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Bathroom Trends to look out for in 2020

Bathroom Trends to look out for in 2020

It’s almost 2020 and there are quite a few interesting things happening for our bathrooms next year. In this post you can read some of the design as well as other trends that are going to be ‘must haves’ for your bathroom next year.


1.    Being environmentally conscious

During 2019, climate change has been the focus of many debates and protests. South Africa is experiencing a huge drought that has reached a state of emergency in certain provinces. Knowing this, we need to use water sparingly and wisely, and when we use water, we need to be mindful of it. Whenever you buy something for your bathroom, make sure that you know where it comes from and what the ethical implications of its manufacturing were. Using bamboo instead of wood is a great way to do your part for the environment by buying something that is sustainable.








2.    Black and gold

The colour black is anticipated to make a huge comeback in bathroom interiors in 2020 and beyond. You can embrace this by using black plumbing on your shower that is visible. Black decal on the glass shower panels adds an industrial and modern feel to any shower. Beyond the black fixtures you can also have black towels, black towel railings and other black accessories.

Metallics wise, rose gold is out, she has served us well these last few years, but queen gold is back with a décor and accent vengeance. Gold lends an industrial touch to any area. You can use spots of gold in your bathroom décor with gold planters, gold mirror frames, gold taps and faucets, gold shower caddies, gold clocks, towel rails, towel baskets as well as gold knobs on your bathroom cabinet or bathroom door.








3.    Brutally organic

The use of organic materials as structural features in bathrooms is set to be big in 2020. Concrete countertops, floors, basins and even walls are one of the design dreams for bathrooms in 2020. Organic materials such as wood, steel, ceramic and porcelain are really big and even using pebbles as your bathroom floor is a trend for 2020. You can easily find a bamboo hanging shelf or countertop for your basin in any home décor store in SA.








4.    Monochrome marble

Marble in bathrooms is making a huge comeback as the white and grey tones are serene this season. Using marble in your bathroom is a durable statement that you can edit according to each changing season by changing your colour scheme. Suggested uses of marble in bathrooms in 2020 include using solid marble as flooring, marble wallpaper, marble countertops or marble soap dishes and canisters.







5.    Art it up

Using statement art pieces in your bathroom is an eclectic trend in 2020 bathroom décor. Art of any kind goes here. You can choose to have a big painting or a small sculpture, or a big sculpture and small paintings. You can choose from a variety of art pieces, from classical to modern. All of these will add that special touch to your bathroom.









6.    Use your windows

More and more windows and other structural elements of rooms are being incorporated into the functionality of the décor elements in the rooms. Placing a surface below your windows allows you to bring your outside in whether it is beautiful greenery or a gorgeous city scape or scene. Use your view as a part of your bathroom décor. A bathroom counter does not need to be accompanied by a mirror and by placing your counter under a window, you might use an area of your bathroom in a novel way.







7.    Bathroom accessories for 2020 and beyond

Current trends for 2020 suggest that circles are going to be quite the fixture this year. Using round mirrors in your bathroom is an effective way to bring circles into your bathroom space. Other accessories that are not only a stunning feature in your bathroom, but also useful include towel ladders and floating shelves of all kinds.


8.    Big is big and small is big in 2020

Big open plan bathrooms are a trend in 2020. Placing a bathroom in a bedroom is not as strange as it might once have been. By using this layout, you are more likely to save space as you are not separating the two rooms with walls.

Globally, the general trend towards minimalism and tiny living is continuing in 2020. In a small bathroom you can use light colours and lighting to create a sense of openness. Straight lines and minimalist Scandinavian design is a must for a small bathroom. Using effective and decorative storage solutions is key in a small bathroom and helps you keep your small space clutter free. Use white and metallics in your small bathroom and accentuate with a plant or two to add a dash of colour. Round your minimalist look off by adding some textures in the form of natural material floating shelves.









9.    Textured wallpapers that make a statement

Using wallpaper to decorate one wall of your bathroom interior is an easy way to give your bathroom an edge. The type of design that is expected in 2020 ranges all the way from big, bold floral prints through metallics and textures to beautiful patterns and natural landscapes. Using wallpaper adds dimension to your bathroom. Using natural textures or prints such as wood or marble wallpaper also provides you with a less costly option. It is also much easier to apply than real marble or wood.








