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  1. Top 5 Bathroom Trends You Need to See

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    With bathrooms evolving from being a room of functionality to a designing hot-spot, it is important to ensure that your bathroom is up to code in this designer fueled environment.

    Whether you want a classic and clean finish or something bold and bright to entice your guests into. You can certainly find a trend to inspire the transformation of your bathroom.

    Find out the top 5 trends that are making bathrooms go from drab to fab, and allow you to enjoy the space rather than keep it as a room of just functionality.

    Green and white bathroom with frog and leaf themed wallpaper

    1. Dark Bathrooms

    With the rising trend of neutrals, it created a commotion of excitement when we heard that black bathrooms are becoming more popular. With the classic and clean black finish complimented with light shades of grey or warm cream tones, we can understand the rising popularity.

    The use of black within the bathroom can create a contemporary feel, adding a tone of moodiness to the room and making it feel cosy. When complimented with neutral tones the black will pop and become an accent to the bathroom aesthetic.

    Would you dare to darken your bathroom with a modern black touch?

    If you are considering it, but not ready for a completely black bathroom why not consider a black marble finish, adding some lighter touches in the marble. At Versital we offer black marble vanity tops and jet black shower trays for the risk takers.

    Shower cubicle in Arabesque and vanity top in Gloucester.

    White and black veined wash room vanities with jungle themed wallpaper and a bespoke marble vanity top
    Featuring: Busy Carrata classic marble finish vanity tops
    Dark sparkle finish bespoke bathroom, with custom unique shaped bath.
    Featuring: Noire Reflect and Just Silver high sparkle finish

    2. Spathrooms

    Create a private sanctuary in your home to practice the necessary self-care rituals.

    Turn your bathroom into a haven of self-love, by using warm textures and fabrics to create a luxurious feel, as well as using soft and calming tones throughout the space. Add natural elements through woven baskets and natural wood touches to create a relaxing environment.

    Spathroom interior design bathroom tend
    Image: House Digest
    Washroom design using Versital cultured marble vanity top in Caramel and rustic top mounted stone basins
    Featuring: Caramel RAL 8008 marble finish vanity top

    3. Colour Drenching

    Dopamine designing has taken over, and that includes your bathroom. Colour has been used to create a statement and be eye-catching, a big trend that has been taking over bathrooms.

    Consider adding fun pops of colour through the use of wallpapers and paints. You can add focal points of colour through opting for fun colours of towels, bright furniture, colourful tiling or wall panels.

    Add colour to your bathroom in an eye-catching way which embodies your designing style.

    Featuring; Gloucester marble skirting and architrave
    Pink marble wash-trough and bright colour drenched commercial washroom
    Featuring: Koi metallic marble wash-trough

    4. Small Space Solutions

    Maximise your floor space with clever storage solutions such, floating vanity units and bespoke shower trays, made to fit the space perfectly.

    No matter the shape of the bathroom we can create the perfect bespoke shower tray to any size or shape, to ensure you can make the most of your bathroom. With a range of over 90 different colours, you can create the perfect shower tray to match the aesthetic and trend you love. Who said small spaces can’t be luxurious?

    Featuring: Norvein marble architrave
    Light marble shower panels with Geo navy blue and gold wall paper
    Featuring Silver Stratos metallic marble shower panels and Bespoke shower tray

    5. Classic Styling

    We are seeing design move to a more timeless and classic aesthetic. With people opting to add a hint of opulence through adding a touch of marble or brass.

    As well as focusing on adding classic pieces of furniture with intricate detailing, opting for a piece that has longevity and will outlast the ever-changing trends.

    Cream and white classic bathroom with bright lighting around mirrors on the wall and classic white wooden vanity top.
    Image: Ciot
    Classic bathroom with bespoke marble vanity tops in a white classic marble finish
    Featuring; Sicilian marble vanity top
    Classic marble bespoke bathroom with a green marble bespoke vanity top
    Featuring; Moss Green marble vanity top and Decorative panels

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    To realise your vision with an experienced, expert, British manufacturer, get in touch with Versital today, where we can introduce you to a design advisor and supply you an estimate directly. Speak to us today on 01204 380780 or send us a contact form.

