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2014 Design Trend Update by Di Vapor

Here at Di Vapor we try our very best to keep on eye with what’s on trend, without focusing purely on the bathroom space. Knowing what styles people look for around the home can often reflect certain trends that can appear in bathroom design.

The growing popularity for glass shower enclosures generated the introduction of two new cabinets, The Verona & The Venice, meeting the need of glass construction throughout with modern design. Glass as a material keeps natural light as a priority, keeping rooms bright and welcoming. The need to keep our living spaces open and alight is reflected on a few trends that have taken hold this year.

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LIGHTING

Having a well lit living space is something we all consider when it comes to home design, but sometimes we can often miss even the most basic principles. An ongoing trend that has fast tracked it’s way to the top is the need for professional lighting consultants. Experts with years of experience can take the space that you’re working with and maximise your lighting options, taking full advantage of the natural light available within the room.  They can also advise on which light systems would suit your space best, whilst considering the best possible energy efficient option.

MATERIALS

Recent figures have shown that a rising demand in the use of manmade materials throughout the home has drastically impacted the number of options available to work with. In addition, manmade materials are often customisable, making them work well within your requirements at very little cost. New resin technology allows any base material to be wrapped in a 3mm thick liquid cement that sets silky smooth, remaining cool to the touch whilst visually maintaining warm natural stone tones.

Kerlite is another manmade material wonder offering heatproof & acid proof properties whilst maintaining a high level of tensile strength. This non pourous material makes it a superbly versatile option for a surface top or splashback. Furthermore, the manufacturing process allows for a number of different shapes and sizes – No design is too extreme.

GLAZING & GLASS

We’ve seen it used in modern housing developments, replacing walls and supports for maximum light coverage – Using large glazed glass panels has quickly becoming a key trend for both the kitchen and bathroom. Large bi-folding glass doors to a kitchen allow for plenty of natural light to pour in, whilst offering an attractive entrance to a garden space.  Using glass as a divider within a room such as the bathroom helps to divide the floor space without interrupting the flow of natural light. The rising use of glass as a feature over the last decade has quickly  become a staple trend, set to continue strong throughout 2014.

COLOUR SPLASH

Current colour trends demonstrate the desire for natural colour tones pairs with blue & grey as supporting base colours. Accent pieces are back offering the more daring designer a chance to be loud without being too harsh.  A splash of lime green or ruby red can quickly raise the mood of a room, whilst also offering a unique way to highlight small features.  For a flawless tried-and-tested way of introducing colour,  combine light neutral colours with a bright colour offering.

 

 

Food Combination is key!

Latest research has shown how the the combination of certain food products and groups can provide the body with more bang for your buck. Why not try some of the following food pairings the next time your visiting the supermarket, and try to introduce them into your diet.

See what effect these clever combinations have on your lifestyle:

  • Green Tea & Lemon Juice – Green tea is a great warming alternative to the average cup of “joe” – Combine this with the rich vitamin C packed  juice of a lemon, grapefruit or lime to help breakdown the heart-protecting oxidants found in the tea, known as catechins. Breaking them down makes it easier for your body to absorb them quicker, taking full advantage of all the good stuff.
  • Tomatoes & Beans – Our bodies find it difficult to absorb iron from beans and leafy greens when compared to red meat and other protein rich foods. The key lies in vitamin C which helps to make iron easier to digest. Try to combine iron packed kidney beans with vitamin C rich tomatoes to gain the full benefits.
  • Yogurt & Banana – If like us you find yourself aching after an exercise routine, try to combine carbs with protein to help speed effective muscle recovery. This common combination helps to increase the production of insulin, which causes muscles to soak up repairing nutrients.
  • Fish & Wine – Research from Italy found that women who consumed a glass of red or white wine a day were found to have higher levels of healthy omega 3 fats. Why not try combining omega 3 rich, oily fish such as salmon with a glass of red or white wine to help increase your healthy fat absorption.
  • Apples & Raspberries – Raspberries are rich in ellagic acid which helps to enhance the ability of quercetin – an antioxidant found in apples. Combine the two to increase your intake of the quercetin – a cancer fighting antioxidant.

Kevin McClouds top 5 green tips

As more and more homeowners begin to make the subtle shift towards eco living, many “off the shelf” products now make it even easier to make your home eco-friendly. With the upcoming Grand Designs Live exhibition being held in Birmingham at the NEC, Kevin McCloud reveals his 5 top tips towards making your home greener!

Getting Started

  • How do I get started? If your wondering what to do and what not to do in your quest to becoming the leading eco-warrior on your street, start by grabbing yourself a copy of Little Book of One Planet Living by Alastair Sawday. This book cleverley demonstrates how eco living can provide more choice and not less, whilst giving a key insight into sustainability and reusing everyday materials.

Reduce your energy usage

  • In order to green your home, the primary objective is to reduce the amount of energy it consumes. A simple, cheap and effective way to get started is to to go around every door and window sealing off any draughts. You can purchase  many different vareities from your local DIY store, and the results can be simply astonishing.

Use planet friendly products

  • Insulate, insulate and insulate! Double insulatation in the attic area is crucial in reducing heat loss from your home. Heat rises when inside a building, so be sure to keep it inside your building to reduce your overall energy bills. Ecowool is made from recycled plastic bottles, whilst Blackwool is made from Welsh sheepswool. Great planet friendly alternatives to the usual stuff!

Utilise an electricity monitor

  • Cut your overall energy consumption by fitting an electricity monitor – You’ll be surprised which devices in your home drink the most juice! Standby switches are useful to electronics such as TV’s, and if you looking to change supplier head towards Ecotricity or Good Energy. Aerator taps in your kitchen and bathroom will save you water, along with varible flush toilet cisterns.

Keep the heat in

  • Thick curtains or shutters for your windows will keep heat in and cold out. Even poorly fitted, cheap shutters can have a dramatic effect towards keeping heat inside your home, whilst offering increased security also.

Head over to Grand Designs Live this October 2010 – Will you be going?

Source: Grand Designs Live

Home Improvement Getting Greener.

It’s a well known fact that the environment has become an important, key issue in today’s modern society. People are recycling more, driving more eco-friendly cars and turning TVs off standby. This ‘eco-fever’ is passing over to the home improvement sector, with consumers considering the environment when purchasing that new kitchen or bathroom. 

A recent survey carried out by the KBSA showed the following:

  • 25% stated that their buying decision would be effected by the retailer’s environmental policies.
  • 41% stated that energy ratings of appliances is a very important factor when purchasing such products.
  • 37% stated is was important that wood used by manufacturers was obtained from sustainable sources. 

It seems that more and more of us are considering our planet before deciding on final plans for our homes.

Give yourselves a pat on the back!