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Stunning accessories to take your bathroom to the next level

Simple little accessories can often have a huge impact on a bathroom, lights, shelves even the addition of a decorative splash back can suddenly make an otherwise very nice bathroom spring to life. We have a huge range of accessories in our web pages and we illustrate just four of these that can take your bathroom up to the next level.

The Imperial Avila Wall Light with Glass Shade is a retro styled light that will fit into any style of bathroom. A classic and distinctively styled light with clear glass shades, the Avila is sure to be a big hit with family and friends. The light has concealed fittings which give a truly professional look and with give your bathroom a subtle and relaxing atmosphere, the light is guaranteed for five years by the manufacturer.

Imperial Avila Wall Light With Glass Shade

Staying with the vintage look, why have plastic supermarket bottles of liquid soap when you can have the elegant Burlington Traditional Double Soap Dispenser certain to add elegance to your bathroom. The pump-controlled dispensers can be filled with any liquid soap or moisturiser with ease, eliminating the need for soap dishes or cakes of soap spoiling your basin. These are from the Burlington line of products; why not check out similar classy items.

Burlington Traditional Double Liquid Soap Dispenser

The one thing that can annoy even the most placid of us is lack of storage in the bathroom, but that is a problem that can be easily overcome by fitting a Bristan Gallery Glass Shelf. The shelf can be easily added to any bathroom, the shelf is square profile glass, surrounded by a rail to stop items form being accidentally knocked off. The Bristan is offered in either a chrome or gold finish and naturally has concealed fixings. All Bristan bathroom products have been created by skilled craftsmen and come with a five year manufacturer’s guarantee.

Bristan Gallery Glass Shelf

Laying in a warm bath is sure to relax, but why not take it to the next level by adding The Kaldewei Soundwave Bath Sound System which turns the bath into a giant loudspeaker. By using the movement of the water, this replicates both the sound as well as the gentle rippling of the water. You can use the Kaldewei sound system with or without water in the bath water so even if you’re in the shower you can listen to your favourite songs at the touch of a button. The system is also compatible with your iPad, iPhone, laptop or any Bluetooth enabled device and can be paired with up to 8 devices at a time.

Kaldewei Soundwave Sound System for Baths

Bathroom cabinets to finish off your look

Your bathroom will be complete when you add a bathroom cabinet, a place to store his shaving kit, three different kinds of mouthwash or maybe the family first aid kit. We have an unrivalled collection of bathroom cabinets, over 150 at our dedicated web pages; we’ll have something for you and we illustrate just four of these here.

The HIB Austin LED Illuminated Cabinet will add some subtle lighting to your bathroom with its LED lighting for guaranteed low power consumption, its soft white glow gives a cool ambience and perfect lighting levels. Finished in chrome the HIB Austin cabinet itself is a simple rectangular cabinet and features soft close doors for a quiet touch, and internal shelving to keep bathroom essentials tidy, but within easy reach.

The Schneider Classicline Side Cabinet is perfect for a smaller room and is sure to provide plenty of storage for personal hygiene products, medicine, or cleaning supplies in its compact way. The cabinet is of aluminium construction and has an anodised finish. The Classicline has a single door which can be supplied either left or right hung, and it is provided with three glass shelve inside. The cabinet has two mirrors attached, one is on the front of the door, and the other is on the inside. This design of cabinet ensures that you will have plenty of storage, even in a cramped or small bathroom.

This Roper Rhodes Definition Entity 2 Door Mirror Cabinet is one of many from this iconic company; this cabinet is elegant as well as being functional. With two beautifully designed doors which are soft close and mirrored both sides, inside the cabinet the two shelves are adjustable ensuring that tall bottles or cosmetics will fit and the finish is designed to be easily cleaned. A choice is offered with or without infrared technology and electrics and each has overhead LED lights, together with an electrical socket for items such a shaver, electric toothbrush, or hair dryer.

If your taste is for something retro or old style, then the Old London collection is for you, with the company specialising in the traditional approach to bathroom interiors, both sophisticated as well as functional. The Old London two door mirrored cabinet has a combination of traditional wood with surfaces that reflect ensuring both the traditional as well as modern construction. With plenty of space for all essentials, the cabinet has inlayed mirrored doors and is offered in four finishes, Ivory, Pistachio, Stone Grey or Natural Walnut.

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Add ultimate style to your bathroom with a designer radiator

First and foremost a radiator’s purpose is to heat a room or space where it is situated, but that is no reason why it cannot look stylish and, colourful and be an attraction. We offer a huge selection of designer radiators at our web pages ranging from simplicity to outrageously modern. We illustrate just four radiators of differing design, all of which are both efficient and attractive.