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  2. Bathroom Design In Unique Spaces

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    Bathrooms are a key room to any space, whether it be commercial or residential. Keeping your bathroom up to date with modern equipment and décor makes a big impact. An impressive domestic bathroom can elevate the overall feel of the property. As well as creating a relaxing space for you to enjoy in your downtime.

    Bold wallpaper

    Striking wallpapers are a great way to catch the eye in a bathroom. Even in a small space where you might think you should keep away from bold design and colour, being brave and opting for something dramatic can pay huge dividends. Far from making a space look smaller, a clever bold colour or design can make a big impact.

    Pairing a bold wallpaper with Versital marble, for any combination of the shower tray and panels, vanity tops or skirting, makes for a great modern bathroom design. The neutral background and traditional feel of the marble stops the room from feeling too overwhelming.

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    Making the most of a small bathroom

    With this bathroom design, the client wanted to make the most of the space available. Since they had plenty of other WCs available in the house, the decision was made to remove the toilet, opting to use the space instead for a larger walk-in shower. A custom shaped shower tray from Versital was ideal to make optimum use of the space. 

    Removing the toilet also offered the opportunity to include a large bathroom cabinet from Geberit and a feature top-mounted basin from V & B. 

    Feature lighting

    Lighting is a fantastic way to add interest and open up a room. The use of spotlights and clever LED strips under the furniture highlights the features and makes it feel larger.

    Spacious Bathroom Interior

    Bathroom Design Starring Versital

    Versital marble was used throughout the bathroom for a range of surfaces. The waterproof, easy-to-clean nature of all our marble products makes it the ideal choice for shower trays, panels and backsplashes. The anti-bacterial protection provided by SteriTouch makes it a great choice for vanity tops as well. 

    For this bathroom, the client opted for a striking, on-trend wallpaper – navy blue and gold Geometric pattern ticking all the boxes for this bathroom. They decided to keep the background neutral by mixing the marble finishes of Silver Stratos (metallic base) and Gloucester Grey (the dark accents) – allowing the geometric navy and gold wallpaper in this bathroom design to shine. design to shine.

    By opting for a neutral classic background with a classic marble, there is still lots of flexibility for future amendments. Should they wish to change the wallpaper – as fashions change – the neutral grey and white base offers lots of potential and goes with pretty much any colour.

    Sleek Bathroom Vanity Setup

    Unique Bathroom Design

    In most bathrooms, space is at a premium and very rarely do two have the same dimensions. Versital cultured marble can be ordered to a client or designers specifications. It can also be cut and scribed on-site without the need for pre-templating, making it absolutely perfect for matching unique room layouts and a simple installation process.

    Feeling Inspired?

    If this bathroom has inspired you to get creative with your next project, get in touch with Versital today. We can offer advice and help to your team to make the most of your design projects – whether that be a new or existing job. 

    Get In touch!

    For help and advise for how to use Versital to realise your design vision, get in touch today. We can introduce you to a design advisor and supply you an estimate directly. Speak to us today on 01204 380780 or send us a contact form.

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  3. Staycation Luxury: Marble Bathroom

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    With holidays abroad and even domestic hotel stays unavailable for most of the last 18 months, it’s been more difficult to get a slice of luxury into your life. This has turned many people to renovations and adding touches of aspiration to their own homes.

    It is truly the moment of the staycation – and with the pandemic meaning that many people’s expenditure has dropped significantly over the last 18 months, more and more people are looking to reinvest their savings into their homes. The bathroom is always a popular room to renovate, and what says luxury quite like a marble bathroom?

    marble shower


    We are always thrilled when our surfaces and products are used for domestic renovations as well as commercial works. Of course, without being afforded the opportunity to escape to luxurious hotels abroad, some people have decided to bring that style of design to their own homes – which is exactly what this client wanted. 

    We worked with the designer Langley Interiors to hand make bespoke surfaces for this renovation including a custom shower tray to incorporate fitted seats, shower panels, a striking vanity top with deep down stand and skirting. They come together beautifully to create the look of a hotel at home.


