Achieve a Beautiful but Practical Bathroom

Wondering how to achieve a beautiful but practical bathroom? Here’s the best advice!

Most importantly, your bathroom needs to be practical. You need a working sink, toilet and bath/shower. But you can have all these things, as well as make your bathroom beautiful.

Here’s how to create a beautiful but practical bathroom that you can relax in.

 

Making your bathroom practical

Firstly, your bathroom needs to do the job it’s there for. You need toilet, sink and shower/bath as well as any storage units to hold products, razors, flannels, etc.

You need to prioritise your bathroom essentials and get rid of anything that isn’t used or needed. Especially if your bathroom isn’t the largest.

A bath can take up a large amount of space. You could get a shower that hangs over the bath, but if you only have a scrub in the tub a couple of times in winter, you should consider getting rid of it. You can replace it with a stunning walk-in shower instead.

Or you could use the extra space to store other bathroom necessities.

Money is also an important practical factor. Only go with what you can afford to spend. You should be sensible with where and how you’re spending.

Is it necessary to have a top-of-the-line massaging shower head, or would a cheaper alternative do the job just as well?

There may be other pressing matters that money can be spent on. Do you have a damp problem? Maybe the paint on the ceiling is peeling? These things can make your bathroom look shabby, so be practical and sort them out.

 

Making your bathroom beautiful

Your bathroom is used regularly, but also looked at regularly. Maybe you get embarrassed when someone asks to use it. This is a sign to make some changes!

First, you should draw inspiration, find ideas, and take advice from professionals in the industry of creating beautiful bathrooms, such as Drench.co.uk.

You should then take all the information you can find or are given and make them fit around YOUR bathroom. You must do this, because there is no point in getting things into your bathroom that neither fit or suit its shape and style.

Then you should assess exactly what is needed in your bathroom and see how these necessities can be made to be pleasing to the eye. This could mean filling your walls in waterproof tiling that suits your colour scheme. Or, this could mean decorating your toilet with little accessories, such as plants.

Finally, you should ensure that your bathroom is kept clean and stain free AT ALL TIMES. And yes, this means getting the old elbow grease out and scrubbing away at all those bathtub rings in your bathtub until they disappear.

Our bath/shower has a glass panel that has a flexible plastic slider that ensures water can’t escape under the glass panel and onto the floor. This is the sort of place mould tends to grow, so we bleach it every month and leave it to dry.

 

Your bathroom is a place that is going to be both looked at and used regularly, so it needs to be in equal parts a beautiful but practical bathroom. Bare this in mind when it comes to your next bathroom renovation.

 

3 Ways To Add Contemporary Styling Around The Home

Add contemporary styling to your home with these helpful tips!

When it comes to home decor, you’ll often find that you have a very distinct taste.

You’ll find yourself drawn to certain things for a reason. Sometimes, your home style will be very you. It’s something that your friends and family can instantly visualise when they picture what your home would look like.

This is generally something quite natural for a lot of people. But it’s not always the same for everyone. Because sometimes, you can be drawn to a style that’s completely different to your own sense of style or usual tastes. And when that style is contemporary, you may not necessarily know how to create the right look around your home.

When you’ve seen contemporary styling in homes elsewhere, and you’re desperate to go with the look, you’ve now come to the right place. I’m going to talk through the ways in which you can achieve the look in your own home.

 

Styling

One of the best ways to achieve a particular home style is with the styling itself.

When you want to create a certain look, you need to be able to work with the right pieces in the right way.

It’s not just enough to buy contemporary furniture and hope for the best. Because when it comes to contemporary interior design, it’s all about how you stage it. You need to make sure that you’re working with the right vision.

This is often going to be quite minimal and very fashion-forward. So really think about how you’re placing your furniture and slowly build up piece by piece.

 

Colour

Then, you’re going to want to turn to the colours that you’re using as well.

Of course, everyone is going to have their personal preference when it comes to colour schemes they want to use around the house and even in individual rooms. But using the right kind of colours will help you to add to your contemporary styling.

So be sure you browse through a range of contemporary colour palettes before you pick. Because it’s often about the colours that you choose to put together, and not the individual colours themselves.

 

Accessories

Next, it’s onto accessories.

Sometimes the styling isn’t in the bigger pieces alone. Two rooms can often look the same with identical pieces of furniture in.

But when you add in different accessories, they can take on personalities of their own. So whether it’s your kitchen or your living space, the bathroom or your bedroom, you’re going to want to choose your accessories wisely.

Abstract pieces and anything with an edge is always going to work quite well. You can often find that choosing a theme like Bohemia or art deco will help to bring your contemporary home styling to life too.

