Roll out the Red carpet for Beyond Bathrooms Awards 2016

This is a very exciting time of year with awards season fully in progress. We have seen the glitz and glamour from the Golden Globes, Grammys and SAG awards 2016 and have the OSCARS still to look forward to - awarding the best in the business for their hard work and efforts.

Here at Beyond Bathrooms we had award season fever and decided to have our own ceremony.  Looking at some of the best bathroom products and suppliers in the industry and awarding our top picks.

Awards:

The Wow Factor Award

Winner: Ambiance Bain

Quote from Ambiance Bain “a collection of bathroom furniture designed to integrate effortlessly with the flow of modern life, focusing on quality and ergonomics with a touch of fantasy”.

With ranges such as Glamour, Dolce and City it’s not hard to see why we love these stand out designs.  From shimmer worktops to beautiful gloss finishes and unique designs each piece will certainly bring a wow factor to your bathroom.

Most Luxurious Bath Award

Winner: Waters Baths

With a collection of minimalist yet elegant designs in natural stone or acrylic we love these stunning baths and think they not only make the ideal place to relax but will also be the center piece of any bathroom.

Perfect Showering Award

Winner:  Aqua blade Shower Head VADO

Slim line, sleek, stylish and available in a variety of shapes and sizes we think this makes a stunning shower.

Best Accessory Award

Winner:  Ambiance Bain Dolce mirror

With colour changing LED light strips providing smooth transitions between eye catching colours this accessory will really enhance your bathroom.   From blue to red, green to pink there is a colour for all moods.

Breakthrough Supplier Award                                   

Winner:  Ideal Standard

We love the new Sottini and Tonic II ranges available from Ideal Standard.  Each piece is unique, a work of art and truly a design statement.

Stylish Storage Award                                                   

Winner:   Utopia

We love the storage options available from Utopia, and think they win on not just style but also practicality, with slow close mechanisms on the drawers enabling an effortless opening and closing.

Most Innovative Technology Award       

Winner:  Ideal Standard Aquablade technology WC

With its top notch, rimless design making cleaning effortless and hygiene a top priority this is definitely a winner in bathroom technology.

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Best Bathroom Heating Award

Winner: Bisque Chime Towel Radiator

We love it because of its highly polished stainless steel, chunky rails and stylish yet practical design.  This is a winner in designer heating and perfect for any bathroom.

So there are our winners.  Just a little bit of fun but also a way to showcase the high quality and latest in designer bathroom products that Beyond Bathrooms has available.

 

Enjoy your weekend!

 

The Beyond Bathroom Team

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From Bathroom to Spa Room

We all need a bit of relaxation every now and then, especially over the festive period where we are busy dashing about Christmas shopping or partying the night away!

A relaxing spa day is often a nice thought but take the cost, travel and time into account and it’s not always the most convenient option.

The perfect place to start is at home with a nice hot bath so we’ve put together a few top tips of how to turn your bathroom into a ‘spa’ room including some home-made treatments. 

Relax

Nothing sets the tone quite like mood lighting.  So turn down the lights, light a few candles and place around your bathroom, particularly around the tub. Then use an aromatherapy burner and indulge your senses with one of these stress relieving scents:

  • Lavender: Known for its relaxation and healing abilities, the scent of Lavender can help achieve a state of serenity by reducing the heart rate and blood pressure.  It is also traditionally used for aiding sleep.
  • Ylang Ylang: Native to Indonesia and the Philippines, Ylang Ylang is uplifting for mind and body and can help calm both the nerves and the heart.
  • Frankincense:  With its comforting, warm, exotic aroma, Frankincense has been used since biblical times for stress relief.

Unwind

Fill the room with your favourite sound.  Whether its classical, jazz, spa or even whale song, when it comes to music it’s pretty much down to personal taste.  Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies. Slow paced, easy to follow music is great for slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure and decreasing stress levels.

