Black Taps: The New Trend on the Block

Black taps- the new trend on the block- Wholesale Domestic bathrooms

Black tapware is a trend that has become increasingly popular in the last few years. With monochrome becoming the staple bathroom design that everyone gravitates towards, it’s no surprise that black taps have become a highly sought-after feature.

Black taps are perfect if you’re looking to add something different to your bathroom design. Matte black taps can turn a plain bathroom design into something stylish and contemporary.

You’ve seen this trend popping up all over Pinterest and Instagram. Now you can shop the look right here at Wholesale Domestic, at an affordable price. Trying out the black tap trend doesn’t have to cost the earth.

We’re going to talk you through our range of budget-friendly black taps, with a few tips on how to use them in your home.

Black Basin Taps

Black taps- mono basin mixer tap on white basin

Flow Black Mono Basin Mixer Tap

Flow Black Mono Basin Mixer Tap

The Flow Black Mono Basin Mixer Tap is the ultimate black basin tap.

This tap is the height of modern design. With smooth curved lines and a bold geometric shape, this tap adds a contemporary touch to any bathroom.

Highly versatile, this tap sits perfectly on most standard basins. A perfect fit for a modern basin, it looks especially stunning paired with our City White Gloss Vanity Unit and Basin. Use this tap as part of a modern bathroom design for a fashionable look.    

Black taps- mini mono basin mixer tap on white basinFlow Black Mini Mono Basin Mixer Tap

Flow Black Mini Mono Basin Mixer Tap

The Flow Black Mini Mono Basin Mixer Tap is, as the name would suggest, a miniature version of the mono basin mixer tap; same look, smaller size.

Like its bigger cousin, this tap features an eye-catching geometric design. The difference is that this tap features a smaller width and height, with a shorter projection.

This tap is a great option for smaller basins that can look dwarfed by larger taps. It’s ideal for use in a small bathroom or cloakroom; a great feature to impress houseguests. 

Black taps- high rise basin mixer tap on white counter top basinFlow Black High Rise Basin Mixer Tap

Flow Black High Rise Basin Mixer Tap

If you’re looking to make a strong visual statement, the Flow Black High Rise Basin Mixer Tap could be the one for you.

This tap features a high rise design that’s made exclusively to match a counter top basin. Both practical and fashionable, it has a chic and dramatic look that adds a stylish edge to your bathroom.

This basin tap looks stunning when paired with any of our modern counter top basins. We’ve paired it here with our Rio Rectangle Counter Top Basin for a contemporary look.

Black Bath Taps

Black taps- black bath filler tap on white bath

Flow Black Bath Filler Tap

Flow Black Bath Filler Tap

The Flow Black Bath Filler Tap has a distinctive, elegant design that will complement your modern bath perfectly. This tap coordinates perfectly with any of the Flow Black Basin Taps.

This practical bath filler tap is both functional and stylish, adding a dramatic flair to even the simplest of baths. It’s a stunning match for any modern bath.

Black taps- black bath shower mixer tap

Flow Black Bath Shower Mixer Tap

Flow Black Bath Shower Mixer Tap

The Flow Black Bath Shower Mixer Tap, like its bath filler counterpart, features a striking modern design. This tap, however, comes with the convenient feature of a shower handset. This allows the tap to turn into an efficient shower; a practical feature that’s perfect for a family bathroom.

Black taps- black 4 hole bath shower mixer tap on white bathFlow Black 4 Hole Bath Shower Mixer Tap

Flow Black 4 Hole Bath Shower Mixer Tap

For something more unique, the Flow Black 4 Hole Bath Shower Mixer Tap is the perfect choice. This tap features a geometric shape with a narrow spout; a unique design that creates a stunning focal point.

The black mixer tap is as functional as it is fashionable. Complete with a useful shower attachment, it’s perfect for any family bathroom.

With a clean and futuristic look, this tap looks stunning with any modern bath and is the perfect fit for a minimalist bathroom design. 

Black taps- black freestanding bath shower mixer tap on white freestanding bathFlow Black Freestanding Bath Shower MIxer Tap

Flow Black Freestanding Bath Shower Mixer Tap

The Flow Freestanding Bath Shower Mixer Tap is the standout product of our black tapware range. Made solely for use with freestanding baths, this elegant tap makes a strong visual statement.

