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Features by Diane Larner founder and editor of Bathroom Review & Kitchens Review.
Diane Larner launched both titles over 12 years ago and has been writing about the bathroom and kitchen interior design industry ever since, publishing regular features across the two sectors.


Shower rooms are rapidly gaining popularity over traditional bathrooms thanks to their sleek design, efficiency, and versatility. In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, consumers prioritise functionality and convenience; a shower room provides this. According to a Houzz UK Bathroom Trends Study, almost three-quarters of homeowners upgraded their showers (74%), with more than two-thirds increasing their shower size during renovations (68%). These increases were not insubstantial; almost a third enlarged the shower by more than half its original size (32%).

For those with limited space, fitting a bathtub requires more floor space, whereas shower rooms work well with a compact footprint, rendering them ideal for smaller homes or urban dwellings where space is at a premium. Additionally, shower rooms can be customised to suit individual preferences, with options ranging from minimalist walk-in showers to luxurious spa-like enclosures. In our April round-up, Diane Larner explores the latest products to hit the market.

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Bette shower trays  residential commercial_bathrooms

Shower trays

Despite the prevalence of smaller bathroom spaces in new construction, the demand for luxurious yet practical bathroom solutions continues to rise; spacious bathroom areas deliver on this preference, but how do you cater to a generous aesthetic whilst transcending limitations imposed by square footage? Larger, flatter shower trays that emulate the feel of a wetroom are emerging as a crafty solution. Balancing form and function whilst offering a more expansive option, larger formats help designers redefine the boundaries of bathroom design whilst embracing a seamless fusion of utility and aesthetics.

Sven Rensinghoff, head of marketing at Bette, agrees, “There’s a growing demand for larger, flatter and flush-to-floor shower trays that give the look of a wet room, without any worries about water leakage, and with a shower floor that is easy to clean. There’s also a growing demand for shower trays that coordinate with flooring to help make the room appear larger. We are seeing more customers adding colour into the bathroom to increase the feeling of cosiness and to aid relaxation. While white is still the most popular choice, the use of darker colours is increasing in popularity to create a cosy and relaxing interior space in which to switch off from the stresses of the outside world.”

Bette shower trays come in 70 sizes, so there is no need to compromise on the perfect size. They are strong and stable, even in the largest 2000 x 900mm and 1800 x 1000mm dimensions, and come in floor level and above floor options, with central or side wastes.

Sleek & chic

Bathroom Review Kudos Divera shower enclosure range

Shower enclosures

If preferences lean toward a shower enclosure, selecting a design that optimises room space whilst delivering accessibility is key. Various options are available to the market, from bi-fold doors to quadrant enclosures, each delivering unique benefits tailored to diverse needs.

Shower enclosure manufacturers often cite easy installation as a benefit and suggest enclosures can be more cost-effective than traditional custom-built designs. With an array of design options, from sleek minimalist styles to bold statement pieces, shower enclosures align with today’s design trends, helping elevate style while maximising functionality.

The new Divera collection from Kudos Showers offers a comprehensive and design-led modular showering solution where many of the components can be used to create a number of different enclosures. Its side panels and fixing kits are universally designed for use with any of the door types in the range. Easy to install, the comprehensive collection includes sliding, bi-fold, hinged and quadrant enclosure door options, along with wet room panels, side panels and accessories.

The company also offers a reassuring check-list of support and customer service; as Nick Granville, Kudos’s sales & marketing director, explains, “Choosing a local, reliable shower enclosure supplier that offers quality, deliverable product guarantees, and a speedy backup service instils confidence in both the retailer and the consumer. As a result of recent market challenges, such as Brexit, COVID-19, and continual economic uncertainty, service levels in the showering market have been inconsistent. The importance of supporting local manufacturers like Kudos has, therefore, been elevated.  

“British manufacturers that offer a comprehensive range of products, all at price points and with flexible design options, and hold in-depth stock in the UK, have become leading contenders in the showering supply chain.”

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Bathroom Review KEUCO Plan Blue Thermostatic Shower

Thermostatic showers

Thermostatic showers offer a raft of benefits for designers, including safety features, built-in water conservation and customisable options such as adjustable spray settings. Exposed mixers are also easy to integrate into various project styles thanks to a sleek and modern aesthetic that complements most bathrooms. Beyond their visual appeal, thermostatic showers enhance user satisfaction by maintaining consistent water temperatures, minimising the risk of scalding. These showers also feature ergonomic handles and intuitive controls, enhancing usability and accessibility for all ages and abilities.

