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PRODUCTS | Statement bathrooms


You can’t just go a bit wacky for the sake of it. Everything has to have a function and a reason for being


Tim Baber, creative director, Angel Interiors, Bristol


Below: Ashton and Bentley’s baths are made from its exclusive material Correro. All the baths are available in a variety of finishes, including coloured and metallics, for an even stronger impact. The Othello bath is shown


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edgy – featuring plenty of textures and accessories. Alice Poole, owner of Alice Poole Architects, notes a similar trend for more “characterful finishes” – more colour, texture and even in some cases, vintage pieces, though she admits these are not always ideal for a bathroom setting. Working at the higher end of the bathroom market, the big trends Poole has seen revolve around real marble, as well as other unusual stone finishes, such as blue quartz, which she says offers a real wow factor. Of course, it’s also possible to create a beautiful, statement bathroom on a budget and Janosa says the use of colour is the simplest way to achieve this. “Colour is the easiest way to create something unique and beautiful on a tight budget,” she explains. “If you’re creative with your colour use and combine say three different tones, you can produce something really striking – a statement bathroom.”


Walls and floors


Janosa adds that the choices that you make as a designer or a consumer when you have a tight budget have to be much more carefully considered. “It’s also worth bearing in mind that only about 1% of all of the surfaces in the bathroom are sanitaryware. The rest is walls and flooring, so this is where you should think about spending the money. Just focusing on the sanitaryware and not bothering with the walls and floors is not going to help you achieve your goal.” She says special finishes in sanitaryware and brassware are very popular, such as bronze, brushed rose gold and black. “People love small-format tiling and also creating feature walls. You can also use different


coloured grouts, which look really nice.


1. A new and extended Kartell by Laufen range has recently launched in the UK, including accessories, sanitaryware, vanity unit combinations, furniture and more. Accessories and other elements are now available in powder pink (shown) and emerald green


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2. These bulkhead wall lights from Industville are handcrafted in industrial-style metal patina and inspired by nautical themes. The bulkheads are available in an array of finishes, including gunmetal and black, and have an IP20, IP44 and IP65 rating


Wallpaper is a great thing to use, too.” Poole also recommends using wallpaper instead of tiles for the walls, or using more cost-effective tiles, but arranging them in a more unusual way. A big mirror is always a great idea and, of course, will make the space appear larger.


“There are some things you can save money on,” Poole adds, “baths are probably OK, but not fittings – those with mechanical elements. You shouldn’t skimp on these, as they are unlikely to be durable.”


„ kbbreview · June 2019


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