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Little items that will add the finishing touch to the bathroom

When we are planning a new bathroom, cloakroom or en-suite, there are sure to be some small items that we have forgotten. Most wash basins do have the moulding incorporated for keeping the soap, but perhaps a soap dish with a demountable dish which can be easily washed clean will be more convenient and will look good too, coming in at just  £22.82 it will not break the bank.

If you have a wetroom instead of the conventional shower enclosure, what could be more useful than the Impey Wet Room Foot Rest, one of these will make washing your feet easier and much safer, it is finished in chrome and is sure to compliment your wetroom. It is also perfect for ladies to shave their legs whilst taking a shower.

The Impey Wet Room Foot Rest

The Impey Wet Room Foot Rest

Electric razors are in common use today, but where do you keep it when not in use? The obvious place would be the bathroom or en-suite, so why not have it handy close to the electric razor point and the mirror? The Smedbo Sideline Adhesive Razor Holder DK2112 is designed for jut that and it is very easily fixed to the wall with the adhesive. The razor holder is manufactured from solid brass with a polished chrome finish and offered with a ten year guarantee. This item is also perfect for face towels also. Check out the other Smedbo Sideline bathroom accessories, they have an answer for organising and storage.

After taking a shower the bathroom is the perfect place to blow dry ones hair, but where is that hairdryer? Why not keep it handy close to the shower safely stored in the Never Drill Again Hoom Hair Dryer Holder. Never Drill Again, what does that mean you may wonder. Well it is a clever fixing system that is a revolutionary German system that completely eliminates drilling. No tools are needed as a patented and sturdy adhesive easily mounts the holder. No chance of damaging those expensive wall tiles and the hairdryer is right at hand when you need it.

You really cam make life easier by having a squeegee in the shower to quickly remove the water and splashes from shampoo or soap. Just wipe down the walls and glassware in the shower enclosure and you will save time and effort later, the shower will always look pristine too.  The Impey Wet Room Shower Squeegee is complete will fixing bracket making it handy for use when needed.

The Impey Wet Room Shower Squeegee

The Impey Wet Room Shower Squeegee

These are just a few of the items that can add the finishing touch to your bathroom, check through our accessories pages at the web pages for more ideas.

Some ways to revamp your bathroom

The bathroom is the room that can make a statement, it is always an area that is scrutinised by guests or house buyers so it is worth taking time to consider how it is best to revamp it without spending a fortune.

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Changing a tired bath is always a good idea, remember some of those trendy colours that were around in the seventies and eighties, if you still have one then reverting to good old fashioned white is best. Choose a footed rather than a built-in bath, as it creates extra floor space which, in turn, can make a small space seem larger.

With the basin there are some classy countertop versions now available and they have the added advantage of having drawers and cupboards giving valuable storage space. You can complete this by hanging a pretty mirror above the basin, with lighting around it.

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Essentially a bathroom needs to be practical, comfortable and stylish and it has to be clean at all times, so avoid carpet. Bathroom carpet was fine in the days of massive houses and huge rooms, where carpet was for warmth, use wood, tiles or marble to keep the room clean and tiles are also a great way to add colour, pattern or texture.

Lighting is a very important feature in a bathroom, subtle lighting from mirrors supplemented by down lighters is all that is needed, however it has to be adequate to be able to perform daily grooming. Modern bathroom cabinets with lighting a demister pads incorporated also have storage space for toiletries. You can fit a light in the bathroom that comes on automatically when you enter and turns off when you leave, so you don’t need to fumble around for the switch in the dark.

There may be not a lot that can be done if the first thing that you see when opening the bathroom door is the loo, re-positioning this is a major operation involving re-routing the soil pipe so it is best avoided. It can however be made less stark by a floor standing decoration and it is a good idea to have a basket of loo rolls perhaps on a shelf behind it.

