New Image Tiles

Zanzibar tiles are one of our best-selling wall tiles, both in our Weymouth showroom and online. The range is suitable for use in bathrooms and kitchens as well as utility rooms, conservatories and wetrooms.

 

Rustic kitchen and bathroom wall tiles

These ceramic tiles have a matt finish and wavy edges, creating a rustic appearance, which exudes character and can add interest to any room. They look particularly effective in a country kitchen, when paired with shaker style cabinets, wooden worktops and a Belfast sink. Zanzibar tiles are subtle and unobtrusive, so they will tie in well with the rest of your home decor.

 

Neutral colour palette

The Zanzibar tiles are available to purchase in a variety of neutral colours, including beige, bianco, cotto, noce, ocre and salvia. These warm and earthy tones compliment a range of interior design styles and look great in period homes. They can also add a unique twist to modern houses, when paired alongside contemporary furnishings.

If you prefer a bolder colour palette, the Zanzibar verde is also a popular shade. The forest green adds depth and shade, without dominating the space. Each tile has slight colour and pattern variation, which imitates the finish of a natural stone tile.

Play with patterns

Depending on the look you are hoping to achieve you can select one colour or purchase a mix of tones and shades. Previous customers have created striking feature walls or splash backs using alternating colours. Others have had their Zanzibar tiles fitted in a random pattern, which looks equally effectives and adds an element of playfulness to the room.

 

Practical and hardwearing

Zanzibar tiles are a practical without compromising on style. They are resistant to strong cleaning fluids, which means they’re easy to keep clean and the perfect choice for kitchens where spillages often occur. They are hardwearing, resistant to moisture and non-porous, making them difficult to stain. Simply wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Zanzibar tiles are a small format and measure 100mm x 100mm in size. They are available to buy individually or in a box of 100.

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Please get in touch to speak to one of our design consultants for more information on Zanzibar tiles.

shower head

Over the next couple of months, the majority of us will be spending most, if not all of our time indoors at home. So, why not put this time to good use and try to tackle some of the bathroom DIY jobs you’ve been putting off for years?

In this article we focus on bathroom maintenance and cleaning. We’ll also look at the small changes that will make a big impact on the look and feel of your family bathroom, en suite or downstairs loo.

Re grout tiles

Bathrooms are subject to changing temperatures, steam and water, which can cause grout to discolour and crack over time. Damaged grout not only looks unsightly, but it can have a detrimental effect on its protective properties. If the grout is in need of repair, moisture can get behind the tiles and damage the adhesive, causing tiles to fall off. It can also allow water to penetrate the wall, which will affect its structural integrity.

To repair small areas of damaged grout, you should slowly and carefully scrape away effected areas using a grout rake and a chisel. Make sure you protect surrounding areas from scratches using masking tape. Then spread on the new grout, being sure to wipe away any excess with a damp cloth.

grout

Reseal bathroom furniture

It’s also important to ensure bathroom furniture such as baths, shower trays, sinks and toilets are properly sealed to prevent unnecessary water damage or leaks. If your existing sealant is mouldy or starting to peel away, remove the affected areas with a sealant removal tool. Failing that a Stanley knife and a flat head screwdriver will help. Then carefully apply some methylated spirits.

New mould-resistant silicone is easy to apply using a caulking gun and available in a range of colours. Always try to apply the sealant as close to the bath or shower tray as possible and smooth down the sealant with a wet finger to ensure it is water tight and fills all the gaps.

Repair/replace broken tiles 

If you have a broken or chipped tile that’s been bothering you for ages, why not take this opportunity to replace it. It may seem daunting, but it’s a relatively easy task for someone who’s proficient at DIY. If you’re confident, mask the surrounding tiles and remove the surrounding grout. Drill pilot holes in the middle of the tiles, being careful not to damage the wall behind and use a chisel to remove any small pieces working from the inside out.

broken tiles

Up-cycle bathroom furniture

Give wooden bathroom furniture a new lease of life with a lick of Annie Sloan chalk paint. Choose a bright colour for a bold design statement or pick neutral colours such as grey, white or cream for a modern look. This popular paint is an easy way to transform an existing space, without the need for time consuming preparation or sealing. Better still, up-cycling furniture is good for the environment and your bank balance!

Replace fittings

Replacing existing fixtures and fittings with new taps, towel rails and shower head is an easy way to give your bathroom a fresh new look and feel. You could switch up your style, and swap traditional for modern or try a new colour or finish. 

Deep clean

Mould and limescale can be a problem in bathrooms, due to constant heat and moisture. Even with regular cleaning, it’s easy to overlook hard to reach areas and a quick once over with a multipurpose cleaner isn’t enough for stubborn stains. Specially designed cleaning formulas, such as Mouldex or Multiclean can help you achieve professional results.

Use this increased time indoors to give your bathroom a deep clean, prioritising the areas in need of some TLC. Grout lines and sealant are often an area of concern, suffering from discolouration and mildew spots. There are a number of cleaning agents available that can help bring grout back to its former glory. We recommend LTP Grimex if you’re looking to remove grime.

In hard water areas, taps and shower heads may be affected by limescale. If possible, remove these fittings and soak them in a bath of water and high concentration lemon juice or white vinegar. If you cannot remove the fittings completely, soak a cloth with the mixture and tightly wrap it around the fittings overnight.

shower head

Protect tiles

Once you’ve thoroughly cleaned your bathroom tiles, why not go the extra mile and protect them against future staining. For areas tiled with natural stone or unglazed vitrified ceramics such as Victorian floor tiles, it’s important to apply a fresh coat of sealer to protect them from absorbing stains and moisture. LTP Colour Intensifier and Mattstone are suitable for most natural stones and will provide a long lasting seal.

For the grout,  use special grout protector products that can be applied as a top coat to protect grout from water, dirt or oil.

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At New Image, we know that choosing the right shower enclosure for your bathroom can be a difficult task, especially when there are so many options on the market. That’s why we have a team of bathroom design experts on hand to help guide you through the process and help you select a product that meets your needs.

Below you can find out more about all the things you should consider when choosing a shower enclosure for your bathroom renovation or upgrade.

Get to know the space in your bathroom

Before shopping for a shower enclosure, you will need to decide where it will be positioned in your bathroom as this will have an impact on the available options. Traditionally showers are placed in the corner of a room but do not let this restrict your design choices as showers can be fitted anywhere as long as the correct plumbing is in place. Putting a shower in an alcove is a great way to maximise space. Or, if you have a large room, a walk-in shower placed in the centre of a wall can make an eye-catching design feature. Be aware of your ceiling height and consider any sloping ceilings. Some glassware  offer different heights and bespoke glass could be an option.


Shape and style

Once you have decided on the positioning of your new shower enclosure and how much space you have available, you will need to decide on the shape. There are pros and cons for each type, which you will need to carefully consider before purchasing your enclosure.

Walk in shower enclosures

Walk in showers are becoming increasingly popular and are the ultimate in bathroom luxury. They look incredibly sleek and stylish and can help create a focal point in your new bathroom or bathroom upgrade. Walk in showers are a great addition to wet rooms. One of the advantages of this style is that they are easy to maintain and keep clean. This is because there are no seals or fitting that can collect dirt or residue.

Quadrant shower enclosures

If you are short on space a quadrant shower may be an excellent solution. The sleek curve can add a modern touch to any room and the curved enclosure doesn’t restrict room when showering. Quadrant showers require less floor space; however, they must be installed in the corner of the room. If you like the curved door but prefer an alternative placement a ‘D shape’ enclosure may be a better suited option.

Rectangular shower enclosures

Rectangular showers or double showers as they are often called are a popular choice and offer a great showering experience due to the amount of space on offer. They are the perfect choice for larger bathrooms and can help make a design statement. For customers with limited mobility a rectangular shower enclosure may be the perfect choice as they offer plenty of room to manoeuvre.

Square shower enclosures

Square shower enclosures are practical and space saving and look great in smaller bathrooms or en-suites. This compact option is versatile and can be paired with a number of door types and fittings.


