If any of you are anything at all like me then you will find yourself torn in two or three minds (or more) when you finally come to the point where you need to choose & decide upon what type of bathroom wash basin, or perhaps what types of bathroom wash basins you will be purchasing to fit into your new, freshly designed and renovated home bathroom. You might not think it right now, but it actually can take a lot of thought and time to finally come to a conclusion and feel content with that choice or choices you have come to make. The reason why it can take such a length of time and require a considerable level of attention is really due to the wide range of choices that there are within the UK Bathroom Furniture market these days, so anyone who struggles to make decisions like I do will find themselves in a bit of a muddle when trying to finalise their choice of bathroom basin/s.
Depending on where you are shopping, you will of course be presented with different models, styles and makes of bathroom basins, you also will be presented with basins made out of various different materials. For example if you are shopping at ‘The Bathrooms and More Store’ website, which in fact is actually a superb place to shop for all your bathroom furniture products, then you will notice that they have organised their large selection of bathroom basins into three sub categories that come below the main ‘Basins’ tab on the website navigation menu. The three sub menus you will see are: ‘Ceramic Basin Bowl Sets’, ‘Stone Basin Bowl Sets’ & ‘Glass Corner Basins’. Then as you dive into each of these sub menus, you will find yourself facing a numbers of additional variations to choose between; within the Ceramic Basin Bow Sets page you will find that you can choose between black or white ceramic basins and there are then 6 different shapes to also choose from. The Glass Basin category thankfully is not filled with so many choices, however when you make it into the Stone Basin Bowl Sets section, you are going to find Basins made from Marble, Travertine, Quartz & Onyx, and it doesn’t stop here. You will also notice that some of the stone basins come in numerous colours or finishes – for example you have grey, white and cream marble basins, and quartz basins can come as black or white also. The website is frequently being updated with what they have in stock at any given time, so if you don’t find what you are looking for right away, then I advise returning again each week and soon enough you will find the perfect bathroom basin to suit your taste and fit in with the rest of the units within your new bathroom.
For me, I like the Travertine or Onyx basins as I like the colour of the Golden Onyx and the finish with the solid, elegant Travertine basins. However, if the rest of your bathroom countertops are made of Marble or something else, then you should probably try and match the same stone basin/s as those other unit countertops. Happy shopping!
If you are re-designing or renovating your bathroom at home, then one unit that you should certainly spend well on is the bathroom vanity unit. The vanity unit in any bathroom is the item of furniture or bathroom fitting that really stands out and either makes or break the look and feel of the bathroom. So if you are going through the expense and hassle of the bathroom re-design then make sure it is worth the time and effort you are putting into it and save enough budget so that you are able to complete the bathroom with the perfect bathroom vanity unit and basin or basins, if you are fortunate enough to be able to afford a double basin vanity unit and have the large enough space to be able to fit one in your bathroom.
A great place to shop online for stunning bathroom vanity units is the Bathrooms and More Store website, which is a family owned online shop specializing in bathroom furniture, and especially oak bathroom vanity units. They are located in Birkenhead in the UK and have a Warehouse that you can arrange a viewing at if necessary. The website is stocked with a vast array of vanity units of different sizes and shapes – something to suit all tastes and budgets and they also provide a first class customer service, which is an added bonus. Another reason why I would recommend their website as the place to look for your new vanity unit is because of the very low and competitive prices that they have. You will usually find various items on sale too, so there is always a bargain to be had if you are lucky enough to find a discounted unit that fits what you are looking for.
The Bathrooms and More Store website offers solid oak vanity units with oak or stone tops and they also have a great many vanity basins to choose from also, so you can pick and match the units and basins to come up with the vanity unit and basin package that is perfect for you. If you have a taste for painted oak vanity units then they have those too – you will find solid oak vanities that come in a white, cream and great painted finish, so you are really spoiled for choice and should certainly find something that fits in with the rest of your bathroom.
I don’t know about you, but I often like to ask myself questions like the one in the title above; I always think it is good for the mind and spirit to dream a little positive dream from time to time and to imagine one living a more lavish lifestyle to then consider questions in the style of what if scenarios. It is said by many successful people alive today, that it was this very kind of thinking that was what helped them manifest their own fortunes – If you do your own research , like I have, you will likely be quite surprised at how many of the rich and famous in today’s societies in actual fact, say that they honestly feel that they would not have achieved the lifestyle they live in, if they had not at one time during their younger years of life, dreamed big & pictured themselves living the reality of the lives they wished to one day be living for real.
