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Adam Chard

Posts by Adam Chard

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 4 years Adam has been bringing home interior ideas to life at VictoriaPlum.com. Adam’s favourite interior styles have been shaped by both urban and natural influences.

Stylish Independence
Inspiration

Stylish Independence

  • 7 min read

What is independent living? And how can you create a stylish bathroom that helps you live independently? We find out...

Get the look: Dark Domain
Style Guides

Get the look: Dark Domain

  • 5 min read

If you're looking for a darker look and feel for your bathroom, we'll help you create your very own refined retreat with this handy style guide.

Small cloakroom bathroom ideas
Inspiration

Small cloakroom bathroom ideas

  • 1 min read

When it’s time for a change, small bathrooms require big thinking. Whether it’s a cloakroom you’re renovating or your main master bathroom, this is the perfect place to start if you’re in need of small bathroom ideas and inspiration.

Why do we call a whirlpool bath a "Jacuzzi"?
Inspiration

Why do we call a whirlpool bath a "Jacuzzi"?

  • 3 min read

Do you tend to call a bath with air jets a "Jacuzzi"? The real name we should be using is "whirlpool bath", but why do we use this catch-all term to describe them and how did it catch on in the first place? In this blog post, I’ll be finding out...

Basin taps buying guide
Buying Guides

Basin taps buying guide

  • 3 min read

When you’re updating your bathroom suite, choosing the right basin taps can really alter its look and feel. Our buying guide will help you to choose the style that’s right for you.

Create the perfect family bathroom
Inspiration

Create the perfect family bathroom

  • 4 min read

If you're looking to create the perfect family bathroom, there are certain elements you'll want to add. Follow our tips and you'll soon be enjoying a family-friendly bathroom that everyone will love.

Smart ideas for compact bathrooms
Inspiration

Smart ideas for compact bathrooms

  • 2 min read

The average sized bathroom in the UK isn’t much larger than a king-sized bed, so trying to plan a cloakroom and squeeze everything you need into this compact space can be a real headache.

Upgrade to a whirlpool bath
Inspiration

Upgrade to a whirlpool bath

  • 3 min read

For the ultimate in relaxation, a whirlpool bath is absolutely ideal for easing muscle tension & improving blood circulation, and now it's even easier to upgrade than ever.

Get the look: French Floral
Style Guides

Get the look: French Floral

  • 5 min read

The French Floral look is the latest summer trend to hit our bathrooms. Très chic and wonderfully unique, we'll show you how to achieve this style.

Colourful Creative bathrooms
Style Guides

Colourful Creative bathrooms

  • 5 min read

When it comes to bathroom colours, why stick with monochrome palettes? A new trend is emerging, giving you the freedom to be both colourful and creative!

Shower buying guide
Buying Guides

Shower buying guide

  • 7 min read

This guide will help you find the perfect shower for your bathroom, and give you an overview of what you need to think about when choosing.

Colour ideas for your bathroom
Inspiration

Colour ideas for your bathroom

  • 2 min read

After years of using fairly unadventurous and neutral bathroom colours such as white, beige and brown, many people are now searching for inspiration in a variety of bold colours.

5 bathroom design features to make your life easier
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5 bathroom design features to make your life easier

  • 5 min read

With our busy, busy lives, sometimes we really don't want to spend any more time than is absolutely necessary in our bathrooms. So, if you're thinking of refurbishing your bathroom, we've come up with 5 fantastic features that'll help save you both time and money.

Bathroom accessory buying guide
Buying Guides

Bathroom accessory buying guide

  • 4 min read

When you’re thinking bathrooms there can be a tendency to concentrate so much on the big things like the suite you want, that you can overlook the different accessories that can also improve your bathroom in so many ways.

Hotel chic mood board
Mood Boards

Hotel chic mood board

  • 1 min read

Some of the most luxurious bathrooms in the world are to be found in gorgeous boutique hotels. However, you can easily recreate the hotel chic look in your own home with help from our handy mood board.

5 smart small bathroom ideas
Inspiration

5 smart small bathroom ideas

  • 5 min read

Do you think your bathroom is too small to do anything with? Don’t worry, you're not alone. We're here to tell you that if you pick wisely, you can create a compact space that makes a big style impact.

Planning a small bathroom
Room Planning

Planning a small bathroom

  • 2 min read

Whether you are looking at creating a new bathroom in a loft as an ensuite or in an old under-used box room, it will certainly add to the value of your home and provide practical advantages for all the family too.

5 ways to create more space in your bathroom
Room Planning

5 ways to create more space in your bathroom

  • 2 min read

For those of us who don’t have the luxury of a big bathroom where everyday design considerations aren’t a problem, we offer the solution. At VictoriaPlum.com you can chose efficient space-saving designs to meet both the size constraints of your bathroom.

Bathroom tiling ideas
Inspiration

Bathroom tiling ideas

  • 1 min read

Choosing your tile designs can be one of the most difficult decisions when renovating your bathroom. To give you a helping hand, we have pulled together some of our best tiling hints and tips, along with some of our favourite tiles.

Period bathroom ideas
Inspiration

Period bathroom ideas

  • 1 min read

With period dramas such as Downtown Abbey taking over our TV screens in recent years, there is now a real taste for traditional styles in the home and this is especially true in the bathroom. By reading our tips on planning a period bathroom and by browsing through our range of traditional bathroom suites and furniture, we’ll help you achieve that classic look in your bathroom.

A guide to choosing your smart digital shower
Buying Guides

A guide to choosing your smart digital shower

  • 7 min read

With so many digital or smart showers on the market, you may be wondering which is right for you. With our easy-to-follow guide, we’ll walk you through the main features and benefits of each one, so you can make the right choice.

Shop the ad
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Shop the ad

  • 3 min read

Love what you've seen in our latest TV ad? We take a closer look at some of the products featured.

Heated towel rail buying guide
Buying Guides

Heated towel rail buying guide

  • 7 min read

Heated towel rails are often seen as a bit of a luxury, but at VictoriaPlum.com they’re truly affordable. Follow our handy buying guide and get the the right heating for your bathroom.

