A Taste Of Christ­mas

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Expatriate Lifestyle - - December The Team - Words by Tania Jay­ati­laka Photo by Hans­grohe SE and IKEA Malaysia

How er­gonomic are the mixer taps and han­dles in your bath­room? Are you think­ing of pur­chas­ing bath­room fix­tures that re­duce wa­ter wastage with­out com­pro­mis­ing on safety and com­fort? So many things to con­sider when cre­at­ing a new bath­room!

It may seem like a good idea to cut costs and just go with the flo w (pun in­tended) when choos­ing bath­room fix­tures and fur­nish­ings. But in the long r un, it’s wise to in­vest a lit­tle more on a few key bath­room fit­tings that will not only save costs and time, but also in­crease us­abil­ity and safety, par tic­u­larly for small chil­dren and the el­der ly.

Keep it sim­ple

Many of us don’t think about it, but the bath­room can be an es­pe­cially dif­fi­cult place for the el­derly or the phys­i­cal­ly­chal­lenged. We asked Is­abelle Oh of Hans­grohe Sin­ga­pore for ad­vice and she sug­gests an un­com­pli­cated ap­proach to choos­ing bath­room fit­tings and to se­lect sim­ple prod­ucts that even first-time users will in­tu­itively un­der­stand.

For ex­am­ple, the Hans­grohe Show­ers­e­lect is op­er­ated with the quick press of a clear ly-la­belled but­ton, an ideal al­ter­na­tive to those who might have trou­ble twist­ing a shower knob. Too many com­pli­cated bath­room fit­tings take up ex­ces­sive space, ob­struct­ing ac­cess and easy move­ment. Min­i­mal­ist fix­tures that com­bine mul­ti­ple func­tions into one can help de-clut­ter what could be a tight space . The AXOR One Shower con­trol el­e­ment can op­er­ate dif­fer­ent out­lets, wa­ter tem­per­a­ture and the wa­ter vol­ume all from one con­sole.

Too many com­pli­cated bath­room fit­tings take up ex­ces­sive space”

Sta­bil­ity and safety

There are many sim­ple but ef­fec­tive mea­sures you can take to make your bath­room’s shower area as safe as pos­si­ble, e.g. shower bars which dou­ble as grab han­dles and hand show­ers at the lower end of the bar to off er easy ac­cess to chil­dren.

Keep your bath­room free from clut­ter by mak­ing sure that there are des­ig­nated bins or stor­age com­part­ments to put wet tow­els and dir ty laun­dry in. You can also in­stall towel bars at lower lev­els to make them more ac­ces­si­ble to kids or any­one who is seated. A fold­able step­ping stool will help small chil­dren reach the bath­room c ounter, while non-slip mats of­fer sta­bil­ity on wet floors.

Sav­ing wa­ter

For mix­ers and show­er­heads with Ecos­mart tech­nol­ogy, look for Hans­grohe’s Metropol Clas­sic range of mix­ers for wash­basins, bath­tubs and bidets (re­duc­ing wa­ter flow to about five litres per minute). The Rain­dance Clas­sic over­head and hand show­ers flow at only nine litres per minute.

Fix­tures like the three-hole mixer with er­gonom­i­cally rounded cross han­dles and a no-han­dle ver­sion prove that small changes can trans­form what used to be the most over­looked room in the house to some­where wel­com­ing, el­e­gant and ac­tu­ally raise the value of your home. Choos­ing wash­basins and taps can be com­pli­cated when you have to fac­tor in space con­straints (one sink or two?) and dif­fer­ent spout heights cater­ing to dif­fer­ent users and per­sonal style (min­i­mal­ist, trop­i­cal, tra­di­tional).

Choos­ing wash­basins and taps can be com­pli­cated when you have to fac­tor in space con­straints and spout heights”

Work­ing smart with lim­ited space

Many home­own­ers in the city face the chal­lenge of cre­at­ing a safe and stylish bath­room within a small space . Here’s an ef­fec­tive tip on choos­ing fur­ni­ture for small­sized bath­rooms: opt for mul­ti­func­tional fur­ni­ture. IKEA – that great pur veyor of multi-func­tional fur­nish­ings for small spa­ces – al­ways has fan­tas­tic ideas on how to make any room look good.

For ex­am­ple, ad­di­tional light­ing is al­ways a wel­come ad­di­tion for a small bath­room and the STORJORM two-door mir­ror cabi­net achieves this thanks to built-in en­ergy-sav­ing LED lights. These cab­i­nets also of­fer four shelves of space to store your bath­room es­sen­tials and keep those counter tops as neat as pos­si­ble.

In­stead of in­stalling a shower rack onto the wall, use a re­mov­able al­ter­na­tive like a two-tiered shower hanger – an in­stant space-saver where you can place all your es­sen­tial toi­letries. You might also con­sider a two-door wash­stand: the well-de­signed edge of the wash­basin keeps wa­ter droplets from the cabi­net space and the sur round­ing area. IKEA also stocks eco-friendly mixer taps that main­tain de­cent wa­ter pres­sure, re­duce wa­ter wastage , and let you save on hot wa­ter with a ‘cold star t’ func­tion.

Add a touch of lux­ury

Ma­te­ri­als like wood or mar­ble on walls can trans­form the look of a bath­room, so tr y ex­per­i­ment­ing with grey or white wood pan­elling to lend a touch of class to a nar row space.

Since bath­rooms are of­ten the small­est room in the house , you can cre­ate the il­lu­sion of a wider space with mir­rors and a mono­chrome colour scheme. For ex­am­ple, go all white with cab­i­nets, bath­room mats and win­dow blinds, then ac­cen­tu­ate with pot­ted plants.

Why re­strict your­self to the usual sham­poo bot­tles and soap bar s? Bath­room ac­ces­sories like toi­let roll car­riages, soap dis­pensers and even es­sen­tial oil burn­ers can make your bath­room look that bit more el­e­gant.

If there’s a de­cent amount of space near your bath­tub or sink, in­tro­duce sim­ple seat­ing op­tions like a small stool or chair – it’s prac­ti­cal and will give the bath­room an el­e­gant look.

Peo­ple don’t of­ten give bath­rooms a lot of thought dé­cor-wise, but there’s a lot you can do even with lim­ited space. Change up the of­ten clin­i­cal bath­room dé­cor by hang­ing up a piece of your favourite ar twork; it lifts the mood and per­son­alises the space con­sid­er­ably.

Don’t for­get to get cre­ative with your light­ing op­tions ei­ther as light­ing plays a huge par t in con­trol­ling the at­mos­phere of a room – yes, even a bath­room. Items like a large lamp­shade or a mod­i­fied chan­de­lier will soften the room’s in­te­rior, as will sconces and can­dles. EL

Peo­ple don’t of­ten give bath­rooms a lot of thought decor-wise, but there’s a lot you can do even with lim­ited space”

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