A perfect example is the PLAN blue series of fittings from KEUCO; the range now incorporates an exposed thermostatic shower mixer. The two new on-wall shower fittings have been created to complement the extensive PLAN blue range with either a thermostat shower mixer or a combination with an integrated head and hand shower.

A thoughtfully designed shower can also ensure the new space is multi-generational, adding value and longevity to the property. James Sketch, country manager at Keuco UK, agrees: “By considering who will be using the shower in years to come, designers can include elements that ensure the shower is adaptable and can be adjusted to cater for different heights, from small children to those who need to sit whilst showering. It is also important to ensure there is room for a grab rail within the showering space. These small details can lead to significant savings in the long term, as the shower can continue to be used with minor adjustments for years to come.”

Big style for small spaces

Flair Baby ILI sliding door Shower Enclosure

Shower doors

Designing for small or awkward spaces such as an attic or en-suite presents a unique challenge for designers and architects, but also offers an opportunity for innovation and creativity. The latest trends in compact bathroom design include clever solutions such as utilising a recessed space or integrating space-saving corner showers.

Amongst a raft of brand-new design-led products, Flair has recently unveiled a new range of shower doors; BABY ILI is a specially designed solution for attic bathrooms and spaces with height restrictions. Standing at 1800 mm high, BABY ILI ensures that even in tight spaces, retailers can offer their customers a stunning shower enclosure, enhancing their daily showering experience.

Panel power

Kinewall Shower Panels from Kinedo

Decorative wall panels

Wood panelling in bathrooms has emerged as a notable trend this year, bringing warmth, texture, and a touch of natural beauty to the bathroom space. Departing from traditional tiled walls, modern bathrooms embrace the versatility and charm of wood panelling to create inviting and spa-like sanctuaries. Whether used to accentuate a feature wall or to cover an entire surface, wood panelling adds depth and character. Furthermore, advancements in material technology have made wood panelling in bathrooms more practical than ever, with moisture-resistant options that are durable and easy to maintain.

Pictured above and below, Kinewall by Kinedo is a new range of decorative bathroom wall panels that can transform not just a shower space but a whole bathroom, cloakroom or utility room. Said to offer a revolution in materials, a revelation in designs and a remarkably simple installation process, Kinewall offers an abundance of choices to create the perfect bathroom with over 70 unique patterns, styles, and colours.

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Created to be used with their Ultimate wet room panels, Kudos Showers has introduced a range of interconnectors, glass-to-glass corner posts, corner profiles and mirrored décor panels for further design personalisation in the bathroom.

These additions have been introduced to complement the four tinted coloured glass panels introduced in 5 sizes in November last year. The interconnector enables the connecting of two panels within the enclosure to create a larger showering area. Or can be used to incorporate panels of colour into the area or to add one of their new mirrored décor panels, inline or as a return, leaving the choice up to the homeowner for complete design personalisation.

The Interconnector comes in a choice of coloured finishes including Chrome, Matt Black, Brushed Nickel and Brushed Brass and the glass-to-glass corner posts come in these coloured finishes too with the addition of Polished Gold, Gun Metal, Brushed Bronze, Polished Bronze and White. The mirrored décor panels come 1950 high and are 400mm wide.

Kudos is a brand of showering products, trading as RONAL Bathrooms UK. The Kudos brand is designed and manufactured in the UK where they have been producing shower products at their Cumbria facility since 1999. The Kudos portfolio includes shower enclosures, shower trays, over-bath screens and wet-room solutions sold via KBB showrooms and merchants across the UK.

Visit their website kudosshowershttps://www.kudosshowers.co.uk/.co.uk, call them on 01539 564040 or email info@kudosshowers.co.uk

Flair Showers has added Brushed Nickel and Brushed Bronze finishes to its popular ETO range of shower doors; the new colour was previewed at Kbb Birmingham.

ETO by Flair includes infold, hinge and sliding doors in addition to corner entry enclosures and quadrants. Finishes available include Silver, Matte Black, Brushed Brass and the soon-to-be-available (this summer) Brushed Nickel and Brushed Bronze finishes.

With a wide range of widths available, ETO can be specified in both large family bathrooms and compact spaces.