    A marble shower set inside a marble bathroom is the place to start. In any bathroom, the bath or shower is the centrepiece, and nothing makes a statement like a marble shower. For this design in particular, a seat and steam cabinet was incorporated which brings not only the features of a hotel but also a luxurious spa into the home.

    marble shower


    The twin sinks echo the most prestigious destinations across the world. The bathroom can be a trickier room to modernise due to the general lack of electrics compared to other rooms in the house, but here the his-and-hers sinks bring modernity to this marble bathroom.

    Thanks to the custom shower panels and Versital used throughout, there is no grout in this bathroom, which is unsightly at the best of times. Instead, the designer opted for sleek lines across the shower tray, vanity tops and the skirting, allowing the marble bathroom to blend seamlessly together. 

    With Versital being custom made to a designers specifications in terms of size and edge details it really allows them to create a sleek, modern look with minimal joins.

    Versital’s range of cultured marble finishes comes with all the aesthetic beauty of the material, whilst also being waterproof and easy to clean, with the benefits of Steritouch anti-bacterial technology. Moreover, as it can be cut on-site by the installer with ordinary woodworking tools there may not even be a need for pre-templating, making it the perfect choice for any luxury bathroom installation.

    To find out more about the range of marble bathroom products that Versital can offer, and assistance with making the most of your bathroom designs, get in touch with our team via the Get a Quote page on our website, or for more urgent questions contact us on 01204 380780.

  4. Top 5 Bathroom Trends for 2021

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    Go Bold and Stay Home

    Bathrooms are now less confined to clinical white, polished ceramic and a clean contemporary feel. Instead people are becoming more confident about going busy and bold in bathrooms and WC’s.

    1. Luxurious Styling

    As homeowners, we tend to use our bathrooms at least twice a day. Studies have shown that the average female spends at least 29 minutes in this space each day so it’s become a necessity to ensure that bathroom design delivers an at-home spa-like atmosphere so we can linger for longer.

    There are extensive ranges of luxurious showers and heads allowing the creation of an indulgent showering experience in your own home. Connection between water and wellbeing has never been easier with waterfall shower heads and walk-in showers to replace bulkier units.

    Marble finish Moorland Mist and Norvein from Versital

    2. Greenery not just for the Garden

    In addition to luxury panels, Biophilia – the integration and inclusion of nature as a focal point – isn’t going anywhere.

    Vanity top in Royal Pavillion from Versital

    A biophilic bathroom design will boast certain patterns that reduce stress and improve creativity while featuring forms and materials that emulate those found in the great outdoors. Add greenery with plants, real or faux, soft furnishings or wallpaper.

    Marble Panel in Silver Stratos and window cill and dado in Gloucester from Versital

    3. Fluted finishes

    Intricate surfaces have been given a contemporary twist in the bathroom. Add detail with edge details on tops, skirting or even dado.

    4. Warm earth and terracotta tones

    Embrace natural pigments to turn up the heat in your bathroom scheme.

    Alongside the mood for comfort comes the move towards warmer tones, including terracotta, rust, caramel and biscuit. Try contrasting them with black taps or a black basin to add definition.

    Shower panels in Autumn Onyx. Vanity top, shower tray and dado in Coco loco

    5. Marble still in the limelight

    Marble is definitely enjoying its moment in the limelight. You will still see plenty of bathrooms that being planned has some form of marble in it. ‘It is a beautiful natural looking material which comes in a wide variety of colourings, markings and veining’s.

    Panels in ever popular Arabesque contrasted by Gloucester grey marble vanity top.

    But remember, it doesn’t have to be real marble which can bring some problems with the natural material. Faux marble’s like Versital offer the option for the appearance of marble, whilst also being non porous and stain proof.

    People are being more adventurous with marble, incorporating greens, blues, pinks, basically anything a bit out of the ordinary to make their own mark.

    Get in Touch!

    For more help and advice on bathroom trends or how to use Versital in a bathroom scheme contact a member of the team on 01204 380780 or send us a contact form.

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  5. How much is a Bespoke Shower Tray?

