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  • Baths vs. Showers: Options for small bathrooms

    When limited space compromises your dream bathroom, don’t panic! With a little advice and logical decision making, you can have a bathroom you love, no matter what the compromise is.

    With small bathrooms, we’d always recommend starting with the largest items in the room to ensure you’re making the most of your space. Beware though! This approach will raise the first conundrum of your small bathroom renovation… choosing between a bath or a shower.

    Let’s talk through the options...



    Baths have a bad rep for being less hygienic than showers, and unfairly so. Without a doubt, baths are the more relaxing of the two and great for using salts and oils to aid aches, pains and even improve your skin. They’re just as good for getting clean too – assuming you haven’t been rolling around in the mud!  

    So, before you dismiss the humble bath on account of space and practicality, think again. Working a bath into your small bathroom layout could be worth the effort, and you might be surprised to know there are quite a few options available.

    Trojan Space Saving Inset Bath

    Inset baths

    Inset baths in small bathrooms are one of the most popular choices as they fit flush against walls and into snug alcoves. You can also attach a shower head and guard to one end of the bath for the best of both worlds. L-shaped and P-shaped bath tubs were designed with shower baths in mind giving you extra space to shower.

    Instagram Bathroom Inspo @buzzychristineCredit: @buzzychristine via Instagram

    Compact baths

    If space really isn’t on your side, consider a compact or corner bath instead. Compact baths are shorter in length to fit in tight places, and often have steeper edges for extra depth. Corner baths fit flush against straight walls, but instead, have a rounded corner so there’s no unnecessary protrusion into your precious space.


    Freestanding baths

    Trojan Uppingham Freestanding Bath

    The ultimate choice, of course, is the freestanding bath, and it’s not as unattainable for a small bathroom as you might think. We’re pleased to announce that compact freestanding baths are a thing! So, if you want to save space but need a little luxury in your life, this option might be for you.



    When it comes to washing off post-workout sweat or heavy makeup, taking a shower is the clear option for ensuring all the dirt particles are washed away. If you’re washing your hair, then we’d argue the shower is best here too as you can thoroughly rinse your shampoo and conditioner.

    Bonus tip! Finishing your shower on a cooler temperature will lock in more moisture making your hair extra shiny. Beauty tips aside… what other reasons are there for choosing a shower in your small bathroom?


    Quadrant shower enclosures

    Kudos Original Quadrant Shower

    Quadrant shower enclosures are one of the most compact options for a small bathroom as they don’t need a lot of floor space. Be sure to opt for sliding doors too, as doors that swing will only take up more valuable space.

    You can often match your shower enclosure to the rest of the fittings too for a bathroom suite that’s both beautiful and easy on the eye.



    Instagram Bathroom Inspo @agnieszka.jakubowicz Credit: @agnieszka.jakubowicz via Instagram

    If you prefer something more minimalistic, then why not consider a fully tiled wetroom? You’ll cut out any unnecessary fixtures and fittings for an uncluttered finish that doesn’t compromise on space. As a finishing touch, go for an overhead shower that’s fixed to the wall or ceiling without any exposed pipework. Think of all the space you’ll save for other essentials!


    We spoke with Claire O’Brien, British Ceramic Tile’s Head of Design and Product, to get more insight on small bathroom design.

    When it comes to decorating small bathrooms, your options don’t have to be limited. It’s not a case of one size fits all anymore. There’s so much to choose from when it comes to making the most of your space.

    We’re in a world where compact fixtures and fittings are no longer ‘uncool’. Instead, there are tools available to create something wonderful.

    A simple feature wall or splashback with statements tiles can be all the styling your compact shower or bath needs. Bold geometric and asymmetric patterns are a great choice for an on-trend look that doesn’t overwhelm small spaces.

    Considering both your style and needs early on will lead to an interior that’s unique to you – without compromise.