Bed buying guide
Buying Guides

Bed buying guide

  • 6 min read

Buying a new bed - arguably, it's one of the most important purchases you'll ever make. Follow our bed buying guide to find the right bed for you.

The history of the toilet infographic
Latest News

The history of the toilet infographic

  • 1 min read

The toilet. Virtually everyone in the UK has at least one, and sometimes two, in their home. However, many of us simply don’t realise what an incredible invention the toilet was and how it revolutionised the way we live.

Shower cabin buying guide
Buying Guides

Shower cabin buying guide

  • 2 min read

If you’re looking for the perfect shower solution for your bathroom, a shower cabin may be the perfect choice. This guide will show you what shower cabins are available at VictoriaPlum.com, what kind of bathrooms they suit, and the features they include.

Electric shower buying guide
Buying Guides

Electric shower buying guide

  • 3 min read

If you’re wondering if an electric shower is the right choice for your bathroom, this guide will explain what they are, how they work, and how they’re different, so you can see if it’s right for you.

Corner basin buying guide
Buying Guides

Corner basin buying guide

  • 2 min read

When it comes to designing a cloakroom, making the most of the space is usually one of the top concerns. With its clever space-efficient design, a corner basin can provide the solution. This guide will give you a brief introduction to corner basins, and how one could work in your bathroom.

Shower pump buying guide
Buying Guides

Shower pump buying guide

  • 6 min read

If you're suffering from low water pressure, find out which shower pump can help boost your flow rate for your shower or even your whole home.

Planning a family bathroom
Room Planning

Planning a family bathroom

  • 3 min read

A family bathroom has to cater for all ages and every member of the household. That means it needs to make use of all the available space in the best possible way.

Bathroom flooring advice
Room Planning

Bathroom flooring advice

  • 3 min read

Bathrooms are about more than just fixtures and fittings, and here at VictoriaPlum.com we’ll do our best to help you get every aspect of your bathroom up to standard, including your flooring.

The top 5 most haunted toilets in the UK
Latest News

The top 5 most haunted toilets in the UK

  • 5 min read

With the drip-dripping of the taps, weird noises coming from the plumbing and the fact you are often utterly, utterly alone, it's no wonder that toilets can seem to be spooky places. We take you on a spine-chilling tour of the top 5 haunted toilets in the UK.

Is wenge bathroom furniture the new black?
Inspiration

Is wenge bathroom furniture the new black?

  • 2 min read

Wenge is a relatively unknown type of wood finish for furniture and when it comes to the bathroom, but it’s making a breakthrough as an accent colour. From the *Millettia laurentii* tree found in Central Africa, this is a tropical timber that is very dark in colour.

Treat a Mum prize draw
Latest News

Treat a Mum prize draw

  • 0 min read

With Mother's Day coming up, why not enter our fabulous prize draw? We'll be giving away a treat up to £100 in value to one deserving Mum. Enter now.

Going the extra mile
Inspiration

Going the extra mile

  • 5 min read

We chat with our Product Designer Luke about product inspiration, quality and clocking up the miles in search of great designs at low prices.

Vanity unit buying guide
Buying Guides

Vanity unit buying guide

  • 2 min read

Vanity units provide extra storage and can help give your bathroom a unique style. This guide will help you choose colour, style and give some advice regarding installation.

Make Friends with boho chic interior style
Inspiration

Make Friends with boho chic interior style

  • 5 min read

Ever heard of the interior design style "boho chic"? No? Well, if you love bright colours, gorgeous prints and sumptuous furniture (focusing on comfort and your own individual preferences, rather than the latest trends), then read on.

5 great bathroom flooring ideas
Inspiration

5 great bathroom flooring ideas

  • 3 min read

Bathroom flooring is the foundation of your bathroom, and whatever you choose to lay can really help frame your room. The flooring you pick needs to be durable, stylish and suited to your daily routine and lifestyle.

Bath panel buying guide
Buying Guides

Bath panel buying guide

  • 2 min read

A bath panel helps conceal unsightly pipework and other structures, so your bath looks sleek and seamless. This guide will give you a brief introduction to bath panels, and an overview of the range available at VictoriaPlum.com.

The Deco Suite: A work of art
Inspiration

The Deco Suite: A work of art

  • 2 min read

If you're looking to turn your master bathroom into a masterpiece, or perhaps get creative with your cloakroom, the new Deco Bathroom Suite from VictoriaPlum.com can help bring your ideas to life.

How to save water in your home
DIY Advice

How to save water in your home

  • 3 min read

With the prospect of increased droughts, resources becoming increasingly scarce and the world warming up, saving water is a topic that is discussed and debated more frequently.

Glamour mood board
Mood Boards

Glamour mood board

  • 1 min read

Are you a bit of a glamour puss who appreciates the finer things in life? If so, you'll find plenty of inspiration for your bathroom with our mood board.

Top bathroom trends in everyday bathrooms
Inspiration

Top bathroom trends in everyday bathrooms

  • 4 min read

When designing a bathroom, style is an important aspect for many people. So we’ve taken a look at some of the biggest bathroom trends and found the VictoriaPlum.com customers who have executed them to perfection.

Semi pedestal basin buying guide
Buying Guides

Semi pedestal basin buying guide

  • 2 min read

The semi pedestal basin is a sleek and contemporary choice for modern bathrooms, and comes in a wide array of designs and styles. This guide will give you an overview of the semi pedestal basins at VictoriaPlum.com, and what you need to consider when choosing one.

Straight bath buying guide
Buying Guides

Straight bath buying guide

  • 3 min read

This guide has been designed to introduce you to the range of straight baths at VictoriaPlum.com, so you can decide what would work for your bathroom.

Shower tray buying guide
Buying Guides

Shower tray buying guide

  • 7 min read

A shower tray is an essential part of creating a shower enclosure, keeping water where it should be and efficiently draining it away. This guide will give you a quick overview of what’s available at VictoriaPlum.com, so you can easily find the one that’s right for you.

