Luxe Baths

it is of­ten said that a great kitchen can sell a house. to­day it might as well be the bath­room. Re­alty Plus ex­plores the cre­ative world of lux­ury bath­rooms.

Realty Plus - - Editor-In-Chief Note -

the trend of lux­ury bath­rooms got pop­u­lar in 1980s with over­sized bath­tubs and sep­a­rate show­ers be­com­ing the high­light of the space. The bath spa­ces to­day are get­ting even more in­dul­gent with pru­dently cho­sen fin­ishes, fix­tures, tech­nol­ogy and ameni­ties that are cus­tom­ized as per user’s life­style.

When it comes to the size and the shape of the bath­room com­po­si­tion, along­side the lav­ish spa­ces with mas­sive bath­tubs, the in­ti­mate and min­i­mal­ist bath lay­out with a sense of re­strained el­e­gance and in­ti­macy is trend­ing. So smaller does not mean less – there is no com­pro­mise with its ex­trav­a­gance, style or func­tion­al­ity. But, aes­thetic is only one of the el­e­ments of an ex­trav­a­gant bath­room. The func­tional plumb­ing has un­der­gone a com­plete makeover to not only be­come fash­ion­able and stylish but also a source of health and well­ness. “The show­ers are tak­ing over the bath­tub. Larger glass walled shower ar­eas with seat­ing or ly­ing down bench, fit­ted with mul­ti­ple types of show­er­heads, rain show­ers or steam show­ers are re­lax­ing and ther­a­peu­tic. Full body shower sys­tems, a ther­mo­static valve and vol­ume con­trol are pop­u­lar with dis­cern­ing home­own­ers. For those still in­ter­ested in tubs, lux­u­ri­ous op­tions in­clude bub­ble mas­sage hy­drother­apy and chro­mather­apy - a col­ored light­ing sys­tem de­signed to stim­u­late,” said in­te­rior de­signer Bhavna Mehndi­ratta. When con­sid­er­ing tech­nol­ogy in bath, the sky is the limit. “Tech­nol­ogy is mak­ing a big splash in the bath­room de­sign. Tele­vi­sions on over­head cab­i­net doors or in the mir­ror, an in­te­grated sound sys­tem to stream mu­sic, news or favourite pod­cast and cab­i­nets with a re­frig­er­ated sec­tion are the nec­es­sary evils in a chic bath space. Even the humble water closet comes fit­ted with tech­nol­ogy like au­to­mated seat cov­ers, heated seats, mu­sic, night light and a con­trol panel be­side,” stated ar­chi­tect & de­signer Ar. Romit Ban­er­jee.

Bath fit­tings mar­ket has evolved from of­fer­ing just func­tional value prod­ucts to com­plete bath so­lu­tions with ex­cit­ing fea­tures and em­pha­sis on lux­ury and el­e­gance. The or­ga­nized seg­ment of bath fit­tings mar­ket in In­dia is up­grad­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses and

fo­cus­ing on in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies and de­signs.many in­ter­na­tional brands too are in­creas­ing their pres­ence in In­dian mar­ket by ei­ther join­ing hands with do­mes­tic brands in the seg­ment or form­ing their wholly owned sub­sidiary in In­dia.

the Mar­ket Dy­nam­ics

The over­all con­sis­tent real-estate sec­tor growth in the past few years has prompted an in­creased de­mand for qual­ity san­i­tary ware. Fur­ther­more, in­creas­ing per capita dis­pos­able in­come, im­prov­ing stan­dard of liv­ing and ex­po­sure to global trends is boost­ing the premium bath fit­tings and san­i­tary­ware mar­ket across ur­ban cities of In­dia.

Atul Sanghvi, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, CERA San­i­tary­ware Lim­ited added, “In ul­tra-lux­ury bath­rooms, the trend is merg­ing of elec­tron­ics with con­ven­tional prod­ucts. Con­sumers are look­ing for new de­signs and func­tional up­grades. CERA Ital­ian lux­ury de­signer san­i­tary­ware, ISVEA caters to this lux­ury seg­ment. While, in­ter­na­tional de­sign­ers are for­ay­ing into bath prod­uct de­sign, we need home­grown de­sign­ers too, who would be well-versed with In­dian traditions and us­ages.though the vol­umes are lower in lux­ury bath prod­ucts, the growth rate is higher as com­pared to mid seg­ment. The trend of wa­ter­sav­ing green-com­plaint prod­ucts in both san­i­tary­ware and faucets is con­tin­u­ing.cera was the first san­i­tary­ware man­u­fac­turer to bring in water-sav­ing twin flush WC con­cept to In­dia around 20 years back. The plan­ning for ul­tra-lux­ury prod­ucts has to be done at the ini­tial stages of bath­room con­struc­tion. Retro-fit­ting of some of the ul­tra­lux­ury prod­ucts once the bath­room is fully built, be­comes very te­dious. With this in mind, CERA has launched CERA Home Up­grade in se­lect cities, which will ex­e­cute com­plete ren­o­va­tion of bath­room in just five days. Also, a com­plete range of new ex­clu­sive de­signer tiles is be­ing launched by the com­pany which will in­clude large for­mat tiles of 600x1200mm and 800x1200mm, etc. in GVT cat­e­gory for up­per seg­ment. CERA has also tied up with Euro­pean con­cealed cis­tern leader, SIAMP, to mar­ket their prod­ucts in In­dia. In ad­di­tion to th­ese, new ranges are planned in all three seg­ments – san­i­tary­ware, faucets and tiles.”

