Bath­room with a view

Things are get­ting per­sonal in the bath­room... GABRIELLE FA­GAN re­veals three key looks to make a style splash

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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