Doors

After you have chosen the enclosure you will need to consider what doors you would like and how you would like them to open. This is usually determined by the space you have available and the layout of your room.

Sliding

Sliding doors are great for larger shower enclosures such as a rectangular or quadrant shapes, they are also great for saving space.

Folding

Bi-fold doors open inwards and are ideal for compact bathrooms with limited space available.

Hinged

Hinged doors provide the largest opening to get in and out the shower. For smaller rooms the outwards opening door may be obstructed by another piece of bathroom furniture. In this case a pivot hinge may be the most suitable option. Pivot hinges reduce the opening.


Finishing touches

It’s important to think about the needs of your family when choosing finishing touches, such as glass thickness and finish. For instance, families with young children may want to invest in thicker glass to ensure it is durable and can withstand knocks and bangs. Typically shower doors are 6mm but 8mm toughened glass options are available.

If you don’t want to be spending your time cleaning you may choose to invest in easy clean glass. Although more costly in most cases this special coating can prevent residue, water staining and the build-up of oil and limescale. Most glassware comes with easy clean glass as standard.

For more help selecting your dream bathroom or to view our extensive range of shower enclosures, book an appointment with our bathroom design experts.

New Image Tiles

A bathroom renovation is not just about adding value to your property, it is an investment in your health, wellbeing and comfort. To help you plan your bathroom revamp or overhaul, we’ve enlisted the help of our our bathroom design expert, Angela. Angela has more than 15 years experience in the design and construction industry and is responsible for planning and designing our bathrooms at New Image. In this blog she outlines her top 5 things you should consider when planning your dream bathroom.

Needs and requirements

Prioritise your needs and think carefully about what you require from your bathroom. First decide whether you need a bath, a shower or both . If you have children, then a bath may be essential. If you have a small space then you may need a shower over your bath, so a lower bath may be a good option, especially if getting in and out is proving difficult. If you have taken the decision to get rid of your bath altogether in favour of a shower enclosure you may want to consider a slimline tray that fits level with your flooring to avoid a large step in. Next think about what kind of lighting is required; is there plenty of natural light, is a lit mirror a necessity, are spotlights appropriate to light up dark corners or will a LED central light do the job? Do you need a comfort height WC- a bonus if you are less able or have hip or back injuries? Do you need storage? Once you have the answer to these questions then you can plan everything else.


Storage

Storage is essential in a bathroom, especially if you have a large family or are a canny shopper who likes to stock up on bargains. Vanity units with a wash basin atop is the easiest and most popular option, however there are plenty of storage solutions available to suit any bathroom. Wall mounted cupboards, tall floor standing units, recessed cabinets and wall mounted cabinets and baths with hidden storage are all available to hide your bathroom clutter.Bottle holders, wire baskets and over glass hooks [with or without a basket] will keep your shower floor free of bottles and bathing accessories. If you have depth in your wall cavity then built-in niches offer a modern and eye catching solution for holding all your bottles. Heated towel rails and radiators with towel bars are a dual-purpose storage and heating solution; not only do they keep your towels neat and tidy, but they are lovely and warm too.


Budget

Always be realistic with your budget and plan for the unexpected. Have a contingency fund available just incase something is unearthed once the room is stripped. For instance, there may be extra plumbing and electrics to consider or remedial work may be required to the walls and floor. When choosing your bathroom suite always consider both quality and price. Often quality is compromised with cheaper ranges so better to buy once and pay a little more than find having to source replacements a couple of years down the line. ‘If it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ is a good policy so if there is something that you can salvage from your old bathroom then it is worth considering reusing it, which may help with the budget. At New Image we only sell quality products and tiles from reputable suppliers. Be wary of on-line purchases,  they are often not the bargain you think they are; you can’t see or touch the product prior to it turning up and after sales service and returns policies are sometimes below par. Remember there is the supply of the goods and the installation to budget for!


Style

Bathroom trends are always changing so it’s important to pick a theme that reflects you and your personal style. Decide whether you want traditional, modern, country or spa chic and take the age and type of

house into consideration. Do you want your bathroom to be in keeping with the rest of the house or would you prefer a bold and contrasting look? Having an understanding of the look you are aiming to achieve will help you choose from the vast selection of taps, showers, tiles and accessories available. If you’re stuck for ideas check out our bathroom inspiration website, which showcases some of our favourite looks in a range of carefully collated mood boards.

 

 


Installation

Proper installation is essential to ensure that your new bathroom works effectively and is shown to its full potential. New Image do not employ installers but we do have a list of approved installers and tilers, who are experienced and come highly recommended. Whether you choose one of our approved installers or have your own fitter in mind, we always recommend getting two or three different quotes. It’s also important that they are aware of everything that is going into your new room. New Image offer a free design and planning service that our clients can show the fitter, so they know the layout and fittings that are being supplied. We liaise with our clients and our approved installers very closely to ensure that all parties are happy from the initial consultation to the 1st luxurious shower or bath. For more information about installation you can read our ‘installation of your bathroom‘ blog.

Approved installers of bathrooms and kitchens

New Image Tiles, Kitchens and Bathrooms do not offer an installation service for very sound reasons. With seasonal trends it would be virtually impossible for us to employ installers all year round. Also the number of tiles, bathrooms and kitchens that we sell in a month is significantly higher than the number that can be installed. Our clients would therefore have to wait for a significant time into the future.

Approved installers

However, we do introduce our clients to local, professional trades. These people can install your kitchen, bathroom or tiling project to an exceptionally high standard that we know our customers appreciate. As a result the average waiting time for an installation is about three months from initial design consultation to completion.

Our approved installers understand the quality products and services that we supply as they are fitting them on a daily basis.  We also have excellent communication links with them so that together we can tackle any issues that may arise. Our kitchen and bathroom designers reciprocate this communication link. They understand to a good level the issues that the installers may come across with respect to electrics and plumbing. As such they provide the most efficient design and fit to achieve the best possible end results.

These approved installers are professionals in their fields and are totally invested in our projects because it is their businesses on the line. This is unlike some employed fitters who are often poorly paid, lack experience and qualifications. They are also not fully invested in their work because the projects they are working on are not personal to them. Our approved installers all take enormous pride in their work and are great ambassadors for New Image.

Getting quotes

We would always recommend that you get at least two or three quotes. This puts you in control of your project. You can then compare quotes which will vary for numerous reasons; for example the time the project will take, the materials that the installers prefer to use. It also gives you the opportunity to build a rapport with your potential installers. You can discuss any issues or worries you may have and most importantly, choose who you want in your home.

Unforeseen issues

It is not unusual to find that extra work and materials may be required because of what may be found once the

room is stripped back to its bare bones. For example there may be remedial work required to floors or walls, extra electrical work or plumbing issues. These issues can be discussed with the installer. Because of the experience of the installers, each will come up with different ideas and suggestions for the project which neither the designer nor the client may have thought of.

This system works well for all the three parties involved; us as the supplier, your installers and most importantly you – our clients. This results in fabulous installations that exceed our client’s expectations.

New Image Tiles

Codes of Practice and regulations have changed over the years as new materials and technology have developed and as result of customers needing and wanting more protection from their installers. Most residential customers, however, don’t ever think about these regulations and assume that the installers are fitting everything correctly, which unfortunately is not alway case. Often, it is not until something goes wrong that mistakes come to light, which can be costly and time consuming.

Changes to waterproofing regulations

The latest regulation changes concern waterproofing, which is very important in bathrooms, wet rooms and steam rooms, or in fact any room that is subject to water contact. Most of these rooms are tiled and although these are excellent water barriers they are not enough to stop water getting to the substrates that they are fixed to. If these substrates are moisture sensitive (i.e. plaster, plasterboard, marine ply, ply board) and a cement based adhesive and grout is used, then moisture can pass through, damaging the underlying substrate and causing leaks, which may not be noticed until the substrates have hit their saturation point. Most tile adhesive and grouts are only water resistant. Damp and mould issues can be a common symptom and this water damage can spread to adjoining rooms- always an expensive and inconvenient repair.

