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18
May

Choosing your perfect wardrobe system match

Three steps to an ideal wardrobe

Many people feel overwhelmed by the task of finding a smart looking and smartly performing wardrobe system.

From a design perspective, the sheer size of the wardrobe doors makes them a dominant aesthetic element in a room, requiring the colours and materials to be chosen with care. When strategically planned, a wardrobe can blend in to not distract the eye from other design features or it can be a vibrant, eye-catching design element in its own right.

From a performance perspective, a wardrobe system needs to deliver storage and easy access to everything inside it.

Getting it right can make or break a room. And that’s a lot of pressure.

To help take a bit of pressure off you, our team has broken wardrobe selection into three questions:

  • Is your ideal wardrobe a wallflower or a diva?
  • How much space do you have in the room to dedicate to a built-in wardrobe?
  • How will the wardrobe be used?

The wardrobe diva vs. the wallflower

There’s no right or wrong here. It’s what’s right for you and the style you want the room to project.

The wallflower employs subtle tones in the door panels and incorporates minimalist frame lines in the frame to complement other design elements in the room. Pivotech wardrobe shades like white birch and barley work perfectly here. They present as thoughtful, tasteful and understated, and allow features like an exquisite bed or high fashion lighting to be the standout.

The diva, on the other hand, becomes a star in the design scheme of a room. Choose bold colours, like luxurious golds and highly polished silvers, and/or mirror door panels to make the wardrobe stand out from the rest of the room.

Claiming your space, all of it

In a derivation of Parkinson’s law, storage requirements increase to meet storage capacity. When designing a new built-in wardrobe system, map out the space within the room you want to dedicate to storage, then measure carefully to maximise the area.

1. measure the overall space

Draw a diagram of your built-in wardrobe, placing the doors in their approximate positions. Write the overall wall lengths of each wall on your drawing.

2. measure the width

Measure the width from three different points – the back wall, mid way between the back wall and the opening, and inside the opening.

3. measure the height

Measure the height of the space from the floor to the ceiling. If the space is to be carpeted, measure from the floor under the carpet. If the floor is a wood or tiled floor, measure from the finished floor. Getting accurate measurements from floor to ceiling is tricky. Ideally, measure from the ceiling, reading the tape at the floor. You will again take nine measurements, right, middle and left at each of the front, middle and back of the closet space.

4. measure the depth

For a wardrobe wall space, measure depth from the back wall to the outside of the side walls. Measure on both sides. Measure the inside space between the front and back walls on both sides of the door. If you have two closet doors, measure on both sides and between the doors. As always, measure at the bottom, middle and top of the wall, and write down each measurement in a chart like the table below.

5. measure the door opening and shoulders

Measure from the subfloor for carpeted floors, and from the finished floor for tiled and wood floors. Measure the door height and width in at least three places.

How much, how often, and how of wardrobe access

It’s not very exciting, but mapping out how a wardrobe will be used makes a massive difference when it come to choosing a system. Consider points like,

  • Will the entire space be accessed every day?
  • Will it be filled with items for regular use or will half of it be longer term storage and half daily use?
  • Will the use of the wardrobe change over time? For example, will it be in a growing child’s bedroom?

The answers to these questions help you determine the final design of your wardrobe.

Built-in wardrobe systems are no longer an afterthought of the design or remodel of a room. Pivotech wardrobe systems can be custom designed for the chic and trendy, light and bright, or bold and vibrant. And they always perform beautifully when installed by a Pivotech Professional. Contact us today for the name of your local installer.

14
May

Pivotech releases new frameless sliding shower screen

New frameless sliding shower screen by Pivotech

Beautiful. Adaptable. Irrepressible. Enduring. Enigmatic.

Manhattan-logoAll qualities describing the New York City borough of Manhattan. And, all qualities shared by the Manhattan frameless sliding shower screen, the newest shower enclosure system from Pivotech.

The Manhattan shower screen delivers the elegant design, high quality and effortless performance Pivotech is known for.

Our frameless sliding shower screen features sublime minimalist lines to ensure you achieve your bathroom décor objectives.

