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Work trousers with optimal fit for female craftsmen
“Our women-specific workwear is based on proven and popular men’s styles, but come with a fit shaped according to the female anatomy,” says Kicki Kemze, Pattern Designer at Snickers Workwear. “The high-vis 6730 trousers feature wider hips and narrower waist to provide optimal fit and ergonomics for female craftsmen, enabling them to be efficient, comfortable and safe in low-light-conditions.”
6730 AllroundWork, Women’s High-Vis Work Trousers + Holster Pockets CL2 Women’s high-visibility work trousers with holster pockets that combine great fit and comfort with efficient functionality. Advanced knee protection, built-in ventilation and the stretch gusset in the crotch and the back panel ensure all-round performance. EN 14404
Metallic paints inspiration
Metallic paint is becoming increasingly popular if you want to mix contemporary and heritage to your home. Here’s some inspiration.
If you’re thinking of refreshing your home, you may not be entirely convinced shine and sparkle paint is the way to go. However, if used in the correct way, metallic paint can add interesting detail to a home.
Crown Paint have put together their top picks that will bring a blend of shimmer and interest to your home. The full range of Crown Paint is available at BJ Mullen.
Grey shades are ever popular but if you are looking for a grey with a twist, Granite Top Metallic emulsion provides an alternative to a standard matt finish. Perfectly on-trend, the Granite Top paint is designed shimmer in the light for a stunning feature wall, stencil or detail.
If you’re looking for something a little more feminine, our Rose Gold is the perfect addition for feature walls, stripes and stencils.
Rose Gold paint shimmers with a metallic finish that will brighten your space, providing an interesting focal point to any room.
If you’re feeling adventurous, Copper metallic paint provides a stunning backdrop to a room. The paint creates a lustrous look of metallic shine to your walls and combined with a matt emulsion, makes an interesting contrast. Copper Metallic paint is the perfect way to bring a glowing feeling of warmth to the room, a sure fire way to impress your guests, and still provide a soothing place relax.
To introduce just a touch of our metallic paint, use Striking to create a metallic stripe.
Horizontal stripes can be edgy and work really well in a hallway to help elongate the space without sacrificing style.
For the full range of Crown Paints, Primers, Paintbrushes, Rollers and expert advice for your DIY project, call into BJ Mullen.
With over 40 new mosaics, you will find beautiful products that complement existing ranges as well as brand new shapes and new materials suitable for both walls and floors. From cool contemporary greys and neutrals, with beautiful natural stone effect and soft grey veining, to the colourful rainbow tones in the popular scallop shell shape; […]
Sea Themed Bathrooms
Imagine it: glittering sunshine on an aquamarine sea, a refreshing breeze on a hot summer’s day, an invigorating dip in crystal clear waters. There is, quite simply, nothing quite like a coastal retreat to bring a sense of tranquility and rejuvenation.
At Heritage, we believe that it’s possible to bring that sense of ocean-inspired calm into your home. Fresh, invigorating and defined by clean lines, the Mediterranean aesthetic is the perfect look for a sea-themed bathroom.
Whether you’re looking for summer bathroom ideas or simply love design inspired by a seemingly endless stretch of sparkling ocean, we’re here to help you create a bathroom reminiscent of tranquil days under the hot summer sun.
A fresh aesthetic for your sea-themed bathroom
Your colour palette:
For many, the starting point for any new bathroom design is choosing a colour palette. If you’d love to create a coastal bathroom inspired by the sea, the right hues are absolutely key in creating a tranquil space. Shades of blue, teal and aquamarine mirror the ever-changing colours of the ocean – and look particularly striking when balanced with bright whites. If you prefer, use darker and lighter shades of your chosen colour on different walls to create depth and interest. Click here for Paint.
Statement wallpaper can be an eye-catching way to transport your bathroom to hotter climes too. Palm leaf prints in cool tones can create an exquisite focal point for your space and are a great way to bring in a fresh and on-trend feel to your sea-themed bathroom.