Gutted Bathroom – Remodeling – Demolition Phase

The latest British Standards Institute [BSI] codes of practice have addressed waterproofing issues and BS 5385-1 (wall and floor tiling in normal internal conditions) is the appropriate standard for residential properties.

Waterproofing your bathroom

The new revisions state that all substrates should be waterproofed before tiling. So if you are getting your bathroom/wetroom up-dated and tiling or boarding is going to be applied then the fitter must ensure that the substrate has been fully waterproofed. This can be done by applying a tanking kit which is a tape and paste system, waterproof matting or by installing backer boards or cement based boards prior to tiling. It is important that the substrate you are tiling on to is stable, flat and rigid and capable of supporting the weight of the tiles or shower boards.

At New Image we stock everything required to make sure that your fitter can comply with these regulation changes and ensure that your bathroom will stay watertight.

Cement Based Backer Boards

‘NoMorePly’ is a cement based backer board that come in different thicknesses and its primary aim is to strengthen timber floors and walls to reduce bounce levels and when fitted correctly it prevents tiles and grout joints from cracking and creates a water resistant surface suitable for tiling. To match the strength of a 6mm thick sheet of ‘NoMorePly’ a 15mm sheet of plywood would need to be used which could create an awkward ‘step’. Using the ‘NoMorePly’ Megastrength adhesive and screws and following the manufacturers fitting guidelines offers complete security against failure and a lifetime guarantee from the manufacturer.

 

Insulation Boards

These foam-cored backing boards also come in different thicknesses for all applications. Because of the strength of these boards they can take a greater weight of tile compared to plasterboard so are suitable for the ever more popular large format tiles.
These boards are extremely versatile and can be used for walls and floors, [particularly over floorboards] under and over underfloor heating and are especially suitable for wet rooms and bathrooms as they are dimensionally stable, are easily cut and fixed to solid surfaces or stud work. They are moisture and water resistant so will never degrade, rot or warp regardless of how wet it gets.
Regardless of which board is used it is still recommended, for a belt and braces job, that the installation is protected by fully tanking the area before tiling thereby creating a fully waterproof room.

Retrospectively we can also supply a grout protection spray that will make an impregnating seal on your grout to help stop water penetration through to the substrate.

grout spray protector

For more advice on any of the issues raised or for more information on any of our products we are always happy to help- we know what we are talking about!

roman baths toilets

Surprisingly toilets have been around for longer than you may think.

As far back as 3000BC some ancient cultures had primitive toilets in their dwellings albeit a hole in the ground that was squatted over that drained into subterranean clay chambers. Around the same time the canny Scots used a drainage system that used water from nearby rivers to automatically sluice out all the dirty stuff into those same rivers.

 

A few thousand years later and the Romans took over in skills and ideas with the introduction of their public baths using water brought into the cities from their magnificently constructed aqueducts to fill the baths and to sluice their urinal style toilets.

roman baths toilets toilet being manually flushed

The Romans built sewers under the cities and the water that flushed their baths and toilets was directed into marshlands that afforded some filtration before it then drained into the Tiber. Only the wealthiest had private toilets while the mere mortals had to tip their waste into the sewer pipes. They were also advocates of recycling their water and used the bath water for flushing their latrines- a practice we could all use now!!

The Romans weren’t completely flushed with success though as the poor often chucked their waste into the streets and disease and pestilence was rife and often spread with the communal use of the very popular public baths affecting both the rich and the poor.

In this game of thrones the most documented use of the first flushing toilet was during the reign of Elizabeth 1st whose godson John Harrington detailed an instruction manual on flushing toilets whose basic theory and components are still used today. It is commonly thought that this is origin of the word ‘John’ for a toilet.

john herrington diagram of a toilet

Another canny Scot Alexander Cummings was granted the 1st patent for a flushing loo (or Water Closet- WC) in 1775- his toilet design had the ‘U’ bend which kept all the nasty niffs at bay. The word ‘loo’ for a toilet comes from the French saying ‘Garde l’eau’ (beware the water) from when the poor French folk used to throw the contents of their bedpans out of their windows into the street below and would shout the legend as they did so.

Nothing much has changed since then apart from the occasional refinement here and there and Thomas Crapper – an unfortunate coincidence and no guessing what word has appeared in our language from his name- who was a plumber, added better drainage and leak free valves. He also popularised the flushing toilet with his excellent salesman techniques.

thomas crappers toilet

Apart from cosmetic changes and whether your cistern is high, middle or low or even close-coupled or rimless, take a few minutes the next time you sit and think about the history of the throne you are sitting on.

alexander cummings toilet

Rolling on from toilets what about the ever essential toilet paper? In 50BC the Chinese used short lengths of bamboo and added cotton pulp that was formed into sheets and dried. Once paper making skills became world-wide nearly every paper manufacturer was using the same kind of paper or rag based sheets for this daily essential.

Toilet paper

The first ‘toilet paper’ was used in China by the Emperor in 1391 and it was a luxurious and rare commodity confined to royalty only, but production was prolific with 720,000 sheets of 2 x 3 foot sheets, that were cut down, made a year.

ancient chinese toilet paper

The paper makers around the world gradually developed the product and in 1890 the Scott Paper Company were the first to put paper on a roll, although they were too embarrassed to put their name on this unmentionable product, so it was sold through drug stores and salesmen. Production became worldwide through companies like Kimberley-Clark, Charmin and Kleenex and the rest is history, because it is a product that we would not want to be without.

charmin tissue advetisement scot toilet tissue advertisement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So the bottom line is the job’s not finished until the paperwork is done!!

 

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Light up your bathroom

Good lighting is important in any room in your house and it can be vital in your bathroom especially if that is where you apply contact lenses or make-up. If the bathroom lighting is too dull there will be shadows that could hide uneven surfaces and can make skin tones look yellowish, which is never a flattering look!

Overhead lights are essential for maximum functionality, and when combined with extra light fittings, such as LED strips, spotlights, pendant lights, wall mounted sconces or lit mirrors will add a focal point to any bathroom.


Think outside of the box

Bathroom Cabinets are often a must in a bathroom to keep it clutter free.light up bathroom cabinet

Unlit mirror cabinets are basic in that they don’t have lights, chargers or de-mister pads but they are perfect for bathrooms where there is not the option to install a power supply or retrospective installation.

Technology has brought illuminated cabinets into the 21st Century with all sorts of wizardry that would suit even the most technologically minded of people. Like the illuminated mirrors, they will come in various sizes with a range of features including those mentioned above plus USB chargers, proximity sensor and internal heated pads. Cabinets can be single or double with most being wall mounted but some are able to be recessed into the wall giving a smooth sleek appearance.

When fitting any electrical appliances in your bathroom be sure to use a qualified electrician and approved installer to ensure that the fittings comply with the IP44 regulations.

At New Image we have a selection of lighting, mirrors and cabinets for you to look at within our inspirational bathroom displays with many more available from our ranges.

So put a little light in your life and let your mirror reflect your style.


Mirror, mirror on the wall

Mirrors are often thought of as a luxurious add-on in a bathroom but they should be an integral part of the initial design. There are lots of ways that a mirror can enhance your bathroom and reflecting light, creating the illusion of more space, is one of the most beneficial features, especially in a dim room with no natural lighting.

Mirrors fall into 2 main categories- mirrors that are incorporated within a cabinet and mirrors that aren’t.

Mirrors that aren’t in a cabinet come in various shapes and sizes, as well as lit or unlit.

Unlit mirrors can be framed or unframed, square, arched, rectangular and round, plain or fancy, with a shelf or without, modern and traditional styling, something to suit most bathrooms. This type of mirror does not require any electrical work so can be fitted retrospectively into a bathroom.

Illuminated mirrors that require hard wiring, once again, come in all different shapes and sizes with added extras; Motion sensors, digital clocks, mood changing lights, de-mister pads, LED lighting in various positions, magnifying sections, Bluetooth connectivity, speakers, shavers/toothbrush chargers to name but a few of the features.

