Be in­spired by a pat­tern ex­plo­sion that’s mak­ing a splash in our bath­rooms

Living Etc - - BATHROOM TRENDS -

Wall­pa­per con­tin­ues to weave its magic through our homes, but this year things are di­al­ing up a notch, with bold pat­terned de­signs steal­ing into the wettest parts of our bath­rooms. Pre­vi­ously a lim­ited op­tion best kept well away from wa­ter, the ad­vent of new ma­te­ri­als and print­ing tech­niques is see­ing the glory of wall­pa­per pat­terns trans­lated on more ro­bust sur­faces.

The se­cret to achiev­ing an au­then­tic wall­pa­per feel, rather than on pat­terned tiles, is to avoid grout lines and con­ceal con­nec­tions. Wall&decò’s Wet Sys­tem wall­pa­per, avail­able from West One Bath­rooms, is the clos­est thing to the real deal that we’ve come across. It can be com­pletely sealed against wa­ter ingress, mak­ing it safe for use in­side a shower.

Al­ter­na­tively, go for large-for­mat ce­ramic or porce­lain pan­els – the big­ger the bet­ter – that have been dig­i­tally printed with pat­tern to give the look of wall­pa­per. This beau­ti­ful new launch by Devon&devon (pic­tured) is a par­tic­u­larly fine ex­am­ple.

Decor Slabs porce­lain wall cover­ing in Painted Blue, from £661sq m; shower rose in chrome, £899; and ther­mo­static shower mixer in chrome, £1,691, all Devon&devon

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