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16 Jul 2017

How bad is your bathroom competition?

How bad is your bathroom competition?

Few things are as comforting and rejuvenating as taking your time in a gorgeous bathroom (regardless of whether you’re applying makeup, brushing teeth, shaving or showering), before heading off to work (or bed). But if your current bathroom look causes your mood levels to plummet, then perhaps it’s time for a descent renovation (or at least a few touch-ups).

Is your bathroom in desperate need of a facelift? Have you had the same suite since your house was built? Do you have a leaky shower or a tap that never stops dripping? We'd love to hear from you - and most importantly, we'd love to see photos.

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Did you know that the UK spends around 121,625,350 hours in the bathroom every week?

If you’re planning to refresh or redesign your bathroom – whether you want a hit of hotel chic for a glamorous space or a whole new look featuring heaps of hardworking storage for family life – we’ve got it covered. From elegant period designs with bathroom accessories to trendy wet rooms, we’ve uncovered the top four bathroom trends in 2017.

1.     Heritage Style

With the help of period fittings and a touch of vintage-inspired glamour, you can give your bathroom a sense of timeless elegance with this bathroom trend.

Enjoying a big revival thanks to TV dramas such as Downton Abbey, period bathrooms are filled with character. Typified by freestanding baths, classic polished sliver and brass bathroom accessories and fittings; such as the Allure range, it’s a look that’s adaptable for new-build homes and Victorian properties alike.

Select a period
As the popularity of vintage-style bathrooms shows no sign of abating, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to Victorian- and Edwardian-style reproduction fixtures and fittings. The recent trend for geometrics has also seen a rise in Art Deco-style designs.

Complete the look
Once you’ve chosen your fixtures and fittings, it’s time to focus on the walls and flooring. For authenticity, heritage paint colours and replica tiles are a good start. Soft greens and blues are popular right now, or stick to a modern neutral such as grey. Metro tiles – either with or without bevelled edges – are perfect for Victorian and Edwardian bathrooms, while square black-and-white tiles laid in a geometric pattern on the floor will give a room an Art-Deco feel.

2. The Natural Look

The tactile texture of warm wood is the an ideal look if you want to give your bathroom some earthy elegance.

Natural materials will not only add character and warmth to your room, but they’ll also help to soften the sleek lines of modern sanitaryware. Whether you’re after a traditional, modern, rustic, period or minimalist look, there are plenty of materials you can use to transform your space.

Say it with stone
Basins and baths carved from stone can add an unusual, rugged element to any scheme. Be careful if you’re opting for a stone or composite bath, though, as they can be heavy, so you’ll need to make sure that your floor joists can take the weight. Stone-like tiles are a timeless option for both walls and floors, but check that they’re slip resistant and sealed properly to prevent potential leaks.

Try touchable Surfaces
How things feel is an important part of a relaxing bathroom experience, and natural materials are wonderfully tactile. Think textured wallcoverings, antique taps and wooden elements, such as wooden shelving.

Go for traditional country style
Give your space a farmhouse feel with classic Shaker-style cabinets accompanied with light-oak effect finished flooring.

3. Drama & Impact

Teaming splashes of intense colour with on-trend statement patterns is all it takes to inject life into your bathroom scheme. Jazzing up plain white ceramics has never been easier, so if you have an adventurous nature, embrace it and pair simple sanitaryware with splashes of colour, angular geometrics and chintzy florals.. This year’s shades are elegant and rich – think rich aubergines, deep-sea blues and gorgeous greys.

Give it shine
Go for a modern look with high-gloss lacquered floating speaker Wi-Fi shelves or brightly coloured cube shelves, available in bold colours; green and purple etc. Or use iridescent wall tiles to add glamour to period pieces. Also try on-trend geometric flooring designs, to add that dramatic ‘wow factor’ to your bathroom.

Get some metal
The metallics trend has finally made its way back into the bathroom, with brass, copper and rose gold making a welcome return. Look out for taps, mirror frames and towel rails in these soft metal tones that will add warmth to a dramatic scheme.

Paper the walls
Feature wallpaper isn’t just for living and dining rooms – this bold floral pattern creates the perfect country mansion feel when paired with period accessories and furniture.

4. Show Stopping Showers

Are you after a bathroom or en suite that looks grown-up and feels wonderfully indulgent? Then a luxurious shower or a wetroom is the perfect option for you. Although it might involve some initial building work, a tanked wetroom negates the need for a raised shower tray, creating an open showering experience and giving a bathroom a feeling of space. The gently sloping floor also makes it ideal for both the young and old, and those with limited mobility, as there are no trip hazards. Check out our range of walk-in showers.

Seal it up
To fit a true wetroom, you first need to create a watertight environment by tanking – or waterproofing – both the floor and walls with lining to protect from leaks. Once the watertight membrane is laid, the room should be tiled throughout. Remember, you’ll need to incorporate a gentle slope in the floor towards the shower area, so that the water doesn’t stray into the rest of the room and can drain away easily.

Add light finishes
Using furniture and accessories with a gloss finish and materials such as glass and chrome will add to the sense of light. Accentuate the feeling of space by opting for matching tiles or composite panels on both floors and walls, then add interest with areas of colour and pattern using tiles in a range of formats, to help give your shower zone definition.

Go for faux
If your budget doesn’t allow you to create a true wetroom, then a good alternative is to use one of the latest ultra-low-profile shower trays. For a seamless feel and contained showering without a bulky cubicle, a frameless shower enclosure is the next best thing. Combined with one of the new ultra-low-profile shower trays, it will allow even the smallest of spaces to feel less claustrophobic and therefore give a more open and relaxed showering experience.

Set the tone
Go for a co-ordinated look by matching floor and wall tiles, and choosing furniture that’s framed in a similar shade.


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