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The best low water pressure taps – 2021 Guide

Last updated: 05/06/2021

What to know before buying
Low-pressure water systems
Types and recommendations:
   Waterfall taps
        Basin waterfall taps
        Bath waterfall taps
   Mixer taps
        Basin mixer taps
        Wall-mounted basin mixer taps
        Bath mixer/filler taps
   Swan neck mixer taps
        Contemporary
        Traditional

When creating a new bathroom or kitchen, not only should you take into account the interior style and location. But also, the mechanics and practicalities of its design. A  common mistake when buying bathroom taps is that water pressure is not considered. In this blog, we will be explaining water pressure and low-pressure water systems and recommending different types of low pressure taps.

Grohe Allure Cascade Wall Spout for Bath and Shower

What to know before buying

I think it is important to note here, that if your home has a 0.2 Bar rating, you shouldn’t get a tap with a higher pressure rating. Continue reading for more information.

What is water pressure?

Water pressure is the force that pushes water through your pipes at home, work, and public spaces. It determines the flow of water from the tap. It is measured using 3 varying units: Bars, PSI, and head (meters). One bar (14.5 PSI) is the force required to raise water to a height of 10m.

Water pressure rating

Within the UK, all taps, mixers, and showers are rated with a minimum required pressure rating. It is usually anything between 0.3 Bar and 1 Bar. Anything below is considered low pressure.

Why should you find out your water pressure?

If your water pressure is too low then everyday tasks like running a bath or washing up in your kitchen could become a frustrating chore. This is because there is a low flow of water, and it could drastically increase the time.

If your water pressure is too high, it could lead to leaks, wasted water, flooding. Unnecessary problems could be costly to fix, due to the water pressure damaging the pipes.

Ofwat (the water industry regulator in England and Wales) set a minimum pressure of water serving premises at 7m static head. This may not be sufficient to operate some combi boilers within the UK. Meaning houses with combination boilers may experience an uneven performance across household appliances.

Other factors that may affect your water pressure may include your area’s water demand (time of day) and your building’s elevation. If you live on top of a hill and have a gravity-fed system (a cold water tank in the loft and a hot water tank elsewhere). You will have a lower water pressure than those who live at the bottom of the hill.

How to check your water pressure

First and foremost, you should contact your water supplier/plumber if you are having problems with your water pressure. Most issues can be resolved by checking the internal plumbing within your household. If it is a persistent problem, then your water supplier may have set the pressure too high or low in your area.

If you prefer to check the water pressure yourself, purchasing a pressure gauge tool to fix an external tap (like the hose tap) could be helpful.  One bar is equal to one meter.

How can you test your water pressure?

This can be a fun experiment to do with your children or simply useful knowledge. Gather a 1-2L jug and a stopwatch (or phone). Put the jug under your sink tap, turn it on, and time 6 seconds on your stopwatch. Then turn the tap off. Now, multiply the amount of water in the jug by ten. This equals the property flow rate in liters by the minute.

If your flow is less than 10 liters per minute then your pressure is too low. If it is between 10 and 15 liters per minute then this is acceptable. If it is above 15 liters per minute, this is considered a good flow. The same test can be used to test your shower water pressure.

So why use low-pressure taps?

To spare you the detailed explanation of how taps work: low-pressure taps are generally used on low-pressure water systems where an instantaneous water heating system is being used. These heating systems only allow a small amount of pressure into the boiler. If a high-pressure tap were to be used the water supply to the storage tank would be interrupted and the tank would be left without pressure. Low-pressure taps on the UK Bathrooms site all have a Bar rating between 0.1 and 0.5.

Within the UK, there is currently a massive need for sustainability. Water is, and increasingly becoming a precious resource. Low-pressure taps are a great solution to improving sustainability within your own home. They allow you to use water in much more energy-efficient ways.

Low-pressure water systems

Gravity-fed

The largest representation of houses within the UK is houses built in the 1900s. Most of these houses are fitted with a gravity-fed pressure system. There is normally a cold water tank in the loft or attic and the hot water cylinder is situated elsewhere in the home. The force that moves your water is gravity, meaning you will experience higher pressure at the bottom of your house rather than at the top.

To understand how gravity-fed systems work, we should look at Newton’s law of universal gravitation. For gravity pulls objects/particles down towards the earth.

Gravity-fed systems are normally low-pressure water systems. Gravity systems provide homes with water pressure (at its highest) of no more than 0.5 Bar.

Combination (combi)

These systems are very often wall-mounted and convey a distinctive style. Combination systems feed cold water directly from the mains or central heating. They are quickly heated and pumped around the house. This means that when you want hot water, you don’t have to wait. When you’re not using the water, it simply cools down and waits to be used again. This is an efficient energy storage system. Combination systems provide homes with water pressure (at its highest) of around 1 Bar to 1.5 Bar.

Roca Thesis Basin Mixer Tap

Types and Recommendations

Waterfall taps

These taps are a charming and chic solution to functionality in the bathroom.They can be used on basins or as bath fillers. Many waterfall taps have a minimum water pressure rating of 0.2 Bar, offering the ability to work on even the very worst Gravity-fed systems. Please check the specification of each product before buying.

Basin

AXOR Massaud Tall Basin Mixer Tap 220

A great example of this would be the AXOR Massaud Tall Basin Mixer Tap, which is an elegant tap that sits neatly alongside the basin. It allows for a spectacular waterfall-style flow of water from its flat, wide spout.

The Vado Synergie extended basin mixer tap is a perfect companion for surface-mounted basins. It is a tall and compelling progressive mixer tap that allows for smooth control over the cascading waterfall flow.

For a wall-mounted mixer look to the Grohe Lineare 2 hole Basin Mixer Tap. It is of a sturdy, contemporary style that is a firm favorite with architects, developers, and designers. The main benefit of using a wall-mounted mixer is that it saves space.

The Roca Thesis Basin Mixer Tap is perfect for anyone that has difficulty gripping items due to its stocky design. The water supply and temperature can be easily adjusted. Using a precision-engineered handle makes it far more accessible than other taps on the market.

