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A selection of retailers from around the country give us their views and predictions for the trends and products that are going to be big in 2020


Chrome brassware – on the way out?

Wayne Lyons

director, Soaks Bathrooms, Belfast

In the medium to high-end market, 2020 may be the year chrome brassware will phase

out. Brushed metallic fi nishes like nickel, bronze or brass and brushed black chrome will replace most chrome sales.

Prices are now more affordable on these fi nishes thanks to the wide range of brands offering them off-the- shelf. Black frame shower enclosures have been very popular over the past few years. But black has already peaked and the industry is now moving into other fi nishes away from frameless and chrome enclosures. Elegant dark blue and green tones, pastel colours like mint green or lemon yellow and metallic fi nishes are the wheel that drives the new trends in enclosures. Patterned glass options, such as fl uted or cross- ribbed, will be huge as well. Coloured ceramics and bright-coloured furniture, will be essential, with tiles possibly g oing in an art deco direction. Bathrooms are going to be colourful again.

‘Moving back to more traditional furniture’

Sebastian Saffari

marketing manager, Hi-Spec Design, Fulham

The trend is defi nitely moving back to more traditional furniture or a combination of traditional with

contemporary material choices. We’ve introduced Minacciolo to our furniture range this

year, as they cater perfectly to this demand. Their aptly- named English Mood collection embodies British heritage and the elegant styles that are so popular now. Consumers are also prioritising their health, with concerns over things such as water purity from their water fi ltration a good example of what is important these days. We’ve had many Quooker clients asking about the strength of their fi ltration with regards to all sorts of impurities people wouldn’t have questioned fi ve years ago. This is also linked to the environment with buying bottled water no longer a responsible option.


‘Clients are concerned about the environment’

Polly Rutland

design project manager, The Furniture Union, London

Concerns about energy con - sumption and the environment are defi nitely affecting clients’ choices. Whereas in the past we would need to propose – and push – the potential ecological and fi nancial advantages of energy-effi cient

appliances, clients are now expressly

asking for models with the best A+/++ ratings. This is equally apparent with the use of materials, such as

wood fl ooring (does it come from sustainably managed forests?) or eco-conscious tiles. Being green defi nitely no longer means compromising on function, quality or style. Indeed, one of our favourite ranges of tiles comes in a wide variety of colours, sizes and fi nishes, yet contains up to 80% recycled content from the marble/stone industry, uses natural oxides for coloration and has LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifi cation.

‘Keep it homely, warm and considered

Diane Berry

director, Diane Berry Kitchens, Manchester

What is always good about change is that we all seem to get better at what we do. We

are all looking at how we do business and how to be more effi cient and stand out. We are seeing a mix of styles and materials coming into each project, driving a wedge between the companies who embrace design and the ones that cut and paste over and over again. My furniture manufacturers – Alno and Eggersmann – are recognising this and making it easy for us to do one-off items without excessive surcharges.

So strong trends are still with matt black and this is in fronts as well as accessories, from taps to light fi ttings. It is then styled with metallics and brass, which is available in so many forms. Then keep it homely, warm and considered, using veneered or solid timbers. We have herringbone veneered unit doors to add interest and styling.

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