My Designer Bathroom Items

I’ll confess to being rather picky when it comes to, well, most things. I’m not sure if this comes from an innate character flaw (quality?!) that means I am extremely careful over choosing things, whether it be my morning flat white or which laptop to buy.

This pernickety approach to life means decorating my home is a serious trial, if not for me, definitely for my wife. She has quickly grown used to ignoring me as I roam across the internet in the early hours, hair stuck up, eyes wide, looking for the perfect bath shape or shade of tile. I know, it’s pretty much an affliction.

I want to help those of you who prefer heuristics to plain old toil, and have outlined below a few things that adorn my designer bathroom that I can heartily recommend.

Wenge Furniture

Wenge is a wonderfully dark wood, also known as African Rosewood in some places. Its distinctively dark hue works well against the general light colouring of my bathroom, acting as a counterpoint. Of course, I’m not just about cool looks, as my wenge vanity and linen cabinet both help store out of side the assorted bathroom items that can cause clutter.

Vertical Radiators

As winter has abruptly arrived I’ve come to love this item more than most. I went for stylish designer radiators, in this case two vertical radiators, both finished in anthracite. This grey complements by furniture, and these two units ensure that I do not succumb to either hypothermia or pneumonia when I exit the shower of a morning. For this, they deserve the highest praise.

Rainfall Shower Head

I decided early on that, despite the good quality of plastic shower heads, I was always going to be shopping in the solid metal shower heads aisle. This isn’t snobbery or anything, I just knew that my rainfall shower head would seem sturdier if it was metal – plus, it would match up with my brass and chrome thermostatic valve. It is reassuringly heavy, and its thick, slow flow is most relaxing.



Planning Perfect Kitchens – Points to Consider

Whatever space you have in your kitchen there are basic kitchen design rules that you should always follow to create perfect kitchens. These are some of the points you should consider when you are creating a new kitchen design.

Kitchen Storage Options

Keep pans near the cooker and preferably in large drawers so you can find the one you want easily.
Try to install a larder cupboard or a tall fridge against a kitchen worktop so you have some where to place your shopping before you unpack it. Keep your crockery near the dishwasher for easy unloading, these are best stored in large drawers or wall units.

Your kitchen design should have adequate large drawer storage for items that require more space.


Take advantage of the wide range of internal kitchen storage units available which includes pull out storage and le-mans corners.

Kitchen Appliance Options

Kitchen appliances need to be positioned so that there is room for 2 people to work together, this will make the kitchen design more sociable. The ideal dishwasher location is between the sink and the cooking area but keep it away from a corner as it will be more difficult to access. Where possible fit kitchen appliances at body level so you don’t need to bend down to use them.


Ensure you have sufficient kitchen worktops around the hob and the kitchen sink and also between them to ensure there is sufficient convenient worktop for preparation.

Kitchen Design Points

Consider room lighting carefully and ensure that the kitchen worktops are well lit by under wall unit lights. These are now mostly available in LED which are very cheap to run and long lasting.
Make sure that the kitchen unit doors open in ways that keep the flow running correctly in the kitchen. This will make the working arrangement much easier. Take full advantage of your ceiling height by fitting kitchen units that are the maximum size to fill your space.

Ensure you have enough space to move around the kitchen safely without danger of tripping over objects or children.

Allow space for open shelving to help lighten up the room and this is also a very useful feature for items that are best to be readily accessible.

Keep tall units together at the end of a run or as a separate bank of tall units. These can be an attractive feature with good kitchen design advice.

Mixing materials for kitchen doors in perhaps 2 different sections will give the kitchen design more interest and will enhance the kitchen perspective.

Consider varying worktop heights in the kitchen design to make tasks easier, it can be useful to have a lower area for preparation and the hob while a higher area can be good as a server or a breakfast bar.

Galley kitchens are fitted in narrow rooms and need clever design to maximise their potential. The major issues to consider are storage, workspace and functionality however you need to do this with aesthetics in mind.

U-Shaped kitchens are usually fitted in small square rooms with 3 runs of units in a U shape. The conventional working triangle is readily designed into this kitchen design keeping the sink, cooker and fridge positioned with equal space between them.

L-Shaped kitchens have 2 runs of units along adjacent walls forming an L shape. The spare wall makes an ideal location for a kitchen table or a peninsula breakfast bar.


Island kitchens need plenty of floor space and the island can be used for extra storage, additional workspace, somewhere to eat and for housing built under appliances. Creating the island using a different colour of units and worktops can be very effective. Islands need about 1m to 1.2m of space around them.

Termite infestation

Before considering a renovation, it is important to be vigilant for signs of structural or aesthetic damage that could be a sign of termite infestation.  Not only is termite infestation a potentially serious problem regarding the value of a home, it must be taken care of before a renovation is completed.  There’s nothing more depressing and pointless as completing a spotless and beautiful home renovation and then seeing that hard work undone by insect damage.  Here are five warning signs that the home you’re working on could be the target of a colony of opportunistic termites.

Termites travel by swarming.  During the spring, large groups of airborne fertile termites can set up shop near a home that seems like a likely spot to park a colony. Termites shed their wings upon discovering a likely location, and the discarded wings are a significant clue as to their presence.

Termites consume leaf litter and wood debris, leaving behind a sawdusty material called frass. Frass is another sign of nearby termites. Keeping the exterior of your home (particularly gutters and downspouts) free of wooden debris will make your home less attractive to a termite colony. Firewood, mulch, and similar wood materials should also be stored away from the home, preferably secured in termite resistant locations or containers.

Termites build mud tubes on the exterior of houses, to provide temporary shelter and hydration, while they attempt to get inside. Keep an eye out for these structures on your home’s foundation.