Indulge

Bring the spa to you and indulge in some essential oils great for nourishing the skin and boosting your mood.  Here are some of our favourites:

  • Cinnamon:  The smell of Christmas itself!  A few drops of cinnamon essential oil in your bath can help relieve stress, boost your mood and generally make you feel more positive.  Plus the steam from the bath will help it to distribute.
  • Tangerine: A fantastic scent to help relieve anxiety and perfect for making a homemade body scrub.  Combine equal parts of sugar and olive oil with two drops of tangerine oil.
  • Ginger:  Known for its anti -inflammatory properties  ginger is great for reliving aches and pains and can improve circulation.
  • Sweet basil: A great remedy for stress and headaches. This refreshing oil is perfect for focusing your thoughts.
  • Jasmine sambac:  Rejuvenating, sensual and up lifting. This oil is perfect for relaxing the body and stimulating the senses (plus it’s a renowned aphrodisiac)!

Did you know...

You can even find things in your store cupboard that you might find in a spa.  For example, sea salt, which can be bought in any supermarket is used in many traditional skin scrubs and can draw impurities from the body and help clear skin.  For a real penny saver, Baking Soda can provide relief for irritated skin and help clear stubborn and prevalent blemishes.

We’ve tried a few of these tips ourselves and we hope we’ve given you some new ideas of how to turn your bathroom into a spa room.

Let us know if you try any of these tips or if you have your own top tips then please feel free to share them on our Facebook page.

Happy relaxing!

The Beyond Bathrooms team

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Maximising your bathroom space

Remember a bathroom should first and foremost be practical and functional to meet everyone s needs but it should also be a space to relax.

Here are our top tips designed to get you thinking about your own bathroom…whether you’re looking to completely re design your space or maximise what you already have.

 

Bathroom Storage

Storage is probably the most important aspect of any bathroom...or any room in the house come to think of it.  A cluttered bathroom will only make your space appear even smaller.

  • Choose a basin and toilet which incorporates internal storage drawers and cupboards to utilise the otherwise unused space below.  This not only looks stylish but will give you a place to hide away all your bathroom toiletries and towels.
  • Many basin units also come with co-ordinated cabinets.  For maximum storage chose a tall tower unit with shelving.  These may be slim line but trust us when we say they accommodate a HUGE amount of stuff.
  • A Mirrored cabinet will also provide handy storage as well as making the space feel bigger.
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It’s just an illusion

Simple tricks to create the illusion of space are sometimes all a bathroom needs.

  • Effective mood lighting or an illuminated mirror for example can help to highlight every corner of the room.
  • A large mirror can also provide the illusion of extra space, reflecting the room around you and adding light and space to your bathroom.
  • Think about colour.  Lighter units and tiles will instantly make a room seem bigger.  Large tiles and horizontal patterns will also give the appearance of width.
  • Glossy finishes will reflect the light.
  • Rounded or curved units reduce the overall projection into the room as well creating a softer feel to a bathroom.
  • Even a lick of paint in a lighter shade will help give the impression of more space.

 

Compact bathroom solutions

There are many products out there which are specifically designed to work in a smaller space.

  • Short projection toilets which help to maximise on floor space.
  • Slim line basins and reduced depth units.
  • Corner basin units which are especially useful in small bathrooms or en suites and also provide much needed storage.
  • Shower baths which offer both the option of a relaxing bath or invigorating shower in one.
  • Space saving baths which taper off at one end particularly useful to fit around problem areas such as doorways and windows.
  • Bi fold or sliding showers doors which do not impact on the available space around the bathroom unlike typically hinged doors which open out into the bathroom.
  • Quadrant shower trays which are more space efficient than rectangular or square.
  • Anything wall hung to maximise on floor space as the more further into the room your eye can see the bigger it will feel.
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We particularly love the Concept Collection from Ideal Standard available at Beyond Bathrooms.  With many products shaped to fit even the smallest or most awkward space the concept range has a number of compact solutions in an array of finishes and sizes.

 

So take these tips and make the most of your space however best works for you.

If you have any tips to share yourself let us know through our social media pages and don’t forget to share this story!

The Beyond Bathrooms Team.

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