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Phoenix Bathrooms is an innovative bathroom supplier and a pioneer in the bathroom design world. As one of our best-loved bathroom suppliers, Phoenix Bathrooms provides a range of bathroom products that combine functionality, style, and quality. Join us as we shine a spotlight and showcase Phoenix Bathrooms’ fantastic product range.

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Phoenix Bathrooms’ vision is to redefine bathroom spaces whilst elevating the bathroom experience for homeowners throughout the UK. They aim to do this by supplying bathroom showrooms, such as ours, with high-quality bathroom fixtures, fittings, and furniture that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also built to last! We sell a wide range of Phoenix Bathrooms’ products and rest assured, each product is one of the best, in terms of quality and functionality,  that is available on the market.

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Trending Bathroom Products

With an extensive collection of products ranging from radiators to luxury baths, we believe that Phoenix Bathrooms’ products best reflect our belief that the bathroom should be a sanctuary – a place to relax and rejuvenate at home. Continuing on from their commitment to excellent products, Phoenix Bathrooms manufactures their products using only the highest-quality materials in order to create their contemporary designs – using inspiration from the leading bathroom trends from around the globe. From luxurious bathtubs and elegant sinks to efficient toilets and stylish bathroom accessories, they curate a range of options to suit diverse tastes.


Ethical Manufacturing

With over forty years of manufacturing experience, Phoenix Bathrooms have truly mastered their craft in order to produce the highest quality of bathroom products possible from their production facility in Yorkshire. Phoenix Bathrooms take great pride in their commitment to ethical practices throughout the production line, with a central focus on minimising their carbon footprint throughout the entire manufacturing process – from sourcing resourceful materials to paying their workers a fair wage. Furthering their ethical beliefs with each Phoenix Bathroom that is sold, they dedicate the planting of a tree through their admirable partnership with the Eden Reforestation Project!

Extensive Bathroom Product Range

Phoenix Bathrooms supply a range of products which can be tailored to individual preferences and space considerations. Their extensive range of products accounts for the customer’s vision, budget, aesthetic and lifestyle; our New image showroom offers a wide selection of differing Phoenix Bathroom products to accommodate a wide range of clients, from ’space-saving corner baths’ to ’shower baths’.

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New Image’s Bathroom Showroom in Weymouth

We’re very proud to have been granted the award of ‘the best showroom of the month’ by Phoenix Bathrooms! Not only does this award recognise the dedication of our hardworking team, but it reflects the fantastic quality of our Weymouth bathroom showroom which has been set apart from other showrooms throughout the UK.

If you need any guidance on how to best select a bathroom product to best suit your vision, we highly recommend visiting our award-winning bathroom showroom in Weymouth. Book an appointment with our design team, who will gladly meet with you to discuss your requirements and use their extensive expertise to create a bespoke bathroom design for you – or simply suggest a helpful product or solution.

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Award-Winning Bathroom Showroom

The New Image team were recently awarded the title of ‘best showroom of the month’ by one of our fantastic bathroom suppliers, Phoenix Bathrooms. We are very proud to have received this award and are thrilled to have received recognition for all the hard work that we have put into bathroom showroom in Weymouth. A big thank you to Phoenix Bathrooms for the trophy (as well as the bottle of Bollinger – cheers!).

The prestigious award recognises how we’ve set ourself apart from other bathroom showrooms in the UK by successfully creating a space, which our customers find as visually appealing as they do inspiring. We are frequently changing the layout of our showroom to reflect the latest kitchens, bathrooms and tiles trends that are available on the market.

Phoenix Bathrooms have noted the exceptional quality of our showroom in Weymouth as well as the outstanding level of customer service that our team provides. We couldn’t have won the Phoenix Bathroom’s ‘best showroom award’ without the help of the New Image team. Our team’s dedication to maintain our high standards of customer service has become synonymous with our high-quality products.


Our Weymouth Showroom

We are proud to be the leading supplier of tiles, kitchens, and bathrooms in Dorset. If you are looking to refurbish your kitchen or bathroom this year, we highly recommend visiting our showroom in Weymouth to browse our wide offering of premium and high-quality products – all of which are set out in attractive displays and model kitchens and bathrooms. We pride ourselves on creating stunning room sets to help our customers envisage our products in their own homes.