10. Rugs

2020 sees large rugs being used as bathroom mats. Using a medium sized carpet in your bathroom adds texture, warmth and colour. Rugs can be used in big or small bathrooms. Using a larger size rectangular rug can elongate a narrow space. Using colourful, patterned rugs in bathrooms are a must in 2020.









11. Patterned tiles

Using patterned tiles in bathrooms are quite the trend for 2020 and beyond. Here there are no specific colours or textures to look out for tile wise and all patterns are embraced. You can choose from monochrome, geometric shapes, mandalas, and Moroccan inspired patterns to liven up your bathroom with tiles.








12. Colours to look out for in 2020

When it comes to bathrooms in 2020 hues of blue and green are set to grace the aesthetic. Retro colours like mustard yellow are making a comeback , the usual pastels are still prominent like beige, white and grey and turquoise and teal tiles and accents are going to pop in 2020.











With regards to bathroom décor trends in 2020, we have a wide variety of options to choose from, some old, some new and even some blue. Boredom in our bathrooms is something we are not going to experience next year. Remember, keep rediscovering your sanctuary.

Ever wonder how the shower was invented?

Ever wonder how the shower was invented?

We use them every day, they help us start our day or switch off at night, they get us warm when it is cold, or cool down when it is hot. They are so useful, but how often do we think about where they come from? The history of showers and where they come from is quite interesting. In order to look at where they come from, we need to look at what you need to have a shower. Obviously, the first thing that comes to mind is water.

The Egyptians

The first showers people used were naturally occurring waterfalls in rivers or against cliffs. Ancient tribesmen would cleanse themselves while standing under the waterfalls. This ancient way of having a shower depends on running water, but what would people in a desert do?

The ancient Egyptians had an answer to this. They were well known for their cleanliness, even shaving their hair off to avoid lice. They had their servants pour water from the Nile river or water wells over them. Unfortunately, showering like this was only reserved for the wealthy in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. The water was also often cold.

The Greeks

The ancient Greeks revolutionised water transport and plumbing by inventing the aqueduct. The aqueducts allowed the Greeks to lead the water from its source to where they needed it. Their ancient showers were communal and could be found in gymnasiums. In their showers gushes of water poured from the ceiling and the bathers stood under it. Similar to the Greeks, Ancient Romans also had bathhouses that provided people with the opportunity to have a refreshing shower.

After the fall of the Roman Empire, with a shift in culture and centralisation of dissemination of information, public bathing fell out of fashion. The bathhouses lost their popularity, especially the unisex ones. This was due to the belief that seeing members of the opposite gender without clothes was considered sinful. However, although people showered less during the Medieval times, people still used basic sanitation in their own homes.

The earliest showers

Thus far we have spoken about the essential element required to have a proper shower – water. But what about the other things you need to clean up, like soap?

Enter the Crusaders. The brave warriors brought soap back to Europe during the Middle Ages from the Levant. This lead to soap trading becoming an established trade during what later became known as the dark ages. But what was lost was the aqueducts and sophisticated sewerage systems used by the Romans and Greeks. Instead of public showers, people were having baths in their home in tubs made from wood. Apparently, everyone did not wash themselves every day. Due to the Black Plague killing a third of the population in Europe, hygiene and cleanliness became a prerogative again as people realised the health benefits of being clean.

Because the people of the early 18th Century did not have adequate plumbing or sewage systems, having a bath was an arduous task. The bathtubs took quite a lot of water to fill. Having a bath was incredibly labour intensive and the water had to be heated and carried to the bath from the kitchen. This was done by using buckets. When the bath was done, the dirty water had to be carried outside.

The first operational shower

William Feetham was a stove and heater manufacturer in London. He had had enough of carrying water around and invented the world’s first operational shower. He was granted the patent for his product in 1767. This invention had a water reservoir in which the person having a shower stood, a hand pump and a reservoir above the person having a shower’s head. The person would then use the hand pump to get the water from the bottom reservoir up to the top reservoir. When the person was ready, they would pull a lever and the whole contents of the top reservoir would empty on top of them. To visualise this, think about the ice bucket challenge of a few years ago. Unlike the ice bucket challenge, however, because the water fell from the top into the bottom reservoir, the person in the shower could use the hand pump to repeat the process.

The aristocrats of the time did not think much of Feetham’s invention. The reason for this is that every time the water was pumped up into the top reservoir and poured down again, it became colder and dirtier. They preferred to have their luxuriously warm baths. Still, Feetham’s basic shower was the best people had for over a century.

