Bathroom Feature: Your customer’s bathroom is meant to be a retreat

Good Housekeeping Magazine is an iconic brand with an impressive pedigree. The very first print issue of the magazine came out in 1885. In it, the editor wrote that the brand’s mission would be “about equal proportions of public duty and private interest.” That still rings true today – with more than 1,200 editions under their belts, two decades of sharing daily tips and news online, and 137 years of testing behind every product they recommend.

Inside the almost century and a half old Good Housekeeping Institute their editors, engineers, scientists, and product analysts work hard to serve their readers, your potential customers, as a go-to resource for almost everything in their home style choices, highlighting trusted expert advice and the best-tested products you can buy.

The Good Housekeeping Top Bathroom Trends for 2022, According to their Design Professionals

Your customers’ bathroom is meant to be a retreat, regardless of its size. For instance, they can improve the charm of a small bathroom by outfitting it with bold wallpaper, or they can fill a spacious bathroom layout with a calming white colour palette paired with wood accents, like a teak stool, and a fluffy bathmat for spa-like vibes. Weave in stylish accents like low-maintenance plants, vibrant window treatments and plush towels, and they have a picture-perfect space that offers the serenity they need to start and end their day. To get your customer, their readers, inspired to refresh their space in 2022, Good Housekeeping asked their favourite interior design pros to share the bathroom trends that are worth keeping on your radar in 2022,

Matte Black Fixtures

Antique brass has had its fair share of the spotlight in bathrooms, but now there’s a new kid in town. Matte black fixtures have been having a moment, and we will see even more of this trend in 2022.

Bold Wallpaper

Bold wallpaper, from walls to ceiling, are the new experience for bathroom design. Not to mention, keeping the edges soft and curvy with the cabinets and arched mirror details. Think outside of both with pieces that are already in the home for storage, like a bar cart with hand towels, candles, soaps and lotions.

Bathroom Suites

Larger bathrooms and primary suites will continue to be a trend. With more people now permanently working from home, Good Housekeeping clients are looking to get away from it all and a primary suite can do this. Fixtures in gold-tone finishes are becoming more readily available, and these will continue to grow in popularity. While associated with the boho look, these stand alone and can work nicely with traditional and modern aesthetics.

Spa Aesthetics

People want sanctuaries, so keeping things calm in bathrooms is desired. Bathrooms are generally smaller and cannot collect a whole bunch of clutter, so people will keep them lean and simple to provide a place of respite.

Organic Elements

For bathrooms, we will see people incorporating natural and organic elements, spa-like vibes, and bringing the outdoors inside.

Vintage Furniture

For larger spaces a vintage piece of furniture adds an unexpected layer of visual interest and becomes a conversation piece in a bathroom. You can use a vintage chest of drawers or a vintage sideboard for the double sink vanity. It brings complexity to the sparkling new bathroom.

Bringing in Nature

Plants have become increasingly popular in-home design these days – bathrooms included. This is not excluding our bathrooms. Aside from plants having such a great finishing-touch appeal, the usage of plants can be very dynamic in a space. It sparks a sustainable approach, air-purifying benefits, and a beautiful connection with nature.

White Marble

White marble features in bathrooms are refined, classic and sophisticated, and will always stand the test of time. This design choice is sure to buck the categorisation on any trend list.

Technological University Dublin SONAS 2022 Bathroom Design Winners announced

SONAS Bathrooms and TU-D (Technological University Dublin) have announced the winners of the 2022 SONAS Bathroom Design of the Year in a competition held in association with the Interiors Association of Ireland. Students of the Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design, led by one of Irelands best known Interior Designers Neville Knott, were tasked to create a luxury bathroom for a contemporary hotel.

Third year student, Christian Tamayo who won the Award will now see his winning bathroom design featured at SONAS exhibitions in 2022, including the Spring Ideal Home Show. Neville Knott said “This has been a really exciting competition for our students. As SONAS Bathrooms are one of the largest suppliers of bathroom products in Ireland, there has been great opportunities to explore a variety of themes and styles in bathroom design with products from their extensive range.