Anyway, back to the initial point of this content piece, which, in case you are wondering was to jump in and take a peek at a selection of some of the most expensive, stylish and luxurious taps that can be found (if you look hard enough) in today’s global bathroom basin taps – market place.
- At the top of the list in regard to cost (although we actually were not told the precise value), are the Diamond Encrusted, Gold basin taps that you might come across if ever visiting a Billionaire Russian Oligarch’s Home. They were designed by Nilo Gioachinni and the gold frames contain a total of 282 Diamonds.
- The second most lavish design of Tap that has caught our attention for being somewhat over-the-top in the same light as the Diamond Encrusted taps, are the Italian designed ‘Glamour’ range of modern taps, many of which are encrusted with Swarovski Crystals. The taps are always actually made to order, so unfortunately we couldn’t get a price on these either, although we were told that they would mostly be within the range of roughly a few thousand pounds.
- Our choice for third, which in fact should have come in at position 2 if this list was only totally reliant on price, is the ‘Smart Faucet’ designed by iHouse . The clever digital tap will recognize different faces and the settings that each of its stored faces/users prefers. This modern, high-tech tap would set you back a cool 35k USD, so it is only for those of us that have more money than sense. However it would be a nifty little gadget to have and something that I would consider if I won the lottery.
There are plenty more stunning, stylish and futuristic basin taps that can be found online and in high-street stores these days that I would love to buy for my home. The 3 above are a bit out of my price range, but perhaps you can consider them for your home? Anyway, hopefully this has helped plant some ideas in your head for how you will go about shopping for your bathroom basin taps and plug sets.
If you are going to go through the great effort and expense of re-designing or renovating your home bathroom, then you should do it right. By do it right, what I mean is you should not leave any stone un-turned and never cut any corners; instead you need to pay attention to every last, little bit of detail, no matter how insignificant it may seem at the time, it will all add to the eventual, completed master piece. You want to make sure that the end result is a bathroom that you are totally happy with and each fitting and decoration is just the way you want it to be, to make up the perfect bathroom suited to your taste & requirements (and of course your partners taste too if you have one).
Something that many people overlook in the case of bathroom renovations is the basin taps; the style and choosing between one mixer tap or two taps to give you the choice of hot or cold water. You may not be aware, but there are so many different styled of bathroom basin taps, so what might seem like a quick and simple decision can, in reality, turn into quite the ‘can of worms’. Will you have the taps fitted to the basin, or onto the vanity unit top, or perhaps you will have them fitted to the wall behind the vanity unit with the taps stretching out and over the basin. Will you go for old, antique styled taps or modern mono lever taps, fitted with a funky LED light, and will you choose a fountain styled tap or perhaps a traditional short and clean faucet? The choice is yours and you really are spoiled.
My advice is to go for a modern, contemporary designer tap and don’t hold back on the amount you will spend on it. Whatever you choose, it is certainly going to be relatively cheap compared to all the other fittings you are going to be putting into the new bathroom, so you should approach the task with a blind eye to the cost. You will be able to find some really cool, stylish modern fountain mixer taps with a chrome finish that will really complement the vanity & basin of your new bathroom.
Have you ever visited a friend’s home or perhaps hotel or restaurant that has made use of 3D bathroom tiles, or 3D murals covering the walls or floor? If you haven’t then you must, and you are in for a real treat. I was actually familiar with, or had previously come across 3D bathroom tiles and thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the extra feeling they offered to the room. The way that they made the room that little bit more interesting and in my experience, gave it more of a warm, homely feeling. The feeling that is given to the room will of course be largely down to the design of the tiles that have been chosen and fitted by the owner; some might be going for excitement, others – danger, interest, beauty Etc. Something I had not yet seen in a home until very recently was the use of a full-on, mural, covering the entire floor of the bathroom, and I have to say it looked amazing. Now again, this will have a lot to do with different tastes, but then again, you can find different murals to find different tastes. So if you are wanting to add some extra character, and make your home more interesting then I would say that adding in a mural to a wall or floor here and there would be the way to go – but you would need to be careful to not go overboard with it, as you could otherwise end up making your home turn into a kind of fun house-entertainment type of property and lose the homely feeling all together which is something you need.
