PRODUCTS | Spa bathrooms

The Duravit Cape Cod basin and bathtub are designed by Philippe Starck

For those who can have a dedicated sauna, one option is the Effegibi Sauna Sky Corner

The Dornbracht Sensory Sky shower is a statement piece for the most affluent of clients

Kaldewei’s Vivo Turbo bath is the focal point for this bathroom

important part of wellness. This can be added to the design through plants, wood tones or stone textures that brings a sense of the outside in. Ash Chilver, sales director at HiB, says: “Our well-being is connected to nature, so designers can consider using biophilic designs and inspiration from the natural world to improve the sense of grounding and peace within the bathroom.”

Colour is also key in lighting to help set a mood. Wow-factor bath tubs like Kaldewei’s Vivo Turbo is a whirlpool bath, but has illuminated jets that bring light to the tub that are said to produce longer-lasting, deep relaxation. Some - thing simple like LED lights around the bottom of a bath, like on Novellini’s Ship model, can add a sense of luxury to a more affordable design. For

those on a limited 42 budget,

Eileen Slattery, marketing manager at Merlyn, suggests some small touches that can make a large impact. She says: “It’s all in the details. Sometimes a little goes a long way. A change in colour can heavily influence how a space is used. For example, selecting a neutral palette of soft, soothing shades will bring a sense of calm and serenity. “Similarly, creating the illusion of more space in an existing bathroom will allow for a calmer scheme. Many people’s current shower enclosure could benefit from being upgraded for a better fit. Sliding doors are a sleek, space-saving solution – all contributing to a more ‘zen’ environment that promotes relaxation.” Separating sections within a larger bathroom is another good way to keep the bathroom design feeling more

A change in colour can heavily influence how a space is used. For example, selecting a neutral palette of soft, soothing shades will bring about a sense of calm and serenity

Eileen Slattery, marketing manager at Merlyn

spa-like. Creating one area for the toilet, another for cleaning and another for relaxation keeps daily tasks apart. James Stevenson, creative director at Imperial Bathrooms, believes that

the bathroom is becoming more multifunctional in the same way our living spaces have developed into a space to eat, relax and work. “People have needed their homes to be so much more than they previously were, and there has been a sharp rise in demand for multifunctional spaces,” Stevenson explains. “A bathroom that can cater to all their wellness and hygiene needs, from being a space for tranquillity and relaxation, through to offering an area for them to complete their beauty regimes and fitness workouts, has now become the ideal.”

The bedroom is already a place of relaxation, so moving the bath into it could be another way to create that separation when working with a small en-suite. It makes the bedroom feel more ‘hotel chic’.

· March 2021

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