Glass shower screens are brilliant, and this is why…

In any renovation or build, selecting bathroom fixtures and finishes can be a difficult and sometimes stressful task.

You’re prepared to invest serious money in your bathroom. You want to make sure every selection will be fashionable for many years to come. You also need to select products complimentary to the space you have to work in, and of course you need to harmonise each individual element.

To make this process a little easier, today, let’s sort your shower specification. No matter your bathroom style, a quality glass shower screen is a must. The advantages associated with framed, semi-framless and frameless glass shower screens are enormous. They will benefit every bathroom they’re installed. For anyone stuck in bathroom design decision making mode; stop what you’re doing, tick one thing off your list, and discover the many reasons why you need a glass shower screen.

You need a glass shower screen to let your tiles shine, shine, shine!

Glass shower screen = feature tile’s ultimate companion. The beauty of glass is it’s transparent. Transparency allows other bathroom features to dominate, creating interior focal points. If you’re considering a dominant colour, or bold patterned tile, you can’t go past teaming up with Richters’ Momentum semi-frameless sliding screen Momentum will allow your shower recess to maintain definition, without detracting from feature surface finishes.

Following K.I.S.S? You need a glass shower screen.

Keep It Simple Stupid. We have all heard it before, but how often do we actually listen and apply? Not enough DIY interior designers remember to keep design simple. Simplicity doesn’t mean boring, it means tasteful and selective. Applying outrages finishes to any interior can be difficult for professionals to master. Secure bathroom success, opt for simple and effective design solutions. Frameless glass shower screens are the ultimate in sophisticated bathroom specification. Richters offers a range of hardware, such as hinges and brackets for frameless shower screens.

You need a glass shower screen to make your bathroom bigger.

Paramount in small bathrooms, but also an advantage in larger rooms, a glass shower screen will always make space appear larger. Opaque materials, or shower curtains are interior obstructions. A glass shower screen allows the eye to travel through space and process a full room. Floor to ceiling shower curtains break visibility, always creating illusions of less bathroom space. Richters’ Evolution semi-framless shower screen, enables interior visual flow.


You need a glass shower screen to make your bathroom brighter.

Unless extremely fortunate, chances are your bathroom has a small window or skylight. The last thing you want is to fit your bathroom with anything that could potentially prevent natural light from saturating your interior. Bathrooms are predominately used for grooming, they require quality lighting. Natural light is the best light for personal grooming. Glass shower screens provide definition of shower space, without reducing light flow

You need a glass shower screen for timeless style.

‘What will still be in style 10 years time?’ Even professional interior designers don’t have a crystal ball to answer this one. However glass shower enclosures, are a safe bathroom investment. Clear glass, generally won’t date. The inherit benefits of a glass shower screens will always remain, and by selection simple glass hardware, you can reduce the risk of falling out of fashion.

A glass shower screen is almost guaranteed to compliment any bathroom décor, no matter what your chosen design style. Simple, effective and timeless, the glass shower screen is must for all bathrooms.

Keep your shower screen looking sharp

You followed my advice and went with a Richters shower screen. Congratulations! Glass shower screens have so many features and benefits, unfortunately self cleaning is not one of them. When it comes to cleaning your screen, consider products and their impact on our environment. Harsh cleaning chemicals can compromise frame finish, not to mention toxic products, post cleaning, flow into our waterways. Keep your shower and the environment looking ace with environmentally friendly cleaning recipes.

Vinegar

Vinegar is the one item that every household should have. It is effective and safe in cleaning a number of different things and your glass shower screen is no different. Simply put white vinegar into a spray bottle and spray onto the shower door. Scrub the mixture onto the screen with a non-scratch cloth before rinsing off with warm water.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is another magic cleaning solution that will not only clean the shower but also deodorize your bathroom. Get your shower screen wet before wiping the shower screen with baking soda on a cloth. You can expect a paste to form on the door when you mix the baking soda with the water. Rinse off with warm water after.