First Place – Christian Tamayo’s SONAS 2022 Bathroom of the Year

Working on real life projects is always a great experience for tomorrow’s designers and these students have really risen to the occasion with a wide range of amazing designs. I extend my congratulations to Christian, Caoimhe and Ava as well as those shortlisted.”

Richard Sloan, MD of SONAS Bathrooms said “There has been an extraordinarily high standard in entries to the competition and we really enjoyed the creativity of these students. SONAS Bathrooms are proud to support the next generation of designers. Sustainability, wellness, and technology all have a role to play in the modern bathroom. It will be wonderful to bring the winning bathroom to life in our showrooms.”

Christian Tamayo, Caoimhe Murphy and Ava Mulready, third year students at TU-D with Neville Knott, Programme Head, TU Dublin, Richard Sloan, MD of SONAS Bathrooms and Jackie Carton, President of the Interiors Association (IA) at the announcement of the winners of the 2022 SONAS Bathroom Design of the Year

Jackie Carton, President of the Interiors Association of Ireland (IA) said “It is wonderful to see Irish companies, like SONAS Bathrooms investing in the designers of the future. And what a future that is – I have been blown away by the design talent I witnessed as part of the judging panel. The Interiors Association also appreciates SONAS Bathrooms sponsoring student membership for this entire class.”

Students of the Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Design at TU-D were tasked to create a luxury bathroom for a contemporary hotel. Christian Tamayo as the winner, now has the opportunity to see his winning bathroom design featured at SONAS exhibitions in 2022 including Self Build Ireland Exhibitions. SONAS Bathrooms are one of Irelands leading bathroom brands and one of the largest suppliers of bathroom products.

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Niko Bathrooms continue to ‘inspire’ showcasing new arrivals at Dublin showroom

Following on from the hugely successful launch of their New Bathroom Showroom, with the ‘Open Doors to Inspiration Event” last November, the Niko Bathrooms team continue to ‘Inspire’ with New Collections featuring design-led products, with elegant forms and styles that embrace the very latest trends in bathroom design.

Niko Bathrooms Showrooms, Tallaght, D24.

With over 30 Bathroom settings over two floors, the showroom has been a hive of activity, welcoming retailers and their customers as part of the extended showroom service where they can browse the complete Niko Bathrooms collection. Retail Director, Ken Greene says: “When it comes to customers choosing a design style for their bathroom, colour is now one of the most popular design considerations and it plays a vital role in decision making when customers are selecting furniture, sanitaryware, brassware, mirrors and accessories”.

Elegance Rose Gold Frame LED Mirror with The Aylesbury Vanity Unit

New to the Niko Bathrooms Mirrors Range is the beautiful Elegance Rose Gold Frame Mirror. It is the perfect colour and style to pair with the dark navy tones of the Aylesbury Vanity Unit. Features include demister pad, ambient lighting and soft curved edges.

The full range of mirrors can be seen as part of the Niko Bathrooms Mirror Gallery, showcased in their showroom and is a must see for retailers. To make an appointment email or scan the QR code to take the virtual showroom tour online at

Ask your Niko Bathrooms area manager about designing a Mirror Gallery display to suit your store. Strata is the newest addition to the Francis Pegler Range, consisting of modern style taps and mixers, available in a number of different combinations from a mono basin mixer to wall mounted bath fillers.

Tap it off’ with a Matt Black Finish – the Strata, part of the Francis Pegler Range from Niko Bathrooms.

The Strata Matt Black finish is one of Niko Bathroom’s top selling lines and a popular choice with their retail customers, underlining the fact that the black bathroom tap trend is more popular than ever in 2022.

They are also available in a modern chrome finish that can often modernise some of the more traditional ranges such as the Georgian-styled vanity units. It comes with a 10 year manufacturers guarantee and is perfect for the Irish market as it operates under low pressure.

For further information on the Niko Bathrooms Collection contact or your local area manager.

Wet Room Solutions from Botament

Botament leads the way in converting your customers bathroom into a space for wellness, relaxation and pure quality of life.

