How to Design a Smart Home Bathroom

Over the past few years, we have seen the rise of smart home technology rapidly infiltrating our home life, and we have to admit, it does make life that little bit easier, doesn’t it?

You now have the power to control your heating from your phone, ask Alexa to open your blinds, as well as check your banking on the go. You can even buy a robotic vacuum cleaner – now that’s a gadget we can’t resist!

But what about your bathroom? You likely presumed there was no such thing as “bathroom gadgets”. Well… get ready to be astonished!

Mirror Mirror on the wall…

At Wholesale Domestic Bathrooms, we have a wide range of mirrors, but these aren’t just any old mirrors – they’re super smart mirrors!

With touch sensor technology, a digital clock, Bluetooth speakers and LED lights, our contemporary mirror collections are the perfect addition to help modernise your bathroom. Pair up your smartphone to your mirror and get ready to blast your favourite “songs to sing in the shower” playlist.

Bluetooth Mirror

Dionysus Bluetooth Mirror – £279.95

 

Boxsets in the Bath

Consider this; you’re relaxing in a luxurious bubble bath, a glass of prosecco in your hand, watching your favourite boxset. Well, now you can! Say hello to ProofVision, a range of stylish and safe waterproof televisions that offer excellent quality at a price that won’t break the bank! Ultra-slim in design, ProofVision TV’s provide a professional looking finish when installed into the wall. And don’t worry about the heat of your bathroom, it’s clever heated element keeps the HD screen free from mist, so you can enjoy your favourite programmes hassle free!

Proofvision TV

 ProofVision TV - from £645.00

Supercharged up

Sick of your electric toothbrush running out of charge mid brush? At Wholesale Domestic Bathrooms, we have you covered! Our ProofVision Electric toothbrush chargers are the ideal solution for keeping your toothbrushes charged 24/7, as well as keeping those untidy cables at bay. Compatible with all Oral B and Braun toothbrushes, this handy gadget adds to a sleek and modern bathroom design.

ProofVision Electric Toothbrush Charger - £59.00

 

Toast your toes with toasty tiles!

Imagine stepping out of the shower on a cold winters day onto a toasty tiled floor that's been heated to your chosen temperature. Our underfloor heating system is available in a variety of sizes to suit all different styles and shapes of bathrooms. Combine with our Cosytoes Touch-Screen Timerstat, to control the heat level as well as schedule peak heat times, a bit like your central heating.

Underfloor Heating

Underfloor Heating – from £99.95

At Wholesale Domestic Bathrooms, these techy bathroom gadgets are not out of your reach & can be easily incorporated into your home. It’s time to Go Go Gadget Bathroom!!

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How to Design an Easy-Clean Bathroom

While many of us love the satisfaction of a sparkling bathroom, most of us would agree that we don’t want to spend hours cleaning it (unless you’re Mrs Hinch, of course). We’re all looking for ways to make cleaning the bathroom a quicker and easier task.

So, if you’re planning on renovating your bathroom, why not use the opportunity to your advantage? With some clever design decisions, you can cut down your cleaning time to a minimum. 

On that note, let’s talk through how you can design an easy-clean bathroom! 

How to design an easy clean bathroom- walk in shower with wall panelsMultipanel Linda Barker Dolce Macchiato Unlipped Bathroom Wall Panel

Wall panels

Wall tiles can get dirty very quickly, especially in your shower enclosure. Dirt and soap scum builds up on tiles and in grout lines, and it can be a time-consuming task to get things looking clean again. The solution? Swap out the wall tiles for waterproof wall panels.

Wall panels are low-maintenance, grout-free and incredibly easy to clean; just wipe them down with warm water and a non-abrasive cleaner. Our best-selling wall panels are available in a variety of designs and colours, so you don’t have to sacrifice on style. You could even choose wall panels with a tile-effect design to get the best of both worlds.

Easy clean bathroom with walk in shower and Multipanel vinyl flooring

Multipanel Click Floor Coastal Grey Oak Bathroom Floor Planks

Choose your flooring wisely

The bathroom floor can be one of the most tedious areas of the bathroom to clean. With such regular footfall, dirt and grime can accumulate quickly. That’s why it’s useful to choose flooring that needs minimal maintenance.

If you’re going for floor tiles, choose a style with a matte finish. This texture tends to be more forgiving on imperfections like dirt, smudges and water spots. They generally don’t need to be cleaned as frequently as glossy tiles; no more mopping daily just to keep the floor looking presentable.