Tiles, while practical, can also transform your space to create a real sense of beauty. To make a high impact statement, run tiles across the floor and up onto the walls. Alternatively, invoke an authentic feel by alternating patterned tiles and plain tiles to give a gloriously hop-scotch effect, reminiscent of Mediterranean village squares. If you’re looking for something a little different, try choosing scalloped-edge tiles. These unique tiles look exquisite and give a real sense of the sea. Whichever ocean-hued shades you choose, the key to the Mediterranean aesthetic is fresh tones, clean lines and refreshing design.
A hint of Mediterranean flair in your furnishings
Once you’ve chosen your colour palette, it’s time to decide on furnishings. The focal point of any bathroom, your bathroom suite has a significant impact on the overall look and feel of your sea-themed space.
Put bathing at the forefront:
When thinking through your summer bathroom ideas, imagine immersing yourself in a shimmering plunge pool. The key is to recreate this sense of refreshing calm when choosing your bathroom furnishings. To do just that, a statement bath is the perfect choice. By placing your bath at the front and centre of your overall design, water becomes central to your coastal bathroom aesthetic.
If you have the space, freestanding baths make a striking statement. Mirror the diamond-like sparkle of sunshine on the sea with a metallic-effect bath, like Heritage’s Hylton Freestanding Acrylic Double Ended Bath in gold, or give your space a clean and sleek look with our Penhallam Freestanding Acrylic Double Ended Slipper Bath. Alternatively, choose one of our exquisite cast iron baths and paint with cool tones to create a stunning feature.
Creating beautiful sea-themed décor is more than possible with a fitted bath too. Choose a piece with clean and simple lines, like the stylish Blenheim Acrylic Double Ended Fitted Bath, and complement with a fitted bath panel that works well with the colour palette you choose.
Finishing your bathroom suite:
When it comes to basins and WCs, complement your suite with a design that works with your chosen bath. Heritage offer a range of bathroom furnishings that create cohesion, meaning that creating your perfect Mediterranean-themed bathroom is easier than you might think.
For taps and showers, contemporary designs work well with sea-themed décor. Think about creating contrast with clean chrome lines, for example with the Gracechurch range of angular and endlessly stylish taps. The Gracechurch shower complements the contemporary design of these taps beautifully.
Accessorise with ocean bathroom décor
The finishing touches are the perfect way to add extra flair to your sea-themed bathroom. Dress your space with accessories that add to the tranquility and restfulness of your design.
Bring nature indoors
Bring to mind the memory of sun-drenched landscapes with purposefully chosen indoor plants. Plants add a wonderful sense of nature to your space and help to create that feeling of calm. Cacti and succulent plants are a great choice when creating your Mediterranean bathroom and can look even more striking when potted in patterned or glass tumblers.
Choose coloured glass
When choosing your ocean bathroom décor, mirror the look of sunlight shimmering on water by choosing coloured glass tumblers, vases and ornaments. Think about placing your coloured glass on windowsills when dressing your bathroom. Here, they’ll catch the light beautifully and create stunning reflections across your room.
Add natural ornamentation
The Mediterranean aesthetic is all about bringing the beauty of hotter climes into your home. To help you create a fresh-yet-natural look in your bathroom, consider adding hints of natural ornamentation to your space. Different textures, like interesting pebbles or shells, can help to add depth and ocean inspiration to your bathroom.
Get the Mediterranean look with Heritage @ BJ Mullen
How to ensure your grey painted walls are never boring
Grey is one of our favourite neutrals and it has increased in popularity over the past few years. While grey is great for creating a relaxing, put-together look indoors, it also has the potential to look dull if it’s not done right. The following article includes some tips on how to ensure your grey walls are never boring.
Pair grey walls with a crisp white trim: Grey and white look sharp when used alongside each other, and pairing a grey base with bright white trim will make each shade really stand out in the best way possible. This will enliven your grey walls and make them pop!
Add framed artwork to your walls: Framed artwork is one of the easiest way to make a space look polished and complete, and it is especially important when you have neutral walls. Look for lively pieces that will add pops of colour and movement to your walls. Frame these in classic black, sharp white, or rich colours for a more playful take.
