8 Bathroom Product TrendsApril 16, 2018
Being prepared to advise on the latest bathroom products can help win customer confidence and secure business. Whether it’s the desire for a fully connected home, multi-generational living, or reduced space, there are a whole range of factors influencing bathroom product design. Mark Cham, Category Manager – Bathrooms & Showering at Plumbase, discusses eight of the top product trends installers should be aware of when talking to homeowners.
1: Tailoring to smaller spaces
Space is at a premium and nowhere is that more true than in the bathroom. As a result, manufacturers have come up with solutions that mean WCs can be fitted into even the smallest spaces. Integrated vanity units with storage and the removal of pedestals all contribute to saving that much needed space. Even awkwardly shaped and small rooms can be accommodated with the help of alcove and corner bathroom furniture. Lighting is increasingly being integrated into bathroom furniture too, to help illuminate dark corners. It is worth discussing different options as not all homeowners will be aware of these solutions.
2: More bathrooms than ever before
There is increasing demand for more bathrooms in homes. It is now not uncommon to see as many as two, or even three bathrooms in your typical three bed semi. Often these can be part of a loft conversion or wherever space allows, and is being driven by a desire to increase property value or to accommodate a growing family.
In a house with more than one bathroom, the trend to opt for a mixer shower in the main bathroom and then an electric shower for the en-suite is growing. Practically, this is due to the reduced likelihood of hot water running out should two people want a shower at the same time. However, the fact that electric showers are a lot more attractive now is also a contributing factor. Gone are the days of the bulky plastic outer shell commonly associated with electric units, and instead, consumers have lots more choice when it comes to design.
3: Multigenerational Living
Multigenerational living is on the rise right across the UK and it’s not uncommon these days for three generations to live together under one roof. As a result, demand for accessible bathrooms and features which help all the family is only going to grow. Fortunately, accessibility no longer means compromising on aesthetics. A highly desirable bathroom solution for those who need to factor this in is a wet room. With no steps or ledges to navigate and improvements in anti-slip surfaces, a wet room or even a walk-in shower balances style, functionality and safety perfectly.
Similarly, while the advent of digital showers initially led to a proliferation of increasingly complex controls and features, manufacturers have since simplified in line with consumer demand, introducing fewer buttons and developing easy grip taps.
4: Smart technology at a range of price points
The increasing popularity of smart technology has seen it become an essential component of new products and the bathroom sector is no exception. Digital showers, Bluetooth enabled bathroom technology and heating controls have become the norm rather than the exception and, as a result, there is a lot more choice. This has helped broaden the market to the point where there are now many affordable smart technology product options available, at a range of price points. It is now not uncommon to find digital showers starting from as little as £300 with a lot of the functionality that you would expect from more premium products.
5: Luxury as standard
With house prices rising at a much slower rate, homeowners are increasingly looking to stay put for longer. As a result, there’s an increasing tendency to invest more to ensure lasting quality. Coupled with the influence of visits to spas, hotels and health clubs this has led to an upsurge in demand for premium products such as deluge showers with ‘rain’ function features.
6: Added value product design
With so much choice available, manufacturers are increasingly looking to add value to their products by making homeowners lives easier, or by saving them money. One example is the incorporation of protective coatings on glass shower and bathing screens, which creates a barrier to help stop bacteria, grime and limescale from forming, thus making it quicker and easier to clean. Likewise, water saving solutions such as taps and showers which don’t drip and shut off completely after use are also on the rise as consumers increasingly look towards long-term benefits.
7: Minimalistic design
Minimalistic and simplistic design trends are increasingly popular with homeowners. Brassware options for instance, such as taps, are now becoming thinner and taller to complement this modern trend. Likewise, shower enclosures, which have frameless or chrome surroundings to achieve a minimalistic finish, are also gaining in popularity.
8: Providing that final touch
Finishing touches and matching accessories, such as taps, tiles, and even toilet roll holders, go a long way to bringing the bathroom look together. These elements also give the chance to add pops of colour. While gloss is always a firm favourite paler hues of blue, light greys and anthracite are becoming increasingly popular.
For inspiration, installers can advise a homeowner to view a complete range of products in-person at a Plumbase Bathroom Showroom. To find your nearest Plumbase branch and Bathroom showroom visit www.plumbase.co.uk where you can also download Plumbase’s Big Bathroom Book.