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Expert Design Team

If you need assistance whilst designing your dream bathroom, kitchen, entranceway, outdoor area, bedroom or office, we recommend meeting with one of our experienced designers. All our in-house designers work from our Weymouth showroom and will happily meet you for a no-obligation consultation regardless of your budget, aesthetic choices or additional requirements. Our design team love creating custom and bespoke designs in order to create your dream space – for examples of our designer’s work, we recommend taking a look at our bathroom, kitchen and tile portfolios.



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Blue Floral Print Tiles

This vibrant cloakroom with blue floral print tiles has heaps of personality. VIEW PORTFOLIO

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This stunning, traditional style kitchen was supplied to Mr & Mrs Bennett in March 2016. VIEW PORTFOLIO

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Choosing the right tiles for your bathroom project can be a difficult task – especially when there are so many styles, finishes and colours to choose from. To help you, we have compiled a list of the things you should consider when selecting tiles for a bathroom, cloakroom or ensuite.


When re-designing your dream bathroom, one of the first things to consider is colour. The use of colour in your bathroom can massively impact the look and feel of the room.

It is also important to consider the finish and colour of any features, or bathroom furniture, when selecting a tile colour. For example bronze features, such as taps, work excellently alongside darker tiles for a modern or on-trend bathroom.

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Examples of how to effectively use colour in your bathroom:

Neutral-Coloured tiles

Neutral-coloured tiles will reflect the light and create the illusion of increased space, which can make a small bathroom feel bigger. We recommend pairing these tiles with white or beige towels, along with glass features and candles for a spa-like feel in your bathroom.

Green and Wood Effect Tiles

Green and wood effect tiles, or any other natural tiles, can bring a sense of nature into your bathroom to create a relaxing atmosphere. We recommend pairing these tiles with plants and botanical features for a welcoming lush bathroom.

Black or Dark Tiles

Darker tiles are definitely a bold choice, but look incredibly luxurious in a wide range of bathroom sizes. We’ve worked with many clients who were looking to create a statement bathroom, such as the incredible Metallic Bronze Bathroom. If you’d love to design a show-stopping bathroom using dark tiles, then we recommend visiting our brilliant design team in our Weymouth showroom.

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Material and Finish

Bathroom tiles can come in a variety of materials. In the past, bathroom tiles were most commonly made from clay in the form of polished ceramic tiles. In more recent years, we have found that the trends have changed, and that other tile materials and finishes have grown in popularity.

Here at New Image we have a variety of bathroom tiles in various materials and finishes to suit any bathroom project – from ceramic, stone to porcelain, glass to gres, matt to polished, textured to gloss and smooth to natural. These different materials and finishes can completely change the look of your bathroom and can be used to complement a variety of design choices. For example, we believe that natural stone tiles look incredible in rustic farmhouse bathrooms.


Decorative tiles, such as our Victorian tiles, create a stunning look in bathrooms when used on either the floor or walls. Pair any decorative or patterned tile with a plain tile in a similar colour tone. The pairing of decorative style tiles alongside simpler tiles works well in a variety of bathroom aesthetics and sizes.

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Traditionally, when designing bathrooms many people have gone for one size of tile, usually a medium size tile, to tile both the walls and floors. However, trends have changed and we have seen a massive rise in demand for tiles in typically unusual sizes. One of the most popular tile choices for bathrooms recently has been large format tiles, which look incredibly sleek on both floors and walls to create a very lux, spa-like look.

If you’re wondering which tile to pick to best suit your bathroom style – why not book an appointment with our experienced design team to discuss any bathroom-related queries?

Anti-Bacterial Tiles

We all know that some bathrooms have the tendency to gather moisture and naturally where there is a lot of moisture, there is always the potential of mould and bacteria growth. At New Image Tiles we have an excellent range of anti-bacterial tiles to banish mould and bacteria. These tiles will eliminate 99.9% of bacteria on the tile’s surface. This is done through the ingenious anti-bacterial technology which heavily coats the tiles during the manufacturing process.

Slip-Resistant Tiles

Nearly all tiles have the potential to become slippery once they are wet, therefore we always recommend that you keep the tiles as dry as possible by using a bathmat, or shower mat. That being said, we are pleased to stock a brilliant range of slip-resistant tiles that have been treated with a grip coating to reduce the risk of slips and accidents in the bathroom.

