Inspired bathrooms

A visit to admire their son’s new bathroom inspired Bill and Linda Spence to change their downstairs bathroom and ensuite, and soon their main bathroom and guest bathroom were given the wow-factor too.

Linda Spence recalls her husband Bill trying to persuade her to part with their old bathroom suite, which was still in excellent condition after ten years, in favour of something more stylish. ‘Bill managed to persuade me that we needed to revamp the downstairs toilet and our ensuite, and we loved the contemporary design of our son’s bathroom,’ so when it came to deciding who they would use, the Spences headed straight to Domani, who had fitted their son’s bathroom, to see what John and his team could do to give theirs the wow factor.

North Shields based Domani Tiles and Bathrooms enjoy an enviable reputation across the North East and beyond for their inspiring designs, luxury brands, and outstanding customer service that keep customers coming back for more. Sure enough, the Spences commissioned Domani and were delighted with the result. So when the couple decided they wanted to change their main bathroom and guest bathroom to match, once again Domani was their first port of call.

Whether you have an idea in mind, or are starting from a blank canvas, a visit to Domani’s stunning showroom is a must. Their thoughtfully furnished room sets showcase their extensive range of Italian porcelain tiles and natural stone, exclusive to the North East, while their exciting designs inspire customers to try something new. Neither Bill or Linda had any concrete ideas about what they wanted their new bathrooms to look like. ‘We spotted a striking grey design the moment we walked into the showroom. It wasn’t a colour either of us would have thought of, but we liked it immediately’. With knowledgeable and experienced designer John Milburn at the helm, Domani offer a complimentary in-house design service that allows customers to be as involved as much, or as little as they like. Bill and Linda worked closely with the team at Domani to refine the final design and work soon began. As added value, Domani offer a full installation service, provide a project manager, a six month aftercare visit to check everything is perfect, and an enormous range of products from prestigious brands such as Duravit, Laufen, Keuco and Axor range from Hansgrohe. Professionals and perfectionists every step of the way, this tried and tested support service gives customers peace of mind from start to finish. With two bathrooms being fitted simultaneously, the couple needed the team to fit into their busy lives, so gave Domani complete control over the whole process; from working on that initial design, to grouting the very last tile, everything was done by the same reliable team. ‘It took about two weeks to install each bathroom, and the team were great at solving any problems that came up, in particular one issue with the windowsill that involved minor tweaking’.

‘Domani Bathrooms have been inspiring customers old and new with their forward-thinking, exciting designs for over eight years, and look forward to inspiring many more in the years ahead’

Careful planning and innovative design gave the couple the wow factor they wanted. Their storage cabinets are statement style features, soft-closing toilet seats and fast-flowing waterfall taps make life easier, while their choice of understated, classic design means their bathroom won’t feel dated ten years down the line; an important factor considering the high quality brands used are built to last. Echoing the colour scheme of the couple’s downstairs bathroom and ensuite, the softer, almost misty-grey tiles in the main and guest bathrooms contrast well with the darker, inky grey, ensuring the room will never look gloomy or dull. Even the smaller features make a big impact; the horizontal pattern of the tiles elongates the walls, while chrome accessories, such as the waterfall tap and tall radiator, subtly tie the whole look together and make a style statement of their own. While the kitchen is often the hub of the family home, the bathroom is the place we retreat to for some peace and quiet. Multi-coloured LED lights transformed the Spences’ bathroom into a spa-like retreat, without compromising the elegant simplicity of the design, and the LEDs soften the bright canopy of spotlights overhead. While in the planning stages, Linda admits she was ‘careful not to overdo it. It was important to find a balance and get everything right’.

After having all four bathroom spaces redesigned, it’s obvious Linda has come around to the idea of ‘out with the old and in with the new’ in her home. Delighted by the level of quality, care and consideration the team put into the design and installation of their bathrooms, not to mention the speed and minimal disruption with which the bathrooms were fitted, Bill and Linda would happily recommend Domani to their friends, and would certainly use their services again, although now that everything has been revamped, it may be some time before they find an excuse.

So whether your ideal bathroom is a spa-like retreat, complete with spa bath, steam room and sauna, or a slightly more modest affair with elegant porcelain tiles and a clean, contemporary bathroom suite that is built to last; Domani Bathrooms have been inspiring customers old and new with their forward-thinking, exciting designs for over nine years, and look forward to inspiring many more in the years ahead. Having recently installed three exciting new room sets, plans to revamp the already fantastic showroom are in motion, with the aim of installing a number of working installations in the future. John and his team understand the importance of being able to see the fixtures and fittings for yourself, trying before you buy gives you the confidence to experiment with something new, and brings you one step closer to turning your dream bathroom into a reality.

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