From the simplest tile backer boards to special tile adhesives, Botament’s wet-room range opens up a wealth of possibilities to create the bathroom of your customer`s dreams. This German product range offers high quality, value added, innovative building systems that are fast, safe, easy to install and totally waterproof for both new builds and renovations.

Tile Backer boards and shower trays constructed from rigid extruded polystyrene foam makes them robust, waterproof and rot-proof with the added benefit of heat insulation. They are suitable for constructing walls, bath panels, partitions, raised floors and much more. Available in a wide range of sizes and thicknesses, they open a limitless array of design possibilities.

Botament DUB/LD shower trays

Floor level, walk-in showers can become a reality using preformed shower trays, with built-in stainless steel drains and factory set gradient.

Completely waterproof, they are easy and quick to install and come ready to fix tiles. Produced in many sizes, that have options for central, offset or line drainage.

Botament Water LD Linear drains and M54 rapid screed

The combination of stainless steel linear drains used with Botament M54, is all that it takes to create a wet room. Ready to tile in 24 hours and with an overlapping seal, it is factory mounted to ensure water tightness.

Botament TE Plus sound insulation

This innovative mat goes below shower trays to create a noise barrier and waterproofing, all in the one product.

Botament Tile adhesives and accessories

To complete the range all Botament Tile adhesive, grouts and silicone are compatible for use with the building boards.

This comprehensive range provides Designers, Retailers and Customers with optimally performing wet room solutions.

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

Tucson Booster Pumps continue to make an Impact in the Irish and UK Plumbing Markets

One reason for the continuing success of the Tucson brand is the MBP45 and SBP90 Modulating and Constant speed booster pumps’ exceptional performance, sleek look and quiet operational sound.

The Tucson brand origins lay in the heating circulation space and they have made a significant impact on the water boosting market share in recent years.

The Tucson family of cold-water booster pumps now consists of both constant speed and demand responsive units in addition to pressure switches, hoses and accessories.

Tucson Pumps manufacture a wide range of central heating circulation pumps including convention systems pumps plus gas and liquid boiler applications pumps.

This market leading Irish pump manufacturer continues to challenge the conventional by constantly developing new pump systems specific to the Irish and UK market requirements. This can be seen again later this year as Tucson plan to bring even more new products to the market in June 2022.

Tucson Pumps quality products, combined with a superior support team, ensure Tucson is fast becoming the premium brand of choice for many plumbers.

Tucson SBP90 – Constant Speed Booster Pump

The SBP90 is one of the original booster pumps from Tucson Pumps, this unit offers a maximum flow rate of up to 66 litres per minute and a maximum head of pressure of 3.7 Bar. The SBP90 utilises a powerful 370-Watt motor combined with a fully stainless-steel shaft, impeller and pumping chamber for a high-performance pumping experience.

The SBP90 will be receiving a brand facelift with a name change later this year as Tucson Pumps widen their output offering in their constant speed pump range. The CBP range will consist of a family of four pumps from 370-Watt to 1300-Watt motors with a Q max output range of 66 L/Min to 130L/ Min thus providing for all applications, domestic and general commercial.

Tucson MBP45 – Modulating Booster Pump

The latest booster pump to the Tucson range is the MBP45 which offers a 600-Watt motor and maximum pressure of 4.5 Bar. Having launched at the end of 2020, the MBP45 has received an exceptional response from plumbers and installers for its quiet operation with a decibel rating of less than 45 DB at 5 metres distance. This is a pump that well and truly stands out amongst the rest in the marketplace, turning heads for its sleek, unique design.

The MBP45 differs from the Tucson SBP90 as it is a variable speed pump that uses pressure feedback to make adjustments accordingly, saving on energy and costs. The Tucson MBP45 offers features such as constant or modulating mode selection, pressure input selection feature, dry run protection, self-priming (up to eight metres) and incorporates an anti-cycling feature which can alarm an installer should there be a leak in the system pipework.

All Tucson Booster Pumps offer a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty, as is the case with most of Tucson Pumps products. Tucson’s SBP90 and MBP45 are available to purchase from builders` merchants nationwide.

For more information, get in touch with the Tucson sales team by calling (01) 842 6255 or email