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Crosswater Crossbox Push MPRO Shower Valve

Crosswater Crossbox Push MPRO Shower Valve

Turning on the shower has been revolutionised with Crosswater’s innovative .

While certain pieces of brassware in the bathroom are ever evolving, others have remained fundamentally unchanged over the decades. While brassware as a whole has taken on the different colour finishes in vogue at various times – from gleaming gold brass to the matt black and white finishes trending today – some bathroom brassware seems to get more aesthetic attention than others. Notably, taps have undergone the most dramatic of developments, with handle shapes and spouts in a constant state of flux both design-wise – varying considerably from pieces based on historic precedent to those more akin to modern sculpture – to their positioning by the basin or bath, from classic mixer taps to wall mounted or freestanding.

Crosswater Crossbox Push MPRO Shower Valve in Brushed Brass

Within the shower, shower heads have undergone bold changes over recent years, with forward thinking designs not only looking the part, offer different styles of water flow, or being integrated with lighting or elements of technology. More practical shower controls have been largely overlooked aesthetically, water and temperature typically regulated with the twisting of a valve and left at that. Until now. Enter the Crossbox Push by Crosswater, a module which radically modernises the design of shower controls and adds

Streamlined functionality

Crosswater Crossbox Push MPRO Shower Valve in Matt White

The push button operation of Crossbox Push brings a fresh perspective to shower control design. Why twist and adjust when you can simply press? Rotary heat control means that the desired temperature can be pre-set and conjured in a tap of the Neoperl ABS push button. Water can be summoned from up to three different water outlets – be it a rainfall, wall mounted or hand-held shower head – in one easy touch.

 

Looking good

Crosswater Crossbox Push MPRO Shower Valve in Matt Black

The two key elements of the Crossbox Push are the bold circular button, which is also integrated with a textured dial to alter water flow, and the smaller temperature control knob. Combined, the pair make a modern design statement, boldly protruding from the all metal backplate in a minimal, clean style, while the lines splitting the button into two or three add easy usability with low visual impact.

The finishing touch

Available in an array of on-trend and timeless finishes, the Crossbox Push can be specified to suit any colour scheme, style or existing brassware – all bases are covered with the Crosswater MPRO palette. Got a Scandi-style pale space? Blend in with Matt White, or contrast with Matt Black. Feeling glamourous? Brushed Brass is your friend. Need some texture? Try the Brushed Stainless Steel Effect. Something classic? Chrome is here for you.

Style and substance in the touch of a button, the Crossbox Push is ushering in a new era to water control, and a total refresh of design within the shower space.

Pantone’s colour of the year 2021

For only the second time in more than 20 years, Pantone’s colour of the year 2021 will be TWO colours: Pantone 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and Pantone 13–647 Illuminating.  

Two independent colours that show how different elements come together to support one another, a lesson learned by everyone in 2020 and hopefully one we can continue to practice in 2021.

These two colours give us practicality and solidness and at the same time warmth and optimism, the joining of Pantone 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and Pantone 13-0647 Illuminating is “one of strength and positivity” says Pantone.  Definitely a story of colour that catches a deep feeling of thoughtfulness along with a promise of sunnier times ahead!

Pantone 13-0647 Illuminating is a cheerful, bright yellow alive and brimming with vivacity. Pantone 17-5104 Ultimate Gray reflects solid and dependable elements, a firm foundation and everlasting qualities.  It is quietly reassuring, standing the test of time and resilient in its nature.

Two colours for 2021 – with a great deal of meaning for us all.

VitrA Voyage

 

UK Bathrooms Design Awards Winner 2020

The winning space of the inaugural UK Bathroom Design Awards has been crowned, a bold room designed to stand the test of time and passing trends, made up of monochrome tiles, tactile surfaces and, perhaps the year’s biggest bathroom trend, statement black brassware.

The space is one of the first rooms completed in the new home of textile designer Sian O’Doherty in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, which is being built so the family can live alongside to the herd of alpacas that contribute their wool to Sian’s sustainable modern knitwear business. Sian is an award-winning textile artist and designer creating beautiful and unique, ethically produced colourful fashion pieces, homeware and accessories with a modern Welsh twist.

Sian, her husband Mike, and three-and-a-half-year-old Ava have been living in a one room static caravan for two years while they wait for the house to be finished and baby number two to arrive in January. ‘The new bathroom is just amazing – especially after having had such a tiny shower for so long!’ Sian tells us. ‘I wanted it to be simple, timeless and practical, but also to have a designer edge.’