This freestanding bath tap features a unique and eye-catching shape. A single square column is topped off with a distinctive arched mixer design. This stunning tap adds an air of sophistication and glamour to any bathroom.

We’ve styled up this striking tap with our Sharm Double Ended Freestanding Bath for a chic and modern look.

How do I style black taps?

The beauty of black taps lies in their simplicity. These versatile taps will look stunning as part of any modern bathroom design.

Black taps match perfectly with monochrome bathroom décor. We’ve combined them with white walls and black floor tiles for a striking look. These taps are well-suited for a simple, minimalist bathroom design.

How do I clean black taps?

Black taps might seem intimidating when it comes to cleaning, but it’s actually very straightforward. Simply clean with mild soapy water, then dry gently to avoid water marks. Steer clear of using any abrasive cleaners or strong chemicals to avoid scratching the matte surface. For daily dust and dirt, wipe down with a microfiber cloth to keep your black taps looking good.

What do you think of the black tap trend? Would you add this look to your bathroom design?

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10 Reasons You Need Underfloor Heating

10 reasons you need underfloor heating- Wholesale Domestic Bathroom Blog

During these freezing cold winter months, what better time is there to talk about one of our favourite products: underfloor heating.

Underfloor heating is a heating system that sits underneath your floor tiles to heat them; this heat then rises up to warm the rest of the room. Our underfloor heating features a heated mat design. The Trademat+ consists of a series of electrical cables that are held in position by a mat and fitted underneath your tiles.

Underfloor heating is more than just a luxury; it can be an incredibly useful investment for your bathroom.

So, without further ado, here are 10 reasons that you might want to consider underfloor heating for your new bathroom.  

1.       It’s more affordable than you think

You might expect underfloor heating to be a major financial investment, but it might be more affordable than you think. While the price of installation can vary, the price of the system itself is very reasonable.

Our underfloor heating mats are available in various dimensions to suit any size of bathroom. Prices range from £99.95 for 1m2 to £199.95 for 5m2. The accompanying touch-screen timerstat is available for £59.95. For the UK average bathroom size of 4m2, that’s under £240 for your underfloor heating materials.*

*Prices correct at time of publishing.

2.       It keeps your tiles warm

I think we can all agree: stepping out of a hot shower onto freezing cold tiles is a horrible experience, especially during the winter months. Underfloor heating will keep your bathroom tiles warm and toasty; you’ll never have to complain about cold floors again.

Trademat+ Underfloor heating Cosytoes Trademat+ 

3.       Single source of heat

One of the main benefits of underfloor heating is that it can be used as a single heat source in your bathroom. If you live in a well-insulated building, you can use underfloor heating in lieu of a radiator to keep your bathroom warm.

Underfloor heating can give you more freedom in your bathroom design. You can plan out your new bathroom layout without having to worry about where to put a radiator. This is also useful for small bathrooms that lack the extra wall space needed for a radiator.

If you live in an older building with poor insulation, you may need an additional heat source during very cold weather. You could install a small heated towel rail in conjunction with your underfloor heating; it will add extra heat during the winter months and can be used to warm your towels the rest of the year, so it doesn’t feel like a wasted appliance.

4.       Cost-effective heating

Underfloor heating has the significant advantage of being more cost-effective than other heating methods. Underfloor heating operates at a lower temperature than conventional heating to warm the room consistently and evenly.

With a steady, low-level temperature, underfloor heating can be more cost-effective to run than radiators or heated towels rails. The Trademat+ uses approximately 1p per hour, per m2.

With underfloor heating, you can get the same effect as a radiator or heated towel rail, while also saving money and energy.

5.       Easy-install

Our electric underfloor heating system features “Tack n Stick” technology, which allows for easy installation. The underside of the heating mat has a tacky adhesive, which enables you to position and re-position the mat before cutting, without risk of movement. The underside also has strips of adhesive tape which hold the mat in place, ready for tiling. Installation is quick and simple, so you won’t have to spend days waiting for your tradesman to install it.   

