Your bathroom or shower room should be functional and practical, but also a place where you can unwind. Read on for tips and advice on how to strike the best balance. Whether you have a small or large bathroom, you'll want to get the best for your money. That's why we surveyed Which? members to find out what they thought of the big bathroom brands they've used, including Bathstore, Victoria Plum, Homebase and B&Q. Visit our guide to the best bathroom brands to find out which came top for quality of products and finish, customer service and value for money. Bathrooms come in all shapes and sizes, as do the budgets to create them. Whether you're putting together an en suite from scratch or revamping a wet room, the most important thing to think about first and foremost is who will use the bathroom and how, as this will affect how you design it.
If you're not sure you can afford an entirely new bathroom, there are ways to give your existing one a fresh new look on a budget and without replacing the sanitary ware (the toilet, bath, sink and shower). First, you'll need to do a thorough clean. If the grouting is mouldy, try using a specialist cleaning product, available from supermarkets and DIY stores. If that doesn't work, buy an anti-mould grout-reviving pen, which you can get in black or white depending on the colour of your grouting. If you choose to redo the grouting altogether, use a sealer that will help prevent staining and mould growth in the future. To help prevent the mould coming back, try to leave the bathroom window open after showering or, if there isn't a window, install an extractor fan and leave the door open when you leave the room. If you are lucky enough to have a cast-iron bath but the ceramic covering has started to crack, consider buying a resurfacing kit or hiring someone to do a professional job for you, rather than replacing it. When you come to sell your home, buyers tend to rate period features.
Of course, injecting some of your own style into the bathroom doesn't have to be limited to wall coverings or accessories. Fleurco‘s tub features a print on the outside. While this one was designed to be a promotional item, highlighting the company's style and quality, it opens the door to design ideas that are uniquely your own when it comes to designing a singular bathroom retreat for your home. Options for bathroom surfaces have also expanded, giving homeowners more choice in types style, look and durability. Vicostone, is an engineered stone made from up to 93% pure natural quartz aggregates. The stone is combined with a polymer resin and color powder, making it harder, more durable and lower maintenance than many natural stones. Here, it is shown as a tub surround in a design that adds plenty of space for bathing necessities. The rapid pace of technology and evolving styles continue to change the look of bathrooms. Trends may come and go, but they are all leaving their mark on the level of style and functionality that we expect from a bathroom, compared to the days when the newest fixtures were all we needed.
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