Update your bathroom: 4 important bathroom trends
PUBLISHED: 13:00 18 January 2016 | UPDATED: 13:31 18 January 2016
New Year, new look? This is a great time to update the most utilised room in the home, the bathroom, so Sarah Hammill asks three local experts to answer some of the key questions for your redesign
Andrew Foley, H20 Interiors
Andrew set up The Design Studio in 1998 and has more than 30 years of experience in the industry. Originally located within Hatfield’s Furnishers, the company has now set up at a showroom at 91 Crouch Street in Colchester. The showroom displays mainly German and other leading continental bathroom and kitchen products and Andrew, along with his dedicated team of designers and installers, have the extensive knowledge required to design and project manage projects for their clients. www.h2ointeriors.co.uk
Which is your favourite current bathroom trend?
It would have to be the Bette Floor shower tray. Recent years have seen a growing trend for walk-in showers, with access to the tray at floor level. The usual method requires forming a sloping ‘tray’. For the professional result, however, there is now the Bette range of flush mounted, shower trays. Made from titanium steel, these sleek, one-piece trays are available in many shapes, sizes and colours and will not only enhance any design but will provide a safer showering environment. The surface of the tray has a glass-like finish and absorbs dirt.
Sam Christmas, Simply Floors and Walls
Sam Christmas, manager at Simply Floors & Walls (Essex) Ltd, has been in the floor and wall finishes industry for over 15 years. He has vast experience in the trade, both commercially as well as domestically, coming from a professional background as a flooring contract manager, and is highly proficient and recognised within his field. With detailed technical knowledge and established supplier links, Sam will be able to advise and help you on any aspects of your floor or wall finish. Simply Floors and Walls: 01621 852324
What are your 2016 predictions for bathroom styles?
Quite simply, grey is the new cream! We have seen a huge increase in the number of sales for this colour and, like cream, it beautifully complements any other colour within any room throughout the home. We predict this may continue throughout 2016 and at Simply Floors, we sell a huge range and variety of colour shades as well as finishes, from ceramic, to vinyl to carpet. For example, our new range of Soft Touch carpets, from the ILove Collection, is made from an ISense Yarn to make it super soft.
Craig Watson, Better Bathrooms
Craig Watson is technical support manager at Better Bathrooms and has 25 years of experience within the bathroom sector. Specialising in taps and fixtures, Craig has worked with consumers and installers offering advice and technical help. www.betterbathrooms.com
What is the most common mistake people make when styling their bathroom?
You need to consider three key areas. Firstly, know your dimensions. The size of the room can determine what products you buy and therefore the style of the room. If you are looking to create a Downtown Abbey-style bathroom and are dreaming of a freestanding bath, make sure it will fit in the room. Secondly, know what system you have. Make sure you know where your pipes are and if they are compatible with the products you would like. Most products will tell you what water pressure is required, but if you are not sure, speak to a plumber beforehand. Finally, make sure you know what you want from your bathroom. Buying a beautiful bathroom might look good, but it has to meet your family’s daily needs too.
Simon Tristram, Manor Design
Simon Tristram has spent a staggering 34 years in the bathroom design industry, seeing many trends and design styles come and go. Simon has run Manor Design, with colleague Colin, for 17 years now. Manor Design: 01268 288444
What is your favourite style of bathroom?
It’s always going to be a modern, sleek look for me. My go to tones for bathrooms are always amphasites, greys, walnuts and a dark rose accent. I always enjoy the style of detailed ladders with a darker tile shade as it brings out the best of any design. Illumination can make or break a quality design as good lighting will only emphasise the bathroom’s quality. As such, I especially enjoy using LEDs in modern bathroom designs.