Cracked, bubbled-up paint is another sign that should be apparent to all vigilant renovators. Termites can get beneath the paint, covering wooden structures, creating passages deeper into the structure of the wood.

This can result in another obvious warning sign, hollow-sounding wood structures. Tapping on a wood element of a home to be renovated should not yield a hollow, empty sound, and this might be a sign of termites within the wood.

If you discover any of these signs during (or ideally before) a renovation project, you can get in touch with a professional exterminator.  Terminix Pest Control offers a no obligation home termite inspection with free instant price quotes, which will do much to hopefully allay your fears, or at least give you the information needed so you know how to proceed. 


Creating a cosy living room

The living room is the place where you enjoy quality time with your loved ones, welcome visitors and relax after a long, stressful day. It is the heart of your home but some living rooms are cold and uninviting. Follow these top tips to create a cosy living room you’ll be proud of…


Sofas are the most important, and probably most used, piece of furniture in a living room, so it is imperative that you make the right choice.

As your sofa is an investment that will last you for years, go for a timeless design and shape to make sure that it will not become dated easily.

When shopping for your sofa, comfort is key, so select a sofa that is both comfortable and stylish. Sit on a range of styles to find the one that’s best for you.

What fabric you go for is another important choice you’ll have to make. Light coloured material sofas can be a nightmare to keep clean, especially if you have children. The best option for families is a leather sofa, as it will be incredibly hard wearing, and any spills will simply wipe away.


If you have tiled or wooden floors, you’ll know how cold your floor can get in the winter months. A rug will give a warm and cosy base for your feet.

There are a number of eye-catching and jazzy rugs on the market at the minute. Go for an interesting design, or a bright colour, and really make a statement with your rug.

A rug is an investment if your carpet’s looking a bit tired too. Cover it with a rug and your room will instantly be looking fabulous again, at a fraction of the cost of a new carpet.

Coffee tables

A coffee table is an essential for every living room. Used for holding everything from knickknacks to drinks, a coffee table can be a really practical piece of furniture.

Go for a coffee table that has additional storage built into it if space is an issue in your room. Likewise, if light is limited in your living room, a glass coffee table will avoid making your room any darker, and will give a modern and contemporary feel.

The article has been brought to you in association with Roomes Furniture, who stock a great range of unique and quality furniture in Kent.


Making the most of your garden during the autumn/winter season

During the summer months there is often a lot of interiors chat about ‘bringing the outdoors in’: creating a light, airy and sunny space within the home. Fast forward a few months and what we’d all really like is to take a little of the warmth and cosiness of inside, out. It’s a terrible shame when the colder, darker evenings close in and we all retreat indoors after a summer of socialising in the open air. However, with a few garden updates and the odd essential purchase, you can prepare your garden for use all year round. The key to maximising its use is recreating the same cosy feeling that provides comfort in your living room and that means using heat and light and choosing the right furnishings. Here are your options:

  1. Heat

Patio heaters are incredibly popular in the UK and come in a range of sizes, often with adjustable height to help you stay warm. Halogen heaters tend to use less energy than gas heaters, making them cost effective and more eco friendly. Chimeneas are also excellent choices for a patio party, though if you crave more of a campfire feel a fire pit might be for you. Finally, if you really want to take that indoors look out, try the Weber Outdoor fireplace – a fire pit that gives you heat without spitting and looks a lot like your hearth fire.

  1. Lighting

Security lights are the usual garden light fodder, but there’s something quite magical about decorating trees and hedges with lights, and a creative display can certainly help to set the mood for an outdoor party. Experiment with different colours and sizes of string LED lighting, which now go beyond the simple twinkle, and use alongside some more functional solar garden lights like these at lights4fun. If you need a little display inspiration, take a look at their onsite gallery.

  1. Furniture

Sitting comfortably outdoors is far easier if you have a pergola or other shelter and, of course, have some appealing seating. Unfortunately, plastic chairs don’t always make for the best outside furniture, despite being waterproof. If you can afford to spend a little more look out for padded options made from weather-resistant fabrics, or even better, purchase furniture cover protectors like these to keep off leaves and other debris.

With a little mix and match, you should be able to set the scene for social gatherings of all kinds this coming autumn/winter season.


Cladding; the New Way to Decorate

When decorating, whether it’s a complete transformation or just a fresh lick of paint, there is always that feeling of irritation when you realise that you’ll have to replace those tiles or wallpaper. The thought of doing all that work can be so unappealing that in the end you keep those unattractive nuisances, and the vision you had of a revamped modern, stylish room seems like distance dream. That is until the Décor Cladding Centre created a new material for decorating that will transform any room into your ideal haven.

Cladding is the new and modern style of internal decorating; the wide range of panels is guaranteed to give your room elegance – all in a beautifully stunning, stylish and practical. Whether it’s one room or various rooms, these panels can be used all over the house because they’re hygienic, low maintenance and very easy to clean. They also have a tongue and groove installation system so even the most in-experienced DIY novices can install them, cutting the costs of hiring specialist.

This new way of decorating has completely revolutionised the way people are going about transforming their kitchens and bathrooms. Those suborn tiles and hideous wallpaper you dread even starting to remove can be simply fixed with cladding. Bathroom cladding has become very popular recently. Without even removing any tiles these unique panels go over the top of old surfaces both simply and effectively, and with no mess for you to worry about.

If you’re a new home owner or want to modernise your home you can even purchase panels made for ceilings, to cover those Artex patterns. With cladding being a cheaper option compared to buying tiles, wallpaper or paint, whenever you have the urge to decorate again simply pull the panels off and start again. There are a wide range of panels, in various textures and patterns to choose from, so you are bound to find the perfect colour and style to suit your taste.