Is contemporary your name, or traditional your game? Lucy Baker-Kind selects key bathroom features to achieve three distinct looks
For a country feel, look for more ornate styling and pretty designs: imagine a thatched cottage with roses around the door, and think traditional, not twee. The Winchester Artisan range of tiles, from the Winchester Tile Company, has the perfect proportion of prettiness and style, described as "a stylised floral design, inspired by hedgerows and gardens in the English countryside." Hand-crafted in Devon, the ceramic collection includes Bicton, Rosemoor and Wisley patterns, in five colourways; tiles measure 150 x 75 x 10mm, and are from Original Style in Exeter and Plympton.
Bath racks have been around for years, and are still proving popular. Who doesn't want all their lotions, potions and bubbles (drinkable or otherwise) to hand when relaxing in the tub? The expanding bath rack, from Antique Bathrooms of Ivybridge, is perfect for recreating the traditional look. The Classic Expandable Bath Rack, which expands between 570-700mm, is made from a quality brass and is available in chrome, bright or polished nickel, or antique gold finishes.
To complete the look, reflect on a handmade reclaimed-slate mirror. Made by Glenn Rushbrooke and Samantha Robb from Pacha Design in Welcombe, North Devon, each mirror is hand-cut and hand-polished using naturally weathered slate. Due to the nature of the slate, each piece has different colours and markings, and prices start from £40.
"Pick the right pieces from local suppliers and you can inject some real style into your powder room"
If modern is your mantra, then you'll be looking for sleek pieces where details are kept to a minimum.
First launched in 2013 and recently enhanced by four new built-in slim washstands, the Kartell by Laufen collection features a slender, elegant border and a square design. It is made with fine fireclay, a hygienic, strong ceramic material. The range also includes two toilet designs, bathtubs, storage and hanging cabinets. Visit: laufen-showrooms.com for of one the local stockists.
If you require all the gadgets and gizmos of a secret agent, then the all-singing, all-dancing Kohler toilet is a must! The Veil Intelligent wall-hung toilet has many options – an ergonomically designed heated seat, automatic deodorisation system, and dual-flush technology. Or how about a stainless-steel cleansing wand, with adjustable spray, pressure and temperature, or perhaps a warm air drying system? The high-tech WC (from £3,890) is from Kohler and is available through Bathroom Village in Plymouth and Exeter.
To capture the period feel of bygone designs, take a look at the Eldridge heated towel rail. A Victorian-inspired central radiator with chrome tubing, the wall-hung closed-water system is suitable for installation on closed indirect systems, and has the traditional styling associated with grand bathrooms. Available from £1,000 at Fired Earth, Darts Farm in Topsham.
For a wow-factor tub, consider the Babylon from Fired Earth. The matt charcoal enamel tub with a polished nickel inner is a lightweight alternative to a cast iron bath – a hard-wearing epoxy enamel is applied to copper to create a smooth charcoal finish. It is double-ended, with no tap holes, so the taps can either be wall or floor-mounted, and is available with or without overflow. Also with an impressive price tag of £6,650, see it at Darts Farm in Topsham.
Installing a high-level WC will also achieve a period look, and the Dorchester is a perfect example. The wall-mounted cisterns are sited high on the wall and have a long chain pull reminiscent of a grand stately home. The Dorchester is made from vitreous china, and has a chrome or vintage gold flush pack, and is available for £235 from Heritage Bathrooms, at RGB Building Supplies in Barnstaple.
Published 26 June 2017
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