Trademat+ Underfloor Heating Touchscreen TimerstatCosytoes Touch-Screen Stat in White  

6.       Easy to use

Our underfloor heating is controlled by a Touch-Screen Timerstat. This can be installed in a convenient location in your bathroom and is designed for recessed fitting. The Timerstat controls when your heating turns on and off, as well as the temperature.

With touch-screen functionality, the Timerstat is incredibly easy and convenient to use. It can be programmed to turn on the heat at a certain time, like the timer on your boiler, so the room is warm and cosy for you getting up in the morning. It can also be used to manually turn the heat on and off as and when required. 

7.       Suitable for wet rooms

Underfloor heating has the unique benefit of being suitable for use in wet rooms. Traditional heating fixtures, like radiators and heated towel rails, are not ideal for use in wet rooms; the high levels of condensation can cause them to rust. Underfloor heating is a great alternative for heating your wet room.

8.       Prevents mildew

Damp and mildew is a common problem in bathrooms, due to the moist, cold conditions. Underfloor heating can help with this. Underfloor heating provides a constant low level of heat, that can’t be feasibly provided with a radiator. This heat keeps the room warm and dries out excess moisture and condensation, which helps to prevent damp and mildew from forming.

9.       Safe for the whole family

Underfloor heating is a great heating option for families with young children. This low-level heat source is safer for young children than radiators or heated towel rails, as it eliminates the risk of burned fingers.

Underfloor heating is also ideal for homes with pets. It prevents your pets from burning themselves on hot radiators, and also gives them a cosy place to lie down.  

10.   Lifetime guarantee

Our underfloor heating mats come with a lifetime guarantee for your peace of mind. If there’s ever a problem with your underfloor heating, you can get it fixed or replaced without a problem. 

Are you interested in fitting underfloor heating in your bathroom? You can browse our full range of underfloor heating here.

Still not sure if underfloor heating is right for you? Visit our showroom in Hillington, or give us a call on 0333 255 5845, and one of our experienced staff members will be happy to talk you through your options!

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The 5 Commandments of Sale Shopping

The 5 commandments of sale shopping- Wholesale Domestic

It’s that time of year again; the post-Christmas sales are almost upon us!

The winter sales can be a great time to make big purchases for your bathroom. However, with so many sales on offer, it can be difficult to find the best deals. It can also be easy to get swept up in the excitement of sale season and end up spending more than you really wanted or needed to.

But never fear; we’re here to talk you through our tips for shopping effectively at Wholesale Domestic Bathroom Superstore this sale season, where we bring bathrooms to life.

5 Commandments of sale shopping- sign up to email alerts

1.  Sign up to receive our emails

The first step of shopping the winter sale: find out when the sale starts. With most post-Christmas sales now starting well before the 25th, it can be hard to know when the sale period is actually going to start.

Luckily, you can sign up to our email newsletter to be the first to know about any sales and special offers! Sign up on our homepage!

5 commandments of sale shopping- make a list

2.  Make a list (and check it twice)

The most useful thing you can do when it comes to shopping the sale is plan ahead. Write down a list of everything you need and would like to buy, whether you’re looking for a full new bathroom, or just a few accessories.

After you’ve got your list, start browsing our site to get an idea of what stock there is and what items you like.

If you prefer to browse in person, have a look around our showroom with a notepad and pen and note down the names, codes and prices of everything you’re interested in. Alternatively, one of our friendly team can walk you around and talk you through all the options available to you.

5 commandments of sale shopping- set a budget

3.  Set a budget

With so many offers and bargains to be had, it can be easy to get swept up in the excitement of the sales.

Set yourself a budget for your shopping and make sure you stick to it as closely as you can. If you’re shopping online, keep an eye on that basket total as you shop so you don’t end up going overboard.

If shopping in person, keep a notepad, pen and small calculator handy (or use your phone) when browsing the showroom. When you spot things you want, note down the prices and keep a running total to make sure you stay under budget. Again, our team can also do this for you.

5 commandments of sale shopping- don't impulse buy

4.  Don’t impulse buy

Impulse buying is the enemy of effective sale shopping. Take your time when shopping to ensure you’re making smart purchases. That list you made before? Stick to it like glue! Hastily-made decisions and impulse purchases can result in you wasting money or buying a bathroom that you don’t actually like.

