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London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - Design - By Jenny Dal­ton

THE bath­room is the fo­cus of de­sign this year, claims Chris­tian Sieger of Sieger De­sign, the creative team be­hind the lat­est bath­room hard­ware from high-end brands Dorn­bracht and Du­ravit.

But it’s not just the “brights” that are chang­ing. Wall­pa­pers are reap­pear­ing on bath­room walls, sur­faces are be­com­ing tac­tile rather than hard and cold, while at­mo­spheric light­ing, demist­ing mir­rors and qui­eter, more ef­fi­cient ven­ti­la­tors are turn­ing the bath­room into a sanc­tu­ary.

De­signer Diego Grandi’s new Closer show­er­head and tap and mix­ers fix­ture range, for Zuc­chetti, has a rub­berised coat­ing, so that “con­tact is warmer and more com­fort­able”. DH Lib­erty has cre­ated bath­room-rated light­ing that is sleek, stylish and ideal over baths. West One Bath­rooms, mean­while, is of­fer­ing a wall­pa­per range called Wet Sys­tem that is ideal for steam­rooms, thanks to a primer un­der­sur­face and a coated fin­ish.

Or­di­nary wall­pa­pers work, too. Lin­ing the wall first and en­sur­ing good ven­ti­la­tion is rec­om­mended by Far­row & Ball, which points out that, un­like tiles, wall­pa­per can be easily changed for a fresh new look.

In­no­va­tive, af­ford­able prod­ucts have sur­faces that are eas­ier to clean, and warmer com­pos­ites. An­to­nio Lupi’s Flu­mood ma­te­rial, and Villeroy & Boch’s Ti­tanCeram ce­ramic mix mean sinks and baths are slim­mer and lighter. Shower fil­ters pre­vent chlo­rine in­hala­tion mid-cleanse and hard wa­ter de­posits.

“Shower toi­lets” are de­signed to in­crease com­fort — they are a com­bi­na­tion of con­ven­tional loo and a warm-wa­ter bidet — while new dig­i­tal shower ther­mostats can be set via re­mote con­trol be­fore you en­ter the cu­bi­cle.

For smaller rooms, the Tubby Tub bath from The Al­bion Bath Com­pany is just 4ft long, and the Japanese-style deep Om­ni­tub, from £509, is a me­tre wide, while Eoos’s shower de­sign for Du­ravit fea­tures a fold­ing screen that moves to the side when not in use, sav­ing space.

Taps and shower fit­tings in rose gold and brass met­als warm up spa­ces small and large, and for a pop of colour and com­fort un­der­foot use easy-wash polyester or wool rugs — fine for bath­rooms, says de­signer Esti Barnes. be­low left, rose gold bath fit­tings from Al­ter­na­tive Bath­rooms, with show­rooms in Eal­ing, Ful­ham and Queen’s Park (al­ter­na­tive bath­rooms.com)

be­low, Far­row & Ball’s Block Print Stripe wall­pa­per in BP754, £86 a roll (far­row-ball. com)

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