Thee Zehnder Keel Sym Stainless Steel Radiator has been described as an example of a modern work of art, it could pass for that, but it is a marvellous piece of engineering. Manufactured form stainless steel with a choice of finish in either brushed or polished, the beauty of this bathroom radiator is shown at its best when fitted against a coloured wall. Essentially for use in a central heating system, but it can be fitted with an electric element for summer use and is offered with a ten year guarantee.

The Bisque Orbit Electric Towel Radiator is a compact and very efficient electric towel warmer and with the compact size of just 900(h) x 500(l) x 50(d) mm it is sure to into the smallest bathroom or kitchen for that matter. With an output of 200 watts, controlled by a non-adjustable thermostat, you can enjoy the luxury of wrapping up in a warm towel on a cold winter morning.

Perfect in the eyes of the traditionalist and to modernist too, the Imperial Tumba Cast Iron Radiator epitomises the way a radiator should look. Those that first see that radiator are stunned by the elegantly crafted piece of metalwork, which adds a touch of luxury to the room. Made from solid cast iron, this robust fixture features the most surprisingly delicate floral patterns on the surface; the Tumba is offered in a choice of four different colours including Pewter, Cast Iron, Old Copper and White, a touch of elegance guaranteed.

You will certainly be “springing” into the future if you decide upon this very desirable Bisque Hot Spring Radiator. Friends will believe that you have decided to take up modern art when they first see this stunning radiator. The radiator is offered in a choice of five distinctive and elegant finishes, white, black, metallica, or chrome and has a very impressive output of 781 watts, other sizes are available.

Radiators

Add storage to your bathroom with a vanity unit

By adding a vanity unit to your bathroom, cloakroom or en-suite unit you will have achieved a number of important things. The room will have added more storage space, it will have taken on a new classic look and of course it will support the important wash basin.

At UK Bathrooms we have no fewer than 215 vanity units on display at our web pages, but we thought that we would show you just four of these that have proved to be not only popular, but very functional and classic too.

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The Imperial Oxford Linea Vanity Unit with Bow Fronted Glass Doors is a vanity unit that offers traditional styling for the increasing numbers of people turning to this look. The unit has two bow fronted doors with glass panels and will fit into most spaces. In three different finishes, natural oak, wenge or ash, matching existing decor is easy and is ideal for those looking for a traditional sophisticated look. Taps, waste fittings and basin are purchased as separate items allowing an individual look to be achieved.

For a completely different and very elegant and modern look we suggest the Imperial Astoria Deco Cuda Open Vessel Bowl Unit. This is clearly an impressive and stylish countertop wash bowl stand that is without question classical and elegant as well as modern in its design stylings. The unit contains a small slatted shelf as well as a drawer to the right of the unit. This Cuda is offered in two colour finishes, wenge or natural oak; again the waste fittings are purchase separately allowing you to compliment other bathroom fittings.

Old London is a series of retro styled bathroom equipment and the Old London 2 Door Basin Unit will naturally reproduce a style reminiscent of a bygone era. This vanity unit which is complete with basin, which is supplied in two widths, packs convenience and functionality into a slim but stylish frame. On raised chrome feet the unit is offered in four colour finishes, Ivory, Pistachio, Grey Stone or Natural Walnut. This unit comes with a single hole for the tap and overflow as standard

Roper Rhodes a name synonymous with quality bathroom furniture and the Hampton 600mm Semi-Countertop Unit and Geo Basin are sure to be a hit with guests who stay in the guest room. By using a classic Belfast basin, a simple but stylish and attractive semi-recessed countertop basin make this unit a winner. The Hampton is offered in four colour finishes, Mocha, chalk white, oak or Vanilla is available, and the twin cabinet doors open to reveal a handy space for all necessary toiletries or personal accessories. The mixer tap and worktop illustrated are not included in the price, allowing you to choose from the comprehensive range at our taps and mixer pages.

Huge savings on all bathroom ranges this Bank Holiday weekend!

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To celebrate the traditional spring festival of May Day, UK Bathrooms are offering huge savings across all their bathroom ranges, but hurry, this Bank Holiday sale is only available till Monday the 4th May.

With summer fast approaching, now is the best time to start planning your new bathroom and if you order this weekend you can be sure that you’ll have a brand new bathroom before the Spring Bank Holiday at the end of May and all for a great price.

Need some inspiration? Then check out some of our favourite products below:

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Brits spend over £1,000 colour co-ordinating their homes every year

Our researchers have been busy finding out how us Brits spend money on our houses and have found that the average Briton spends £1,143 on colour co-ordinating their home each year. The survey also found that the bathroom is the most colour co-ordinated room in the British household.

According to the data, Brits are breaking the bank when it comes to colour co-ordinating their homes, spending over £1,000 per year to make sure that their rooms have a common theme. The survey asked 1,648 UK residents who owned their own homes “Do you feel that it is important to have a colour co-ordinated home?” 68% of those polled said that they thought colour co-ordination was important, while the remaining 32% did not think it was important or were unsure.