Large format white tiles meet a tactile slate floor and are finished with slick black brassware and accessories. ‘We kept things as simple as possible, with clean lines, and a monochrome palette – I was mindful of creating a space we could live with for a long time’ Sian explains.

The combination of longevity and effortless industrial style is what drew the judges to the space. ‘I love natural materials, and the slate floor is a wonderful contrast to the slick white walls,’ Sian says. ‘I paired it right back because I wanted it to last, but we pushed the boat out with the large shower head to make a modern statement and give it an industrial edge’

While the space looks beautiful, it’s based on the requirements of real life. ‘I chose each element to be as practical and easy to clean as possible,’ Sian explains ‘I kept referring back to what we needed as a family’. Thus, larger tiles mean less grouting, grout is grey for quick maintenance and surfaces are matt to show fewer small finger prints.

‘Pretty much everything came from UK Bathrooms which I hadn’t planned but just made sense – they guided me to good models in the price range I could go for, and because I bought so much, delivery was free,’ says Sian. ‘UK Bathrooms just made life more manageable, such as making sure I had the things that you don’t think about, like water traps and plugs. The bathroom includes luxury brands such as Crosswater and VitrA, and it was so easy getting them from one place.’

‘The bathroom is exactly what I was hoping for; clean lines, open space, and practicality; I take great pleasure in using it and will do for years to come’ says Sian, who won £500 worth of Love2Shop vouchers gifted by VitrA Bathrooms. ‘I’m absolutely thrilled to have won the UK Bathrooms Design Awards, and it’s been a massive help with finishing off our new home.’

VitrA Aquacare affordable bidet shower toilets

Bidet Shower Toilets from VitrA Bathrooms

Get that fresh-out-of-the-shower experience every time you go to the bathroom by investing in a VitrA Aquacare shower toilet.  These WC’s, also known as bidet toilets, have an integrated water jet for a more hygienic and ‘fresh as a daisy’ experience.

VitrA Aquacare M-Line Wall Hung Bidet Toilet £534.40 inc VAT

Not only do they provide an enhanced cleaning experience, they’re also an eco-friendly option, significantly reducing the need for toilet paper.

With various styles and options available at UK Bathrooms, the VitrA Aquacare shower toilets have a subtle integrated bidet function.

 

VitrA Aquacare Sento Rimless Wall Hung Bidet Toilet £468.80 inc VAT

VitrA Aquacare toilets do not require an electrical connection and can be quickly and easily installed in place of your existing toilet.  Thanks to the innovative integrated air breaker there is absolutely no risk of contamination to the drinking water supply.

3D Design Service Meet Our Design Consultant

Spotlight on: Lisa Watson, Design Consultant at UK Bathrooms

This month we’re chatting to Lisa Watson, Design Consultant, 3D Design Services at UK Bathrooms. Lisa lives in the North Yorkshire countryside with her children, dogs, cats and horses. Any spare time she has is spent drawing, painting and horse riding.

3D Design Service at UK Bathrooms

Q: How long have you been with UK Bathrooms and what is your role for the online bathroom store based in Ripon, North Yorkshire.
A: I’ve been with UK Bathrooms for nearly 2 years initially in Product Marketing before beginning my current role as a Design Consultant for our 3D Design Service. I work with customers on a one to one basis, guiding and advising from the planning and layout of their new bathroom to bespoke product sourcing if needed. I use over 20 years of interior design experience and architectural drawing skills to develop a 3D visual of their brand new bathroom, without them having to leave their home.

Q: How has your career path led you to this role?
A: Throughout the last 20 years I have worked in Interior Architecture. I have experience with virtual software and this coupled with my design skills allows me to offer our customers a service which brings their new bathroom to life – before they purchase!

Q: What specific qualifications and experience do you have for your role?
A: I graduated with a BA Hons in Interiors Architecture and have worked with architects, interior designers, bespoke manufacturers of kitchens and bathrooms and bespoke manufacturers of hardwood orangeries both in the UK and abroad.

Q: How do you balance your career with your home life?
A: My hours are flexible at UK Bathrooms and I have a peaceful art room at home which allows me time for myself when needed and gives an ideal environment to design and be creative.

Q: What do you find most challenging at work?
A: Ha-ha that’s really easy – time! The 3D Design Service at UK Bathrooms is a new service but a service that is already proving very popular!

Q: What do you like most about working for UK Bathrooms?
A: 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone. What I like best about my role at UK Bathrooms is that it is means I can continue to work with customers and continue to design new bathrooms which they love and which they will enjoy for many years. All from the comfort of their own home.

