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  • Introduction to shower cabinets / cabins
    Showering can be traced back to the water systems developed by the Romans and Greeks, while steam has been used for pleasure bathing across the world, from Europe to the Middle and Far East. Shower cabins, also known as steam showers, combine these elements, and are typically specified for high-end residential projects and hotels, as well as...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to washroom / changing room cubicles
    Cubicle systems can be specified as a toilet cubicle, when used for public washrooms or as a changing cubicle, for use in sports centres, swimming pools or workplaces. The most common panel material is plain or melamine-faced particleboard, but for higher-specification washrooms a solid-grade or high-pressure laminate cubicle can be chosen...
    Guidance, 07 December 2012
  • Introduction to internal noticeboards
    Internal noticeboards are available for indoor information display and presentations in offices and classrooms. Display cases and panels come in various materials, colours, shapes and sizes to match and complement different interior design accents. Flame retardant noticeboards are particularly suitable for areas needing a high degree of fire...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to boardroom tables
    Boardroom tables are typically specified to reflect the power, influence and seniority expected in meeting rooms for board members, company directors or senior management. High end furnishings will be expected in these rooms, and physically, the tables need to be long, to accommodate at least 6-10 people. Solid hardwood boardroom tables in darker...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to beds
    Beds are produced in styles that range from 18th Century French-inspired designs to more contemporary, minimalist designs. Standard sizes range from the smallest size, single (90 x 190cm), through queen, double (135 x 190cm), king (150 x 200cm) and super king (180 x 200cm), to the largest size, emperor (215 x 215cm). Sleigh beds originated in the...
    Guidance, 07 December 2012
  • Introduction to decorative / feature glass
    Decorative / feature glass covers bespoke panels, screens, wall art and freestanding sculptures, as well as custom-made interior design products, such as splashbacks, worktops, mirrors, windows, front and back bars, balustrade and staircase, floor elements. These one-off items are distinguished by the qualities of the material used –whether the...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to carpets
    Contract carpets and carpet tiles are particularly hardwearing, making them suitable for areas that are subject to heavy foot traffic, such as offices, schools and other public buildings. Carpets are manufactured using a range of techniques. Fibre-bonded carpet gives a flat velour or cord appearance and in most cases is anti-static, making it...
    Guidance, 07 December 2012
  • Introduction to laminates / boards / solid surfacing
    Decorative surfaces are solid surfaces that are used to cover walls, doors, floors and furniture in interior decoration schemes. Supplied in formats such as foils, boards, sheets and panels, the surfacing is available in any number of colours and finishes. Plain surfaces can have matt or high-gloss sheens, whilst patterned and textured surfaces...
    Guidance, 07 December 2012
  • Introduction to shower heads / jets / rails
    Shower heads, jets and rails can be specified independently of a shower valve or mixer unit so that the shower configuration can be customised. Hand showers are hand-held units that can be removed from the wall. They are often used in conjunction with a fixed overhead shower head. Fixed / overhead heads are a contemporary style of shower...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to letterboxes
    Letterboxes are designed for communal use in residential buildings or offices, and can be installed internally or externally. Individual boxes for houses are also available They are secured using single, double, or triple locking points, and are often supplied with a fire rating or integrated fire extinguisher to prevent contents being lost in the...
    Guidance, 07 December 2012
  • Introduction to taps and mixers
    Taps and mixers can be specified for their appearance and design as much as their function, particularly for interiors such as domestic bathrooms, hotels, and bars. For busy public buildings such as schools, sports facilities or shopping centres, requirements such as hands-free operation and water efficiency may be a consideration. Mixer taps...
    Guidance, 07 December 2012
  • Introduction to picture lights
    Picture lights are used to provide illumination of an piece of wall-hung art. The light fitting should be unobtrusive, and is not decorative, or a strong design feature in itself. The material and finish should be sympathetic to the picture and framing as well as the interior. A brass or bronze light fitting with an antiqued or polished finish...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to shower doors and enclosures
    Shower enclosures are used in private houses, hotels and other accommodation such as student residences. They feature an integrated shower tray and a door or fixed screen. The shower door can be hinged, sliding or bi-folding, or alternatively the unit can be configured with offset fixed panels for a walk-in enclosure. Corner shower cubicles tend...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to shower screens
    Shower screens are used in private houses, hotels and other accommodation such as student residences. In design terms, they create a more aesthetic look than a shower curtain. A fixed shower screen can be installed over a tiled bathroom floor, where a wet room former is installed, to give a walk-in shower. An over bath screen is used where there...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Stone floor and wall tiles - a guidance article
    Introduction The use of natural stone tiles for flooring and wall cladding is a key design decision that will define the aesthetics and feel of an interior. They are used in commercial or residential settings, and form a central part of the brief for a high-end domestic property, restaurant, bar or corporate atrium. The organic and naturally...
    Guidance, 24 March 2017