When I was a young lad, and during growing up, I was always lead to believe that it was the boys that are the messy ones, while the girls tend to generally bring a more organised, clean touch to what they do. Was this just me and my childhood or was this the same ethos among the common public in the UK? I am pretty certain that this was & is actually what people are still led to believe and boys or men bring about dirty, messy and disorganized connotations, while the feminine side of the human race tends to connote nice smelling floral scents and comfortable, relaxing environments. Well, I have learned in the years it has taken me to reach middle-life that this whole idea is totally incorrect and in fact almost totally backwards and opposite to what is the reality. The truth is that woman (in my experience, and actually the experiences of many of whom I have discussed this topic with) are the messy, dirty ones and for the most part, pay no attention to organization, punctuality, order or to being in the slightest bit tidy.
This can be clearly demonstrated in nearly all bathrooms that I have come across that have a shared usage from both a husband and wife; the end result from every inspection or test is that the woman in the relationship is by far, you could even say by a country mile, the guilty party when it comes to leaving the room in a complete state, unfit for children and almost unfit for living. If you think about it though, it is almost understandable when you consider the huge variety of different toiletries, beauty products, shampoos, cleansers, toners and hair styling products and hardware that most woman these days need and use on literally a daily basis. When I come to think of it and start listing all the different products and potions that my lady uses each day, it actually resembles keeping a clean and tidy bathroom more of an entirely impossible mission, or mission impossible.
It goes without saying that men and woman want or need very different things when it comes to the bathroom and the fittings and furniture you fit in it. For example, most men are more than happy with just having a shower unit, pedestal bathroom basin, shaving mirror with shaving light and a small shelf unit beneath the mirror. This will provide everything they will need on a daily basis and will save a lot by going with a very minimal approach. On the hand, most woman will see a bathtub as being an essential bathroom fitting, as they will need to take time for a long de-stressing soak at least once a week. Also you will find that woman require more storage space in the form of cabinets, shelving units, vanities and a wide/large surface space around the sink for placing all their cleansers, toners, clipper, brushes, picks, bands, sprays Etc. With all the extra toiletries and beauty products will come the need for also placing a bin of some sort.
So if you want to keep your other half happy when it comes to re-designing or renovating the bathroom, you should make sure you speak with her to find out what she considers as being essential for her to enjoy a happy bathroom experience. You might get away with not having to fit in a bathtub and of course in many cases the space available will just not allow for one. You will however probably be requested to invest in a solid, hard wood vanity unit with a stone top to make room for the products she will need easy access to. A wall hung mirrored cabinet is also likely going to be on the list of necessities, which is not so bad as this will also cover you with providing the shaving mirror, light and also a place to store away your shaving equipment. You could then also fit another shelving type unit to make more space as you will surely need it (believe me), and this type of fitting will be relatively light on your wallet. Lastly, I forgot to mention the towel rail, which some of you men will not see as being essential, but your better half will – it doesn’t need to be heated, but it does need to be well fitted so that it doesn’t soon rip off the wall.
It is always interesting to know what items of furniture are trending and selling most frequently within the UK market. It gives you some idea about the financial situation and the mood across the majority of the population living in the United Kingdom. Of course different cultures have different tastes and as there is such a mix of all kinds of cultures and ethnicities living throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, there is also a huge variety of all kinds of furniture that is popular and selling well online at any given time. This being said, there will always be some best sellers that come out on top, and more often than not those best sellers are items of furniture that have some cross-over in relation to being popular across multiple cultures or ethnic groups.
Knowing what furniture units and styles are selling best online is especially important for owners and manager of furniture stores online and offline. If you want to be successful in your trade of selling furniture, then you need to have your finger on the pulse of the UK home and furniture buyers, and understand what they are looking for and buying now, and equally or perhaps more importantly, what are the trends just around the corner. Having some clues and ideas about what the up and coming furniture items, ranges & styles will be in the coming year could mean the difference of a furniture website owner becoming successful and wealthy or becoming broke and broken. Of course having this knowledge of what is going to sell well in the coming year will impact on what furniture a business will plan to display on their website/s and stock within their warehouses. It’s very difficult to predict the future, and there is always going to be risk involved, but taking a look at what the top selling furniture products have been in the year just past is for sure a good place to get your ideas from. So, without further ado, the top selling furniture items in 2017 are listed below:
- Midnight Blue Velvet Sofas
- Marble Side tables
- Statement Pouffes & Ottomans
- The Mid-Century Dining Table
- Understated Armchairs
There you have it!