Shower valve buying guide
Buying Guides

Shower valve buying guide

  • 4 min read

There are a few things you need to consider when choosing a shower valve. The choices available may seem a little overwhelming if you’re not sure what design you need, so our shower valve buying guide should help point you in the right direction.

Planning a cloakroom bathroom
Room Planning

Planning a cloakroom bathroom

  • 3 min read

Decorating in a small space can be difficult, as balancing furniture and colour choices become trickier. This is especially the case in a bathroom where there are a number of key units which need to be included.

Shabby chic bathroom style guide
Style Guides

Shabby chic bathroom style guide

  • 3 min read

Looking for a unique way to give your bathroom a style-edge? Shabby chic is a classic design choice with plenty going for it, but just how do you go about bringing it into the bathroom?

Redesigning your bathroom
Room Planning

Redesigning your bathroom

  • 7 min read

What are the key considerations you should take into account when redesigning your bathroom? We take a look at the questions you need to be asking.

Mirror and cabinet buying guide
Buying Guides

Mirror and cabinet buying guide

  • 2 min read

Cabinets and mirrors can really bring your bathroom alive, adding convenient storage as well as stylish details. They provide those finishing touches that can have a big impact on the look and feel of your bathroom.

Toilet seats buying guide
Buying Guides

Toilet seats buying guide

  • 2 min read

The toilet seat is an important element of the toilet that can have a big effect on its overall feel, look and shape. This guide will give you a quick overview of toilet seats at VictoriaPlum.com, and what you need to think about when choosing one.

Bathroom lighting advice
DIY Advice

Bathroom lighting advice

  • 3 min read

From applying makeup to brushing your teeth, there are numerous things you do in the bathroom which rely on clear visibility. Lighting is a key consideration but bathroom lights are about more than just clarity of vision – they’re about atmosphere too.

How to create a Hollywood Regency style bathroom
Style Guides

How to create a Hollywood Regency style bathroom

  • 2 min read

Recent films such as the Great Gatsby have got us all excited about decor from a golden age of interior design. The over-the-top style is not just for the rich and famous. Here’s how the Hollywood Regency look can be achieved in your very own bathroom.

4 ultimate bathroom relaxation tips
Inspiration

4 ultimate bathroom relaxation tips

  • 3 min read

With the busy lives we lead, it's never easy finding time to relax and think about our own well-being. The bathroom is the one place we can truly chill out, so why not take a look at our 4 ultimate bathroom relaxation tips?

Toilet unit buying guide
Buying Guides

Toilet unit buying guide

  • 2 min read

A toilet unit conceals the cistern for a back to wall toilet, creating a streamlined and sleek look for your bathroom. This guide will give you a brief introduction to the range of toilet units at VictoriaPlum.com, and what you need to consider when choosing one.

Corner bath buying guide
Buying Guides

Corner bath buying guide

  • 2 min read

With its great space-efficient design, the corner bath is ideal for smaller bathrooms. This guide will introduce you to the range of corner baths at VictoriaPlum.com, and give you some tips on what to think about when choosing one.

Create the perfect spa retreat at home
Style Guides

Create the perfect spa retreat at home

  • 3 min read

With the hectic day to day lifestyles that most of us lead, finding a little “me time” can be difficult. This is why more and more people are turning to their bathroom as a dedicated leisure space as well as a functional one.

Freestanding taps buying guide
Buying Guides

Freestanding taps buying guide

  • 2 min read

Freestanding taps can make a beautiful addition to a bathroom. This guide will give you an overview of what you need to think about, and introduce you to the range at VictoriaPlum.com.

How to fit a basin mixer tap
DIY Advice

How to fit a basin mixer tap

  • 3 min read

Whilst plumbing and installation is best left to a qualified professional, if you’re competent at DIY, you can still save time and money by fitting your new basin mixer tap.

Shower baths guide
Buying Guides

Shower baths guide

  • 3 min read

This guide will give you a brief introduction to shower baths, and a look at the range available at VictoriaPlum.com.

Welcome to Yorkshire
Latest News

Welcome to Yorkshire

  • 2 min read

Here at VictoriaPlum.com, we’re proud to be a Yorkshire company. As Yorkshire folk, we’re warm, friendly, honest, straight-forward and always on the lookout for a great bargain.

4 great wet room ideas
Inspiration

4 great wet room ideas

  • 8 min read

When it comes to ultra-stylish bathrooms that make a statement, a wet room is hard to beat. So here are 4 great wet room ideas to help inspire you.

Corner toilet buying guide
Buying Guides

Corner toilet buying guide

  • 2 min read

For small bathrooms, cloakrooms or ensuites, a corner toilet could be just the answer to open up your space. Here are a few things you should know before you buy.

Frequently asked questions about tiles
Buying Guides

Frequently asked questions about tiles

  • 4 min read

When it comes to buying tiles, there are many questions we get asked. So, to save you time and money, we've provided the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about tiling your home.

VictoriaPlum.com - Our 2015 in review
Latest News

VictoriaPlum.com - Our 2015 in review

  • 3 min read

2015 was yet another monumental year for us at VictoriaPlum.com. A new name, brand identity and state-of-the-art distribution centre, coupled with an expansion into bedrooms, means it has been a very busy 12 months indeed.

Art deco infographic
Images

Art deco infographic

  • 1 min read

If you're looking for a classic interior design style for your home, the glamorous art deco era of the 1920s and 1930s could be just the inspiration you need. Our infographic will give you some handy, bite-size pointers on creating the look.

The best showers for small bathrooms
Inspiration

The best showers for small bathrooms

  • 2 min read

If you're tight on space, but really love your shower in the morning, you may feel there isn't a design out there for you. But you may be wrong, as we take you through our selection of the best showers for small bathrooms.

What exactly is a slipper bath?
Inspiration

What exactly is a slipper bath?