Colours are of course personal, but it is best to stick to traditional styles if possible. The most typical colours for a bathroom are cream, white and black; the combination of black and white marble is a stunning arrangement. Marble tiles, glass and mirror are all good materials, and to give a bathroom a feeling of space a mirrored door is a sure way.

Crosswater Digital Elite Shower Controller

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Thanks to Crosswater we can bring 21st century digital technology to our bathrooms and as more of us are turning to using remote devices to control items within the home such as lighting and operating curtains, why not for the modern bathroom also?

We are pleased to be able to offer this Elite pack which uses the very latest technology allowing each member of the family to pre-programme their own preferred shower settings via a single control. What is more this can be done by an App allowing for full use from mobile devices anywhere in the house, perfect for getting the shower just right before you step into it.

This digital shower controller can also be used to run your bath water at the temperature that is perfect for you; it is also capable of diverting the water flow to the shower head or to a handset if needed. On the controller the dual controls operate the water flow and temperature, and visually clever integrated lighting allows you to see the temperature by blue, orange and red lighting. The control unit is offered in both white and black to suit a variety of colour and design schemes.

With the Crosswater Digital Elite Shower controller, together with the water control App, you can have total remote control over your shower from anywhere, at any time, you can have a warm, relaxing shower running for you when return home from a stressful day at work. What could be better?

Great bathroom storage solutions from UK Bathrooms

Storage can be tricky, especially in a confined area such as a bathroom, but thankfully here at UK Bathrooms we pride ourselves in providing our customers with the best bathroom storage solutions on the market. Here are some of our favourite storage units on our website right now.

HIB Cassino Ripple Basin and Unit

This sleek and classy basin and storage unit combine to provide a great space saving solution for any home. The HIB Cassino Ripple Basin and Unit is available as a wall mounted unit or freestanding unit in either black or white, perfect for finishing that modernistic look for your bathroom.

Ideally suited to a single lever mixer tap, this unit provides form and function in one compact piece. The HIB Cassino Ripple Basin and Unit is available now for just £274.

Essential Gem Cupboard Unit

The Essential Gem Cupboard Unit features a side opening cupboard and top drawer, perfect for storing your toiletries out of the way. Available in a white or calvados finish, the Essential Gem Cupboard Unit is moisture resistant and comes with a manufacturer 12 month guarantee.

At just £118.58, this bathroom cupboard is great value and provides some much needed storage in small bathrooms.

Aqua Cabinets Tall Storage Unit with Mirror Door

Available in a range of colours including white, reef and ocean, the Aqua Cabinets Tall Storage Unit with Mirror Door adds both character and functionality to the bathroom. Featuring a large storage area with four glass shelves and a mirror on the door front, this unit is a joy to use and its contemporary design means it’ll suit almost any bathroom perfectly.

At just £304.99, the Aqua Cabinets Tall Storage Unit with Mirror Door gives you a large storage area for the money; check out the full D300 range for matching bathroom fixtures such as back to wall WC units, basins and furniture worktops.

Old London Tall Boy Storage Unit

If you’re looking for something a bit more traditional then why not opt for the Old London Tall Boy Storage Unit. This handy little unit provides a great storage space with two drawers and a cabinet unit that adds character to any bathroom. Chrome handles and feet finish off the luxurious feel to the unit, which is available in four neutral tones to complement any colour scheme.

At just £638.79, the Old London Tall Boy Storage Unit provides a luxurious focal point to your bathroom.

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Spruce up your bathroom with designer accessories

Updating your bathroom can be an expensive project, but thankfully here at UK Bathrooms we stock a wide range of bathroom accessories perfect for sprucing up your bathroom and giving it a great new look. Here are some of our must have bathroom accessories:

Great lighting is key to creating a luxurious bathroom and the Imperial Toledo Single Wall Light & Glass Shade is perfect for that contemporary look. These glamourous lights are supplied with a chrome wall bracket and base, and features a curved opal glass shade ideal for adding ambiance to your bathroom. The Imperial Toledo Light also features concealed fixings for a professional look and comes with a 5 year guarantee.

