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PRODUCTS | Statement bathrooms


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This statement design by Angel Interiors is edgy while remaining luxurious and sumptuous in its textures and colours. Products include a vanity from The Harlem Collection at Bagno and a matt black countertop basin from the M-Line collection from the same brand


1. Showerwall’s Grey Volterra wall panelling offers the authentic look of on-trend stone, which promises easy installation and low maintenance. Its Proclick technology simply locks the panels together without the need of joining trims between them to create seamless, almost invisible joints 2. Aqata has introduced new colour wall fixings to its luxury Design Solutions range. Gold, polished nickel and brushed nickel finishes are available for the first time as an alternative to chrome, providing customers with greater choice and design flexibility


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Shopping Around Southport


A rollercoaster ride of highs and lows for our incognito investigator pg 80


Retailer Profile Versatile Bathrooms, Co Meath ‘You have to put your cards on the table. Then customers will get the best and be thrilled to bits’ pg 75


How’s Business Hereford


Retailers here are upbeat and flying in the face of Brexit by being busier than ever pg 82


Unlike Janosa and Baber, Poole also believes that clients should think carefully before going too wild with unusual finishes as these can quickly date. “I would probably recommend white fittings over coloured ones. In terms of unusual finishes, trends seem to be moving away from the copper and rose gold of last year, back to brass.” Offering advice, both Poole and Janosa agree that fittings should be carefully considered so that they don’t clash with one another, as part of the problem with popular, unusual finishes, unless you’re sure you want to stick to one particular range, is that it can be difficult to find items that match properly – one matt black can be slightly different from another. Baber adds: “You can’t just go a bit wacky for the sake of it. Everything, such as the recesses we’ve used in the example I mentioned [pictured top], has to have a function and a reason for being. And then the tiling around those must be very carefully planned so everything works.”


When it comes to illuminating the space, Baber recommends under-lighting for the bath, cabinetry and so on. He says this can also give the feeling of luxury for little extra cost.


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Finally, regarding the finishing touches, our experts had pretty different opinions on how far designers should go. Janosa explains that she likes to have a say in everything from the toilet roll holder to the soap dispenser. “If you’ve spent so much time designing a perfect bathroom, you don’t want it being spoilt with cheap accessories and towels.”


Poole recommends keeping accessories simple, adding that they will specify the loo-roll holder, soap dishes and mirrors, but not go much beyond that. Baber says that when clients are on a tighter budget, they tend to overlook the finishing touches and accessories and are happy to add them in later. “We’ve got in nice L’Occitane hand soaps and things before and have used The White Company for bits and bobs for a really crisp white look.


“So while I do think those finishing touches are important, it’s kind of taking your role as a designer to the extreme.”


Creating a bathroom that makes a statement about the homeowner, while remaining cohesive, involves careful curation and compromise – managing expectations, choosing your focal point wisely and investing a good chunk of the budget on that.


kbbr kbbreview · June 2019


Showroom of the month: Porcelanosa, Cambridge A look at Porcelanosa’s new showroom featuring exciting ways to showcase tiles pg 84


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