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New year, new colour scheme: Vasco to launch six new on-trend colours for 2020

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Vasco is introducing six new 'Noble' colours across all its designer radiator collections.

Enhancing an already impressive palette, the new 'Noble' colours introduce three metallic shades in bronze, gold & silver, the warm tone of curry provides interest & depth, whilst pearl beige and pink add light, providing the finishing touches for a modern interior be it in the home or office.
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HiB launches design-led Accessories range

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HiB has announced the launch of its elegant new Accessories range, designed to complement its existing portfolio of mirrors, cabinets, furniture, lighting and ventilation.

Including a comprehensive selection of bathroom essentials, the Accessories range typifies the innovative approach for which HiB is known.
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Transform the kitchen in as little as one day: Have breakfast in your old kitchen and dinner in a new one!

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Ready for a new kitchen in a day? There is a new Trend developing and all you need to know is at granitetransformations.co.uk - Don't start over; makeover. That is the message from Granite & Trend Transformations, with showrooms all over the UK, which means you can transform your kitchen in just one day.
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Bold as brass with Caple's new Frampton tap

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Caple's Frampton model now comes in a beautiful new finish, antique brass, for an elegant style statement in the wet zone. Durability is still key for this design as the tap has been designed in solid stainless steel, however the muted tone of brass makes this the perfect choice for a classic in-frame or painted kitchen.
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Black to the Future

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A black grid hinged door with 10mm glass thickness is the newest addition to Roman’s Liberty Black Grid collection. The door, which features a silicone free matt black wall profile and the ceramic printed glass, replicates the on-trend black grid latticed style which encapsulates industrial chic with an elegant twist.
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Introducing Jet: a collection of the deepest black ceramic for dramatic intensity

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Aptly named after the precious gemstone found along the Great British, North Yorkshire coastline, the new capsule Burlington Jet collection encapsulates the deepest blackness and high gloss qualities of the Whitby Jet Stone.
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Lighten up the kitchen with Königstone's Concrete Sand

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For homeowners looking for a natural-looking engineered stone, then Königstone's KönigQuartz worktop is the ideal material; the new neutral colour, Concrete Sand, perfectly complements all schemes.

The light tones of the worktop will contrast with dark cabinetry to lighten a kitchen scheme or will blend seamlessly with muted coloured doors and drawers.
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'Go Figure' with Fog by Aestus

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Aestus celebrates the graphic beauty of Fog: a highly-expressive heating design, made available in either a contemporary Matt Black or Matt White finish.
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The 2020 interior design trend is Timber-tastic, says German brand Schuller

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German brand Schüller says timber will be high on the must have list for 2020 designs. 

'We can expect raw appeal with refined surface,' it says. 'Think natural wild oak and black flamed effect, all with high quality and low maintenance. These new timber style fronts create appeal that fits perfectly in both contemporary and urban interiors.'
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Dine in style with afternoon tea on a Königstone worktop

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When homeowners have spent money making their house into a home, it makes sense to make the most of it.

That's why Königstone, the champion of engineered quartz and natural stone worktops, has pulled together a recipe to enable homeowners to invite friends over and enjoy afternoon tea at home.
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Stamp duty costs & the slow housing market in recent years have encouraged homeowners to renovate rather than relocate. But where do we go for our inspiration? Magazines? TV programmes? Exhibitions? Well, according to a recent survey, many of us copy our neighbours! website myjobquote asked 2,113 homeowners if they've ever imitated aspects of a neighbour's house & a whopping 66% admitted that they had! The figure could, in reality, be higher than that, as 19% said they were unsure. Only 15% gave a definite 'no'.

When asked what they'd copied, the homeowners responded: Indoor furniture/items (72%), Colour schemes (57%), Outdoor furniture/items (53%), External house design (45%), Indoor accessories (41%), Garden design (34%), House architecture (29%), Room design (23%), Floor plans (9%).

Respondents recalled a variety of emotions when learning that their designs had been copied: Discomfort (67%) came top, followed by flattered (56%, Challenged/competitive (49%), Violated (42%), Angry/annoyed (31%), Happy/pleased (24%), Anxious (20%), Inspired (18%), Pressured (13%), Sad (10%), Impressed (8%).

