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Bathrooms and bedrooms

Bathrooms and bedrooms

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Whether to soak away the day’s stress in a soothing bath or to snuggle down in bed for a rejuvenating night’s sleep, our bedrooms and bathrooms offer the ultimate sanctuary. So if you’re planning a spring makeover for either – or both! – check out our suggestions for what’s new this season.

Bathrooms to make a splash

With nearly 90% of UK homes having at least one shower, demand for super-stylish shower systems that will complement both traditional and contemporary bathrooms continues to grow, and Laura Ashley Bathroom Collection’s high-performance, thermostatically-controlled shower systems are worth a look.

There are four shower systems in their York range, all made from brass and finished in chrome, and featuring big, 200mm showerheads. The York concealed dual-function shower system has an adjustable length shower arm and a riser rail with single function handset. Helen Shaw, Laura Ashley Bathroom Collection’s Marketing Manager, said: “Beautifully complementing our York basin and bath taps and mixers, our stunning, premium shower systems are ideal for those looking to create a streamlined, coordinated bathroom design.”

Chic curves
Soft, sensual and perfect for creating a relaxing haven, curved shapes and gentle, rounded edges are set to dominate bathroom design in 2017. So right on trend is Waters Baths of Ashbourne’s fab new freestanding stone Breeze bath, with narrow ends designed to provide subtle support for your back and shoulders. It follows hot on the heels of the company’s popular stone Ellipse and acrylic Stream models.

Director Anthony Smith said: “Curves provide a softer take on contemporary design and add a naturally elegant look and feel to the bathroom. Leading this trend, our beautiful, curved, freestanding baths are both practical and indulgent and will create a real focal point.”

Essential extras

Roper Rhodes has introduced new additions to its contemporary sanitaryware ranges, and they’ve been designed to complement its fitted and modular furniture. Their Note sanitaryware range now has a slim-depth, semi-countertop basin [2] for use with fitted furniture with a minimum depth of 215mm.
Bathroom flooring can be tricky to get right – it needs to be hardwearing, water-repellent and non-slip, but still look attractive and inviting to step on. We love the Antiqued Grey Oak range from Natural Wood Floor [6] – a simple, effective way to achieve the character and feel of an antique floor with a grey hue, without the time or expense of installing reclaimed wood. Pre-oiled flooring like this gets its attractive finish from natural oils and waxes, and it’s suitable for most types of fitting (including installation over underfloor heating).

Characteristics such as knots and colour are carefully chosen to reflect the essence of oak and it’s available in several finishes: Coastal Grey, Distressed, Drift Wood, Grey White, Old White, Smoked White (as well as a pre-lacquered White-washed finish).

And finally, with one in seven people in the UK projected to be over 75 by 2040, future-proofing our homes is uppermost in many of our minds these days. Grohe has come up with the Smart Comfort concept – a number of different approaches aimed at helping older and physically impaired people to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

The Smart Comfort Plus bathroom [5] has been designed for households where just one member of the household has restricted mobility, with additional areas and fittings provided to cater for them.

Bedrooms where dreams come true

iLiv have introduced some lovely bed linen for spring/summer 2017 with three new collections in a range of complementary colourways, using gorgeous patterns and textures. The Forever Spring range is inspired by British woodlands and comes in five colourways (Buttercup, Delft, Eau De Nil, Rose and Coral), with velvet orchard bird designs, field grasses and embroidered goldfinch patterns, as well as plain fabrics.
Meanwhile, textile designer Clarissa Hulse has added a new bed linen design to her collection. She became transfixed by a Chinese painter when she was travelling through Chiang Mai in Thailand and brought home two paintings after falling in love with his delicate calligraphic brush strokes – and these have now become the inspiration for the Oriental stem motif of her new Bamboo 100% cotton bed linen. She has also designed a beautiful cotton cushion featuring the Chinese Meadow Rue (£60), which coordinates well with the Bamboo set.

The big sleep

First used in the Victorian era, the colour Ashes of Roses is a soft, dusky, old rose – and it’s just the right sort of romantic name for a lovely mahogany bed like the Ashes of Roses Gold French Bed [11] by Newtons Furniture.

The epitome of femininity, its duchess satin upholstery is made even more beautiful by the gorgeous bed frame with gold leaf applied by hand, along with beautiful hand carving featuring flowers at the centre of the head and footboards.

The mattress you sleep on is as important as what your bed looks like, of course, and herdysleep have just launched the first mattress to combine the luxury of craftsmanship with the compact convenience of a bed-in-a-box. Traditionally tufted and finished by hand, each mattress contains an industry-leading number of pocket springs (up to 6,000), topped with a cloud-like blend of cotton, cashmere and wool from Herdwick sheep. It takes a year to farm a Herdwick fleece and there’s at least one in each herdysleep mattress.

Founded by Lake District brand herdy, in collaboration with luxury British mattress makers, Harrison Spinks, herdysleep has pledged to pay farmers twice the market rate for each kilo of Herdwick wool it buys. The three natural materials used are superb at regulating body temperature, and wool has the added benefit of being naturally anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic too. What’s more, herdysleep has also developed a revolutionary fire-retardant material; derived from plants, it allows them to comply with safety regulations without the use of chemicals.

So-far so good…

So much for your own bed – but do you also need an occasional bed for visitors? A sofa bed is often a good option and the London from Furl gives you a bed and sofa that are both supremely comfortable. Even better, the arms conceal valuable storage space for spare bed linen.
Already got your perfect bedroom? Now you need the ultimate luxury – a dressing room. Neville Johnson are experts at conjuring up spaces in the most awkward of rooms [12], so do talk to them if you fancy a bespoke design with drawers (deep and shallow), shelves, hanging rails, dedicated shoe drawers and even special compartments for jewellery and watches.

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