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    The most common question we get when people contact Versital is ‘How much is a bespoke shower tray‘?  Although this is not a straight forward question, we will try to explain some general pricing guidelines.

    Bespoke shower trays are very different from off the shelf shower trays and therefore priced very differently.

    A bathroom is likely to be used daily. Whether it is for your own home or your client, you want to ensure you have the best quality product for the job.

    If the shower tray is for a hospitality installation, such as a hotel – an issue such as a leak could lead to damage to other rooms, and potentially bedrooms being out of action. Because of this, most clients choose to get the best quality product for the long term.

    Luxury bathroom with bespoke shower tray

    How much does a bespoke shower tray cost?

    Bespoke shower trays from Versital range in price anywhere between £958+ vat to £2500 + vat. The cost will vary depending on the overall square meterage, as well as other extra’s or features that you might wish to add on. You can opt for additional extra’s such as additional height, channel drains or even multiple waste positions.

    Made from Composite Stone Resin

    All Versital shower trays are made from composite stone resin and available in a huge colour range. For comparison, a standard off the shelf stone resin shower tray can range anywhere from £120 + vat up to £800 + vat.

    However, made to measure shower trays offer a lot of important benefits over a standard off the shelf shower tray that can save you lot of money in the long run.

    Vanity Top, Shower Panels and Tray in Sandstone Granite Finish

    Bespoke shower trays can save on Installation costs

    Installation is by far one of the biggest costs for any bathroom, and a lot of the custom features of a bespoke shower tray will help to bring those costs down

    1. Completely custom size – no need to move walls to make a shower tray fit
    2. Custom shape – can be any shape, including curved sides, as well as include cut outs round corners.
    3. Custom waste position – no need to move pipework
    4. Fully waterproof and ready to install – no need to tank in most cases, or re-seal in years to come
    5. Fall slopes to the waste calculated and engineered to suit therefore no need for a former or slope to be created on the floor

    How big can I get a bespoke shower tray?

    Bespoke shower trays are available up to around 2.5 square meters. The main limitation is down to weight and us (and you for that matter!) being able to handle it and install it.  Our team of experts can advise you on your individual project so the best thing is to get in touch.

    How do I get a price for a bespoke shower tray?

    For an initial estimate all we need is the overall width and length of the shower tray you are looking for, and we can give you an estimate based on that. They start from £958 + vat and vary in price depending on the overall size and shape.  You can call us on 01204 380780 for a quick price over the phone, or send us a quote request for an official written estimate.

    Get a bespoke shower tray quote

    Why are bespoke shower trays more expensive than off the shelf shower trays?

    The reason a bespoke shower tray cost more than an off the shelf shower tray is mainly down to the labour intensive manufacturing process. Each shower tray is individually made to clients specifications for size, shape, waste position and colour.

    An individual mould is manufactured to suit the exact details a customer needs, and a shower tray is cast from that mould.

    How do bespoke shower trays compare to Wetrooms?

    At first glance a wetroom might seem a more cost effective option. Including a former for the base, tiles and tanking a starting cost might be around £550 + vat. However, this is without installation which is by far one of the most expensive costs in a bathroom. It can also be potentially one of the most costly mistakes if not done properly.

    A wetroom requires tanking and waterproofing before the former is fitted and then tiled on top of. It also needs to have a floor fall to the waste that has been properly calculated, as well as adequate drainage, which is another major cause of wetroom issues.

    By the time the installation costs are taken into consideration for a wetroom shower area, they are more than likely to be comparable to the cost of a bespoke shower tray.

    A Turn-key Solution

    With a bespoke shower tray there is the peace of mind that all the technical details such as floor fall, waste position etc have already been correctly engineered into the tray and is ready to install. Bespoke shower trays are manufactured in one piece, with no seams or joints to cause any potential leaks or issues going forwards.

    This is a much quicker and less costly installation option that could actually save on the overall cost of the finished bathroom.

    Get a personalised quote for a bespoke shower tray

    Huge Colour Range

    Bespoke shower trays from Versital also have the added benefit of being available in an extensive colour range, the majority for no extra charge. Choose from over 100 colour options in custom solid colours, true to life marble and granites to the more exotic sparkle finishes.