Features

  • standard configuration suits openings up to 1650mm width
  • stainless steel components
  • flexible configuration options for bathrooms of all sizes
  • a snap to clean
  • easy glide sliding action
  • optional support bracket for return panels
  • 2400 track available for wider applications
  • supports maximum door weight 45kgs

Talk to your local Pivotech professional installer for more details or to order the Manhattan.

6
May

New York, New York, bathrooms love you

For most Australian’s there is a certain ‘romance’ surrounding New York City.

Even if never visited, pop culture presents the city as a place with bold and beautiful architecture, its own unique take on ‘chic’ and an atmosphere like no other. Immortalised in film, music and art, New York City will never go out of fashion – making it the perfect muse bathroom décor.

With New York’s many different neighbourhoods and a rich history, there are literally hundreds of sources to pull design inspiration and style from. Today, I’m going to look at four key concepts you can use to create the quintessential Manhattan bathroom. Think timeless chic meets modern day trendy with maximum functionality.

Art Deco architecture is everywhere in New York City. From the Empire State Building to the Rockefeller Centre, all the major department stores, and especially apartment buildings, Art Deco is a key element when looking to achieving the ‘New York look’. Bathrooms are spectacular spaces to embrace Art Deco. Chevron floor tiles, black and white stripe tile configurations and line play will all contribute to an effective aesthetic. Remember to keep your colour pallet neutral, allowing focus to pull towards feature Art Deco elements.

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To balance out the Art Deco aspects of your design and modernise your bathroom, look at applying timber to select surfaces. The vanity, ceiling and floors are ideal spaces to apply wood finishes. More and more in contemporary Manhattan apartments you will find timber used in new and creative ways. For bathroom design with NYC sass, don’t forget to include timber elements.

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Bathrooms are rarely large and are particularly small in Manhattan. Dedicate your design to ensuring space seems larger than it actually is. To accurately re-create the Manhattan look, use flameless glass hardware for your shower screen or shower panel. Frameless hardware makes bathrooms appear larger by removing heavy sight lines created by fully framed shower screens. For a range of simple contemporary frameless hardware, visit Pivotech.

Playing further with space, Manhattan bathrooms don’t muck around with storage. Make your interior look authentic and double its functionality with savvy storage solutions. Use under basin voids with vanity shelves or draws and don’t dismiss non-plumbing wall cavities as opportunities for built in storage. Those New Yorker’s aren’t just super cool, they’re space smart too.

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29
Apr

Mastering the black bathroom trend, part two

Just under a year ago, I wrote “How to master the black bathroom trend”. I said it then, and I will proclaim it again, black will always be the new black. While black bathrooms are trending now, black, is one look that will never go out of fashion. If executed thoughtfully, with planing and research, following the black bathroom trend now, will create a bathroom capable of standing the test of time.

With new products, inspiration and ideas available, I thought it worthwhile to re-visit this chic trend and provide some new ideas of how you can work this look into your own bathroom space. Enjoy …

1. Put pattern to it

Black interiors can seem intimidating. Builders and renovators will find themselves questioning, “what if it’s too black?” or “what if it’s too much for the space?” These are valid questions for any interior scheme, questions I would advise everyone to ask themselves – sometimes designs need to be pared back a little to succeed. When it comes to black interiors, especially bathrooms, effective use of pattern is your key to success. Self pattern tiles, towels or wallpaper subtly introduce contrast. This contrast will give your interior variety and avoid it feeling overwhelming. If full commitment to black via self pattern products still seems daunting, there are some incredible visible pattern tiles available. Matching black against white or grey in pattern, creates a stunning aesthetic.

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2. Convert to concrete

Okay, so this one is moving a little more towards grey, but because nothing is more on trend than dark tonal concrete … I just have to include it.  Variances in polished concrete make it effective when applied across an entire interior and also successful in small application areas, such as shower cavities and feature walls.

When working with concrete, take time, and allow budget funds to select and purchase complimentary lighting systems. Light, transforms the appearance of polished concrete, plan well and use light to create pattern, depth and an interior point of focus.

