Ideas And Inspiration

Lighting Ideas For Bathrooms

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Good lighting in the bathroom is so important, but it’s something we often neglect when it comes to giving the bathroom a makeover. Many homes just have a single ceiling light in the bathroom, or even worse, a fluorescent strip light which doesn’t give off enough light to see properly when you’re doing your make-up or brushing your teeth. Increasing the light level doesn’t just mean sticking a more powerful bulb in the socket, as these days there are lots of very clever and innovative lighting solutions.

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Family Bathroom or Trendy Wetroom?

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If you’re thinking of modernising your bathroom, then one of the first things to consider is whether you want to keep the layout traditional, or go for a more up to date feel. Wetrooms have been all over the pages of the glossy home interiors magazines for years and have many benefits when compared to bathrooms. But is the expense of creating a wetroom in your home worth it?

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Bathroom Ideas You Can Use

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Has your bathroom seen better days? If you’re considering a bit of a makeover, then there are no end of ideas you can draw on for inspiration. It can all be a bit baffling, and most of us stick with either a blue nautical theme for our bathroom or a neutral beige one. If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd with something a little bit different, here are some more unusual bathroom ideas you can use.

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Bathroom Alternative To Tiles

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Most UK homes have tiles in the bathroom, and they are a practical and efficient way of keeping the water away from your walls. Over time though tile can crack or the grout can get dirty, and replacing tiles is a fairly major job. In recent years there have been many developments with new products on the market which provide a great bathroom alternative to tiles, and are not necessarily and more expensive.

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Bathroom Trends

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If it’s been a while since you injected a bit of style into your bathroom, bring it instantly up to date with some of the hottest new trends in bathrooms on the market.

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Bathroom Renovation Trends

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Having a stunning new bathroom will not only make your home a pleasure to live in, it can add substantially to the value of your house too. If you’re considering renovating your bathroom, then think about some of the major renovation trends and see if you can adapt them for use in your house.

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Bathroom Mirror Styles

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Even if you only use it for making sure you’re cleaning your teeth properly every morning and evening, a bathroom mirror is an essential part of the daily routine. There are lots of different options for bathroom mirrors, and some rules and regulations which you have to be aware of when buying and fitting them.

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Bathroom Sink Styles

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Changing your bathroom sink can make a huge difference to the appearance of your bathroom and is a relatively cheap way of updating your bathroom’s style. There is a huge range of different sinks on the market, and the style which you choose will depend on budget, and the look you are trying to achieve

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Popular Bathroom Designs

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We have all become more conservative when it comes to bathrooms in recent years. Gone are the days of the paisley patterned wallpaper and brightly coloured suites. Just take a look in the aisles of any bathroom retailer and you’ll be faced with acres of white bathroom suites and white or beige accessories. Finding your own style can therefore be a bit difficult, but if you take time to look at what other people are doing in their bathrooms you could pick up some valuable pointers.

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Bathroom Design Ideas

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Gone are the days when the only choices for your bathroom was a boring white bathroom suite and plain tiles on the walls. You only have to walk down the aisles of a bathroom showroom to see the range of products and styles on the market. With such a wide choice it can be hard to know what will work in your home, but here are a few bathroom design ideas to get you started.

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Roofing Styles

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If you’ve never put much thought into it, you’d be forgiven for thinking that a roof in Aberdeen is pretty much the same as a roof in London or Cardiff. However there are significant differences between the sorts of roofs which are most common across the UK and this can be very important when it comes to putting a new roof on your home and choosing the best roofer to do the job.

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What Are Current Tiling Trends?

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The current trend in tiling is swaying towards neutral hues and a minimalistic look and feel. Beiges and soft creams versus bright coloured tiling although this tends to be for homes which are modern and light and airy. Certainly, the more traditional warm colours are still in vogue for the period properties out there.

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Choosing A Kitchen

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Choosing a kitchen for your home is not the easiest of jobs, especially if you’re starting off with a blank canvas and have a thousand ideas swimming about in your head all at once! However, if you ask yourself a few simple questions, you can make the task a whole lot easier. Let’s take a look at some important considerations you will need to make when choosing your perfect kitchen.

