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Other than the kitchen, the bathroom is probably the most important room in the house
in terms of resale value – as people are spending more time in their bathroom as a place
of sanctuary and relaxation, not just a place to serve practical needs. So if you’ve decided
to give your bathroom a refurb, you’ll want to put lots of thought into your design.

To inspire you at the start of your new bathroom journey, check out these five top tips
(adapted from Better Homes & Gardens)

  1. Lighting is key! There’s nothing worse than a dark, dingy bathroom. A couple of
    tips to get the best light out of (or into) your bathroom is to use ceiling-mounted
    fixtures or add style and mood with chandeliers or pendant lights. Use accent
    lights to emphasise architectural features and vapour-proof downlights in
    enclosed tubs and showers. Mirrors are also a good way to reflect light and create
    a sense of space in your bathroom.
  2. Consider a statement tub. If you have the space, freestanding tubs are an
    effective statement in a bathroom.
  3. Choose your flooring carefully. Bathroom floors need to be impervious to water,
    and slip-resistant – and attractive, of course. NO carpets and NO parquet. Please.
  4. Colour creates mood. Do you want your bathroom to be a soothing, calm place or
    do you want it to energise you or wake you up in the morning? Colour (of the
    walls but also decor, accessories, sink, tub etc.) will help you create your desired
    atmosphere.
  5. Think about your sink. Undermount bathroom sinks make it easy to wipe messes
    from the counter into the sink. Self-rimming bathroom sinks, on the other hand,
    are the most economical and the easiest to install, but the perimeter lip can
    collect grime. The choice is yours.

We wish you all the best in your design adventure! And for all your plumbing needs,
questions or information, feel free to contact the team at AACooper on 01689 485007
or info@aacooper.co.uk – we’re happy to help.

The start of a year is always the perfect time for new beginnings…or bathroom makeovers. If you’ve decided that your bathroom is finally due the refurbishment you’ve been promising for months, the first thing you’ll need to do is figure out what you’d like it to look like. Ideal Home, font of all design knowledge, has happily pinpointed five bathroom trends that are sure to perforate stores and home shows this year:

  • Heritage style – created with period fittings and vintage-inspired glamour. Victorian- and Edwardian-style reproduction fixtures are popular, as is a geometric Art Deco look. Salvage yards, restoration specialists and auctions are great for heritage-style bathroom accessories. As for colours, soft blues and green are on trend. Metro tiles are great for Victorian and Edwardian bathroom themes, and black-and-white tiles create a distinct Art Deco vibe.
  • Glossy surfaces – create the illusion of space; adding shine they can boost light levels and are also easy to clean (bonus!). Flat-fronted, handleless high-gloss fitted furniture is a good choice if you want to achieve a modern feel. 
  • Natural – a natural-style bathroom can be achieved through the earthy elegance of natural materials like smart stone or wooden paneling (which is also a good insulator). Textured wall-coverings, antique taps and wooden elements, such as shelving and duckboards all serve to create a warm, relaxing atmosphere in your bathroom.
  • Drama and impact – juxtaposing bright, intense colours with statement patterns will certainly draw attention to your bathroom. Go for a modern look with high-gloss lacquered storage cabinets and coloured-glass shower panels. Or use iridescent wall tiles to add glamour to period pieces. Metal accessories will also add a hit of drama to your bathroom design.
  • Show stopping showers – wetrooms are hugely popular at the moment; they may involve some initial building work but the end result will be worth the investment. A gloss finish and materials such as glass and chrome will add to the sense of light, emphasizing your show-stopping shower, and key pieces (a vintage basin unit, for example) will imbue your bathroom with character.

Ideal Home has great suggestions (pertaining to all of the aforementioned trends) for bathroom makeovers that are budget-restricted, as well as those that can afford to splash out. Read “Brilliant bathroom trends you don’t want to miss in 2017” for more ideas on how to make your bathroom amazing!

For more information on all your plumbing needs, contact the AACooper on 01689 485007 or info@aacooper.co.uk