  • SS18 Bathroom Colour Trends

    It certainly doesn’t feel like spring out there at the moment, that’s for sure. Looking out of the window this week, at some point for all of the UK, has us feeling all winter wonderland! But we’re not letting that get us down here at Bathroom Supastore. We’re looking forward to the colour trends that will be gracing homes this Spring and Summer!


    Build Me Up Buttercup

    Yellow bathroom

    Yes, were talking yellow! From bright canary yellow to pastel butter shades and everything in-between. This daring shade can be quite daunting however, adding this sunny shade to your bathroom is sure to put you in a great mood every morning. A whole wall of yellow could be a little overbearing, so choose your shade wisely. If you want in on this trend but don't want to commit fully start by adding some key accessories. A bright yellow bathmat or towels is a great way to start. Or choose a mosaic tile with a hint of yellow.


    Blue Monday

    Navy blue bathroom

    Blues and in particular darker blues, such as Indigo and Navy are huge hitters this spring summer. Not shades that you’d expect to see in the warmer months of the year leaning more towards trends in the autumn and winter. Blue is a great dark alternative to black whilst keeping your bathroom on trend. Add in a splash of complementary colours orange or yellow to brighten the room or team with grey for an industrial and masculine vibe.


    Pretty in Pink

    Pink bathroom

    Pink has been growing in the interior design trend stakes for quite some time but always seen as an accompaniment to another shade. This Spring/Summer is pinks time to shine as the dominant shade. This seasons pink is a pastel salmon, cherry blossom or strawberry. Shades that have been given the name millennial pink. Instead of using your pink to warm up grey, industrial tones, team with a darker or more vibrant pink to add depth to your bathroom.



    Certain Shade of Green

    Sage green bathroom

    Sage green is a shade that rose in popularity last year due to Pantones colour of the year. Greenery which is a vivid colour was often accompanied with sage or khaki for contrast. This subtle green shade is a beautiful blend of grey and green. It elegantly compliments vintage decor however, it can also add a natural feeling to any modern design. Just add a few potted plants for the ultimate outdoor indoor bathroom.


    What do you think of the Spring Summer colours? Are these shades you'll be adding to your home this year?

  • The 5 things you need for a family friendly bathroom

    A family friendly bathroom can be hard to achieve. After all, there are so many people to keep happy it’s hard to know where to begin. But if there are little ones around it’s important to make sure your bathroom is safe for them too.


    At Bathroom Supastore we’ve compiled the 5 thing we think are essential for a family friendly bathroom.

    1. Large Radiator

    Family Friendly radiator

    In a busy family bathroom its vital there are a consistent supply of warm and fluffy towels on hand. The best way to ensure this is the case in your home is to choose a radiator such as the Reina Deno which comes in a huge 1488 x 500 mm. The ladder style provides plenty of rungs for multiple towels all of the time.


    2. Soft Close Toilet Seat

    Family Friendly Soft close toilet

    A soft close toilet seat is a winner for everyone. No more arguments about whether the seat should be up or down as a simple tap and the seat gently close to the *ah-hem correct* position! This gentle closing will also avoid pinching little fingers. A style such as the Marlow has a sleek pan with no nooks for dust to gather. A bonus for parents who need have limited time to clean.


    3. Wipe Clean Flooring

    Family friendly wipe clean floor

    If you’ve got carpet in your bathroom, get rid! Carpet that stays damp is prone to bacteria build up and it’s also going stay damp in a busy family bathroom. The solution to making your bathroom flooring family friendly is to go for something wipe clean. Then if the children splash water out of the bath or shower you can simply wipe it up. Clever Click vinyl flooring is available in many wooden and stone flooring options and provide that wipe clean surface. Add a bathmat to provide a safe area for everyone stepping out of the bath or shower.


    4. Thermostatic Sliding Shower

    Famliy friendly thermostatic shower

    I’m sure we’ve all been in the shower and had someone turn on a tap elsewhere in the home!? It’s not a nice experience for the person in the shower facing either a boiling hot or ice cold stream of water. A thermostatic shower makes setting the perfect temperature easy whilst stopping any sudden temperature burst during your shower. Choosing a thermostatic shower with a sliding head as well as a fixed allows you to lower the head cleaning for little bodies too.