    Versital also offers made to measure shower panels to match the shower trays, offer a great alternative to create a wet room look.

    Large master bathroom in cream marble with contrasting sparkle skirting

    Benefit over real marble shower trays

    Unlike real marble, Versital offers true to life marble finishes that are 100% non porous and stain proof. It does not suffer from watermarks and is extremely easy to clean.

    Versital also has a cast certified anti slip to the standing area, which real marble does not include.

    Additional Hygienic properties from SteriTouch®

    Versital bespoke shower trays include a protective gel coat with the additive SteriTouch® for additional antimicrobial protection.

    SteriTouch® offers increased protection and will restrict the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria and mould, including Serratia Marcescens. You probably know it better as the reddish-pink residue in your bathroom; found frequently on tiles, shower trays and around your shampoo.

    According to, “What’s This Pink Stuff in My Bathroom” published in AWWA’s November 2000 edition of Opflow, “Serratia marcescens has been found to be pathogenic to some people, having been identified as a cause of urinary tract infections, wound infections, and pneumonia”.

    The antimicrobial properties of Versital have been verified by independent laboratories using the ISO22196 test method.

    Matching products available

    As well as bespoke shower trays, Versital offers made to measure shower panels and vanity tops to complete the bathroom fit out, for a high end finish.

    Anti slip certified standing area cast into the shower tray

    All Versital custom made shower trays include a certified anti slip cast finish into the surface of the standing area. This is suitable for domestic and hospitality bathrooms. It’s worth remembering that tiles used in wetroom’s are unlikely to include this important safety feature.

    How long does it take to make a bespoke shower tray?

    Typically the lead time for a custom shower tray will be around 4 weeks from order to delivery. It is always worth asking if you have an urgent need or installation date and we will do our best if we have any availability.

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  6. Trend Analysis: Marble Vanity Tops

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    Latest In Marble Vanity Tops

    Over the years the trend for marble has grown massively, especially in bathrooms where people often opt for the timeless luxury feel. Many of our clients want something with a natural look that will be hard wearing and suitable commercial washrooms. Versital marble vanity tops are fully non porous and unlike real marble do not stain or watermark, ideal in commercial settings.r more ideas and inspiration for  (more…)

  7. How To Choose The Correct Shower Tray; Stone Resin Shower Trays Vs Acrylic

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    Huge range of Shower Trays in Various Shapes, Sizes and Colours

    There are lots of shower trays available on the market in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours, finishes and materials. To help make the choice of which shower tray is best for you, we have put together a step by step guide of what is available to make the best of your bathroom.


    This is the material used to make Belfast sinks or urinal slabs. The trays are of high quality, but are extremely heavy and more often used for commercial applications where frequent use and heavy wear is a requirement.

    Ceramic trays can be hard to install, but are very durable and can last a long time. One of the main problems to be aware of with ceramic trays is that they can easily chip if you drop anything heavy on them. 

    Piatti Doccia Shower Tray by Cielo
    Piatti Doccia Ceramic Shower Tray by Cielo


    The same material as used for acrylic baths. Lightweight usually around 4.5mm thick and reinforced with wood. These do allow a greater flexibility, but with more flexibility comes a greater risk of breakage. Acrylic shower trays are mostly manufactured within standard sizes and with standard waste positions. You therefore, cannot fit them into an odd shaped space in turn limiting your possibilities, especially in older buildings.

    Acrylic shower trays are generally lighter than many alternative options, meaning that the installation can be easier. However they are rarely associated with high end designs. 


    Fiberglass is a cheaper alternative to acrylic with very similar properties. However, a big drawback is that it is more brittle, meaning that its life span is shorter. Fiberglass itself is a porous substance that is then protected by a layer of waterproof paint. Over time this protective paint can begin to wear off, causing leaking as well as a dull and unattractive appearance. 

    Stone Resin Shower Trays

    Stone resin shower trays have become the most popular choice. Resin is a mixture of natural minerals and a resin compound that offers a fantastic compromise between the heavier ceramic/fire clay products, and the lightweight acrylic trays.  They offer a solid structure, are long- lasting, warm to the touch and are available in a huge range of finishes.  All Versital shower trays are stone resin shower trays.