Though, the bath fit­tings sec­tor in In­dia re­mains largely un­or­ga­nized, it is evolv­ing with the in­creas­ing share of the or­ga­nized play­ers which is ex­pected to fur­ther grow in the post GST regime. Cur­rently, some of the key play­ers of the in­dus­try in­clud­ing do­mes­tic and for­eign brands are Jaquar, Keuco, HSIL, CERA, Toto Ltd., Grohe, Du­ravit, Moen, Ge­berit Group, Ka­jarai, So­many Kohler, Roca and Dorn­bracht,villeroy&boc­hand RAK to name a few. They are in­tro­duc­ing novel and in­no­va­tive prod­ucts in or­der to sus­tain and strengthen their mar­ket share.

Dhiren­dra Joshi, As­so­ciate Vice Pres­i­dent- Ka­jaria Bath­ware said, “Kerovit by Ka­jaria has re­cently launched an ex­clu­sive range of show­ers among which. Kerovit’s

The mod­ern bath­rooms are no more the over - the-top lux­ury of yester years. Clean lined sculp­tural fit­tings, monochro­matic colour palette, stream­lined cab­i­netry and sense of space and light­ness de­fine the fash­ion­able bath spa­ces to­day.

Cas­cade shower is the per­fect idea for en­joy­ing the plea­sure of water. Sim­i­larly, chrome plated faucets with re­fined an­gles and strong ar­chi­tec­tural lines bring well­ness with great style and panache.

Kerovit has also, launched a vast and beau­ti­ful range of van­i­ties. In ad­di­tion, for the eco-con­scious buyer, the two step op­er­at­ing car­tridge eco sys­tem of Kerovit Sin­gle Lever Basin Mixer and di­verter saves water and en­ergy. HWS ring avail­able in car­tridge al­lows set­ting the max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture of the hot water. Water with 3-bar pres­sure is 20 L/ minute with nor­mal car­tridges. Un­der the same con­di­tions, the spe­cial tem­per­a­ture and flow reg­u­la­tor car­tridge can limit the flow to 2 L/minute-re­sult­ing in up to 90% sav­ing on water con­sump­tion.” With the steady growth of ce­ramic san­i­tary­ware in­dus­try in China, In­dia, and Thai­land, Asia Pa­cific will con­tinue to dom­i­nate the global mar­ket. In In­dia, the ce­ramic san­i­tary­ware mar­ket is ex­pected to reg­is­ter a CAGR of 10.3% in terms of value dur­ing pe­riod 2016-2026. The res­i­den­tial seg­ment is pro­jected to be the largest ap­pli­ca­tion seg­ment from 2017 to 2022.

turkey, Brazil, mex­ico, and columbia are among the top man­u­fac­tur­ing coun­tries of ce­ramic san­i­tary­ware prod­ucts.

De­sign Re­de­fined

Or­ganic forms, curv­ing fix­tures find pres­ence in most of the uber-chic bath­rooms and pow­der rooms world­wide. The raw look of nat­u­ral el­e­ments like tim­ber, rough stone and plants too, finds plenty of fol­low­ers. Also, noth­ing spells lux­ury as much as hand­made em­bed­ded crys­tals , Lalique taps or cus­tom-de­signed bath­room fit­tings in­clud­ing taps, handles, shower heads, towel rail and even la­va­tory flush han­dle in 24 carat gold, gold or plat­inum basins and in­laid mir­rors & Mu­rano glass.