Another helpful tip is to choose larger floor tiles; larger tiles mean fewer grout lines to clean.

While we’re on the topic of grout, a great idea is to choose grout in a dark colour, like black or dark grey. Dirt is less visible on darker coloured grout, so it won’t require as much upkeep to maintain its appearance.

Alternatively, you could ditch the tiles altogether and choose vinyl flooring instead. Multipanel Vinyl Flooring is grout-free and easy to clean. It also comes in a variety of stylish designs, so you can find the perfect fit for your bathroom.

Easy clean bathroom with back to wall toiletForth Back to Wall Toilet with Soft Close Seat 

Back to wall toilets

Some might say that all toilets are much alike. However, this isn’t true when it comes to cleaning. Standard close coupled toilets can be tricky to clean. With lots of curves and tiny crevices, it’s easy for dirt to build up.

Back to wall toilets are a great option for easy cleaning. With a concealed cistern and fully back to wall design, there are no awkward crevices for grime to accumulate, making cleaning quick and easy. Our Forth Back to Wall Toilet is a great option; with a sleek and modern design, this toilet wipes clean with ease.

Easy clean bathroom with wall hung, semi pedestal basin and close coupled toiletClub 600mm Basin and Half Height Pedestal

Wall hung fixtures

Cleaning the bathroom floor can be an annoying task when you have lots of bulky fixtures to manoeuvre around. Small crevices around furniture and sanitary ware can gather a build-up of dirt and dust that’s tricky to clean. Wall hung fixtures can eliminate this issue, giving you full access to clean the floor with ease. 

Items like wall hung toilets, wall mounted basins and wall hung vanity units are all great options for an easy-clean bathroom. They’re simple to clean, they give ample access for sweeping and mopping the floor and they add a stylish, minimalist look.

Easy clean bathroom- rigid riser thermostatic shower with handheld shower attachmentUltra Thermostatic Bar Valve and Telescopic Kit

Shower handset

A shower handset is a useful tool for cleaning your bathroom. It can be used to hose down your shower tray and tiles to minimise the build-up of soap scum.

Opt for a shower with a detachable handset for easy cleaning. A rigid riser mixer shower, like our Thermostatic Bar Valve and Telescopic Kit, comes with a round showerhead and useful handset.

Easy clean bathroom with walk in showerHudson Reed Chrome Wetroom Screen 1400mm x 1950mm 

Walk in shower

Shower enclosures can be notoriously difficult to clean. Chrome frames and handles are breeding grounds for dirt and grime, and it can take a fair amount of maintenance to keep it clean. Opt for a walk in shower enclosure instead.

Walk in shower screens, like the Hudson Reed Chrome Wetroom Screen, feature a simple design with minimal framing, so cleaning is effortless. A glass return screen is also a useful addition, as it prevents any soapy splashes from spraying into the rest of the bathroom.

And there we have it: our tips for designing an easy-clean bathroom. Cleaning your bathroom doesn’t have to take an eternity; with the right design, it can be quick and easy! Will you be trying out any of these ideas?

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How to Update Your Bathroom on a Budget for 2019

The new year is upon us and we’re all feeling that itch to redecorate. However, many of us aren’t lucky enough to be able to afford a full new bathroom a month after Christmas.

Luckily, there are ways that you can revamp your bathroom décor without breaking the bank. So, without further ado, let’s talk about how to update your bathroom on a budget for 2019.

How to update bathroom on a budget for 2019- shower caddySuper Suction Vertex Adjustable Shower Caddy

Declutter and organise your bathroom

The first step to revamping your bathroom is to declutter and organise. You’d be surprised how much of a difference it can make to get everything looking neat and tidy.

Hunt down all those non-essential items that are taking up space and get rid of them. Expired toiletries and medications, old ripped towels and unwanted products are all things that can be cleared out. 

When you’re finished decluttering, organise what you have left with clever storage solutions. Shower caddies and baskets are perfect for keeping all your bathroom toiletries looking neat. A suction shower caddy, like our Super Suction Vertex Adjustable Shower Caddy, is a great option. It doesn’t require drilling, making installation a breeze!

Another excellent option for bathroom storage is to install floating bathroom shelves. Our shelves are available in a variety of colours and are useful for storing your bathroom essentials, without taking up extra space. These shelves are also great for displaying small items, like decorative trinkets and houseplants. 