    5. Semi Pedestal Basin  Family friendly semi pedestal basin

    The basin is a bathroom essential. It is also the most use piece of sanitrywear in your bathroom, from washing hands to cleaning teeth multiple times a day. Often when little ones are using a basin a step or something to add a few inches to their height is needed. If you opt for a semi pedestal basin you have the flexibility over the height of the basin. You could therefore lower the basin whilst your children are little so they are able to reach the taps a little easier.


    We love to hear about the changes have you made to your bathroom to make it family friendly, comment below or on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

  • How to create a period style bathroom?

    Digital technologies are ever evolving and whilst we’re seeing more and more digital enhancements of bathroom essentials, such as de-misting mirrors and remote controlled showers, we still find ourselves looking backwards. Period style, particularly Victorian and Edwardian, are still top of the charts when it comes to bathroom design. If you’re looking to completely re-design your bathroom or just give it refresh in a period style, we have products to help. Continue reading for our top period style products.



    Varsity period shower bath mixer

    If you’re looking to change the décor style in your bathroom to a period style, you don’t have to start from scratch. Changing a few key components of the room can completely transform the space. With its classic shaping and white accents, the Tavistock Varsity Shower Bath mixer is the ultimate addition. The whole range is indicative of the period style which includes basin taps and shower options, but we’ll take more on those later.



    Reina Oxford vintage radiator

    Radiators are another small change you can make in your bathroom that just like taps, give an instant period feeling. Choosing a white and chrome radiator such as the Reina Oxford or the Reina Camden which both have traditional shaping will add an instant vintage vibe. The vintage style allows you to place hand towels over the top arch. Eliminating the need for a towel rail. We adore these dual colour radiators against a muted palette, such as sage green or dove grey.



    April Eldwick traditional freestanding slipper bath

    A freestanding traditional style bath not only creates a statement but is a sure fire way of stamping the traditional décor style on the room. A roll top or freestanding style bath is a must for creating instant traditional appeal.  We simply adore the curves of the April Eldwick slipper tub. It's elegance and grace just screams traditional style.



    Varsity period style shower

    Going for a period design doesn’t mean you have to go without the modern convenience of a shower. There are many different styles you can choose whilst keeping the period aesthetic. Choosing a traditional style shower valve and head separately will let you have shower head in exactly the shape and size you want. Without having to compromise for the traditional shower valve style. We love the Ultra Victorian shower valve, with white accents that you can highlight in other areas of the bathroom. However, our favourite traditional shower has to be the Tavistock Varsity. This shower really does have everything! Dual heads with the white accents synonymous with period style. Plus, it has the traditional lever controls.



    Vitoria High level period style toilet

    If you’re hoping to achieve a traditional style in your bathroom then a low or high level toilet is a fantastic choice. These toilet styles have the ideal aesthetic for a classic style, with their visible cistern often paired with a lever or pulley flush.  With its ornate brackets the Tavistock Vitoria is both elegant and timeless. It will certainly be a talking point for anyone who enters your bathroom.  A low level toilet will create a similar style, without taking up as much space. Ideal for smaller bathrooms that still want a loo with flair!


    Would you love a period style bathroom? Do you have one? We love to see what you’ve done with your Bathroom Supastore purchases…so if you’ve created a period style bathroom show us! Tag us in your photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or send them to us via our sales email

  • Our Top 5 Illuminated Mirrors


    An illuminated bathroom mirror is sure to be high on the list of essential bathroom furniture. It not only lightens the room but creates the illusion of a space. More importantly; these days more and more digital features are being incorporated into mirror design.


    With these digital additions it’s important they are designed to withstand water and condensation. All the illuminated mirrors on Bathroom Supastore are IP44 rated which means they are protected from water spray from any direction. Therefore ensures full electrical safety for you and your bathroom.


    Here are our top 5 illuminated mirrors that also have some extra hidden features!


