Buyer’s Guide: Toilets
Nowadays, there is such a varied selection of toilets to choose from that choosing what kind of toilet to install in your bathroom can be more complicated than anticipated. From wall hung toilets to corner toilets, with a range of modern and traditional flushes the decision can take longer than expected. As always, right from the planning and design stage you need to think about what you want to achieve from the bathroom as a whole, and compare how the toilet would look compared the rest of the suite and décor.
If the rest of your home has a vintage theme, or you live in a rural cottage and long for classic designs, then a traditional toilet is probably the best choice to keep the essence of the home. Although modern toilets are growing in popularity, an old fashioned cistern leaver system adds a touch of class to any home, especially if you have gone for a Victorian or Georgian interior design style.
One of the most common reasons people don’t opt for traditional lever toilets anymore is because they believe they will not be as efficient or fitted with eco-friendly features. This is no longer the case; most toilets installed nowadays have the environmentally friendly dual flush system, regardless of style, which will save water and money.
For the more contemporary home, a modern toilet and bathroom suite is a must. Close coupled toilets are the usual choice, meaning the cistern and toilet are combined into one unit, providing a minimalist design. The majority of modern toilets are designed like this, as they are easier to maintain and install. Modern toilets come in all different shapes and sizes to suit all tastes, and many toilets include added innovative features such as soft close toilet seats.
The shape of the toilet may seem irrelevant, but to achieve a harmonized bathroom you need to ensure the shape matches the rest of the suite. For example, a square shaped toilet will look strange in a bathroom with a circular basin and rounded features. For the height of minimalism, home owners should opt for a back to wall toilet or a wall hung design. The hidden pipe work gives the room a slick and stylish effect, and wall hung toilets free up floor space to make the room appear larger and more spacious.
To create more space in particularly small bathrooms, such as en-suites or downstairs toilet rooms, a corner toilet could be the ideal option. The pioneering design fits perfectly on a right angle, meaning with a fitted corner toilet you could free up much needed space elsewhere in the room. A corner toilet can also be complimented with a corner basin to finish off the room.
For the unconventional home owners who crave something a little different, the vast array of modern toilets available should encompass something for the even the most unique taste. While almost all bathrooms showcase a white toilet and bathroom suite, it is possible to purchase a black toilet in a sleek high gloss finish. There is also some very interesting sharp angles and shapes in contemporary toilet designs that can be incorporated into the distinguishable bathroom.