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Softer bathroom design 'a new trend'

UK property owners are opting to invest in "softer" bathroom designs at present, a sector expert has stated.

Alexi Sugden, senior designer and art director at Egerton Designs, said there is now a trend for a return to the look of the 1940s and 1950s, with old-fashioned tubs and curved and modelled basins.

Furthermore, Brits are enamoured of bronze and gold fittings as they look to recreate the style of 50s, while a plentiful use of marble, as well as white and grey colours, is helping to deliver a sleek and stylish bathroom design.

One area where there is also growing demand is in the creation of wet rooms. However, these aspirational home improvements can be fraught with problems.

"Therefore wet rooms have lost popularity in cases where many people have employed plumbers who lack the necessary skills, leading to floods in flats below and other water disasters. In hotels, this could be bad for business," Ms Sugden noted.

"That is not to say wet rooms have lost their popularity, however. Many people still feel that to have a wet room is the ultimate in trendy wellness."

Indeed, Ms Sugden's comments follow those of Roger Crabb, marketing manager for Mira showers, who recently argued the wet room is one of the top priorities for Brits looking to add a touch of luxury to their property.

He argued the fact that many people have visited hotels and properties overseas where wet rooms are standard has meant that upon their return, many people have looked to install these rooms in their own property.

However, the construction of such home improvements can be expensive and therefore a new range of cheaper alternatives has been developed by bathroom designers in recent years.

These items make use of larger floor pans in which to catch water and siphon it away from the wet room, without the need for homeowners to go to the full cost of water-proofing their entire bathroom. 

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