 

Just be sure to keep your contemporary vision in mind during the process. When you have a goal to work towards, you can often find that it’s much easier to make things happen and bring it all together.

7 House Installations for Winter

Home improvement can feel like a massive task.

You feel like there is always another job and each one is larger than the next. There are, however, smaller things that you can do that will help your house. They will help to keep it warmer, free from damp and in a generally better condition. These 7 house installations for winter will protect your home. 

 

Insulation

If you’re worried about the lack of insulation in your house, then consider getting a quote for more to be installed. You can get a professional in, but this can be a bit pricey. Instead, you might consider purchasing a roll of insulation from a DIY shop.

Remember you’ll need goggles and facemask when fitting it, but other than that adding the insulation isn’t a big job. Having more insulation in your house will help it to stay warm inside and stop the cold from getting in as easily. This might even save you money.

Other places to add extra layers of insulation include your hot water pipes and your boiler. This will keep your hot water warm for longer and mean that is available when you need it.

 

Double Glazing

If you don’t already, then you should consider getting double glazing. Me and Jay got lucky that our house was fitted with them just a few years before we bought it.

It makes a massive difference to how warm your house stays over the winter months and could save you on your heating bills. This will make your house a lot more energy efficient and means that you’ll have fewer expenses over the winter. If you do choose to get double glazing installed, consider whether you need to have the exterior of the house renovated, too.

Getting this done at the same time could help you to tick off multiple jobs at once. If you choose to get some weather-resistant fibreglass like the products provided by Architectural Fibreglass Mouldings Ltd, then your house will be ready for whatever the winter throws at it.

 

Curtains

A great way to warm the house in winter is to open your curtains early in the morning. This lets in sunlight which will naturally help to warm your rooms.

However, it is just as important that you close them when it starts to get dark and the outside temperature begins to drop. This will help to lock in the heat you have generated throughout the day. If you don’t already, consider getting some extra thick curtains to hang in winter as these will do a better job of retaining heat than regular ones.

After months of having cellotaped curtains hanging, I’m going curtain/blind shopping this weekend! Our large living room window has a big radiator underneath it, meaning we can’t get full length curtains. We’ve decided to go for a fabric blind that pulls down, and having fake curtains hanging around the window that don’t close.

 

Cover Floorboards

If you have exposed floorboards, then you’ll be losing heat.

You don’t have to carpet your house, but a rug comes in handy. You’ll especially want to cover any floorboards in your sitting area and bedroom as you’ll likely spend the most time in these rooms.

You can buy a rug that matches the current design of the room. If you want to, you could get a different one for summer and winter that are of a different style and thickness. If you haven’t tried it yet and are still struggling to keep your house warm, then get a few rugs, and it will definitely help.

 

Install An Extractor Fan In The Kitchen

A lot of homeowners still use an open window as the main way of removing steam during cooking. This is not a good solution, especially in winter.

In winter you don’t want to let the cold in or the heat out, so you are less likely to open the window and let the steam from cooking escape. This means that added moisture sits in your house and can cause damp, mould and other unpleasant difficulties.

If you don’t have an extractor fan, then you should get one installed. It will suck up all of the moisture produced while cooking and you won’t need to open the window any longer. It sits just above the oven, and many even come with a light fitting to make cooking in the evening that much easier.

 

Replace Doors

All of the doors in your house will contribute to locking in heat in their own way.

Your front and back doors are the first line of defence for your house when it comes to the cold. If you feel like your exterior doors are doing a poor job of keeping the heat in and the cold out, then consider getting them replaced. It is a small change that could make a big difference.

Inside your house, your doors will help keep the warm air inside each specific room. For example, your bedroom door will help keep you warm at night. If you feel like these doors are not adequate then again replacing them could prove to make a big difference for how well heated your house remains throughout the winter months.

You might also want to replace your doors if you feel like a change or they are starting to look old and tatty.

 

Fix or Replace Your Roof

If you’ve noticed cracked tiles or feel like you are losing heat through your roof, then it could be a sign you need it fixing or replacing entirely.

If you have confirmed that there is an issue, then your best bet is it hire a professional to take a look. They will be able to assess what the damages are, give you a quote and let you know in detail what improvements need to be completed.

You could take a shot at fixing and replacing tiles yourself, but the last thing you want to do it cause more damage and for it to cost you more in the long run. If you do decide to take a stab at fixing your roof, make sure there is someone around to hold the ladder and that you are safe on the roof.

The same principle will apply to any shingles or other kinds of roofing you have. Any cracks or breaks in the can cause leaks, damp and other major issues for your house. Something you don’t want any time of year but are especially bad in winter.

 

Trying to Add Modern Interiors to your Home?