  • 2 min read

The slipper baths were initially found in washhouses and bathhouses, where the working classes could finally bathe alone with either hot or cold water. Later, slipper baths found their way into the home and are still popular today thanks to modern plumbing systems.

Connecting in the bathroom infographic
Latest News

Connecting in the bathroom infographic

  • 1 min read

With our easy-to-use mobile and tablet friendly website, here at VictoriaPlum.com we realise how important “connecting in the bathroom” is to people. Texting, using the internet or even taking business calls when in the bath or on the toilet has now become the norm, rather than the exception.

Planning a stylish spa bathroom
Room Planning

Planning a stylish spa bathroom

  • 3 min read

One of the most popular concepts in contemporary bathroom design is the “home spa”. Making your own indoor spa means using all the features a luxury retreat has at its disposal, but converting them into a format suitable for your home.

How to fit basin taps
DIY Advice

How to fit basin taps

  • 3 min read

Whilst plumbing and installation is best left to a qualified professional, if you’re competent at DIY, you can still save time and money by fitting your new basin taps.

How to fit bath taps
DIY Advice

How to fit bath taps

  • 3 min read

Whilst plumbing and installation is best left to a qualified professional, if you’re competent at DIY, you can still save time and money by fitting your new bath taps.

Toilet and basin suite buying guide
Buying Guides

Toilet and basin suite buying guide

  • 3 min read

If you’re looking for a toilet and basin suite, but aren’t sure where to start, this guide is for you. Find out about the different types of toilets and basins that we have available at VictoriaPlum.com so that you can decide which suite is best for your bathroom.

Bath taps buying guide
Buying Guides

Bath taps buying guide

  • 4 min read

A bath can be a practical addition to a family bathroom, or a stunning and luxurious centrepiece, and your choice of bath taps can make all the difference. This guide will help you find the right choice for your bath.

Ensuite buying guide
Buying Guides

Ensuite buying guide

  • 3 min read

If you are looking to update your ensuite bathroom there are plenty of options available to you at VictoriaPlum.com. Read our guide for some great ideas about where to start.

Wall hung basin buying guide
Buying Guides

Wall hung basin buying guide

  • 2 min read

When it comes to creating a contemporary bathroom, a wall hung basin can be the perfect choice for achieving that sleek, minimalist look. If you’re thinking about a new basin for your bathroom, this guide will give you an overview of wall hung basins at VictoriaPlum.com.

Modern bath and shower options
Inspiration

Modern bath and shower options

  • 4 min read

With our busy lives in these modern times, it's much quicker and more convenient to hop into an invigorating shower, rather than having to spend time filling a bath for our morning wash.

A brief history of the toilet
Latest News

A brief history of the toilet

  • 11 min read

These days, it's all too easy to take our toilets for granted. To fully appreciate how amazing this invention is and how it has changed our lives, we take a brief look at the history of the toilet.

Top taps for beautiful bathrooms
Inspiration

Top taps for beautiful bathrooms

  • 2 min read

Our taps come in a variety of styles to suit all types of basin and bath.  From low rise, separate pillar taps to high rise mixers, we have the right solution for you.

Mounting frame buying guide
Buying Guides

Mounting frame buying guide

  • 2 min read

If you’ve chosen a wall hung toilet for your bathroom, an essential feature you will need is a mounting frame. This provides support for the toilet, as well as incorporating a concealed cistern and other pipework. This guide will give you a quick overview of what a mounting frame does, and the things you need to think about when installing one.

Shower enclosures: A guide to getting it right
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Shower enclosures: A guide to getting it right

  • 2 min read

Are you adding to the family any time soon? Will it be used by elderly relatives? Thinking about this will determine ease of access, where your shower door opens and how your enclosure will fit into your overall bathroom space.

Close coupled toilet buying guide
Buying Guides

Close coupled toilet buying guide

  • 2 min read

Close coupled toilets are the most popular design for modern bathrooms, thanks to their wide variety of styles. This guide will give you an overview of the types of close coupled toilet available at VictoriaPlum.com, and the things you need to consider when choosing one.

How to fit a bath mixer tap
DIY Advice

How to fit a bath mixer tap

  • 4 min read

Whilst plumbing and installation is best left to a qualified professional, if you’re competent at DIY, you can still save time and money by fitting your new bath mixer tap.

Tap buying guide
Buying Guides

Tap buying guide

  • 3 min read

With a wide range of taps available, in different styles, for your bath, basin and kitchen sink, our handy buying guide will help you find your ideal product, and give you an overview of what you need to think about when choosing your taps.

Planning an ensuite bathroom
Room Planning

Planning an ensuite bathroom

  • 3 min read

An ensuite bathroom not only adds value to your home, but is also one of the most practical and useful additions you can create. Perfect for both small and large spaces, the ensuite is the king of bathroom luxury.

The history of Hull infographic
Latest News

The history of Hull infographic

  • 1 min read

VictoriaPlum.com is a proud Hull business, so as you can imagine, we’re absolutely thrilled when our city was named UK City of Culture 2017. Find out more about our city with this handy infographic.

Understanding home water systems
DIY Advice

Understanding home water systems

  • 5 min read

Household cold water systems are extremely efficient and very rarely encounter significant problems. If you’re thinking of doing some work yourself on your bathroom understanding your water system is essential.

Concealed cisterns: What you need to know
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Concealed cisterns: What you need to know

  • 2 min read

When bathroom space is an issue, you might want to consider using a concealed cistern. These cisterns are easy to install and sit out-of-sight behind a wall or in a unit, attached to the toilet pan.

Freestanding baths buying guide
Buying Guides

Freestanding baths buying guide

  • 2 min read

When you want to create a beautiful and luxurious bathroom, there’s no better choice than a freestanding bath. Whether your room is contemporary or traditional in style, a freestanding bath adds that extra special touch. This guide will give you an introduction to freestanding baths.