Designed for long-lasting high performance, the two-metre-high shower doors are constructed with 8 mm toughened safety glass with Clearview hydrophobic coating for an effortless shine. Clearvue also resists the build-up of limescale and grime on the glass surface for easy cleaning.

for a winning aesthetic, ETO enclosures include fully concealed interior fixings and ultra-clear door seals. Suitable for either a shower tray or wetroom installation, the ETO collection panels are available in a variety of door styles. For smaller bathrooms, the unique design of the ETO infold door ensures minimal space is taken up when it opens outwards while still affording generous access to the shower zone.

The ETO infold doors boast a magnetic linkage system, allowing users to move the shower door smoothly and seamlessly. The sliding doors in the range close gently with a controlled cushion close magnetic system. The ETO hinge doors boast countersunk curved hinges for a flush interior finish that is easy to clean. For a simple but secure installation, the ETO collection benefits from Flair’s patented “Click Fit” assembly system. The tapered dovetail joint locks securely into position, giving a flush connection between the vertical and horizontal profiles, providing maximum structural integrity within every door.

Flair ETO Infold shower

Ronan O’Grady, lead product designer of Flair Showers, says: “Consumers with high demands on their shower look for something stylish, that is good quality and built to last. This was our vision when creating our modern, robust, ETO range of framed shower enclosures.

“The addition of our new finishes, Brushed Nickel and Brushed Bronze, will enhance any space with their soft glow and low maintenance luxury. Designed for long lasting high performance, while offering clever innovations to enhance the user’s showering experience, our ETO range is the perfect combination of elegance and practicality.” 

For more information on the Flair ETO collection of shower enclosures, including the brand new Brushed Nickel and Brushed Bronze finishes, or to become a Flair Showers retail partner, please contact sales@flairshowers.co.uk 

Pictured top: The Flair ETO infold shower door in the brand new, muted yet elegant, Brushed Nickel finish (available Summer 2024).

Pictured bottom: Surround yourself with the beauty of Flair’s ETO shower door collection. The ETO enclosure at the Largy waterfall in Brushed Brass

BABY ILI is a collection of 1800 mm high shower doors designed specifically for low and sloping ceilings. This brand new range from Flair Showers was launched in the UK at kbb Birmingham 2024. The space-saving range ensures bathroom specialists can meet their customers’ needs, even when space is tight.

Constructed with superior 6 mm toughened safety glass, BABY ILI shower doors from Flair benefit from a crystal-clear, spotless appearance thanks to the clearvue hydrophobic glass coating that minimises limescale build-up.

The smooth, curved handle doubles as a convenient towel or robe hook. BABY ILI has minimalist profiles and elegantly curved hinges to create a sleek, modern shower enclosure.

BABY ILI shower doors can be easily installed, too, thanks to Flair’s patented ‘Click Fit’ assembly system. Furthermore, the Flair BABY ILI collection comes with a lifetime guarantee for reassurance and peace of mind for the bathroom retailer and end-user consumer1.

BABY ILI shower doors can be installed in various configurations, offering high-quality, beautifully crafted elements. Finished in Silver, BABY ILI styles include bi-fold, hinge and sliding doors, with one-door sliding quadrants and side panels also available in the range.

Flair Baby ILI sliding door

Ronan O’Grady, lead product designer of Flair Showers, says: “Due to height restrictions, loft conversion bathrooms come with their challenges, which can deter some consumers from designing their dream bathroom. We have therefore adapted our ILI range of shower doors to create BABY ILI, a perfect blend of sophistication and functionality, at a height of 1800 mm, perfect for everyday and everyone. BABY ILI was designed with young families in mind, offering the opportunity of a luxury, in vogue, attic bathroom to more consumers. Whether that consists of a large shower enclosure or discreet corner installation, everyone deserves a joyful bathroom that they can embrace, even where space is limited.”

For more information on the Flair Showers BABY ILI range, or to become a Flair Showers retail partner, please contact sales@flairshowers.co.uk

Flair Baby ILI sliding door

Flair Showers launched its ILI collection of shower doors in the UK at kbb Birmingham 2024. The ILI range of 1950mm high shower doors is available in three finishes – silver, matte black and brushed brass.

Designed with young families in mind, door options include bi-fold, slider and hinge doors in addition to sliding and hinged quadrants. Non-standard door widths are also used to cater to any configuration.

ILI is crafted from 6 mm toughened safety glass with a clear hydrophobic coating that resists the build-up of limescale and grime on the surface to maintain a spotless and sparkling clean finish.

The smooth curvature of the handle creates a truly ergonomic and tactile experience for the user while providing the additional benefit of an integrated towel or robe hook. The minimalist profiles and neatly curved hinges present simple, clean lines to the door aesthetic and complement the uniquely crafted handle design.

