Designers’ top tips for creating luxe bathrooms

The bathroom – no longer simply a functional room, but more often a space to unwind, pamper yourself and retreat. From old-school glamour to marbled opulence or sophisticated and streamlined designs, there are countless ways to transform the bathroom into a luxurious and glamorous place of indulgence.

OLD WORLD GLAMOUR

The elegant and eye-catching black and white tiles add a touch of old-school glamour to this en suite bathroom, with the deep cast iron black clawfoot bath a bold focal point. Brushed metal brass fittings complete the traditional look.

en suite bathroom Classic black and white tiles meet crisp white walls and brass fittings for a look of sophistication in this en suite bathroom.

graphic tile mosaic A floor to ceiling graphic tile mosaic is a powerful statement piece that adds the ‘wow’ factor.

A graphic tile design can create an immediate impact in a bathroom. These glass mosaic tiles not only add colour and pattern to the sophisticated design, they are a dramatic showpiece.

white fluffy robes Two white fluffy robes deliver a ‘spa-like’ vibe.

Being able to look outdoors while privately soaking in this deep free-standing bath adds to the feeling of indulgent relaxation.

LIGHT FANTASTIC

Statement lighting such as a sparkling chandelier or pendant can give an instant glitzy appeal, as this Wellington bathroom demonstrates. “Add a beautiful framed mirror to reflect light back into the room,” says its interior designer Bridget Foley.

sparkling chandelier

Interior designers Bridget Foley and Natalie Du Bois give their expert tips on how to add a touch of glamour to the bathroom:

Bridget Foley says:

* Bring in sparkle with mirrors that bounce light.

* Add accessories in metallic colours, such as silver bowls to hold jewellery, or a beaten copper tray.

* Invest in little extras, such as liquid soap in a beautiful dispenser and plenty of fresh puffy towels.

* Don’t let a glam bathroom down with supermarket packaging.

* Glossy surfaces (rather than matt) also work to bounce light around the room and make the space feel more lavish.

* Hide as much clutter as possible with clever storage – there’s no need to display toilet rolls and toothbrushes.

* Splash out on hardwearing, timeless surfaces like marble and Caesarstone – it’s a false economy to cut corners as water and steam will eventually mean cheaper products need replacing.

Natalie Du Bois says:

* Incorporate some soft touches, such as an upholstered ottoman alongside the bath.

* Brushed-steel tapware is a deluxe take on standard chrome.

* Opt for a sculpted, curvaceous shape rather than straight lines.

* Where possible, build in recessed niches for candles or individual flowers in a vase.

* A rain-head shower rose, built into the ceiling (with its own lighting incorporated) lends blissful opulence.

Source: stuff.co.nz

Vastu tips for your kitchen

‘Vastu Shastra’ or the old Indian investigation of engineering, for guaranteeing satisfaction and success of the occupants of the house has not lost its appeal even in the present day times.

The majority of the cutting edge homes are planned as per the standards of Vastu. The kitchen is a standout amongst the most imperative part of the house and the essential contributing element in the general well being and prosperity of the inhabitants. The feeling of placidness escapes the kitchen as it is continually humming with vitality, discussions and scents.

The best possible use of Vastu changes the complete confusion encompassing the kitchen into positive vitality. Sustenance is the wellspring of our vitality, and it is essential for it to be nutritious. However, other than that ‘Vastu Shastra’ sets out specific rules with respect to the outline of the kitchen that guarantees a glad supper and a more content life. Following are few Vastu tips you ought to take after while planning your kitchen:

The position of the kitchen

The position of the kitchen should not be under or above the puja room, toilet or bedroom. It should ideally be in the South-East corner of the main building or flat. The main kitchen platform should be in the East or South-East corner of the house and the stove or gas burner should be placed in the South-East, a few inches away from the wall and not right in front of the main door of the kitchen. If there is a dining table in the kitchen it should ideally be placed in the North-West or the West side.

kitchen

Wash Basin Position

The wash bowl of the stage ought to be in the north-east corner beyond what many would consider possible. The pitcher for the drinking water and related utensils ought to be put in the North-East or the North side of the kitchen.

wash bowl

Storage Area

With regards to the storage wherein you store utensils and different products, it ought to be situated at the Southern or Western dividers.

Western dividers

Types of Walls

The flooring should ideally be wall claddings or natural stones.  It is better to choose natural stones as they last longer than most others.

flooring

Cleanliness

The kitchen should be cleaned absolutely around evening time and every utensil should be washed, as, unclean utensils pull in flies and undesirable illnesses.

utensils

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