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Learn more about Bathroom Renovations: How to Choose Colours for Your Bathroom

Sydney bathroom renovations for houses, apartments or units.

5 bathroom renovation trends in 2020 the hotel inspired look

In most homes built in Sydney before 2000 that bathroom was usually pretty small. It was traditionally a room basic daily hygiene. This isn’t surprising because it was until the 1950’s that homes had toilets under the same roof as the rest of the house. The old outdoor Aussie dunny is part of Australian folklore now. Imagine those days trudging out to the toilet in the middle of the night in the cold or rain, then fighting off spiders or other creepies hiding under the tin roof. Thankfully that is history now.



Today the indoor bathroom is not only what is considered standard, but lots of homes have a master bathroom and then also a an ensuite to the main bedroom. The bathroom has become a room in which we can show off our individual style, increase the value of our home and be a place to escape to.



The bathroom can be the room to judge the date of a property. How often have you seen a purple of green hue and realised it was ‘old’. As bathroom renovators it can help us determine a properties age but more importantly if the home is from the “Asbestos” era. There are other ways to test this but its a quick way to tell. With keeping this in mind, when we renovate or remodel our bathroom, we want to help the property owner to keep it looking new, fresh and relevant for as long as possible because typically people don’t renovate a bathroom twice. 



We have all witnessed fashion come in and out of style. Flared jeans, platform heels and fluorescents have all come and gone and come back again just in my lifetime and many good old songs have been remixed to suit the new generation. “What was once old is new again” is no different when it comes to interior design. Once upon a time mosaic tiles were considered “old” before making a huge comeback , though this time not as a floor tile, but as a decorative wall tile. The old “Mission Brown” colour fifteen years ago soon became considered old and drab, and we all went to great pains to be rid of it, repainting and retiling our homes with the more fashionable “apricots” and “pastels” that were the trend again for a while only to have pastels date for a long a painful twenty years and then more recently become on trend, again.



Keeping in “fashion” when it comes to renovating, is way more expensive than replacing a few cushions, throws or even repainting a wall. Removing and replacing tiles in a bathroom creates somewhat of a snowball effect, damaging areas that did not need to be replaced and requiring more work to be done than was budgeted for. Blacks, whites and neutrals never go out of style, and they have the most stunning outcomes. They are a complete design on their own but create the perfect blank canvas so to speak that can have any of the latest colours added with towels and decor for a splash of the latest colour. You only need to look at our website, Facebook or Instagram page to see the proof.



In the fashion industry there are those certain items that have never gone out of style. The “little black dress”, the “A-line skirt”, the blazer and the ever classic “bootleg denim jean”. These never went out of style quite simply because they are “classic”. Think classic and timeless whilst you’re out shopping for your tiles and PC items for your bathroom. It is easy and inexpensive to add a vase, candle, towels or even a new blind in the latest “chic” colours to blend in with whatever you’ve recently decorated your home in and replace when the colour becomes old. However, getting rid of that pink tiled wall is no easier to change than sea shell border tiles that were on trend as they were 20 years ago.



So have a read of our Guide to the Bathroom Renovation Trends in 2020 and take a close look at the classic black and white style.

Years of experience

Nu-Trend since 2009

Nu-Trend was formed just over 10 years ago by father and son team, Rick and Michael Karagiannis.

Michael has been in the industry for more than 20 years, passing his knowledge and expertise to Rick as the family tradition lives on.

Rick has always enjoyed the finer elements design details. Not content with solving plumbing problems he soon broadened his skills to also do bathroom renovations in Sydney. A perfect match with hundreds of reviews later & beautiful bathrooms being enjoyed by hundreds of people.


Rick from Nu-Trend Plumbing and Bathroom Renovations

The passionate business owner who loves his job, always goes the extra mile & who many say “is too good for the industry”

Rick dislikes the typical industry behaviour and firmly believes in ‘no gimmicks’ and upfront, honest work.