Lemon Juice and Salt

This is the most effective option if your glass shower door frames are made out of metal. Over time you may notice that rust forms which can make your shower look dirty and old. Combine one tablespoon of lemon juice to two tablespoons of salt and form a paste. Using a toothbrush, scrub the mixture into the corners where the rust is forming. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.

(Cleaning recipe source: Stay At Home Mum)

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Much ado about bathroom mirrors

“Raise the roof” with tall, slender framed mirrors

You know how choosing vertical details in your wardrobe prompts the eye to look up and down instead of side to side, helping create a taller, more slender appearance? The same is true for your bathroom. Vertical details in the bathroom accentuate ceiling height and help a small bathroom feel more expansive and luxurious.

Add decorative elements to the bathroom to encourage the eyes to move upward from the bath, sink and toilet.  Tall vases or plants, vertical tile designs and vertical paintings are possible choices. But, once again, the hero of the small bathroom is the elegantly framed mirror. Previous Richters blogs, have highlighted the ability of a framed mirror to create the illusion of space and increase the light in a small bathroom, but when you choose tall, slender mirrors you also lift the ceiling and inspire a feeling of space above.

Just like wearing a top or dress with horizontal stripes can section your body into blocks and make you appear shorter and wider, horizontally wide and vertically short framed mirrors chop the room height. Usinghorizontal lines and patterns won’t make the room look wider. In fact, horizontal patterns in a small bathroom can accentuate the lack of space. Big, wide mirrors have their place, but vertical mirrors, that reach to the ceiling, maximise space and result in that sensation of height.

If you’re fortunate two windows in your bathroom, a vertical line of mirrors in between windows will maximize natural sunlight and provide even greater space-defying visuals.

Mirrors, shower screen and bath panel hardware, and shelving hardware can be like bathroom wardrobe and accessory items; accessorize strategically. Mirrors offer a fantastic way to dress up a space; however you want to use them as you would elements in your personal wardrobe. Choosing vertical lines and a tall, thin mirror will help tap into unused space and make your small bathroom look larger and more chic.

Six tips for DIY bathroom renovators

Renovating: everyone thinks they know how to do it, almost everyone discovers it’s not as easy as it looks, and they have no idea what they’re doing.

For a small room, bathroom renovations cost a pretty penny, they also involve serious construction work. If you’re thinking about a DIY bathroom renovation, and you haven’t renovated before, my first piece of advice would be, make sure you have a good plumber on board, and possibly a cabinetmaker, or builder. If you’re new to the reno scene, don’t attempt to do everything yourself. Bathrooms can’t be updated every year. You need to take some key steps to ensure you create a successful space you will love for years to come. From seasoned ‘ren0spert’ (a renovation expert) to rookie renovators, here are six bathroom renovation tips I would advise any DIY-er consider.

1. Make a bathroom wish list

This might seem daggy, but I promise, when you have a clear idea of what you really want in your new bathroom, you won’t be regretting this step. My advice is write a couple of bathroom wish lists. Note down what you currently don’t like about your bathroom. List what fittings and fixtures you want in your new bathroom. Think about what you feel are top priority items, and try to forecast potential problems – oh, and of course make a list of design features and styles you like.

These lists will eventually form a design concept, timeline, shopping list and renovation budget.

2. Samples and mood boards

Don’t let professional designers have all the fun! Today, through sites such as Pinterest, Facebook, Google + and Instagram you can access an incredible amount of design inspiration. Create a board on Pinterest to gather images, or dedicate a folder on your computer to your bathroom renovation. For the technically savvy renovator, use a creative program to bring your images together on one page. For those less across image editing software, there’s nothing wrong with printing images and gluing them onto paper. Magazines are perfect for this. Interior designers seeking inspiration actually follow this process, so if you think it sounds a little like glorified scrap booking, think again. Mood boards are significant styling tools, allowing you to determine what goes with what and an overall theme.

After your bathroom mood board is complete, collect as many paint, tile, and fabric samples as possible. For fittings and fixtures, make sure you get to showrooms and view each product in person before making any decisions. Remember, everything has the potential to look totally different in the flesh.

