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Creating a Modern Bathroom

By: Corinna Underwood - Updated: 8 Oct 2010 | comments*Discuss
Modern Bathroom Fixtures Fittings Saving

These days the bathroom is no longer considered to be merely a utility. Instead, they are seen as a space that begins the morning and can help to set your mood for the rest of the day. So it is important to take some time to consider what kind of design you want to choose for your bathroom. Modern bathrooms today may include a toilet, bidet, one or two sinks, separate bath and shower and sometimes a whirlpool or spa. Smaller bathrooms may just have shower area, a corner shower stall or a combined bath and shower.

There are also half bathrooms that only have a sink and toilet. Renovating your bathroom, though exciting, may seem like a daunting task. Here are some tips for creating a modern bathroom.

Bathroom Fixtures and Fittings

Fixtures in white, biscuit or bone colours are popular while chrome faucets with soft brass accents are the latest trend. Artistic and aesthetic sinks, vanity areas, vessel sinks and sinks made up of hand-blown glass are the fashion of today. Clean, smooth lines with soft and gentle curves are the leading edge in contemporary fixtures and fittings for the bathroom.

Corner shelves, corner shower with shower caddy, hanging towel bars and medicine cabinets with mirrors are all part of the contemporary bathroom fittings including washbasins in regular round, square or rectangular shapes or unique, creative and artistic shapes. They can be made from stainless steel, glass or ceramic.

Though steel baths look traditional and are strong and durable, acrylic baths are much more versatile and lightweight. Modern acrylic baths are popular today because they do not feel cold and metallic and are easy to maintain. Natural tile on both the floor and walls add harmony to the modern bathroom and help to maintain an uncluttered look. For that ultra-modern look, focus on simplicity. Effective lighting should also be a key consideration.

Saving Water

The average British person uses 150 litres of water a day. 60 litres of this is spent flushing the toilet. Today's modern bathrooms can be much more water efficient. There are now several kits available which can be attached to your toilet siphon and connects to the mounted flush handle. These work by only actually flushing the toilet when the handle is held down. When you release the handle, it stops the flush once the pan is clear. Thus the toilet only uses exactly the amount of water that is needed.

There is also a range of monoblock, single-hole mixer taps on the market that can help save water in the bathroom. These are available from the Green Building Store. They have a water saving cartridge inside them which includes either a 6 litre aerator or 1.7 litre spray. This means that they have an economy zone so that they actually release less water when you turn them on at a certain level, so you can control how much water you are using. These taps are currently available for baths, basins and bidets.

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