Bathroom Luxury And Comfort for Everyone

One of my favourite ways to relax and wind down is to take a hot bath.  With the tub filled with my favourite bubbles from Elemis and Bodhi, with the door locked against the world, and by turning on the hot tap every time the water is in danger of going cold, I can wind away happy hours just relaxing, thinking about absolutely nothing in particular.

In contrast, when I need a quick wake up call, a shower is the way to go. Hot jets of water combined with a zesty shower gel can get the morning started, or can be a pick me up at the end of a long and tiring day. Relaxing or invigorating, it is true that we can take showers and baths for granted, not thinking that for people who suffer from chronic pain and disability, or with mobility problems due to ageing, these things are not so easy, with just getting in and out of the bath/shower a cause for problems. The real shame of this is that soaking in a bath can often be therapeutic for those who do suffer from the aches of chronic pain.

walk-in-baths-mainOne way in which your bathroom can still be a relaxing place which totally agrees with your therapeutic needs is with the addition a walk in shower.  A walk in shower is more easily accessible than one that sits above a bath, and can often accommodate a wheelchair if required. They can also come equipped with a bath seat to add comfort and ease to someone who may struggle with standing for long periods of time, or with balance issues. Walk in showers are an option that can be high quality and tailor made to suit a range of needs and to fit into an array of different sized bathrooms. With the emphasis on quality, but also on appearance, these are items that are not only practical  and helpful, but are luxurious and attractive too, making sure your bathroom is once again a haven of peace and tranquillity, a place to wash away the cares of the day.

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If you struggle with mobility, or need the aid of a walker or wheelchair, look for bathing solutions that offer low level entry for showers, are spacious and roomy, and can contain a shower seat. If a shower is not for you, you can also find baths that offer walk in options,  come in a range of sizes and are perfect for those with chronic pain that is alleviated through hydro-therapy.

How to Adding Luxurious Touches to Your Home

There are many ways you can add a touch of luxury to your home without having to break the bank. Glittery sparkle in the form of your light fittings, luxury carpets that you feel your feet are literally sinking into, and accessories that are both glamorous and elegant, can all make your home feel like a palace.

New Light Fittings

In winter, a lot of the day is dark. So you want to have your home filled with light. One way you could do that is by getting a new light fitting. Have you ever thought of something like a chandelier? They don’t have to be super expensive or ostentatious. It would particularly well in a room like the dining room. They just add so much light and sparkle as they are bit like having lots of tiny mirrors in the room. They make a unique feature in the room.

A cheaper alternative to a new light fitting would be to change the bulbs that you currently use. By getting some that have a brighter lumen or higher wattage, this will make the world of difference to a room. There is nothing better on these grey days!

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Add a New Carpet or Rug

One definite way to add a luxury touch to your room is in your choice of carpet. A quality carpet can quite literally change the look of the whole room, particularly if you go for something in a neutral colour with a thick, super soft style. A luxury style carpet can make a room cosier and feel warmer, and works especially well in a bedroom.

If you don’t want to change your whole carpet, then a rug can make a room look like new. It can just be a small one or you could go for a larger option, that covers most of the floor. Going for a bright colour, like a pink rug, would stand out. Choose a colour that compliments the rest of the room, though, or else the effect will be more jarring than stunning.

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Add Actual Sparkles

Have you ever thought of doing a bit of DIY and adding sparkles to accessories to your home? Done in the right way, it can look so good. You would just need a glue gun and some diamantes, and then you’re away. Some things that could benefit from a bit of added sparkle include lamps, towel rails, or draw handles. Whenever the light hits, they will just shine.

Go for Metals and Mirrors

What is shiny? Metals and mirrors of course! Using more mirrors in rooms can make the room look so much bigger. It will also reflect the light, making it brighter and shinier. Regarding fixtures and fittings, opt for metallic options. Candle holders and lamps can be scattered around the house, all adding shine and sparkle.

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Think about Tiling

The kitchen and bathroom are some of the most-used rooms in the home, Could the tiles do with a sparkly update? You could just choose to replace a few, every few rows, to go for a unique design. If replacing the tiles is too much of a big step for you, could the splashback be replaced? This could be sparkly tiles or one large stainless steel sheet. It will make the kitchen look completely different.
I hope this has given you some ideas to get creative and make some changes in your home in the new year. There is a lot that I want to do so I best get planning!

How to Create a Beautiful Home with Timeless Appeal

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A classic or timeless home does not follow trends. It resists the urge to accommodate the latest fads. Instead, it relies on an understated design that is both functional and stylish. It is present and enduring. It also remains relevant to the family through updates and affordable home improvements that help retain the character but ensure the house is somewhere comfortable to live.

Follow these simple tips to create a beautiful home with timeless appeal.

Remain Faithful to the Architecture

Classic homes remain faithful to their architecture and surroundings. The interior design should complement the structure and architecture of the building. Look for natural materials and textures such as wood, stone and linen. This should be replicated in the decor and furniture. For example, leather sofas will stand the test of time and will improve with age.

Follow the design ‘theme’ throughout your home, in all rooms.

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But Expand if You need to

A beautiful extension in the form of a conservatory can help to add space to your home that you can then use as a study, a summer room or a playroom. A tradition of glasshouses in the past means that a conservatory can actually add a vintage character to your home, and give you a lovely space for your expanding family.

Muted or Neutral Walls

Decorating walls in a muted or neutral colour scheme allows them to blend into the background. Opt for plain, painted walls rather than wallpaper. They do not draw attention. Instead, the focus is on the furniture and accessories of the room. These colours tend to have a lasting appeal and will be as relevant tomorrow as they are today. Complement them with luxury flooring that is long-lasting and elegant.

Of course, there are timeless apartments and homes that incorporate bolder colours. However, these hues are a little harder to work with in this context. There are no hard and fast rules.

Windows and Doors

Windows and doors can add to the timeless appeal of your home, but they also help to ensure that your home is secure and energy efficient. So much of the homes heat is lost through poor windows and draughts around doors, so these are home improvements that are well worth making.

Form and Function

If your design is to last for years to come, then the items within it need to be functional. It’s not all about aesthetics. A home is somewhere to live. It is a place to cook, relax, sleep, etc. Therefore, it should be suitable for that purpose. When choosing furniture select items that are comfortable and hard-wearing.
Understated

When thinking about a timeless or classic look, employ the term ‘understated’. Your design shouldn’t be big and brash. And it shouldn’t shout or be boastful. This doesn’t mean that it needs to be boring. Pick items that blend effortlessly into the room.

Mix Styles

Experiment with different styles. Don’t feel restricted to one style, mix and match. For example, an antique clock can work well alongside modern artwork. Introducing items from different eras ensures you’re not favouring one particular period. The trick is to make sure it all works well together.

Pay Attention to Light

Make the light work for you. In small spaces throw open the window areas and remove blinds. Allow as much natural light in as possible. Use light according to function. In the bathroom where you put on your makeup focus light around the mirror. Make sure it is lit from either side and from above. This will eliminate shadows. In the dining area, focus the light on the dining room table.

Change the position and height of light sources. Mix overhead lights, floor lamps and table lamps. Use dimmers to change the ambience of the room.

Adhering to fads and trends can lead to your interiors looking dated over time. Creating a classic and enduring look will ensure your home remains current and appealing. It needn’t be stripped back or boring. It can remain faithful to your style and taste. Opt for designs that you know have stood the test of time. Build it up slowly and ensure it is functional. Think style, rather than fashion.