DE­SIGN GU­RUS

Look­ing for a new bath­room or fur­ni­ture that works on a tight bud­get or in a lim­ited space? Let these two guid­ing lights in the home in­dus­try en­lighten you with their in­sid­ers’ ex­per­tise

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Colin R oby-Welford

As MD of Fired Earth, Colin talks to us about the brand’s new af­ford­able range

What sets Fired Earth apart from the com­pe­ti­tion?

We’re time­less. Our prod­ucts are au­then­ti­cally sourced and de­liver qual­ity that lasts. Many of our de­signs are made and fin­ished in the UK. Be­cause of this, we’re of­ten thought to be pro­hib­i­tively ex­pen­sive but we’re not – we’ve been work­ing hard to in­tro­duce newer, more af­ford­able lines to make our brand ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one.

How do you work with cus­tomers to cre­ate their per­fect bath­room? Many peo­ple lack con­fi­dence when plan­ning a bath­room – they buy bits and pieces rather than think­ing about the whole look. We of­fer a con­sul­ta­tion ser­vice for £200 to help over­come this – it in­cludes 3D de­sign, work­ing plans and site vis­its if nec­es­sary – and it’s re­fund­able on any spend over £3,000.

Top tips for an af­ford­able bath­room? Con­sider a built-in bath with shower over, or cre­ate a shower space by build­ing a stud wall so you only need a shower door and then you can use dec­o­ra­tive tiles on the in­side of the shower and ei­ther use cheaper, plainer tiles on the out­side or just paint it.

What’s the best thing to splurge on? Make it the brassware as that’s the state­ment piece. My favourite fin­ishes are brushed or pol­ished nickel – brass, while gor­geous, is high-main­te­nance, and on-trend black chrome isn’t prac­ti­cal in a hard wa­ter area.

Turn to page 30 to get a 20% dis­count on Fired Earth bath­rooms; firedearth.com

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