Showering became popular again in the mid-19th century. In prisons, communal showers were used as they were more economical than individual baths. So by then humanity had access to water and we could make it pour down on us. However, how did we get this water warm? Luckily for us, developments in water heaters meant that we could now have hot showers. Indoor plumbing had greatly improved by this stage and most homes could afford their own free standing shower with hot running water.

Sounds great right? Unfortunately in order to heat the water up, fuel had to be used. In 1868, another Englishman, Benjamin Waddy Maughan invented a water heater that used gas generated by a burner. This invention however, did not have ventilation and the build-up of pressure inside, meant that it often exploded. Edwin Ruud, a Norwegian engineer, improved on the invention made by Maughan. In 1889 the first safe, gas powered and automatic water heater was invented and a new era of enjoyable, hot showers began.

The 20th century

In the 20th century, tankless water heaters, often called electric showers, became popular as an instant supply of hot water, without the need for a hot water tank. However, bathrooms in their current shape and form only came about in the 1960’s.

In the 1980’s, shower manufacturers responded to the high consumer demand for a larger variety in shower features. Water jets, different coloured lights and different shower heads all followed.

In 2001 digital showers were pioneered by Aqualisa, taking showering into the digital age.

As you can see, showers come in a wide variety of different shapes and sizes for different tastes and preferences. At Prima Bella there is a shower for everyone. Take a look at our showers here.


Informal shower door strength test videos

Informal shower door strength test videos

At Prima Bella, we believe in selling quality products that stand the test of time. Occasionally we put our products to the test. These tests are informal and completely unscientific, but visually they look cool and seeing is believing. For your own safety, do not try this at home.

No shower doors were hurt in the production of these videos.










Choosing the right shower enclosure for your bathroom

Choosing the right shower enclosure for your bathroom

Why is choosing the right shower enclosure for your bathroom so important? When you are in the process of shopping for showers, you can easily be overwhelmed by all the different options available to you. Showers come in various shapes, styles and sizes. Each of these three elements are specifically combined to meet different needs.


Here is a short introduction and description of the most popular showers on the market today:


Bath Screens





Bath Screens are a space and money saving alternative for bathrooms that have a shower bath. At Prima Bella, these are available in three options. You can choose from a single fixed panel, a hinged panel or a gorgeous folding screen. Our products come also come in different finishes to suit your decor needs.


Pivot shower doors





Our pivot showers are beautifully designed and are incredibly easy to access. The shower door in a pivot system has two strategically placed pivot points, one at the top of the door and one at the bottom. This type of shower door is useful if your bathroom has limited space as it has a slightly smaller opening than a hinged shower door. Structurally, it is more sturdy than a hinged door. A good example is our Ovvio extendable inline pivot door in a polished aluminium frame.


Sliding shower doors





Sliding shower doors are often used as a space saving measure in a bathroom. If you have limited space available in your bathroom, selecting one of our sliding doors will suit you best. Sliding doors are made of several overlapping panels that gently glide to the size of one panel when fully opened. Our Milan single slider is a good example of a sliding door.


Hinged shower doors





Hinged shower doors are suited for a bathroom that has enough space for the door to open outwards. This type of shower enclosure allows the entrance to be bigger than the average entrance on a sliding door. Each door has an amount of secure hinges anchoring the door to the side panel or the compensation system. Our Modica frameless shower is a good example of a hinged shower door.


Bi-Fold shower doors





Bi-fold shower doors are perfect for you if you do not have a lot of space in your bathroom. In a Bi-Fold shower, the door glides to the side and folds back onto itself as it is made of two panels. The door opens inwards and is perfect for rectangular showers. These doors can be used on their own if the space is limited or with an optional side panel if you want the shower enclosure to be a bit bigger.


Pentagonal shower enclosures





Our pentagonal shower enclosure consist of a five sided space that forms the inside of the shower enclosure. It can be placed in any  90° corner in your bathroom. This design option allows for a multitude of door options. Pentagonal showers can have bi-fold doors, pivot doors, hinged doors or in swing doors. Two examples of this are our Brolo and our Sagres Shower enclosures.


Walk in shower enclosures





Walk in showers are an ultra-modern statement point in any bathroom. These shower enclosures are ideal for large open bathrooms as well as bathrooms with an alcove. Walk-In showers can consist of only one panel or several. Walk in showers do not need a shower door.