White wall and floor groutTilemaster Grout 3000- Pure White

Freshen up the grout

One low-cost thing that can make your bathroom feel like new again is to freshen up your grout. Old, dirt-stained grout is a big tell-tale sign that your bathroom needs an upgrade. Give your grout lines a thorough cleaning with baking soda and vinegar to make it look good as new. For more information on how to clean your grout, check out our post here.

If your grout is too far gone to salvage, another option is to regrout your tiles. This process is fairly simple and can make a huge difference to the look of your bathroom. This is also a great opportunity to change the décor of your bathroom; choose a different colour of grout to create a whole new look. 

Traditional bathroom with dark blue painted walls

Paint the walls

Painting your bathroom walls is a great way to change the appearance of your bathroom. This is a fairly inexpensive update that, depending on the size of the room, shouldn’t take too long to complete. However, a simple change like this can create a whole new décor theme for your bathroom.

Your choice of colour is likely to depend on other items in your bathroom, like tiles and furniture. But this could be a great opportunity to experiment with colour. Dark colours, like black and navy-blue, are very on-trend and can make any bathroom look more stylish. For a more neutral option, try warm, sandy colours. These tones are very fashionable and add an elegant,sophisticated look. 

Waterfall basin tap with running waterCubix Waterfall Mono Basin Mixer Tap

Replace tapware

One simple, very effective way to update your bathroom is to replace your tapware. Replacing your taps is a fairly easy job to do yourself. Plus, with taps available from as little as £20.95, it’s a budget-friendly way to change up your bathroom décor.

Replacing your taps gives you a chance to experiment with different designs. Choose something bold to change the look of your bathroom. A stylish waterfall tap, like our Cubix Waterfall Mono Basin Mixer Tap, adds a modern, designer feel. Alternatively, you could experiment with colour; choose on-trend black taps, like our Flow Black Basin Mixer Tap, to make a strong visual statement.

When picking out your taps, make sure to choose matching taps for your basin and bath. Most of our basin taps are available with matching bath filler taps, so you can create a stylish, co-ordinated look.

4 tier wooden ladder shelf with towels and bathroom accessoriesLisbon 4 Tier Ladder Shelf

Affordable Furniture

If you have the extra floor space, adding in a new piece of furniture is a great way to update your bathroom.

Modernise the room with a small storage unit. Our Alexander James storage units are a great choice. As stylish as they are functional, these units will add a modern touch to your bathroom. The units also come pre-assembled for your convenience, so it couldn’t be easier to revamp your bathroom.

Another great furniture option is a stylish ladder shelf. The Lisbon 4 Tier Ladder Shelf features a unique design that adds a contemporary and elegant look to any bathroom. This versatile unit is ideal for both storage and decoration. Place small baskets on the shelves to neatly store all your bathroom essentials, or use it to display decorative accessories. 

Grey electric heated towel rail Marco 700 x 500 Curved Grey Electric Towel Rail

Electric Heated towel rail

Another useful bathroom update is to install a heated towel rail. An electric heated towel rail is an easy and affordable way to revamp your bathroom. This type of towel rail plugs directly into your electric system. As it doesn’t require access to the boiler, installation couldn’t be simpler.

Your choice of heated towel rail can completely change the appearance of your bathroom. Choose one in a stylish grey shade, like our Marco Curved Grey Electric Towel Rail, to add a touch of elegance.

Arched bathroom wall mirrorSoho 600mm x 450mm Arch Mirror

Accessories

Accessories are, by far, the easiest and most affordable way to update your bathroom.

A new mirror can completely change the appearance of your bathroom. Choose something small, like our Soho Arch Mirror, for a subtle, but stylish look. Alternatively, if you want to treat yourself, you could invest in a sleek Bluetooth mirror.

New fixtures can also make a difference to your bathroom décor. Replace all your essential fixtures, like your towel ring and toilet roll holder, with matching ones for a brand new look.

Finish off your revamp with a few small accessories to place on your storage unit. Choose a new toothbrush holder and soap dish to match your updated décor.

As you can see, updating your bathroom doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. We hope you found these tips helpful. Are you planning on revamping your bathroom in 2019?

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How to Keep Your Bathroom Clean: The 5-Minute Routine

In a perfect world, we’d only have to clean a room once and then it would stay that way forevermore. Sadly, cleaning is a never-ending task, and nowhere is that truer than in the bathroom.

However, there are quick and easy things you can do to keep your bathroom looking squeaky clean, with minimal effort. We’re going to talk you through our Go-To 5 Minute Cleaning Routine. Done daily, this guide will help you keep your bathroom clean and tidy until your next deep clean. 