There are many reasons why you might want to add modern interiors to your home.

Your intentions don’t matter. What really matters are the steps you take. It can be hard to know where to start when you want to turn a traditional home style into something a bit more modern and elegant. If you’re wondering what you need to do to add modern interiors, read on to find out for yourself.

 

Ditch the Frills and Flair

You should start off by ditching any of the frills and flair that are found in your home. If these touches were put in place decades ago, they will certainly look very dated and out of context now.

Modern designs tend to be clean, and blocks of colour rather than patterns are used more often than not.

 

Replace Your Tired Old Sofa and Armchair

The seating arrangements you have in place in your living room need to be dealt with if you want a more modern home.

Old sofas stand out like sore thumbs in your home, and your living space will never look modern if you get these things wrong. So, replace your old sofa with something like modern fabric recliner sofas. You should also change your old armchair, even if you like the comfort it offers.

 

Hang Contemporary Art on the Walls

Art can play an important role in your home. If you don’t have any modern and contemporary art, you’re definitely missing out on something important.

It’s a shortcut that you should definitely be taking advantage of right now. Find modern art that you like and feel is in keeping with the rest of your room’s design. When you do that, your home will feel more vibrant and alive.

 

Add More Colour

There definitely needs to be more colour in your rooms if you want the home to feel up to date. If you look at your room and see mostly brown, then that’s a problem. Your home will immediately feel more modern when it has a splash of colour. You don’t even have to paint the walls to make this happen either. Instead, you can choose a statement piece of furniture that has a bright and vibrant colour.

 

Use Open Storage Units

The way in which you store things in your home is one of the things that matters a lot when you’re trying to make your home seem more modern. Old cabinets and storage units can easily feel dated if they’ve been in place for a long time.

For a more modern and ultimately timeless feel, you should opt for open storage units. These are often simple shelves that have very clean structures. Everything is then out in the open, making it seem more relaxed too.

 

Add modern interiors to your home by using my five top tips!

 



Tips for Understanding Home Textiles

Styling out your interiors can be a lot of fun, but you also need to know what you’re doing which is why understanding home textiles is so important.

When you start to go to town with your interiors, you quickly realise that things aren’t quite working well together. And that’s the part that can drive you round the bend. But it doesn’t have to.

You should experiment, but also learn from your mistakes when styling your interiors. Especially when it comes to your textiles. Sometimes you feel like everything will work together. I know I’ve done that a few times in my own house renovation. But it doesn’t always work, and it’s about learning how to mix patterns and textures.

Here are some tips for understanding home textiles that I have learnt whilst designing my house.

 

Colour Coordinate

Colour is often the main base of your designs and is what can bring a room together but also tear it apart again. If the colours don’t work, nothing else will either.

Work with a colour scheme that you really love, so that you know you’re going to be able to pull out certain colours and be happy with them, rather than hate them. When you have a set palette to work with, you know that any textile you buy within that set group of colours is going to work. It’s this idea of working with a collection that makes the buying process so much easier. Because anything you buy is going to match.

If you’re unsure of what contrasting colours go together, you can find a colour wheel online. Colours opposite each other in the wheel go really well together, such as yellow and light purple, or light pink and blue. This may sound odd, but they just works.

 

Main Event Or Side Show

Another key rule? All or nothing. When you’re looking for the right soft furnishings, it’s easy for things to get a bit chaotic. Obviously you want to avoid this.

I think one of the easiest ways to think of your textiles is as main events, or supporting acts. If you want your textiles, such as cushions and curtains, to stand out, then pair them with understated furniture. If you have statement furniture, keep your textiles basic.

However, don’t think that it always has to be this way. If you know what you’re doing, feel free to mix a bold coloured sofa with patterned cushions. Just be careful.

Focus On Quality

Textiles can look a little bit cheap and that will really bring down the look of a room. So, instead of focusing on cost, focus on quality. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend a lot of money, but you should think about choosing a quality that will add to your interiors and not bring them down.

Understanding home textiles in this way will add an edge to your interiors that looks expensive, not cheap.

 

Find The Perfect Fit

You should really focus on finding textiles and soft furnishings that fit specifically to your space. From fabulous made to measure curtains to custom-made rugs, it pays to find the perfect fit. Not only will your chosen purchase be unique, it will also be perfect for the space it was made for.

 

Mix & Match

Finally, don’t be afraid to mix and match a bit with the designs. Use different textures and prints in different rooms. Don’t feel like you have to stick with the same sorts of styles across your entire house. Because when you mix things up, you definitely feel like you’re working with different looks.

 

Understanding home textiles can be a bit baffling if you don’t know where to start. But figure out the basics like colour, and it makes all your decisions much easier.