Quadrant shower enclosures





Quadrant shower enclosures can be placed in any bathroom that has a 90° corner. These elegant showers have a curved shape and are a wonderful space saver. The doors on this shower usually open from the middle of the front of the enclosure and they slide or swing towards the wall on both sides. If you have a small bathroom, a curved shower enclosure is a great choice. Have a look at Bonnie and Lugar as two lovely examples.


Shower screens





If you are looking for something modern or your bathroom is open plan, shower screens will be your best pick. These shower enclosures consist of a huge solid tempered glass panel that forms the structure of the shower. Our shower screens are frameless and elegant. You can choose either the Lascari II, which has to be anchored on a wall or the Lascari which is a free standing shower screen and does not need to be anchored on a wall. Our shower screens are made from thickened tempered glass, assuring your safety. Our shower screens offer a walk in space and do not have doors. Our shower screens come in a variety of sizes.


Side panels





As part of our product offering we have  shower side panels. These are used to create an enclosure if you do not have concrete walls to hold your shower door. These panels come in a variety of sizes and finishes and are thoroughly quality tested. They can be used on bi-fold doors, pivot doors, and hinge doors.


Like every person or family, every bathroom has its own unique specifications and requirements and there are certain styles and designs that fit certain spaces better than others. If you cannot find the shower that suits your needs best in the list above, Prima Bella can do a custom design and installation for you. Please see our Custom showers page under our products on our website.

Buying a shower enclosure? What you need to know

Buying a shower enclosure? What you need to know

It’s amazing how good one feels after taking a shower, especially after hitting the gym and of course first thing in the morning. What most people don’t realise is just how much effort goes into creating the perfect shower enclosure. At Prima Bella, we carefully research what the best materials are to create the best shower doors and enclosures making sure that when you are buying a shower, you get the best. Over the years we have continued to innovate and improve our products while still keeping our prices reasonable.

When you are buying a shower, there are a few things to be mindful of in order to ensure that you buy the right product for your needs. The cheapest buy is not necessarily the best buy.

After-sales service

At Prima Bella, we have trained technicians that are equipped to install your shower correctly. This ensures your shower’s longevity, prevents it from shattering and activates the guarantee all our products come with. To enquire about our service, please check out our website

Spare parts

All of our shower doors and enclosures have spare parts readily available. This means that if something goes wrong with any of the small parts, we can get them to you quickly, so you don’t have to be stuck with a non-functioning shower.

Glass density

Something that you might not be too concerned about when buying a shower door or enclosure is the thickness of the glass used. All Prima Bella shower doors are made from quality tempered glass with an average of 6mm thickness. Please see our products to select your required glass thickness.

Glass quality and safety

At Prima Bella we only use toughened safety glass on all our products. The glass in our shower doors and enclosures as well as our bath screens and side panels are all quality tested. We only use tempered glass. For more information check out our blog post on exploding showers.

Quality of the materials used

In order for you to have a well-functioning shower over time, we select the best materials to produce our showers. We use aluminium, chrome, stainless steel and  ABS plastic to ensure the longevity of our products. Please see our products page for information about the materials used in each product.

What the parts are made from

Understandably the quality of the parts that make up a shower door or enclosure have an impact on the over all quality of the product. At Prima Bella, we only use high quality materials to make our parts and spare parts.


When buying a shower enclosure or door, it is important to ensure that the wheels on the door or enclosure are of good quality. The wheels used in our products are quality tested up to 500 000 cycles and are made from quality materials.

Pivot System

Some shower doors use a pivot system. This relates to how the mechanisms function in order for the door to open and close. All our pivot doors and enclosures have a superior, tried and tested pivot system to ensure that you get your money’s worth.

Hinges and Rail System

The hinges on our products are made from quality materials and are quality tested.  At Prima Bella, we have trademarked our enclosed top rail system to ensure that our products can be safely used. Our patented enclosed top rail system ensures that your sliding shower door does not, over time, become derailed.


The seals on all Prima Bella products are specially developed to be mould resistant. In a warm and wet environment that you want to keep clean, this is incredibly important.


The shower industry has come a long way in terms of design, quality and function since the early days of the traditional obscure three panel sliding shower door. Recently there has been a shift to have more simplistic shower spaces. This means that shower screens have become a must have in order ensure your bathroom is the sanctuary you deserve. Prima Bella have pioneered shower screens in South Africa and we offer two gorgeously sleek shower screen options. Please see our products for more information.