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5 Simple Ideas To Bring Your Tried Bathroom Back To Life

“Following particular trends dates a bathroom more quickly,” says tile shop Capitol Ceramics’ interior designer Katie Soucek. Trends come and go at an alarming rate, so if you want a longer lasting look to your bathroom, it may be best to ignore the latest fashion and go for a more classic style.

“Bathrooms with boarders and trims were once very fashionable but are now looking dated.” says Soucek, an experienced bathroom designer. So choosing a bathroom design that uses a border or trim could leave you feeling blue just a few months down the line.

The quickest way to work wonders on your old bathroom is to give it a new coat of paint – even if you use the same colour as you currently have, the fresh coat with give it more life. Nude shades can add some style and panish but milder, translucent colours are more versatile and work in many different colours.

The best tip to remember is that if you want your bathroom to look more spacious, then go for light colours, ” And using the same tiles on the floor and the walls immediately makes a room feel bigger” adds Capitol Ceramics’ Katie Soucek. Alternatively, if you are looking to create a more dramatic space why not go for deep colours for a moody romantic atmosphere.

A new shower curtain or bathroom mat can also make all the difference, as can accessories. Purchase new towels that are fluffy and colourful or put a vinyl on your shower screen for an immediate glamour hit.

Purchase a selection of mirrors and even some decorative accessories (ornaments) and artwork to give the room some extra style. Mirrors add a sense of space so look to place mirrors where they will catch and reflect the light.

Katie Soucek discusses a recent project. “We’ve just completed work on a bathroom for a lovely client who wanted a ‘New England’ feel to her bathroom. We needed to create a sense of space and lightness in the room, so used simple white, mosaic tiles, coupled with tonal blues and biege stone. Then we selected a set of acrylic, glass and ceramic vases to line the shelves and finished it off with some gorgeous white cotton towels that give the room a wonderful feeling of luxury”

Kate also stresses the importance of lighting. “If your bathroom does not have recessed spot lighting, it’s worth the investment. Also, why not replace the grouting and go for a colour for instant impact.”

When it comes to choosing your features and materials, a shrewd designer will budget and splurge tactically, for example interior designer Philip Watts suggests “On a budget I would use an inexpensive sanitary-ware, but as stylish taps as your budget will allow – so accessorize” he adds “Use natural materials such as slate, limestone, pebbles or timber as these will not date. Use them in a contemporary, architectural way for maximum effect.

Thank you to Katie from Capitol Ceramics for her time and support in writing this article. Katie is the lead interior designer at Capitol Ceramics, a leading London Tile Shop based in Notting Hill Gate, West London. To view the range of beautiful porcelain and ceramic tiles stocked by Capitol Ceramics please visit the Capitol Ceramics website.

Swimming Pool Covers

There are a few different kinds of swimming pool covers. These different sorts are manufactured to do different jobs. There are swimming pool covers that are designed just to keep leaves out; there are covers to keep people and animals out and there are solar heating covers which will warm up your pool and there are combination covers that will heat your pool and keep people and animals out of it.

All of these types of covers are made for but both above and below ground pools. They also come in a multiplicity of sizes and colours or you can have one made to measure.

The first demands of any pool cover are that it fits and that it is sturdy. If it does not fit, it is dangerous, because if anyone or an animal falls under the cover, he will drown in a panic of not being able to find the ‘hole’ again – especially at night or in very cold water. The shock would knock the air right out of you.

After fitting well, it must be strong. Ideally it should be robust enough to bear a person’s weight, just in case someone walks out onto it by mistake in the dark. However, it needs to be sturdy anyway, because of all the folding and unfolding it will get.

Another tip is to make sure that your swimming pool cover complies with any local by-laws. Such laws are not applicable everywhere, so it is a good safeguard to check with your local police force before you spend money on a pool cover to see what you have to have. If you use a cover that does not conform with the local regulations and there is an accident, you will probably not be covered by your insurance policy, which could work out very costly for you.

All good pool covers come with a guarantee of some kind. Two years is the standard, but try to get a cover with a five year guarantee . Pool covers are not cheap and you do not want to be replacing it every couple of years. Try to ensure that the guarantee covers everything that can go wrong with the cover; tears, slits, cracking, perishing, torn eyelets, etc.. Look for a firm with a solid local reputation, one that will not avoid its responsibilities, if you need them.

If you are purchasing your swimming pool cover from a shop in order to fit it yourself, look at the manual carefully and make sure that all the bits and pieces are there. You do not want to have to go back because straps or anchors are not there. If it is within your resources, it is better to have the shop fit the cover the first time, so that you can see how to do it and make sure that nothing is missing.

These days, you absolutely must have a swimming pool cover for the sake of your kids and others who may attempt to use your pool while you are away. If you can lock the swimming pool cover down, then so much the better.

Owen Jones, the author of this article, writes on many subjects, but is currently involved with recliner slip covers. If you are interested in a black recliner or any other type, please click through to our site.