Take a wide eyed roam around any quality bathroom outlet, and one thing is crystal clear. The bathroom is where we Irish remain positively daring, taking plunges into new design and stand out features that would terrify us in the wide open of public living areas.
A deeply personal pleasure — we know what we want.
Space counts, and the bathroom is where you start paying if scale, styling and the practical demands of tanking plumbing and placement are rushed through.
This season large format tiling, precise water temperature control, and clean contemporary lines are heading up the catwalk. There are traditional choices, largely following Edwardian and Art Deco styles, and paring back the bathroom to minty minimalism puts emphasis on storage as never before.
Expect to see the trends in kitchen cabinetmaking reflected here with integrated handles, bump operation, and soft-close, as standard. Free-standing and signature furnishings really personalise the room, and make a stunning bridge if your dressing area adjoins your master.
This winter’s woven grasses and textured cotton towels in organic dyes put a natural rub on all those crisp clean surfaces.
If you can’t get a great bath in easily, throw all that money into a perfectly tanked, magnificent shower.
Times have changed, and the beautifully appointed compact bathroom without a bath no longer shocks potential buyers.
Above all else, a handsome bathroom relies on perfect installation, and in some cases (some marbles for example) installation will cost more than the pieces installed.
Without this, the most fabulous designs will look cheap.
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