WIT & WHIMSY

Living Etc - - DESIGN / PROJECT -

Over­dosed on in­dus­trial chic and ready for a bit of light-hearted fun? Join the club – the cur­rent state of global, and lo­cal, un­cer­tainty, is di­rect­ing a new mood for nos­tal­gia and es­capism. ‘We’re see­ing more and more play­ful pat­terns in tex­tiles and pat­tern – Aparici’s Markham flamingo and par­rot adorned tiles for ex­am­ple,’ says Louise Ash­down, show­room man­ager and head of de­sign at West One Bath­rooms. ‘The word whim­si­cal con­jures up im­ages of fan­tasy and com­fort and we’re see­ing more bath­room de­signs in­spired by the past. This trend is all about tak­ing com­fort from days gone by and cre­at­ing a haven to es­cape from the se­ri­ous­ness of life.’ As a mostly pri­vate do­main, the bath­room is a great place to ex­per­i­ment with pat­tern – seek out painterly or il­lus­tra­tive prints that nod to folk­lore, or trendy retro de­signs with a dis­tinct sense of whimsy.

Project de­tails Wall&deco’s spe­cially glued and sealed wall­pa­per is de­signed for mois­ture-rich rooms and comes in a mul­ti­tude of dreamy de­signs, in­clud­ing this vin­tage map-in­spired Bon­aire pat­tern by

Ines Por­rino. Prices from £156 per sq m at West One Bath­rooms.

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