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Those respondents who said that colour co-ordination was important were asked why they felt this way. 53% said that colour co-ordinated rooms made the décor seem more impressive, while 34% said that it made the rooms look bigger and 13% said that it made the rooms look brighter.

These respondents were then asked to select all of the rooms that they were likely to spend money on colour co-ordinating, below are the top five rooms that Britons invest in the most:

  1. Bathroom (38%)
  2. Lounge (33%)
  3. Bedroom (26%)
  4. Kitchen (21%)
  5. Dining Room (9%)

Participants who chose the bathroom as the room in which they would invest in the most were asked to name the items they would most likely buy to colour co-ordinated the room. Towels were the most common item with 42% of the vote, while 36% said that decorative details were their number one purchase. 14% of participants said that they were most likely to colour co-ordinate their floors and/or rugs.

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Finally, the participants were asked, on average, how much they spent on colour co-ordinating their homes each year. Our researchers compiled all of the data to reveal an average annual spend of £1,143 per home.

Our director Peter Gregg had this to say about the research:

“The bathroom is an important room in the house, so it’s no shock that Britons are looking to colour co-ordinate this room. It’s also easy to throw down some new bath mats and hang up some new towels to brighten up a tired environment, so it doesn’t have to take extensive planning or lots of money in the bank. I am shocked that Britons are spending so much each year just to colour co-ordinate their homes! It is, of course, important to make your home nice so that you can enjoy it and relax in it, but this is a lot of money.”

Creating the perfect bathroom on a budget

It is always sensible to work to a budget, companies as well as governments’ do all the time or at least they should do! If your budget is a small one, then there is no reason why you still cannot have a classy bathroom and we illustrate a number of bathroom products that will help you to achieve this.

The Vitra Milton Close Coupled WC is a perfect example of installing a close coupled unit that has continental styling and it is one that will keep you well inside your budget. Vitra have produced a ceramic white and compact unit that is an example of the efficient use of space within the bathroom. The design of the WC means that it requires less water to flush than we see in conventional toilets, saving precious water and this also means that your metered water bill will be smaller. The flush button is conveniently placed on top of the cistern for ease of access.

Vitra Milton Close Coupled Toilet Suite

A clever way to combine a shower as well as a bath is through the GRP reinforced Lucite acrylic Essential P shower bath, which has a curved end to allow plenty of movement in the bath whilst taking a shower. The bath is available in either left or right handed versions according to where you have the bath situated. We also provide a matching curved shower bath screen with a chrome towel rail fitted to this, also included is the front and end panel; Essential P means it is perfect for bathing and showering.

Essential 'P' Curved Shower Bath Pack

Ideal Standard is world renowned for their leadership in innovation and style and the Alto range is testament to this. We have chosen the Alto basin which we believe will be the perfect basin for your budget bathroom. A number of options are available for this basin and these include three choices of size, one or two tap holes according to your particular choice of tap, a full or half pedestal. The Ideal Standard Alto Basin is offered in three widths, 500(w) x 435(d)mm 550(w) x 450(d)mm and 600(w) x 490(d)mm.

Ideal Standard Alto Basin

No bathroom budget or at the luxury end would be complete without a mirror and we believe that an illuminated mirror will not only make personal grooming easier, but it can also provide subtle lighting to the bathroom. There are a number of mirrors in the Roper Rhodes Clarity backlit collection and de-mister pads can be included on some models. The one we have suggested here is the Roper Rhodes Clarity Apollo Backlit Mirror which has brilliant illumination and a clean and crisp shape, which will complete your budget bathroom in style, which due to our unbeatable prices costs under £600.00.

Roper Rhodes Clarity Apollo Backlit Mirror

Hansgrohe Axor Starck V tap – innovation in movement!

We are really excited about the very latest tap that is in our showroom and we wanted to share this with you as soon as we could. Philippe Starck has excelled himself with this design of tap which he himself describes as “a revolution, the essence of minimalism a vortex, this wonder of nature, surrounded by complete transparency,”

The AxorV tap has a glass body with an open ended spout which when operating allows us to see the water forming a vortex so fascinating that many will, we feel sure, just want to see it operate and almost forget why they have turned on the tap in the first place! The glass body and open-ended spout make it possible for us to experience water a completely natural element at home.

Axor Starck V

Hansgrohe are the manufacturers of this latest masterpiece and are renowned for their technological design and for bringing some stunning designs to the bathroom, the AxorV is just the latest. The spay researchers at Hansgrohe have been working in conjunction with Philippe Stack to try to bring us a way in which we could see the vortex in operation and they have succeeded with this glass bodied product.

