What Styles Are Trending Within UK Bathrooms This Summer

As we get the chance to view a large number of bathrooms across the entire United Kingdom, we get a glimpse of what is in and what is out each year and sometimes the changes we see can be quite surprising and interesting. We have taken the time to share with you some of the top trending styles and designs that we have witnessed this summer of 2019. I have to say that I am quite impressed by the quality of the bathrooms we have come across during our work up and down the country so far. It is nice to see that UK homeowners take a lot of pride in ensuring their own bathrooms are clean, comfortable and easy on the eyes.

Something we noticed being popular was the usage of wooden and most frequently, oak bathroom furniture and vanity units. The hard-wood storage and vanity bathroom fittings were often complimented or completed with either marble tops, matte black painted units and/or statement art pieces. The most commonly fitted bathroom basins that usually would sit on top of an oak vanity unit with some sort of natural stone top were the vessel type or styled basins, usually with one solo mixer tap. Something else we noticed being used more and more within UK bathrooms was some sort of spa styling. Be it some spa looking wall mirrors, towels or bath tub style. Certainly we noticed more of a spa feeling and a touch more luxury within the bathrooms this year.

Another welcome addition to UK bathrooms that we have noticed becoming more and more popular as we get further into 2019, is the usage of modern technology and fitting of modern, high-tech/futuristic gadgets. The most popular fitting to get the modernization was the toilet. There are now some very flashy and handy toilets on the market in the UK. You can find certain loos that will clean themselves and operate following your hand gestures. The seat of the modern toilet in question is also programmable so as to offer the ideal heat for the user and even provides mood lighting for whenever the time calls for needing some mood lighting while sitting on the toilet. I know I could probably have benefited from some in the past ;).

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The Arrival of the Horizontal Shower – Yes or No?

Horizontal Shower

You might not believe me, but there is actually now a design of shower that is made for lying horizontal, and actually after reviewing it myself I have to admit that it is superb. The company that have finally had the guts to bring this quirky change to the norm when it comes to showers is a pioneer in the industry, called Dornbracht. They have done a great job on this innovative bathroom fitting and for those of you who have the money and are getting lazy of the traditional vertical shower, this is certainly going to be right on point with what you want.

 Dornbracht Horizontal Shower

The Dornbracht Horizontal shower is something that will be the center piece of any bathroom as it is designed in such a way that it is so pleasing on the eye and of course because of it being such a unique and untried type of unit. The shower has 6 jets that will spray down water onto the user at the right pressure and temperature and the design of the surface beneath the user is in such a way that will have the water effortlessly rinse away, taking away all the dirt and soap with it. There is also a modern, fancy looking control panel that will come with the fitted, horizontal shower, which makes the controlling of pressure and temperature a pleasure. The control will be placed neatly into the wall where the shower is also placed and all together the shower and control panel will bring together a modern, unique looking bathroom that will be an ideal place to go and wash away the day’s struggle for the lucky owner.

I have to say that if I had the money (and I will one day soon), I would invest in one of these showers myself. Not because I am too lazy to stand in a shower – no, because I would actually also keep the normal vertical designed, standing shower in my ideal bathroom, but it will be because I would then do away with having the traditional bathtub in my dream bathroom. I am not one that actually likes to spend long periods soaking in a bath and I would much prefer something like this, which to me would be a more hygienic, more efficient and less timely way of enjoying a bathing experience lying down, instead of always standing in the shower. What about you? Is this something that would take your fancy or not? I hope we start seeing more of these designs coming to the market, and more companies following the lead taken by Dornbracht.

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What to Do with your Bathroom Floor

Bathroom Floor

There are lots of ways to decorate a bathroom, but we always seem to skip one of the most obvious parts: the floor. The floor takes up 1/6 of our bathroom and therefore, it needs to be decorated. That is why in this article we are going to share some options for decorating your bathroom floor.


It is the most practical and, at the same time, decorative thanks to its impermeability, style and cost-effectiveness. Porcelain owns the best feature of each material; the plentiful, textured and compact feeling of the stone, the waterproofness and low pricing of the vinyl, and the good-looking features of wood.

One of the advantages of this material is its large variety in ranges and styles, allowing you to choose the type of floor you want.  Its main flaw is its coldness and slipperiness.


Vinyl Bathroom Floor

Vinyl has a decent look and is way more practical than any other material. If you are the type who will make a mess with water in the bathroom, this is the perfect material for you. If you have a small bathroom you might be lucky enough to get a model all in one piece since it usually comes in large sizes.

