How the latest shower enclosures have had a maximalist makeover

BathroomsFeatures Tue 16th Feb 2021 by Emma Hedges

How the latest shower enclosures have had a maximalist makeover

How the latest shower enclosures have had a maximalist makeover

Feature by Emma Hedges | Tue 16th Feb 2021

Editor of KBBFocus Emma has been writing about design and interiors for over 25 years. A former editor of Essential Kitchen & Bathroom Business magazine, her work has been published in a wide variety of leading trade and consumer titles. More

While up until recently the minimalist frameless look was the sought-after style when it comes to shower enclosures, it seems that now, less is no longer more. Like all other elements of bathroom design, the shower area now provides an opportunity for homeowners to add their own signature touches for an individual look. And in the shower zone that can be in the form of frosted, patterned or fluted glass, or statement frames, and colourful or unusual finishes.

Aqata’s reeded glass wetroom panel can be framed in chrome, gold or matt black, as shown here

“Without question the most prominent trend in the higher end of the bathroom market is colour,” says Roman CEO David Osborne. “Plain glass options are still proving to be a popular choice with consumers but this is changing quite dramatically,” he adds. “We offer a wide selection of black grid and fluted glass shower enclosure options, which complement high-end showrooms really well. Fluted glass is particularly more desirable to those intent on interior design plans.”

Roman’s hinged door and in-line panel with Fluted Glass and Brushed Brass finish for alcove fitting

Roman’s Liberty hinged door, in-line panel and side panel with Fluted Glass and Matt Black finish

“Gold and brass finishes are becoming more popular, in addition to coloured finishes such as black,” explains Nicholas Cunild, MD of Matki. The company now offers a broad selection of finishes as well as polished including polished gold, brushed gold, living brass, brushed brass and aged brass.

Matki’s Classica bespoke shower and bathroom partition in Brushed Brass with Fluted Glass

Matki’s EauZone Plus hinged door with hinge panel and Radius-20 side panel for corner installation

Co-ordinating a look across a scheme so that fittings and frames match brassware and accessories elsewhere in the bathroom is an increasingly popular way to achieve a high-end look. 

“Crosswater has seen an evolving demand for two-outlet showers in bold brassware colours which provides the homeowner with a practical, yet trend-led choice to complete their dream bathroom. This colour trend has now expanded into enclosures, with consumers aspiring to be able to mix and match their shower valve and enclosures finishes,” says Marten Baker, product director at Crosswater.

Crosswater’s Design 8 hinged door with in-line and side panel

Eileen Slattery, marketing manager for Merlyn, believes that the way people are using their bathrooms has evolved during the pandemic, and that people are prioritising renovating parts of the home that help them relax. “This includes small changes in colour schemes – choosing shower fixtures and fittings in an on-trend palette, such as matt black or brushed brass, to cost-effectively transform a space. Made to measure and bespoke bathroom services have enabled homeowners to breathe new life into existing spaces, providing personalised solutions with the user at the heart. We expect this to continue well into 2021,” she adds.

Merlyn’s Arysto shower enclosure in brushed brass with side panel

Merlyn’s Arysto enclosure with side panel is shown in matt black

Tags: features, bathrooms, shower enclosures, roman, matki

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