Style special: Art deco inspiration
Inspiration

Style special: Art deco inspiration

  • 6 min read

Art deco is glamorous, luxurious and as on-trend as ever thanks to the release of Baz Luhrmann’s film, The Great Gatsby. Yet again, the world is in a spin for all things 1920s. Our interior design team have produced a handy mood board to help you create your own art deco inspired bathroom.

Bathroom heating advice
DIY Advice

Bathroom heating advice

  • 2 min read

When decorating a bathroom, it’s all too easy to spend your time thinking about the appliances, units, floor and wall coverings that you use – but what about practical considerations such as heating?

Copper - the metal of the moment
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Copper - the metal of the moment

  • 2 min read

There is a demand for brass in living rooms and bedrooms, but the bathroom is the place where we’ve seen most of the demand, with copper pipes used to complement ceramics, as well as vintage copper accessories being used to further enhance the quirky theme.

Plastic or wood? Which toilet seat do you prefer?
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Plastic or wood? Which toilet seat do you prefer?

  • 4 min read

Toilet seats are an underrated necessity in the bathroom. Whilst we all admire their functionality, your choice of toilet seat material can be a real make-or-break decision in your overall bathroom design. We take a look at the merits of both plastic and wooden toilet seats.

A to Z bathroom glossary
DIY Advice

A to Z bathroom glossary

  • 13 min read

DIY and plumbing jargon driving you round the bend? Find out what it all means right here, in our A to Z bathroom glossary.

How to save heat in your home
DIY Advice

How to save heat in your home

  • 3 min read

Losing heat from your home not only makes you shiver, but it’ll also make you quiver when it’s time to pay those heating bills. So how does it happen? And what can you do to stop it?

Designing a contemporary style bathroom
Inspiration

Designing a contemporary style bathroom

  • 2 min read

If you're looking to redecorate your bathroom with the latest trends, you'll be creating what's called a "contemporary" style. Here are a few little pointers for getting the best out of your design.

How to fit a pedestal basin
DIY Advice

How to fit a pedestal basin

  • 4 min read

Whilst plumbing and installation is best left to a qualified professional, if you’re competent at DIY, you can still save time and money by fitting your new pedestal basin. Follow our step by step guide here.

Create a big splash in the bathroom on a budget
Inspiration

Create a big splash in the bathroom on a budget

  • 2 min read

Your bathroom should be a place where you can fully relax and unwind, a personal space that allows you to reflect, rest and regroup. So here are a few great things you can do on a very tight budget to make your bathroom beautiful.

4 need to know tiling tips
DIY Advice

4 need to know tiling tips

  • 4 min read

Tiles have long been the wall and floor covering of choice when it comes to the bathroom, so here are 4 great tips to help you with your tiling job.

Family bathroom style guide
Style Guides

Family bathroom style guide

  • 3 min read

The bathroom is a central focus of any home, but even more so where families are concerned. With a family bathroom you need to take the needs of all family members into consideration and this style guide should help you find a design everyone can be proud of.

Family bathroom suite buying guide
Buying Guides

Family bathroom suite buying guide

  • 3 min read

When planning a family bathroom, you don't just have to consider your own needs, but also those of your partner and children. Follow our handy buying guide and you'll find that a family bathroom doesn't mean having to compromise on style.

How to create a family friendly bathroom space
Style Guides

How to create a family friendly bathroom space

  • 3 min read

Do you dream of a relaxing, spa-like experience every time you step into your bathroom, but have to cater to the rest of your family? Well, we think we can help. We've come up with some great styles that can help make the perfect family friendly bathroom.

Semi recessed basin buying guide
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Semi recessed basin buying guide

  • 2 min read

Designing a bathroom is often about making the most of the space, and a semi recessed basin and unit is a great way of doing that. Our handy guide will help you choose before you buy.

Back to wall toilet buying guide
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Back to wall toilet buying guide

  • 3 min read

A back to wall toilet is the ideal choice for a contemporary bathroom, providing a sleek, modern look. If you’re thinking about a back to wall toilet for your bathroom, this guide will give you an overview of the range available at VictoriaPlum.com, and what you need to consider when choosing one.

Why choosing a good quality bath is so important
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Why choosing a good quality bath is so important

  • 3 min read

One of the most exciting and enjoyable additions to a bathroom is the bath tub itself. Here, we take a look at the benefits of a good bath; giving several reasons why investing in a quality design will do wonders for the overall success of your bathroom.

6 style tips for compact bathrooms
Style Guides

6 style tips for compact bathrooms

  • 4 min read

When browsing through bathroom designs, many retailers and designers will proudly show off suites and furniture in bathrooms that appear to be the size of the entire ground floor of your home!

How to tile
DIY Advice

How to tile

  • 12 min read

Looking to tile your bathroom or kitchen? Our handy step-by-step DIY guide will give you all the help you need when tiling your home.

Planning a wetroom
Room Planning

Planning a wetroom

  • 3 min read

Turning your bathroom into a wet room, or installing one in a separate space from scratch, can be relatively straightforward as long as you plan everything in advance.

Wetroom buying guide
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Wetroom buying guide

  • 3 min read

A wetroom is the ultimate in luxury bathroom design, creating a calming, spa-like space you can enjoy every day. This guide will explain the basics about buying for a wetroom, and what products are available at VictoriaPlum.com, so you can create your own bathroom paradise.

Small bathroom furniture
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Small bathroom furniture

  • 2 min read

Where your bathroom is likely to differ from the millions you’ll find up and down the country, is in terms of its layout. A window here, an alcove there and suddenly finding room in your bathroom is a lot trickier.

Improve your bathroom to sell your home
Room Planning

Improve your bathroom to sell your home

  • 4 min read

A horrid looking old bathroom with mildew, manky carpets, crusty fixtures and unappealing furniture can really put buyers off and could mean the difference between a good offer and cutting your price. In fact, as we recently discovered, a new bathroom can add as much as £13,000 onto the value of your home

Mood board: Gemma
Mood Boards

Mood board: Gemma

  • 5 min read

Our very own Gemma from VictoriaPlum.com loves our products so much, she's decided to use them in her bathroom makeover. Find out more about Gemma's experience with this handy mood board.