It is quite common for plants to be used as decorative items in a person’s home, but you need to be careful if deciding to do this yourself as not all plants will do well indoors. You need to select only the types of plants that are suited to indoor environments so that they live long and healthy lives. I am sure that your local gardener will be able to guide you towards the variety of plants that thrive in low light conditions and if looking for plants to place in the bathroom, then you should also look for the types that enjoy highly damp environments, while also requiring minimal care and attention.
Decorating the bathroom with various plants is certainly a good idea, providing you choose wisely and find the right species to provide optimum benefits to your room. There are actually 5 species of indoor plants that are perfectly suited to living in your bathrooms, not only because of them being suited to the kind of environment found in a bathroom, but also because of the positive effects they have on the air and your own mental well-being; they absorb pollutants and help to reduce stress.
The best 5 plant species to have in your bathroom are
- The Spider Plant – this particular species of indoor plant does well in cool, damp temperatures and requires very little attention. They also will help to absorb and remove carbon monoxide from your bathroom
- Peace Lilies – this pretty looking indoor plant also requires very little care and adds some nice ambiance to a room. It also has the quality of being able to remove damaging Benzene from your homes
- Aloe Vera – Known by the Ancient Egyptians as the plant of immortality, it quires to be watered sparingly and should probably be placed near a window so that it gets some indirect sunlight. Aloe Vera will absorb and clean the air of Formaldehyde and also it can soothe insect bites and provide a great moisturizing gels if you ever have dry skin or are suffering from sunburn
- Boston Fern – A light and bushy kind of indoor plant. The ferns can quickly spread out and command a large amount of space if not kept under control, so these are really more suitable for the large sized bathrooms. The Boston Fern does well in cool and humid environments. If the air is too dry then you will notice the ferns starting to wither, if you do see these signs, then you should spray the bathroom with some water more frequently and make sure you keep the basket or pot that is home to your Boston Fern soaked with daily watering
- Orchids – are very pleasing on the eye, so for an aesthetic improvement, putting an Orchid or two in your bathroom is the ideal solution. The Orchid plants enjoy bright, non-direct sunlight and a humid environment. They also require very little space and minimal care.
So, you should certainly consider getting yourself some bathroom plants as soon as you can and do what you can to purify the air in your home.
There are many important things to consider when renovating your bathroom; poor planning and execution will ultimately just result in you or your living partner/s (if you have any) wanting to re-renovate before too long. Most people will get the more obvious things done in the right way, or a good enough way. Furnishing and fittings like the toilet, vanity unit and basin/s, bathtub, shower unit & towel rail. However it is probably more common than you would expect that hardly any thought or no thought at all will be given towards the bathroom mirror! So after going through all the time, effort and expense of redesigning and fitting all the new units into the bathroom, the misplaced, poorly-lit or wrongly sized mirror quickly gets all the attention for the wrong reasons. In many cases it can cause arguments between partners, with the woman in the relationship kicking up quite a fuss after coming to the realization that she can no longer spend hours pampering herself and perfecting her hair and make-up in what was once the best room in the home for that purpose.
So save yourself a lot of stress, pain and money by taking a little time to plan for the type of mirror you will be fitting & where in the room you will be fitting it. It will be certainly worth this little extra time and effort to avoid being one of the unfortunate percentage that finds themselves facing this type of dilemma after having created a bathroom that will aggravate and annoy their wife or girlfriend first thing in the morning, every morning and probably throughout the day and lastly every night before you both are getting in to bed. The things you should think about should be regarding the size of mirror you will purchase; analyse the space you have available in the bathroom and check on where the natural light is coming from for the most part of the day. Also with the lighting, you could also fit a light onto the actual mirror which is quite common; also a backlight can be used for more lighting effect. Think about comfort too; you want to position the mirror in a place that can be accessed for long periods of time in comfort – it is best if you also have a worktop type of unit just under where the mirror is hanging to the wall, as this will provide the much needed space for the variety of makeup and other toiletries. Try and get the largest mirror possible without going over the top and buying something that will look totally out of place, and remember that you can always get more than one mirror if the space allows for it.