    1. Charm Backlit Mirror

     Charm Backlit Mirror 800 x 600

    The Charm mirror has beautiful curved edges with a back lit inner frame. This illuminated mirror is fitted with a demisting pad which eliminates steaming up whilst the bathroom is in use. The style of the illuminated band bounces light from inside and out; teamed with the large size of the mirror providing ample light. The mirror can be fitted horizontally or vertically for ease of use in any bathroom space.


    2. Tavistock Lansdown Framed Illuminated Mirror

     Tavistock Lansdown Framed Illuminated Mirror

    If you’re someone who loves to get the whole room to match the Lansdown illuminated mirror is for you. Unlike some modern mirrors that come with multiple digital features, the Lansdown is a simplistic style. Due to its traditional design the mirror is aesthetically pleasing in any decor style but suits a period or classic best.  The mirror has a wide detailed wooden frame with an illuminated light inside of this. The Lansdown furniture comes in 3 shades and the mirror is available in all of these so you are able match the entire suite.


    3. Tavistock Vapour Backlit Illuminated Mirror

     Tavistock Vapour Backlit Illuminated Mirror

    The Tavistock Vapour mirror is visually stunning. With an illuminated oval design, the LED design highlight the main viewing area. Also highlighted is a smaller magnified circular section of mirror. This is perfect for applying makeup, shaving or any of those little things that require a closer look. The light feature is operated by an infra-red no touch on/off switch so there should be no finger prints left on the mirror. Another nifty feature is the addition of an integrated socket for charging electric shavers and toothbrushes. It also has a demister pad and therefore reduces the chances of stepping out of the shower to a steamy mirror when the bathroom is in use.


    4. Tavistock Aster LED Backlit Illuminated Mirror

     Tavistock Aster LED Backlit Illuminated Mirror

    The Tavistock Aster mirror is a beautiful wide panoramic style mirror. The LED light fitted on the outer edge of the mirror provides a bright and plentiful supply of light.  Its rounded edges give a softer aesthetic which complements curved furniture, such as the Tavistock Tempo pictured beautifully. The Aster comes in 3 sizes so it'll be able to fit in most bathrooms. The Aster makes a gorgeous focal point in any bathroom ideal if you want to make an impact and you're limited for floor space. Fitted with demister pads to help prevent the mirror from steaming up during bathroom use.


    5. Phonic LED Mirror with Integrated Bluetooth Audio Speakers

     Phonic LED Mirror with Integrated Bluetooth Audio Speakers

    The Phonic illuminated mirror has a stunning LED pin point light design down either side. With an infrared on/off switch and heat demister pad there is no excuse for finger prints and messy water marks. Another incredible feature of the contemporary Phonic mirror is the integrated speaker! Yep, that’s right a speaker. So, whilst you’re having a relaxing bath you'll be able to pop on some chilled out music and really relax! It's ideal for creating that spa like vibe.  The amazing features make this a mirror that really does tick all the boxes!


    What do you look for in a bathroom mirror? Is lighting important? or do you prefer a mirror to be just a mirror?

    These are just a handful of our favourites but if you’ve not seen one you like there are many more options here. Contact the team on the phone or via email if you have any questions on the items above. The customer service team are here happy to help with any queries.

  • What Shape Shower Tray Should I Pick?

    Having both a bath and a shower in your bathroom is common place these days, however planning and fitting these into your bathroom can feel like a game of Tetris.


    It’s worth designing a floor plan before you go about purchasing your new bathroom, that’s because it’s common not to take into account how much space is left between bathroom items and to therefore miscalculate. The shape and more importantly the size of your shower tray is something that needs great consideration within your bathroom. As well as room for the doors to open if you’re choosing a hinged enclosure.


    With so many options it can be tricky to know where to start. Continue reading for our guide on each of the shower tray shapes.


    Square Shower Tray

    Square shower tray


    A square shower tray is what would be considered the classic and traditional shower tray style. With that being said, it is still a very popular style and shape in today’s modern bathrooms.

