Ideas for New Bathrooms

Lighting

If the bathroom has a high ceiling, it may be possible to recess lighting above a false ceiling. Some shaving mirrors have lights incorporated. Strip lights can be concealed behind curtain pelmets or under cupboards.

All lights must be controlled by pull switches. Wall switches are illegal in bathrooms. If elderly or infirm people or small children use the bathroom,, it is desirable to incorporate a low-wattage light fitting which can be left on all night.

Surfaces

All surfaces in the bathroom should be easy to clean as well as decorative. Wall surfaces are available in a choice including plain and decorative ceramic tiles, wood panelling, cork sheeting, cork tiles, washable wallpaper, laminate and paint.

Walls can be decorated with washable or waterproof wallpapers. These are hard-wearing, easily cleaned and decorative.

Cork panels or cork tiles provide attractive finishes and also possess some insulant value, are warm to the touch and help absorb sound, often a problem in the bathroom. A coating of clear polyurethene varnish will seal the cork which, particularly in panel form, may crumble and be vulnerable to small fingers.

Ceramic tiles may be plain, veined, marbled, textured or patterned, many in standard colours. It is not always necessary to use all-patterned tiles; attractive schemes can be evolved using mainly plain tiles with featured effects-such as splashbacks, bath surrounds, mosaic panels, isolated textured tiles and so on.

Laminates, plain or patterned and available in a wide range of colours, also provide pleasing and easily cleaned wall surfaces. They are also suitable for shelf coverings, cupboard facing or lining and as surrounds to vanitory units or wash handbasins.

Flooring

Bathroom floors need to satisfy a variety of conditions. They should be warm to the touch, non-slippery when wet, easily cleaned and attractive to the eye-conditions fulfilled by cork flooring. Cork tiles, sealed with polyurethene, are available in shades from-dark brown to gold. Cork is easily cleaned.

Thermoplastic tiles, and vinyl sheeting are available in many colours, textures and patterns. These are also easy to clean but may be slippery when wet. Linoleum in bathrooms can also be slippery.

Nylon carpet, self-adhesive or loose-lay carpet tiles are also possible bathroom floor coverings. Loose-lay tiles have the added advantage of being easy to wash and can also be moved around to equalize wear.

Ceramic floor tiles are made to match wall tiles. The floor tiles are thicker than those for walls. Mosaic floor tiles or standard ceramic tiles should be fixed with waterproof adhesive and grouted with waterproof grouting. As ceramic tiles are cold to the touch a bathroom where they are used needs to be well heated to prevent surface condensation.

All floors should be laid on a firm, level surface. Flooring is part of the décor scheme and should complement the other fittings and furnishings.

Mirrors

Mirrors are valuable in the bathroom, particularly as an aid when shaving.

They may have plain or magnifying glass. Some mirrors have an incorporated light which helps to heat the mirror and cuts down condensation.

Lightweight mirrors, consisting of a plastic film, with a metallic coating, are not liable to condensation but scratch rather easily, and are, consequently, not suitable in bathrooms used by small children.

Mirrors can provide an added sense of dimension, particularly in the small bathroom.

10. June 2012 by admin
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