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3. Make a bath time statement

Stand out from the crowd – select a statement bathtub and shower screen. For your bath, this year, you can’t go past black enamel or stone feature tubs. Sure to be the main event in your space, a curvaceous eye catching bath is one investment you will never regret.  When it comes to shower screens, the Momentum semi-frameless screen by Pivotech, finished in matt natural, will provide some serious wow factor chicness to your space. For more information on Momentum, visit Pivotech here.

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4. Walk on it

One of my favourite applications for black in bathrooms, is on the floor. Gone are the days where you needed to fear black on floors and ceilings, because it “might make the room look smaller”. When designed thoughtfully, with correct spatial planning, black floors can actually make rooms appear larger by attracting the eye to move out, across interior space. For the trendiest floors about, look at hexagonal pattern tiles or chevron timber floor systems. Totally chic and totally effective.

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5. Perfect papers

Wallpaper in bathrooms and powder rooms is so on trend right now, and it’s easy to see why. Changing wallpaper is cost effective and relatively easy. Transform painted bathroom walls with black pattern wallpaper, to rejuvenate and modernise existing or new bathroom interiors. Use wallpaper to introduce contrast and personality into otherwise heavy and flat interior spaces.

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22
Apr

The luxe bathroom look for less

Unless you are fortunate enough to have a never ending supply of money, getting “the luxe look” for less is always going to be an attractive option.

While bathrooms are big ticket rooms, making your space look luxurious doesn’t have to come with a ridiculous price tag. Capturing expensive aspect comes down to paying attention to detail and executing interior design with unique features. To elevate your bathroom’s status, you need to create a space that looks like a designer’s design – this is easier and cheaper to achieve than you think. Combined with quality trades people, capable of taking your vision to a high standard reality (quality workmanship will add significantly to luxe levels), here are my top five suggestions for creating an opulent and affluent bathroom space, without breaking your budget.

1. Mirror magic

Mirror’s aren’t just for ladies to check lipstick and lads to spot missed shaving spots. Mirrors are serious design features for all interior spaces, especially bathrooms. Don’t be affraid to be bold and individual with your mirror selection. When mirrors are selected with care and matched perfectly with their space, true design magic occurs. To select the right mirror and increase your bathroom’s luxury aesthetic, be sure to read “Six tips for choosing the right sized mirror for your bathroom”.

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2. Well designed frameless shower screen hardware

When it comes to your shower, opt for a frameless design to encourage greater sense of space. To lock in luxury, be sure to use well designed, quality hardware. Pivotech offer a range of frameless hardware solutions, suitable for a variety of frameless shower screen configurations. From hinge to sliding systems, handles and brackets, visit Pivotech to discover their incredible range.

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3. Upgrade your bath mat

Let’s face it, it’s pretty difficult to make a bath mat look luxe. But remember, difficult, does not mean impossible! Swap-out tired terry cloth or rubber mats – whatever you currently have, for a true bathroom statement piece … yes, I’m talking about a Persian rug. Sure to be the talking point of your bathroom and maybe even your home, Persian rugs make for a soft surface rest, post shower, and their weave structure deals with moisture relatively well. Get the look for less by hunting around on eBay or Gumtree for a bargain, or visit stores such as IKEA, who offer Persian style rugs at attractive prices for discerning renovators.

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4. Hooks and holders

Your bathroom will never look well designed or high-end if you have towels, robes, soaps and toothbrushes randomly lying about – a designer would never let this happen. Give everything its own special place within your room. For towels, make sure they have dedicated hooks or rails to rest on, hang bath robes on door hooks, and treat yourself to an eye catching soap holder and bits and bobs storage solution.

Remember, luxury that looks expensive, doesn’t need to come at a huge cost; visit markets, second hand stores and outlet centres to discover unique vases, jars and other storage containers ideal for this use.

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5. Bath art

The bathroom is not often thought of as a place to display artwork. For this very reason, hanging decorative pieces on your bathroom walls will instantly elevate your rooms luxury levels. Interesting abstract photography, nude sketches or framed pottery all look great in the bathroom.