Ready? Let’s get started.

How to Keep your Bathroom Clean- The 5 Minute RoutineWholesale Domestic Multiclean 1 Litre Antibacterial Bathroom Cleaner

The Prep

Before you start cleaning, the first thing you need to do is gather all your cleaning supplies together.

You’ll need a toilet cleaner, a shower squeegee, a few cleaning cloths and an anti-bacterial cleaning spray. Our favourite is the Wholesale Domestic Multiclean Antibacterial Bathroom Cleaner.

Stash these daily essentials somewhere in your bathroom; under the vanity unit is usually a good place, but store them wherever you have space. Keep the products together in a storage basket or cleaning caddy. When you start doing quick daily cleaning sessions, having everything to hand will make life much easier. Running back and forth to the cleaning cupboard for supplies could double the time it takes to complete a task, especially if you find yourself getting distracted by things on the way. Keeping everything you need handy will speed up the process and make cleaning your bathroom feel a bit less daunting.

How to keep your bathroom clean- squeegee your showerSeries 6 Bi Fold Shower Door 800

Minute 1

The first step might not be done at the same time as the rest, but it’s a very useful one. After you’ve finished taking a shower, use a squeegee on your shower doors and tiles. Do this while the surfaces are still wet; it will make it easier to remove soap scum before it has time to dry down. It will also remove any excess moisture, which will help to prevent mildew. It sounds laborious and annoying, but this step only takes a minute and it will save you from vigorous scrubbing later.   

how to keep bathroom clean- Laundry basketMatteo Large Laundry Basket

Minute 2

Before you start cleaning surfaces, it’s time to clear the clutter from your bathroom. Put any dirty washing in the laundry basket, bin the used toilet rolls and put any products back in their place. Use a shower caddy to keep all of your bathroom essentials organised.

how to keep bathroom clean- toilet brush and holderKuba Collection Toilet Brush & Holder

Minute 3

Next, it’s time to clean the surfaces. This will be a busy 60 seconds, and you might be running around like a cleaning maniac, but it can be done! First, pour some toilet cleaner into the toilet. Give the bowl a quick scrub with one of our affordable toilet brushes, and leave the cleaner to work.

Now, work from the cleanest area to the dirtiest and wipe down all surfaces. Wipe down your countertop and basin with a damp cloth, using your cleaning spray if needed. Wipe down the bath/shower tray, again using your cleaning spray if necessary. Finish off with the toilet; clean the seat and cistern with cleaning spray and a damp cloth. Then flush away the remaining toilet cleaner and you’re done.

How to keep bathroom clean- vanity mirrorChelsea 600mm x 450mm Rectangular Mirror

Minute 4

Next step: check your mirrors. This might not seem like a task that needs done daily, but it’s easier than you think to splatter toothpaste on it (especially if kids are using it). Give it a quick wipe down with cleaning spray and a cloth and you’re sorted. If it’s already clean, use this minute to clean the taps on your basin and bath.

Once or twice a week, swap out this step for giving the bathroom floor a quick clean. Sweep the floor then use a damp cloth to spot clean any dirty areas.

Minute 5

We’re almost there. Now’s the time to give the room a quick straighten up. Close the shower curtain or door. Straighten up any small items like shampoo bottles and toothbrushes. Hang up your clean towels, straighten your bath mat and replace the toilet roll if needed. Give the room a once over to make sure everything is in its place. Et voila; you’re all done!

These steps aren’t set in stone; if you have other areas of the bathroom that need more TLC, focus on that instead! If you find the mirror doesn’t get too dirty, but the floor needs to be swept more often, swap out the steps. Do what works for you. The real key here is to clean the room every day. Not only will this keep your bathroom looking clean and presentable day to day, it will make those deep cleaning sessions feel a bit less overwhelming.

We hope you’ve found these ideas useful. Don’t forget to share your favourite cleaning tips with us in the comments!

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How to Create a Minimalist Bathroom Design

Minimalism has become a huge trend in bathroom design in the last few years.

The driving mantra behind minimalist décor is “less is more”. The simple, clutter-free appearance of this style is great for turning your bathroom into a tranquil, relaxing space. Tidy home, tidy mind.

This understated style of décor is perfect for those with small bathrooms and helps to make any room feel more spacious.

So, on that note, let’s talk through our top tips for creating a minimalist bathroom design.

