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Designer Brassware: envisioned by Kelly Hoppen, created by Crosswater.

Kelly Hoppen is a renowned name in the interior Design world, and now increasingly so in the consciousness of the general public, with Kelly’s appearances on popular programs such as Dragons Den, and interior Design series ‘Superior Interiors’. Creating chic, sleek interiors Kelly Hoppen’s designs are timelessly elegant and her style is highly coveted. Key notes are upscaled decorative accessories (think large scale vases and lamps), which create a sense of space and luxury, combined with a more paired back colour pallet and luxurious materials and surfaces.

Kelly Hoppen MBE

Kelly Hoppen MBE

In 2013 Crosswater, one of the UK’s most popular brassware brand names and Kelly Hoppen teamed up to produce a range of fashionably stylised and lustrous coordinating mixer taps, showers and mixers.

The first range was dubbed: KH Zero 1. These products were welcomed into the market with continued success and interest. The popularity of these has seen a further 5 ranges launched.

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The current Design groups are: KH Zero 1, KH Zero 2, KH Zero 3, KH Zero 5, KH Zero 6

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This design range fuses together squared edge, ample-feeling tap bodies with slimmer curved spout designs that feature very sculptural negative spaces. The matching shower valve plates combine the same mix of squared back face plates, with round handle blocks and slim, curved levers. The handles add a lovely functional element, with comfortable smooth action technology and premium quality you would expect from Crosswater.

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KH Zero 2.

The Zero 2 range features rounded solid tap bodies with elongated, sophisticated thin lever handles, following the form of the spout. Modern and chic, these pivot on a smooth joint to control both temperature and flow in one action. The cleverly designed, slim handles are the main showpiece feature of these taps. Coordinating bath and basin versions with minimal ceramicware would create a softly serene, sophisticated bathroom space with a spa feel.

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KH Zero 3.

Zero 3 has a well designed, thin handle on a pivot similar in fashion to the Zero 2, but with a completely different overall aesthetic. Boldly geometric, with crisp 90 degree angles and squared off corners the Zero 3 evokes a more architectural taste with strong, straight lines and corners.

You could pair these with black basins, polished concrete floors, geometric tiles, and a bespoke smoked glass wetroom screen for a look right out of the most exclusive interior design magazine of the moment.

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Next is Zero 5, with a completely different feel again. This is a single kitchen tap, with a subtlety traditional design, featuring decorative fluted nozzle and base detail. Combine this kitchen mixer with a Belfast Sink for a beautiful timeless look.

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Last but not least is Zero 6, an edgier range with a nice contemporary twist. The forward angled tap bodies add a sense of movement and energy. The slim handles are light and smoothly operated adding to the overall dynamic, a pleasure to operate.

 

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Overall you have a great choice on offer here, with varying designs that can be incorporated into a wide range of interior design plans for all kind of bathroom spaces. You can browse our Kelly Hoppen Zero range here:

http://www.ukbathrooms.com/manufacturers/crosswater/range/kh-zero-1/

For further technical details or to browse the whole range please visit Crosswater here:

http://www.crosswater.co.uk/designer-collections/kelly-hoppen/

 

We can supply the entire range, if there is a specific tap you would like but you cannot find it on our website simply give our friendly sales team a call, or bob us an email for a quote: sales@ukbathrooms.com

 

Remember to come back to ukBathrooms.com to place your Kelly Hoppen brassware order, we can have these delivered to you in 3 to 5 working days ready to install in your new bathroom!

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How to choose the perfect bespoke shower

 

Here in the United Kingdom we frequently have quite characterful properties with a history to them, and rather than a completely new blank space you will often have the odd low ceiling to contend with, (loft conversions) or an uneven wall to account for when renovating a bathroom space something like a giant game of Tetris!

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These odd shapes and uneven spaces can be worked with rather than presenting a hindrance, through opting for a bespoke Shower design. A bespoke shower enclosure offers you a solution tailored to your needs. Of course a bespoke shower options are not just for bathroom renovation projects, you might be planning a new build where you need a shower door where off the shelf solutions won’t work, for example a steam room or frosted shower doors. Most of the manufacturers we work with offer solutions that adjust the height and width, and some can even create various special sections to suit a certain shaped area for example an angled cut to suit a celling. This is actually a much smoother process than you would think, in most cases we can work with you and the manufacturer to agree on a no-obligation design in advance.