    As well as being a brilliant compromise some are available bespoke and made to measure. Versital shower trays are all completely bespoke and made to measure. This allows for them to be made to fit any bathroom space or bathroom design perfectly. They are a great choice for bathrooms that need an awkward shaped shower tray, or a room that needs something different to what what is available with standard sizes and shapes offered.

    Stone resin shower trays are also long lasting and can look like new for years.

    Versital walk in shower in sandstone
    Versital walk in shower in sandstone

    How to Choose the Correct Shape and Size

    Shower trays come in a variety of different sizes and configurations. It’s very important when choosing your stone resin shower tray to take into account the plug hole positions and whether it is a left hand or right hand tray. The most commonly found shapes available on the market today are rectangle, square, quadrant and neo angle. The neo angle shower tray is also known as the Penta or extended Penta by some brands.

    Versital offer all of these shapes in a huge range of different size and colour options. Take a look at these examples and ideas of Versital shower trays to help you with choosing the right shape for your new bathroom installation.

    Neutral bathroom with custom shower tray in Novein

    Marble, Granite, Stone and Sparkle Finishes

    With Versital stone resin shower trays there is also a wide range of fabulous looking finishes, all with category 2 anti slip bases. Choose from traditional granites like ‘Graphite’ or ‘Noire’, luxurious marbles such as ‘Royal Pavillion’ and for something really show stopping, push the boat out with a black sparkly ‘Noire Reflect’. Each colour is made using natural minerals and pigments, making it a stunning addition to any bathroom.

    Unlike real marble or granite Versital shower trays are completely no porous and will not leak or watermark over time, looking as good as new for years after installation.

    Bespoke Shower Trays

    If your bathroom needs something more bespoke for an unusual shape or size, or just a perfect fit, you might want to look at a bespoke shower tray.  Bespoke shower trays are exactly what they say – fully bespoke and made to measure to suit whatever bathroom issues you might have. Whether you need to go round an odd shape, or just want something larger than usual.

    Making this the perfect option if the standard shapes and sizes are just not right for what you require.

    Stone Resin Grey Granite Bespoke Shower Tray from Versital
    Stone Resin Grey Granite Bespoke Shower Tray from Versital

    Manufactured in One Piece

    Unlike other options on the market, Versital shower trays are manufactured and cast in one piece. This guarantees perfect continuity of pattern as well as fully waterproof properties. Each Versital tray has a protective gel coat making them fully stain and waterproof.

    Andaz liverpool street London renovated bathroom using a versital bespoke shower tray

    Easy to Care For

    Solid stone resin shower trays from Versital require a minimum amount of maintenance – ensuring that they continue to look as good as new long after installation. Unlike real stone, Versital trays are manufactured with an antimicrobial, protective Steri-touch gel coat that helps prevent mould and bacteria from settling in. The easiest way to maintain them is to wipe them with a damp cloth.

    How much is a bespoke Shower tray?

    Bespoke shower trays vary in price depending on the overall size and shape, starting from £958 + vat.  Find out more of what goes into pricing a shower tray via our in depth guide.

    Get a Personalised Quotation

    Fill in the contact form with your details and tray requirements for a personalised quote. We aim to come back to you the next working day. If you need a price urgently please call us on 01204 380780.

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  8. Sleep & Eat – The Seasonal Inspiration Exposition

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    London’s Exclusive Interior Design Exhibition

    To get inspiration for the coming year our team went down to London for the incredible exhibition of world’s best interior designers, suppliers and manufacturers – Sleep and Eat.

    Sleep and Eat event is targeted at the whole commercial and domestic interior design industry. It offers an incredible array of displays and exhibitions aiming not only to showcase products, but also coming trends and concepts. For us at Versital it offered a great opportunity to meet many of our clients, associates and to celebrate the industry we work in. We kept our eyes open, and scanned for current and upcoming trends to provide our customers with the most up to date products.

