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.

Transform Your Bedroom From Fab To Drab!

Summer is just around the corner, and with that in mind, I’m looking at a few Summer resolutions, which you can spruce up your home as June rolls around. In particular, you may find your bedroom needs a bit of TLC in order to make it your dream space.

I have been working with Laura Ashley who have been looking at the key ideas for bedroom transformation for 2018 and have produced some key tips when it comes to bedroom design.

Now, in this post I am going to expand on some ideas to turn your bedroom into your personal sanctuary.

Eliminate all distractions

Sometimes a lot of us find we suffer from lack of sleep – and much of this can be down to having so many distractions in our bedroom. Of course, we’re not suggesting you get rid of your eye candy partner, but rather the digital distractions – smartphones, tablets, laptops and televisions should all be eliminated. This is a bedroom, not a university common room – make it a place of sleep.

 Give your bed some va-va voom

Does your mattress feel like a bed of nails? Does your headboard resemble something from the Depression era? Your bed is the central focus of your room so you need to make it look as appealing as possible. This doesn’t necessarily mean purchasing a whole new suite – you can even jazz it up with something as simple as a headboard. A beautiful metal headboard in chrome can completely change the look of your bed.

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Create the illusion of space

If you’re not blessed with the luxury of extra space, you can make your bedroom look all the bigger by employing a few tips. First off, consider painting or papering your room in brighter colours, which instantly open up a room. Second, think about the first thing your eye is drawn to when you enter the room – is it something big and bulky? Try moving furniture to have smaller items as the point of focus, which will create the illusion of freeing up extra space.

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Make a personal dresser

This is the room where you’ll inevitably be primping and preening yourself, so you should make an effort to have this area of the bedroom looking organised. Put in a cheap dressing table, even if it’s just a side table, and arrange your products neatly around the mirror. Keep it far from the bed if you can to avoid any accidents.

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Add those individual touches

This is particularly fitting if you’re co-habiting with a significant other. While distractions are a no-no, there’s nothing wrong with having a few photos around the place. You could get creative and add some quirky photo frames around the place, filled with personal photos of your favourite memories.

 

Adding Light To Your Home

Whether you are showcasing your home in order to sell it, looking to increase the sell on value, or just improving the look and style to improve your quality of life, adding light to your home is always a good, positive thing. Dark and dreary rooms can not only leave your home looking in a less than perfect light, they can also affect your mood and productivity.In this post I am going to be looking at some of the ways you can improve the quality of light in your home, both through adding natural light, and through cheats that just make rooms seem brighter.

Lantern Roofs

Lantern roofs are a brilliant way to help light flood into your home. They can be added to any room of structure that has a flat roof, and are commonly used on conservatories, but can also work on ground floor extensions to create a version of a summer house in your home. Lantern roofs may add all that light, but you needn’t be worried about them bringing in extra cold, nor unwanted outside noise. Most are made from advanced double glazing which keeps out both cold and noise and makes them energy efficient. They look amazing, adding a real architectural feature to your home, and certainly add the light you were looking for.

Adding a Conservatory

Any size of conservatory can add a light, airy space to your home. A conservatory could be great as a playroom that leads straight onto the garden, or a dining/entertainment space which makes the most of natural light. Conservatories can be a way of creating space that you need for a growing family, and even if space is tight, i.e. on a terraced house, you might be able to create a utility space that may make your current kitchen feel more spacious.

Change your windows

Are your windows giving you the maximum amount of light? When I moved into my home, our front reception room , which we intended to use as a dining room, had a small bay window. This was fine in terms of giving me a large space to display a vase and picture frames, but not so good in the amount of light it allowed into the room. We decided to improve this by changing the bay to a large sash picture window. The change was unbelievable, with the room now flooded with natural light that now makes it one of our favourite rooms, particularly as the room is self facing. You need to look carefully at your current windows. It may be a simple change that can improve the whole light and ambience of a whole room.

Choose Your Colours Wisely

When it comes to decorating, the colours you choose could make a lot of difference when it comes to the mood and brightness of a room. Recently dark coloured accent walls have become a trend, but these do darken the look of a room, although they can look very stylish. Neutral shades of cream, white, magnolia and beige can not only be a blank canvas, but they are light and airy, so if you do opt for the accent wall, make sure it is balanced by lighter shades.

Darker furniture, including sofas and chairs, and anything in dark wood, also needs to be balanced. Think of all those Victorian sittting rooms filled with dark furniture and heavy chintz fabrics, and you can see why soft, floaty cushions, light coloured blinds and bright coloured prints are essential if the larger pieces of furniture edge towards the darker side. Another great feature to have is a large mirror, this will not only give the illusion of light, but one of space as well.

Check out your lightbulbs

Many people have switched to energy saving bulbs in recent years, hoping to save on bills and help the environment, but there have also been complaints about the dimness of the light that these can give off. We have recently switched to LED bulbs as an alternative. These are not only energy saving (thus helping to save on those ever rising bills) and longer lasting, not needing to be changed quite as often, but they also create an instant brightness.

If you want the best of both worlds, a light that is instantly bright, but can also be dimmed, maybe in a children’s room, or the living room where you want a softer light in the evening, you can also get dimmer versions of the LED light.

What measures have you used to improve the light in your homw?