Bath

hansgrohe Metropol Waterfall Bath Filler and Shower Set in Brushed Bronze

For a bathroom filler, the hansgrohe Metropol Waterfall Bath Filler is a good choice. It is finished in hansgrohe’s brilliant brushed bronze color. You can match coordinated accessories across your bathroom.

The Grohe Allure Cascade Wall Spout for Bath and Shower has a strong focus on individualization. It can be positioned anywhere within the bathroom as it is not tethered by backing valves or installation parts. With practicality in mind, you can pair it with any trim set and Rapido valve to get the look you want.

If you’re looking for pure luxury, try the Villeroy and Boch just Cascade Waterfall bath Spout. This stunning bathroom feature is a magnificent piece of brassware. It is a striking show-stopping centerpiece that would fit any extravagant bathroom interior.

Mixer taps

Here we will be covering both basin and bath mixer taps which are the prominent tap type on the market. This is for good reason. They very often have a simple yet eye-catching style and come in various different shapes and sizes. They can have a Bar level as low as 0.2 and have a wide range of applicability within the bathroom or kitchen.

Basin mixer taps

VitrA Origin Copper Tall Basin Mixer Tap

The VitrA Origin Copper Tall Basin Mixer Tap is designed to be used with a washbowl or countertop basin. The tap has a sleek and smooth body, and the tall basin tap has additional height to allow them to fit over the edge of a washbowl.

For a cloakroom size, look at the Grohe Eurodisc Cosmopolitan Basin Mixer Tap. It is of a typical European design but creates a real focal point in your bathroom. It is carved from solid brass and the long-term running costs are minimal. This is because it is coated in Grohe’s corrosion-resistant StarLight finish.

Looking for something a bit more traditional? Well, the Burlington Kensington 3 Hole mixer tap has you covered. This tap adds a bit of finesse and function to your washbasin. They bear the hallmarks of a bygone era, yet the practicality of modern design. They have both longevity and a strong aesthetic appeal, making them a fantastic focal point of any bathroom.

Wall-mounted basin mixer taps

Swadling Absolute Wall Mounted Basin Mixer Taps

Like with the previous wall-mounted taps, these will save some much-needed basin space. The Swadling Absolute Wall Mounted Basin Mixer Tap, is of a sleek, crisp design that feels sturdy and reliable in the hand. Yet, they make no compromise on the relevance and practicality of function or placement. There is flexibility on positioning due to there not being a rear mounting plate.

AXOR Citterio 3 hole wall-mounted Basin mixer tap is a flawless example of German excellence. This mixer tap is set for concealed installation and to keep your mixer feeling smart, it features QuickClean technology. This allows for easy limescale removal.

For a bold and simple piece, the Vado Photon 2 Hole Basin Mixer Tap may just be for you. It has a single spout which is operated by a lever mixer to balance hot and cold feeds with ease. It has a lovely chrome finish and would match with many other products and accessories on our site.

Bath mixer taps

Villeroy and Boch Cult Bath Mixer Tap with Concealed Shower

For a bath mixer, try the Villeroy and Boch Cult Bath Mixer Tap with Concealed Shower. This bath mixer tap and concealed shower set is a 3 part brassware set. The design cult is chic and understated.

Ideal standard Tempo Bath Mixer Tap and shower handset is a beautiful combination of smooth lines and gentle curves. This tap has WRAS approval and would be a perfect fit for a busy family household or student living.

The Grohe Eurosmart Cosmopolitan is an ultra-chic way to sublime relaxation. The solid metal fitting is finished in StarLight Chrome. It is high quality, durable, scratch-resistant, and allows for ease with cleaning.

Swan Neck Basin Mixer Taps

Roca Flat Tall Basin Mixer Tap

These taps have a classy yet vintage or modern design that would look amazing in any modern or traditional bathroom. They have a grand high, arching shape that is used above shallow (and deep) sinks. This is because they create a lot of space between the basin and the tap. However, they do have a Bar of 0.5, so may not suit upstairs in Gravity fed systems.

Contemporary

For a modern swan neck basin tap, have a look at the Roca Flat Tall Basin Mixer Tap, which has been created to give maximum visual impact on the bathroom area. It is a wide, slimline solution to contemporary interiors. There is also a choice of a 2 hole basin mixer, please note however that it is not as tall.

The Abacus XS Monobloc Basin Mixer Tap is a stunningly designed swan neck mixer with contemporary curves and sleek style. It is an essential addition to any stylish household bathroom, and with a fifteen-year guarantee, you know you’re buying a tap to last.

The elegance of the Dornbracht Tara Contemporary Pillar Tap is stunning. This design is simple yet outstanding. This pillar tap comes in a sparkling chrome finish which will fit a whole range of contemporary bathroom spaces.

Traditional

For a more vintage look, try the Burlington Kensington Bridge Basin Mixer Tap. This tap is a highly elegant and architectural piece of traditional brassware. It is an iconic, timeless piece of luxury that will make an impression on any interior space.

The AXOR Montreux 3 Hole Basin Tap 180 has a distinctive and sophisticated style that any Art Deco bathroom would thank you for. It is fitted with an aerator in the nozzle, which delivers a warm soft waterfall. It is also fitted with EcoSmart which can save up to 60% of water usage for sustainability.

Finally, the Crosswater Belgravia Monobloc Crosshead Basin Tap comes in three finishes. Unlacquered Brass, Chrome, and Nickel. This beautiful range is a wonderful combination of sleek, traditional design that features a modern twist. The Belgravia range has accessories all across the bathroom to match these taps. So, you can create a beautifully synchronized bathroom.

AXOR Montreux 3 Hole Basin Tap 180

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Standard Size Bath – UK dimensions

The standard bath size

Across the UK the standard size bath is 1700mm by 700mm. However, baths are available across the spectrum – small to large.

How are bath sizes measured

In the United Kingdom, the industry standard is to use the metric system when talking about measurements. In some descriptions, you will find the measurements inches as well. When measuring a bath there can be two different variations. For something like a double-ended bath, we measure the length or longest side of the bath by the width. With something like a Freestanding bath, we measure the width by the depth by the height so you can get the best feel for the dimensions.

(Width) x (depth) x (height) or (length x width)

How do UK bath sizes differ?