The bathroom is in my opinion, the perfect place for this type of wall or floor art, and the design I had the pleasure of experiencing at a friend’s place, was one that incorporated the ocean, and some dolphins. The attention to detail was fantastic and the quality of colours and realistic features really made the whole bathroom more of a fun place to be. It would be especially ideal for anyone with little children as they would surely love and buzz off something like the mural of sea life, water and their favourite type of fish or mammal. There are of course an abundance of other designs and styles to suit all ages and tastes, so go and have a search and see if you can find something that you would absolutely love to see in your home, and then go out and get it!
If you are anything like me in relation to planning everything meticulously, down to the finest details and taking care to leave no stone unturned, then you will certainly have some preferences when it comes to choosing the style, shape and number of basins that are to be fitted into the bathroom in your home; if you are fortunate and financially healthy then it will be for your en-suite bathroom.
Believe it or not, there are so many different options when it comes to bathroom basins, so it is certainly (well in my opinion anyway) worth putting some time aside, and sparring a reasonable sized budget so that you can do your due diligence, compare, discuss & decide upon the vanity basin or basins that will add some more class and character to your bathroom. Picking the right bathroom sink can help make it that little bit more luxurious or relaxing and if possible it would be perfect to not be restricted by money, as you would probably be surprised or even shocked by the price tag that some of the high-end basins come with; they really can get quite expensive. Bathroom basins come in such a variation of materials and styles, so this can make picking the solo basin or set of basins quite a challenging task, so you may want to ask your friend or partner for some help with finding and deciding upon the right one/s for your bathroom.
You need to think about the rest of the fittings in the bathroom and ensure that what you choose fits in well with everything else. You should also consider the style of tap and plug system that you and perhaps others who will be using the bathroom, prefer; you might like the single mixer taps, or perhaps you have more of a liking for twin taps that separate the hot and cold water for you. Also, do you want the tap/s fitted to the basin or should they be fitted to the wall or a vanity unit and reach over and into your basin/s? You should next consider what you would like your basin to be made from, and this is for sure will depend on what the other fittings are made of; ceramic, different types of stone or glass are the most common materials you will be choosing between. Another thing to think about, that many forget, is the weight of the basin/s; you need to choose something that will not be too heavy for the location you will be fitting it.
Many bathroom vanity units actually come already fitted with basins, as a package, however even in those cases you will usually have a choice of basin that you would like fitted to your unit, so when it arrives at your home, you already have the vanity unit and basin combo of your choice, ready to slot into your bathroom and complete your master piece.
It can be quite a challenge to fit all the bathroom essentials into a small space as I am sure many of you will have experienced at one time or another. As property prices continue to rise, the space we can afford to live in become more and more limited, resulting in a rise in smaller, cloakroom sized bathrooms. When you are space challenged in this way, you need to be clever about how you plan out where each bathroom fitting will go and consider the specific style of furniture you will purchase for each unit, making sure you are making the most out of the space you have available and not doing anything that will be a waste of the space.
There are various ways to save more space in the bathroom and still end up with a complete, fully furnished bathroom that caters for all the essentials that you would expect to find in any home bathroom. Some suggestions for saving space are provided below::
- Invest in a shower space instead of a bath – The shower will take up less room as it is vertical and it still can provide a nice relaxing place to wash away the days stresses, providing you purchase a good quality shower, and have good water pressure in your home.
- Buy and fit a wall hung mirrored cabinet – This type of bathroom furnishing is great for storage space, as well as providing the necessary bathroom mirror. The cabinet should be fitted about your bathroom sink/basin and ideally will have a shaving light fitted to it for convenience and good lighting.
- Purchase a corner or compact vanity unit with a basin attached – the bathroom vanity unit will bring the room together, giving it a touch of class while also providing much needed storage space. You will also have some work surface space around the basin for placing toothbrushes and other essential toiletries.
Other than the above fittings, you of course will need to buy yourself a toilet, and ideally also attach a towel rail to the wall. You will then be good to go and will be able to enjoy the convenience of a fully furnished bathroom.
