Bathroom Tiles Archive

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.

The luxury of a warm bathroom floor

After lying in your warm bath, soaking away the stresses and strains of a hard day at work, the last possible thing that you may want to do is to step out on to a cold, even though beautifully tiled, floor. So why not have a floor that is warm and welcoming, which is thermostatically controlled, and serves to warm up the bathroom or shower room as well?

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We can offer a number of options to warm up your bathroom or even your kitchen floor, not quite the way that the Romans did it in 52BC, but the 21st century way. One of our top selling underfloor heating packages is the Raychem T2Quicknet which is offered in two heats output, The T2Quicknet 90 or the T2 Quicknet 160. Both of these features a neat heating mat naturally controlled for your comfort by a very neat modern thermostatic controller which gives full and easy control over the temperature. They are fully digitally controllable, and can even be preset for different days, with temperature or timer functions. Also included is a cost saving, energy saving Greenleaf mode to keep running costs at a minimum.

Both of the heating mats from Raychem are offered at UK Bathrooms unbeatable low prices, the lowest to be found anywhere and they come in a variety of sizes; your choice will depend upon the size of your bathroom or kitchen. If you are unsure, or need advice contact our support team on 01765 694 720 and they will do their best to help.

Raychem T2Quicknet Underfloor Heating

Showering the next Level – The Space

As we have mentioned previously, there is a trend of more people opting for showers over a bath, when it comes to bathroom design. The number of baths sold have dropped whilst showers have increased. Manufacturers have also noticed this trend and responded by offering a huge range of showers, shower enclosures and wet room options to help you create your perfect bathroom.

Standalone shower enclosures are a fantastic choice for any bathroom, allowing you space and movement when you shower. They are considered safer than a shower over a bath, and easy to use for people with mobility issues. Plus many shower enclosures come in a range of designs so they can fit any space and work with traditional or contemporary designs.

Matki Curved Corner Sealed enclosure

Simpsons Shower trays, for standalone shower enclosures can be made from cast stone or heavyweight acrylic in a number of different colours such as the Simpsons Grey Slate Textured Shower Tray. These trays have a lead time of 3-5 days which mean you don’t have to wait to fit your shower enclosure. They have a water tight seal with adequate drainage, so no water escapes from the enclosure. Choose from compact designs with just a small shower tray or a luxurious design which also has more room for one or more people and also a drying tray.

Simpsons Black Shower Tray

To fit your shower enclosure choose from, different sizes and configurations. All enclosures are water tight and come with a choice of openings including; sliding doors, pivot doors and bi-fold doors. Designs can be created to fit the space you have.

Matki Curved Double Shower enclosure

It looks like the UK is heading towards the trend of European style wet rooms. Developments and newer technology have meant that it is now much easier and cheaper to transform your bathroom into a wet room. Kudos Showers described as the “Art of Showering” have a fantastic high quality range which you can use to build a wet room.

Kudos wetroom

The rooms are waterproofed (tanked) and fitted with a walk in shower, they can be fitted with shower screens but it is not necessary. The floor is gently sloped so water can drain away into one spot, away from the toilet or sink, so these areas remain dry. By using non-porous bathroom tiles like ceramic or porcelain, it stops mould and damp being created in the tiles and grout. If you opt for porous tiles you will have to have them treated.

There are a number of benefits to Turing your bathroom into a wet room.

It will open up your bathroom and create a more usable space. This works especially well in smaller bathrooms, as it stops the room feeling claustrophobic. It is also helpful for those with mobility issues.

The luxurious lifestyle of a wet room, works well with contemporary designs and there are a number of touches which add to that; such as underfloor heating and high quality finishes for the tiles.

As well as aesthetics, wet rooms can be beneficial to your home, correctly fitted you will be protected from moisture and damp which can damage walls. Finishes are also long lasting which means you don’t have to worry about replacing your wet room floor.

Manhatten Wetroom

 

World Toilet Day 2013

For most of us having access to a safe, sanitary and private toilet is a way of life, but did you know that an estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide do not have this luxury.

World Toilet Day is a UN recognised event and was set up to raise awareness of the daily struggle that one in three people in the world suffer with poor sanitation and to do something about it. Since its creation in 2001, World Toilet Day has become an important platform to raise global awareness of the problem and demand action from governments around the world.

There is a strong link between good sanitation and a better standard of life. The economic growth in Europe and North America wouldn’t have been possible without improved sanitary conditions, as this helped to produce a healthier population and thus increased labour productivity.

It may seem silly, but toilets really are a symbol of better health, a higher income, more education and a cleaner living environment. World Toilet Day aims to break the taboo of toilet talk and to bring to the forefront not only the health and emotional consequences of poor sanitation, but the economic impact too.

