Bathroom Fittings: Light-pulls

A careful choice of light-pull can look very stylish and help your bathroom co-ordinate perfectly. Light-pulls used to be available in only a very limited number of fairly horrendous styles, usually taking the form of a plastic plug at the end of a piece of string. However, they now come in all shapes, colours and sizes, including rectangular, oval, skittle or egg shaped and even spiral. Given that the range is now so extensive, it makes perfect sense to tie together the whole look of your bathroom by finishing it off with an eye-catching light-pull.

If you have an ultra modern bathroom, with bisque style radiators, angular wash hand basins, bath and very bold taps, then why not finish off the effect by having a really chunky light-pull? 

Light-pulls are also available in a variety of materials, including chrome or chrome effect, glass, ceramic or even wood. The ceramic and wooden light-pulls are more suited to traditional or even period bathrooms, whereas the chrome models are an excellent choice for contemporary and modern ones.

Try to pick out at least one item in the bathroom and then choose a light-pull that is designed in the same style. This will draw the eye from the pull to other items in the room, thus offering a look that is complete and shows a real artistic and co-ordinated flair. For obvious reasons, don’t fit chintzy light-pulls in modern bathrooms, or very modern ones in period bathrooms, or they will simply look incongruous.


Bathroom Makeovers on a Budget

If you are sick and tired of your bathroom and want to give it a makeover, but you don’t have a lot of money to spend, then don’t despair, there are lots of little things you can do to make sure that it looks great, without costing the earth.

Firstly and most importantly, you need to set a budget and stick to it otherwise the whole project can become a nightmare.

Next, prioritise what you would like to do. Do you want to have a new shower and bath, or simply fit new taps and panel to the existing units? You need to carefully assess which parts of the bathroom are the ones which you don’t like and then research how much it will cost to replace them. For example, it is easy to specify ‘new taps’, but then you may find that the ones on your bath are very old. This often means that it may actually be cheaper to replace both the bath and taps. You should also try to think practically, so instead of replacing the bath or shower, could you simply brighten them up by installing a new shower screen or bath panel? Taking this option can make a significant improvement, yet will not cost very much.

Since flooring can often date a room, replacing it can transform the look of a tired bathroom and help make it feel more modern and contemporary. Updating the lighting can also help and is a cost effective way of making quite dramatic improvements.


Dressing your Bathroom for House Sale

When you are trying to sell your home, it is common practice to ‘dress’ the house, so that it appeals to as many people as possible and nowhere is this more relevant than in your bathroom. A house that is on the market needs to be as neutral and uncluttered as possible and the bathroom is often a place where bits and pieces can accumulate without you even noticing. Therefore, the first thing you need to do is hide away all the bottles of shampoo, conditioner, shaving equipment and make-up. People will want to come into your bathroom and imagine how it will look with their own items in there.

Next, you need to ensure that the bathroom is clean, not just every day tidy, but absolutely bright and sparklingly clean. If your bathroom is extremely clean you send out a signal that you have cared for the home and that it has been well looked after, so enticing the prospective buyer to look on it in a more favourable light.

If you do have any very decorative items or objects that make a very bold statement, then they should be removed and put into storage until your house is sold. They will simply draw the eye of the viewer and, whilst they may love it, on the other hand they may find it completely unappealing. So err on the side of caution and be very conservative, then when the house is sold, you can re-apply your design flair to your new bathroom.


Lighting your bathroom

If you have taken time to carefully choose your suite, along with fittings and fixtures, be very careful to not to neglect the other details, especially lighting, which is a critical aspect of your bathroom. Some carefully placed lights, can transform even the tiniest bathroom into a very elegant and relaxing room, which is a joy to be in.

Bathroom lighting should not be too harsh, since this will simply make the room look very cold and clinical. The key is to have lighting that is flexible and which will give you the opportunity to vary the level of illumination, up or down, according to your mood. In order to achieve this range you will clearly need to purchase more than one light. A main light is obviously practical, but for all other lighting requirements you could use a combination of spotlights and a vanity unit, which is illuminated. When you just want a peaceful soak in the bath, you can light a candle and have soft spotlighting, as well as the gentle flicker of the candle and just enjoy the tranquillity. At other times, when you need brighter lighting, it is there at the flick of a switch.

In the UK, you must remember that you now have to buy lights that are safe to install within a certain distance of the bath/shower etc. Full guidance may be obtained from a specialist, but most lights come with a note indicating whether they can be safely installed in a bathroom.


Bathroom Cabinets

Bathroom cabinets have certainly come a long way, since they were universally white, with little in terms of design or even style.

Now you can buy bathroom cabinets which are illuminated, so that you can have perfect lighting conditions for applying makeup or even just checking your skin or teeth.  They can be fully mirrored, so hide their interior, or they can simply be very chic, understated wooden cabinets, in a variety of woods, which are designed to bring a designer touch to your bathroom.

So instead of thinking that they are somewhat passé, you should consider a cabinet as being an ideal way to store medicines, plasters, flossing equipment or such like.  It allows you to have those little touches right where you need them, but completely out of sight, so the bathroom does not appear cluttered or too full.  Indeed, a cabinet can be essential if you have a wash hand basin which is fitted onto a pedestal or wall mounted, since you may not have a vanity unit in which to hide things away. 

The style of the cabinet will, to some extent, dictate its price.  If you want the latest Italian inspired designer cabinet, then you will obviously pay more than if you just pick one up at your local DIY store. The choice available really is quite wide, with prices to suit all pockets.  So whatever your style or budget, you can find a cabinet which complements your bathroom, without dictating its style, but which simply enhances it.