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Matt Black finishes in demand for modern bathrooms

Date Added: 24.07.2023

We’ve not seen such a focus on a specific colour since the avocado bathroom suites of the Seventies. For decades, the majority of bathroom furniture has been white, complemented by brass or silver taps, screens and towel rails. 

It was a classic, timeless look, allowing homeowners to inject personality through paint choices and accessories. However, the industrial trend of recent years has ushered in a new era of black fixtures and fittings, most commonly brassware,  shower screens, enclosures and towel rails. Black brings a touch of modernity to bathrooms, while still being neutral enough to match up with most aesthetics, which is no doubt why it has seen such a rise in popularity. It’s also the perfect option for a relatively simple bathroom upgrade. Swapping existing chrome brassware for matt black dramatically changes the look and feel of a space, with minimal effort and cost.


The range from Essential by Francis Kitchens and Bathrooms comprises taps and showers in 11 designs, all named after Peruvian lakes and rivers, offering a choice of sleek round styles, stylish square options and traditional looks, of which most are available in two finishes; chrome and matt black. Furthermore, all brassware is WRAS approved, Unified Water Label rated and comes with a 10-year guarantee. For the full effect, a black towel warmer can provide the finishing touch, ensuring a cohesive theme throughout the bathroom, with no need to compromise on the overall look. These are available  in both electric or standard, so the only decision left to make is where to display it.

Towel Warmers & Valves

Available in a range of styles and sizes the new black towel warmers from Essential with corresponding matt black thermostatic valves. The black finish not only looks fantastic but gives 45% more heat output than comparible chrome plated counterparts, with thermostatic TRVs also available with five heat settings. All our towel warmers come with a five year guarantee.

Bath Screens

The bath screens, in stylish matt black, are the perfect addition to any modern bathroom, drawing upon the trend for an industrial, utilitarian look.

Designed to be both hard-wearing and easy to clean, all models are made from toughened safety glass with a 3M easy clean coating, which helps to retain an immaculate finish for longer, significantly reducing cleaning times. The 3M coating is an innovative coating which allows water to simply roll off the glass, taking with it any build-up of residue from soap or dirt.

Andrew Cotterill, Category Manager of Essential, said: “We’re excited to launch our latest bath screens to the market at an affordable and competitive price point.

“Matt black has proven to be a major hit over the past few years, adding a contemporary, modern edge to any style of bathroom.

“It also taps into the continuing trend for an industrial look and feel, and so I’m sure these latest additions will prove popular.”

All the screens come with a five-year guarantee, while the matt black finish offers an aluminium powder frame coating ensuring a long product lifetime with no peeling.

The new additions come in a range of five striking designs, each in either 5mm or 6mm thickness and with a height of 1400mm, and with a 90-degree fold direction.

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