Are social pressure and competition the drivers? Apparently so. When asked how pressured they feel to compete with surrounding properties, the most common answer was 'somewhat' (35%). This was followed by 'very' (23%), 'not very' (19%), 'a little' (15%), not at all (7%) and finally, 'depends on the renovation' (1%).

Sadly for our industry, most don't have a huge budget for renovations, with the majority saying £0-£5,000 (31%). This was closely followed by £5,001 - £10,0000 (26%), then £10,001 - £20,000 (17%), £50,001+ (15%), £20,001 - £50,000 (11%).

My thoughts were that the 9% admitting to having copied floorplans must have done so with their neighbours' blessings (as the plans will have had to be shared or handed over), & that the 8% of those who were 'impressed' at being copied must have been the same people. But the 1% difference? What happened there, I wonder?

The survey reminded me of the time I had my roof done and the scaffolder loaned me his contraption for several weeks free of charge so I could regrout the brickwork whilst continuing to display his advertising board. I wondered whether any KBB retailers, fitters, or manufacturers ever offer discounts to those who are willing to place similar boards outside their homes, inviting passers-by to make an appointment to view the renovations. Judging by the survey here, it might just bring in some extra business, don't you think?

Yours,

Jan Hobbs

 

 


This Week's News

Sovereign Bathrooms joins KBSA

* Sovereign-Bathrooms.jpgThe Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has welcomed another independent retailer as a member of the association: Sovereign Bathrooms is a premier luxury showroom based in Winchester offering a fully managed, design, supply and installation service.
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Duravit offers new RIBA-approved CPD: 'Material Innovation in Bathroom Design'

* Duravit_01-Viu_with_XViu.jpgDuravit has introduced a new RIBA-approved CPD: 'Material Innovation in Bathroom Design'. It incorporates: an overview of the latest material innovations used within the bathroom; an understanding of the differences and advantages between materials used in bathroom product manufacture, and 'an overview of the quality features of innovative bathroom materials'.
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BiKBBI welcomes Victoria Plum Trade as Corporate Sponsor

* BiKBBI_Victoria-Plum-Trade.jpgThe British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation has announced that VictoriaPlum.com (Trade) is the latest blue chip brand to become a Corporate Sponsor of the organisation.

Founded in 2001, VictoriaPlum.com has been at the forefront of online bathroom buying for many years, pioneering new and innovative ways to help make life easier for its customers.
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VitrA launches Smart Panel flush plate

* VitrA-V-Care_VitrA-Smart-Panel-Flushplate.jpgThe VitrA Smart Panel flush plate uses the latest digital sensor technology to create the most hygienic and efficient WC flush available.

As the digital home evolves, VitrA has combined smart technology with water-saving design in a modern and elegant flush plate. Made in glossy black glass, the panel features an anti-fingerprint finish making it easy to wipe clean.
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Steel Cucine: The appliance of design - with knobs on

* Steel-Cuisine.jpgFor consumers and retailers looking for innovative designs that extend planning flexibility, the Enfasi Design40 All Black range, from Italian appliance manufacturer Steel Cucine, has it all, with knobs on.

Linear design with industrial influence features the latest matt black soft touch finish. This is a look that is leading trends into 2020 and beyond. The range includes extraction hood, single and double ovens with grill and pizza.
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The Kitchen Lab measures the power of ArtiVR

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City Plumbing / PTS opens its latest branch in Filton, Bristol

* City-Plumbing.jpgCity Plumbing / PTS has unveiled its 368th branch at the new Taurus Road location, Bristol. The new CPS branch, located in Filton has created thee new jobs in the local area and includes a new concept Bathroom Showroom, City Heating Spares and expansive Electrical department.
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Verona introduces its revamped product catalogue

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Trustmark builds new independent Financial Protection Panel to further enhance consumer protection

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The new year starts with a new home for Saniflo

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Wren Kitchens will open inspirational Bradford showroom this month

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New decade starts with four new members and new KBB 2020 partner for KBSA

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Unidrain welcomes Kim Maretti as marketing manager

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Verona introduces January promotional offer with 10% off extensive Definitive collection

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Roxor completes rebrand of Premier Bathrooms to 'nuie'

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The arrival of the aspirational new 'nuie' bathroom brochure from Roxor - which showcases many new products - completes the transition of the Premier Bathroom Collection to the new brand 'nuie'.
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VitrA dedicates new brochure to brassware, accessories and showers

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