    Sleep and Eat Event

    Marble is a Major Trend

    One of the most striking findings at the Sleep and Eat exhibition was how popular marble is becoming. It has moved way past the bathroom and shower panels, and is introduced into more and more in spaces like bedrooms and living rooms. Many interior designers used it to compliment soft colours and furnishings to create a calming, modern designs that have a really soothing ambience.

    Back Lit marble panel

    Marble seems to also be a hit in the hospitality sector, with many people specifying it for bar and table tops. As we spoke to many of the designers and specifiers, they said that they often turn to marble alternatives (out of which many chose Versital) in order to accomplish the same visual result but increase the lifespan. We were also very proud to find that Knightsbridge Furniture had a stand featuring one of our marble finish table tops in ‘Perlato’. The table top was matched with interesting modern base and surrounded by navy blue carpets and an interesting, contemporary furniture that created a really nice result.

    Table top in Perlato

    Many designers seem to also move away from the classic white marble and towards more strong and striking colours like blue, green or mustard. Because of that, right after our team brought in the inspirational pictures from the show, our engineers begun to experiment with our colour palette to cater to that new, growing trend.bathroom freestanding sink at sleep and eat

    Rich Blue is Taking Over

    As if everyone had pre-arranged it, many stands featured deep midnight blue as their key colour. Those that did not feature blue, normally opted for deep shades of green or soft grey. Strong colours interestingly complimented the softer, and rounder silhouettes and textures of many items.

    navy blue geometric sofa

    The whole show featured an incredible amount of curved lines, featured mainly on very popular top mounted basins, sofas, chairs and table tops. To contrast the soft lines of the fixtures many designers used geometric or heavy printed wall paper, or decorative elements like vases and bowls that worked together very well.

    lights and blue sofa

    Metal is Slowly Creeping In

    Although it was not as pronounced as the blue – metal elements seem to have risen high in the world of interior design. Many stands featured furniture which was embellished with metal accents of rose and plain gold.

    Marble table with metal banding

    The designers matched it with either deep colours like brown, burgundy or midnight blue or with a soft wood and off-white porcelain and ceramics. It is very clear that metal accents are on the rise and many trend report suggest that in couple of years they will play a major role for designers and customers alike.

    Back to Nature

    Alongside the recently rising sustainability trend generally visible in retail, interior design sees a rise of natural greenery and plants. Many exhibitions proudly featured flowers or green walls that seamlessly blended with the striking colours and soft shapes.

    hanging greenery baskets with metal accents at sleep and eat

    Many designers contrasted greenery with metal accents polished to a mirror finish.  As a company deeply committed to sustainable development, our team marvelled at some of the set-up rooms created by England’s most renowned designers. Furthermore we saw that many of the greenery stands involved marble elements, creating a really striking effect.

    Inspiration Gallery

    For more information on our marble finish bar tops, table tops, vanity tops or other products take a look at the information guide. If you would like advice, samples or wish to place an order, please call us on 01204380780, or email us at sales@versital.co.uk.

  9. Shower Panels vs Tiles: Which is right for your bathroom?

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    Shower Panels vs tiles: making the right choice

    The choice between tiles and shower panels is not necessarily straight forward. There are a huge range of style and colour options on the market. Take a look at our guide to help you make the right decision for your bathroom.

    Inexpensive Solution

    Tiles can be a really budget friendly bathroom solution. The cheapest models might not be the most impressive, but they can offer a good solution.  

    However – not all tiles are a cheap option. The costs of tiles varies dramatically; some can reach hundreds of pounds per square meter an include expensive elements and materials to make them.


    Intricate patterns can add interest to your bathroom, however they can also be hard to install and maintain. Each tile has to be individually applied and leveled in order to achieve the perfect result. This not only takes time, but can also cost you a lot of money in terms of fitting. It is worth remembering that many intricate patterns that you find online can be difficult to accomplish in reality.

    For areas like plug sockets, windows or doors it can also be tricky to create a perfect finish, whilst installing taps or shower heads can cause problems due to cutting the hard surfaces.

    In comparison, Versital wall panels can be cut with ordinary wood work tools allowing for a really easily installation. .

