blue metro brick ceramic tiles

2021 is set to be a big year for home renovation. After months of spending time indoors, many people have grown tired of their existing interior and are looking to give their home a new lease of life. Updating your floor or wall tiles is an excellent way to revamp your kitchen, bathroom, living room or hallway. Here we take inspiration from some of the 2021 tile trends that are expected to be big in the new year.

Wood effect tiles

Wooden floors are incredibly trendy and look great in any home, but engineered wood is expensive and needs regular maintenance to keep it looking fresh. Wood effect tiles are a great alternative that not only look realistic, but are durable and require minimal upkeep. They’re also cheaper than the real thing when you factor in the ongoing costs.

Whilst wood effect tiles have been popular for some time now, we’re seeing more and more people choose to lay tiles in a parquet style to create a rustic or vintage look. In 2021 we expect this trend to become even more popular than it is already, as well as an increase in the number of people choosing to use wood effect tiles to create striking features walls.

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Bold colour combinations

For the past few years we’ve seen people gravitate to neutral colours and this trend is set to continue into 2021. However, we do anticipate an increase in bold colour combinations, with people choosing to mix grey or white tiles, with a statement paint colour such as navy blue and even black on the walls.

Earthy tones are also expected to make an appearance in 2021. Muted greens, rust and bronze will all be popular, helping create a rustic finish in period style homes.

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Terrazzo tiles

Terrazzo tiles are a must have for any modern kitchen or bathroom in 2021. They have grown in popularity thanks to Instagram and Pinterest and are a great way to add interest to any room. Terrazzo tiles have flecks of glass and marble embedded within the tile. This is a fun way to introduce multiple colours into a small space without it over powering the room!

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Large format tiles

In the bathroom we’re seeing more and more people attempt to replicate a spa within the home environment with natural materials and tranquil colours. With this in mind, we’re anticipating a surge in the popularity of large format tiles, especially those made from natural stone or with a marble effect.

Large format tiles give a luxurious finish and can help make a small room look bigger. They look particularly effective when used on both the walls and floor to give a cohesive look. Walk in shower cubicles also look great in this style.

We have a wide selection of wall and floor tiles available to purchase at our tiles, kitchens and bathrooms showroom in Weymouth, Dorset. Get in touch to book an appointment with one of our friendly sales advisors, who will work with you to select the right tile trends for your revamped space.

New Image Tiles

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.

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.

 

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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

New Image Tiles

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!!

 

New Image Tiles

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.