Bathrooms, a space for wellbeing, relaxation, and recovery

Heating and Plumbing Magazine in the UK recently reported on a Grohe survey commissioned in June 2020 on consumer showering habits. Some of the latest results and showering trends are outlined below.

The bathroom has become increasingly considered a tranquil retreat. The results of Grohe’s showers survey in June 2020 highlighted that almost half of consumers are now viewing the bathroom as a space for wellbeing, relaxation, and recovery whilst 40% also agreed that the bathroom is a place of isolation where they go to seek some time alone. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will have accelerated this trend over recent months as more and more homeowners try to create an at-home sanctuary or space for wellbeing within their immediate living space.

Another key trend that is rapidly growing in the bathroom market is the growing awareness around water consumption and consumers becoming more eco-aware, understanding how their individual lifestyle can impact the planet. The survey highlighted that 42% of consumers like to enjoy long showers so there is a definite demand to provide solutions that enable a luxurious experience that uses less resource and are kinder to the environment.

Personalisation is also a growing area of the showering market. The survey predicts this will grow exponentially as the trend for wellbeing inspired bathrooms continues to soar. Consumers are using the shower to help improve physical and emotional wellbeing so having enhanced features that allow them to tailor their shower experience every time to suit their
needs will become increasingly important.

According to the survey the top five features homeowners value most in a shower are:

  • Cool surfaces: 78% want a shower with a surface that doesn’t get too hot whilst showering
  • Safety: 73% want a shower that is safe for all the family to use
  • No more drips: 69% consider it important that a shower doesn’t drip once turned off
  • Thermostatic: 61% like thermostatic showers so they don’t have to put up with temperature fluctuations
  • Rain showers: 54% want a larger shower head that offers full body coverage when showering, such as a rain shower.


Botament introduces a whole range of innovative product solutions

Botament leads the way in converting your customer’s bathroom into a space for wellness, relaxation and pure quality of life. With Botament, even small bathrooms can have beauty and comfort. As the specialist for system building materials, Botament introduces a whole range of innovative product solutions for the design, renovation and modernisation of bathrooms and wet-rooms.

The Wetrooms Solutions range offers the complete package to the market all from the one source with ETAG certification, giving your customer every product from start to finish for their wet-room project. Botament’s Wetrooms Solutions range is a comprehensive package offering high quality, value added, innovative building systems that are fast, safe, easy to install and totally waterproof for both new builds and renovations.

The Wetrooms Solutions range includes Botament Building Boards, Botament Shower Trays, Botament Water LD Linear drain systems, Under Shower sound insulation boards Botament TE Plus, Waterproofing Tanking and Sealing Tapes. In addition to the full range of Tile Adhesives, Grouts and Silicone Sealants, making them the one stop shop for wet rooms.

Botament Building Boards are suitable for countless substructures, such as plaster, tiles, studding, paint and many more, making them the natural choice for wet-rooms. Available in a wide range of sizes and thicknesses, they open-up a limitless array of design possibilities. Extremely strong, 100% waterproof and the perfect background for tiling. Building boards key benefits are speed of application and ease of use.

Botament DUB/LD shower trays are preformed shower trays that have built-in stainless-steel drains and a factory set gradient. Total waterproofing is achieved by the superior protective coatings. They are easy and quick to install and come ready to fix tiles, hence the ideal choice for bathroom renovations. Produced in many sizes, with options for central, offset or line drainage.

Botament Water LD stand-alone Linear drains are now an added solution to the Wetrooms range. Botament LD comes in four different widths, made entirely from stainless steel, offer five different height adjustments, and have secondary drainage levels.

The overlapping seal is factory mounted to ensure water tightness. Botament TE Plus sound insulation is an innovative mat installed under shower boards to create a noise barrier. TE Plus reduces impact sound by 35 dB so your customer can shower in peace. This is one of the few sound insulation materials suitable for wet areas.

This comprehensive range provides designers, contractors, and customers with optimally performing wet-room solutions.

For details see or contact MC Building Chemicals, Castleblayney Co.Monaghan 042-9751520.

Niko Bathrooms Launches 2021 Catalogue

The Niko Bathrooms 2021 catalogue features brand new products across a variety of product categories. The new catalogues are currently being distributed to retailers across the country and are jammed packed with new and exciting product ranges. If you require new catalogues, please email A digital version can be viewed and downloaded from their website

Marketing Manager, Sarah O’Loughlin, says “The bathroom is the room in a home that needs to work hard in the space allocated. Encourage your customer to create a luxurious bathroom experience by optimising storage where possible so that pampering time is at their ease with all products easily to hand.

Niko Bathrooms new catalogue will help those customers tackling a bathroom renovation or new build to think about their use of space, colour,
light and most importantly encourage the power and advantages of having a clear renovation plan”.

