Does your bathroom need a boost?

Kitchen and bathroom makeovers are high on the list of desirable home improvements. They can add more value to a property than the cost of installation. If you live in a flat with remodelling potential, according to property experts Movewithus, installing a new bathroom or wet room could add as much as 6% to your property value.

Depending on the quality of the tiles, fixtures and fittings you use, website TradeAdvisor estimates that a new bathroom could cost from £2,500 to more than £6,000. So if you don’t have the space – or the money – to add an en-suite or completely re-fit your bathroom, what are the alternatives? It’s surprising what a lick of paint and some new accessories can do to improve your bathroom – assuming the fittings and tiles have plenty of life left in them. If you’re a DIY-savvy flat owner, for just a couple of hundred pounds you could bring your bathroom bang up-to-date. However, properties built in the nineties and noughties may now be showing signs of bathroom ‘fashion fatigue’ so you may need to think about spending a little more to achieve that luxurious, modern look.

Make my bathroom beautiful!

Bathroom makeovers need a little thought, so here are our tips for getting it right.

Colour scheme – light and airy or dark and atmospheric? Both can work well with a little imagination and the right lighting but if you’re making improvements before putting your flat on the market, think carefully about your choice of colours. Not all buyers can see past bold colours or highly-patterned tiles so go for a calm, neutral look that a new owner can adapt to suit their own taste.

Lighting – this is all-important if you want to shave without cutting yourself or apply make-up without straining your eyes! Think about where the lighting in your bathroom would be best placed before you decorate, as you may need to employ an electrician to carry out the installation safely. Water and electricity don’t mix so don’t attempt electrical work yourself.

Storage – clever storage solutions can help you cut the clutter and create a relaxing, harmonious environment. In small spaces, setting a semi-recessed basin into a vanity unit immediately creates under-sink storage and these can be fitted into purpose built units or into free standing cupboards if you prefer shabby chic to glossy glamour. Your plumber may be able to do this for you but if not, a carpenter will certainly be able to help. Consider the best way to use wall cupboards or shelving; could any dead spaces behind doors or above windows be used to create storage areas? Don’t attempt to do your own plumbing unless you are an expert – leaks in flats are costly and cause millions of pounds of damage each year.

Does your bathroom need a boost?

Kitchen and bathroom makeovers are high on the list of desirable home improvements. They can add more value to a property than the cost of installation. If you live in a flat with remodelling potential, according to property experts Movewithus, installing a new bathroom or wet room could add as much as 6% to your property value.

Depending on the quality of the tiles, fixtures and fittings you use, website TradeAdvisor estimates that a new bathroom could cost from £2,500 to more than £6,000. So if you don’t have the space – or the money – to add an en-suite or completely re-fit your bathroom, what are the alternatives? It’s surprising what a lick of paint and some new accessories can do to improve your bathroom – assuming the fittings and tiles have plenty of life left in them. If you’re a DIY-savvy flat owner, for just a couple of hundred pounds you could bring your bathroom bang up-to-date. However, properties built in the nineties and noughties may now be showing signs of bathroom ‘fashion fatigue’ so you may need to think about spending a little more to achieve that luxurious, modern look.

Make my bathroom beautiful!.....Bathroom makeovers need a little thought, so here are our tips for getting it right.

Colour scheme – light and airy or dark and atmospheric? Both can work well with a little imagination and the right lighting but if you’re making improvements before putting your flat on the market, think carefully about your choice of colours. Not all buyers can see past bold colours or highly-patterned tiles so go for a calm, neutral look that a new owner can adapt to suit their own taste.

Lighting – this is all-important if you want to shave without cutting yourself or apply make-up without straining your eyes! Think about where the lighting in your bathroom would be best placed before you decorate, as you may need to employ an electrician to carry out the installation safely. Water and electricity don’t mix so don’t attempt electrical work yourself.

Storage – clever storage solutions can help you cut the clutter and create a relaxing, harmonious environment. In small spaces, setting a semi-recessed basin into a vanity unit immediately creates under-sink storage and these can be fitted into purpose built units or into free standing cupboards if you prefer shabby chic to glossy glamour. Your plumber may be able to do this for you but if not, a carpenter will certainly be able to help. Consider the best way to use wall cupboards or shelving; could any dead spaces behind doors or above windows be used to create storage areas? Don’t attempt to do your own plumbing unless you are an expert – leaks in flats are costly and cause millions of pounds of damage each year.