How to fit a bath screen
DIY Advice

How to fit a bath screen

  • 4 min read

If you're looking to turn your bath into a multipurpose shower bath, why not follow our handy how to guide and fit your bath screen yourself.

Art deco mood board
Mood Boards

Art deco mood board

  • 1 min read

With films and dramas such as the Great Gatsby, Downton Abbey and Poirot arousing our interest in early 20th Century fashions, the art deco interior style has really taken off in homes up and down the country.

How to choose the colour of your bathroom
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How to choose the colour of your bathroom

  • 3 min read

While the colour of the bathroom is often decided by the colour of the tiles and the fittings, there is still a lot to choose between. The first thing to do is consider the look you want to achieve; this will make picking a colour less daunting.

5 big ideas for small bathrooms
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5 big ideas for small bathrooms

  • 4 min read

Not everyone has the luxury of owning a large bathroom, but if your bathroom or cloakroom is short on space, you can still make the most of your room to create an elegant, yet functional space.

5 benefits of using mixer taps in the bathroom
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5 benefits of using mixer taps in the bathroom

  • 3 min read

The traditional way of filling a bath or running water into a sink involves two taps. One is connected to the hot water supply and the other to the cold water supply. In a mixer tap, you still draw from the hot and cold sources but these are combined into a single flow and come out of a single spout.

Family bathroom mood board
Mood Boards

Family bathroom mood board

  • 3 min read

Sharing your bathroom with little ones? We show you how you can create a fun family bathroom, with some space-saving hints and tips, for when you want it to be your very own space. Take a look through our mood board to get some great ideas on creating a fun, shared space.

Bachelor pad bathroom style guide
Style Guides

Bachelor pad bathroom style guide

  • 4 min read

Looking to turn your bathroom into more of a "manroom"? This style guide is sure to give you the starting blocks you require to help turn your bachelor pad bathroom into something worth showing off.

5 reasons to choose a wall hung toilet
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5 reasons to choose a wall hung toilet

  • 3 min read

When you think of a wall hung toilet, you probably imagine something used solely in hotels, restaurants or even bars. However, with more design choices than ever, it may be time to invest in one.

Shower head buying guide
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Shower head buying guide

  • 4 min read

Here at VictoriaPlum.com, we know buying a shower head can be confusing, especially when there are so many different options to choose from. We’ve put together a guide to give you an overview of the shower head styles available, and answer some of the most frequently asked questions from our customers.

Toilet buying guide
Buying Guides

Toilet buying guide

  • 5 min read

With such a range of styles and designs available, it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to choosing a toilet. This guide will explain the options available to you, and tell you everything you need to know, so you can find the perfect toilet for your bathroom.

Our top 5 bath shower mixer taps
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Our top 5 bath shower mixer taps

  • 5 min read

When it comes to our comprehensive bath shower mixer taps, you really are spoilt for choice. So let us give you a helping hand, by presenting you with our top 5, hand-picked by our Product Team.

How to install a wet room
Trade

How to install a wet room

  • 12 min read

With a handy step-by-step video, we'll show you how to install a wet room professionally, adding value to your property.

Whirlpool baths guide
Buying Guides

Whirlpool baths guide

  • 2 min read

This handy guide will give you a brief introduction to the luxurious world of whirlpool baths, and the range available at VictoriaPlum.com.

Fitted bathrooms buying guide
Buying Guides

Fitted bathrooms buying guide

  • 8 min read

Whilst fitted furniture is most commonly associated with kitchens, fitted bathrooms are becoming more and more popular. If this is the look you're going for, follow our fitted bathrooms buying guide & get it right first time.

Create a detox bath for the morning after the Christmas party
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Create a detox bath for the morning after the Christmas party

  • 5 min read

We've all been there...the morning after the Christmas party. Where your head feels fuzzy and your mouth tastes like you've eaten a pine cone. But fear not! Follow our simple tips and give yourself a relaxing detox bath - the perfect way to soothe away your festive aches and pains.

Your guide to planning a bathroom makeover
Room Planning

Your guide to planning a bathroom makeover

  • 4 min read

As one of the most functional rooms in the house, how your bathroom is arranged and designed is highly important, so here at VictoriaPlum.com, we’re on a mission to prove to the nation that an aspirational, designer-look bathroom is easy to achieve on virtually any budget.

Bathroom ideas on a budget
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Bathroom ideas on a budget

  • 5 min read

If you're looking for bathroom ideas on a budget, make sure you read this article first. We reveal the real costs of a bathroom makeover and demonstrate just how little you'll need to spend.

Ensuite bathroom ideas
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Ensuite bathroom ideas

  • 1 min read

An ensuite bathroom is your very own little sanctuary. Separate from the rest of the house, it truly is a relaxing retreat that you can rightfully call your own. Come this way for great ensuite bathroom ideas.

Get your home ready for Christmas: The downstairs cloakroom
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Get your home ready for Christmas: The downstairs cloakroom

  • 7 min read

A recent survey found that stress wasn't caused by buying presents or running up credit card debt. No, it was deciding which side of the family to spend Christmas with. So, why not take the stress out of the festive period with these great ideas for your downstairs cloakroom?

How to create a modern rustic style bathroom
Style Guides

How to create a modern rustic style bathroom

  • 4 min read

A contemporary update on traditional country interiors, the modern rustic look places the textures and patinas of natural materials against the backdrop of an earthy, neutral colour palette for a look that’s relaxed, fuss free and easy to live with.

Baths v showers: Which side are you on?
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Baths v showers: Which side are you on?

  • 4 min read

Choosing between a bath or shower can often be a headache. On the one hand, a bath is more desirable if you're looking to sell your property but on the other hand, you may simply prefer a shower. We look at your options...

Give green a go
Style Guides

Give green a go

  • 6 min read

Greenery has been named Pantone's colour of the year 2017. But what does this mean for your home?

