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6 Bathroom Trends of 2014 to help you stay on track

Here at the Healthy Hideout we would like to wish all of our readers a very Happy New Year and prosperous 2014! We’ve decided to take a look at the top 6 bathroom trends that will sweep through homes across the nation, so if you’re short for inspiration on your renovation, keep on reading.

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1. Vintage-style Fittings

They’ve been around for a long time, but the addition of second hand vintage fixtures and fittings can bring a much needed warmth of nostalgia to any room. With the 1920’s at the forefront of most bathroom renovations (think high wall mounted cisterns with a pull chain), you can be sure to see Buckingham Palace style elegance popping up on wanted lists.

2. Rimless WC’s

With a very much quiet introduction into the UK marketplace over the last few months, rimless WC’s are poised to make an impact on UK bathroom design. With a wealth of attractive designs, rimless WC’s are more hygienic & easier to clean when compared to conventional WC’s.

3. Frameless Shower Enclosures

When given the opportunity to install a frameless shower enclosure, many would find it hard to say no. Sleek seamless design combined with unobtrusive doors (or lack thereof) can make quickly transform a standard looking bathroom into a contemporary home spa haven.

4. Colourwatch – Monochrome

We saw a lot of pastel colours last year, complimenting the uprising trend of “up-cycled” vintage furniture. We predict that colour may take a bold turn in 2014, reverting to the ever reliable boldness that a monochrome black & white palette can bring.

5. Texture & Materials

There’s been a strong prominence of gloss finishes in both bathrooms & kitchens over the last decide, but the abundance of matt finish options available for everything from tiles to kitchen worktops points towards another design shift for 2014. Other popular finishes & textures include linen & wood grain – great for feature walls or natural work surfaces.

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What do you think will be big in bathroom design this year? Be sure to tweet us your feedback @divapor – We’d love to hear from you.

Keep your house skin friendly!

It is little known fact that almost a fifth of the UK population along with one in twelve adults now have eczema, with half of the adult population being victim to mild skin allergies. One of the main reasons for this is down to “triggers” found around the house – some of them you wouldn’t even think of. It’s easy to keep these “triggers” under control, whilst helping to keep your house a healthy living environment.

Work to keep the sleeping areas free of dust mites!

Work to keep the sleeping areas free of dust mites!

Take a look at the Healthy Hideout’s top five places to find preventable causes of common skin conditions:

  • Living room / Lounge – Soft furnishings gather dust mites in the seams, so hoover these areas regularly. Mites can a huge problem for eczema suffers, feeding on dead skin cells found across all surfaces – The droppings caused by the mites can trigger eczema reactions. Try leather covered furniture as it makes difficult for the mites to stay hidden. Keep surfaces clear of dust, and hoover the carpet (if you have one) regularly.
  • Kitchen – Many kitchen cleaning products and sprays contain bleach which can irritate the skin and eyes. Replace these with natural organic products such as vinegar or soda based products. Always wear protective gloves when dealing with  cleaning agents. When buying washing detergent, stick to non-bio products – Try to utilise a double rinse cycle to ensure as much of the detergent is washed out.
  • Children’s Areas – Soft toys and play mats should be washed regularly as they can quickly become a safe haven for dust and their mite followers. Keep mats from the tops of beds to stop the mites from possibly spreading to the sleeping areas.
  • Bedrooms – It may not seem obvious, but it’s important to not keep the bedroom too warm. Mites thrive off 16 – 24 degree heat so keep the bedrooms well ventilated. Utilise anti-allergy mattress covers and look to wash your bedding weekly. Any bedding that’s over a week old can be a safe haven for mites and other unwelcome critters.
  • Bathrooms – Like the bedroom, look to keep your bathroom well ventilated whilst drying towels outside to keep humidity levels down. Try to use natural cleaning products that don’t break down the top layer of your skin when washing in the shower or bath.

An insight into Planning Permission.

When looking to increase the value of your home the obvious solution is to look at extending your overall floor space. Although renovating the kitchen or bathroom will add appeal and value, the percentage increases are incomparable when extending your building size. Many wannabe self builders tend to fall at the first hurdle when gaining planning permission, so it’s important to know what to look for so you don’t get caught out.

Many self builders tend to view the planning officers as the bad guys – the people who prevent the homeowner from building what they want, where they want whilst spoiling plans with disputes and delays. Although in some cases this is true, there are instances where the planning officers have made poor final decisions or gone on a bit of a power trip. However, from another angle the planning offer can be viewed as the self builder’s friend – an expert who can help with useful advice and tips regarding your original plan.

A golden rule to remember when considering a particular plot is to speak to the local council or planning department before handing in your final application. In many cases, they can offer guidance on design approaches that are likely to be accepted, which can be interpreted by your architect to suit your needs more closely – a task which many architects should be well qualified to complete. The planning register is a priceless source of information – Find yourself an architect or designer who has been consistently successful.

By developing a good relationship with your planning officer, you should be able to gather enough information on how your proposal is likely to be viewed. With most issues seemingly straightforward to resolve, such as height restrictions imposed to prevent looking over neighbouring properties, it’s important to remember that all restrictions are open to interpretation.

Lighting up your home!

When renovating your home, ensuring that enough natural light gets into the darker areas can be a difficult task without spending excessive amounts. The following five tips are worth considering if your looking to open up your space:

  • Open up the south-side facing side of your home as much as possible, and ensure that the rooms that are used most frequently, such as the kitchen or bathroom, are placed within this area. This will ensure that you take full advantage of the days natural light.
  • When choosing internal doors, try to utilise glass panelled designs to allow light to naturally flow between rooms around the home.
  • Installing sky lights in flat roofs and extensions to bring in top light can be one of the strongest ways of brightening a darker area.
  • Although it may seem obvious, avoid using dark colours when decorating interior spaces. Brighter colours will reflect light around a room whereas a dark colour will absorb the light.
  • Utilise bi-folding doors at the back of your home to make the space feel bigger and brighter. Having the ability to open these doors makes a huge difference to the quality of light entering the room.

Source: Grand Designs Live Magazine – Oct 2009