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Planning A Kitchen Guide

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Deciding that you want to renovate your kitchen is easy (especially if you’ve been looking at the same tired design for the last twenty years or so. However, knowing where to start when planning a kitchen is often a little trickier

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Small Bedroom Design Ideas

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Many of us have a small bedroom we often feel could be made to look a lot better with a bit of knowhow. The key here is to create the illusion of space as well as to simplify and avoid clutter.

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Heating Innovations

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here are more ways than ever to heat our homes efficiently and with reduced impact on the environment. LED technology we have seen used in lighting, for example, is now being adopted in some electric heating solutions thanks to the lights ability to realistically replicate flames. You get all the aesthetic benefits of having a gas fire without the disruption of fitting pipes or converting a chimney flue. Whats more some LED electric fires also have smoke effects, so you would never know it was powered electrically.

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Bathroom Style Trends

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Bathroom trends for 2013 borrow from current interior design favourites and put a fresh spin on timeless classics. Whether you’re looking for an instant refresh or a serious renovation, there are plenty of ideas to get you started.

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Planning The Perfect Kitchen Layout

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At one time or another, most of us will have been in a kitchen which just does not work. Not because the appliances are faulty or the doors are hanging off the cabinets, but because it is awkward to move around, the appliances are poorly positioned in relation to each other, there isn’t enough storage space or not enough counters to prepare food. Even the most expensive kitchens with bespoke cabinets and work tops don’t “work” if they are not planned properly, so before committing to buying a new kitchen, spend some time over the planning.

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Bungalow Extension Ideas

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Bungalows are a hugely popular way of living, and the appeal of living all on one level is obvious. Sometimes bungalows can be on the small side though, so many bungalow owners consider ways to extend their properties. The decision about how best to extend will depend on a variety of factors including the size of gardens and surrounding land, and legal considerations such as planning permission.

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Dont Move Instead Improve Your Home

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With property sales remaining stubbornly flat, your thirst for a change of home could be quenched by re-inventing the one you already have. That bigger and better home you dream of can be realised by making a series of affordable improvements that will not only transform your surroundings, but add value to your property for when the good times return.

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Different Bathroom Styles

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When it comes to budget and design inspiration for home improvements, bathrooms can often become a low priority as more attention is given to public spaces such as the living room or kitchen. Perhaps more than any other room in your home, the bathroom is one where form and function have to meet happily. Like the kitchen, the bathroom is a hard-working space that has to measure up practically as well as looking good. Elements of most decorating styles and trends can be tailored to work in a bathroom, either to incorporate the design feel of the rest of the house or indulge in something completely different. Whether it’s a compact en-suite, a spa-style haven or a period treasure, a little careful planning and clever decorating can make the most of any size of bathroom.

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Space Saving Kitchen Innovations

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Not everybody has a huge kitchen, but it is always nice to think of ways of improving what you have and there are lots of ways of making the most out of a confined space. Read on below for some fantastic ways of saving space in a smaller size kitchen.

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Show Your True Colours

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Red and yellow and pink and blue, what does your colour choice say about you….

There are a variety of ways that you can show your personality, and when it comes to interior design, this is a time when you can really inject some creativity and flair, which unbeknownst to you will undoubtedly show your true colours. Colour gives an insight into your personality, and is a way that people can truly see how you are feeling.

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Interior Design and The Fashion World

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The interior design industry has always been heavily influenced by trends from many areas including fashion.

This year has seen a blurring of boundaries between fashion and interiors, with a plethora of fashion designers branching out from clothing to dressing the home.

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Gas Boiler Brands

Although they all do pretty much the same thing, there is a variety of different brands in the gas boiler market. Boiler brands differ in price, reliability and ease of installation, so before investing in a new boiler it is worth doing some research into the larger players in the gas boiler market.

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Eco Kitchens – What Are They?

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If you’re keen to cut your household’s carbon footprint then you might want to consider transforming your kitchen to an eco-kitchen. These days, the average kitchen is packed with an array of energy-guzzling appliances like refrigerators (which run on electricity 24-7 365 days a year!), dishwashers and washing machines, but by creating an eco-kitchen, you could actively play your part in helping to conserve the world’s energy and reduce pollution

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New Kitchen Gadgets

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Find out about the latest kitchen gadgets for your home with our look at some of the latest innovations in the marketplace

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Cheap Home Decor Ideas

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Decorating your home or giving an old room a makeover does not have to be an expensive activity. There are plenty of ways that you can create a new look and add some pizazz without breaking the bank. The following are five cheap and easy ways to decorate your home.

