BATH BLISS

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More than just a zone for your daily clean­ing rou­tine, the mod­ern bath­room is a pri­vate do­main of­fer­ing you the per­fect space for soli­tude and re­lax­ation. With more home­own­ers in­vest­ing in qual­ity fix­tures and premium fit­tings to trans­form their bath­room into a luxe re­treat, san­i­tary­ware brands and in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tors are also go­ing the ex­tra mile to cater to the evo­lu­tion of bath­room de­sign. Here’s a look at nine of the lat­est trends and how you can in­cor­po­rate them to achieve your own bath sanc­tu­ary.

Stor­age has al­ways been an es­sen­tial part of the home — re­gard­less of the amount of floor space you have — and is an ef­fec­tive and easy way to help keep your home look­ing neat and tidy. The same goes for your bath­rooms; you won’t want your toi­letries hang­ing out on your coun­ter­top, where they’ll get wet and grimy over time, so plan the de­sign of the bath­room with suf­fi­cient stor­age in mind.

“The eas­i­est, and most seam­less, way to in­cor­po­rate stor­age into your bath­room is to have cab­i­nets be­hind the mir­ror,” shares Kelvin Teo, founder of in­te­rior de­sign firm Space Sense Stu­dio. This makes it easy to re­trieve items that you use ev­ery­day, as well.

Den­nis Cheok, de­sign di­rec­tor of Up­stairs_, shares his bath­room de­sign strat­egy for the Over­lap apart­ment, a two-room con­do­minium unit. “The bath­room (be­low) was re­con­fig­ured and the shower area and wa­ter closet are en­closed within smaller cu­bi­cles, each flank­ing a shared van­ity area,” he says. Aside from con­ceal­ing the main stor­age space be­hind the van­ity mir­ror — which is ac­tu­ally a roomy niche that spans 1.7m — Den­nis de­signed a “laun­dry bas­ket” within the cast-con­crete wash­basin counter, and con­cealed it us­ing flip-up pow­der­coated metal pan­els. The top panel opens up for ease of drop­ping laun­dry in, much like a cov­ered bin; and the front panel swings open so you can re­move laun­dry for wash­ing.

Fancy a bath­room that looks bold, yet is still vis­ually ap­peal­ing? Rock the look with the right se­lec­tion of tiles for your walls and floors. You can even ex­per­i­ment with mix­ing and match­ing, to cre­ate a pat­tern you like!

De­signed by renowned de­signer Pa­tri­cia Urquiola, the Azulej range (right), avail­able at Rice, is rem­i­nis­cent of patch­works. With this col­lec­tion’s va­ri­ety of op­tions, you can choose to pair con­trast­ing de­signs, or use a sin­gu­lar pat­tern through­out for a tes­sel­lated ef­fect. Avail­able in neu­tral colours, they’re also easy on the eyes. Switch up the look of a con­tem­po­rary-style bath­room, with a se­lec­tion of ar­ti­sanal ac­ces­sories like hand­wo­ven rugs, hand­crafted mir­rors, bou­quets of dried flow­ers, and even brass fit­tings — the patina of the ma­te­rial will add to the look, while lend­ing a nat­u­ral warmth.

Hansgrohe’s Axor Mon­treux

(above) range cou­ples in­dus­trial de­signs with rus­tic fin­ishes like chrome and nickel, for a look that seems some­what dated, but yet em­bod­ies a charm that re­mains rel­e­vant in homes to­day. The fin­ishes are ap­plied us­ing a phys­i­cal vapour de­po­si­tion (PVD) tech­nol­ogy, to cre­ate a fin­ished sur­face that’s scratch-re­sis­tant.

Have you ever dis­missed the idea of hav­ing a bath­tub, sim­ply be­cause there isn’t enough space in the bath­room? With in­creas­ing in­no­va­tion in de­signs, there are now more op­tions on the mar­ket — even for free­stand­ing bath­tubs that can fit into apart­ments. This ac­ces­sory has long been a lux­ury; so don’t com­pro­mise on the qual­ity of bath time. Vic­to­ria + Al­bert Baths’ most com­pact bath­tub model to date is the Ve­tralla (above). It sits at 1.5m long, with a sleek, min­i­mal­ist de­sign. Choose from seven fin­ishes, in­clud­ing gloss white, gloss black, matte white, an­thracite, stone grey and light grey.

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