 

Longest side
Corner Baths 1200mm-1800mm
Double Ended Baths 1600mm-1900mm
Freestanding Baths 1400mm-1850mm
Shower Baths 1250mm-1850mm
Single Ended Baths 1050mm-1900mm
Whirlpool Baths 1700mm-1900mm

 

Corner Baths

Standard sizes: 1200mm to 1800mm (longest side).

Corner baths are a practical solution to small or interesting spaces. They create unique and beautiful areas to relax that most other baths wouldn’t. Offset & Space saver baths are the modernized children of the corner bath. They are longer in shape as they take on a slightly more traditional rectangular shape than a square. Both optimize the space used within the bathroom. The offset however, also focuses on optimizing bathing space where-as the space-saver doesn’t.

Double-ended Baths

Standard size: 1600mm to 1900mm (longest side).

Double-ended baths are designed to create a statement. They are large baths made for long baths. Let these baths cover you in a sense of pure opulence as you absorb the highest feeling of luxury. These Bathtubs will suit any bathroom style, we would recommend either a traditional or Modern Contemporary.

Freestanding Baths

Standard size: 1400mm to 1850mm (longest side).

As we enter this new decade, we look back at the roaring twenties. They were full of elegance and glamour, and that is what the Freestanding/slipper baths will bring to your bathroom. They are distinct and fashionable designs with the versatility to be able to change location. Freestanding baths come in two styles; traditional and contemporary. Traditional freestanding baths are more likely to have feet. Whereas contemporary are more likely to be circular or rectangular with a more solid form. These are on a whole, our deepest baths and will allow for your deepest soaks.

Shower Baths

Standard side: 1250mm to 1850mm (longest side).

Are you struggling with the decision to have a bath or shower? Well, why not save on space and go for a Shower Bath! There are hundreds of different bath and shower combinations so you can optimize as much space as possible. The baths themselves come in so many different lengths and widths. It’s easy to see why these are the most common baths in English homes across the country.

Single-ended Baths

Standard side: 1050mm to 1900mm (longest side).

The Single-ended baths have an amazing ability to seamlessly fuse into any bathroom, large or small. As you can see by the length measurement, they have the largest range between sizes of all our types of baths. Plenty of choices. Our Single-ended bath range encompasses fitted, freestanding, and whirlpool baths. Which makes them a very diverse range of baths for your bathroom.

Whirlpool Baths

Standard size: 1700mm to 1800mm (longest side).

Our Whirlpool baths will massage you using jets, whirlpool, or airpool functions. They come in a variety of designs, shapes, and sizes. Some of those being corner units, inset rounded baths, freestanding units, and spacious double ended baths. In the past, whirlpool/jacuzzi baths were seen to be exclusive to the one percent. But as new technologies and time has passed this thought has stayed in the past. Now, our baths are accessible to all and we make sure all of our baths perform at the highest specifications.

What is the smallest sized bath we sell?

The Bette Hip Steel Bath: 1050mm x 650mm

The Bette hip Steel Bath was created with longevity made in mind. It has an enamel coating that will protect your bath against dirt, color fading, and scratches for years to come. Bette also has a thirty-year guarantee for this bath. The bath itself has a stepped interior, optimized for the ultimate comfort when sitting. This bath especially is ideal for someone with mobility challenges and is a versatile unit that can be fitted into any bathroom space with ease.

What is the largest sized bath we sell?

Laufen PRO Large Double Ended Bath: 1900mm x 900mm

The Laufen PRO Large Double Ended Bath is one of our largest baths, sitting at a grand 1900mm x 900mm. It is a wonderful combination of practicality and contemporary geometric rectangular design. This bath is created from a thick protective acrylic that will stand for years to come and will always clean like the first time. The Laufen PRO is proof that a large-excellent design doesn’t have to be expensive.

How big is our most popular bath?

Trojan Emerald Slipper Bath: 1700/1800mm x 800mm

The Trojan Emerald Double-ended slipper bath is a feat of pure beauty. This bath will add irresistible character to any bathroom. Trojan brings us a modernized slipper bath with nods to the elegant styles of eras bygone. Not only is this bath a queen of design, it is also amazingly efficient in retaining the heat of water. No wonder why this bath is our best seller.

If you are looking for flooring to go alongside your bath, please read here for some bathroom flooring inspiration.

What is the perfect ratio of Bath to Bathroom size?

When choosing a bath for your bathroom, it is important that you take into account a mathematical equation called the Golden Ratio. The Golden ratio has been used repeatedly in history. Especially in several iconic architectural buildings, sculptures, paintings, and interiors. It is, very simply, the perfect balance (scale and proportion) of a space or object. The ratio is 1.618 or 60:30:10 or 60:40.

By understanding the Golden Ratio you can help give your bathroom that surreal feeling of fulfillment. You can apply the Golden Ratio to all aspects of your bathroom; the tiles, the color scheme, the lighting, the furniture. When it comes to baths and furniture, they should not take up more than 60% of the entire floor space of the bathroom. Either side of this percentage and your bathroom will either feel too scarce or too crowded.

Design service to help you create your dream bathroom

At Ukbathrooms we offer a 3D design service so we can help you design and create your dream balanced bathroom. Our expert design consultants have 20 years of collective design experience. We will advise, product source, help with the planning process and create a bathroom design through a 3D render. The renders are to scale, using exact measurements of your bathroom and all of the units.

We asked the opinion of one of our very own amazingly talented design consultants their views on the matter:

Lisa from our 3D design service

“The bath is often the main focal point of the bathroom and can create a stunning design feature.  With so many baths to choose from. Copper to tin, acrylic to resin, built-in to freestanding. The clean lines of a contemporary style to ornately sumptuously traditional. It can be a minefield, often dictated by the size and shape of the room it’s in.

What is the normal size of a bath?

The most common bath size in the UK is approximately 1700mm in length and 700mm wide. A small bath could be around 1400mm-1500mm long and 700mm wide. A large bath will be roughly 1800mm long and around 800mm wide. For each size bathtub, the recommended space around your bathtub should be at least 760mm for it to be comfortable.

Is There A Perfect Ratio of Bath to Bathroom Size?