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Kitchen Design Trends

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Kitchen design has been going through a revolution in the last twelve months. With so many styles and suppliers to choose from, the kitchen of your dreams is only a phone call or a few clicks away.

An important consideration is choosing a kitchen that will look fresh and contemporary for years to come, rather than following fads and trends. You have to strike a balance between looking at new trends and deciding what will be, to some extent, future-proof design.

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Hotel Inspired Home Styles

We all love visiting our favourite hotel and relaxing in a fresh, stylish hotel room. Even budget hotels are offering high-quality linens and well thought out design elements in their rooms. We look at how you can use the hotel influence in your home to create a chilled out space to rest your weary head.

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Cut The Clutter

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With the TV schedules seemingly full of programmes telling us to de-clutter our lives, the reality is, finding room for all those essentials a modern family can’t live without isn’t always so easy. You don’t need to go to extremes to de-clutter your home. Simply looking at the room layout and existing space in your home will reveal how inefficient many of us are at creating enough storage.

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Conservatory Chic

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A conservatory should be more than a wicker wasteland and a place to put that ageing spider plant. Convert your glass space into a snug, chic, stylish or romantic retreat that could grace the pages of any interior design magazine.

The first thing to look at is how you use the space. Is it used for entertaining or relaxing? What do you want to achieve with your look? A seamless transition from home to conservatory will give your house a feeling of design flair, so it’s probably best to avoid an oriental themed conservatory in a home with the minimal look.

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Bathroom Decorating Ideas

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It is sometimes easy to neglect the bathroom when it comes to decorating your home, but it’s worth indulging your personal style and design taste in here as well as in the rest of the house. There are several things you can do to give this often-overlooked space a bit of TLC, whatever your budget. With clever use of colour, texture and accessories you can achieve a polished finish for a complete bathroom refurbishment or just freshen up with quick update to your existing suite.

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Mixing Traditional Bathroom Designs With Modern Homes

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Recent design trends have encouraged bathrooms with personality, and it’s not that unusual to choose a bathroom style that contrasts sharply with the rest of your home. Opting for a bathroom look that is a radical departure from your usual interior design style can be way of experimenting with different style influences, or a good compromise if there are opposing tastes in your home

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Conservatory Designs

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A good conservatory company will help you pick out the right design and will go through the cost of your conservatory with you. They’ll help you choose the best materials for your budget and advise you on a style that suits your home.

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How Can Social Media Help When Choosing A Conservatory

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Conservatories have always been a bit of a stylish addition to a house. These mainly glazed structures originated in the 17 and 18th century, when the land owners of that time began to install orangeries on their properties. Thankfully, as time has gone on, the remainder of us mere mortals can now benefit from owning a conservatory and enjoy the lifestyle benefits that they offer.

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Bathroom Lighting

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Choosing lighting to create the right ambience in your bathroom is the final touch that brings the whole room together. Most bathrooms are small spaces, compared to other living areas, but installing the correct lighting for every task is crucial. The space should be well-lit but if the lighting is too bright, it could seem harsh and overpowering, but if it is too dim then it will be hard to see properly. Natural light is always important in a room, but pay special attention to the windows in your bathroom as privacy can sometimes be an issue.

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Budget Kitchen Ideas

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If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen, either cooking or entertaining, then you will have probably considered renovating your kitchen in order to make it a more warm, welcoming and practical place to spend time. However, as we all know, new kitchens don’t come cheap and few of us can afford the luxury kitchens sold by many of the top-name brands. However, there are many budget kitchen ideas out there that make it possible to regenerate your kitchen without too much expense. Let’s take a look.

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Country Cottage Kitchens

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If you are tired of your boring kitchen, or just like the style of a retro, country themed kitchen, then you may wish to look at the tips below. If you wish to implement any of the designs, or have ideas and want to talk about them, then it is worth contacting a qualified tradesman.

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Five Kitchen Design Ideas

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Knowing basic kitchen design ideas can help you improve your home cheaply, and provide the look that you have been striving for. If you have any queries or are unsure of anything below, contact a qualified tradesperson.

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