Just lay back and relax... with our pick of the latest beautiful bath designs that will bring a spa-like feel to your country bathroom
More atmosphere, less sterility – this year’s key country bathroom trends continue to focus on creating a relaxing sanctuary. Influenced by wider interiors trends, such as the return of rich colour, softer ways with metallics and wonderfully warming rustic finishes, the latest bathroom product launches are delightfully unpretentious and simply beautiful.
Happily, they are also perfectly suited to a country setting, making it easier than ever to update your bathroom. ‘Look for fittings with gentle curves and choose soft colours in earthy shades to create a bathroom that’s in tune with current trends, but also works in harmony with the natural world,’ says Justin Homewood, Founder, The Water Monopoly. To be sure the newest trends are going to suit your space, it’s worth visiting as many local showrooms as possible. While you’re there, it’s also a great opportunity to test tap handles for easy grip, ensure shower enclosure doors swing smoothly and discover whether that eye-catching outsized bath is as comfortable as it looks. Don’t be shy about testing it out for yourself before you buy.
An ideal way to link your bath to your bathroom colour scheme or to turn it into the focal point of the room is to consider a style that you can paint yourself. Supplied sanded and primed with undercoat, cast-iron baths are easy to finish in the latest paint shades. ‘Be bold with your colour choice,’ says Tina Robinson, Product Manager and Stylist, Heritage Bathrooms. Deep shades, like the purple of this roll-top bath, ooze warmth and richness and will pack a powerful style punch.’
Go for a bath with generous proportions for a luxurious bathing experience. ‘A large freestanding bath will provide a stunning focal point,’ says Albrecht von der Groeben, Chief of International Sales, Duravit. ‘Make it extra special by choosing a model fitted with whirlpool jets. Interior LED lights will also boost the home spa experience.’
Don’t be afraid to embrace new technology and choose modern materials for your bath. ‘Cian – made from polyester resin and mineral fillers – conducts heat incredibly well, ensuring your bath water stays warm,’ says CP Hart designer Dan Cook. ‘The smooth finish is also ideal for a traditional freestanding shape.’
A metal bath makes a strong style statement. ‘Warmer metals are a big trend right now,’ says Stafford Whitby, Managing Director, Drummonds. ‘Polished copper is often lacquered for easy maintenance of the colour and shine, but choose an unsealed finish if you prefer the natural verdigris patina that develops over time.’
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