If you’re not 100% sure about something, take a day or so to mull it over before handing over the credit card. If you’ve been tempted by something that wasn’t originally on your list, consider whether it’s actually a good purchase for your bathroom.

However, don’t wait too long to go back and buy the things you want. Sale items can go out of stock fairly quickly, so don’t miss out!

5 commandments of sale shopping- stick with a trusted provider

5.  Stick with a trusted provider

Sale season is not the time to experiment with companies you’ve never heard of.

Stick to shopping with a trust-worthy, established company, like Wholesale Domestic, for all your bathroom sale shopping.

And that was our 5 Commandments of Shopping our sale. We hope you picked up some good tips.  Merry Christmas to all, and happy shopping!

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Bathroom Christmas Gift Guide

Bathrooms and Christmas gifts might not seem like two concepts that go together. However, we offer a range of bathroom accessories that make perfect Christmas presents! Whoever it is you’re buying for, we can help you find practical and stylish gifts for your loved ones.

So, on that note, let’s talk you through our Bathroom Christmas Gift Guide!   

Bathroom Christmas Gift Guide- acrylic storage jar

Serene Collection Storage Jar Medium

Acrylic Storage- for the organisation lover

If you know someone who loves their home to be neat and organised, acrylic storage could be a great gift. Pick something out from our Serene range of acrylic bathroom accessories.

The Serene Collection Cosmetic Organiser is perfect for keeping your bathroom essentials neat and tidy. It works especially well for organising make-up, with handy compartments that are ideal for storing lipsticks.

The Serene Clear Acrylic Cotton Pad Holder is another great gift option. This stylish accessory allows you to store your cotton pads in an aesthetically pleasing way; say goodbye to unsightly plastic packaging!

Another great gift option is the Serene Collection Storage Jar. This stylish container suits any modern bathroom design and is perfect for storing small odds and ends that don’t have a home. You could also use to it store essentials like cotton buds or hair ties.

Bathroom Christmas Gift Guide- bathroom music systemProofVision Bathroom Music System

Bathroom music system- for the music enthusiast

If you know somebody who’s constantly listening to music, you might want to gift them a Bathroom Music System. The Proofvision Bathroom Music System allows you to listen to music in the bathroom with ease; no more worrying about dropping your phone in the bath! Simply connect the system to your Bluetooth device and you can access your music collection from inside your bathroom. With premium sound quality, this speaker is the perfect gift for any music-lover.

Bathroom Christmas Gift Guide- illuminated vanity mirrorIlluminated Cosmetic Magnifying Mirror

Vanity Mirror- for the beauty lover

A vanity mirror is the ideal gift for the beauty-lover in your life. Our Illuminated Cosmetic Magnifying Mirror features a rotating, two-sided design. The magnifying side gives a close up view that’s great for complicated detail tasks, like brow shaping or lip lining. The bright surround lighting provides great illumination that’s perfect for make-up application. This mirror is portable for your convenience, so you can use it anywhere in the home. An excellent gift for any make-up lover.

Bathroom Christmas Gift Guide- in wall electric toothbrush chargerProofVision In Wall Electric Toothbrush Charger

Toothbrush charger- for the tech lover

We all know someone who loves a new gadget. The ProofVision In Wall Electric Toothbrush Charger is a great gift for any gadget lover. This toothbrush charger fits into the wall to create a clever solution for charging and storing your toothbrush when you aren’t using it. Free from untidy charging cables, this charger has a sleek design that adds a modern touch to any bathroom.

Bathroom Christmas Gift Guide- bathroom tv

ProofVision Premium Black 19" Waterproof Bathroom Television

Bathroom TV- for the TV addict

If you’re feeling extra generous, a bathroom TV is a great option for just about anyone. It’s a wonderful gift for those who love to watch TV but perhaps don’t always have the time. With a Waterproof Bathroom TV, you can catch up on your favourite shows from the comfort of your bathroom. Watch when using the shower in the morning, or while relaxing in the bath in the evening!

Finding presents for your loved ones at Christmas can be a stressful task. However, we hope you’ve found this helpful and got some good gift ideas. Would you buy any of these items as Christmas presents?