Towel rails are a great accessory to have in your bathroom, keeping your towels within easy reach just when you need them. The Never Drill Again Klaam Two Armed Towel Holder gives you space for two towels and comes in a high gloss chrome finish. What’s more, this towel holder features ‘Never Drill Again’ technology which allows you to permanently fix it to your wall without screws or drilling, but if you do ever want to move it, the adhesive won’t damage the wall it’s attached too, great!

The humble toilet brush and holder is often neglected when updating a bathroom, but you can’t go wrong with the Inda Colorella Toilet Brush Holder. This sleek and modern accessory is wall mounted to keep it neatly out of the way and features concealed fixings for a clean look.

Last on our must have bathroom accessory list is the Smedbo Loft Toilet Roll Holder with Lid. This stunning looking toilet roll holder is easy to clean and comes with a 10 year guarantee for peace of mind. Concealed fixings again create a professional look and the lid keeps your toilet roll from getting wet or damaged.

For more bathroom inspiration and accessories visit our website.

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Contemporary bathroom design with Villeroy & Boch

With over 260 years of inventiveness and foresight Villeroy & Boch have produced a diversified range of products in both the Tableware and Bathroom and Wellness divisions. Villeroy and Boch are at the forefront of design and technology and a range of their products can be found at the web pages of premier bathroom supplier UK Bathrooms. The company over the years has developed an enviable range of high quality ceramic products including the renowned single source bathroom. We illustrate here our suggestions for designing a beautiful contemporary bathroom using these contemporary products.

Let us begin with the bathtub and we choose the Villeroy & Boch Oberon Oval Bath which is guaranteed to ensure a comfortable soak. Offered by us in five different sizes ranging from 1600mm by 750mm, up to1900mm by 900mm, the last of these has the option of being double ended. All of the baths are available with feet, adjustable from 145mm to 180mm. We can also offer this as a whirlpool, contact us and we will be delighted to give further information about this additional upgrade.

Villeroy & Boch Oberon Oval Bath

For the all-important WC we suggest that the Subway Wall Mounted Toilet Pan will fit the bill perfectly. By opting for a wall-mounted design approach you have not only space saving but a distinct illusion of the pan being suspended in mid-air! There are a number of options on offer with this WC, for example mounting frames of different sizes and fitted seats as required. Choose from a fitted standard seat, or a soft-close option for that final touch of quiet comfort.

Villeroy & Boch Subway Wall Mounted Toilet Pan

Continuing with the theme of wall hung units we recommend the O.Novo Curved Washbasin, this basin will provides a genuine touch of quality and displays a clean aesthetic in keeping with contemporary trends. Supplied in White Alpin as standard, this basin can be upgraded with the unique CeramicPlus treatment, scientifically demonstrated to repel staining to keep its gleam for longer.

Villeroy & Boch O.Novo Curved Washbasin

You would not want your bathroom to be without a mirror and the V&B More to See One Mirror fits design of the bathroom perfectly. Taking a bold, contemporary form, the More to See Mirror has a definite cosmopolitan look and feel, perfect for our contemporary bathroom. This mirror is frameless and adds a sense of depth and space to the bathroom. Complete with an LED lighting strip, this gives the right amount of lighting for personal grooming as well as adding a strong sense of ambience to the area.

Villeroy & Boch More to See One Mirror

Although we are designing our bathroom around contemporary looking products, we felt that a shower head which looks like the V&B Cult 220mm Shower Head will fit into any bathroom; it delivers a flow rate of 12 litres per minute, this in either in chrome as standard, or with a matt white finish as a special order, presents a crisp and professional finish.

Villeroy and Boch Cult Shower Head

No bathrooms whether contemporary or traditional is complete without storage space and we have chosen the Central Line Tall Cabinet. This modern unit is wall mounted and features 2 doors, 2 drawers and 3 shelves, with the body and doors available in white, black, walnut or Macassar decor colours.

