutral shades such as cream, beige and taupe have long been popular colour choices for the bathroom because they wear well and fit easily into any design scheme. But these safe colors are giving way to bolder palettes that create a cheerful, fun place to enjoy during your bathroom ritual.

Give your bathroom the feeling of a day spa. The ultimate aim in a renovation is to create an oasis, a place to escape from a difficult day and unwind in a personal spa like sanctuary. Display your make-up, nail polishes and lotions neatly in attractive organisers; use matching accessory holders to keep things tidy after all we all know that cosmetics stacked away in drawers can be hard to find. The extra breathing space created in drawers and cabinets means your other bathroom necessities can be better organised too. If you have a small bathroom where cupboards are in short supply, remember that you can always build up rather than out. Use simple shelving that will create instant bathroom storage for towels, add drawers for a tidy finish. Their cool simplicity won’t clash with any colour scheme so they match bathrooms of any style or theme.

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.

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.

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.

What’s your ultimate bathroom luxury?

The bathroom is a place of relaxation and recuperation, a luxury haven of tranquil bliss and pure unadulterated selfishness for one to just unwind – after all you probably deserve it. So the question is what is your ultimate bathroom luxury? For me, it’s the luxury of a freestanding bath. A hot bubble bath running, a candle or two are flickering and there’s most certainly a chilled flute of champagne nearby. The ideal bathroom can be hard to achieve, especially if you’re planning a perfect bathroom that ticks all boxes and scenarios. If you want to create your perfect bathroom you need to create a bathroom that really works for your space. Trying to make standard fittings and pre-made elements fit a bathroom space can sometimes be like fighting with a jigsaw full of different size pieces it’s much more effective to pre plan and build your concept bathroom by using properly-fitting fixtures and sanitary-ware to suit your personal space, planning is key. 

Refurbishing a bathroom or designing one from scratch is a chance for you to have exactly the style you’ve always wanted from basins to storage, tiling to lighting design. Few room measurements are exactly the same, and every aspect of decoration needs to be taken into account when designing a bathroom such as how your interior design matches or complements the rest of your house. Building a bathroom or shower room from scratch offers many benefits and allows you to fix all the little errors in your existing bathroom. The great thing about bespoke bathroom design is that you don’t have to compromise on your choices – standard sized fittings often mean you can’t use your room efficiently, whereas bespoke interior design means you can make the very best of the space available and even add in extras that you couldn’t have considered before.

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. If your ultimate bathroom luxury features a Waters freestanding bath tweet us a picture @watersbaths or send an email to hello@watersbaths.co.uk and you could be enjoying a luxury spa gift set in your blissful new bathroom.

 

 

Freestanding Bath Inspiration

We’ve all heard the saying: less is more. But what about when it comes to colour? If you're looking for bathroom design inspiration then look no further than the glitzy bathroom suites found in hotel rooms. The use of colour is often minimal and this is based around the idea that a tiny bit of colour can actually be a very powerful design tool. Over recent years there has been the temptation by some to inject a lot of colour into bathroom, the popularity of bold feature walls can't be denied, but sometimes there is another way to use colour in a bathroom. If your bathroom is open and spacious, you can get away with using more colour. If the bathroom is small, bolder colours or large areas in a solid colour can make it appear even smaller and more cramped. For that large bathroom, try using a statement colour on your walls, but keep all your appliances in a plain single colour.

The white fixtures will contrast the bright colours, being easy on the eye but very stylish. The contrasting black and white have a minimalistic and very stylish feeling that makes the room look much more expensive, its also a very popular colour scheme at the moment. Many of these types of rooms can hide personality though, so to brighten them up a little, try installing some colourful accessories. Just make sure that the accessories are all in complementary colours to avoid your once stylish bathroom looking overly cluttered One of the most common mistakes bathroom redecorators make is trying to do too much. Instead of choosing numerous standout features, like large fixtures 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.

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. 

Choosing the right taps for your Waters freestanding bath

Choosing a freestanding bath can often seem like a step into the unknown however 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 coordinating bath taps.

Choosing the right filler for a freestanding bath doesn’t need to be a complicated choice, to help here are the available options for your Waters freestanding bath. The obvious choice is also probably the most common the luxury freestanding bath tap, suitable for fitting alongside any of our beautiful freestanding baths designed to sit on the outside edge and usually supplied with a hand shower, although care must be taken to ensure you have the correct pressure and the water flow fills the bath without excessive splashing. Freestanding baths taps are available from many different manufacturers and at a wide range of prices – often a freestanding bath tap will compliment the taps on your basin and shower.

Freestanding bath taps....

Suitable for fitting alongside any of our beautiful freestanding tubs they are usually sited on the outer edge of the bath and fitted with a hand shower. Before choosing a freestanding bath tap check your water pressure and ensure its sited so that the flow of water fills the bath without excessive splashing. Often a freestanding bath tap will compliment the taps on your basin and shower.

Compliments any of our: Linear, i-Line & Elements stone freestanding baths 

Deck mounted taps....

Deck mounted taps can be fitted onto the wide edge of any of our linear collection of baths, they're great if floor space is at a premium and you're unable to use a built in valve. There are many configurations and styles available to suit your bathroom project and maybe used in conjunction with a bath overflow waste system.

Suitable for the following collections: Linear

Wall mounted filler....

For a sleek and stylish way to fill your freestanding bath a wall mounted filler can look absolutely stunning especially when using waterfall type spouts. However, you'll need to build a valve into the wall and position your freestanding bath close to the wall but it will provide a wonderful filling experience.

Compliments any of our: Linear, i-Line & Elements stone freestanding baths

Bath overflow filler....

Used in conjunction with a shower valve and special over flow / filler - its very sleek and will fill your freestanding bath from the same point where the water normal overflows from.

Compliments our: Linear Freestanding Baths

Bottom filling waste filler....

 yes it sound strange but thanks to new advancements you can fill your bath from the bottom up,  its very unobtrusive and almost has to bee seen to be believed.

Compliments any of our: Linear, i-Line & Elements stone freestanding baths

 

Waters Baths of Ashbourne – The centre of attention

Designing your new bathroom around a contemporary freestanding bathtub will provide the room with a stunning focal point. Freestanding baths are perfect for creating a clear centrepiece and can provide the ultimate touch of luxury and style. Freestanding baths ooze relaxation by the way they look and sit in a bathroom suite. Contemporary freestanding baths are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and choosing the one that is right for you, to not only suit the design of your bathroom but also ensuring that it meets your tastes and requirements is an important element to get right. Freestanding baths are rapidly increasing in popularity within the bathroom market. More companies are creating new designs and styles to help create a wide range of option for homeowners when wanting to gain the perfect look.

A focal point could be just what your bathroom needs. Focal points are a very effective way to liven up your bathroom with some much needed interest and turn what would be an otherwise simple room into a cool and creative place. A freestanding bath placed in the centre of the room, for example, can draw your attention away from the rest of the bathroom to a central point. Usually it makes sense to make the most used item of furniture your centrepiece, arranging washbasins and toilets around the outskirts. As baths and showers are closely associated with luxury relaxation, surrounding them with a few key accessories and mood lighting can enhance the focus even more and give your bathroom the style feature it needs. How you light a room can be an extremely important part of setting the atmosphere for any space – and bathrooms are no different. Natural lighting can help make for a relaxing mood and are essential for a spa-like feel. For those that want their bathroom to make a style statement, bright, bold colours are good choice. You can contrast two bold colours and then complement them with a neutral.