Selasa, 19 Februari 2013

Burgbad Bel - Now on display in the Soak in Style showroom

Following a mini makeover in the Soak in Style showroom the Burgbad Bel is now on display with a basin and drawer unit and a complementing tall mirror cupboard both in a striking and attractive wood finish, Hacienda Black.  

Double drawer units are by far the most popular that our clients request, so it makes sense to display them in the showroom.  The drawer unit is also accompanied by a matching tall cupboard with an internal mirror.  Who ever has enough storage in their home, particularly in the bathroom?  Storage is the most requested item in a new bathroom, so we try to show different options so clients can see what their options are.  Nothing beats seeing items that you can see, touch and feel.  Checking out the drawer and cupboard space is always helpful and you get an impression of how they could look in your home.

Bel basin and furniture by Burgbad with Gessi Emporio basin mixer  Via Manzoni
A stylish, practical and tactile resin basin with a wide choice of furniture finishes in wood and high gloss.

Close up of Hacienda Black finish

Via Manzoni from the Gessi Emporio range
See for yourself the quality and design functions of Gessi in the Emporio range of basin and bath mixers and showers.
Chic Italian style Via Manzoni by Gessi Emporio

External view of Burgbad Bel Tall Mirror Cabinet
A discreet storage solution available in the Bel range of bathroom furniture.

Internal view of shelves and mirror of Bel Tall Cupboard
A tall mirror and useful shelving is a nifty way of storing potions and lotions in your bathroom and is just one of many storage solutions we offer in the showroom.

Sabtu, 09 Februari 2013

Planning a Family Bathroom

We recently undertook the design and supply for 6 bathrooms and 2 cloakrooms in a 1930s Beaconsfield home that was being completely updated by our clients.

The brief for their family bathroom was to create a fun bathroom for the children who are both currently under 5, but which adapt with them as they grow up.  Our client was considering child specific sanitaryware but our designer suggested Duravit Darling in a primary colour, at different sizes, which could then be moved to side by side when they had grown.  The bathroom could be accessorised to co-ordinate with the vivid green units, and then once they were older or had moved to other bedrooms with their own ensuites, the bathroom can be transformed into a guest bathroom with the use of more neutral accessories.

The main requirements for the space were:

  • - basins at separate heights
  • - fun fresh feel within the space
  • - separate bath and shower
  • - storage and plenty of it for all the fun kids stuff
  • - incorporate a bright colour into the design
Duravit New Darling in Green
Duravit New Darling in Green have the room a bright and zingy appeal and the colour has been picked out in accessories with pink and blue throughout giving a fun feel.

Duravit New Darling in Green, Just Taps Solo basin mixer
Bright green units add a pop of colour and have been installed at different heights so easily accessible by the children.

Bette Form Bath, Duravit New Darling wall-hung WC
Wall hung Duravit Darling WC and a double-ended Form bath from Bette.

 Shower Screen by The Shower Lab, Solo shower from Just Taps 
A walk-in shower is ideal for young children and the mosaic floor gives extra grip.

Bright primary colours make a fun bathroom for young children

Bright coloured accessories store toiletries

Shower area with built in niche for use when showering
The shower was specifically chosen so the area could be easily cleaned.

The clients are thrilled with the results, and so are the children as during one of the visits to take photographs of the finished bathrooms the children were having a bath and we could hear the gurgles of laughter loud and clear!

Catriona Lock is a finalist in the KBBR Awards 2013 in the Bathroom Design Category up to £10K.  Catriona, who is Soak in Style's Creative Director, is a finalist for the 3rd consecutive year in the KBBR Design Awards.

If you want a family bathroom that works for you and your family - come and see our showroom in Maidenheadcontact us by email or call us on 01628 783686.  
Soak in Style offer a bespoke design and installation service.  