    Hexagonal Teal Tiles by mosaikhjornet.dk
    Hexagonal Teal Tiles by mosaikhjornet.dk


    Probably the biggest pet peeve if you speak to anyone asking for a new bathroom is grouting and more specifically cleaning grouting! Because of its porous nature, grouting allows for water to  collect, leading to discolouration and even mould.

    There is also the cleaning aspect. Using tiles in wet areas like showers means more work cleaning and upkeep. Each grout line will need to be individually cleaned. The more intricate the pattern the more grout to clean. 

    Over time tiles will need to be refurbed and have the grout refreshed or even replaced.

    No Grout – No Mould

    Versital bathroom wall panels eliminate the need for grouting as they are fixed on walls and shower areas using sanitary grade silicone. Silicone is also used for sealing any joints or meeting points. Silicone is a non-porous, hypoallergenic material. It is waterproof and cannot harbour germs, making it the perfect option for a bathroom.

    The panels do not allow for collection of water and with no grout there is nowhere for the mould to collect.

    Grout can also crack or wear out over time creating problems like leaking showers. Shower panels instead of tiles prevent that from happening. 

    Light marble shower with Geo navy blue and gold wall paper

    Use panels for shower walls and tiles in other areas

    Consider using a mixture of panels and tiles to achieve the result that you want. Using panels in areas of high use like vanity tops, splash backs or showers can save you work in the future. Tiles work well in areas where you are less likely to have splashing like over the bath, behind toilet or to create shelving. This will keep the cleaning minimal and make it easier to maintain a hygienic space, making your life easier in the long-term, whilst also giving you the look you are wanting to achieve.

    Ease of Installing

    Versital panels are available in very large sizes, up to 3 meter’s long, making the installation much easier and straight forward than the tile alternative. Bespoke shower panels can help installers save time by having ready to install panel sizes, and also by the ease of cutting to suit. Unlike tiles Versital panels can be cut with ordinary woodwork tools getting rid of the need for specialised masonry and tile cutting equipment.

    All of our bathroom wall panels are fully bespoke and made to measure. Therefore you can use them to fit precisely for a required area, including curves and odd shaped spaces.

    Minimal Maintenance Required

    Due to the lack of grouting Versital bathroom wall panels are much easier to maintain. Wiping them with a cloth and non-abrasive detergent makes them look just like new.

    Our gel coat is cast onto every product and guarantees its longevity, as well as its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties silently protecting your family for years to come.

    Fully Waterproof

    When creating a shower enclosure or a wet room, making sure the area is waterproof is the most important important factor. Your bathroom has to stay leak proof to protect the rest of your house from future issues with leaks and damage. Our shower wall panels ensure fully waterproof areas without the need for tanking or other time consuming and costly procedures.


    Bathroom’s are one of the most used rooms in the home and can also be the dirtiest! It is so important that they be kept clean and hygienic. Versital bathroom wall panels guarantee an antibacterial and antimicrobial properties due to its fully non-porous structure and protective gel coat.

    Versital panels do not catch dirt, preventing harbouring mould and bacteria on the surface. Unlike tiles which are surrounded by grouting, providing the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

    Huge range of Style Options

    Bathroom panels offer a range of styles to suit modern or traditional bathrooms. Unlike many other wall panels Versital offers a range of true to life marble and granite finishes, all hand made to order for a very realistic alternative to the natural product.

    Fully Bespoke

    All of Versital bathroom panels are fully bespoke and manufactured to order. Each panel can be ordered to the exact shape and size you need ready to be installed quickly and simply.

    Range of Colours

    Versital colour range includes over 90 different finishes. Our famous ‘Arabesque’ or ‘Busy Carrata’ are man made alternatives to real marble that don’t have the drawbacks like staining and water marking.

    Browse through the options and order free samples to see the product in person. Alternatively you can visit our flagship showroom for specialist advice.

    Get In touch!

    To realise your vision with an experienced, expert, British manufacturer, get in touch with Versital today, where we can introduce you to a design advisor and supply you an estimate directly. Speak to us today on 01204 380780 or send us a contact form.

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