3. Tile planning

There is a reason tiling is a profession it its own right. A high level of skill required to getting tile configurations spot on. When tiling, you want to ensure you minimise wastage and tile pattern compromise. The best way to go about tile planning is to take the measurements of your walls and floors, along with your selected tile. Use these to grid in scale, each interior wall elevation, and the floor plan. Identify where wall features such as cupboards, hooks, rails and mirrors will  be placed, and think about what percentage of the room you want tiled. I suggest always having a tile professional look over your plans to avoid disappointment. Pre-planning tile configurations is a cost effective way of trialling different designs, and great preparation if you do attempt to take this part of the renovation on yourself.

4. Plumbing position

Please, please, please, DIYers, keep your plumbing where it is. Save yourself a small fortune and many grey hairs, don’t move your existing pipes. Only if absolutely necessary (I’m talking, toilet literally in shower type scenario) would I suggest moving pipes.

If you have to move anything, call a plumber and don’t attempt it yourself. If you’re unhappy with your current bathroom, chances are the room falls short as a result of design and décor, not plumbing layout.
5. Test a tub

Just like a mattress for your bed, a bathtub needs to be lay in before purchasing.  It’s important to get a feel for how it suits your body. A tub might look spacious and curvaceous, but this doesn’t mean you will find it comfortable. Don’t hold back when you’re walking around bathroom showrooms, kick off your shoes and test a tub!

6. Plan a ‘wow’ shower

It’s safe to assume we all use our shower at least once a day. If you’re going to the effort of re-modelling your bathroom, explore every opportunity to increase shower footprint and maximise luxury. A double shower would be my first recommendation, however if your floor plan doesn’t allow, use a frameless or semi-frameless glass shower screen to create the illusion of a larger shower cavity. For an extensive range of shower screens, visit Richters.
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Mirrored wardrobe doors, a fresh look on an interesting design feature

After a short stint spent in the bin of “holdover of ’80s design”, sliding mirror wardrobe doors are back in design vogue and now seen as a new classic because they offer so many benefits. A mirrored wardrobe door makes a room appear larger and they reflect the natural light, adding brightness and dimension to the room, making it feel more open, airy and spacious. They offer a fresh take at a truly interesting design feature.

Practical design

Homeowners choose mirrored wardrobes for their practicality as they save floor space by becoming part of the design vision for the room and the full length mirrors get frequent use.

Successful installers understand the need to pair the mirrors with strategic location to make the most of a room’s natural light. Some areas accommodate mirrored doors better than others. Learn how to use this for design advantage.

Having mirrored doors for the bedroom furniture can have advantages both in terms of functionality and style. Large mirrors allow the home’s residents to better assess clothing choices and ensembles. This is particularly helpful in the home without a dressing room or a large walk-in robe.

Contemporary spaces


While mirrored wardrobes look prefect in contemporary spaces and with minimalist design trends where every feature must have purpose, they blend equally well with classic, art deco, industrial, traditional and shabby chic decorating.
An easy choice

Richters mirrored wardrobe doors offer a low maintenance, easy-to-clean option to change the look of a bedroom. They look amazing and perform effortlessly for years. You can gain even greater design options and mix and match mirrored panels with others to have one, two, three or more panels mirrored.

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Five bathroom investments you will never regret

The savvy home owner should always aim to design their interior to stand the test of time.

The kitchen is the most expensive room in a renovation or build, the bathroom is second. When investing time and money into a bathroom build or renovation, you want to ensure you get maximum value for money. You need to aim to create an interior you will enjoy for years to come. Everyone has their own style. For some, a bold and daring design will appeal, others will prefer more classical styled space. Regardless of personal preference, there are some essential bathroom features with mass appeal. This week’s design advice is for everyone. If you’re renovating or building, believe me, you will never regret investing in the following five bathroom ‘must haves’.