If a power supply is not an option, or you are fitting retrospectively and do not want to disturb your walls but still want a lit mirror there are battery powered LED mirror

s available that are exempt from IEE wiring regulations and suitable, therefore, for any area of your bathroom.

If you need a real close up then small magnifying mirrors could be the answer. Mostly wall mounted some have extendable arms so that they fold away when not in use and some are illuminated but they all have a plain mirror on one side and a magnifying mirror [up to X5] on the other.


task lighting next to a plain mirror

Task lighting

The best scenario for accurate shaving or application of make-up is to fit wall mounted sconces to either side of a plain mirror to avoid shadows. Avoid a light directly above a mirror because this throws strong light onto your forehead creating deep shadows below your eyes, nose and chin- not flattering as this can make you look older! 75-100 watts, 20-25 LEDs will give you excellent task lighting.

 


Accent lighting

If you have recesses or a shower cubicle then directional lighting such as spotlights will focus the illumination into those areas.

For a decorative effect and visual interest a chandelier will add sparkle and a touch of glamour to a bathroom with high ceilings, but always check that they are suitable for a bathroom.

Light and extractor fan combinations are available that can be installed within a shower cubicle [zone 1] – these do need to meet IEE wiring regulations and must be  Safety Extra Low Voltage (SELV), but will combine 2 benefits – lighting and moisture extraction.

Flexible LED strip lighting can be used along the top and bottom of wall cabinets, recessed into tiling, used in alcoves, to accentuate sloping ceilings and installed to highlight architectural details.

Plinth lighting kits are available to install in bath panels, tiles, hard wood and laminate type flooring- these add interest to any room and bathe the floor with light- an area usually ignored.

A dimmer switch could be added to the bathroom’s main lighting- bright light is essential but dimmed lighting is more calming and romantic and  using a dimmer switch in the morning would let your eyes get used to the harsh light of day in a much more gentle fashion.

 

Painted Grey

Wood-effect floors, walls, worktops and cabinets.

Wooden flooring had humble beginnings and started life, several hundred years ago, as rough hewn wooden planks that only the wealthiest could afford. Thankfully things moved on fairly quickly and floorboards and parquet has become the norm in even the most modest of homes. With improvements in photographic and texturing technology and the use of modern materials, there are realistic wood alternatives for most items that you can put in your home. Not only do these alternatives look like their real wood equivalent, but textured products feel like the real thing too!

So, if your real wood flooring is faded with the sun or is showing signs of wear and tear, but you love the look and texture, New Image can offer you wood effect alternatives for your floors, walls, worktops and cabinets for any room in your home.

 

Porcelain and ceramic tiles

New Image stock a huge range of wood effect tiles in both porcelain and ceramic. Porcelain tiles are heavy duty and suitable for almost anywhere – even outside. Ceramic floor tiles are suitable for light use areas i.e. bathrooms, bedrooms, studies, and ceramic wall tiles are suitable only for walls.

Our ranges of wood effect tiles come in different colours, sizes, plank lengths, grain patterns, distressed, lime-washed, textures and from floorboard sizes to parquet. The benefits of tiles include;

• Maintenance free
• Scratch proof
• Fade resistant
• 100 % Waterproof
• Long lasting
• Easily cleaned – no harsh chemicals, a mop & hot water will do the trick
• No wear and tear
• Fire-proof
• Hygienic
• Frost proof
• Allergen free
• Stain resistant
• Environmentally friendly
• Great with underfloor heating
• Won’t warp or rot
• R10 slip resistant for most textured tiles

Bathroom & Shower room walls

If tiling is not for you in your bathroom, wetroom or shower room then consider Nuance shower boards. This award winning bathroom panel system comes in a range of colours and patterns that include several wood effects including ebony oak, wildwood and driftwood. The designs are printed in life-like proportions and textures. They are a quick and easy solution which is guaranteed for 15 years when installed using the manufacturer’s instructions. This system, unlike most others, does not require trims, internal or external corners, end caps or H sections and a competent DIYer could fit them as they are just stuck up and the corners sealed with a colour matched sealant.

The benefits of Nuance panels include;

• 100% waterproof
• No trims required with the boards preformed edge
• Easy to install
• Quick installation
• Easy to maintain
• Easy to clean
• 15 year guarantee- when installed correctly
• Will not swell or degrade
• Tongue and groove panels to extend the standard size boards
• Can be installed over most surfaces
• No grout lines

Come along to New Image and see samples of the full range and check out our portfolio on our website. Nuance panels and its components are available to order.

Karndean Luxury Flooring

Karndean Korlok is luxury flooring and an excellent alternative if tiles, engineered hardwoods, laminates, vinyl or carpet are not for you. It is quick and easy to fit and a competent DIYer, with a new Stanley blade, would be able to install it. There are no extra requirements for this system and can be installed over most existing hard floors, that do not need to be spirit level flat, without the need for underlay or adhesives.
Korlok is an ideal wood effect alternative solution for all rooms and comes in 12 wood designs with 5 of the most popular colours available to take away from our showroom and are sold in pack sizes only.

The benefits of Karndean Korlok include;
• Easy installation
• Can be fitted over most hard floors & imperfect floors
• Acoustic backing reduces noise transfer
• Durable
• Click and lock system
• Extra large planks
• Lifetime guarantee
• Low maintenance
• Comfortable underfoot
• Compatible with underfloor heating up to 27 degrees C
• Waterproof
• Realistic designs and texture
• Scratch resistant
• Stain resistant
• R10 slip resistant
• Recyclable

Karndean Palio is another range of luxury vinyl with the easy click & lock system. There are 8 realistic wood designs in the Palio range and samples can be seen in our showroom. This range offers nearly all of the same benefits as the Korlok range but is in a smaller format and packs are available to order.

Cabinets & worktops

Our kitchen department can offer a huge range of cabinet doors in various wood effects, colours and painted wood finishes. We can boast that we can supply more ranges than any other local supplier so you are sure to find what you want. Our stunning kitchen displays have a selection of wood effect cabinets and worktops and sample doors are displayed to help you make your selection.

Image Kitchens manufacture kitchen and bathroom cabinets as well as study and bedroom furniture, so you can continue the wood effect throughout your home and in bespoke sizes if necessary.

Wood effect worktops can be supplied either as a solid worktop or a laminate so there is sure to be something beautiful to suit your budget and whether the worktop is for a kitchen, bathroom or study New Image will be able to find you what you need.

So if your real wood flooring, cupboards or worktop is faded from the sun, scratched, has stained and is showing signs of wear and tear but you love the look and texture of wood but not all the hard work of bringing it back from the brink – think of wood effect, then think of New Image.

New Image Tiles

On Thursday 5th July from 1600hrs we are opening the doors to all Trade persons.


New Image are combining forces with some of the top leading tile and flooring industry specialists to bring you the New Image Trade Show that’s not to be missed!  Here’s a selection of what will be happening on the day.


Grespania Coverlam

The latest innovation in ultra thin Porcelain tiles. COVERLAM is the result of years of research and development. Thanks to the introduction of lamination pressing technology, it is now possible to produce a porcelain tile which may be as little as 3.5mm thick. This broadens the scope of porcelain, offering great potential for innovation in the fields of construction and interior design.

 


Karndean’s stunning Korlok Range.

Korlok is a brand new rigid core flooring collection. It takes all of the best elements of a rigid core floor, but with the beautiful handcrafted designs and quality you’d expect from Karndean.

 

 


Rubi

Rubi will be offering FREE calibration service on all rubi cutters. Demonstrations on their latest tile cutters and offering up to 20% off purchases on the day. Since its inception, RUBI has always been a brand specialized in quality products and services for cutting, placement, maintenance and cleaning of the ceramic. Don’t forget to grab your FREE goodie bag from them too!

 


Dural

Dural will be giving free training on Expansion joints and demonstrating their up and coming product of LED trims. These dont require a qualified electrician to install. SQUARELIGHT-LEDs light up edges, connections and transitions with brilliance. The basic profiles in high quality aluminium and with heights of 9 mm and 11 mm are fitted as normal using the thin-bed installation procedure. The translucent cover is available in a rounded or square version. Matching LED strips, transformers, witches and connection materials are also available as accessories.

