Bathroom with a view
Things are getting personal in the bathroom... GABRIELLE FAGAN reveals three key looks to make a style splash
There’s a new wave of styles washing over bathrooms. The tide’s turning against the predictable, and embracing a more go- with- the- flow approach means you can mix- and- match furniture and fittings to conjure a space that perfectly suits your taste, as well as your practical needs.
As designers become more adventurous, sophistication, glamour and individuality rule. And it’s easy to achieve a ‘ wow’ factor, thanks to state- of- the- art technology – think TVs, sound systems and light and water shows in the shower – sculptural sanitary ware, and even stunning waterproof wallpaper now vying with tiles for attention.
“The traditional bathroom suite has become outdated and there’s a desire for the space to become customised, with people seeing it as a room where they can display individual pieces, as they would art,” says Leanne Martin, head of product at Sottini.
“A strong industrial trend is coming through, with steeleffect wall- hung cabinets complemented by sleek brassware and fresh white walls for an efficient, sleek look. Bathroom units raised off the floor, increasing visible floor space, to create an illusion of a larger room, are starring, and a particularly striking ‘ floating’ effect can be achieved, with wallhung, chunky, unsupported slabs in gloss or wood grain, and slim, curved vessel basins on top.”
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“Industrial concrete walls are being paired with textured wallpapers, while tile effects are being created using countless different sizes, shapes, prints and texture options. Even a retro wood finish has made a comeback for a Scandi- chic style statement, and for the really bold, vertical green, living walls, to give a lush 3D impact you can’t beat!”
Water, she points out, is a feature in itself. “It’s not enough that it drains down a plughole any more.
“It’s all about the spectacle of how it falls in a waterfall- like sheet from a height and disappears out of sight into concealed drainage.”
“It’s all about subtle elegance and a beautiful harmony of shades with less ‘ pops’ of colour. Muted consistent tones, such as taupes and greys for furniture and sanitary ware, are increasingly popular colour choices. There’s a move beyond white and glazed surfaces and a significant increase in pastel shades of pinks and blues.”