After spending a small fortune on designing and installing your new bathroom, it without a doubt makes perfect sense to spend a small fraction more time and money to protect each unit with the best protective solutions available for whatever each item requires. The bathroom is the room in anyone’s home that will consistently be facing the pressure and strain that a wet or damp environment can deliver, so it is really the most important room to treat with any added protection that is available so that you do all that you can to ensure that your items fitted within the room will maintain their fresh, stylish look for many years to come. It is also important to take precautions to protect the bathroom walls and flooring in the same manner, for the same reasons. For example the paint that one would use for decorating the bathroom is different the type of paint used to colour other walls inside your home (in case you are not already aware about this).
So after ensuring that the floors, walls and ceiling have the suitable protective layers applied to them, or have been decorated using the right formula of paints, the next thing to do is identify all other fittings and decorations that should have a little more protection from the water splashing and damp air that they will be frequently experiencing. Most people will correctly choose to apply this type of protection onto all of their wooden items, however a surprising percentage of people will forget or neglect that any stone items in the bathroom also need and will benefit from being treated with sealers and colour intensifiers.
After you have identified all the items that should be treated with some sort of water protective solutions you can then go and buy the respective solutions for each of the items and start the process of applying the protective layers onto your items. Before actually painting or spraying on the protective coats/lacquers, you will need to sand down and wipe down the surfaces of the items you are treating, so you will not be trapping any dirt or stains beneath the coat you are adding to your furniture.
If you are struggling to decide upon the style and shape of bath you will be fitting into your soon to be newly renovated bathroom then this post might be just what you need to help you make up your mind. Being someone who has worked many years in the building trade, I have witnessed many bathroom renovations, so I would like to think that I have a good idea of what works and what doesn’t. Also I can give good advice on the certain types & styles of baths that are best suited to all sorts of different situations that a homeowner or home designer might be challenged with, while going through the process of furnishing the property they have recently purchased/designed.
Recently I have actually been responsible for overseeing a number of bathroom renovations for medium to large sized properties, with medium to large sized bathrooms. During these renovations, I have noticed that there is certainly a trend in choosing the freestanding type bath tubs instead of the wall fitted baths which in the past had been the standard for nearly ever bathroom, certainly being the most popular style by far. Not only are people going for the stand alone, free-standing bath tubs, but they are also selecting the designs that tend to be quite a lot deeper than that of the traditional, wall fitted baths of my generation. This deeper design of tub offers a more relaxing experience for the bathers, as they can fully immerse themselves into a warm bubble bath, without the worry of any limbs getting a little cold due to the person being a bit tall and not being able to totally, comfortably remain all underwater when bathing in the baths of the past, at a depth of what many of us would be used to.
I have to say that these Free-Standing or Claw-Foot Bath Tubs do sometimes look fantastic and they provide more flexibility with how a bathroom is designed, also it makes the process of keeping the bathroom clean a bit more practical. If you have a sizeable enough bathrooms and a big enough budget though, then I would recommend looking around for the right style of Drop-In Bath design to fit in with the rest of the bathroom décor and furniture. In my opinion, the Drop-In Bath Tub Designs really give off a sense of luxury and class and for me, they would be the Bath of choice if I were to be renovating my own bathroom.
It is important to do what it takes to get your bathroom looking and feeling great; as it is the first & last room you will visit in your house each day (of course this is obviously not including one’s own bedroom). Due to the bathroom being a part of your first experience of each day, it is the place that will usually or most likely also play a roll in ‘setting the mood’ for the day’s events, or in some cases just the mornings events. In the same sense, as the bathroom is the last room you spend time in and experience before finally ending the day by getting back in to bed, it will either assist you with mentally ‘winding down’ and being prepared for a restful night’s sleep. Alternatively It can compound and add to the days pressures and stress that you’ve had to endure, making it more difficult for you to float away into the comfort of your dreams.
Now that you have taken my above comments into consideration, I assume you will have the same opinion as myself and many others, in that you should approach your bathroom renovation with the ethos that no expenses should be spared, with each item and fitting meeting the highest standards of bathrooms in the UK.
For me, I would consider the bathroom vanity unit as being the furniture item/bathroom fitting that should be the centre piece of a person’s home bathroom, and I you know where to shop online, you can find some stunning single & double basin bathroom vanities; my favourite types tend to be the stone top vanity units, and there is a big selection of them online, leaving you with many options to choose between