Homes & Gardens

THE DETAIL: TEXTURE Adding pleasing touches with tactile finishes




For many years, bathrooms have been all about ultra-practical smooth surfaces in ceramics, brassware and tiles. But increasing­ly the design has focused less on pure functional­ity and more on functional­ity mixed

with comfort and style – and the tactile quality of bathroom fittings has moved to the fore. The beauty of a textured finish is not just aesthetic, but also sensual: how does a tap or vanity feel to touch? In many ways, the bathroom is where we are at our most vulnerable, so surfaces that feel pleasing can enhance the cocooning effect. Introducin­g a textured finish is

one way to add a quiet sense of individual­ity and offers scope for creativity: you might opt for a brushed or matt finish for the brassware contrasted with a gloss basin, highlight the jewel-like quality of an elegant tap by selecting a textured handle, or choose a fluted finish

for a vanity unit and echo it in a glass shower door.

Axor Citterio single basin mixer 160 with rhombic cut

lever in Brushed Black chrome, £650, C.P. Hart


Rebecca Milnes, designer, C.P. Hart

In brassware, polished, brushed, satin and matt finishes, plus knurled and other textures, can highlight a sculptural shape. Fluted and ribbed finishes feel good to touch, add interest and soften the straight lines of a vanity unit. Ribbed or fluted glass provides privacy in a shower enclosure while allowing light to shine through, and disguises limescale, too. On ceramic and solid surface baths and basins, gloss finishes help to bounce light around the room, while matt can offer a softer look. Textured floor tiles are less slippery – an important practical considerat­ion. You may prefer to create a consistent look with matching textures across the room, mix and match for a layered look and relaxed feel, or select a stand-out piece, such as a freestandi­ng

bath in an unusual finish, as a stylish focal point. →

Artelinea Volumi Notte fluted glass basin vanity unit,

from £3,517, C.P. Hart

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