Waterproof and Showerproof Adhesive

If you’re looking for the best tile adhesive for bathrooms, we highly suggest using either showerproof or waterproof adhesive. These adhesives will prevent your tiles from slipping and are resistant to moisture, water, and temperature.  Using dedicated adhesive which has been specifically designed to withstand water, will give your tiles the longest lease of life.

If you need more guidance in choosing the right tile for your bathroom, then simply visit our showroom in Weymouth. Our friendly design experts can talk you through all your bathroom ideas and questions. Our team can establish a customised no-obligation design service, to help you create the bathroom of your dreams.

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Book an appointment with our experienced design team and start planning your home renovation projects today. They will talk you through every step of the process and help you bring your ideas to life. Create your dream bathroom with the help of New Image!

Kerrie Keegan

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When trying to save money, buying new products may seem like an unnecessary expense. However, investing in energy-efficient kitchen and bathroom products can actually save you money in the long run.

If you are searching for ways to save your pennies this year, then read on to discover our top five money-saving kitchen and bathroom products. These can be installed during a renovation project or retrospectively to improve your existing bathroom or kitchens efficiency.


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Quooker Taps

Quooker Taps are the leading brand of boiling water taps as they produce boiling water at a push of a button. However, it’s more than just convenience that make these taps such a worthy investment. These taps can help you save money in a multitude of ways and can replace the need to ever boil water in a kettle, or in a pan for cooking.

The water only boils as it exits the tap, meaning that your boiler won’t ever be triggered into action. Similarly, you’ll find yourself saving money on your water bills and lessen your water wastage as Quooker taps allow you to control the exact amount of water you require. This means no more wasted water for a single cup of tea or during the cooking process.


Cold Start Taps

Cold Start Taps, also known as Eco Turn taps, are products designed to reduce the chance of accidentally triggering the water boiler when hot water isn’t required. Cold start taps will always produce cold water unless you actively turn the lever to produce hot water. These taps save massively on hot water wastage and can help prolong the lifespan of the boiler itself – and in turn, can save you money.

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Water softener

There are various levels of water hardness across the UK. Those living in hard water areas will all be too aware of the issues that limescale can cause in our kitchens and bathrooms. This limescale can be very damaging to appliances, taps and showers – meaning that you may have to routinely replace these products. Not only does this limescale cause damage over time, but it also can look very unsightly on chrome ware, glass, and tile. You may find yourself wasting washing products, such as shampoo or soap as it can be difficult to create a decent lather with hard water. A water softener will prevent all these issues and will save you money in the long run.



Choose Tiles Over Vinyl Flooring

There are many luxury vinyl flooring products and brands on the market, however, vinyl flooring is susceptible to scratches and damage over time – regardless of the initial price of the product. On the other hand, a quality tile will always save you money when installed correctly. Tiles last longer than vinyl flooring because they are harder to scratch, or stain, They generally have a much longer service life.

Another bonus of  tiles is that tile usage is far more versatile in comparison to vinyl flooring. Vinyl flooring has its limitations regarding being cut to fit around fitted furniture, whereas tiles can be installed beneath fitted furniture. This means that if you ever decided to change your bathroom or kitchen layout in the future, you wouldn’t have to rip up tiles, unlike vinyl flooring.


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Underfloor Heating at New Image Tiles. A great way to future proof your bathroom.

Electric underfloor heating

Electric underfloor heating was once regarded as a luxury, however electric underfloor heating (when used in conjunction with tile insulation boards) is very cost-efficient and can save you money on your heating bills.  Not only is the initial purchase of electric underfloor heating relatively low cost, but it’s simple to install and highly economical to run. The combination of an electric underfloor heating system and insulation boards enhances underfloor heating systems by reducing downward heat loss.

*It is important to note that underfloor heating can be expensive to run, but only if it’s fitted on an uninsulated floor and not used with a digital programmer and thermostat.

If you’d like to know more about money-saving bathroom and kitchen products that could potentially save you money, then visit New Image showroom in Weymouth. Our expert team can talk you through all the different options and find the perfect product to suit you.

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Kerrie Keegan

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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.


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.

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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.

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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.


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


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


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.

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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 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.


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!


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.




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.

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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.

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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.


shower head

 ‘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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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:


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.



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.

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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.