You can choose your own type of vinyl, there are many of them due to its popularity.

Engineered wood

This type of floor for your bathroom is superior to conventional wood when it gets wet because of its dimensional stability. This is thanks to a plywood foundation that will resist humidity fairly well. But be careful, it does not matter what type of wood you have in your bathroom, because the humidity will end up damaging it.

Laminated floor

Laminated floor

This material is a paper soaked in resin over a wood nick base. The superficial laminated board is no more than a picture of any type of wood or stone. There is an incredibly robust clear coat on top.

You have to be careful with laminated floors if you don’t want them to soak up any moisture, but it will endure if you pay attention and take care of it.

Now that you have the information to choose your bathroom floor material, we wish you a happy time going out and shopping for whatever style suits you.


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Have You Got A Mirrored Bathroom Cabinet? If Not You Should Get One!

Mirrored Bathroom Cabinet

In my humble opinion, every bathroom should consist of a toilet, a bathroom wash basin, a bathtub or shower, towel rails and mirrored bathroom cabinet. Of course you can fit more into your bathroom if space permits and if it does, then I would fully expect there to be more than just these bare essentials, but at the very least I think all bathrooms need what I have listed above. When I have discussed this topic with others, they have agreed with me on all items, except for the mirrored bathroom cabinet – instead these people have been insistent that a mirror would do and the cabinet is not a necessity, but I bed to differ. Without the mirrored bathroom cabinet you would have not real space to store anything, so you would then need to fit something else into the bathroom which would have otherwise been perfectly fine sitting behind the mirrors, and not taking up any unnecessary space, space that you might not have to waste. So my point is, that why would you choose to take up additional space with some kind of shelving unit/units or an additional storage unit or cabinet, when you could already have one that comes with your mirror unit – surely this makes logical sense, or am I missing something?

The argument I have heard against the mirrored cabinets is that the mirrors on the cabinets do not offer enough surface space to get the kind of clarity that one would want from their bathroom mirror and then secondly that the storage space offered inside the cabinet is not sufficient enough to store much more away than perhaps a few items of medicine and a wash bag. My obvious come back to this argument is that the people with this point of view are simply just not looking in the right places and the mirrored bathroom cabinets that they have come across are just not big enough and probably not of a high enough standard. So it is certainly important that you shop in the right places for your mirrored bathroom cabinet and that you have enough budget and are prepared to spend a little extra to get a good quality cabinet that is solid, steady and large enough for holding a sufficiently large mirror and adding enough storage space to your otherwise limited space for storage bathroom. Somewhere that I can highly recommend for these mirrored units and at very reasonable prices is a website called The Bathrooms and More Store. This is an online furniture store that specialize in bathroom furniture, and they keep their pricing on all their products at very competitively low amounts. They also only stock and sell top quality items, so you will not be disappointed with the unit you choose to purchase from them. They offer a very helpful customer service for their valued customers too, so you will be well looked after, every step along the buying and fitting process.

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What Looks Better In The Bathroom; Painted Units Or A Natural Oak Grain?


It can go without saying that the colour of the bathroom furniture units and fittings is a very important decision that you will need to make when re-designing your bathroom. Ultimately everyone has different tastes, so what might look perfect to one person, might look crass to another. The style that you are trying to accomplish will also have its part to play in the eventual colour that you choose for the common theme within your bathroom. For example, a more modern, contemporary looking bathroom will usually be fitted with painted or coloured units, while a more traditionally styled bathroom will usually be fitted with hard wood units that are finished with a thick satin lacquer, that will protect the wood surface and also help to bring out the beautiful character that you can get from an oak surface or perhaps you will prefer units crafted from walnut; both look fantastic in my opinion. Another popular style of bathroom is the French styled bathrooms that tend to be designed with oak furniture units with elegant designs and a tempered white matt finish. So which style and design would you say looks best? I am sure there would be very mixed answers if we carried out a poll, but for the sake of this post I will give you my educated thoughts and answer.


First of all, although I am very interested in the modern bathroom technologies that are coming to the market and am also fascinated with the new contemporary modern bathroom designs, I am still a sucker for old vintage styled furniture and bathrooms and I just love the feeling that you get from bare wood furniture, especially from quality oak furnishings.  So for me I would definitely have to say that a bathroom furnished and fitted with solid oak units that have a satin lacquer, exemplifying the stunning grain of the oak surfaces is what I think looks best. To add a cherry on top, or icing on the cake, I would choose oak vanity units that come with a white marble or white quartz top and white or cream marble basin. All surfaces would be finished with the same stone as the vanity units and if possible the floor would have an under floor heating system to add to the warmth that will already be coming from the solid oak wood units; I find that as well as bare oak furniture adding lots of character to a room, it also gives off a warm and comforting feeling. To me I feel like oak surfaced furniture is very homely and relaxing.

