Here at Ideal Home, we're all about making our own unique mark on our homes. Which is easy enough in a living room, where you can experiment with wallpapers, fabric and furniture to your heart's content. Yet, when it comes to the bathroom, that self-expression can be much more tricky. Sanitaryware is more often than not white, while fabric, wallpaper, paint and lighting options are limited by the need to be water resistant.
Thankfully, it's an issue that's recognised by online bathroom specialist VictoriaPlum.com, who have come up with a spectacular solution – an exclusive new bathroom collection created in collaboration with Louise Dear. One of the UK’s leading contemporary artists, Louise is known for her large, contemporary, figurative works, use of bold colours and experimentation with different materials, as you'll see below.
The colourful, contemporary bathroom collection, which contains a range of matching shower panels, baths, shower enclosures and suites, has been inspired by many of Louise Dear’s most famous paintings, including Kiss Kiss Bam Bam, The Serenade, Yum Yum and Coo..ee!
Here's a first look at the new collection, with our tips on how to style these dramatic pieces.
Add impact and contrast to an otherwise monochrome colour palette with this vibrant acrylic panel featuring Louise's Yum Yum design. The invigorating panel is perfect for a shower and is practical, too – with an equivalent covering of tiles taking between three and six times longer to fit.
According to VictoriaPlum.com, 'unbridled passion for her lover, the sensuality of pure “being” and sheer “joie de vivre” all inspired renowned artist Louise Dear to create her famous painting “Yum Yum”.'
2. Kiss Kiss Bam Bam
Enjoy Louise's work in a delicate form courtesy of this chic roll-top bath emblazoned with one of her signature artworks. This feminine but edgy look is inspired by, says Louise, 'my beautiful girl, my muse, my daughter'. It's perfect for a bathroom focused on pampering and self-care.
Why not consider styling one of Louise's works with tiles in a complementary colour, as shown in this wetroom? Even the layout of said ceramics reflects the linear composition of 'Coo..ee!'.
4. The Serenade
In this inspired pairing, the yellow of this The Serenade panel is picked out in the colour of the roll-top bath, creating an indulgent zone for bathing. Described by Louise as 'a psalm, a love song to motherhood, family, kinship and love', The Serenade will make your bathroom an uplifting space to start and end the day.
Paul McClenaghan, CEO of VictoriaPlum.com, says, 'We’re absolutely thrilled to be working in collaboration with one of the UK’s most impressive contemporary artists. And I’m sure our customers will be equally thrilled with this stunning new collection. Louise’s vision is a simple one: to create beautiful paintings—and this sits perfectly with our own goal; to provide our customers with inspirational bathrooms at affordable prices.'
For more information and to browse the Louise Dear collection, visit VictoriaPlum.com
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Amy Cutmore is an experienced interiors editor and writer, who has worked on titles including Ideal Home, Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, GardeningEtc, Top Ten Reviews and Country Life. And she's a winner of the PPA's Digital Content Leader of the Year. A homes journalist for two decades, she has a strong background in technology and appliances, and has a small portfolio of rental properties, so can offer advice to renters and rentees, alike.
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