How to create a minimalist bathroom design- neutral colours

Choose your colour wisely

Colour is a vital factor in minimalist bathroom design. It’s important to keep the colour scheme light and fresh.

Neutral colour schemes are a common feature in minimalist interiors. An all-white colour scheme is perfect for keeping the room looking airy and bright and provides a blank canvas for your simple bathroom design. If you’re not keen on white all over, you could also go for grey or black to add dimension to the room.

If you’re not willing to give up colour entirely, you could opt for a single feature wall in a more colourful shade. Light blue shades work well here, as they add a splash of colour without taking away from the clean look.

The real key here is to keep things simple. Don’t add too many different shades and tones into your colour scheme. To keep things cohesive, two main colours is plenty.

Minimalist bathroom with white subway tiles and wall hung furniture

Simple tiles

When it comes to tiles, simplicity is best. Opt for plain tiles for the walls and floor. Avoid heavily patterned tiles, as these can overpower the room and detract from the minimalist theme.

Plain, block colour tiles don’t have to be boring. Choose geometric tiles in neutral colours to add visual interest, while still keeping the room understated. A classic metro tile is a popular choice that always works well and can be lain in various fashions to create different effects.  

Alternatively, you could opt for tiles with a hexagon pattern, like these, to add interest while still keeping a minimalist appearance. Opt for geometric tiles in a neutral colour, like white or grey, and combine with grout in a matching colour to keep the look subtle.

Eliminate clutter

Minimalism is all about keeping things simple and clutter-free. So if you want to opt for a minimalist bathroom design, you have to embrace minimalism. That means banishing all unnecessary clutter. Get rid of anything in your bathroom that you don’t need, and be ruthless. Out of date toiletries? Gone! Old razors? Gone! That face cleanser you don’t actually like but keep anyway because it was so expensive? Get rid!

When you get rid of the unnecessary clutter, your bathroom will already start to feel like a tidier and more relaxing space. 

Minimalist bathroom wall hung storage furniture

Add storage

You want all your exposed surfaces to be as tidy and clutter-free as possible, and the key to doing this is storage. Add in clever storage furniture to keep all of your essentials stored away and your counters clear.

However, don’t go overboard here. Too much bulky furniture can take away from the minimalist appearance we’re going for, especially if your bathroom is on the smaller side. The trick here is to only buy as much storage as you need. Keep the amount of furniture in the room to a minimum. Multi-purpose furniture, like basin vanity units, are a great option here.

Minimalist modern bathroom with wall hung unit and walk in shower enclosure

Modern fixtures

Minimalist décor tends to heavily feature modern furnishings. Opt for contemporary, understated fixtures to complete the look. Wall hung fixtures are perfect for achieving a minimalist appearance. Wall hung vanity units create a floating effect that create the illusion of a bigger bathroom. Wall hung toilets and basins are also good options; these hide away bulky plumbing and give an overall sleek and simple appearance.

Traditional shower enclosures can appear bulky. Opt for a walk in shower or, even better, a wet room instead. Pair with a simple glass wet room screen to achieve an understated appearance.

Another good tip here is to build fixtures, like shower enclosures and baths, into recesses in your bathroom. This helps to create the illusion of more space and keeps your bathroom looking uncluttered.

Minimalist bathroom light wood vanity unit

Create contrast

Choose stylish, contrasting décor to stop the room from looking too clinical. Opt for black taps, like this one, to make a bold statement and add extra style to the room, without adding in unnecessary clutter.

Another option is to choose furniture in light wood; this will add life to the room, while still keeping the look light and open.

Minimalist bathroom accessories- large mirror and houseplant

Simple décor

The final touch to your minimalist bathroom design? The décor! And when it comes to minimalist décor, less is definitely more.

The majority of your decorative items should have a purpose beyond décor. Add in a stylish waste bin or laundry basket. You could also opt for a contemporary heated towel rail in a stylish design; this can act as decoration, as well as a source of heat.

Add a large wall mirror to decorate. Make sure to choose one with a simple, modern design. As well as adding style to the room, it will help to create the illusion of more space. 

Finish off with a few decorative touches, like a single houseplant or a few personal ornaments. Just make sure you don’t go overboard. Have you ever heard that Coco Chanel quote? “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off”? Well, the same applies to minimalist interior styling. When you think you’ve finished decorating and added enough ornamental trinkets, take a good look and remove an item or two. Less is more.

And there we have it. Our tips for creating a minimalist bathroom design. Would you try out the minimalist trend?

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