Make your own homemade bath bombs
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Make your own homemade bath bombs

  • 4 min read

Make your soak in the tub even more luxurious with your very own homemade bath bombs. Our Stylist Emily will show you how you can get your bath fizzing with just a few simple ingredients.

Fall in love with your bathroom again
Mood Boards

Fall in love with your bathroom again

  • 5 min read

Fallen out of love with your bathroom? Don't worry. With our inspirational mood boards you can rekindle that special relationship you should have with a room that allows you to relax and unwind.

Cloakroom suite buying guide
Buying Guides

Cloakroom suite buying guide

  • 3 min read

Cloakroom bathrooms can be tricky to get right. Space is at a premium, so it’s important to choose a suite that will work with your room and complement its style.

Find out what graduate life is like at a major retailer
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Find out what graduate life is like at a major retailer

  • 5 min read

A lot of people are still finding their direction in life, even far into adulthood, and I know I’m still finding mine. My recent path has led me to marketing so, to help you choose your direction, here’s an insight into graduate life in the world of online marketing at a major retailer.

8 different ways to use metro tiles
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8 different ways to use metro tiles

  • 5 min read

Metro tiles are all the rage in bathrooms and kitchens up and down the UK. But there are so many ways in which you can use them to create intriguing, personalised designs. Here are just 8...

Shower enclosure buying guide
Buying Guides

Shower enclosure buying guide

  • 12 min read

When buying a new shower enclosure, there are many things to take into consideration, including size, shape, door type and tray. Our handy buying guide will help you make those tough decisions.

Arabian Nights: Discover how to create an Arabian style sanctuary
Style Guides

Arabian Nights: Discover how to create an Arabian style sanctuary

  • 5 min read

With our summer set to be one of the hottest on record, we’ve turned to one of the hottest areas in the world for our interior design inspiration. Taking influences from across North Africa and the Middle East, we'll show you how to create an Arabian style bathroom that's full of Eastern promise.

Planning a loft bathroom
Room Planning

Planning a loft bathroom

  • 2 min read

Space constraints in your home may mean, when it comes to a new bathroom, the only way is up. You’re not alone. Turning your loft into a bathroom is fast becoming a popular choice.

Traditional bathroom inspiration gallery
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Traditional bathroom inspiration gallery

  • 8 min read

A traditional style bathroom is designed in a way that takes in classic styles and trends that have stood the test of time. Beautifully detailed basins, elegantly crafted taps, roll top baths and high level cistern toilets all encompass the traditional style, and it’s a great look if you wish to create a warm and welcoming bathroom.

Bath buying guide
Buying Guides

Bath buying guide

  • 4 min read

From roll tops to single ended, and from corner to rectangular, baths come in many shapes and sizes. Our handy guide will tell you what to look out for when choosing one for your bathroom.

Our new TV ad: Meet the family
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Our new TV ad: Meet the family

  • 3 min read

Our new TV ad launched during The X Factor on Saturday 2nd September. We take a look behind the scenes and meet the family who feature in this exciting new commercial.

Get the look: Objects of Desire
Style Guides

Get the look: Objects of Desire

  • 4 min read

Create a bathroom design that tells a story about you and the places you've visited. In this style guide, we explain more about this look and how you can incorporate cherished items you've picked up on your travels into your bathroom design.

How to fit SmarTap
DIY Advice

How to fit SmarTap

  • 5 min read

Discover just how easy it is to fit SmarTap in your home thanks to this full step-by-step installation guide with video.

Bedroom furniture buying guide
Buying Guides

Bedroom furniture buying guide

  • 3 min read

From your wardrobe to your chest of drawers, this handy bedroom furniture buying guide will "furnish" you with all the information and advice you need to make the right choices for your bedroom.

Get the look: Pure Harmony
Style Guides

Get the look: Pure Harmony

  • 7 min read

The bathroom has always played a key role in allowing us to find a private space in which to unwind. In our latest "get the look" style guide, we'll show you how to create a stunning bathroom that promotes relaxation.

3 top design tips for planning your new bathroom
Room Planning

3 top design tips for planning your new bathroom

  • 3 min read

Planning a bathroom renovation can be a daunting task, so Ruth Corbett, Houses Editor for Ideal Home magazine, has teamed up with VictoriaPlum.com to give you the three most important tips to consider when planning your bathroom design.

Planning a period style bathroom
Room Planning

Planning a period style bathroom

  • 3 min read

Living in a period property means that you have a range of choices when it comes to choosing your interior design style. Although an ultra-modern, high-tech approach can work well as a stark statement, most people choose to decorate in a way that is sympathetic to the original building itself. But you don’t have to live in an older property to enjoy traditional style.

Bedside drawers buying guide
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Bedside drawers buying guide

  • 2 min read

No bedroom is complete without a set of bedside drawers. At the end of the day, you need somewhere to rest your book, mobile phone or maybe even a lamp. But with so many options, our handy buying guide will help you choose the right bedside cabinet for your needs.

Bathroom tiles advice
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Bathroom tiles advice

  • 3 min read

Tiles are the foundations upon which many great bathrooms are built, so it’s vitally important you get this bit right. Here at VictoriaPlum.com we’re dedicated to helping you build the perfect bathroom, so here are our tips for bathroom tiles.

Manufacturing excellence: Ideal Standard now in stock
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Manufacturing excellence: Ideal Standard now in stock

  • 6 min read

With 120 years of manufacturing excellence under their belt, you can now purchase Ideal Standard bathrooms direct from VictoriaPlum.com. Discover more about the Ideal Standard collection and find out what sets Ideal Standard apart from other bathroom brands.

Glamour bathroom style guide
Style Guides

Glamour bathroom style guide

  • 3 min read

Want to treat yourself to an indulgent, spa-like experience in the comfort of your own home? What you need is a glamour bathroom and here at VictoriaPlum.com we know just how you can get one.

Chest of drawers buying guide
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Chest of drawers buying guide

  • 5 min read

Tall or wide, oak or pine, there are many different chests of drawers available for your bedroom. Follow our handy guide and choose the right design for your needs.