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20
Apr

Six tips for choosing the right sized mirror for your bathroom

Framed mirrors for the bath: it’s not design magic, it just seems like it

A Pivotech mirror in a bathroom makes a major difference in the success of the room’s function and interior design. Mirrors help bring a room to life. Their ability to make a room appear larger and brighter enhances the overall atmosphere and makes all your other design choices look even better. Design done right with mirrors can make them seem magical, but it’s really the result of careful planning and strategic choice.

The need for careful choice is particularly true when it comes to selecting the size of your framed mirror. A mirror too small for the space ends up surrounded by blank wall; it looks odd and out of place. While a mirror too large dominates the anchoring point (usually the vanity) and creates an awkward, boxy effect.

How to choose the right size mirror

1. To determine the ideal mirror width, measure the width of the vanity you plan to install the mirror above and limit your choice to a mirror, including frame, this size or smidgen smaller.

2. To determine the ideal mirror height, measure from the base of the vanity up to the lighting. Determine if you want a gap between the top of the mirror and the lights or if you want them flush. To avoid water spots, consider placing the mirror about 15cm above the vanity.

3. Give attention to windows in the bathroom. Choosing a mirror big enough to reflect a window, without hanging over the edge of the vanity, dramatically increases the natural light in the bathroom. Better lighting bring out the best in every other design feature you include in your bathroom.

4. Informed by the information you uncovered in points 1 through 3, determine the amount of usable mirror space you want or need. With a thicker frame, you may lose a lot of usable mirror space , which may result in it being difficult for two people to use the mirror at once. Pivotech’s framed mirrors are sleek, elegant and minimalist. They complement today’s design preferences perfectly and maximise usable mirror space.

5. If applicable, measure the recessed space where you intend the mirror to go. Generally, recessed spaces best accommodate a large, custom frame-less mirror, as the walls will naturally frame it. However, you can choose to treat it as just another wall, measuring the width of the space and determining frame thickness, one mirror versus two, etc., just as you would a flat wall.

6. Once you’ve determined the dimensions you think you want for your new bathroom mirror, cut a large piece of paper that size and tape it to the wall where you want the mirror to go. Give it a critical eye. Test what it looks like if the mirror is flush with the vanity or if you create gaps all the way around. You might want to try a couple sheets of paper to see what it would look like if you install two mirrors rather than a single, longer mirror. This practical visualization helps you to make the best choice when it comes to size.

Whether new construction, adding a new bathroom or renovating and existing one, mirrors offer a fantastic design solution. Mirrors aren’t magical, but their ability to enhance the stylish shower screen, tiles and other design elements in the bathroom makes them seem like they are.

15
Apr

Bathroom trend report: a little ray of sunshine

It’s time to embrace what is set to be one of 2015’s biggest bathroom colour trends – yellow.

Yellow holds fantastic meaning,  it’s the colour of intelligence, optimism and joyfulness. Yellow connotes sunshine and warmth with feelings of happiness. When using yellow in design, it’s important to plan your space and strategically select individual areas for application. To successfully incorporate yellow, you need to consider balance, pattern and overall composition to ensure space remains connected. Yellow is a true feature colour, it’s bold, unique, and for those willing to embrace the trend, it will create an outstanding feature space.

If you like the idea of incorporating a sunny spot of colour into your bathroom, here are some fresh ideas on how to make yellow work for you.

1. Joinery

Applying yellow across joinery is an easy way to work the ‘yell0w trend’ into an existing bathroom. Update old cabinetry with laminate paint, new vanity draws and doors, or if you have timber joinery, why not try your hand at your own DIY project and apply a fresh coat of paint.

Yellow bathroom trend tip: Compliment yellow with less bold colours or shades such as white, grey, black or pastels.

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2. Walls

Bathroom walls are a great place to apply a splash of yellow. If you’re building or renovating, applying colour across your walls is an easy and effective way to introduce yellow into your space. To avoid overwhelming your interior, why not try contrasting yellow and white to create an interior horizon line where the two colours can meet.