Flair Showers ILI shower door Enclosures

The new range is easy to fit thanks to Flair’s patented “Click Fit” screw-free assembly system. The tapered dovetail joint locks securely into position, connecting the vertical and horizontal profiles seamlessly. Furthermore, every ILI door style is fully reversible for either a left or right-hand configuration and ideal for wetroom and shower tray installation.

Ronan O’Grady, lead product designer at Flair Showers, says: “Key to every Flair product design are the stages of the family lifecycle. The ILI range is designed with young families in mind, its minimalist but robust frames are contrasted by gentle curvature and pillow shaped forms. It’s a range that celebrates functionality, colour and carefully considered features.”

“At Flair, we aim to create joy for our customers. We have introduced our ILI collection of shower doors that boasts aesthetically pleasing designs with clever functional innovations to ensure our retail partners can offer a showering solution that enhances both the bathroom space, and the consumers’ experience too. Consumers can embrace everyday adventures with ILI.”

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Whatever your age, standing safely in the bathtub or shower is important; Invisible Grip is the new super anti-slip surface finish from Kaldewei. It works on the glossiest of their steel enamel surfaces, and the feeling when your skin meets the shining, plastic-free Kaldewei surface is pleasant. The grip does not diminish when using soap, shower gel, shampoo or simply when there is contact with water as the invisible micro-structuring of the enamel continues to provide a particularly strong grip underfoot.

Glamour and safety in the bathroom

LGA Bautechnik confirms the anti-slip properties according to quality class C for wet barefoot areas according to DIN EN 16165. This is particularly relevant for the planning of barrier-free bathrooms.

Even when dry, the Invisible Grip finish does not alter the brilliant gleam of the Kaldewei steel enamel surface and is available in Alpine White for shower areas and bathtubs. This means it provides safety and introduces a touch of modern glamour to the bathroom. The micro structure can be cleaned just as easily as a normal enamel surface. An explanatory video can be seen at https://www.kaldewei.de/produkte/invisible-grip/, which demonstrates how the new surface treatment works.

“With Invisible Grip, Kaldewei offers an innovative solution for the modern bathroom that increases the feeling of safety without compromising on the visual appearance, feeling underfoot and hygiene. Carefree showering and bathing with aesthetic aspirations become everyday normality”, says Yvonne Piu, head of global marketing at Kaldewei.

Like all the products in the Luxstainability®World from Kaldewei, Invisible Grip stands for uncompromising safety and trust combined with a highly aesthetic surface finish. Invisible Grip demonstrates Kaldewei’s special innovative competence, for which the premium manufacturer has been awarded the seal of the Bescheinigungsstelle Forschungszulage (BSFZ) (Certification body for research grants).

Even when using soap, shower gel and shampoo or simply when there is contact with water, the invisible microstructuring of the enamel provides a particularly strong grip.

Tested standing safety: LGA Bautechnik confirms the anti-slip properties according to quality class C for wet barefoot areas according to DIN EN 16165

Kaldewei Invisible Grip anti slip Shower Surface




The new Alpha Solo walk-in shower enclosure from shower brand Kinedo is a single glass panel without a reinforcement bar to create a classic minimalist walk-in shower area, which is simple and stylish in design.

Alpha Solo features a chrome aluminium profile, 10mm transparent glass 2 metres high, and a chrome cover strip at the bottom of the panel. Anti-limescale treatment comes as standard. Alpha Solo is available in sizes 800mm, 900mm, 1000mm, 1200mm and 1400mm and is ideal for corner and recess installations. 

The range is available now to retailers, house builders, hoteliers and other accommodation providers who seek a high-end product at an accessible price point.

Offering the freedom of an open shower and suitable for small and large spaces, with Kinedo, it’s possible to create a designer wetroom look no matter the budget or the space size. 

Kudos Shower Products has expanded its collection of Pinnacle8 level access shower enclosures and introduced new corner quadrant models.

There are now seven Quadrant models in the collection. Two are standard quadrants at 900x900mm and 1000x1000mm in size, and there are a further five offset quadrant enclosures from 900x800mm up to 1200x900mm in size. They have all been designed without the need for a bottom rail, providing a level access and making it easier to step in and out of the enclosure.