With all the variables of room sizes, is there a ratio that is applicable to all bathrooms?  As bathrooms get bigger, bathtubs generally don’t exceed 2000mm in length. However, your perfect tub can be worked out with common-sense, personal preference, and how you want to use your bathroom along with your room size.  There is, in fact, a Golden Ratio. Which can act as a guide, however, everyone will have individual requirements. This is the most important point to consider.

A larger room can accommodate a freestanding bathtub which may sit on an angle within the room, creating a design feature. Whilst a smaller space may opt for a shorter bath with an overhead shower, or indeed, a more spacious feeling corner bath. Whilst these practicalities are important and will often guide the size of bath you choose. What is most important is how you desire your bathroom experience to be. With such a vast array of designs, sizes, materials and styles to choose from, your perfect bathroom is just out there waiting for you.” – Lisa Watson.

For a blog post about the success of our 3D design service, please read here.

 

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Soothe your mind, body, and soul.

On this blog, we talk a lot about giving inspiration to generating designs for your dream bathroom. Yet, as we all know, that’s only part of the magic when it comes to design creation. To build your true dream room, you must take into account all your five senses. Sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing.

We at ukbathrooms have sight, touch, and hearing down to the tee. Sight through our aesthetics, designs, and fashion. Touch through the practicalities of modern bathroom function. Hearing through technological advances in mechanics. Yet, what we have lacked (until now), is smell and taste.

H2k Skincare

Into the arena, enters H2k. Based out of Harrogate, this exciting skincare brand uses Kalahari Melon Seed Oil as their key ingredient. The oil is wonderful at rejuvenating, calming, and rebalancing the skin. They are a well-established skincare company, who are motivated in creating the most beautiful formulations for your skin.

Over the last year, it has become clear that self-care has never been more important. With the kids constantly at home, or your bed becoming your office, it has been a struggle to truly look after ourselves. There is this hope, that as we ease out of lockdown then life will also return to normal. I’m sure it will, but in the meantime, make room for some ‘me-time’.

The beauty of H2k is that you can create a daily routine around their products, they have you covered with every base. Be it on the go, with their Antibacterial Hand Sanitiser, or their many hand washes, lotions, bubble baths, shower gels, and care gift sets.

Hand routine

As part of our COVID routine, the majority of us have begun to realize our hands becoming cracked and tough from constant cleaning. Normal Antibacterial hand sanitiser can be quite rough on our hands. Yet, the H2K Antibacterial hand sanitiser has been formulated to be kinder to our skin.

The Mischief Hand wash is created using a beautifully enriched combination of Eucalyptus and Frankincense. The Eucalyptus isn’t just good for Koalas, it also helps improve dry skin. The Frankincense helps strengthen and improve skin tone.

If you prefer a lotion, then the organic lifestyle cucumber hand and body lotion may be the one for you. It is an invigorating lotion. Enriched with nourishing cucumber extracts to improve and hydrate the appearance of your skin. The cucumber provides a fresh fragrance and has higher water content, allowing the skin to keep its moisture. In turn, your skin will never feel more regenerated.

Rejuvenate and regenerate with this hand and body lotion. Gift yourself some relaxation and serenity.

H2k Organic lifestyle cucumber hand and body lotion.

Body routine

Relax, unwind, and soothe your mind, body, and soul with the Lavender and Sandalwood bubble bath. The Lavender is well known to be calming and Sandalwood is kind to your skin and will help reduce the signs of aging. This bubble bath would be perfect within one of our deepest freestanding or double-ended baths. Let yourself float away into serenity.

If you would prefer to have an energizing shower, then the Cherry Velvet Nourishing bath and shower gel are perfect for you. It is formulated using anti-inflammatory rose extract. As well, a black cherry extract can help defend skin against environmental aggressors. While at the same time being hydrating and nutritious.

Subtly fragranced, relaxing bath or energising shower. Gift yourself some relaxation and serenity.

H2k Cherry velvet with rose and black cherry bath and shower gel

Soul routine

Finally, nothing says self-care more than supporting your friends. H2k offers many wonderful care gift sets, which contain a combination of different products from each collection. The calm seas gift box does exactly what it says on the label.  It is created from two enhanced beneficial ingredients – cacao butter and mango extract. Cacao butter is distinguished in its moisturizing and anti-aging properties. The mango extract is rich in vitamin A and is exceptional for refining the tone and texture of your skin.

Self-care by supporting your friends with this gift box. Gift them relaxation and serenity.

H2k calm seas body care gift box

For more bathroom inspiration please have a look at our post on spring bathrooms.

Time to make your bathroom Blossom with our spring sale!

Nothing says spring like the blooming blossom in the trees. Why not replicate that in your bathroom. Don’t worry, these looks will last way beyond the freshness of spring. They are timeless modern-contemporary looks. That will create relaxation in both practicality and aesthetics. Here at UK Bathrooms, we currently have a sale on most of the amazing items within this post. There is also a 1-2 day delivery time on them too, so you can get the most out of your bathroom this spring and beyond.

Find your blossom

This bathroom is centered around the Origin Copper accessories from VitrA. These accessories are a beautiful rose gold color to match the blossom in bloom. The coordination between the pieces in this bathroom allows for a divine sense of integration. Which will assuredly ooze a sense of relaxation.

 

Basin & Mixer

VitrA Origin Copper Basin Mixer Tap

We start off subtly with the Crosswater Torino A Midi Undermounted Basin which is rectangular in shape and chic in nature. It is clean, understated, and recessed under the countertop. It is special in its own right and won’t steal the show from your beautiful Origin Copper Accessories. Standing sturdy above the recessed basin is the VitrA Origin Copper Basin Mixer which will complement the rest of your accessorized ‘blossom’ coloured bathroom.

Accessories

VitrA Origin Copper Toilet Roll Holder

The VitrA Origin Copper Towel Rail is a good medium-sized towel rail at 45cm. It would match perfectly with the VitrA Origin Copper Robe Hooks. As well as the Toilet Roll Holder and Mounted Toilet Brush for a lovely set of matching copper bathroom solutions. There is the choice of a VitrA Origin Copper Three Way Shower Kit which would create a complete set within your bathroom.