Have some fun with colour: Grey is a neutral, and as such, it provides the perfect canvas to add a pop of colour. Most colours go well with grey, and this season we are loving jewel tones, so try adding hot pink, violet, emerald, yellow and/or sapphire blue accessories to your grey room. These colours look lovely when combined in textile patterns (pillows, blankets, etc) or when used in a statement piece such as a pink sofa, a green ottoman, a blue side table, etc.
Choose statement lighting: Whether you like hanging chandeliers, sconces, or prefer classic table/floor lamps, make an impact with your lighting. Intricate chandeliers will spruce up grey walls and choosing interesting sconces is a sure-fire way to successfully illuminate your room. If choosing classic table lamps, opt for statement pieces.
Pair with a patterned rug: When your walls are neutral, you can afford to have a little more fun with your floors. Opt for a bold, attention-grabbing rug in a fun pattern. We especially love geometric, floral, chevron or striped patterns.
Grey is a fabulous choice when it comes to your interiors, and following the above tips will ensure your grey walls are a success! If you’re thinking of going grey, we offer an extensive selection of options. For expert assistance and everything you need to get you started on your paint journey, call into BJ Mullen – your local Crown Paint Stockist.
How to achieve a beautiful feature wall.
When it comes to a feature wall – it should be a stand out wall that’s nice and colourful.
When it comes to decorating, feature walls are one of the oldest tricks in the book; they enable you to accentuate architectural features such as alcoves or chimney breasts. Often when people think about decorating, there is the assumption that an all-over paint job is required to activate change. However, a feature wall is the easiest way to introduce colour into your scheme without the need paint every wall.
When picking your feature wall, the best place to start is by assessing which side of the room is least cluttered by furniture. Chimney breasts are the obvious choice if you have them as they are naturally the room’s focal point, however if this is not an option, pick the wall with the least distractions. This ensures you won’t be competing with furniture lines or patterns on furnishings.
Depending on how bold you wish to be, pick a contrasting shade to the other three walls. Feature walls often work well in richer colours, so do not afraid to make a statement. More traditional feature walls will use one tone to a single wall. However, to give the room a more contemporary and unique feel, why not try using more than one shade, extending the colour beyond the borders and around the corner? Colours you wouldn’t normally put together often make for the most interesting schemes. Therefore, opting for more unconventional pairings will transform your space as the combinations push and pull against one another.
As an alternative to block colours or graphical shapes, pattern is also an easy way to instantly add playfulness and personality into your home. Depending on the size of your feature wall and your level of skill, why not opt for an impressionist affect through wide brush strokes? It doesn’t need to be an exact science and the end result will be something entirely unique. Alternatively, there is such a rich variety of stencils available now, so you can create something bespoke without the need for any artistic sensibility.
The joy of a feature wall is that you can layer; simply add more colour to a scheme if it feels empty or paint over combinations that don’t work.
The full range of Crown Paints, DIY tools and accessories are available from BJ Mullen.
FABULOUS FURNITURE FOR YOUR NEXT BATHROOM PROJECT
Need storage for your bathroom renovation? Read about our fabulous furniture for different spaces to give you some inspiration.
When you consider your next bathroom project, your first thought might be about the bath, perfect for an indulgent soak, or the bathroom suite, the keystone of any bathroom design; but have you thought about furniture?
Bathroom furniture is fast-becoming one of the most important items to create a beautiful, clutter-free and relaxing space. From a small bathroom cabinet through to a full wall of stylish fitted furniture, you are sure to find the perfect piece to meet your needs.
Storage under the sink
Bathroom storage in the sink area is incredibly useful. An easy and stylish way to achieve this is through a freestanding vanity unit that sits below your basin where your pedestal would normally be. This creates storage without taking up any additional floor space and allows you to coordinate with as much or as little of the rest of the room as you like.
Storage in small bathrooms
In smaller spaces, a wall hung vanity unit provides handy bathroom storage and makes the space appear larger thanks to the gap between the floor and the unit. And, a boldly coloured unit on the end wall of a narrow bathroom will draw your eye to the far end, tricking you and your guests into thinking the space is larger.
You might also consider superbly slim fitted furniture for a compact storage solution. These units are available to combine in any configuration you like, and in a small bathroom or cloakroom a fitted vanity unit with a semi-recessed basin works brilliantly teamed with a drawer unit to make the most of whatever space you have available.
