Linda Barker Collection from Multipanel to debut at KBB

Multipanel, the UK’s leading brand of waterproof decorative wall panels for bathrooms, is to launch its new 2018 collections at the Kitchens, Bathrooms and Bedrooms (KBB) exhibition in Birmingham on 4-7th March.


In developing this year’s product offering, Multipanel has partnered with celebrity designer, Linda Barker, who will attend the show to launch the Linda Barker Collection for Multipanel, a range of 13 beautifully crafted waterproof panels, inspired by materials from the natural world such as stone, marble and wood.

The much-loved interior designer has been helping the British public transform their homes with stylish and imaginative ideas since her first television appearance in 1994, as a presenter on Changing Rooms. More recently, Linda, who initially trained in fine art, has won many plaudits for her commercial work, including her kitchen range for Wren Kitchens, sofas for DFS and cabins for Thomson Holidays.

“For too long,” says Linda, “the bathroom has taken a back seat in our homes. And even though the possibilities for decorating are endless, it’s often the cost and the long downtime that a bathroom space needs whilst work is carried out, that stops us in our tracks.”

“I was therefore excited to discover just how much quicker and more cost effective the whole bathroom makeover could be. Completely waterproof panels from Multipanel are easy to install, and importantly for a busy household, the downtime is kept to a minimum. What’s more, unlike traditional ceramic tiles, no grouting is required, which means a beautiful mould-free future for the renovation.”

Developed with the design loving house renovator in mind and for those looking to emulate the top bathroom trends in an affordable way at home, the Linda Barker Collection offers many stylish options for making the most of any bathroom space.

The Collection makes use of recent advances in laminate design technology. These allow much larger realistic true scale images to be printed on each panel, authentically replicating, for example, the look of real slabs of Calacatta marble, fossilised timber or patinated corten steel — all at a fraction of the cost of the real thing.


There are three colour and texture strands to the Linda Barker Collection from Multipanel:

 Elements: subtle hues combined with an incredibly solid appearance —perfect for achieving an ultra-modern industrial look.

– Wood: a weathered look exuding gentle warmth and texture.

– Stone: the authentic look and feel of real stone and marble.

A luxurious spa look is achieved with Calacatta Marble (Linda Barker Collection) feature wall and Sicilia flooring (Click Range).

For more information please visit Multipanels Website.


Decorate your bathroom Today For A Better Bathroom Tomorrow

There’s nothing more depressing than a tired and tatty bathroom. When your bathroom is bright, clean and fresh it’s a pleasure to use. If it’s a little frayed around the edges it can mean you don’t enjoy relaxing in your bath because you spend your time noticing the wear and tear.

Many people put off decorating their bathroom because they feel it’s going to be a huge expense and a lot of stress and hassle. However, it doesn’t have to be like that. If you spend a little time planning your new bathroom it can be done quickly, easily and for a reasonable price.

Firstly, consider if you really need to change that bathroom suite? Perhaps yours is unfashionable avocado or even pink or blue. If that’s the case then sometimes only a new white suite will do. Well, don’t panic because you can find lots of exceptional and well priced bathroom suites on the internet and as long as you are not moving their position within your bathroom they should be pretty quick and easy to install.

If you don’t want to change your bathroom suite then you could consider changing what’s around it by, for example, fitting anew floor, changing your shower door, changing the handles on bathroom furniture or even giving the place a lick of paint.

If you want to go for something really fresh and original but don’t want the hassle of tiling, you could consider a product like multiPANEL. These panels are finished in laminate and come in various sizes, so a wall which could take days to tile can take only a couple of hours to cover. You can buy multiPANEL in an array of styles and finishes so whether you like the look of opulent marble, a trendy sparkle effect or ultra modern aluminium you’ll be amazed at the fantastic finish that this product can give you.

Even small changes can make a big difference in your bathroom. For example changing your bathroom accessories and towels. Making sure that all your bathroom accessories, furniture and towels match can be the element that brings your whole bathroom together and makes it seem much more cohesive.

If your bathroom is bringing you down then it’s definitely time to decorate. It may take a little motivation to get the job done but when you are relaxing in your gleaming new boutique style bathroom you’ll be so glad that you took the time to do a great job.

Wetroom Kit comparison

As there are many kits available on the market, I though I would give you a review of two of the leading wetroom kits available on the market that in essence give the same result but achieve this in a different ways.