A step up from this, Matki actually have a specially dedicated Bespoke team who will work with you on your project. They offer a “Measure & Fit” service where their engineers conduct a site visit, coming out to your property and measuring up with professional precision, and once the enclosure is manufactured they visit again to fit the goods. This ensures the perfect fit!

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In terms of shape and cut, some of the solutions Matki offer are:

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These can be used to create really interesting areas, for example to create a spa like wet room or steam room. Tiled seating sections or a shower chaise lounge can be created, with a dwarf height inline panels that meet a full height door.

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Angled Cuts

Angled cuts offer the perfect solution for a bathroom loft conversion or slanted roof. Cutting across the glass at an angle creates a made to measure pentagon screen.

 

Other options with bespoke design include specification of colour finish and material, even shower door handle style and personalised glass etching. This is where things get really interesting, and you can create something truly unique to your home and your taste.

Their standard finish is a polished silver, but Matki now offer various bespoke finishes to frames, hinges and handles including: Brushed or Polished Gold, Brushed or Polished Nickel. The Matki One range has the following colour options: Architectural Bronze, Silver, Black Anodised, White Coated.

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Matki One Bronze

Metal disc handle details can be added in: Chrome as standard but also Copper, Brass, Green, Red, Blue, Black or White. We particularly like the polished nickel for a more traditional look, or the architectural bronze for a contemporary edge. In addition to colour customisation, the handle design can also be specified from a range of options.

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The handle choice can really change the entire look of the enclosure, for example choosing the traditional handle design and a soft polished nickel finish would compliment Matki’s Swalding classical brassware beautifully as demonstrated in the inspirational image below in a traditional room setting with plush furniture and complimentary neo-baroque framed mirror.

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As of 2016, new to the EauZone Plus range is Matki’s soft brushed gold finish, which we think works beautifully:

Matki EauZone Plus Gold

Which colour combinations would you go for? Let us know in the comments below. If you would like a quote on any of these options please do get in touch with us! Email sales@ukbathrooms.com.

Winter Bathroom Sale – Extended!

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Our Winter Sale over Christmas 2015 and New Year 2016 was hugely popular, with lots of our customers; new and seasoned regulars, making great savings on coveted branded bathroom goods through our website. Don’t despair if you missed out on the January offers, we are extending some of these great savings into February. As such, a selection of brands are still at an additional 5% off normal web prices.

This is a really great chance to snap up those branded goods and make decent savings on items that will be increasing in price in 2016; as manufacturers will eventually introduce their annual price increases.

We wanted to showcase some of our favourite Sale items to give you an idea of which products are on offer.

Our top 5 Sale items

  1. Imperial Astoria Deco Close Coupled WC – Save up to an additional £182 off this WC

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Imperial Bathrooms are a quintessential British bathroom manufacturer. All their ceramics are hand finished in the UK to the highest quality.

Perfect for: Anyone looking for a traditional bathroom with unrivaled attention to detail.

  1. Burlington Close Coupled Toilet – Save an extra 5% on all Burlington

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Burlington is a fantastic Traditional styled brand, bringing together the most elegant and rich styling from decades gone by with the most up to date materials and technology available today.

Perfect for: Those who want the traditional look but the reliability and water saving features of a contemporary WC.

  1. Simpsons Edge Pivot Shower Enclosure – Save up to £110.80 off the RRP

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Shower enclosures can be a tough decision. At one extreme you have design led manufacturers who can be eye wateringly expensive, or you can have an unbranded shower; which whilst cheap runs the risk of leaking (which we don’t sell). Simpsons is a great manufacturer, who are proud to offer lifetime guarantees and competitive prices.

Perfect for: When you don’t want to lose sleep over a leaky shower

  1. Hansgrohe Ecostat S Concealed Shower Valve – save from £116.88 off the RRP

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Hansgrohe is synonymous with reliability. Powered by its revolutionary iBox the Ecostat is a plumbers dream to fit and by far our most popular shower valve.

Perfect for: Keeping your plumber happy

  1. Villeroy & Boch Subway WC – Save an additional 5%

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German Design Giants Villeroy and Boch offer this ever popular close coupled toilet suite from their established Subway range, a favourite with architects and designers. With the full Subway range you can mix and match complimentary products to create a well put together bathroom suite.