I do also have a liking for white, cream or grey painted oak bathroom furniture and specifically cream painted oak vanity units with stone tops and basins. I think the painted oak units and a black quartz or travertine top contrast each other magnificently and if done right, they can complete a stunning looking bathroom design.

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The Futuristic Bathrooms & Showers Available Today

futuristic bathroom

The future is here and if you don’t believe me, just go ahead and do some searches online and look for the futuristic bathrooms and shower units that are already available in today’s retail market. If you have enough money to spend you can go out and buy yourself all kinds of luxurious and futuristic designs and alternative bathing & shower units that are really wilder than what my imagination could even conger up. For example you can now purchase a horizontal shower unit that is fitted with high pressure jets; this allows the user to actually remain lying down for their entire shower experience. You can get touch screen, programmable taps, with face recognition. There are toilets that double up as urinal and sitting toilets in one unit (the modern toilet can change its shape with a touch of a button). Other units offer shower and bath options all in one with built in radio and steaming functions.

futuristic shower

The futuristic fittings would not look right in a normal designed and styled bathroom however, so if you were thinking of going out and investing in one of the aforementioned new, modern products, then you should also be considering and budgeting for an entire bathroom redesign. From tiles, to lighting to basins, mirrors and even toilets – your modern bathroom should be fitted with all of the modern designs of each. The lighting of course counts for a lot, as it will be setting the mood, and as it is the relatively cheaper fitting out of the various items you will be fitting the new modern, futuristic bathroom with, you should ensure you plan it well, with the right switch and brightness, as well as the right colour shades, so that it adds to the ambience of the bathroom in the right way; making it that little bit more relaxing, rather than being too bright and intrusive.

Now that I have seen the selections available, I think I will be making an effort to start saving for my own futuristic bathroom. They look absolutely fantastic and I am sure they would also be a pleasure to use, this is providing they do not always break down as I assume it would be quite a bother to find someone with the skills and knowledge to fix such modern technologies.

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Onyx Is Becoming More Popular in UK Bathrooms & It Is Not Surprising Why

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If you have never heard of the hard-stone material that is Onyx then you will not be alone, although it is becoming ever more popular within the UK homeowner market and also with property developers. It really does not come as so much of a surprise though as it really is a very good looking, or you could go as far as saying it is quite a stunning hard stone. The common shades being used are the golden/honey coloured Onyx and then the darker grey/black Onyx – both look great and being a member of the quartz crystal family it leaves no wonder why.

In my opinion the Golden/Honey coloured Onyx topped vanity units and shower units look aesthetically much better than the darker coloured Onyx stone topped units. However this is of course just a matter of taste and feeling. Both shades of Onyx stone are said to have healing properties though and apparently will help to rid you of any negative emotions you might be feeling while in their presence – I am almost certain that this is not at the forefront of the buyers minds when purchasing the Onyx bathroom units that they are fitting into their home bathrooms, although it is of course an added bonus. The golden Onyx topped vanity and storage units can also come fitted with a backlight which really helps to bring out the beauty of the stone and can make for a nice relaxing tone of light if one wants to soak in a warm bath and forget about the outside stresses.

Onyx topped bathroom units, Onyx shower units and tubs and other Onyx topped bathroom furniture/fittings can all be easily looked after and cleaned with most household cleaners – just be careful to not use something too abrasive and it is best to also not make a habit of cleaning the Onyx tops too frequently. A tip for keeping the Onyx stone looking its best is it use a cleaning product that will leave a protective gloss behind, so that there is always a layer of polish to protect the stunning shiny finish that the Onyx stone topped furniture provides.

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Keeping A Tidy Bathroom = Mission Impossible?

Keeping A Tidy Bathroom = Mission Impossible?

When I was a young lad, and during growing up, I was always lead to believe that it was the boys that are the messy ones, while the girls tend to generally bring a more organised, clean touch to what they do. Was this just me and my childhood or was this the same ethos among the common public in the UK? I am pretty certain that this was & is actually what people are still led to believe and boys or men bring about dirty, messy and disorganized connotations, while the feminine side of the human race tends to connote nice smelling floral scents and comfortable, relaxing environments. Well, I have learned in the years it has taken me to reach middle-life that this whole idea is totally incorrect and in fact almost totally backwards and opposite to what is the reality. The truth is that woman (in my experience, and actually the experiences of many of whom I have discussed this topic with) are the messy, dirty ones and for the most part, pay no attention to organization, punctuality, order or to being in the slightest bit tidy.