Villeroy & Boch Central Line Tall Cabinet

Make a statement with a luxury shower

Just like many things the shower has come a long way in the last few years and for many in our society, the shower is a great way to start the morning, quick and convenient. We have a huge range of showers and showering equipment at our web pages and all of these will make the sort of statement that suits you.

The St James is an exposed shower set and takes us back to a time reminiscent of when we may have seen Victoria or Edward VII on the British throne. The generous five inch (127mm) shower rose which is fitted to a mounting arm and with a matching exposed riser and arm, the shower is operated by retro styled taps which are inlaid with white ceramic marked hot and cold in traditional typeface, the handle offers full and easy access over water flow and temperature. This set combines the pleasing aesthetics of a bygone age with the durability of modern construction methods.

In contrast and thoroughly modern looking the Mira Vision High Pressure Digital Shower Mixer offers full control over the shower, this allows the user to select one of the programmed settings giving the perfect temperature. The thoroughly 21st century Mira has wireless, digital controls allowing the shower to be set in advance of usage with settings for eco and warm up, as well as full thermostatic control. This allows all the family control of safe energy use and a safe temperature limit. The Mira 360 head has four different spray settings to give a rich and varied shower perfect for the modern bathroom.

Another example of a modern shower, the Origins Fusion range brings a distinctly modern aspect to the bathroom interior. The neat three valve control set with a fixed arm the controls operate flow and temperature as well as acting as a control for diverting the water, this neat panel conveniently hides all the plumbing. Supplied with two different sizes of shower rose, either 200 or 250mm, although modern in outlook the exposed pipework does give an early twentieth century look to the design.

Completing our quartet of showers and showering equipment, the Vado Soho Four Hole Mixer Set is a bold and contemporary take on bathroom arrangement. This truly modern set comprises bath filler, hand set, single lever operating valve and a diverter switch, perfect for a modern bathtub. Stylishly finished in chrome, it makes cleaning both the items themselves and the surrounding area easy giving a clean bathing area in modernistic style. The single lever tap operates both bath and shower functions, with the deck-mounted diverter switching between the two functions.

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Get the traditional bathroom of your dreams with Burlington

To just say that retro or early 20th century lookalike bathroom products are popular would be an understatement of massive proportions; they have taken off like few others. Masters of this look are Burlington that has a collection that we are delighted to illustrate on our web pages. Getting a traditional bathroom look is straight forward and the first item to consider would be the bath.

The slipper bath was all the rage in the early days and this Burlington Harewood slipper bath is distinctive. With a wide range of feet for this bath you can create the look that suits you, classical, period or traditional, and each come in chrome, white or black. With a wide range of free standing or deck mounted taps, so you have a large amount of design flexibility, and the tap or overflow can be drilled to suit your particular desire.

The Burlington Regal Slimline Close Coupled Toilet Suite with Push Button may look as though it came straight from the Edwardian era, but that is where the similarity ends, using modern manufacturing methods and 21st century technology, , Burlington achieves a high level of quality and authenticity in this and every product. With eco water saving dual flush the WC is complete with pan, cistern with push button and soft closing seat

The Burlington Regal Edwardian Medium Round Basin and Washstand is a true classic and with the pairing of wall mounted basin with complementing chrome legs and towel rail, you will have a vintage touch to your bathroom. The basin can be provided with holes pre drilled to accommodate either traditional separate hot and cold taps, or with a more contemporary mono mixer if required. Again this is a 21st century wash basin with an Edwardian look that is sure to grace a traditional bathroom.

With the slipper bath as well as the wash basin we have left the choice of which taps to use as a personal choice, we have a huge selection of these at our dedicated section of taps and mixers. One which would fit the slipper bath to perfection would be the Burlington Claremont Regent Deck Mounted Bath Filler. This is a true classic and again benefits from modern technology. We offer a choice of either a quarter turn or screw down for the taps and a flow straightener for low pressure systems and aerator for high pressure.