Shower System

Grohe Rainshower SmartControl 360 DUO Shower System

However, I suggest using the Grohe Rainshower SmartControl 360 Duo Shower System. This system will create an extra layer of sophistication and luxury in one shining chrome package. It provides an entirely personal shower experience using relaxation and style at its core. The system is equipped with GROHE TrioMessage to spray to provide an ultimate feeling of comfort. In which you can experience the ambiance of a spa within your bathroom every day of the year.

Abacus M Series Walk In Shower Screen, with Return Panel

To continue the aura of pleasure throughout this bathroom. Next, I would recommend the Abacus M Series Walk-in Shower Screen with Return Panel. It suits a stylish and contemporary bathroom with its clean and minimalistic design. The shower screen creates a surreal illusion of space as it allows so much light to shine through.

LED Mirror

Burlington Illuminated LED Mirror

Speaking about light, you don’t want to miss out on this beautiful Burlington Illuminated LED Mirror. Which comes with the choice of Grey, Matt White, Olive, and Sand colors. It works immensely well in a modern-contemporary classic bathroom. The LED lighting is also much more economical than standard lighting and the bulbs have a longer lifespan.

 

Toilet System

VitrA Vitrus Glass Covered Concealed Cistern for wall hung pan

Every bathroom, of course, needs a toilet. I suggest the Crosswater Arena toilet which is a wall hanging unit. To conceal the cistern, I would suggest using the VitrA Vitrus Glass Covered Concealed Cistern. It is designed as chic in design and fits into any modern bathroom. We would also suggest using the VitrA Sirius Flush Plate alongside this.

5 Bathroom Flooring Ideas 

Choosing the flooring for your bathroom can feel like a daunting decision. The type of flooring you choose can change the whole dynamic of your bathroom. Whether you’re considering floor tiles, natural stone or vinyl flooring read on for interior design inspiration!

Something classic

VB washbasin mosaic tiles

If you’re going for a classic look then these monochrome ceramic mosaic tiles are a perfect choice! This type of porcelain tile are the height of traditional style and make cleaning quick and easy. They are best paired with a similar style wall tile too. By incorporating black and white matching towels and other accessories you can complete the look. Otherwise using an accent colour could also bring the space to life and give the room a bit of personality. Plus it’s easy to switch out to a different colour to update your room on a budget! 

Sleek and modern tiles

Crosswater Optix 10 brushed stainless steel

Having ceiling to floor marble slate tiles is aspirational and looks impressive in any bathroom. They give a real polished looking surface and look very sophisticated. Despite being very durable, there is also a worry that they are slippery and not suitable for children. There is a non-slip tile available for shower rooms that prevent slipping. In the other area of the room, it’s best to have rugs and other non-slip materials near the bathtub or shower to prevent any accidents. 

Make the flooring the focal point

Crosswater main bathroom suite

If you’re wanting to make a statement, these patterned tiles are a thing of beauty. They’re versatile in a way that you can pick the accent colours from the tiles to accessorise the space to keep up with fashion trends. There’s so many types to choose from too, from moroccan styles to geometric patterns. Using a different coloured grout is also an idea to consider to bring the room to life. 

Versatile natural stone

Imperial Baglioni iron bath

Natural stone or limestone gives a sense of that spa-like feeling. If treated correctly this type of flooring can last for years. It is naturally non-slip due to the rock-like texture and the way it naturally retains moisture. This style of flooring is super versatile as it suits modern industrial designs but also more neutral earthy looks too. 

The wood effects

Wood bathroom flooring

Another option would be to use a wood effect vinyl for your floor. Vinyl (polyvinyl chloride) is a synthetic flooring option that is watertight and easy to install. It provides durability and looks great, whilst being low maintenance and super easy to clean. Placing the grain of the wood to run lengthways in your bathroom can also give the illusion of a bigger room too. Having vinyl flooring is less of a commitment than real wood (also more cost effective!) so it allows you to refresh the space with new flooring without disturbing everything too much. 

Crosswater bathroom bundle

Laminate isn’t the obvious choice for a bathroom due to worries that it will expand and have to be replaced. But actually, there are waterproofing effects available so that it becomes suitable for the bathroom. The benefits of laminate are that it creates the feel of real wood without the worry of causing damage to it. It also has a textured surface so you will be less likely to slip. You could also consider engineered wood which is more expensive than laminate. It is suitable for bathrooms and looks like more realistic wood than laminate. 

Underfloor heating

If you’re looking to install underfloor heating, you may be wondering which is the best type of flooring to have. Using a material that will retain the temperature is important! Natural stone flooring and ceramic tiles are the most effective as they hold the heat well and give the best heat transfer. Vinyl, laminate and engineered wood are also good choices.

What is the difference between laminate flooring and engineered wood?

The main difference between the two is the way they are structured. Engineered wood is constructed in a lot more layers than laminate flooring. It also gives more of a realistic finish than laminate and is better susceptible to water damage. 

However, laminate is the most durable of the two and is easy to install and replace. It is great for families with children as it is easy to clean and can handle excessive general wear and tear. The downside to laminate is that if it does become damaged, the whole floor would have to be replaced. Engineered wood is a lot easier to replace but is more expensive than laminate and is easier to damage. 

 

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How do you manage your time?

The structure of my week is split into four days of ukBathrooms work, and one day of apprenticeship learning work. Some weeks we have virtual lessons which also take up a day. On a day-to-day basis for ukBathrooms, my role can vary. I split the total time into two aspects at the moment, SEO & Social media management.

The SEO work covered by Chris, is wonderfully helpful and informative on the subject. We (Danielle and I), are tasked with creating blog posts, editing and rewriting subcategories on the website among many other things. While also taking into account how we use backlinking, keywords, and copy in our work.

 

Digital marketing apprentice at his deskThe other side is covered by Jo, who is passionate, engaging, and never fails to support us when we are confused or need help. Here, we are tasked with managing the social media platforms. I’m in control of Pinterest and Youtube. Although there is some overlap with Danielle as we have both agreed that any Youtube video we post can be posted as an IGTV. So I do the editing for that as well. Another part of Jo’s work is creating banners. I have created (at point of writing this) 108 banners for the Affiliates.