Keeping A Tidy Bathroom = Mission Impossible?

This can be clearly demonstrated in nearly all bathrooms that I have come across that have a shared usage from both a husband and wife; the end result from every inspection or test is that the woman in the relationship is by far, you could even say by a country mile, the guilty party when it comes to leaving the room in a complete state, unfit for children and almost unfit for living. If you think about it though, it is almost understandable when you consider the huge variety of different toiletries, beauty products, shampoos, cleansers, toners and hair styling products and hardware that most woman these days need and use on literally a daily basis. When I come to think of it and start listing all the different products and potions that my lady uses each day, it actually resembles keeping a clean and tidy bathroom more of an entirely impossible mission, or mission impossible.


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What A Woman Wants To See In The Bathroom

What A Woman Wants To See In The Bathroom

It goes without saying that men and woman want or need very different things when it comes to the bathroom and the fittings and furniture you fit in it. For example, most men are more than happy with just having a shower unit, pedestal bathroom basin, shaving mirror with shaving light and a small shelf unit beneath the mirror. This will provide everything they will need on a daily basis and will save a lot by going with a very minimal approach. On the hand, most woman will see a bathtub as being an essential bathroom fitting, as they will need to take time for a long de-stressing soak at least once a week. Also you will find that woman require more storage space in the form of cabinets, shelving units, vanities and a wide/large surface space around the sink for placing all their cleansers, toners, clipper, brushes, picks, bands, sprays Etc. With all the extra toiletries and beauty products will come the need for also placing a bin of some sort.

What A Woman Wants To See In The Bathroom

So if you want to keep your other half happy when it comes to re-designing or renovating the bathroom, you should make sure you speak with her to find out what she considers as being essential for her to enjoy a happy bathroom experience. You might get away with not having to fit in a bathtub and of course in many cases the space available will just not allow for one. You will however probably be requested to invest in a solid, hard wood vanity unit with a stone top to make room for the products she will need easy access to. A wall hung mirrored cabinet is also likely going to be on the list of necessities, which is not so bad as this will also cover you with providing the shaving mirror, light and also a place to store away your shaving equipment. You could then also fit another shelving type unit to make more space as you will surely need it (believe me), and this type of fitting will be relatively light on your wallet. Lastly, I forgot to mention the towel rail, which some of you men will not see as being essential, but your better half will – it doesn’t need to be heated, but it does need to be well fitted so that it doesn’t soon rip off the wall.

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What Where The Most Popular Furniture Items Sold Online in 2017?

What Where The Most Popular Furniture Items Sold Online in 2017?

It is always interesting to know what items of furniture are trending and selling most frequently within the UK market. It gives you some idea about the financial situation and the mood across the majority of the population living in the United Kingdom. Of course different cultures have different tastes and as there is such a mix of all kinds of cultures and ethnicities living throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, there is also a huge variety of all kinds of furniture that is popular and selling well online at any given time. This being said, there will always be some best sellers that come out on top, and more often than not those best sellers are items of furniture that have some cross-over in relation to being popular across multiple cultures or ethnic groups.

Marble Side tables

Knowing what furniture units and styles are selling best online is especially important for owners and manager of furniture stores online and offline. If you want to be successful in your trade of selling furniture, then you need to have your finger on the pulse of the UK home and furniture buyers, and understand what they are looking for and buying now, and equally or perhaps more importantly, what are the trends just around the corner. Having some clues and ideas about what the up and coming furniture items, ranges & styles will be in the coming year could mean the difference of a furniture website owner becoming successful and wealthy or becoming broke and broken. Of course having this knowledge of what is going to sell well in the coming year will impact on what furniture a business will plan to display on their website/s and stock within their warehouses. It’s very difficult to predict the future, and there is always going to be risk involved, but taking a look at what the top selling furniture products have been in the year just past is for sure a good place to get your ideas from. So, without further ado, the top selling furniture items in 2017 are listed below:

  1. Midnight Blue Velvet Sofas
  2. Marble Side tables
  3. Statement Pouffes & Ottomans
  4. The Mid-Century Dining Table
  5. Understated Armchairs

There you have it!

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