Day: May 31, 2017
If the building design of your home has left you with a windowless bathroom, it might feel like you’ll be stuck with a gloomy room forever. Well fortunately, there are some handy design tips that could brighten up even the dullest of bathrooms.
We’ve collated the best tips for your bathroom, that are easy to carry out and will help you to create the illumination you’re looking for. Read on to find out how you can make small changes and create a beautifully lit haven in your home.
If you do happen to have a small window in your bathroom, a great way to maximise the light it brings in is to strategically place a mirror opposite it. This will allow the natural light to bounce off the mirror, and fill your room with a warm glow.
You can also get this same effect without natural lighting, by placing ceiling lights or lamps around your mirrors, again enhancing the light already in the room.
Alongside using mirrors to create brightness, you can also experiment with your lighting in the available space. When selecting your bulbs, consider warmer tones to give the room a cosy feel.
You could install spotlights in alcoves to create space, and use the lights in strategic places such as under cabinets to give a feeling of all round brightness.
You don’t just need to stick to your ceiling lighting to make your room look bright either. Positioning table lamps or even hanging spotlights around your bathroom can illuminate the space.
If you use the right colours, you can not only create light in a windowless room, you can also create space. White is a great colour for giving off brightness, as it bounces any existing light around the room. You don’t need to change your space too much, just incorporating a white bath tub, cupboards and towels can have a big effect.
Keeping your room decorated in one, light colour will also help create light. Instead of fitting hundreds of tiles, you can install cladding, such as marble-effect cladding. This design is not only modern, it can also reflect light around your room and create the brightness you’re looking for.
Alongside buying white furniture, you can do other things with your bathroom fittings to create light. Instead of frosted glass in your shower, try textured glass. This will protect your privacy while also allowing light to travel through the glass and into every corner of your bathroom.
You can also consider installing a bathroom sink and using shelving rather than cupboards underneath to expose even more space, and allow light to come through.
So, as you can see, you don’t need to make big changes in your bathroom to create the sense of light you need. Making aesthetic changes to your colour scheme, and to your bathroom furniture can really help to brighten up your space and illuminate its features.
Dishwashers are a cherished item in the household, as they save us from many gruelling washing up tasks!
Despite their ability to tackle a huge batch, there are some things that you can’t put in a dishwasher due to the damage it can lead to your kitchen utensils and more importantly the appliance itself.
Read on to find out about these 10 things which have no place in your dishwasher.
Knives can quickly dull when placed in the dishwasher, which is particularly frustrating when this happens to your best ones. Not only does the detergent in the dishwasher wear down the sharpness of the knife over time, but the banging of the knives with other cutlery can extenuate this problem. However, some dishwashers come equipped with a knife rack, which helps to keep them protected.
Cheese graters are messy utensils, due to all the small food particles getting stuck in the tiny holes, so for that reason they shouldn’t go anywhere near your dishwasher.
These objects need to be cleaned by hand because if you place them straight into your dishwasher after using them, you’re bound to notice that it’s left some mess in your appliance. Hand wash your cheese grater to ensure that it’s clear of any loose food particles, so that it doesn’t leave any dirt in your dishwasher.
Placing dirty cutlery or objects in your dishwasher can clog the pump assembly which may leave you in need of having your dishwasher repaired.
Unless your non-stick pan has a label saying, ‘dishwasher safe’, then these are objects should not be thrown in the dishwasher, because they won’t last for much longer after that.
The detergent can majorly affect these pans non-stick quality and it is best that you wash these by hand.
Despite that some new insulated mugs have been made to be dishwasher safe, some older models will lose their insulation quality when placed in the dishwasher, as the space between the outer and inner layer can fill with water.
It is commonly questioned whether you can put plastic in your dishwasher. In fact, some dishwashers can accommodate plastic cutlery, but for those that can’t, they can melt the plastic and leak harmful toxins when heated.
However, the plastics that can be problematic for your dishwasher are the weaker ones. Plastic cutting boards and mixing boards are less troublesome and can go in the dishwasher, but make sure they are kept on the top shelf so they are as far away from the heat as possible.
Whether it’s disposable or not, any objects made of aluminium that you place in your dishwasher run the risk of becoming discoloured.
This discolouration will come in the form of either black residue or marks all over your aluminium item. Or even worse…it could discolour other items in your dishwasher too.
Make sure you don’t get your aluminium cookware confused with their stainless-steel equivalent, as the latter are more than equipped to tackle your dishwashing appliance.
Gold Plated Crockery
If you have any fancy gold-plated dishware, then it’s essential that you only wash these objects by hand. By running them through the dishwasher, then there’s a chance that the gold can be eaten away …. a chance which certainly isn’t worth risking.
Crystal bowls and glasses don’t come cheap and by throwing them in the dishwasher they’re surely not going to be a long-lasting investment.
By putting crystal in your washer, the high temperature can leave it chipped or cracked. However, some manufacturers now make dishwasher safe crystal, but it’s still important to make sure that they are secured tightly in the appliance to stop them from moving around and breaking.
Objects with Adhesives
Any objects that you throw in the washer that have labels on them containing glue, can cause damage to the appliance. Either hand wash any labelled objects, or simply remove all labels before loading into the dishwasher.
Garlic presses pose a similar threat to your dishwasher than cheese graters because they are messy and a nightmare to wash.
Garlic in particular can turn into a paste form and can get stuck in the crevices of the press which is not a good mix with your dishwasher. This is due to the amount of dirt it can leave within the appliance, which will worsen its washing effectiveness.
So now you know all the things that can be detrimental to the condition of your dishwasher, you have no excuse not to hand wash these items, no matter how much of a rush you are in! This way, you can prolong the lifespan of your dishwasher so it can continue saving you time for many years to come!