We are also tasked with creating the quarterly internal Newsletter. We have just sent out the most recent one. I do the copy and narrative, Danielle does the design. We found this to be a great way to get to know many people in the office and warehouse.

What have you learned since starting your apprenticeship?

Pre-apprenticeship I had a lot of ‘loose’ knowledge of digital marketing. From odd youtube videos and personal research. With the backing of this apprenticeship, I have started to fill the gaps in my knowledge. I had never done business at school or university. In this course, we have started to learn about how certain businesses fit within the structure of civilization. We also have classes where we have peers across the north of England, going through the process with us. It’s been great to network with them so far, and we are doing group projects with them too!

How does the job differ from what you expected before starting?

Before starting I was expecting to take on a determined role, like in an agency. However, in reality, it is the opposite. We have been given certain tasks that suit our skills, and we are expanding on them constantly. For example, I have been tasked with editing a video for our YouTube channel as well as keeping the Pinterest account up to date. I am in the process of introducing a PPC campaign to Pinterest too.

What is ukBathrooms like?

Imagine an office in a highrise, with no accessibility to the outside world. Constantly glued to your screen with a sign above your head that reads “you are not being paid to talk”. Well, it’s definitely not that!

A view of Ripon CathedralAt ukBathrooms, I had settled in within a week of being there. All the staff are amazingly friendly and dedicated to constantly improving the brand. I am inspired to work here, and I cannot wait to see where this company goes. I am sitting next to Danielle which is great because we can bounce ideas off each other and has made the entire ‘new job’ anxiety dissipate pretty fast. Behind me are the Product Marketing team, where our line manager sits, and the rest of the team. I cannot express how happy I am that they are friendly, hardworking, and fun.

The location here is great too. So far I have been on a couple of socially distanced walks with the product marketing team on our lunch break around the canals and rivers. The area is beautiful, and so refreshing after coming from a big city like Liverpool. Here is a collage of images I took the other day.

What training have you attended with Apprentify?

So far we have attended a virtual lesson covering our basic marketing principles unit. We have another penciled in for the following week (although this blog will probably be posted after). Although it was based around the basics of the subject I found it enlightening and captivating. It was a good first look into what is to come over the next 13-15 months.

As an Apprentify apprentice, we have a development coach who supports us and keeps us informed throughout the process. My development coach is Rebecca Craven who is situated over in York. Only a stone throw away from us. Although we have not yet face to face because of COVID, I hope that when everything begins to relax that we can.

Is your apprenticeship overall what you expected it to be?

This time last year I was at University doing Fine Art, and at the time I thought I could be an artist full-time. With COVID and the declining job market, I very quickly realised that this was not a viable option. I am grateful for the support and encouragement that Apprentify has granted so far in this journey.

So overall, yes. I remember the first day I was so nervous about the job, the apprenticeship and how it would all enfold over the next year. Within hours, I was put at ease with the job, the environment I’m in and the people I would be working with. When the apprenticeship started and we virtually met Rebecca, all my anxiety lifted. I think that the apprenticeship will be a great stepping stone into my future, both with ukBathrooms and my knowledge in the industry.

3D Bathroom Design Service In Action

At UK Bathrooms we offer a  3D Design Service so we can help you design and create your own dream bathroom. Our expert design consultants have over 20 years of collective design experience. We will advise, product source, help with the planning process and create a bathroom design using the latest 3D software which will bring your dream bathroom to life.

Success Story

Recently we had one excited customer who was delighted to receive their new bathroom design. They had given a very rough brief on what they wanted: “I want a modern-contemporary look. I like quality and I want my bathroom to last. After all, my family will be using the room several times a day. The bathroom would have to be easy to clean and robust to survive constant use.”

With this brief, our design consultant created these beautiful modern-contemporary renders.

Our customer was delighted with the results. As all aspects of the design met his brief. From the family safe life shield glass on the shower enclosure. To the modern chrome finish throughout the design.  All of the fabulous products are sold on our site.

A breakdown of the products:

Storage & Basin

A problem some families find within a bathroom is that there just isn’t enough space for all their belongings. Our design team engages this by introducing Crosswater’s Glide II range. Which increases storage capabilities in such an elegant way. The Storm Grey Crosswater Glide II Vanity Unit is a great place to start. As it is a prime example of how practicality and charm can be so easily intertwined. On top sits the tall mineral marble cast basin which is a fresh, immaculate surface for pure satisfaction when it comes to cleaning. The handleless drawers are also another key practical feature to this design and their soft-closing motion adds to the luxury of this unit.

As for taps, our design team suggested the Grohe Allure Basin Mixer Tap. This mixer tap has a sleek u-shaped spout, and a chrome-colored finish to match with all the other details across the bathroom.

Paired with the vanity unit, is the Crosswater Glide II Tower This tower’s surfaces are made for constant bathroom use and will last for years, and comes with a 15-year warranty. The design is polished and has the same drawer features as the vanity unit. They truly are a great example of functionality through simplicity.

Both units have chrome features as a homage to the modern-contemporary movement. The vanity unit has a chrome overflow ring, whereas the tower has chrome hinges.

Shower Space

The Kudos Ultimate Walk-in Showerpack is made with the family in mind. The pack includes their best quality trays, as well as Lifeshield glass. This glass is an extra thick 10mm so it is strong, as well as being able to repel grime, soap, and water. Perfect for easing those busy mornings. For peace of mind, there is also a lifetime guarantee. The shower space itself is a perfect size for couples showering or helping the kids.

Paired with the walk-in shower pack is the hansgrohe square shower kit. It has a two-head option for pure practicality as well as keen, angular lines as a nod to the contemporary movement. Excitingly the shower is fitted with a RainAir spray pattern, which produces a refreshing air-enriched spray. Pure luxury.

The Bath

The Villeroy and Boch Squaro Edge is an opulent inclusion within this bathroom. It provides a real statement piece. It is a high-quality, durable, and truly beautiful bath. The shape of this bath continues to hit the brief, the rectangular narrow-edged walls create a stylish profile that is just astounding. Paired with the bath, is the Grohe Allure Bath Mixer Tap. This mixer tap matches the basin mixer tap with its sleek u-shaped spout and chrome finishes.  The positives don’t just stop at its looks, the bath is also remarkably comfortable. Sublime for when you need some me-time.