Flooring – natural stone or ceramic tiles can feel cold to the touch unless you have underfloor heating. Wood and tile-effect vinyls are ideal for bathrooms and have improved in style and quality hugely in recent years, with something to suit every budget. Waterproof laminates are also available but real wood and carpets are not advisable in damp spaces..

Finally – don’t forget the cleaning! Always opt for practical, easy-to-care for surfaces. Remember that tiles with a flat surface are easier to clean than those that are textured and choosing shower cubicles or doors with only a few moving parts could save you hours of scrubbing.

To get you started, the internet is full of bathroom designs; websites such as Pinterest provide lots of makeover ideas, so get Googling – your new bathroom design could be just a few clicks away!

Granite Transformations helped pioneer affordable kitchen makeovers, with its ‘fitted in one day’ pledge, and is now turning its attention to bathroom upgrades. The key to Granite Transformations’ makeover package has always been its exclusive collections of beautiful, decorative, fully water-resistant materials that are mostly designed to fit over existing surfaces, saving demolition, debris and disruption. Its quarter-inch thick agglomerate slabs in granite, quartz, recycled glass and porcelain finishes make for beautiful seamless shower liners, bathroom backsplashes, vanity countertops and hard flooring tiles and they are available in more than 50 colours. Trend glass mosaics also lend themselves to dado-height tile borders, decorative wall features and eye-catching colour statements in smaller bathrooms and cloakrooms.

If you want to completely re-fit your bathroom, the company can also draw on luxury bathroom collections from top brand Roca and elegant accessibility aids from HEWI, as well as other high quality sanitaryware suppliers, to provide a complete remodelling solution. Everything will be delivered to the site on a day to suit you and the company accepts single-point responsibility for all installation works.

Browse the brand website at www.granitetransformations.co.uk, or call in at one of Granite Transformations’ showrooms. To find one nearest to you, telephone 0800 044 5393.

Bathroom-friendly furniture from Bathstore

If you don’t like the idea of furniture in your bathroom being spoiled by moisture in the air, bathroom specialist Bathstore has the solution. Its Vermont, Cleveland and Lincoln furniture collections are designed specifically for bathrooms to create a stylish look that incorporates innovative storage solutions.

The furniture has water resistant properties and sealed edges to withstand everyday humidity. All three ranges include basin units, tall slim-line storage options, wall mounted units and features such as soft-close doors and drawers as standard.

The Vermont furniture collection is reminiscent of mid-century Danish furniture- making it perfect for the stylish modern bathroom. The Cleveland range is ideal for compact bathrooms and cloakrooms with space-saving side-taps and slim-line units. The Lincoln range is constructed in two contrasting materials providing both hidden and open storage to display your bathroom's most useful items. Wall mounted options and touch-open drawers give a sophisticated feel to this practical furniture collection.

Knock on wood

If you want your bathroom to make a real statement, the glamorous Dagami washbasin from MBrace Interiors really has the wow! Factor. Freestanding, the basin is crafted from a selection of wood materials including ash, oak, walnut, maple, sapele, mebau and Padouk so that each piece is unique. The company also makes bathtubs in a wide choice of colours to complement your bathroom decor.

This year’s look

If you’re wondering what this year’s interior design trends will be, look no further. Research from Direct Line Insurance reveals that 2016 is set to be the year of pattern, texture and colour in people’s homes. Out with neutrals and in with warm colours like bronze, burnt orange and gold and bright, cheerful patterns. The eclectic Ikat style for fabrics and soft furnishings will be very on-trend this year with 1960s and 1970s style very much in vogue.

According to Direct Line, the top three furniture trends this year will be retro, handcrafted and bespoke and classic British oaks and marbles. Soft furnishings will be bold and vibrant with strong patterns, using dark colours and textures such as velvets. Exposed lighting and retro LED lights will be the designer’s choice for 2016, together with hardwood floors and geometric rugs.

A final word from Katie Lomas, head of Direct Line home insurance: “There is always a risk involved in having work done…especially when making fundamental changes to a property’s interior…so homeowners should be sure to inform their insurance provider beforehand as elevated cover may be needed for the duration of the works.