The Le Acque tub is a limited edition product designed by Claudio Silvestrin. We like its organic form and the overall natural, raw appearance. This is a tub with a lot of character and with great potential to become a statement piece. Stone bathtubs are high-end and sophisticated and have designs that usually try to capture the beauty and uniqueness of the material they're made of as best as possible. We're so impressed by the looks that we often forget to consider the practical side of such a product. For example, this is Boat 50, an oval tub made out of a hollowed stone block. It weighs 500 kg and it requires special so make sure you learn how to clean and maintain it to avoid damage.
Replacing the mirror and/or door handles can also make a difference, as can seemingly small touches such as the hand towels. If you're on a budget but want to do more-serious work, for example replacing fittings and fixtures, we would only advise DIY if you know what you're doing, or you could end up having to pay more to get things fixed than you would have if you'd hired a professional in the first place. Always check that what you're doing complies with current building regulations. If you decide to hire a professional to fit the bathroom you have chosen, get quotes from three suppliers. If the retailer you're buying your bathroom or fittings from offers to fit it too, compare the installation costs on offer to those of another local fitter – 42% of people in our survey found their bathroom installer themselves as opposed to 30% who used an installer from the company they bought the bathroom from. 9% of those who found and used their own installer did so because the quote they got was cheaper.
What are some ideas for bathroom walls and floors? Floor to ceiling tiles in a bathroom have gained popularity in recent years because they are easy to clean and maintain, unlike paint, which needs to be refreshed as the years roll on. In terms of flooring, tiles aren't the only option these days. Wood and concrete are charming and easy to maintain, and give off a totally different vibe. Concrete is perfect for those who want a bathroom that is at the height of minimalist design, whereas wood is better suited to a more classic, rustic theme. Both of these flooring types can be translated into the other rooms of the house, too. Bathroom wallpaper has also made a big comeback! There are now many wallpaper coverings available that can withstand the humid and wet conditions of a bathroom. Get inspired with colours to use from browsing through our photos of bathroom ideas.
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