Q: Looking at ukbathrooms.com you have many brands, do you have favourites?
A: Most definitely, though perhaps I shouldn’t divulge! I love BC Designs baths and basins with their natural materials and design style combining organically sensuous shapes with contemporary clean lines. I also like Victoria+ Albert, Perrin & Rowe, Zehnder Bisque, Crosswater, VitrA, Villeroy & Boch and brands such as Trojan. That’s one of the other joys of working for UK Bathrooms, we have a plethora of brands from which to choose products, definitely spoilt for choice.

Q: When it comes to designing a new bathroom what inspires you most?
A: Nature mostly. I adore natural materials and combining these with organic shapes and a modern contemporary twist. Many of our brands combine these natural products and design styling with state-of-the-art manufacturing and technology producing the highest quality products.

Lisa Watson is a design consultant for UK Bathrooms, and provides advice, planning and a 3D visualisation service. For further details:
https://www.ukbathrooms.com/pages/bathroom-design-service.html
or email Lisa –  design@ukbathrooms.com

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Villeroy and Boch are a leading homeware brand name known for their stylish bathroom products

 

 

 

 

 

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Bathroom Mirror Cabinet Buying Guide

Bathroom mirror cabinets are one of the most popular and best selling bathroom essentials and it is easy to understand why: in a bathroom, sufficient storage and a useful mirror are vital and this component combines these uses. In addition to being practical, they are also design statements in themselves – the mirror draws the eye and they become the focal point of the room.

A good choice of cabinet can really bring a room style and layout together, so it’s important to choose the right one for your needs. There are hundreds of attractive bathroom mirror cabinets available on our site, so here are some points to consider when selecting the perfect choice for your bathroom.

Cabinet size

The size of the cabinet may well be dictated by the dimensions and arrangement of your bathroom, but if you have the space for a larger unit then it is generally never a bad idea to have plenty of storage. This is especially true if it is a family bathroom. If the cabinet is to be wall mounted, ensure that the cabinet is not too wide, or too close to an adjacent wall or shower screen, which could impede the opening of its doors.

The Tavistock Detail Mirror Cabinet
Tavistock Detail Mirror Cabinet

Illuminated mirror cabinets

Mirrors reflect light, so a bathroom mirror cabinet will brighten up the room and give the impression of a larger space. But extra electrical light is usually always an essential for a bathroom, so many of our mirrored cabinets also have built in illumination. Indispensable for close up mirror use, such as shaving, make up or any personal grooming, the light can be focused by means of spotlight style downlighters or a more diffuse LED strip type.

Crosswater (Bauhaus) Allure Mirror Cabinet
Crosswater (Bauhaus) Allure Mirror Cabinet

These need to be installed by a qualified electrician, but having all that incredibly convenient light exactly where it is most needed is certainly worth it. Some units also have useful internal lights and down lights underneath the cabinet which light up the sink area.

Crosswater Allure 500 Mirror Cabinet
Crosswater Allure 500 Mirror Cabinet

Shaver sockets

The average man spends just over an hour a week shaving – a task which is made easier when everything needed is kept together in one place. Illuminated bathroom mirror cabinets require wiring into the mains, so very often have a built in shaver socket for additional functionality. Crosswater and VitrA both have a good choice of modern stylish illuminated bathroom mirror cabinets with shaver sockets.

Bathroom mirror cabinet with shaver socket
Crosswater Allure 500 Mirror Cabinet

Anti-mist mirror cabinets

Some bathroom mirror cabinets have an integrated heating component which will clear condensation from the surface of the mirror when needed – yet another helpful feature to make busy mornings easier. We recommend the brand Crosswater for cabinets with this extra function.

Space saving cabinets

There is a range of options to suit all bathrooms if space is tight, such as single slimline cabinets which are reduced in depth as well as width, corner cabinets, ones with sliding doors and inset units, recessed into the wall.

Roper Rhodes Ascension Refine Slimline Split Door Cabinet
Roper Rhodes Ascension Refine Slimline Split Door Cabinet

A recessed or semi-recessed cabinet can provide adequate internal storage space and wonderful lighting, and yet give a streamlined, contemporary and spacious feel to the bathroom.

Keuco Royal Lumos Recessed Mirror Cabinet
Keuco Royal Lumos Recessed Mirror Cabinet

Mirror cabinet design styles

Mirrored bathroom cabinets can be either traditional or contemporary forms, designed to reflect and complement your chosen bathroom style. Some of our recommended quality brands for classical style cabinets are Bayswater, Imperial and Burlington.

