Bathroom Design Archive

Introducing the SoHo 2 range from Villeroy and Boch

Villeroy & Boch have long been the biggest name associated with bathrooms. V&B are renowned for their great design and world class engineering. As part of their already expansive collection, Villeroy and Boch have refreshed and reintroduced their SoHo collection, with the new SoHo 2.

Subway or SoHo?

We are asked all the time; “is that just Subway?”, “Why do some people still call it Subway?” or “How come it’s not on the Villeroy & Boch website?”. Ok, this bit is a little complicated, originally the SoHo collection was part of a range called Subway, but with the introduction of the newer Subway 2 range the collection was renamed SoHo. So there were two collections called Subway and there sort of still is, some people still call it Subway and some people call it SoHo to differentiate it. The SoHo collection as it was had been around for a few years, so when the new products have been introduced they were named: SoHo 2 (are you still with us here, someone thought that this made sense!). The Subway bathroom collection has dominated bathroom sales for the past decade; it’s the flagship range you think of when you think of Villeroy & Boch. It’s not the cheapest Villeroy & Boch range, but it is far from their most expensive. Now it’s called SoHo 2 the designers have gone back to the drawing board and re-engineered the furniture in the range; they have updated the finishes and used their most recent design

The SoHo collection as it was had been around for a few years, so when the new products have been introduced they were named: SoHo 2 (are you still with us here, someone thought that this made sense!). The Subway bathroom collection has dominated bathroom sales for the past decade; it’s the flagship range you think of when you think of Villeroy & Boch. It’s not the cheapest Villeroy & Boch range, but it is far from their most expensive. Now it’s called SoHo 2 the designers have gone back to the drawing board and re-engineered the furniture in the range; they have updated the finishes and used their most recent design innovations so that for the price, the quality will not be surpassed.

New features

The main differences in the new units are the drawers. The original Subway/Soho unit had one large draw and sub-divided draws within the unit:

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The new Soho 2 unit has two large distinguished drawers, both with soft close mechanisms on them. This offers perfect storage for any of your typical bathroom products. The larger drawer at the bottom can more than handle large bottles:

The new furniture options come in updated finishes, you will always have a white gloss finish (it’s timeless and matches all any tiles). You have now got the option of:

Everyone at the UKB office has had a look at the new units; we think they are great and would easily recommend them to any of our customers. If you are looking to refresh your bathroom and are unsure where to start; Villeroy and Boch is a name you can be confident in, and the SoHo 2 is a range that will suit almost any bathroom layout.

Villeroy & Boch Subway features in our Summer Sale

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ukBathrooms.com is set to save you a fortune on your new bathroom this summer, with our biggest ever Summer Sale now is the best time to shop for your new branded bathroom!

With the latest designs from leading bathroom manufacturers you can spec-out your new bathroom to the highest standard, with quality fittings from trusted and respected market leaders such as Hansgrohe, Roca, Crosswater and many more.

A Villeroy and Boch logo on your ceramicware ensures lasting quality and performance: Villeroy and Boch are one of the most revered, trusted, leading bathroom industry brands and are currently featured in our Summer Sale; there hasn’t been a better time to buy V&B from ukBathrooms! Pronounced “Villeroy” and “Bock” (not Bosch) the German brand is known for its clean European style.

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One of Villeroy and Boch’s most popular ranges is: Subway. These timeless, uncluttered designs exude the true beauty of pure form and function lead design, they are usually Architects and Designers range of choice. The scale of choice on offer means you can fully customise your product selection, creating a bespoke bathroom unique to your family and your home.

Colour OptionsFor example the Subway furniture comes in a variety of colour options and sizes, you also have the choice of a single or a double “his and hers” style vanity unit. Even the handles can be customised, contact our sales team for advice on handle selection. You have a choice of: White, Glossy White, Glossy Walnut and Macassar. Matching tall units are available for those bathroom must haves, decluttering your space and enhancing the envisioned design aesthetic of your new bathroom.

Popular Subway Products

The Subway wall hung toilet is a hugely popular design, with its most appealing feature being completely smooth lines, no gaps or cut out spaces around the sides, just clean shapes and a smooth form. This single piece form helps you create a clutter free aesthetic as well as having the excellent advantage of being easier to clean, and keep clean, no more horrible dust and dirt collecting in recesses around the toilet base!

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A matching Subway Bath from this range will enhance any bathroom space and compliment other items from the design line. Match with free standing or wall mounted brassware to achieve a contemporary high end look that would be at home in a luxury hotel suite, or your new bathing sanctuary!

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Subway furniture vanity units are versatile, practical and simply stunning. Available in a choice of finishes lots of different looks looks can be achieved, pleasing even the most discerning of us! From light and bright whites, to deep rich and warm wood finishes, you can mix and match this range across your entire families bathrooms, kitting out your whole home with high quality products that can meet the tough demands of family life and the breadth of different design tastes we all have.

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Browse the range on the link below, most subway items are in UK stock and can be delivered in 3 to 5 working days, custom furniture can take longer as it is ‘hand made to order’ in their German factory, but the wait is well worth it when your hand-built custom bathroom order arrives, and is fitted and finished in all its splendour!

Just contact our sales team to check lead times and pricing: 01765 694 720.

The Subway range on ukBathrooms.com

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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:

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Lonio classical bath

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Vigore

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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.

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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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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