After going through the complicated and sometimes stressful experience of renovating your bathroom you will have completed the hardest part of planning, buying and fitting all the main bathroom items of furniture, like the basin, perhaps a vanity unit, toilet, bathtub and or shower. However to get the new bathroom design looking and feeling great, you should next be giving thought and attention towards what other fittings you will include along with the various items you will use to decorate the room in a warm and comfortable way.
An item or fitting that all bathrooms need and should have, is the bathroom mirror. You need to decide if you would have a simple wall hung mirror or alternatively choose to go with a mirrored bathroom cabinet. If choosing the wall hung mirror option, you can (as long as the size of your bathrooms permits) usually find and fit a larger mirror than you would get from the mirrored cabinet type. The mirror is great for adding light to the bathroom and of course for checking yourself out and making sure you look the part before heading out for the day/night. Another important fitting for most people and another item I could not do without is the towel rail – if you are going for more of a luxury design/style of bathroom, then you will likely want to go for the heated towel rails. If you are saving on expenses, then you will want to go for just the standard wooden, metal or even plastic towel rail, just there to offer support for hanging towels. For those of you who tend to buy and keep a lot of toiletries, make-ups, medicines grooming products – you will need to consider purchasing some kind of bathroom storage solution, whether it might be within a vanity unit or within its own storage unit is up to you, and of course dependent on the size of your bathroom. You might also want to place a nice oak laundry basket in the bathroom, again if you have the space for it.
When it comes to decorating the bathroom it can be tricky to decide upon what you will be using to add some life and colour to the tiles/walls and bathroom fittings. You could choose to buy some small picture frames and hang some interesting art on the walls, or perhaps some kind of wall/tile stickers to add character. I always like to decorate my bathroom with some nice indoor, bathroom plants; these can really bring a bathroom together, at the same time as assisting with purifying the air.
You should now have some ideas of your own and be ready to complete the ideal bathroom for your home – Good luck.
As you may have noticed, there are actually many different styles and types of bathtubs that you can choose between when redesigning or renovating your bathroom at home. Some baths are made for style, some for convenience while others offer more comfort and luxury. The more common type of bathtubs that you will find in today’s market in the UK is as follows:
The Pedestal/Clawfoot Baths
These baths are as they sound – they stand on 4 ‘clawed feet’ or on a pedestal and they came into popularity somewhere within the 19th century, becoming a common household item within high society. They can be placed anywhere within ones bathroom and range in different shapes and sizes.
Recessed or Alcove Baths
These are probably the most common type of bathtubs found in the UK, they usually come with a shower head hanging over them and will be fitted against a wall on either two or three sides. They also range in style and size and these days will usually be designed from fiberglass.
These types of baths are deigned to either drop into a floor cavity or a raised platform to offer a clean and flush finish. They often will be surrounded by some kind of guttering system as they are supposed to be filled to the brim and overspill into the surrounding guttering. If done right, these bathtub designs can be very stylish and pleasing on the eye.
These types of bathtubs, as suggested by the name, fit into corners of a room and can be ideal for when space is limited. They also can look great and many come with air-jets fitted within them to offer a kind of whirlpool/Jacuzzi effect.
These bathtubs are designed more for convenience and are made with high walls and a seated area within the bath. They will have a walk-in gate/door fitted to them so that the bather can walk into the bathtub, take a seat and then close the door, before turning the taps on and filling the bath to their desired height. These types of baths are common for elderly or disabled bathers, for whom stepping over a wall and lowering into a bath can be difficult.
There are of course many other bath designs and styles but these above tend to be the more commonly used in UK households. We hope this helps to give you some good ideas for what you will be fitting into your new bathroom.