    A square shower is ideally fitted in the corner of the bathroom but can be in a more central location of the bathroom, needing just one wall.  The advantage of choosing a square show tray is you’re able to choose between sliding or hinged doors.

    The square shower trays start as small as 700 mm, which still provides ample showering space and go as large as 1200 mm for a luxurious shower. It also makes them ideal for any bathroom size.


    Rectangle Shower Tray

    Kudos K stone rectangle shower tray


    If space is no object, then you may prefer a rectangular shower tray. The rectangular space allows for a more comfortable shower thanks to the ample internal space within the shower enclosure.

    A large rectangle show tray allows you to create hotel chic, with a shower big enough for 2. With the options of pivot, hinged or sliding doors on a rectangle tray you can create a shower to match the theme of your bathroom. Suited to both modern, minimalist or traditional, country or period rooms.

    Make a statement with your shower with our largest 2000 x 900 mm rectangle shower tray, or if you’re pushed for space but want that little bit of extra room choose the 900 x 700 mm.


    Quadrant Shower Tray

    Quadrant shower tray


    A Quadrant shower tray has 2 straight edges that are joined by a front curve. Ideal for smaller bathrooms, where floor space is at a premium. The curved doors create a gorgeous profile that suit any bathroom decor style.

    A quadrant shower fits neatly into the corner of the room and also reduces the space needed within the room, when compared with a square shower. Making bathroom manoeuvrability much smoother. The doors on a quadrant shower tend to be sliding, again to eliminate the space needed. However, you can get some hinged ones too if your bathroom isn’t on the smaller side.

    Our quadrant shower trays range between 800 mm and 1000 mm.


    Offset Quadrant Shower Tray

    Offset quadrant shower tray


    An offset quadrant shower is a mixture of a quadrant and rectangle shower. The tray has one short edge and one longer edge that sits against walls into a corner of your bathroom. This creates a large, luxurious shower space, ideal for larger or busy family bathrooms.

    The large design of an offset quadrant shower does require a corner to be positioned in. The only other thing to factor in if you choose an offset quadrant is that there are hand options. The hand will determine which end of the shower is curved.

    Our smallest offset quadrant comes in at a large 900 x 760 mm and the largest is a huge, hotel style 1400 x 800.


    Bowed Shower Tray

    Kudos bowed shower tray


    Modern bathroom design now has a preference towards curved lines and minimalist design and with this the Bowed shower tray shape has been introduced. The bowed shape tray is a rectangle on 3 sides with one of the larger ends curving outwards.

    A bowed shower tray should be fitted between 2 walls, where you can just add a curved door, such as the Kudos Originals, or you can opt for an enclosure that has 2 sides and install the tray in a corner.

    The bowed trays are a great alternative to a quadrant and create a spacious shower space in any bathroom. The advantage of this shape shower tray is you can fit them in either large or smaller bathrooms and their unique shape make them perfect for long thin rooms or for filling that awkward alcove in your bathroom.


    For more design inspiration why not check out the rest of our articles on our blogs? Our team are on hand via email or telephone if you have any queries too regarding shower tray options too.

  • Storage Solutions For Any Size Bathroom

    Storage is a must in any bathroom. Bathrooms are always THE most cluttered rooms in the home. All those bottles, towels and knick knacks as well as toys if you’ve got children! An accumulation of stuff that leaves you with a less than tidy bathroom. We all strive for a neat and tidy hotel style bathroom. Choosing cleverly hidden, room size appropriate or just enough storage can be a minefield. Here’s the Bathroom Supastore guide to bathroom storage.


    Wall Hung Storage

    Tavistock Tempo Wall Hung Vanity


    With wall hung storage you instantly get the feeling of more space. With the unit being raised off the floor it creates the illusion of space. Choose between a wall hung storage cabinet such as the taller Tavistock Compass or more square Origins Quatro which is designed specifically for this. Alternatively, you can choose a wall hung vanity unit such as the Tavistock Tempo, which is a basin with storage unit underneath. With storage built into an essential part of your bathroom furniture you’re not only saving floor space but wall space too!