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10 Ways to Decorate Your Bathroom for Christmas

10 ways to decorate your bathroom for Christmas- Wholesale Domestic bathroom blog

We all love to decorate our homes in the run-up to Christmas. If you’re as into Christmas as we are at Wholesale Domestic, you probably want to fill your entire house with festive decorations. But one room that often gets overlooked in the decorating process is the bathroom. However, the bathroom can look gorgeous with a few festive touches. That’s why we’re going to talk through how you can bring your bathroom to life this Christmas with some festive décor.

So, without further ado, here are our 10 Ways to Decorate Your Bathroom for Christmas!

1) Festive towels

If you don’t want to go all out, a good way to bring some festive cheer into your bathroom décor is to switch out your regular bath towels for Christmas-themed ones.

The good thing is, this can be as subtle or as flashy as you want it to be. If you want something subtler, opt for plain towels in festive colours like red or green. This will give a hint towards the Christmas theme without being too much. An extra bonus is that you could make use of the towels throughout the rest of the year.

For something more festive, search out Christmas themed bath towels. These can be found in a range of designs, from the subtle and classy to the wonderfully tacky.

Christmas bathroom- colourful Christmas wreath

2) Wreath

Whoever said Christmas wreaths were limited to outdoors lacked imagination. A small Christmas wreath can look stunning as an indoor decoration. You could place a small decorative wreath on the bathroom door for a traditional festive look. However, wreaths don’t have to be limited to doors. Christmas wreaths also look gorgeous hung up on walls, windows, and even large mirrors!

bluetooth mirror Christmas bathroom with tinsel Hudson Reed Corona LED Bluetooth Mirror

3) Christmas music

Nothing says Christmas like singing along to the cheesiest Christmas playlist known to man during your morning shower. Use a Bluetooth mirror to play music in the bathroom with ease. Et voila: you’re ready to pop on some festive tunes and start belting like Mariah Carey.

Christmas bathroom candles

4) Candles

As far as I’m concerned, when the festive candles come out, it’s officially Christmas. Christmas candles are a great way to create a festive atmosphere in your bathroom, as well as in the rest of the home. Opt for candles with wintery, spiced scents, like cinnamon or ginger, that make you think of Christmas as soon as you step foot in the room.

5) Snow spray

Take your Christmas décor to a new level with snow spray. Spray on your bathroom windows for a traditional snowy effect. You could also use snow spray to decorate your bathroom mirror, or even on the outside of your shower door. 

Spray all over for a frosted effect, or use Christmas-themed stencils to create a festive pattern!

Christmas tree baubles- bathroom Christmas decoration

6) Christmas baubles

If you have any spare Christmas baubles left over from decorating your tree, don’t let them go to waste! Place any extra baubles into a large glass jar or bowl for festive decoration that won’t cost you a penny.

7) Shower decals

If you have a glass shower door, you could use festive glass stickers to add some Christmas cheer. These can be found in a variety of different designs, so they can be as subtle or as bold as you like. This could also work very well on your bathroom window!

Gold tinsel- Christmas bathroom decoration

8) Tinsel

If your mantra for Christmas décor is “the more sparkly, the better”, tinsel is great for adding a festive look to your bathroom. Simply hang some around your bathroom mirror and secure with tape; simple, but effective. You could also place it around your window or on the windowsill to add some extra sparkle.

9) Foliage

If tinsel is a bit much for you, and you’re looking for something more subdued, you could opt for festive foliage. Greenery like holly, mistletoe and even eucalyptus all work well for creating a festive appearance with a more natural, rustic quality.

Alternatively, you could add a festive floral arrangement to brighten up the room.

Small table-top Christmas tree- Christmas bathroom decoration

10) Christmas Tree

Now, we realise putting a 5ft Christmas tree in the bathroom is a step too far for most people (although if you have the space, why not?). However, a small table-top Christmas tree can be a great way to add some festive cheer into your bathroom.  Find a small artificial tree and display with pride on the windowsill or on top of a storage unit.

And there we have it. 10 ways you can decorate your bathroom for Christmas! Will you be trying any of these ideas this year? Do you have any other bathroom-friendly Christmas décor ideas? Let us know in the comments!

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