  • Position: Director
  • Years in the industry: 15
  • Expertise / specialty: A hands-on Director and business owner who provides leadership for the team.
  • Qualifications: Licensed Plumber, Bathroom Renovator.
  • What he loves about his work? I love helping people when someone wants something and we achieve what they are after it’s rewarding for me.
  • Funniest on the job story: Doing a job on a live sewer stack and someone flushing the toilet while we were underneath. It was quite brown, but you had to laugh.
  • Favourite brand of bathroom product: Caroma Products


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Robert is the co-owner of Nu-Trend who loves walking into different scenarios every day & trying to solve problems quickly. 

He is the organiser in the team, keeping the boys on track each day. Some dub him the ‘pretty face’ of Nu-Trend. 

  • Position: Director
  • Years in industry: 14
  • Expertise / specialty: Quoting, team organisation and logistics to keep everything running smoothly.
  • Qualifications: Licensed Plumber and Bathroom Renovator.
  • What he loves about his work? Doing something different every day and working with really good people to solve a range of everyday problems.
  • Funniest on the job story: Pranking the boys with fake emails or calls and waiting to see their reactions. Funny at times but a good way to practice real situations.
  • Favourite brand of bathroom product: Boffi Products


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Chris joined Rick and Robert a few years ago as the number of jobs and bathroom renovations began to increase.

Ever reliable Chris gets stuck in when the hard work is required and provides the Nu-Trend team with a lot of the hard yakka.

  • Position: Plumber
  • Years in industry: 6
  • Expertise / specialty: Maintenance and domestic plumbing for houses or unit apartment blocks.
  • Qualifications: Licensed Plumber with aspirations to learn about renovations.
  • What he loves about his work?  Seeing Nu-Trend customers satisfied after a completed job where they notice the little details or finishing touches.
  • Funniest on the job story: Too many to list and he has been thinking about writing a book about funny plumber stories for everyone to read about.
  • Favourite brand of bathroom product: Boffi Products

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Nu-Trend is a renovations company in Sydney that is available 7 days a week. With 15 years experience, the Directors Rob and Rick are hands-on, and provide a personalised service that is fully licensed, insured and qualified.

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All the work carried out by Nu-Trend is AS/NZ3500:2018 compliant. It is the Australian Standard for Plumbing and Drainage in NSW as set down by Standards Australia and the Australian Building Codes Board. They give the plumbing industry technical direction to enable compliance with required regulatory frameworks.

15 years experience with a written commitment.

Rick and Rob are the hands-on directors for Nu-Trend. Rather than hire sub-contractors and manage their business from a distant office, they are on the tools, at your site & working towards delivering your bathroom renovation or plumbing service. It means you are talking directly to the owners of the business, the guys who are accountable and responsible rather than via email or through customer service teams.

It is why they are able to provide a written guarantee that demonstrates their confidence in standing by the quality of their workmanship and the service they deliver to every single client.

They have a very single minded commitment to deliver a high level of professionalism and quality, they’ve been doing renovation contracting in Sydney for 15+ years.

No sales tricks, guaranteed.

'No Gimmicks' that's our policy

With so many years in the trade, the Nu-Trend team has seen their fair share of sales tricks, special offers, promotions and other gimmicks to secure business. Rather than copy what everyone else is doing they decided a long time ago to avoid all the typical gimmicks and stick to clear, upfront information and pricing, including the provision of free Quotes. 

Here are the most common sales gimmicks you will see and how they work, keep in mind there is a reason most service industries don’t disclose fixed prices.

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Rick Karagiannis - Plumber & Bathroom Renovator

Rick Karagiannis - Plumber & Bathroom Renovator

Rick Karagiannis is a licensed Plumber, Building Renovator and Director of Nu-Trend, a Sydney Plumber and Bathroom Renovations contractor. Nu-Trend has been operating since 2009 as an independent sole trader in Sydney. Rick provides all types of services for small bathroom renovations, leaking tap repairs, hot water high-pressure jet blasting and more.