Sabtu, 02 Februari 2013

Pantone Colour of the Year 2013 - Emerald Green

Pantone have announced their Colour of the Year for 2013 is Emerald Green and the colour is very evident on the runways and in the shops as a "now" colour for the Spring / Summer 2013.
Pantone colour of the year 2013 - Emerald Green

Pantone Colour for 2013 in fashion
Emerald Green dresses from the runways for 2013
Does it translate to the home and is their really any link between fashion and interiors?  Check out this article from Freshome on how the world of fashion influences interiors.  You will see that they are quoting Gretchen Aubochon, Editor in Chief of Fashion + Decor who firmly believes that Fashion does strongly influence Interiors, and in a much shorter time scale than previously.  In this piece from Fashion + Decor you can see the correlation between the two very clearly.  Beautiful designs and colours in fashions reflected in choices in the interiors.
Caroline Hererra Pre-Fall 2013 and Belle Magazine Source fashion-decor
Source Life in Sketch
You can see here a couple of shades of emerald green from Designers Guild fabric collection.
The Chinon range is silk, and the Verity Emerald is a bordered bouquet of flowers on a silk satin background inspired by an early 19th century Royal Wilton carpet in Buckingham Palace.

The world of fashion moves at a very fast pace with some colours and looks being perennial favourites - the nautical look and / or a safari theme in spring, tartan, military style in the winter, and animal print in one form or another almost throughout the year.

In interiors, colours can be in your home for a very long time, particularly if they are a large purchases such as carpets, furniture, kitchens and bathrooms.  You can transform any room in a home with paint, wallpaper or accessories.
Duravit Starck 2 basin, Axor Starck Organic Basin Mixer against a wallpaper background
Axor Starck Organic and Duravit Starck 2 against a feature wallpaper background.

Mosaics used to add colour in an otherwise white bathroom.
Trend Mosaics "Feel"
Often people decorate their living rooms with different themes throughout the year; particularly for Easter, Summer, Autumn, Halloween and Christmas. With almost as many Home magazines as there are television programmes we are far more likely to update our homes on a regular basis than people used to.  Nevertheless changing your kitchen or bathroom is still often a major investment.

Does this mean that the choices available in interiors are not influenced by fashion?  Not at all.  However it may not be the choice of the majority who stick to neutral shades because that is what they prefer.

The neutral colours of grey, black, white, brown, cream and beige and all shades of them are colours that will go with any other colour.  They also create light and space which in a bathroom where space can be tight, this can be important.  You can easily add a feature, as in these images from a recently installed bathroom, where a stronger colour was used in the furniture, and then picked out in a feature panel of mosaics which added colour to an otherwise neutral bathroom.

Luxury bathrooms are strongly influenced by the hotel look, as many of us stay in a nice hotel on holiday or on business, enjoy the facilities, particularly in the bathroom, and plan to replicate them when replacing our existing ones.
Double Basin and WH WC and large shower area
Large bath with walk-in steps
This bathroom has a large shower area with wall hung WC and double wall hung basin with black and white slate tiles and a large bath.  The bathroom was recently installed in Holyport, Berkshire.

Mosaics transform a neutral bathroom by adding texture, light, balance harmony or colour.  A pattern - whether it is geometric, tartan / check, striped or floral can create a wallpaper style effect and can be used to create a theme between an en suite bathroom and the master bedroom.  Even using a small amount of mosaics can add colour and glamour which transforms the bathroom into something truly special.
Shift 'Elba' from Bisazza
The new Shift range of mosaics from Bisazza is shown here in Elba - reinforcing that green is leading the way for interiors during 2013.
Katherine by Bisazza
Katherine from Bizazza - an ideal way to incorporate a feature area in your bathroom.
Elena by Bisazza
For a sumptuous bathroom choose Elena from Bizazza with gold glimmers that adds not only a splash of colour but a truly luxurious feel to your bathroom.

If you want a bespoke bathroom that you love walking into - come and see our showroom in Maidenheadcontact us by email or call us on 01628 783686.  
Soak in Style offer a bespoke design and installation service.  

Catriona Lock, Creative Director at Soak in Style is nominated for the 3rd year running for a Bathroom Design Award by KBBReview 2013.

Jumat, 01 Februari 2013

Ex Display Sale - Roman Bath Screen Right Hand

Ex Display
Roman Bath Screen RH
Currently on display in the Soak in Style Showoom                           
Retail £544                                                             Now £199