Toilet

From Crosswater’s Glide II range again, comes the toilet. It is an ideal wall-hung toilet with a rimless bowl. The wall-hung feature allows for easy cleaning underneath and around the toilet as there are no pipes below the toilet. As the toilet is rimless, it means that there will be no hidden bacteria beneath the rim. All of this will increase simplicity in your cleaning routine.

Accessories

This Crosswater Kai Towel Warmer in an Anthracite finish screams coolness. Ironic as this towel warmer will do very much the opposite. It is well made and designed to be used within a modern-contemporary bathroom. It has a darker finish than the rest of the chrome features in this bathroom, however, it does provide a beautiful focal point for the bathroom. The design of group rails means that even the most luxurious towels will be hung and warmed easily.

Finally, the Keuco Recessed Mirror has a double door and is another good answer to storage problems. It is an admirable unit of modern-contemporary geometric design. It is even installed with a fully functional dimmable LED light that is eco-friendly as it runs at low power. It provides a divine flow of light across your bathroom, especially when you need to use the toilet at night and don’t want to disturb anyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crosswater Crossbox Push MPRO Shower Valve

Crosswater is a leading company of excellence in technology and design within the bathroom industry. Their innovative products stay ahead ukbathrooms.com/manufacturers/crosswaterof the ever-changing bathroom functionality and style trends.

Through this blog, I will be speaking about new releases and design choices from Crosswater and their accessories.

What is the Crosswater Crossbox?

The Crosswater CrossBox (Universal Box) isn’t just a great use of alliteration. It is also the latest level of recessed/concealed thermostatic shower valve design. It pitches a one, two, or three-outlet solution from an individual universal installation core. Its unique and revolutionary design creates benefits, not just for the customer but also for the installer.

The CrossBox carries a sensationally slim 60mm installation depth. Making the installation time significantly less. It also has front or rear mounting options to reduced wall preparation. For the customer or designer, there is a wide choice of trim sets. These can be easily switched when a bathroom is restyled or upgraded.

 

What is the Crosswater CrossBox Push?

The radical steps into your showering future don’t just stop at the CrossBox valve. The CrossBox Push is a push-button control for the CrossBox that will transform your showering process from the moment it’s switched on. For the first time, you will be able to use push control in a spearheading, design-focused way. Crosswater guarantees the comfort and safety of the entire CrossBox range. Yet, still maximizing on a quality finish.

 

Finishing Touches

The entire CrossBox range can be matched to suit any color scheme, style, or existing brassware. Crosswater’s MPRO range is the brassware range of choice. The range combines the best of practicality and design. All within the assortment of bathroom mixers, valves, and shower heads.

Across the CrossBox range you can have up to five different trim set finishes. We recommend Crosswater’s MPRO accessory packs so you can match the vibe across your bathroom. Nothing says completion like a matching set.

In a world of fast pace, ever-changing trends and fashions. Know that Crosswater’s MPRO bathroom accessories are a reliable and efficient way to a happy bathroom.

Shower Room Ideas

Bathrooms of any size can be transformed into your dream shower room. Choosing to remove your bath, or even choosing to making better use of the space you have is a big step. If planned well, you will be able to create the perfect space for the whole family to enjoy. Here are some ideas to help you renovate your new shower room!

Recreate that away-from-home feeling

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Get that hotel-spa feel in your own home with a spa-style shower room! The all-over stone effect tiles and neutral tones give that true away-from-home feeling. The dore oak wood panelled vanity unit is great for storage and gives an organic feel to the room. Using lighter colour tiles in shower enclosures create the illusion of a bigger room which is great if you’re looking to open up the space. Combining angular fixtures and accessories with the smooth round mirror can make all the difference to the feel of the room. A simple switch from your old rectangular mirror will instantly modernise your shower room. They’re also super on-trend too!

Make a statement

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Tied in with the spa-style, Moroccan style inspired shower rooms are another variation to consider. Swap neutral earthy tones for more statement tiles and patterns. The rich colours create an environment that feels distinguished and luxurious. Plan the colour scheme by combining blues, oranges and gold for this look. Tiny tiles work well when framing the area around wall-hung storage cabinets or even a mirror. The Belgravia brushed brass fixtures paired with the classic Moroccan style ceramic styles create that holiday feeling that we all crave.

Pretty in Pink (and Grey)

pink shower room idea

Greys and blush pinks have been a popular choice in other rooms of the house, but what about the bathroom? Accent colours have always been a bathroom theme favourite for all room sizes, with pastel colours becoming more and more popular. Using pops of colour make the space completely customisable and can be changed to suit future trends too. The pink chevron ceramic tiles placed against the chrome fixtures on the shower screens keep in with the room’s theme. Adding your accessories and elements in advance can really help with planning the space. Using matching towels, ornaments and even shampoo bottles make the space completely unique to you!

Incorporate a bold feature wall

feature wall shower room idea

Pink not your thing? This fresh alternative incorporates light airy white spaces with deep green marble effect walls. Why not channel your inner Interior Designer and pick a statement feature colour for your room? Having a bold statement wall draws your focus as you walk in, and this green marble look is truly unique. The wooden elements on the freestanding vanity unit complete the look too. Having such a deep colour is a bold choice, but if the space has plenty of natural lighting it could really pay off. This shower enclosure, in particular, is specifically designed for the shower door to attach straight to the wall. Which is valuable if you’re working with a smaller area.

Best of both worlds

mix and match shower room idea

Terrazzo flooring is great for mix and match colour schemes you may want to have in your new shower room. Here it matches perfectly with the soft pink and green tones in this picture. Combining dark grouted subway tiles with statement geometric ones in the walk-in shower creates a playful space. Doing this for attic rooms or narrow rooms can really help separate the sections of the room to give the illusion of more space.