Burlington Fitted Furniture 60cm 2 Door Mirror CabinetBurlington Fitted Furniture 60cm 2 Door Mirror Cabinet

The addition of LED lighting strips enhance the modern look and open up design options, so many cabinets with illumination offer cutting edge shapes. Look out for contemporary features such as frameless doors, curved cabinet corners, LED light inset patterns, dimmer functions and light tone variability.

Vitra Sento Double Door Illuminated Mirror Cabinet
Vitra Sento Double Door Illuminated Mirror Cabinet

Both vintage and ultra-modern style cabinets can showcase modern colours and materials so they can blend seamlessly with any overall scheme. White is a timeless choice, whereas wood veneers and strong colours are en vogue and many brands offer several different attractive surface finishes. We are also seeing reinvented classical tones becoming highly sought after for cabinets, such as deep navy blues, petrol blues and a range of greys.

Bayswater 1050 Double Door Mirror CabinetBayswater 1050 Double Door Mirror Cabinet

 

Black Friday 2020 Save an Extra 15% on Ideal Standard

 

Save an EXTRA 15% on Ideal Standard only with voucher code Ideal15%.

Ideal Standard are a huge name in bathrooms and have been so for over 100 years.  Products include baths, toilets, basins, vanity units, taps and showers can be complemented with a range of fittings and accessories – and now, for a limited time only you can save an EXTRA 15% on all Ideal Standard bathroom products.

3D Design Service Now Available

3D Design Service Now Available at UK Bathrooms

Buying a bathroom is a personal and important purchase, not something you do every day. Imagine if, just like test driving a new car or looking around a new home, your future bathroom renovation can be something you can experience before you buy it. This is now a reality at UK Bathrooms with our 3D Bathroom Design Service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have invested in the latest technology from leading software company Virtual Worlds and we have expert design consultants available to chat through your ideas, offer advice and bespoke product sourcing as well as take you though the process of planning and designing your new bathroom.  They will present you with a 3 D render of your dream space enabling you to purchase the products you need to make your vision a reality.

We’ll make this as easy as possible for you without even having to leave the comfort of your own home. If you’d like to find out more visit our 3D Bathroom Design Service page and book your consultation today.

VitrA Voyage by leading designer Arik Levy

Bathroom design is evolving, and VitrA’s expansive Voyage collection points us towards the look and feel of tomorrow.

Gone are the days when the bathroom was a practical affair, a room only to dash in and out of. In recent years the space’s functionality has melded with tactile materials, sensuous shapes and considered use of colour as it moves further and further from existing purely for cleanliness, to somewhere to enjoy, retreat to, and luxuriate in.

The design of the bathroom and the objects within it have adapted accordingly, in a trend that first saw freestanding baths take on ever more experimental shapes, and slowly trickled through into furniture, brassware and ceramics. As things get increasingly progressive, leading the way is Voyage by VitrA, a 130-piece range by renown Israeli creative Arik Levy, characterised by flowing, sculptural sanitaryware and adaptable wooden storage. 

‘VitrA’s Voyage collection breaks bathroom boundaries with its unique interpretation of ceramicware, and forward-thinking approach to space saving and flexibility’ says Graeme Borchard, Managing Director at ukbathrooms.com. ‘The range is a glimpse into the future, showing us that contemporary spaces will be imaginative, impactful and approached differently to today.’

Serene ceramics

The collection clearly plays into the bathroom’s new role as a room for relaxation. Sanitaryware is modern and elegant, circular or oval basins merged with round-cornered rectangular trays, which invoke a deeply calming feel, thanks to the smoothness of the shapes and the clear craft involved in combining the forms. These pieces speak of poetry, artistry and a soothing softness.

Wet or dry?

In a further challenge to the bathroom norm, Voyage basins blur the boundaries of the wet and the dry, with the tray surrounding the bowl creating a mid-point between the two and initiating a new dialogue between countertop and bowl. Will this extra area be used for product storage, to catch water, or in ways we are yet to discover?

Total flexibility

Voyage is entirely wall hung, an innovation which makes it incredibly versatile and entirely customisable to specific spaces and needs. Storage focuses on simple timber boxes – inspired by the time designer Arik Levy spent living in Japan – units and wall panels that can be placed horizontally or vertically, in five natural tones including light and dark oak as well as white, grey and forest green. 

Signalling a change in bathroom design, Voyage works in rooms big and small, crucially embracing individual needs and preferences, and inviting the user on a journey to build their own personal space to unwind in.