Eliminating the bottom rail on the door gives it a minimalist appearance and makes it much easier to clean too. These new additions are available in a choice of chrome, matt black or brushed brass profiles.  As with all other enclosures in the Kudos Pinnacle8 range these new options stand 2000mm in height and are produced with 8mm toughened safety glass throughout. All glass panels come with LifeShield protection for easy cleaning and all doors with their iconic Finger Pull handle (with optional retro fit handle if required).

Pinnacle8 level access is a frameless design with slimline wall profiles concealing a 20mm wall adjustment for ease of fitting. SmartSeal technology is used on the crystal clear seals and glass-to-glass corner join seals, to ensure a clean uninterupted finish and a water tight bond. Overall this collection includes both hinged and sliding door options, to suit both recessed and corner installations, in sizes ranging from 760mm to 1500mm offering a plethora of design options to suit any bathroom. Kevlar impregnated pins are used in the rise and fall brushed finished hinges for consistent smooth opening and closing of the glass doors. And aircraft grade stainless steel roller bearings are used in the sliding doors for smooth action and longevity. 

Kudos Shower Products Ltd has been designing and manufacturing shower products at their Cumbria facility since 1999.  Their portfolio includes shower enclosures, shower trays, over-bath screens and wet-room solutions sold via KBB showrooms and merchants across the UK.

Bathroom Review Kudos Pinnacle8 additions to range

Visit their website kudosshowers.co.uk, call them on 01539 564040 or email info@kudosshowers.co.uk.

The Ultimate10 shower enclosure range is a new addition to the Kudos Premium Collection and is now available from stock. 

It comes with a coveted Red Dot Award-winning double action hinge, enabling the pivot door to open both inwards and outwards, offering a perfect solution where space is at a premium.

This new frameless range has been specifically designed to be truly modular, offering lots of design configurations with more than 70 recommended options in their new Premium Collection brochure. The pivot door can be installed directly from a wall post or from a glass panel, making it incredibly versatile and to fit on a shower tray or wet room floor.

The collection comprises six door models, with off-wall options for recess or corner (standard and large doors) and off-panel recess and corner. Each door and panel is 1985mm high, including fittings and can be installed in a corner or recessed situation. The doors are compatible with the existing Ultimate 10mm wet room glass panels, making it a truly modular system.

In addition, the profiles are available for the company’s best-selling finishes of chrome, matt black and brushed gold to co-ordinate or contrast with different bathroom brassware. The stylish door handle doubles as an integral towel rail, and all glass, which is a robust 10mm in thickness, comes with lifeshield protection. The collection is made in Cumbria and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

A unique component within the range is the hinge which has received a Red Dot Award for its innovative mechanism that allows the doors to open both inwards and outwards yet retain a watertight seal. The profile hinge comes with quadruple magnets, one pair always active, so when force is applied, the door will release and then attract the magnet pairs. Overlapping aluminium profiles alongside the active magnets in the mechanism prevents any water from passing through.

Kudos Shower Products Ltd has been designing and manufacturing shower products at their Cumbria facility since 1999.  Their portfolio includes shower enclosures, shower trays, over-bath screens and wet-room solutions sold via KBB showrooms and merchants across the UK.

Visit their website kudosshowers.co.uk, call them on 01539 564040 or email info@kudosshowers.co.uk.

CRL Bespoke Shower Screens are making waves in the bathroom this year as Antique Brass mixes classic and modern styles for a versatile finish.

Defined by copper and golden undertones, this unique finish is designed to create the aged look of a brass product that has been installed for many years. Antique Brass is popular as it matches easily with other colours and works well in modern or traditional spaces.

Giving a vintage character to any space, the Antique Brass finish fashioned on hardware on the CRL frameless shower screen collection brings a sense of warmth and personality to an otherwise minimalist space.

The finish also works harmoniously with the many wall surface options within the Bespoke Shower portfolio, which can be fabricated along with the glass screen for the perfect fit in any situation.

Antique Brass is just one of 13 shower hardware finish options available from CRL, with the range also boasting 10 styles of frameless shower screens and a wide range of Ceralsio and Inalco MDi surfaces for a complete shower solution from a single source.

A revolution in shower and wet room design, CRL Bespoke Shower Screens combine the latest innovations in CRL shower hardware with its luxury CRL Stone surfaces, for streamlined, hotel-inspired design in any bathroom. It enables retailers to offer their customers three key elements – glass, hardware and large format surfaces – tailor-made to fit, rather than a pre-configured shower from a single source that requires work-arounds.

CRL bespoke shower screens in elegant antique brass

For more details visit www.crlbespokeshowerscreens.co.uk or call 01706 863600.

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