 


Tilemaster

Tilemaster will be promoting their wetroom systems and providing demonstrations. Wet room kits are the ideal way to create contemporary step free showering areas.  They provide all the parts needed to create a beautiful wetroom in your home and come with a handy set of step-by-step installation instructions. Create the luxurious shower set-up you’ve always dreamed of!

 


Perfect Level Master UK

Introducing Perfect Level Master UK a new supplier to New Image for leveling systems. This leveling system was developed to bring a perfect installation for all surfaces covered with tiles. It ensures that your tile installation will be leveled on the point tile to tile (each tile is leveled by all tiles around it). Also prevents tiles from warping as your thin-set cures.

 


On top of all that there will be exclusive promotions and FREE giveaways!

Food from The Fantastic Sausage Factory and drinks will be served complimentary by New Image on the day to keep everyone fueled while they browse around the trade show.

 

 


All Under One Roof For One Evening Only At New Image!

Use the form below, email enquiries@new-image-tiles.co.uk or
call us today 01305 781709 to confirm your attendance!

 

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 ‘Drip, drip, drop, Little April shower, I’m getting wet, And I don’t care at all!’

Showers are on the way out as warmer weather approaches but shower sales are on the increase. It is estimated that up to 90% of UK households have at least one shower installation with 2/3 of those being an over-the-bath shower.

Choosing the right shower

The majority of the bathroom renovations that New Image design are for the replacement of a bath with a walk in shower enclosure. There is an increased preference for showering over bathing – gone are the days of a bath once a week on a Sunday, before school on Monday, and the hope that you were the first one in the 3 inches of lukewarm water!! Now we want, and expect, to have a shower or bath at least once a day, it might be a quick awakener in the morning or a more relaxed longer drenching after work.
There is a huge variety of showers available and there is something to suit everyone from a very basic handheld on a riser to all singing and dancing multi-functional columns.


Electric Showers

Electric showers are still the most popular choice in the UK at the moment. At New Image we show one range of instantaneous electric shower that is available in 2 models, both available in either 8.5kw or 9.5kw- the 9.5kw shower may need extra electrical work. Features of market leaders AKW electric showers include;
• Contemporary styles and high gloss finish
• LED Temperature & flow indicators on ‘ іTherm’ model

• Independent temperature and flow controls
• Phased /auto shutdown on

‘iTherm’ model
• Quick and easy to install
• 8 electrical/water entry points
• Existing cable & pipework compatible
• Rounded surfaces and edges for safety
• Connected to cold mains water only

Why did the burglar take a shower? He wanted to make a clean getaway!


Thermostatic – Exposed Valves

Very popular because of the many different ranges and options available from most bathroom manufacturers and suppliers, with all price ranges covered. They all offer different features that can include;
• Round or square overhead drenchers
• Contemporary and traditional styles
• Riser rails
• Hand held shower only or additional to overhead
• Thermostatic bar that is wall mounted and regulates the temperature and flow
• Exposed bar that acts as diverter from handheld to fixed overhead.
• Simple to install- especially if used with exposed valve wall mounting bracket kits.
• Safety shutdown if hot or cold water fails
• Can be fitted to low pressure systems as low as 0.2 bar
• Multi-function handsets

 


Thermostatic – Concealed Valves

Unlike exposed valves, concealed valves have all the technical stuff hidden behind a wall within the wall’s cavity. They still offer all the same features with a few extra thrown in for good measure;
• Valves can be portrait or landscape and can be multi-functional.
• Fitted independently from the showering heads -so could be outside of the enclosure.
• Contemporary and traditional styling, round and square.
• Body jets
• Drenching shower heads can be wall or ceiling mounted and ceiling recessed.
• A range of sizes is available for shower heads and shower arms.
• Handsets can be static or on a riser and connected to its own wall outlet.
• Handsets can be single or multi-functional.
• Thermostatic to control temperature, flow and divert between handheld and drencher.

Digital options are available within this category and interest in digital showers is on the rise as we use more technology in every aspect of our lives- incorporating the latest technology, reliability is improved and digital showers can offer all the features of the concealed valves and also include;
• Remote controls
• Colour changing controls
• Self-cleaning mode
• Quiet pumps
• Temperature override
• Precise control

Life is like a shower- one wrong turn and you’re in hot water!


Spa Thermostatic Shower Columns

For a very modern spa-style look then an all singing and dancing shower column could be the answer. Most shower manufacturers will offer a column shower in their range. All the controls, heads and body jets are all integrated in one column that could be recessed into a wall or wall mounted with all the plumbing hidden behind the column. A minimal 2.0 bar pressure is generally required for a column shower. Other features can include;
• A range of finishes- Gun metal, chrome, stainless steel, matt silver, black.
• Overhead LED lights.
• Touch controls
• Swivel body jets
• Overhead shower and handset
• Touch function
• Shelf
• Thermostatic controls

It is obvious that there is a huge range of showers on the market and the choosing the right shower is infinitely variable to encompass all price brackets and requirements and there is no doubt that the showering market will continue to grow and evolve as the demand for showers increases. Come into New Image and see our impressive range of showers.

Singing in the shower is great until you get shampoo in your mouth- then it’s more like a soap opera!!


Author: Angela McCann – April 2018

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2017 is well and truly behind us and 2018 is the ‘Year of the Dog’-So let’s get your tails wagging and your ears pricked with some of the latest ideas.   So what, you may ask, is going to be trendy and new in bathrooms this year?  Good questions to ask are;

  • What will be the influences?
  • How will technology be incorporated?
  • What styles, patterns and colours will be in vogue?
  • Let me try to scratch the surface and answer these questions.

For many people who decide to make changes or renovations in their home the inspiration and impetus for making the changes often follows a stay in a hotel in a stylish or exotic location and the creation of a new bathing sanctuary will bring back memories while relaxing. If you don’t have a holiday planned soon and some inspiration is required then look no further than our fabulous showroom where we have over 20 stylish bathroom settings to help get your creative juices flowing.

 

Large Format Tiles

The main change in tiles is that large formats are taking over for bathroom walls and floors. These Great Danes of the tile world take less time to fit and there are less grout joints. Most manufacturers in Europe are discontinuing small format tiles for the larger sizes and with the development of printing technology the finishes and decorative effects applied to porcelain and ceramic tiles are very sophisticated and realistic, for instance wood effect tiles not only look like wood but have a wood texture too and textures add warmth to a tile and takes away from a clinical cold look.

Use the same tiles on the walls and floor to give a ‘spa- like’ effect and should you choose the ever more trending ‘marbles’ you could get the look of luxurious marble at a much more affordable price.

Floor areas are less than wall areas so for maximum impact on a limited budget it makes sense to be more extravagant on the floor tiles.

Patterns and Colours

Patterns and colours are back with a vengeance, and thank goodness! Unlike the random spots of Dalmatians there are some rules to make using colours and patterns work well.
As a rule of thumb if you have a patterned floor the walls should be plain and vice versa, patterned walls should have a plain floor. However, that is not a fast and hard rule!
The trends for 2018 are for colourful, bold patterns of either a single design or a collective of various patterns. A complete immersion of pattern from the floor up is forecast to be huge, but not everyone would be comfortable with that amount of pattern in what is generally one of the smallest rooms in the house. Bold colour accents are the solution to introduce colour and pattern and add character to a room, but bold does not mean avocado and peach!

The colour trends for this year are shades of blue- perfect for bathrooms as they are reminiscent of the sky and sea- denim blue, indigo, and turquoise are the ‘in’ colours for 2018 as often dictated by the fashion industry. This choice of colour range for a bathroom is a long term investment because they are for life and not just for Christmas, they will never go out of fashion.

Traditional

Like a British Bulldog, traditional and period styling never goes out of date and works as well in modern new builds as well as Victorian and Edwardian properties. Free standing roll top baths are as popular as ever but the latest trend is to have a coloured outside. Some can be painted in traditional colours and others come in a selection of 2 or 3 colours with a dove grey exterior being the most popular. Freestanding and roll top baths are synonymous with luxury bathrooms and are one of the attributes that Zoopla has in their top 10 features that help to sell a house.