So, let’s work together to ensure that this basic human right becomes a reality for all.

Get involved now by visiting the World Toilet Day website.

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Grand Designs – Andalucian Hills build

Retiring to Spain is a dream for many Brits, for Gil and Hillary Briffa their dream came true 10 years ago. They decided to retire to Southern Spain, however they didn’t like the urban sprawl around the coastal town of Malaga. So instead they have opted for a lovely unspoilt plot of land up in the Andalucian hills.

The revisit for Grand Designs looks back at their trials and tribulations of the build, including many of the problems they had to overcome. Lot has change in ten years, unfortunately Gil died a few years ago, however Hillary is still there enjoying the Andalucian sunshine and we look to see how this home is settling into the landscape.

The design of the home, a creation of their architect son, looks like a small holiday village, with a bold modernist design. It interconnects with bold coloured rooms, which should stand out against the stark white and large glass main living area. However permission for this Grand Design was going to be a challenge, especially to make sure it’s the coolest retirement home Kevin McCloud has ever seen.

They got the home built on time and to their specification, despite language barriers with the builder and problems with local council. On the revisit, Kevin looks to see how this house has settled into the landscape and with it still standing we can see how Hillary is adapting to life without her husband in his dream home.

The locals warmed to the colour, with only one colour change made, suiting Hillary’s tastes anyway. Home furnishings, fitting in with the landscape around it and many Mediterranean colours. Plenty of fun fixtures and fittings, to Gils tastes in the home. Also landscaping carried on by Hillary following the plans they made together to soften the building. So now the building is now integrated into the landscape as is Hilary all living in harmony together.

For the bathroom, like many a simple tile design was the focal point with simple white fixtures and fittings. The bathroom features wonderful mosaic tiles which you can find here. They are ideal for a modern and clean bathroom and perfect style for a Spanish home.

Grand Designs Grey tiles

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Grand Designs Watch – Tiverton House

This week’s build, sees Marine captain Jon looking to build a house which suits his living needs. When serving in Afghanistan Jon lost three limbs, which meant the way he lived his life and went about doing simple everyday tasks changed. Jon is looking to build a house which is cutting edge, can he achieve this without the budget spiraling out of control?

Before Jon stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan and suffered the life changing injuries, he lived in a lovely chocolate box cottage which unfortunately not suitable for his needs and cannot be easily adapted so he can live independently. He will be project manager, something he hasn’t done before however he does put a lot of military precision into the project and calls upon friends and military charities for help.

The couples aim is to build a house, where you are actually unable to see the adaptions which improve Jon’s mobility. Including a fantastic design featuring sleek glass walls and open-plan spaces. The house must also fit into the conservation area, so one the front it fits in characteristically into the local area and the back is much more modern.

Their en-suit bathroom has been designed so both are able to use it together, including a duel shower. The large Crosswater waterfall shower heads, are functional but also stylish, and fits well into the bathroom which Kevin McCloud stated: “it’s nice, it’s ergonomic but it’s also kind of romantic as well”. We have a selection of fixtures and fittings used in this bathroom on our Grand Designs page.

Grand Designs Tiverton episode

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Grand Designs Watch – The Giant Farm Shed

Near York, North Yorkshire, Martin and Kae Walker have two different ideas from what they want from their home. Martin is a commercial architect who specialises in industrial buildings and you can see how strong his influences are in this build. Kae on the other hand, looks elsewhere for her influences, she is an art director who is “passionate about giving buildings heart and soul.”

The home they are looking at building is intended to be a ‘mothership’, where they can combine, business and child rearing. They are splitting the land they own, where their bungalow currently is, selling the bungalow and building their dream home on the rest of the land. The question is will they be able to have both their conflicting ideas in the home.

Many things were taken into consideration with this build, leaving it cost effective and green. However it still will resemble a barn, so not necessarily in keeping with other homes. The question is can they mix Martins modern ideas with Kae’s homely ideas, thinking about the house as a home, rather than a building.

The bathrooms, were designed using local tiles, in an industrial style, with simple features for a natural earthy look. The large Clearwater Sontuoso Natural Stone freestanding bath was the centre piece of the bathroom. For more ideas, from this stunning bathroom, check out our Grand Design page.

Grand Designs giant shed

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Creative Small Bathrooms

Creating a unique space in a small bathroom can be tricky, whether a simple guest toilet under the stairs or a small en-suite. Houzz have featured a great UK Bathrooms design on their 8 Clever and Creative Ways with Small Bathrooms feature. They look at a number of unique bathroom designs all fitting into small spaces, showing how a little creativity can really brighten up even the smallest bathroom.

Simple updates such as bold wall covering such as the design from UK Bathrooms to unique fixtures and fittings can have a great effect. The fixtures and fittings featured are from Burlington which can be found on our site and as you can see fit perfectly into an under stairs toilet whilst having an impact in the small space.