Help! My bathroom suite is stuck in the 1970s
Style Guides

Help! My bathroom suite is stuck in the 1970s

  • 3 min read

Outdated bathroom suites left relatively untouched since the 1970s are not as uncommon as you might think. As many of us make the decision to renovate our homes slowly, on a basis of one room at a time, it is inevitable that one space should be left behind.

Show your true colours with our fab new paint range
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Show your true colours with our fab new paint range

  • 4 min read

Introducing our brand new range of delectable kitchen and bathroom paints. Made by Craig & Rose, the most experienced paint manufacturers in the UK, the 1829 brand is exclusive to VictoriaPlum.com, comes in 19 on-trend colours and can be used throughout your home.

Lighten up! 5 benefits of an illuminated mirror
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Lighten up! 5 benefits of an illuminated mirror

  • 2 min read

No matter who you are or what your style is, everyone needs a good bathroom mirror. It's extremely rare to find a bathroom without a mirror in it, so when it comes to picking the right mirror it is important that you go for the right one.

Wardrobe buying guide
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Wardrobe buying guide

  • 3 min read

So many clothes and so little space to hang them! That is until now... We've pulled together this handy wardrobe buying guide, to ensure you buy the right one for your bedroom.

Bathroom lighting ideas
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Bathroom lighting ideas

  • 1 min read

Adding light to your bathroom can often be a difficult task, so, to help give you some “bright” ideas, we’ve compiled all our bathroom lighting hints and tips below, as well as some stylish products that incorporate light into their design.

Planning a contemporary bathroom
Room Planning

Planning a contemporary bathroom

  • 7 min read

At the start of your bathroom buying journey? We'll help you create a stylish bathroom that's on-trend and on budget with our expert contemporary bathroom planning guide.

Introducing the smart home
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Introducing the smart home

  • 4 min read

If you're wondering what else you can do with that smart home system you got for Christmas, check out our smart home infographic. It's packed full of smart product suggestions that work with all the major smart home systems. See how quickly and easily you can turn your house into a smart home.

Beaumont taps: An unexpected journey
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Beaumont taps: An unexpected journey

  • 3 min read

Ever wondered how a product is plucked from someone’s imagination, designed, manufactured and then brought to life in your own bathroom? Let us take you on an unexpected journey…

Small bathroom solutions from Mira Showers
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Small bathroom solutions from Mira Showers

  • 4 min read

When planning your next home renovation, small bathrooms can cause massive headaches. We asked Mira Showers, the UK's No 1 shower manufacturer, for some top tips on maximising your small bathroom space.

The best baths for sharing
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The best baths for sharing

  • 4 min read

Would you share your bath with your other half? In this special Valentine’s Day article, we’ll show you the best options when it comes to sharing your bath, plus some other alternatives which will let you and your partner enjoy bath time together.

Share your Style
Customers' Rooms

Share your Style

  • 1 min read

Share your Style with us in our monthly customer bathrooms competition and you could win the top prize of an iPad mini.

Black Friday
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Black Friday

  • 5 min read

Black Friday has quickly become the biggest shopping day in the UK, and it is right around the corner (Friday 24th November in case you didn't know!). So, to make sure you are all in the know about this now famous day, we’ve been finding out a bit more about it.

Bathroom jargon buster
DIY Advice

Bathroom jargon buster

  • 4 min read

Can't tell your MDF from your MFC? Don't know what the WRAS do? Don't worry, help is at hand. In our bathroom jargon buster, we'll explain all those unusual terms you only come across when buying a bathroom.

Bathroom furniture buying guide
Buying Guides

Bathroom furniture buying guide

  • 5 min read

Adding furniture to your bathroom can provide all sorts of advantages. This guide will give you some easy-to-follow advice on the different types of furniture available and what you’ll need to install them.

Common tap problems and solutions
DIY Advice

Common tap problems and solutions

  • 4 min read

When it comes to taps, there can be a lot of problems that occur and we often get a lot of questions sent in – so we thought we would put together our most asked questions and a few solutions to help you out.

Art deco bathroom style guide
Style Guides

Art deco bathroom style guide

  • 4 min read

With recent films such as The Great Gatsby and period dramas like Downton Abbey, the interest in style from the early 20th Century is stronger than ever.  In particular, art deco is a style that is luxurious and never seems to go out of fashion.

How to fit a shower enclosure
DIY Advice

How to fit a shower enclosure

  • 7 min read

There are a great variety of shower enclosures on the market for you to pick from, with different styles, shapes, and purposes. Whichever you choose, you can follow our step-by-step instructions to fit your new shower enclosure.

Waterfall basin mixer tap buying guide
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Waterfall basin mixer tap buying guide

  • 3 min read

A waterfall tap can make a stunning addition to any contemporary bathroom, adding a stylish feature and a feeling of luxury. This guide will introduce you to waterfall taps and how they work, and how they could fit into your bathroom design.

Full pedestal basin buying guide
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Full pedestal basin buying guide

  • 3 min read

A full pedestal basin is the classic choice for bathrooms. This guide will give you an overview of the full pedestal basins at VictoriaPlum.com, and what you should consider when choosing one.

Why do we say “Going to the loo”?
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Why do we say “Going to the loo”?

  • 2 min read

In America they refer to the toilet as the bathroom. To actually use the word toilet is considered slightly bad form. That begs the question, however, where did the word loo come from and why is it so particular to us Brits?

Toilet troubleshooting guide
DIY Advice

Toilet troubleshooting guide

  • 4 min read

We understand how important a functioning toilet is in the home, and it’s awful when something goes wrong with one. Here’s a guide to troubleshooting the issues you can have with your toilet.

Basin buying guide
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Basin buying guide

  • 5 min read

The basin forms one of the main focal points of your bathroom, so it’s worth taking the time to choose one that you’ll love to look at and use every day. Follow our handy buying guide and get the right basin for you.