Yellow bathroom trend tip: Think about what hue will suit your interior. Colder yellows will create contemporary aesthetic, warmer hues will generate more traditional interior aspect.

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3. Floors

Tiled bathroom floors lend themselves to bold colour and bold pattern. When working with yellow, combine pattern and colour to create a dynamic talking point within your space. Pair busy, bright floor tiles with calmer more subtle fixtures and finishes to ensure your composition remains interesting, yet balanced.

Yellow bathroom trend tip: When combining bold colours with pattern, stick to geometric shapes to maintain order and interior rhythm.

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4. Grout

For an edgy on trend look, dare to be different – explore coloured grout. While at first yellow grout might seem a little too ‘out there’, it’s actually a fantastic way to subtly introduce colour into your space. Yellow grout avoids overwhelming your bathroom with too much colour, while still remaining contemporary and original.

Yellow bathroom trend tip: If you’re going to use yellow grout, make sure you keep grout lines free of mould and shower grime. When grout becomes a design feature, it’s imperative it always looks its best.

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5. Accessories

If you love yellow, but you’re not ready to fully commit to permanent application, use bathroom accessories to brighten and lighten your space. Big golden bath sheets or bright blooms are effective ways to introduce colour into your space.

Yellow bathroom trend tip: Use accessories to cost effectively update your bathroom each season without needing to commit to an expensive renovation or re-build.

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13
Apr

Autumn is the new spring: winterise your wardrobe

A little organisation makes the appeal and practicality of Pivotech wardrobes oh-so-much-more than skin deep

While on a late afternoon walk with my family yesterday, the crackle in the air and the crunch of the leaves number my feet meant I could deny it no longer. It’s autumn in Melbourne.

And with cooler days and even cooler nights upon us, it’s time to reach into storage and pull out the jackets, scarves, beanies, boots, coats and thermal layers. Which means, it’s time for the bi-annual spring-to-autumn/autumn-to-spring, storage-to-wardrobe rotation.

Now, it can be easy to slide your beautiful Pivotech wardrobe doors closed and hide the clutter (as well as hide your head under to doona and wait for spring), but you’re only postponing the pain. A little planning and organisation now can save you stacks of frantic mornings of “where’s my hat?” and “my boots are too small!” Besides, you’ll feel better once it’s done.

On your mark, get set, let’s do this.

Step 1: take stock of the past

Start the process by pulling everything out of the wardrobe and giving the shelves, floors and baseboards a good clean. Next, pull out and empty all the storage containers, baskets, boxes and bags of autumn and winter stuff and set the stacks somewhere out of your way. You’ll be using the now empty containers to fill with spring and summer items ready for deep storage.

Speaking of which … subject the spring and summer items to harsh scrutiny and sort them into piles:

  • “keep in the wardrobe” pile – some light cardigans and pullovers can be used for layering up inside or on warmer autumn days
  • “place into storage” pile – swimwear, sandals, shorts and cover ups in good condition, as well as summer sport equipment can be stored for use again next year
  • “donate” pile – items that will be too small in a year or equipment for activities that just won’t fit into your lifestyle in a year will enjoy  new life with someone else
  • “buh bye” pile – know when to say “no” and move on

Step 2: let it go, let it go

Summer can be hard on clothing. Sweat, UV rays, sunblock, sand, sea, chlorine and days in the garden or playing hard out doors take their toll on fabrics and toys. You don’t want to give valuable storage space to items that are clearly worn out. Purge these things and start fresh next year.

Beyond wearing items out, other reasons to let things go include,

  • It’s just sentimental – items you solely keep due to emotional attachment, but will never wear again, move from the bedroom wardrobe to attic or shed storage (properly protected, of course).
  • Impulse buys – when  you bought it, you really, really thought you’d wear it, but … . It’s happened to all of us. However, don’t keep making the same mistake by letting the item stay in the wardrobe.
  • Summer hats – these stack up over the summer as they get misplaced and and replaced and then found. One in each car, two by the door, one in every backpack … they seem to multiply on their own. Try to cull the collection to two or three per family member.