If you would like more information, visuals, or to arrange display models for your showroom contact Marketing Manager, Sarah O’Loughlin on / or Sales Director, Ken Greene on

Introducing AYO – Flair’s award winning wetroom collection

Since 1952, Flair Shower’s have built up a trusted reputation in the production of quality shower doors, wetrooms and bath screens. The company strive to provide meaningful product designs that will stand the test of time. Their latest innovative AYO wetroom collection is no exception to this rule and has just received a prestigious Good Design Award, which is testament to the design excellence of the range. The emphasis of the GOOD DESIGN® program is on “quality design of the highest form and function, with aesthetics a standard beyond ordinary consumer products”.

AYO is crafted to create a truly personal showering experience every time. With a focus on versatility, this modular glass walk-in range offers an infinite choice of wetroom layout options to the precise dimensions that the client requires.

Each AYO design detail is carefully considered to enhance user experience every day.

Harmony created from every angle.

AYO wetroom panels stand at an impressive height of two metres. Each screen is available in 10mm toughened safety glass that has been treated with a hydrophobic coating to resist the build-up of lime and grime.

All AYO sub-assemblies such as glass size, seals, wall profiles and stabilising bars can be selected in accordance with customer preference. A suite of mounting fixtures and minimalist stabilising bars are designed to accentuate the glass structure, whilst also ensuring a robust wetroom structure for the busy bathroom environment.

AYO is available in black or silver profile finishes, ensuring flawless integration in any bathroom environment. April 2021 will see an extension of the AYO collection, with exciting new surface finishes such as brushed brass, brushed nickel, stainless steel and polished gold launching within the range.

AYO by Flair – Creating Perfect Harmony.

For more information on the AYO wetroom range please visit

New matt black additions to Aqualisa bar shower mixer range

Leading shower manufacturer Aqualisa has introduced a new range of matt black bar valve mixers under the Aqualisa Deco branding.

Mixers account for around 40% of the total shower market in the UK and Ireland and have always offered a wide range of styles. Consumer demand for pleasing aesthetics and performance has led Aqualisa to add to its already strong line up of showers created for this segment of the market.

For more stylish bar valve mixer showers, colour has become a differentiator with matt black now established as an increasingly popular colour finish for modern bathrooms and wetrooms, these are now available from Aqualisa’s contemporary Deco range.

Launched in 2020, Deco is now available to the Irish market in which the Aqualisa brand already has a strong foothold, with a strong reputation for quality and service. The Deco range offers both round and square shower options in chrome and a stunning matt black finish.

Gemma Doran, Aqualisa’s Sales Manager in Ireland, expects Deco mixer showers to quickly make an impact for a number of good reasons: “We know that Aqualisa branding already sets Deco apart from other bar valves, offering a premium in terms of quality and reliability, as well as being supported by unrivalled customer service. With the popular option of matt black alongside the standard chrome, this range becomes even more compelling.These new showers are competitively priced and can be easily installed as a dual outlet upgrade, offering more shower variations for family bathrooms or en-suites.”

The dual outlet – offering two completely different showering experiences – works with an integrated diverter that switches the shower between a single mode handset and the drencher head. Other features include cool touch and temperature override button for added safety. Metal handles give a quality feel and the 109mm matt black or 120mm chrome plated handset and the 225mmm fixed head provide a great spray or drench alternative. For the square bar valve, a 70mm single mode matt black or 93mm single mode chrome finish handset is specified, both with a 225mmm drencher unit.

These exciting new showers come with a five-year guarantee on the valve and a two-year guarantee on the shower kit.

Visit for more information or contact Joe Timmins at MT Agencies, 01 864 3363 / mobile 087 2861793.

SONAS Bathrooms introduce eye-catching new products

SONAS Bathrooms have launched their 2021 brochure which features some eye-catching new products bringing bathroom colour to the fore and visually displays product highlights to help with your customer bathroom inspiration.

SONAS has expanded their Furniture Collection to include the Malmo, Vágar, Stockholm Cloakroom units and the beautiful countertop units from the Finland, Fjord and Stockholm range. The minimalist design of these ranges offers natural and stable colours which invites your customer into a peaceful and relaxing environment. This beautiful Collection has been designed with clean simple lines to give your customer that minimalist feel without compromising on storage.

Basin Mixers

SONAS Bathrooms know that there is an emphasis now more than ever on sustainability. That is why they have introduced the ECO range of basin mixers to help integrate sustainability into everyday life. The patented technology helps reduce water consumption without compromising on performance and the mixers also include a temperature limiter, saving further on energy costs.

SONAS Bathrooms have expanded their Norfolk and Contour Tap Ranges, some of which are featured in the ECO Range. These beautiful additions are available in Brush Gold and Matt Black and can add that perfect finishing touch and a dash of luxury to your customers bathroom.


Mirrors are not only used for vanity purposes but can maximise the perception of space and reflect light around the room. The new Astrid Range of stylish LED mirrors from SONAS Bathrooms offer colour temperature changing illumination. The fresh cool white light is perfect to energise your customer in the morning and when the day is done, they can switch to a warm white light to create a sense of relaxation, helping them to unwind.

For more information on SONAS Bathrooms please visit