The Meridian - N Compact
One of the greatest challenges any bathroom designer faces is that of space, or the lack of it. Look in any glossy brochure at the newest designs available to see them pictured in swanky bathrooms the size of an average front room. Well back to reality, and the challenge of creating that perfect contempory or opulent traditional bathroom in a broom cupboard.
Space saving products along with innovative ideas are the key, so have a look at this. The Meridian has revolutionised the world of the bathroom with a system that for the very first time integrates the cistern and the flush system in the WC itself.
It comes as part of a collection which offers the widest range of basins, toilets, and bidets, as well as additional range options to perfectly tailor your bathroom to your tastes and requirements.
Different Bath Types - Which One Is For me?
There are only three main types of Bathroom Baths on the market although a few new materials are now available. However these new materials are used in designer style baths and sold in small quantities in addition can also be costly.
The three main types of baths available are acrylic, steel and cast iron. This short guide will explain each style and give you an insight in to making the right choice when choosing your new tub.
Acrylic Baths are generally much lighter than Steel Baths and because of the nature of acrylic they are available in many different shapes and sizes. Acrylic baths are made from a flat sheet of acrylic, which is heated until its very flexible. Once at the right temperature the acrylic sheet is vacuum formed (sucked) over the mould giving it its shape. Because acrylic is easy to manipulate baths can be made in extremely large sizes of unusual shapes. Acrylic Baths are fibre-glassed on the under side making them very strong. Some manufacturers fibreglass the whole of the underneath and seal in the wooden bases board for additional strength. Years ago acrylic baths would discolour after a few years. New technologies from companies like ICI mean that the acrylic used in baths will last a lifetime without fading. Acrylic baths can be polished if they begin to look flat. You must however be very careful what chemicals you use as this can cause further flattening of the finish or weaken the acrylic.
Steel baths are also made from moulds, however they are not available in as many shapes and sizes as acrylic. Steel baths are made from a flat sheet of steel, which is formed into shape by a large press weighing around 50 tones (as much as 40 family cars). The press shapes the steel sheet; once it is formed the steel bath is covered in enamel and vitrified at extremely high temperatures to ensure a long life for the enamel coating. Enamel baths can be repaired or re-enamelled if needed later in their life. This can be costly but could save removing the bath if it became damaged at any point.
Cast Iron Baths
Cast Iron Baths are cast into shape and covered in enamel in the same way as steel bath tubs. Cast iron is extremely durable and considerably stronger than steel. These days fewer people choose cast iron for several reasons. The weight of a cast iron bathtub means that it is very difficult to install and once full of water may weaken floorboards. Steel baths are available in extra thicknesses so there is no need to use iron. A standard steel bath is around 2.2mm thick. Extra thick 3.5mm Super Deluxe Steel Baths are available for heavier people or baths with high traffic i.e. large families or hotels etc.
Bathroom Design Ideas
As the saying goes, “the proof of the pudding is in the eating” and so we sent our presenter Freya Berry to have a nose around the Director’s home to see which bathroom he’s chosen for his home.
Let’s face it, when you use the loo at another person’s house you can’t help but judge their choice of sanitary-ware. And that’s because a bathroom says more about a person than anything else in their home. So would the Director’s choice meet Freya’s high expectations? Read on.
The Basics of Accessorising The Bathroom
If there isn’t an art to decorating a bathroom, there’s most certainly a knack to it. A lack of space and reluctance to inject too much colour into the environment are just two of the many obstacles that will need circumventing during this particular design process.
Still, while selecting the right accessories for your bathroom is by no means an easy feat, consulting with tried-and-tested methods can send you down the right pathway.
This is a space where cleanliness rules over all, so an abundance of white space (the shade of purity, no less) is by no means a bad thing. Choose only what you need in regards to fitted bathroom furniture, as having a separate bath and shower, for example, could leave you struggling for room. Then, with everything in place, you’re ready to start accessorising your space.
Contain your clutter
When it comes to sprucing up your bathroom vanity or whatever surface you have, think of it in the same way you would the top of a side table. Glass jars and decorative containers allow you to keep your important items in one place, while arranging them in a stylish way can help you accessorise your bathroom.
Try not to go too overboard with this idea, but you could also consider using these containers for holding items that are purely there for decoration. Pebbles, small plants and shells are much better kept in this way than just scattered over your space.
Scented candles not only produce a pleasant aroma but also add a little glow to the appearance of your bathroom. You can buy them in all kinds of shapes and sizes, while you won’t be short of scents to try out.
Invest in storage
Bathroom cabinets may be used to store shower gels, soaps and similar items, although you can still choose unique units based on their colour and style. The key is to view as many products as possible in order to get something that suits your tastes and preferences as well as your budget. Using the internet as your go-to point for research; you’re bound to find something that fits in with your plans.
Make good use of mirrors
Exactly the same applies to mirrors, which come in varying sizes and shapes. These can also give your bathroom a much needed facelift without littering the floor or surface area.
You don’t have to use tiles in order to bring a second colour into your environment; it just helps. Your heated towel rail, for example, can showcase any shade you wish through the hanging of a coloured drying product. Don’t stop there, though; flannels, shower caps and sponges also create opportunities for building up a solid a colour scheme.
Shower mats are worth a separate mention, as going for a darker shade than white will help you hide all those pesky toothpaste stains. Just remember to clean your mat every so often, as hiding the blemishes won’t necessarily mean they’re not there.