    Modular Storage Unit

    Ikoma Modular Bathroom Storage


    If you’re lucky enough to have a large or even a medium bathroom with lots of wall space, then modular furniture is the way to go. This type of furniture consists of multiple unit options and sizes. With draws, cupboards and cabinets you can select exactly what you want all in the same design.  Available in multiple sizes this allows you to essentially design your own bathroom layout. Our Ikoma furniture is a modern and sleek rand of modular furniture. Choose a large 1050mm basin with a cupboard and draws underneath of go for a slim line 450mm basin and add a tall cupboard with selves. The world is your oyster!



    Cloakroom Storage

     Origins Cloakroom Vanity Unit


    If your bathroom or en suite is lacking in space, then it can be tricky to know what solution to choose. We think a smaller vanity basin unit is ideal, as you still get enough space to store away the essentials that can leave your bathroom looking untidy. The Origins Classic Vanity unit is petite in size making it the ideal solution. With a slim frame and 400mm width its ideal for the smaller room. Sitting on the floor this traditional style vanity unit utilises the space under your basin. It comes in a range of colours too, so will suit any bathroom or en suite.


    We have many storage solutions available for all bathroom sizes. Be sure to head to the website and take a look at the furniture section of the website. Alternatively click any of the links above if you like what you've seen.

  • Art Deco Bathroom Inspiration

    What is Art Deco?

    Art Deco style was created in the 1920’s through to the 30’s. Synonymous with geometric shapes, intricate detail and dramatic colours it’s very easy to see why it’s one of those trends that people love. Art Deco influences can be seen in everything from architecture to fashion.  It was an era of glamour and extravagance that has an aspirational style for many younger generations. You’ve seen Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, right? Who wouldn’t want to live is a house designed like Gatsby’s!


    Create a nod to Art Deco

    Trojan Art deco bath roomset


    Art Deco is such a strong style that it doesn’t have to encompass the whole bathroom. Thanks to its distinctive look, you can just add a dusting of the style to your existing room. The Trojan Art Deco bath makes a stylish centre piece for your bathroom. With decorative geometric corner details, the bath has stepped straight out of the 20’s.


    Finishing your bathroom with taps distinctive of the era, is also great at incorporate the style without changing your whole room. The Nilo taps have a sophisticated style that exude the Art Deco vibe. This version has traditional tap heads are given a slightly modern feel by joining in a mixer however the aesthetic is very true to the era. They are also available as individual taps.  They can also be added to any basin, although we think they look best upon a traditional full pedestal basin.


    Nilo basin mixer


    Another way to enhance the art deco feeling in your bathroom is with colour!  Choose a pastel pink or mint green, or go bold with a racing green or black to enhance these small touches. You can also add in a statement feature with traditional shaping, such as an arched mirror or dado rail. Yep, those pieces of wood your parents had in every room in the 90's are perfect in this setting!


    Go full Art Deco

    If you want to fully transform your bathroom into a glamorous 1920’s escape, this will take a little more planning but you will be able to achieve an incredible bathroom.


    Carlton and Skipton art deco roomset


    One of the most iconic art deco looks is a freestanding bath. The April Skipton freestanding bath has chunky chrome finish feet that blur the line between the traditional and the modern. However, the addition of a traditional bath mixer sets the characteristic of the era.

    Turning your attention to the suite, it’s important to choose a separate basin and toilet. There were no modern combination units back in the 20’s. A classic look is key so we recommend choosing a full pedestal basin. With its traditional shaping the Carlton Basin is ideal, especially as there is a matching toilet too. The basin comes with 2 tap holes so you’re able to continue the art deco styling with the Tavistock Varsity taps.


    The Art deco style is lavish and extravagant, so don’t be afraid to go for it. The styling of this era have been here for some time and show no signs of going anywhere soon. So you don’t have to worry about an out of date bathroom anytime soon. We adore the style of this era and hope this article has given you the inspiration to make the change, if you do too!

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