Free­stand­ing bath­tubs teamed with floor-mounted tub mix­ers and matt black tap­ware and ac­ces­sories are one of the strong­est trends to­day. Bath­tubs are dou­bling up as in­stal­la­tions such as shoe-shaped bath­tub by Si­cis, Pear col­lec­tion de­signed by Pa­tri­cia Urquiola or Hayon col­lec­tion by Jaime Hayon. lux­ury fin­ishes: While, Ital­ian mar­bles are the clas­sic lux­ury fin­ishes, ag­glom­er­ated stones are the new favourites. Ex­tralarge wall and floor tiles give a sense of lav­ish­ness and faux fin­ish­ing can pro­vide wood, metal, leather or any ma­te­rial look the heart de­sires

glossy sur­faces: Smooth lus­trous sur­face is a big trend this year. Un­framed glass, mir­rors and sparkling coun­ter­tops in mar­ble, gran­ite or resin max­i­mize lux­ury. Carved basins and bath­tubs in nat­u­ral or en­gi­neered stone form the sig­na­ture pieces in a lux­ury bath­room. Metal­lic ac­cents in brass, cop­per and rose gold fur­ther add to the shine ef­fect.

con­ti­nu­ity & com­bi­na­tion: Com­bi­na­tion of mod­ern and or­ganic such as steel and wood and con­ti­nu­ity of ma­te­ri­als such as sim­i­lar mar­ble on walls and floor are the new dy­nam­ics of mod­ern ul­tra-lux­ury bath­rooms.

Dark colours: Dark colours and shades are a huge come­back this year, Jux­ta­posed with shiny sur­faces they ex­ude rich­ness and re­lax­ation. Grey, the on-trend colour this sea­son works won­der­fully in rich hues to add tran­quil­lity and el­e­gance.

go green: The love for na­ture is ev­i­dent in home buy­ers fancy for nat­u­ral mar­bles, oaks and teaks and any­thing or­ganic in their luxe baths. Or­ganic prod­ucts, naturally cre­ated of­fer an ex­clu­sive de­sign to the space that can­not be repli­cated. Af­ter all, “No two items in na­ture are ever the same”. Be­sides, nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and sur­faces of­fer a bo­hemian feel and a sen­sa­tion of warmth and good­ness.

What’s trend­ing Mod­ern Tubs:

A de­tached bath­tub is a re­turn­ing trend rem­i­nis­cent of claw foot tub of 19th cen­tury. In lux­ury bath­rooms, it adds the wow fac­tor. Com­ple­ment­ing them are the floor-mounted tub faucets be­hind or to the side of it. Tak­ing a cue from the liv­ing room, tub-side ta­bles next to the bath­tub not only pro­vide the con­ve­nience of to keep bath items at hand but act as at­trac­tive ac­cent pieces as well.

In­tel­li­gent Toi­lets:

Water sense toi­lets of­fer the dou­ble flush, less or more as re­quired. Some toi­lets dou­ble as a bidet, while some oth­ers are self-clean­ing. Warm water cleans­ing and warm air dry­ing are some other novel fea­tures. Au­to­matic flush­ing, lids open­ing & clos­ing, heated seats, night­lights, foot warm­ers, built-in de­odor­iz­ers and Blue­tooth sync­ing are also avail­able. Then there are toi­lets that can mon­i­tor weight, BMI, blood sugar and blood pres­sure and can be net­worked to the com­puter.

Avant-garde Bathing:

Dig­i­tal show­er­head is a must-have in any lux­ury bath­room. It pro­duces water, steam, mu­sic and light to­gether and can be synced to the phone. Con­fig­ure the shower to spa pro­grams with var­ied water sprays and tem­per­a­tures di­rected to­wards dif­fer­ent body ar­eas for a sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence. Bath­tubs come with hy­drother­apy op­tion that uses air or sound to re­lax the body. What’s more, they have evolved to of­fer cham­pagne-like bub­bles; bub­bles that sur­round; bub­bles that target back, legs or feet; gen­tle bub­bles or strong mas­sag­ing bub­bles.

Think Faucets:

Brass, cop­per, chrome, nickel, gold-plated, oil-rubbed met­als, matte or shiny fin­ish, a smooth satin sheen and even faucets with tex­ture com­ple­ment the in­te­rior am­bi­ence as de­sired. Faucet shapes are tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from water arc, bird’s beak and pineap­ple to bam­boo and rain down­pour. Some new fin­ishes range from ti­ta­nium deep grey, an­tiqued, time worn nickel fin­ish, matte Black, dark sur­face to bright brushed gold and stain­less.

Fur­ni­ture Ap­peal:

The big­gest trend in op­u­lent bath­room is the cab­i­netry that re­sem­bles fur­ni­ture, cab­i­nets with cab­i­netry with or­nate pan­els or legs, pull-out or­ga­niz­ers or open shelv­ing cre­ate a warm in­te­rior. Ad­di­tion­ally, re­pur­posed hutches and vin­tage dressers and free stand­ing van­i­ties cre­ate a beau­ti­ful fo­cal point.

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