Step 3: a summer place

Take the “place into storage” stacks and sort them into the containers you previously emptied. Label each container, basket and bin to make it easier for you to find things in six months.

Decide what can sit on the top shelves in your wardrobe and what needs to go into lesser accessible storage.

Step 4: take stock of the future

Now start going through all the autumn and winter items you pulled out of the storage containers and integrate it back into your wardrobe. As you do so, evaluate the condition of items to make certain things still fit and are in good condition. Also, does it still work with the personal style of the expected wearer, whether that’s you or the kids.

Make a list of items that need to be replaced.

Step 5: While you’re at it

Since your head is already in a cleaning, purging space, why not tackle the hall closet, as well? After all, you’ll need room for big boots and bulky coats soon.

Limit each family member to two pair of gloves and one winter hat in the shared entryway storage space. A small, portable drawer can conveniently keep these items neat and easy to find. If your hall closet is small, consider placing a small table with drawers near the entryway to house all those little items.

boot tray with stonesAnd what about those boots? A rock-filled boot tray helps contain the wet and grime. Water drains through the rocks to the bottom of the tray, so boots can dry. Most of the moisture will evaporate, but it’s important to clean out the tray regularly.

Kick the clean and comfort level of the winter entryway up a notch by placing a basket of clean, fresh slippers (for family and guests) at the door.

Step 6: just dive in

For most of us, this isn’t the way we want to spend our Saturday and the autumn wardrobe storage rotation gets put off.

8
Apr

The dirtiest spots in your bathroom and how to clean them

Bathrooms are notorious for collecting dust, growing mould, and just getting super grubby in no time at all.

As winter approaches, there is no better time to give your bathroom a head to toe scrub. But where should you be focusing your cleaning efforts? Make your next big bathroom clean your most thorough by washing the following germ heavy areas …

 

Toothbrush holder: Deemed the third dirtiest place in your entire home, your toothbrush holder is filled with germs. Not only do germs from your toothbrush cling to the holder, but also, because it’s usually left out on the counter, bacteria from other areas of the bathroom land on it.

How to clean it: According to the National Sanitation Foundation, you should wash your toothbrush holder in your dishwasher (if it’s dishwasher safe) at least once a week to kill germs. If not, use hot water and soap to clean thoroughly. To keep it fresh between washes? Wipe it down with disinfecting wipes multiple times a week.

 

Toilet: The toilet seems to be an obvious choice when talking about the dirtiest spots in your bathroom, however while your toilet does hold many germs, it’s also responsible for transporting them all over your bathroom—especially from your toilet bowl. When you flush, the swirling water creates aerosols and launches germs from the toilet bowl onto your surrounding floor, towels, walls, sink and even nearby toothbrush holders. Making those bacteria-covered places even dirtier.

How to clean it: Flushing with the lid down will cut back the amount of airborne bacteria your toilet sends out. Plus spray the top of the cover with disinfectant spray to immediately kill airborne bacteria.

 

Bathmat: If you don’t hang your bathmat to fully dry every time you’re done using it, the warm, damp area becomes the perfect spot for mould to grow.

How to clean it: All-rubber bathmats can be put in the dishwasher or soaked in a bleach and water mixture or vinegar and water mixture to sanitize them. Other bathmats should be thrown into the washing machine once a week and thoroughly dried to keep bacteria and mould at bay.

 

Showerhead: A study by researchers at University of Colorado found that showerheads can be a breeding ground for biofilm—bacteria that builds up overtime and contaminates shower water as it comes out.

How to clean it: Soak your showerhead in distilled vinegar over night and rinse with cold water.

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Faucet and faucet handles: Besides the bacteria launched from your toilet to your faucet, it’s also the most touched area in your bathroom. People touch the handles of faucets BEFORE they wash their hands transferring dangerous bacteria to the surfaces.

How to clean it: Wiping down faucets and handles daily with disinfectant wipes or solution will cut back on the bacteria build-up.