Perfect for: Design enthusiasts

This is just our perspective; let us know in the comments what your top 5 would be.

Londoners spend most time in the bathroom every day

Our latest study shows just how much time the average Brit spends in the bathroom each day, and the results will astound you. On average, Londoners spend the most time in the bathroom, a staggering 3 hours and 12 minutes each day.

A total of 2,231 UK residents over the age of 18 were quizzed about how they entertained themselves whilst in the bathroom every day. Participants were asked, ‘How do you keep yourself entertained within the bathroom?’ 59% said that they kept themselves entertained by using their mobile phone when in the bathroom.

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There respondents were additionally asked how they used their mobile phones, to which 76% admitted to talking to friend and family while in the bathroom, 37% played games on their mobile, 31% surfed the internet and 20% texted friends.

All of the participants were then asked to state roughly how long they spent in the bathroom each day, this included going to the toilet, taking a bath/shower and doing their hair and makeup; the results are shown below:

  1. London (3 hours, 12 minutes)
  2. Scotland (3 hours, 5 minutes)
  3. South West (3 hours, 1 minute)
  4. West Midlands (2 hours, 42 minutes)
  5. Wales (2 hours, 40 minutes)
  6. South East (2 hours, 33 minutes)
  7. North West (2 hours, 30 minutes)
  8. Northern Ireland (2 hours, 17 minutes)
  9. Yorkshire and Humber (1 hour, 59 minutes)
  10. East Midlands (1 hour, 48 minutes)
  11. East of England (1 hour, 36 minutes)
  12. North East (1 hour and 11 minutes)

According to our data, 38% of participants admitted to spending at least half their time in the bathroom on their mobile phone, with 31% claiming that they regularly waste time in the bathroom.

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Our director Peter Gregg talked about the survey saying:

“It seems the days of reading a newspaper, magazine or book are long gone! These activities didn’t make it in to the popular list of things to do when keeping yourself entertained in the bathroom. We are truly living in the digital age, even when it comes to our bathroom habits! It’s all good and well to keep yourself occupied whilst sat on the toilet or relaxing in the bath, but it can be a huge waste of the day – particularly when so many Britons admit that over half of their time in the bathroom is spent on their phones. Perhaps the fact that many respondents confessed to stalling to purposely waste time there suggests that we need to slow down our pace of life a little, so we aren’t in such need of an escape!”

Creating a relaxing spa bathroom experience at home

Today at UKBathrooms we’ve been thinking about creating a relaxing spa experience in the home and have put together a great looking mood board to help you create your very own.

Creating a spa experience in your own home is all about pampering yourself with a range of luxury products to provide the most relaxing space possible. We have also added a list of all of the products used in our mood board so you can try them for yourself.

Happy relaxing :-)

Click on the picture for a larger view.

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Products featured in our Spa Bathroom mood board are:

The majority of Brits only get 45 minutes of time to themselves each day

In a bid to continue our research into the habits of the British family, our team of researchers has found that most Brits are so busy that they get very little time to themselves a day. In fact, many of those that participated in our study claimed that they struggle to find more than 45 minutes a day relaxing and spending time doing what they wanted to.

Our research found that people are now busier than ever. Juggling work and family lives takes up the majority of their time, and as a result they often neglect themselves. The study asked 2,351 UK residents, “How much time do you have to yourself a day?” The majority of respondents stated that they only had 45 minutes a day to themselves, falling to just 30 minutes a day for those aged between 45 and 55.

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Participants aged between 18 and 24, and those over 65 tended to have the most relaxing lifestyles, stating that they had over 2 hours of relaxing ‘me time’ a day.

With the majority of respondents not able to find a lot of time for themselves, our researchers wanted to find out why. They asked the participants with the shortest amount of free time, “What is your biggest distraction which stops you from having time to yourself?” Respondents were asked to choose from a list of options, here are the results:

  • Family and friends – 37%
  • Work – 29%
  • Technology – 21%
  • Pets – 13%

Our researchers asked all of the participants, “What is your favourite way to relax?” and asked people to choose from a list of options, the top five answers are listed below:

  • Take a bath – 31%
  • Listen to music – 27%
  • Read a book – 23%
  • Have an alcoholic drink – 11%
  • Meditate – 8%

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Our very own Peter Gregg commented on our latest study saying, “We are all aware of the responsibilities of modern life and how time can easily escape us, however time is precious and it is important that people are able to take time for themselves. We are not surprised that people take a bath to relax after all, our previous research shows that the bathroom is where a lot of people choose to go to get some peace and quiet away from family.”