You can go all out and complete the look with everything traditional including taps, accessories, shower heads and valves, toilets, furniture and even the choice of tiling, or combine a mixture of traditional and modern- both work well together.

Ultra Modern

Ultra-modern furniture, just like Cockapoos and Labradoodles, are in vogue this year. The increasing need for practical bathroom storage is dictating this current trend- let’s be honest you can’t buy less than 12 toilet rolls and who doesn’t buy a good BOGOF?
High gloss modular bathroom furniture is the most popular and is available in a whole range of colours, sizes and styles. All the unsightly pipework is hidden away and there are less dust and dirt traps. With a sleek profile your room will look more spacious especially if the units are wall hung- the more floor you see tricks your eyes to make the room appear bigger and lighter- a bonus in narrow rooms.

White gloss will help to reflect the light and brighten a darker room.
A matt finish, however, is less likely to show finger marks, water marks and limescale residue, so is often more practical.
Bright and bold colours are becoming trendier this year, with orange, red and zesty lime being popular choices. Fun and organic shapes are being introduced into bathroom furniture ranges, so look out for curves and angles.

Brassware

Golden Retrievers are golden, brassware is chrome! No more- both are available in other limited colours. Colour trends for bathroom and kitchen brassware are gold and copper- copper has been available and popular for a year or two and is not likely to diminish but gold is rising in both of these areas with champagne and rose gold being the colours trending this year. These gold colours are less brassy looking than the gold taps of old and with antique gold and brushed copper having soft finishes all these colours add a touch of class and luxury to any room. With mosaic tiles, accessories and lighting being produced in these colours then the theme can be continued around your room, but use them sparingly for a more subtle and understated effect.


Lighting

Just like man’s best friend who lights up your life, bathroom lighting can do the same. Technology has changed bathroom lighting and it is considered a key component of a good bathroom. Illuminated mirrors and cabinets with demisters, sockets, Bluetooth, clocks and magnifiers are almost an essential in most bathrooms, they look good, are practical and add extra storage. LED lights can be warm or cool, zoned, inset, wall mounted and sensor.

Lit mirrors are available in any number of shapes, styles and sizes to suit every bathroom and they can even play your favourite music be it relaxing or revitalising to enhance your bathing experience.

The Tail End

We at New Image believe that what defines a luxury bathroom is the room design and the product design and any bathroom that our customers have invested in- be that in time, effort or money, will offer an element of luxury- even if that is an added sense of security, comfort or the feeling of indulgence. Luxury doesn’t have to be dominated by expensive products to create that WOW in your bathroom. With our expertise and experience we want our customers to feel that we have not only fulfilled their expectations but exceeded them.
Luxury should be standard and not an aspiration so come and take a leisurely stroll around our showroom and see what we can do for you, you would be barking mad not to!!

 

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grey_yellowPlanning a new kitchen, bathroom in fact any living space can be an exciting prospect and allow you to get your ‘interior design head’ on. But often it is difficult to know where to start.

This is where mood boards become your friend by collecting magazine cuttings, swatches, colour samples or even an inanimate object, inspiration can be found all around whether it’s the décor in your favourite café or the colour of the flowers you see whilst out walking the dog! There is no right or wrong way to seek out ideas.

A good set of resources to remember for mood boards are:

Print:

Magazines, catalogues, newspapers, and flyers can all be torn up and used as elements on your mood board. For all books and elements that shouldn’t be destroyed or could get damaged, scan and print images.

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Online:

Pinterest, this can be downloaded onto your smartphone, tablet or desktop enabling you to find ideas and suggestions pretty much anywhere online, whether it’s on a dedicated home decor/design website or just an inspirational image you come across whilst browsing. Shutterstock is also a great place to scroll through and see what catches your eye.

Landmarks and holiday spots:

Museums, monuments, outdoor trails, and other spots people intentionally visit can open a plethora of new ideas and schemes. Use your phone’s camera so you can capture details big and small.

Familiar territory:

If you’ve visited, say, the pub or local park down the street more times than you can count, approach it with fresh eyes and find a new perspective.

In the home:

Cooking dinner? Check out the packaging, observe the texture, shape and colour of the food you’re preparing. Anything that ignites your imagination just take a photo or draw a sketch if you have the mind and it can all be included in the creation of your mood board.

Visit our Pinterest profile to see our own mood boards and design concepts we like from elsewhere online

Mood boards are a visual experience. If you’re not a professional interior designer it doesn’t need to be polished and pretty. It simply has to be functional. If you choose to create a physical board it could be a whiteboard, a corkboard, or even a piece of thick cardboard – anything you can pin or stick things to.

Then you will be able to collect together your ideas visually and so have a better understanding of what will and won’t work when it comes to colour, shape, texture and finish.

It will also help prevent you making impulse buys, which could cost you time and money in the long run.

Brighten up your kitchen with spring flowers.

Now’s the time to brighten up your kitchen and bathroom!

Spring is nature’s way of reminding us that every day is worth celebrating; it breathes new life into the world around us and most of us feel happier, more positive and hopeful for the future. So have a ‘Spring Fling’ and bring it into your home.

The great outdoors has natural appeal to most of us- the sky, earth, water and the effect of these elements makes us feel calm and refreshed and this is the most common time of the year that we start to plan changes. So why not combine the two and make changes that bring the outdoors indoors? Here are some great ideas to brighten up your kitchen and bathrooms this springtime.

Introducing plants and cut flowers is the most obvious ‘quick fix’ choice for bringing the outside in.

Cut flowers will bring instant colour and cheerfulness to any room but will just be a short term fix while potted plants will add refreshing, sculptural shades of green and give a room an instant face lift. Moreover in the humid warm conditions of a bath/shower room some plants will thrive regardless of whether you have green fingers or not;

  • Bamboo needs very little light so is perfect for smaller dark rooms and can be grown in a pot with pebbles and water.
  • Aloe Vera [the immortality plant] is almost indestructible and just keeps on giving.
  • Cast iron plant loves to be ignored and will manage with low light levels and limited watering.
  • Begonias thrive under fluorescent light so perfect for internal bathrooms.
  • Dragon plants will help to purify the air and prefer low lighting levels and love the humidity of a bathroom.
  • Orchids will add a real touch of class and thrive on the tropical conditions that a bathroom can provide.
  • Spider plants must be one of the easiest plants to keep alive in almost any room.
  • Peace lily plants offer an excellent filtration system, don’t need much care and are easy to maintain.

Pots of growing herbs or micro salads really help to brighten up your kitchen. Not only save you money but add aromatic scents to the room too and gives you the opportunity to utilise and recycle your old tin cans, jars, teapots and mugs. When you have harvested the herbs from your garden you can hang these to dry them out for a year round supply.

Don’t forget that plants don’t just have to sit on the window sill in your kitchen or bathroom- consider hanging baskets, ceiling/wall mounted pot hangers, wall mounted pots and floor standing pots or placing the plant on top of tall/wall cupboards.

Natural materials and fibres, textures and patterns will help to bring the outside inside

Wood, rattan, hemp, jute and wicker can be introduced into your kitchen or bathroom scheme in numerous ways.

Accessories are available using natural products as well as being good storage solutions. A combination of these will enhance the look; from furniture to lampshades, rugs, baskets, canisters, plant pots, trays, handles and containers. Use them in creative ways for a rustic country look-a wicker picnic basket makes a great bread basket and wooden crates make perfect storage units whether floor standing or wall hung.

Natural Elements can be injected into your scheme to enhance the outside/inside theme

Wooden crate storage can help to brighten up your kitchen.Pebbles, rocks, sea shells, drift wood, bark, branches and wood can all be used to accessorise your rooms. They can be used in creative ways or just heaped into glass jars or baskets and displayed on shelves. If a lack of shelf space is an issue because of the normal paraphernalia that we have then considered pictures or photographs of these elements to bring nature into your home.

