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Time for a clean break

- By Deborah Stone

MANY of us are franticall­y cleaning our homes as we prepare to welcome Christmas guests – even if it’s just for a cup of tea and a slice of cake – but there’s always one room that needs an extra scrub down: the bathroom. It’s too late to do much about crumbling grouting and water marks on baths during this final countdown to Christmas but if your new year’s resolution is to upgrade your bathroom there are a few trends you might want to consider.

Green bathrooms may continue to dominate but warm, neutral, colours are the new thing according to Barrie Cutchie at BC Designs (bcdesigns.co.uk), a company specialisi­ng in bathrooms.

“Think warm honey tones and beige colours for anything from tiles to paint and even ceramics,” says design director Cutchie.

“A successful bathroom colour palette will have layers of different tones to help it not feel one-dimensiona­l but not overly busy either,” he adds. “Choosing a neutral colour scheme will provide a timeless appeal to a bathroom.”

Tile specialist Ca’ Pietra goes even further: “Right now, it’s all about brown bathrooms,” says the firm’s head of creative, Grazzie Wilson, although he concedes that this can range widely, from walnut brown to beige and putty colours.

Meanwhile Victoria + Albert, which specialise­s in luxury bathrooms, predicts 2024 will feature curved shapes, wacky colours and a space-age look.

For those who can’t face the upheaval of having a new bathroom installed there are always quick-fix updates. New taps will work wonders, as will fluffy white towels.

 ?? ?? Swadling Brassware shower, set off with Beach Hut Porcelain tiles, plain and ribbed, from £55/sqm (01380 735886; capietra.com)
Swadling Brassware shower, set off with Beach Hut Porcelain tiles, plain and ribbed, from £55/sqm (01380 735886; capietra.com)
 ?? ?? BC Designs Senator Bath with feet, £5,627 (01206 827100; bcdesigns.co.uk)
BC Designs Senator Bath with feet, £5,627 (01206 827100; bcdesigns.co.uk)
 ?? ?? V+A Napoli freestandi­ng bath in jet black, from £3,547.40 (01952 221100; vandabaths.com)
V+A Napoli freestandi­ng bath in jet black, from £3,547.40 (01952 221100; vandabaths.com)
 ?? ?? Christy Luxe white Turkish cotton towels, £4.90-£32.20 (01613 675800; christy.co.uk)
Christy Luxe white Turkish cotton towels, £4.90-£32.20 (01613 675800; christy.co.uk)

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