Being creative with your space, enables you to get the most out of your room, no matter what the size. Not many people would consider putting a toilet in their under stairs cupboard, but they can be more spacious than you realise and with well-designed toilets and sinks you can easily add a guest WC.

8 Clever and Creative Ways With Small Bathrooms

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It's Great British Bake Off Time in the UK Bathrooms Office!

Here in the UK Bathrooms office we have all been getting into baking in preparation for the return of The Great British Bake Off (GBBO). We had a mini cake baking completion between staff, with a final winner. Stakes were high and the competition reached fever pitch as we all took to the kitchens each weekend to create our best cake.

The cakes were judged by Dave Laugher (Product Development Manager and Dad of UK B sponsored Olympian Diver Jack Laugher) who definitely had his fill of delicious cakes. Although there was no prize for the winner (and no fame either like the TV show) being known as the cake Queen or King in the office was enough for us.

The Winners:

1st. Amy – Pims Cake

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2nd. Lily – Chocolate and Strawberries Cake

Lilys Chocolate & Strawberry Cake

3rd. Jackie – Summer Fruit and Cream Cake

Jackies Summer Fruit and Cream Cake

Amy’s Pims Cake stole the show with its delicious cucumber icing and soft moist cake. It scored highly for originality and summery-ness! A special mention also goes to Declan, our new office admin apprentice who got kudos for his efforts as he’s only 16 and did really well.

We are all huge fans of the GBBO which starts tonight and will be watching with bated breath to see if any cakes on the show match our fabulous creations. Keep up with us as we follow the show with #GBBO on Twitter!

And the rest of the entries……

Heidi – Irish Cream Coffee Cake                  Declan – Vanilla and Candy Cake

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Ryan – Chocolate Cheesecake Susan – Raspberry Cheesecake

Revealed – Mens Secret Bathroom Habits

For many years women have been lauded about the amount of time they spend in the bathroom, busy with their beauty regimes, but it seems men are probably just as bad as women with their secret bathroom habits which have been revealed by bathroom retailer www.UKBathrooms.com. The research asked 1,367 UK males about what else they get up to in the bathroom.

The men asked, chose from a list what grooming activities applied to them, the top 10 most popular are:

1. Moisturising – 62%
2. Nose hair trimming – 57%
3. Flossing – 51%
4. Conditioning hair – 46%
5. Body shaving – back, chest, armpits etc – 42%
6. Body waxing – back, chest, armpits etc – 31%
7. Fake tanning – 24%
8. Male makeup – concealer, guy-liner etc – 9%
9. Nail filing – 4%
10. Eyebrow waxing – 3%

They were also asked what grooming they undertook on a daily basis and the results showed:

1. Moisturising – daily
2. Nose hair trimming – weekly
3. Flossing – daily
4. Conditioning hair – every other day
5. Body shaving – back, chest, armpits etc – every 2 weeks
6. Body waxing – back, chest, armpits etc – once monthly
7. Fake tanning – every 2 weeks
8. Male makeup – concealer etc – few times a week
9. Nail filing – weekly
10. Eyebrow waxing – every 2 weeks

Women have long known that men partake in male grooming when alone in the bathroom, mainly because women’s beauty products seem to mysteriously run out quickly and their razors, wax strips and other personal hygiene items also run out quicker.

The men surveyed were asked why they followed a certain grooming pattern with 74% stating that they wanted to ‘look better’. Expanding on that result, 36% were compelled to ‘look better’ because of by ‘peer pressure’ whilst 22% blamed ‘celebrity culture’ for them taking an interest in their appearance.

It seems though that although they make an effort with their appearance and follow beauty regimes, many men are hesitant to admit it to their friends, with 42% saying that they’d ‘rather not’ admit it and 23% stated an outright ‘no’ if it came to telling their friends. However, the men polled showed that they would feel comfortable being described as ‘metrosexual’ with 51% of them being happy at being described as this, 19% would be indifferent and 13% said they would be uncomfortable being described as metrosexual.

Talking about the interesting findings of mens bathroom habits, Peter Gregg, Director of UKBathrooms.com, had the following to say:

“The rise of the metrosexual man shows no signs of slowing. Gone are the days of the grizzled construction worker, with dirt under his nails and a thick mane of hair on his back. Now it’s all about tanned, hairless skin with a shining, healthy head of hair. Or so our survey suggests at least!”

He continued:

“With celebrities like David Beckham paving the way, men are feeling the pressure to fit the mould more and more. It’s often remarked that women feel compelled to strive to look like supermodels, but that pressure also applies to males. Television shows such as Geordie Shore and TOWIE only serve to reinforce the idea that men need to be perfectly groomed to get by in life.”

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