Abacus Elements Wetroom Kits

The Abacus Elements Wetroom Kits comprises of a preformed wetroom floor, water proof boards, sealing/tanking solutions for the joins and waste kit. The Abacus Elements Wetroom Kit works by installing the preformed floor INTO you existing floor by cutting out and removing floor board from your joists, then placing waterproof boards OVER and ONTO the remainder of your existing floor. Using tanking supplied you then seal the joins between boards.

You can then purchase additional boards, at a reasonable price I must say, to cover the surrounding walls of your shower area.


What I like about the kit is that it is easy to install and comes with a fitting DVD that shows you how to install the kit correctly.


What I dislike is that you are adding to the overall thickness of your floor in your wetroom, this means the floor is higher that the adjoining rooms floor. You will find you may need to plain down you bathroom / wetroom door to allow for opening of the door. You also are adding to the thickness of the walls making the rooms a little bit smaller and if you have to drill through to attach mirrors and furniture, you will need longer screws to reach harder material.  This extra thickness however will add to the insulation value of the room.

Roman Shield Tanking Kit

Roman Shield Tanking Kit  allows you to create your own wetroom retreat with our multi-award winning complete Roman Shield Tanking system. You can choose between a Complete Tanking Kit, which contains everything you need to tank an area of 10m² in preparation for tiling. Alternatively we offer Complete Wetroom Kits which incorporate a Pre-Formed Shower Floor and a Waste for use with tiles. The tanking kit included in the Complete Wetroom Kits will also cover an area of 10m².

Roman Shield Tanking Kits make installing a wetroom a simple process. They include a step by step installation guide and we also have a video podcast available for you to watch online, that shows every stage involved in the installation process.


What I like about the Roman shield tanking kit is that you waterproof or tank your existing plaster walls and no additional boards are required. You also tank your existing floor (if suitable) meaning you dont need to add extra high and thickness to your floors and walls.


If your flooring is traditional floor boards then you will need to replace this with ply boards or cover over with ply board (adding thickness) other wise you would have to seal every join within your floor boards, which would be very time consuming and expensive with the use of allot of tanking tape. It can also be very messy with all the tanking solutions to mix and paint onto surfaces. The drying time is also an issue if you are paying for a plumber to install as they would have to come back each day for a couple of hours for a couple days.

Compared wetroom kits

Each of these two leading wetroom kits do the same job but in a different way. The abacus kit uses waterproof boards, where the Roman Kit waterproofs you existing boards. Over all as a fitter I would recommend the abacus kit as it makes the fitting allot easier and quicker as there is allot less drying time. you are also using new waterproof board on the floor so you an make sure the water runs towards the wast and not puddle or pool in corner or worse run out the wet room door! How ever I do like the tanking of the Roman kit for the walls of the wetroom as this saves me allot of time hanging new boards and getting the walls level. Each kit has its advantage. Im not sure and have never tried to use these two kits together, but I could see a good advantage to using the Abacus kit for flooring and the Roman kit of the walls.

Advantages and Disadvantages of a wetroom

Wet Rooms are very much in fashion. The simple principle of being able to walk straight into your showering area without having to climb over a shower tray and shut a door behind you is popular with many people. Wet Rooms can be installed in many different locations such as on a concrete floor or upstairs between joists.


The advantages of a wet room:

  • A perfect solution for small bathrooms – removing the bath or shower enclosure creates loads more space.
  • Wet rooms are easier to clean as there is less in them that can get dirty. If you go for epoxy grouting and wall hung toilet and basin you will get as easy maintenance a wet room as can be.
  • A properly installed wet room is less likely to leak and cause water damage than a standard bathroom – any spilled water just goes down the drain.
  • As a second bathroom, a wet room can easily increase the value of your home – especially if you have more than 2-3 bedrooms.
  • If you are considering to buy an expensive shower enclosure a wet room without one can work out at a very similar price and look a lot better.
  • Level access is perfect for people with disability’s or disabled access

And the disadvantages:

  • In small rooms and if you don’t have a screen you can get wet towels and loo roll caused by spray from the shower.
  • The room will need to be professionally waterproofed or tanked – if it’s not done properly leaking water can cause damage.
  • Swoping a bath for a wet room without a separate bathroom with a bath could make your home less saleable – buyers tend to want at least one bath.
  • Wet rooms should be tiled from floor to ceiling – and that will cost more than tiling just inside the enclosure or above the bath.