Storage in bigger bathrooms
A large bathroom storage unit is a welcome way to store those essential toiletries and towels neatly out of sight. A tall boy is also an easy way to add a block of colour, whether it is in a more neutral shade like Oyster or Dove Grey, or the brooding Graphite grey. Or, if one of these is too imposing in your space, a short boy is a great alternative that still provides much-needed storage and creates another surface to display your designer toiletries and trinkets.
If you want to make the most of the space available there is also the option to have a larger, or even wall-filling, run of fitted furniture incorporating a countertop basin and toilet with floor and wall mounted cabinets for all the storage you could ever need.
For Distinctively Individual spaces
Furniture is also a great way to do something different with your bathroom. A mix of different fitted units to suit a particular size space, or combining shades and handles that complement each other, can be a great way to really make it your own. Complete the look with either a matching mirrored wall cabinet or make a statement with an ornate bathroom mirror for the perfect finishing touch.
You can find the full range of heritage furniture, suites, baths and mirrors here at BJ Mullen. Call in and let our friendly expert staff help you design or update your bathroom.
Creating a new bathroom from scratch can be pretty daunting and overwhelming – especially as there is such a wide range of products available. If you’re building an extension or a new home, you’ll have a blank canvas from which to work – so you really have got so much potential to get it spot on, or it could go the other way if you don’t do your homework right. Gerry Ryan, the showroom manager at SONAS Bathrooms, talks about the biggest bathroom pitfalls that he’s come across over his many years of giving expert advice.
- A lack of communication. This is the biggest pitfall. Not talking to your architect about what you want and just letting him or her proceed with designing the bathroom without taking your needs into consideration. You need to sit down with them properly at the initial design stage and communicate to them exactly what you want and need in your home. Who’s going to be using the bathroom? What’s the age profile of the family members? All this will help decide the best approach to take. Are you a busy family that plays a lot of sport, for example? Are there teenagers coming and going throughout the day who need showers after football practice etc? Are you the type who likes to relax in a bubble bath in the evening? Talk to your architect. Tell them what you want and tell them about your lifestyle.
- Talk to your plumber/installer. You may be surprised at just how soon you need to decide things like whether you’re having a wall mounted toilet or a floor standing unit. Whatever you choose will dictate the type of vanity unit, basin, toilet etc that you can have. Gerry said: “I’ve had people come into the showroom to pick items just as their bathrooms are ready to be fitted and they might fall in love with a particular type of vanity or like the wall mounted toilet range. But then they discover that their plumber has already laid the pipes for conventional toilets and it’s simply too late to move things around. It can be very disappointing for people. Talking to your plumber early on is essential.”
- Trying to fit too much in. Know the space you’re working with. It might be hard to visualise it, especially if it’s not built yet. So get your measuring tape out and check the dimensions of the space you’re working with. Talk to our experts and your plumber/installer about what would work well. You might have your heart set on a big walk in shower and a luxurious freestanding bath and double vanity unit. But you might not be able to squeeze those in. Having products that don’t fit into your bathroom will make it impractical, cramped and not aesthetically pleasing.
- Not getting products to suit what’s available to you. A common mistake people make when getting a new shower is not ensuring they have enough water pressure. A powerful shower will have a minimum operating pressure. Gerry explains: “Any new build should have a pressurised system but you need to be sure that you have the minimum requirements for the products you choose.”
- Another issue is having a really powerful shower and not having the hot water cylinder large enough. Gerry said: “People really want a great shower with plenty of pressure but they might not have the hot water capacity if their cylinder isn’t suitable.” A quick recovery cylinder will heat up water again within 20 minutes, whereas a traditional cylinder takes around 50 minutes. You also need to consider how many people will be showering at the same time. If you come from a busy household where more than one person will be showering at the same time in the morning, a three bar pump will means more than one shower can operate at once.
So the bottom line is: planning, planning and more planning. Communication is key – from the moment you sit down with your architect to speaking to your plumber and your SONAS Bathrooms retailer – BJ Mullen. Our Bathroom experts will be on hand to advise at every step of your project. Call in to our extensive showroom for inspiration and great advice.