Colours can have dramatic effects on our mood and introducing colour into a scheme is probably the easiest and cheapest way to transform the way a room looks and feels. Accessories are easy to change, so consider treating yourself to some new bathroom towels, window dressings, storage canisters, pots and pans, cups and mugs, trays, tea cloths, kettle and toasters or even a lick of paint….

  • Green- the colour of grass, trees and plants to create a calming influence.
  • Blue-water and sky for a refreshing look.
  • Yellow- sunshine and flowers for freshness and an uplifting feel.
  • Neutral tones- whites, beige, tan for a natural and clean look.

Spring aromas help to brighten up your kitchen and bathroom

Appeal to your sense of smell by introducing the scent of spring into your home. Pot -pourri seems a little old hat these days but gone are the bowls filled with withered crispy bits of stuff but bowls filled with dried oranges, clementines, lemons and limes will add zesty aromatics to your kitchen or bathroom. Fill glass bowls with rose petals, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, star anise, bay leaves and herbs for added natural fragrances. Candles have been used for centuries to introduce scents into a room so treat yourself to some new ones and relax to springtime perfumes.

Fresh fruit always looks colourful in glass bowls and vases and shallow dishes, they are guaranteed to brighten up any room and with the zingy colours of red apples, limes, oranges and lemons you are introducing nature in its most vivid livery.Potted basil herbs.

  • With extended daylight hours our days are longer and we tend to feel happier, more vitalised and energetic. So anything we can do to bring that natural light into our homes will help to bring the outdoors inside. Clear windows of heavy drapes and blinds and dress them-if they need to be dressed- with voiles and lighter fabrics to allow the maximum amount of light into your home. You could consider DIY window films for bathrooms if you do not have frosted glass. The clever use of mirrors to reflect the natural daylight will help to make the room look even brighter.

Go on – brighten up your kitchen and bathroom this springtime and add a bit of spring zing to your home!

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Future proof your bathroom by turning it into a safe and accessible room without compromising on style.

Most people want to stay in their own homes but few are adapted well enough for people’s changing needs as they get older. Living in suitable housing can improve your health and well-being and help people to feel in control of their lives.

700,000 people are reaching retirement age every year in the UK and are living longer than ever before but falls are the leading cause of death among people aged 65 years and older and a wet zone, like a bathroom, is responsible for a huge percentage of those slips and falls.

So if you plan to stay in your home for the rest of your life and are thinking about making changes to your bathroom, which is one of the most used spaces by homeowners, then it is wise to renovate with accessibility and safety in mind.


Future proof your bathroom with these 9 ideas:

1. Install a walk-in shower enclosure or wet room

Walk in showers. A great way to future proof your bathroom.Shower trays have been revolutionised in the last few years and some are so slim that they can be flush fitted into the floor to give a full wet room look with simple fitting and plumbing requirements that gives a minimal look. If these trays are flush fitted they are suitable for the less abled and for wheelchair access because there is no step. They can be fitted on concrete or wooden floors when fitted in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Some shower trays are manufactured with integrated anti-slip surfaces and some with an antibacterial agent giving protection against harmful bacteria and suppressing mould growth.

Wet rooms dispense with the need for a visible shower tray, instead a tray is fitted under floor level and then tiled to give a contemporary look, but it does need to be installed correctly and the bathroom will need to be tanked to ensure it is totally waterproof. Once installed there is less cleaning as there is no shower tray to worry about but you may need to consider a glass screen to protect the basin and toilet getting splashed and the whole room will need to be tiled or boarded.

Nanosphere Technology has also improved the quality of glass used in shower screens and enclosures. The glass can come in different thicknesses with 6mm and 8mm being the most popular. All the glass is toughened and meets the correct standards. Nearly all glass has the advantage of being easy-clean with different manufacturers having their own branding; Clean Glaze, Clean & Clear, Aqua Gleam to name but a few. The use of this glass helps to cut down on cleaning because the water just runs off the glass. Using a squeegee will help to ensure that no water drips are left on the glass, crucial in our very hard water area.

 

2. Install a seat or bench & grab rails within the shower area

Install a built-in bench, which can be tiled, a free-standing or a fold down waterproof seat within the showering area. You can sit down to shower decreasing the amount of standing time and this will ease the strain on your body and reduce the risk of slipping or falling.

Grab rails can be installed both inside and outside the shower area. This gives something to hold onto when getting in or out of the shower, or bath, and to help navigate the space safely. Grab rails are highly functional and can come with soft grips, shaped, curved and with/without soap racks and can double up as hanging space for your towels.

If you have a hand-held shower make sure it is height adjustable and installed by the seat which gives the option to wash whilst seated.

 

3. Reduced height baths

Soak in safety if you want to keep a bath in your bathroom by considering a low level model. Most baths are 540mm high but there are ranges that are as low as 430mm including the legs –that’s about 4 ½ inches, the bath is actually only 345mm deep! If you then add twin grip handles and a textured base you have a safe bath that is easier to get in and out of, perfect for the less abled.

If space is a premium then your bath can double up for showering too and most baths are suitable for both but if it is going to be used as the main shower it is worth upgrading to a reinforced bath for added strength and comfort.

 

4. Thermostatic showers

Digital shower controls are a great way to future proof your bathroom.A thermostatic shower valve mixes the hot and cold water to your pre-selected temperature and maintains that temperature for the duration of your shower. The thermostat reacts instantly to any changes in the pressure or temperature of the water supply by re-adjusting the mix of hot and cold water so there are no risks of scalding, or freezing, if the toilet is flushed or a tap turned on elsewhere in the house. Should a failure occur in your cold water supply the thermostatic valve will automatically shut down.

Digital showers offer complete control at the touch of a button and the safety features they offer can be of benefit to the less- abled, elderly, sight impaired and young amongst us.

Using the very latest in technology various models offer a range of features to suit everyone, even the most technophobic;

  • Programmable settings so each user can set their optimum shower preference.
  • Instantaneous diverters between different outlets.
  • Digital readouts.
  • Hygiene functions that will automatically flush the system through.
  • Electronic controls that will run your bath to the pre-set depth and temperature.
  • Colour responsive control lights to indicate temperature changes.
  • Cleaning and self- checking modes.
  • Back up batteries.
  • Smartphone or tablet app to operate the shower.
  • Maximum temperature limits.
  • Maximum run times.
  • Cool-touch metal controls.
  • Control box can be installed outside of the bathroom.
  • Illuminated controls that give a clear visual representation of flow and temperature information.

Digital shower controls.

5. Mixer taps

Mixer taps are where the hot and the cold water come out of the same spout. Mixer taps can be used anywhere in the bathroom – the basin, bath, shower, and even on the bidet.  They can come with audible clicks and water saving functions to improve your water efficiency. They are available in a huge range of designs and colours, with the most popular still being chrome as they match with any decor and look timeless.  They also have the advantage of being easy to use by all members of the family.

Single lever taps, or Monobloc taps, are taps that operate using one lever to control the water, so can be operated using the palm or side of the hand making it easier for those with reduced fine motor skills. Generally you turn the tap to the left to get hotter water or to the right to get colder water. The advantage of a single lever tap is that you can leave the tap lever in your favoured position once you have found a water temperature that suits you best. Then the lever just needs to be raised for the flow rate. It is also easy to control the flow of water as the higher you lift the lever, the stronger the flow of water will be.

Single lever taps are extremely popular in bathrooms as they are very easy for everyone to use from young children, the elderly and the less abled.

Non concussive taps could also be considered. The knob on the top of the tap is manually pressed down to turn the water on. The tap automatically turns itself off after 15-20 seconds avoiding excessive water use and the risk of the tap being left on accidentally.

 

6. Comfort height toilets

Comfort height toilets are designed to give extra height for those who need additional comfort, such as the elderly, less abled or taller person.