1. The double shower rose

For all the couples out there, this is one bathroom feature you won’t truly appreciate until you have experienced it, but trust me, it is one small feature all couple bathrooms need. Two shower heads will not only elevate your bathroom to designer chic, with the trend popping up in designer magazines and blogs everywhere, it will more importantly make the shared shower experience a thousand times more enjoyable. Never feel the icy chill of being the one half stuck out of the water, as you both struggle to fit under the one water source. Run your shower at the temperature you like,  and most of all enjoy your own space while still experiencing some time with your lover.

Let’s face it, sharing a shower sounds romantic, but fighting for water and disagreeing on temperature really takes away from the experience. Double the shower heads, double the enjoyment.

2. Glass shower screens

If you’re trying to decide between a shower curtain and a glass screen, you will never regret investing in a quality shower screen. Easy to clean and never out of fashion, you will thank yourselves for avoiding the sticky shower curtain battle and opting for glass.

A glass shower screen is timeless. Select a frameless, semi-frameless or framed screens from Richters for an on-trend sleek aesthetic. Richters range of glass shower screens will suit any bathroom décor. Glass shower screens provide clean lines and beautiful simplicity to any bathroom. Richters have an extensive range of shower configurations, meaning you will easily find a screen suitable for your bathroom.

3. A tub for two

I don’t know many people who don’t enjoy a long relaxing bath. However a bath can quickly be less than enjoyable if it’s not big enough. A standard bathtub will struggle to fit one adult, let alone two on a romantic night, or a couple of children at bath time. Don’t deprive yourself, invest in a large bathtub and never look back.

For added luxe, eliminate ‘the bad end of the tub’ and make sure you select a bath with central drain design, and fit tapware to the centre of the bath.

4. Storage you will actually use

I believe storage is key to a successful interior, regardless of the room. You can’t expect your room to look as you dreamt, if it’s a cluttered mess. Bathroom storage can be difficult. Often you’re working within small space, and humidity and dampness will effect storage options. My advice for storage, remember everyone is different and you have to find solutuins suitable for you. You won’t regret taking the time to sit down and really think about what you need to store in your bathroom. Ask yourself how you like/do interact with storage systems. There’s no point designing something you won’t use.

If you’re time poor and don’t like packing away all the time, opt for open, easy storage solutions, such as baskets and shelves. If you have lots of smaller items that need organising (ladies I’m talking nail polish and make-up here), multiple shallow draws might be the solution for you. Smart, effective storage will make or break your bathroom design.

5. A feature mirror

We all groom ourselves in the bathroom, it’s not a case of vanity, it’s practicality. Bathroom light is often the best in the house, and after a shower or bath, it makes sense to preen. In addition to practicality,  a large mirror, half, or full body, will make your bathroom look larger, lighter and more inviting. For a range of aluminium mirror frames or frameless, visit Richters Show Room for different options.

An extra treat for the bath…

Bath bombs! Bring a little ‘bath champaign’ into your next tub experience, and make your own fizzy bath bombs. If you have children, these are are a guaranteed winner – fun to make, and even more fun to watch in the bath as they fizz, bubble and whiz. Enjoy…

YOU WILL NEED

  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Citric acid
  • Spray bottles
  • Food colouring
  • Glass bowl
  • Essential oil
  • Baking moulds

STEP ONE

Sift 1 3/4 cup baking soda, 1 cup citric acid, and 2 cups cornstarch through a sieve to remove chunks. To make different tints, fill small spray bottles with water and add about 6 drops of food colouring to each.

STEP TWO

Pour 1 cup of powdered mixture into a glass bowl. Lightly spray, stirring after each spray, until powder is desired colour. Add water slowly, so mixture does not fizz. If mixing two tints, alternate colours as you spray. Check the consistency of powder with your fingers; when it can be tightly packed or shaped, stop spraying (this may take a little while).

STEP THREE

Select an essential oil. Add five drops if it’s one of the stronger scents (peppermint, lavender), six if it’s a weaker one (lemon, grapefruit). Mix well. Firmly pack mixture into small baking moulds. Allow mixture to set for two hours, then pop out carefully. Repeat with different tints for remaining powder.

(source: Martha Stewart)
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