However, what has not to be lost it that the tap has to be both functional and made easy to keep clean, they have achieved this with their easy click-in design and safety-stop function make it really easy to remove the glass body from its base to clean it, even without having to close the valve. Naturally the selected crystal glass has also been very carefully chosen and is dirt resistant and can be cleaned in the family dishwasher.

A number of finishes is offered for this revolutionary tap, chrome and high-gloss white variant, together with 12 other exclusive finishes, such as brushed nickel for the base and a sandblasted crystal glass variant for the body.

The Hansgrohe Axor Starck V tap is now on display in our showroom and here is a little video to wet your appetite (click on the link below to see it):

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Check out the full Hansgrohe Axor Starck range here.

Shower heads that are made to impress!

A shower head is a functional device that is seen on every shower, but it can be very striking too, so why not take a look at these fantastic shower heads that were made to impress.

We illustrate just three of these and for a shower head that will get your family and friends talking, the Pegler Star fixed shower head & arm is guaranteed to do that. This chrome head is modernist in design, but above all it is very functional as well as being contemporary. The shower head offers the user four different choices of spray pattern; this multi-mode shower head produces a gentle stream or a torrent of refreshing water, all dependent upon the preference of the user. The Pegler is unique as well as being very attractive, perfect for any size of shower enclosure certain to be modern and appealing, but very easy to clean. As with all Pegler shower accessories and fixtures, this shower head comes with a full five-year warranty from any manufacturing defects.

Pegler Star fixed shower head & arm

Another modern looking shower head but with a difference is the Hansgrohe Raindance Rainfall 180 Air 2jet Overhead Shower. Whilst this shower head is guaranteed to make an impression to all who see it, above it is the two different spray settings that will impress the user. The Flood Jet gives a wide, generous spray to ensure a relaxing soak, while the gentle blend of air and water of the RainAir gives a more relaxing, mist-like experience. A water pressure of 2 bars is necessary to enable the system to work and the head is offered in either white or chrome finish.

Hansgrohe Raindance Rainfall 180

The third of our choices is the Grohe Rain Shower F-Series Celling Shower and is designed to give the user a customised shower experience. It has been cleverly designed to be almost invisible and because it uses GROHE’s brilliant DreamSpray technology, this distributes the spray evenly and efficiently across the nozzle, and is very easy for the user to adjust for perfect flow rate. What is important in any shower head is the ease of cleaning and the GROHE is designed for that, add to that the SpeedClean system, this will ensure that her is no build-up of timescale.

Grohe Rain Shower F-Series Celling Shower

Innovative coloured shower trays are this year’s fashion trend!

A look through the range of shower trays at our web pages is testament to just how the modern shower tray has developed and moved away from the standard white tray that we have all become used to seeing, into a complete new world of exciting colours that will seamlessly blend into today’s modern bathroom. Naturally white shower trays still play a large part but even these can now be manufactured with materials such as stone resin that are a world away from the plastic of years gone by.

We take a quick peep at just three of the range of modern designs that make up shower trays today, the first one is the Kaldewei Conoflat Medium Shower Tray which is perfect for a shower enclosure but is a perfect companion for a walk in shower area or wet room. The tray is available in a number of sizes ranging from 800mm to 1000mm wide and lengths 1300mm to 1500mm. As well as Alpine white the tray can be supplied in eleven colours that include anthracite, brown and black.

Kaldewei Conoflat Medium Shower Tray

The Matki Universal 40 Colour Shower Trays as the name suggests offers a range of colours that are available any colour using the Matki colour matching service. These are made here in the UK and are constructed using high quality cast stone with tough chemical resistant Polyester coating and at just 40mm high, these trays are just built to last and the range of colours can be exotic to just plain. The trays are ridged, straight sided and have a non-slip surface. Included in our low price is the matching dedicated Matki Fastflow stainless steel grill shower waste.

Matki Universal 40 Colour Shower Tray

Black is back and there is no bigger statement that the Simpsons Black Slate Textured Shower Tray, without doubt this shower tray can claim to be the boldest with a slate the Simpson jet black colour making it the centrepiece of a truly stunning shower area. Using the natural tones and textures of slate, this shower tray begs for a clever interior designer or a person with vision to create a bathroom of style. Available in five sizes from 1200 by 800mm up to 1400 by 900mm, this tray creates the foundations of a shower area that can be unmatched. We include a stainless steel waste cover that has a drainage facility of disposing of 24 litres of water per minute, perfect for all types of shower including power showers. There is no shower tray bolder than this slate-textured model from Simpsons.

Simpsons Black Slate Textured Shower Tray

During our recent trip to ISH we got to see Zamori’s latest shower tray range that also includes a range of colours. The new range will be up on our website as soon as they are released, but in the meantime you can call our sales team for the latest news and prices on the Zamori range.

Zamori Shower Trays