With the Burlington range of bathroom products, you are only a few clicks away from creating a fine traditional bathroom.

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Tiles that make a lasting impression

Perhaps nothing makes a bigger impression in a bathroom than tiles and here at UK Bathrooms we offer a range of tiles in ceramics, porcelain, and glass. We also offer water resistant panels that making covering large bathroom areas easy.

Mere Reef Interlock Panelling 3 Tile Wall Panels can be used anywhere in the home to create a water resistant and realistic tiled effect. With the clever interlocking system, the need for grouting is eliminated and with the panels you can cover both walls as well as ceilings. Supplied in four attractive colours, the panels are easy to fit and are resistant to fading and easy to keep pristine by wiping with a damp cloth.

Mere Reef Interlock Panelling 3 Tile Wall Panel

If you have a bathroom that is antique or retro in appearance then the Imperial Antique Crackle Ceramic Capping Tiles will be perfect for your bathroom. Cleverly designed to mirror the turn of the century look and replicating perfectly the handmade appearance with their irregular edging, these capping tiles are available in six beautifully neutral colours including ivory shell, grey ecru, sage thistle, cream haze, white linen, and canvas wheat.

Imperial Antique Crackle Ceramic Capping Tiles

Villeroy & Boch Bianco Nero Decor tiles add a touch of sophistication and flair to any bathroom and they do far more than keeping the bathroom watertight, they add class and style. With a mirror like effect the tiles are offer in a choice of either black or white gloss, you will be amazed at the 3D effect that these beautiful tiles give. The tiles can be used either indoors or out and are 60×60 in dimension.

V & B Bianco Nero Decor Tile

Tiles do give a lasting impression as well as being an important functional addition to the bathroom, kitchen, en-suite or shower.

People in the South East are most Bathroom Proud in the UK

As our study into the bathroom habits of the British continues, this month we looked into which rooms were most likely to be cleaned before having guests. From the results we can state that residents living in the South East were most likely to be bathroom proud than any other region.

Are research also found that the average Briton spend approximately £300 per year keeping their homes clean. We asked 3,248 UK residents ‘People are coming over – what room in the house are you most likely to ensure is clean and tidy?’ to which participants could choose from a list of answers.

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The results were broken down by region and revealed that residents living in the South East were the most bathroom proud, while residents in Scotland were more likely to clean the lounge when having guests. A full list of the results are below:

  • South East – Bathroom (63% of respondents in this region selected this room)
  • Scotland – Lounge (56%)
  • London – Kitchen (55%)
  • Yorkshire & Humberside – Hallways (54%)
  • East of England – Bathroom (53%)
  • North West – Bathroom (51%)
  • West Midlands – Lounge (49%)
  • South West – Kitchen (48%)
  • Northern Ireland – Bathroom (44%)
  • East Midlands – Bedroom (41%)
  • Wales – Kitchen (41%)

Participants were also asked to indicate which room in their home they cleaned the most. 38% of respondents stated that they cleaned their bathrooms the most, while 24% admitted that their kitchen was the most cleaned room in their home. 19% of respondents cleaned their bedrooms more than any other room.

Those who stated that they cleaned their bathroom more than any other room were asked to reveal why. 49% said that they cleaned their bathroom regularly as the felt visitors would judge them on the cleanliness of the bathroom. 36% of participants said that the bathroom got dirty a lot quicker than other rooms in the house.

All of the respondents were asked how much they spent on cleaning products for their home every month; the average spend came to £24.50, equating to £294 every year.

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Our very own Peter Gregg had this to say about the study:

“Our research has discovered that those living in the South East of the UK are the most bathroom proud, with more respondents in this area taking pride over their bathroom than any other room in the house. It’s important to leave your bathroom in a clean and tidy state, because you never know who might pop by and nip to the loo!”