He added:

“Taking time for yourself can offer you a number of benefits, allowing you to fully relax and your body to recover. There are many distractions in life, sometimes it can be hard to say no to family and work; however unplugging from technology is much easier to do than people think and can have many proven health benefits. “

Clearwater adds five new natural stone baths to its range

Clearwater Baths stunning range of Natural Stone freestanding baths just got bigger! The company has been busy fine-tuning and replacing models within the range based on their innovation and consumer preferences. The five new sleek models are all made from natural stone, which is sure to add luxury and elegance to any bathroom.

The Natural Stone range has been a huge success for the company and adding five new models into the mix will give consumers even more choice when it comes to bathroom renovations. The natural stone used in these baths create a strong structure without the need for thick ledges or surrounds.

The Clearwater Natural Stone bath range includes contemporary and traditional designs, that have been hand polished for over 10 hours each, providing a warm and tactile finish. Each Clearwater bath comes complete with a full 10 year guarantee and are built from one piece, meaning that there are no unsightly joints or seams to detract from the stylish designs. There is also a range of Natural Stone basins to complement the freestanding bath range.

The Clearwater Natural Stone Bath collection is great value for money and creates the perfect focal point for any bathroom. Check out the new baths in the range below:

Lonio classical bath

Lonio classical bath

Armonia

Armonia bath

Vigore

Vigore bath

Puro

Puro bath

Puro with plinth

Puro bath with plinth

For more information on these baths or any other product on our website, you can talk to our talented sale team on 01765 694720.

Armitage Shanks launches new charity campaign to celebrate 200 year anniversary

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Armitage Shanks, along with its parent company Ideal Standard have launched a new charity aiming to raise £200,000 to celebrate its 200 year anniversary in 2017. The ‘Armitage Thanks’ campaign marks the run up to the company’s incredible 200 year anniversary and aims to support the local communities with a range of fundraising events and tasks.

40% of the money raised in the new initiative will be donated to Bowel and Cancer research, after being nominated by the firm’s staff members. The remainder of the money will go to local charities overseen by The Smile Foundation.

Armitage Shanks was founded in 1817 by Thomas Bond and has become one of the most successful sanitary pottery manufacturers in the world. In 1969 Armitage merged with competitor Shanks Holdings and created the iconic brand that we see today. Armitage Shanks is now owned by the Ideal Standard International group who is helping with the charity campaign.

Armitage Shanks employs over 300 people at its 4-acre manufacturing site and produces over 1.4 million pieces each year, including sanitary ware, bathroom fixtures and plumbing supplies.

Managing director of Ideal Standard UK Keith Boad told the press, “Since the early years of the 19th century, Armitage Shanks products have been used, seen and welcomed by everyone from paupers to pop stars, in everywhere from pubs and palaces to major sporting stadiums and motorway service stations,”

Adding, “The bicentenary is truly an historic milestone for us and we are very proud, so we are going to mark it by saying a big ‘Armitage Thanks’ for supporting us over the last 200 years.

Deborah Gilbert, from Bowel & Cancer Research talked about the new initiative saying, “More than 41,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year in the UK. Our aim is to help change that. The nature of bowel disease means that people don’t always talk about it and risk dying of embarrassment. The fact is, however, that bowel cancer claims lives and the support of an iconic company such as Ideal Standard, along with Armitage Shanks, is a fantastic boost. Not only will it help us to beat the disease, but its international profile will also help us to nail the ‘loo taboo’ and bring the reality of bowel cancer to the fore.”

Employees of Armitage Shanks and Ideal Standard are already setting up an array of charity event including a team to take up the National Three Peaks Challenge, quiz nights and coffee mornings.

