4 key bathroom trends for 2015
I use the word 'trend' a little hesitantly because it's a term that tends to suggest something that might have only transient or fleeting appeal, and yet for most of us a bathroom is something we live with for a considerable length of time and not something we change from year to year.
All of them are timeless styles that will endure for years to come but also feel very fresh and contemporary right now.
LIGHT MINIMAL FORMS
All too often functionalism takes over in the bathroom and furnishings are often visually heavy. The EX.T collection by Norm Architects has a refreshingly elegant minimalism more usually associated with pieces you might have in your living room rather than in your bathroom.
Lightweight in appearance the collection has a geometric purity and a spatial sense of calm and rest.
The elegant sculptural freestanding shapes of the Le Giare collection designed by Claudio Silvestrin for Cielo immediately evoke downtime and relaxation. Its smooth egg-shaped exterior and perfect circular interior make an immediate impact.
COLOURED BATHS & BASINS
Until recently I'd never really considered coloured baths and basins as a contemporary option but there are now some great designs available and these beautiful shades and shapes from Cielo are making me think again.
The Shui collection is available in a choice of 16 colours and finishes so you can match the fittings to your current scheme or use Shui as the inspiration for your design scheme.
Add pattern with these earthy coloured geometric tiles to complete the look.
This is the kind of bath I can imagine Coco Chanel having once luxuriated in. Juxtaposing generous dimensions with a sophisticated elegance, the Opera collection designed by Paolo d'Arrigo for Cielo echoes the modernist designs of the early 20th century while also hinting at the glamour of the art deco era.
If you are planning to remodel your own bathroom this year I can recommend C.P. Hart's Style Finder tool, which allows you to create your own personal moodboard by browsing through their selection of beautiful bathrooms. When you come across an image you like you simply click on the heart icon to add it to your moodboard, rather like Pinterest.
As mentioned above they are also currently completing a refurbishment of their flagship showroom in Waterloo. Conceived by architects Morrow & Lorraine in partnership with design studio Badrock Design, and scheduled for launch in November, the redesign will increase the footprint of the showroom by 50% to cover 20,000 square feet, making it the largest bathroom destination in the UK. A brand new product innovation gallery featuring prototypes, trends and innovations will provide inspiration, along with an interactive manufacturer library and tile specification area. The new showroom will also offer shared working areas and meeting rooms for customers who want to sit down with an expert, and even a café to allow customers to mull over their project in a relaxed environment.
Posted in collaboration with C.P. Hart.