Most toilets offer a sitting height somewhere between 375mm and 410mm, (about 15 to 16 inches) and if you need extra height it is possible to fit the toilet on a plinth or other platform. Fitting a comfort height toilet saves the needs to have to build any extra elements in your bathroom or cloakroom. Comfort height toilets are 470mm to 480mm to the seat so 60mm to 70mm (3 inches) taller than a standard toilet. Another good way to future proof your bathroom is to install grab rails. These can be added if necessary to further enable the user to raise and lower themselves on and off the toilet reducing the strain on the knees and back.

The majority of modern designed toilets have removable seats that can be taken off for a complete clean making them more hygienic and easier to maintain. Back to wall toilets are also easier to keep clean and are more hygienic because there are no gaps to hide germs and dust.

 

7. Tiling

Some tiles come with extra slip resistance which is a great way to future proof your bathroom.Porcelain floor and wall tiles are extremely hard wearing and are very easy to keep clean-they require no maintenance and can be scrubbed or steamed to keep them clean and germ free. We would recommend that all grout is sealed with an impregnating sealer to ensure that dirt and grime wipes off easily.

Any porcelain tile with a texture is suitable for a bathroom floor. However some tiles come with extra slip resistance which is a great way to future proof your bathroom. Many of our tiles come with an R10 rating which offers a higher slip rating which could be helpful in wet areas and for those who are not so steady on their feet.

Look for floor tiles with texture or grooves; the greater the texture the greater slip resistance.

 

8. Underfloor heating

Underfloor Heating at New Image Tiles. A great way to future proof your bathroom.There are many benefits to underfloor heating. We have previously looked at reasons to have underfloor heating. When it comes to bathrooms;

  • The floors are kept dry reducing the likelihood of slipping and falling and steam and condensation is greatly reduced so all surfaces are dryer.
  • There is no need for wall mounted radiators therefore freeing up the wall space for grab bars or creating space for a seat.
  • Dust and dirt is reduced dramatically making the room a healthier environment.

 

9. Other ideas to future proof your bathroom

  • Think about increasing the height of vanity units which will prevent hunching over the basin when washing, easing back and shoulder strain or lowering the height of vanity units if the user is wheelchair bound for the same reason. If your bathroom is big enough you could install dual height units to accommodate everyone likely to use it.
  • Consider the lighting and increase the lighting if necessary- this will lead to less eye strain and the user is more likely to see wet patches on the floor. Vary the lighting around the room to ensure there are no dark corners- use spotlights, recessed lighting over vanity units, plinth lighting and include some lights within the shower enclosure.
  • Install shelves or baskets close to the shower head or bath taps so that everything is to hand to reduce the need to move around on a wet surface.

If some, or all, of these ideas are applied when you are future proofing your bathroom then you can be confident that the changes will carry you through your later life and not only will they be a monetary investment but more importantly a huge investment in your health and lifestyle and peace of mind for all concerned.

January sale at New Image Tiles Kitchens & Bathrooms

New Year means new beginnings for you and your home. Take advantage of discounts in our January sale.

Maybe an update to your bathroom or refreshing your kitchen, both can be achieved now for less with New Image. During January 2017 New Image Tiles, Kitchens & Bathrooms will be paying your VAT on many ranges saving you up to 20% off the usual price.

New Image Tiles have been selling tiles for over 27 years in Weymouth and now, from their showroom on the Granby Industrial Estate, Weymouth you can view thousands of tiles in a beautiful collection of designed layouts for Kitchens, Bathrooms and Wetrooms.

New Image has tiles for inside and out and they are mostly kept in stock at the warehouse adjacent to the showroom in Weymouth and can be delivered locally the same day. If you are having difficulty selecting the right tiles for your project then New Image can offer clients sample tiles to take away so that customers can check the appearance in their own rooms.

Every order is picked and wrapped by our experienced warehouse team who make sure that each order is from the same batch number, and that the tiles have size and colour consistency.

Save up to 20% now at New Image Tiles Kitchens and Bathrooms
For more information please call us on 01305 781709

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Not everyone has the luxury of having a large bathroom, and small bathrooms can be more of a challenge to fit in everything you need. Do not despair – with clever storage ideas and the use of a good colour palette even the smallest of bathrooms can have illusions of grandeur.

Here are three small bathroom ideas to help you get the perfect look for your new bathroom.

Free up your floor and wall space

Vanity units come in all shapes and sizes with drawers and cupboards. To make your small bathroom look bigger use wall mounted units- this will reveal more floor area giving the illusion of a bigger space but you will have somewhere to put all the lotions and potions that can make your room look cluttered. The same principle applies to your ‘throne’- once again a wall mounted loo can give the illusion of a bigger floor area and gives a very modern, sleek look with wall mounted flush plate- and of course all the technical stuff is hidden away behind the wall. We have a huge selection of wall hung vanity units and w/c’s available to order next day. Or if you’re looking for a specific size, colour or finish we can make that for you in our Dorset based factory. Free up wall space by using electric underfloor heating under the tiles eliminating the need for radiators. Radiators can act like dust traps, spreading dust, pollen, and germs, causing major health problems for asthma and allergy sufferers. Underfloor heating reduces draughts and dries wet floors quickly, reducing the moisture dust mites need to survive, while maintaining a healthy level of humidity.

Clever storage solutions

Don’t forget there is plenty of storage space above ground level. Use towel radiators, wall mounted cabinets and shelving to create more storage, be creative and use baskets and crates and storage ladders or floating shelves to display glass jars filled with cotton balls and bath bombs and rolled towels and toilet rolls.

Showering is more popular today than ever and if you don’t have room for both bath and shower then think about a combination of them both and have a shower bath; the best of both worlds. Once again you can save on the footprint of your bathroom by not choosing a ‘P’ shaped shower bath and shortening the length from the most common 1700mm long to a 1600mm. For extra storage use the space under and around the bath with new and clever storage bath panels- every square inch counts in a small room, and it keeps the ‘clutter’ out of sight.

At New Image, we have lots of small bathroom ideas. We can supply storage solutions, vanity units and fitted furniture in bespoke sizes which means that you can maximise storage space even in the most awkward of spaces.  We can even supply bespoke bath panels which can be colour coordinated to suit your furniture, tiles or paint choices.

Choose your colour scheme

Small bathroom ideas which involve a complimentary colour scheme from the start are nearly always successful. There are clever tricks with colour and shape to help make a small room look even bigger. So once all the necessary bits have been chosen then the fun part can start- what colour?

A neutral colour palette will generally be calming and aesthetically pleasing- choosing whites, creams and greys as the base colour will open up the look and feel of the room and will always look clean and fresh and won’t date. Introduce accents of colour, pattern and texture with décor tiles, listellos and mosaics to add depth and creativity. Then comes the fun part where you can inject colour with vibrant towels, bath mats, posh soaps and accessories- these are the least expensive things to change and if you do change them your bathroom will look brand new all over again but keep your knick-knack’s  to a minimum to avoid a cluttered look. Remember that rectangular tiles laid landscape will give the illusion of receding walls and make the room look larger, whereas if tiles are laid portrait the height of the room will be emphasised- so decide which you want enhance.

At New Image, we can offer sample tiles to take away before you make your final choices so you can be 100% confident that your tiles will achieve the look you want.

Tiled bathroom floors are practical and easy to maintain and keep clean and the more of it you can see the larger the room will look. A light floor colour will make the room appear airier but a dark floor would add interest and visual impact.

So, if you use our bathroom ideas, hints and tips and give your small bathroom a makeover you could turn it into a luxurious space with a designer look.

A few words from our manager

Angela joined our team 2 years ago and is an absolute asset to the company. She not only has a great knowledge of plumbing from her years worked at Weymouth College in the plumbing department, but is our very own creative genius and qualified Interior Designer. Angela spends her days designing beautiful bathrooms for our clients, helping them pick bathroom products, tiles and even paint colours and accessories. When she’s not designing bathrooms she’s dressing them with towels and accessories, ensuring our bathroom displays inspire our customers.

If you are in need of help with bathroom ideas or designing your dream bathroom then call or visit our Weymouth showroom. Appointments are available on request for Angela to visit your home to provide a free, no obligation design and quotation.

Kerrie Phillips, General Manager at New Image.