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Estelle’s Tips for Remodelling a Small Bathroom

Creating a relaxing space in a small bathroom can be difficult, especially when you have big ideas!

It’s important to make the most out of your space. You should be looking around for tips and tricks to recover as much space in your bathroom as possible. Looking for slimline bathroom essentials, compact fixtures, and clever storage advice can be a great way to do this.

It’s essential that you have enough room to undress and dry off, without elbow clashes with shower screens or stubbed toes on vanities.  Allow yourself room to move comfortably – you don’t want to feel claustrophobic!

Estelle has made this easy by creating a list of 4 simple things to remember when doing a bathroom remodel.

Knowing What You Need

It is important to know exactly what you want your bathroom to look like before you start a renovation. Home Design magazines and showrooms can help you get an idea of what is currently trending in bathroom design.

You should become familiar with your bathroom’s existing plumbing. The positioning of certain pipes can determine where things like showers and toilets have to go. This will help create a blueprint of where the remaining fixtures have to reside in your bathroom.

It is also important to get specific measurements of the space you are working with. You don’t want buy things you don’t have enough room for!

Include Space Saving Solutions

Installing things like sliding doors or an outwards opening door on your bathroom entrance is a must. This will reduce wasted space and open up much needed square footage.

It is likely that you may have to consider omitting a bath and instead install a shower. This will significantly increase the space available in your bathroom. Luckily Estelle is an expert in shower screen fixtures and hardware. Our product lines allow you to install a modern frameless shower screen that will help save space and look good while doing it.

Frameless shower screens are a great space saving solution. They take up less space than a standard shower screen and have more customization in regards to their layout. This can be a very important thing for a small bathroom as it gives you more flexibility when it comes to your bathroom’s layout.

Storage Space is Important

Storage space is important for a bathroom. Handy wall recesses in the shower can create beautiful shelving for your products. Floating glass shelves look great with some selected décor or beautifully-presented glass jars or candles. In fact glass shelves can provide a modern, minimalistic solution to storage issues in general. Vanities with under head storage keep your personals hidden and out of sight. Large baskets to hide your washing can also lift your storage game keeping your bathroom presentable.

Use the Right Materials and Features to Make Your Bathroom Look Bigger

Use a lighter colour palette and a larger tile option to create the illusion of bigger space in your bathroom or ensuite.  Capitalizing on natural light and using the correct finishes on your fixtures and fittings is crucial. This will help make your bathroom look bigger and look good at the same time. While fixtures may be small they can have a big impact on how your bathroom presents itself. Fixtures with reflective finishes such as Polished Chrome, Polished Nickel, Gold Polish or Rose Gold will reflect more natural light and create a feeling of grandeur. This will make your bathroom look bigger and look good while doing it. Using clear glass materials in shower screens and shelving will provide functionality and storage space while appearing almost invisible.

Frameless shower screens are another great way to make your bathroom look bigger. They have a sleek and elegant look and make the space appear larger than it actually is. The minimalistic subtlety of a frameless shower screen can have a huge impact on your bathroom’s appearance.

In Conclusion

Your bathroom should be a place for you to relax and unwind. Smaller bathrooms can present some challenges at times, however there are many different solutions that can help get the most out of your small space. The Estelle Team is always ready to provide advice on how to approach installing things like showers and shelving and can help you find solutions for your bathroom.

Stop Mould Growing In Your Bathroom

Lets be honest, no one wants mould in their bathroom. It’s unhygienic and looks bad! However mould is inevitable and happens to everyone’s bathroom. Mould is created in places where there is high humidity, such as in the shower, in the bath, in the sink, in and around corners of your shower and bathtub. Luckily mould is simple to remove and with the correct strategies in place you can reduce the mould build up in your bathroom tremendously. The ideal way to stop mould build-up is controlling the level of your bathroom’s humidity. Mould thrives in humidity, so the hotter and steamier your bathroom is the more mould will invade.

We know mould appears when there are high levels of humidity in your bathroom, but what else?

Poor Ventilation

Majority of us will have a shower with the shower door closed, and as there is no airflow during your shower, the hot steam and moisture gets trapped inside and clings onto the walls, floors and taps allowing for mould to appear.

Deteriorating Grout

As grout ages it begins to crack, making it the perfect place for moisture and steam to find its way in between the grout and behind tiles. As paint is a form of food, and darkness is encouragement, you most likely will have mould in your grout if you haven’t had your grout replaced within the past 6 months.

Mould can be found anywhere, under mats, on towels, behind taps, near windows, in the sink and around the toilet, so let’s look at the best way to prevent your bathroom mould.

Increasing Ventilation

Humidity and poor ventilation is the main influence over mould. The best way to stop mould is by installing a fan in your bathroom (if you don’t already have one). A fan will create a consistent airflow throughout your bathroom, removing any steam and moisture straight away. Another way to increase airflow is to open your shower door straight after your shower, do not keep it closed. Also don’t forget to open windows for a less expensive alternative. If you do not have a fan and rely on open windows for air ventilation, you may need to invest in a dehumidifier, as windows will not provide sufficient assistance.

Remove Water

After your shower, we recommend removing any excess water straight away. Use a squeegee over the shower wall, bathroom sink, bathtub and taps. This way mould will be unable to identify a place to reside. It’s also a good idea to check and remove any excess water in your bathroom once a week. This way you will be able to ensure there will be no mould in your bathroom. Scrubs and washcloths are the best tools to use to ensure mould does not invade your bathroom.

Clean Your Bathroom Accessories

It’s important to clean your bath, shower and sink, but don’t forget about your towels, mats, shower curtains and hand towels. Throw away any item that has dark spots, as this is a sign of mould invasion. We recommend purchasing absorbent bathroom mats which will prevent water from seeping underneath your mat into your tiles. The main focus is keeping everything dry!

Replacing Bathroom Grout

You should be replacing the grout in your bathroom at least every 6 months, and you should be cleaning your grout once a week to prevent any invasion of mould. By taking these preventative steps, you will thank yourself later when there is no mould in your grout! When replacing your grout, make sure you seal it with a latex penetrating sealer, this way any access mould may have had before, has been closed off.

Our frameless shower screens are made from the highest-quality materials to provide you with a long-lasting, durable shower screen. Our Estelle products will enhance the overall appearance of your bathroom giving you that modern look. Don’t let mould ruin the look of your updated bathroom. Take note of our prevention techniques to ensure your mould free bathroom is looking its best at all times!

Estelle frameless shower screens use advanced technology that prevents mould from invading your shower screen. The screws and grooves of your shower screen will be hidden, preventing any access for moisture and steam. From frameless shower screens to bathroom accessories enjoy the Estelle Experience and contact Estelle on 02 9834 4125 and one of our friendly team members will be more than happy to assist you with your shower screen needs.

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