Bring NYC to your home

black screen idea for shower room

Inspired by Manhattan loft style, the Impey Soho wetroom panels are definitely a statement shower piece. Paired with matt black brassware it is the ultimate monochrome look and surely an on-trend investment. You can add an extra ounce of personality by introducing rich colours, or even some deep green planhttps://www.ukbathrooms.com/shower-enclosures/walk-in-showers/https://www.ukbathrooms.com/wet-rooms/ts for a fresh botanical vibe. This look could work in small spaces and you will still have space to dry off! It comes in many sizes and panelling combinations, enabling you to have a cloakroom shower or en suite, all the way up to a full walk-in shower or wetroom.

Due to be popular for 2021 is the leaning ladder radiator. Its appearance may seem imposing for very small rooms but could work well as a heating solution in those more awkward spaces.

Complete the look

flooring ideas for shower rooms

Another big decision you may have to make will be about which flooring to choose. Tiles may be the obvious option and there’s plenty to choose from! But if you’re looking for a natural feeling space then it’s worth looking into laminate flooring too. The Palio Clic Wood Vinyl flooring give the feel of laminate but is completely waterproof. Made especially for the bathroom. It’s available in all different effects to match your room perfectly.

Country style meets the contemporary

country contemporary idea for shower room

If you’re unsure about whether you want a more traditional or modern style, why not incorporate both? This bathroom combines the stylish modern black bathroom aesthetic with traditional elements such as the Victorian style shower valves and taps. The style is very decadent and looks very luxurious. It would also so look great with an industrial style too, by adding wood instead of the contrasting marble tiles shown. The floor-to-ceiling tiles make messes easy to clean making them completely child friendly! This range by Burlington also includes a black country-style sink and even a toilet for a matching set.

Brand new for 2021

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Make use of all the quirky alcoves in your home with a recessed shower. This frameless walk-in enclosure has just released and is in a very sought after style. The black tiles paired with brushed brass fittings is sleek and sophisticated. This design uses clever space utilisation by having glass shelves built into the walls to store all your favourite products. The Gallery 10 shower enclosure collection is a brand new release so is the perfect investment to stay on-trend.

 

 

 

 

Ensuite Bathroom Ideas 2021

Are you looking for a fashionable new ensuite bathroom design in 2021? Well, you’re in luck! Through this blog, I will be providing ideas covering four of the hottest trends of this year. This includes Boutique hotels, Modern Contemporary, Crittal, and Traditional/Heritage style bathrooms. All these styles are perfect for a house or apartment with ensuite bathroom spaces.

Many ensuite bathrooms are often small rooms so space-saving must be key. I will be giving ideas for some of the best ways to divide the space and showcasing the best choice of what UK Bathrooms have to offer. I’ll cover; bathroom furniture, showers, sinks, flooring, freestanding baths, and vanity units.

Boutique Hotel Styleboutique hotel ensuite bathroom

Boutique Hotel style bathrooms scream luxury with a hint of meticulous care. The attention to detail is immaculate, everything from the lighting to wall-hung toilets. We will be looking at a neutral plush style for Boutique Hotels.

The Keuco Royal Match Semi-Recessed Mirror Cabinet is a beautiful recessed mirror cabinet. They come with statement lighting fixtures including an electronic sensor. There is also plenty of space for all your possessions and nothing says sumptuousness like cleanliness.

The Matki Boutique Walk-In Corner Shower Enclosure is a fantastic shower enclosure. It is all about creating open space as it is a freestanding walk-in enclosure that will cocoon you in a feeling of utter opulence.

The Villeroy and Boch Avento Wall Hung Toilet and Vanity Unit Pack is a great example of elegance and simplicity. They make it seem as if they are floating which makes floor cleaning quicker and it is beautifully streamlined.

modern contemporary ensuite bathroomModern Contemporary Style

Modern contemporary style bathrooms are very much of the moment. They use the deliberate use of colours and textures to illustrate spaces rather than objects like the more traditional styles.

The Ideal Standard Concept Air Cube 50cm Semi-Countertop Basin holds a bold, angular shape offering a sharp but minimal look. This makes it a deliberately unique design statement for any modern contemporary bathroom. There is also plenty of room within the wood cabinet for all your needs.

The April Cayton Modern Freestanding Oval Bath is a classic oval shape with a high-quality white finish. Making this bathtub a modern piece that fits in most contemporary layouts.

The Keuco Moll range provides the finishing touches to any contemporary sleek bathroom. With its full range of stylish fixtures and accessories.

The Crosswater 25mm Storm Grey Stone Resin Rectangular Shower Tray can cater to many different bathroom sizes. As it comes in seven different sizes. It is also finished in a cool storm grey which makes it a great fit for modern bathroom styles.

Crittal Style

crittal style ensuite bathroom ideas

The Crittal style is nothing new but the way it is being used within bathrooms is. The use of steel-framed shower enclosures or metal framed mirrors can completely transform a space. The Crittal style will allow your ensuite bathroom to become space-saving, light, and relaxing. Crittal is the umbrella term for small glass panes framed by interlocking metal bars. They can come in the form of shower enclosure frames or a wetroom panel. Who knew industrial brassware fixtures and accessories were to become a major trend?

The Impey Soho Black Double Walk-in Wetroom Panel is a great example of how a glass panel can zone an area without creating block walls. You can even pair the wetroom panel with black taps and other accessories for a finished professional look. I would recommend pairing this with a monochrome floor pattern or one of our laminate flooring options. For example the Karndean Palio Clic Vinyl Stone Flooring.

traditional ensuite bathroom ideasTraditional Heritage Style

The traditional style will continue to be timeless. Many bathroom styles have come and gone over the years but Traditional has always stayed. One of the best features traditional bathrooms do is provide an innate sense of sanctuary and privacy. It is the ultimate home experience.

A problem some ensuite bathrooms have is that they are tight on space. Yet, this Burlington Buckingham 1500mm Freestanding Slipper Bath is perfect for a smaller space. It is also of a high standard so you don’t miss out on quality.

Nothing says heritage more than true British workmanship and heart. You can find this in the Burlington Sarah Georgian Basin with Aluminium Washstand.

Finally, the Imperial Antique Crackle Ceramic Wall Tiles create a classic but simple frame that will last the test of time.