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.
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.
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.
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.
For this bathroom, the client opted for a striking, on-trend wallpaper – navy blue and gold Geometric pattern ticking all theFor this bathroom, the client chose a striking, on-trend wallpaper – navy blue and gold Geometric pattern ticking all the trends. 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.
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.
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.
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 BATHROOM DESIGNS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bespoke shower trays from Versital range in price anywhere between £895 + 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.
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
Completely custom size – no need to move walls to make a shower tray fit
Custom shape – can be any shape, including curved sides, as well as include cut outs round corners.
Custom waste position – no need to move pipework
Fully waterproof and ready to install – no need to tank in most cases, or re-seal in years to come
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.
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 £895 + 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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. Here we give you a step by step guide to what is available to make the best of your bathroom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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