 

Sink (especially around drain): With all the hand washing, face washing and tooth brushing, your sink is exposed to many types of bacteria—and all of it congregates by the drain. So, next time you drop your toothbrush in the sink you may want to rethink just rinsing it off.

How to clean it: Scrub! It’s not enough to just spray and rinse out your sink. You need to scrub all over and around your drain to banish all those germs. Disinfecting solution or an equal green solution of your choice will do the trick.

 

Bathtub: Whether you’re soaking in a bath or rinsing off in the shower, the bacteria on your body sticks to the sides of your bathtub making it one of the dirtiest (and often forgotten about) places in your bathroom.

How to clean it: Bathroom cleaner that cuts soap scum and is a disinfectant is perfect to clean your bathtub. Again though, wiping it down is simply not enough—you must scrub down the area thoroughly.

 

Your Loofa: Not only does the dirt and bacteria from your body cling to your loofa, but also, much like your bathmat, your loofa is constantly damp, making it the perfect breading ground for bacteria and mould.

How to clean it: Experts recommend switching your loofa out ever couple weeks.

Originally published on ElleDecor/House Beautiful

1
Apr

Seven things every chic bathroom has

Chic bathrooms don’t just happen. Research, understanding of design styles and product knowledge are all required to achieve a well composed space.

Being chic is not about following trends, it’s about being timeless. One must carefully select what to include and identify what to leave out. Understanding of your own style, product availability and space functionality, will allow you to create a bathroom even the most experienced interior designers would envy.

While I suggest you always conduct thorough research into bathroom style and products, here are seven elements every chic bathroom has, think of these as a starting guide, an indication of key investment pieces, areas of thought and what to include or not include.

1. Frameless glass shower screen

Nothing is more chic than seeing nothing at all. Showers are prone to dominating bathrooms, they require a significant amount of floor space and have a tendency to appear bulky. The chic bathroom understands feature tiles and investment baths should pull focus, not shower cavities. Avoid attracting too much unwanted attention, select sliding, hinge and fixed panel frameless glass hardware. Indulge the look further by opting for level entry access over traditional shower bases. Pivotech offer an extensive range of frameless glass hardware, visit Pivotech for more information.

2. Feature tile

White, white, white – it’s all too easy to use white tiles with white paint, with white ceramics. True chicness, means sporting a little old fashion bravery, and daring to be different. A bold Moroccan inspired tile, or for those who would like to stick with monochromatic, a geometric 3D tile will give your bathroom serious design credibility.

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3. Lots of sunlight

Natural light will dramatically effect how your bathroom aesthetic is received. Minimal, or no natural light, no matter how many other stylish elements your room has, will leave the interior looking drab and feeling unwelcome. Chic designers are savvy designers, consider highlight windows and skylights, they allow maximum sunlight without compromising privacy or interior wall space.

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4. Lots of artificial light

Your room might be flooded with light during the day, but what about early morning and evening? Achieving true chicness is about showing your ability to think about space. Consider how and when your bathroom is used. Bathrooms are used for showering and brushing teeth, but also for shaving, applying make-up and many other maintenance tasks that need exceptional light. These tasks are often conducted in the evening or early morning. Don’t get left in the dark! A central light source is a must, but so too is vanity lighting, cabinet LED lights, and if you feel like splurging, treat your interior to dedicated shower cavity lighting.

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5. Unique tapware

You will never regret investing in designer tap ware. Quality provide you longevity and design will provide a point of difference. Select your finish – chrome, brass, volcanic composite, then look for products with interesting lines, ways of operation, or play with scale to take your bathroom chicness to the next level.

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6. Stone bath

Chic bathrooms need feature baths, there’s no arguing this point. You can’t go past stone bathware. Timeless, natural and available in so many different colours, shapes and sizes – the stone bath is a must.

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7. Clear sense of style

Failure occurs is any interior when style direction is not clear. Identify your style identity and stick with it. Try not to get distracted by “of the moment trends”, mixing and matching will create confusion within your interior – immediately weakening chic credibility. Being chic is about being confident, stay true to your style and you will never go out of fashion.

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