Here are some of our favourite Armitage Shanks products:

Armitage Shanks Airside Wall Hung Basin

Armitage Shanks Airside Wall Hung Basin

Armitage Shanks Markwik Insulate Thermostatic Pillar Basin Mixer Tap

Armitage Shanks Markwik Insulate Thermostatic Pillar Basin Mixer Tap

Armitage Shanks Sandringham Classic Close Coupled WC

Armitage Shanks Sandringham Classic Close Coupled WC

Armitage Shanks Sensorflow Basin Mixer with Built-in Electronic Sensor

Armitage Shanks Sensorflow Basin Mixer with Built-in Electronic Sensor

Ideal Standard makes a splash with its new Tonic II range

Over 200 guests joined Ideal Standard as it unveiled its Tonic II range in London last week. Designed by the award winning German design studio Artefakt, the range consists of ceramics, baths, furniture and fittings.

The range was unveiled at London’s iconic OXO Tower, where the products were shown in crisp white rooms with understated chandelier lighting and against the backdrop of the Thames River. The set was reminiscent of a modern art installation with the Tonic II range dominating view with its bold and contemporary design.

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The reaction to the Tonic II range has been largely positive and has created a lot of excitement throughout the industry. The soft geometric design of the products was created to evoke calm and tranquillity. The new range offers a broad choice of sizes and furniture combinations, in a range of stylish colours to suit just about any bathroom.

The launch event also saw the introduction of Ideal Standard’s innovative new AquaBlade flush technology. The pioneering design means that the integrated channel creates a pressurised blade of water that flows from the top of the bowl rinsing the whole area clean.

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This new technology is set to revolutionise the toilet market, because unlike standard toilet flushing systems, the AquaBlade creates an even spread of water across the whole surface are.

Set to revolutionise the toilet market, unlike existing flushing systems where water does not cover the entire toilet bowl, AquaBlade technology gives optimum water flow from the top of the bowl on every flush, and covers every inch of the ceramic. Interior surfaces are also streamlined to give a quieter flush.

Anna Burns, from Ideal standard told the press, “We’re delighted – the response has been amazing and we thank everyone who came along on the day.

“A lot of investment and research has gone into the creation of Tonic II with AquaBlade, which aims to combine both beauty and functionality. Tonic II delivers on both fronts and we’re very proud of this collection, which I’m confident offers our customers a highly desirable, luxury range with huge commercial potential.”

For more information about the Tonic II range or the AquaBlade system please call on of our helpful sales representatives on 01765 964 720.

Shower heads that create the perfect bathroom focal point

If you care to trawl through our web pages which display shower heads you will see no less than 115 of them and they all do what they have been designed to do. However, we are showing just four of these which will definitely drench you with water when taking a shower, but they also will create a focal point for your bathroom.

The Grohe Euphoria Cube Headshower is undoubtedly a stylish shower head and is offered at a very affordable price. It has a generous wide shower head and you have the trademark Grohe Rain setting, which gives the user a comfortable and relaxing shower experience. The high chrome finish together with the brisk geometric lines is sure to be a focal point as well as being a very efficient shower head. The head has a specially formulated treatment to repel the build-up of dirt and lime scale

We can be sure that just like so many products form this innovative company, the Hansgrohe Raindance Rainfall 150 Shower Head will be the centre of conversation for friends when they first see it. Not only is it eye catching, but it is also offers a super experience when taking a shower. This truly ingenious design ensures a wide, powerful spray from its uniquely formed spout. If you are looking for a focal point for your bathroom, this fits the bill perfectly.

The Phoenix Shower Blade 2 with Waterfall is a quality product that fit into a minimalistic bathroom with ease. The range of products from Phoenix has got a stunning unique shape and can rightly claim to have clean stylish lines which we are certain that you will cherish and enjoy every moment you spend under its rejuvenating cascade. The compact blade will work at a low pressure of just one bar, easy to clean and is guaranteed against any manufacturing defects for five years.

Imperial Bathrooms are noted for their leading classically designed bathroom products and by choosing Imperial items for you bathroom you can be certain that you will own something unique; an example of true British craftsmanship. Nothing is mass produced and items can often take days to produce each hand crafted piece. The Imperial Bathrooms Aqueous 8 inch Fixed Shower Head has been skilfully designed to produce an impressive flow, it is hard wearing and very dependable. Available with a classic chrome finish or an attractive Antique Gold finish it is simple to install and easy to clean. It comes with a 5-year guarantee and is offered at our unbeatable price tag.

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