4th Sep 2018
The bathroom is the place we can be brave and truly express ourselves knowing that no one is watching. We are not just talking about singing in the shower and pulling faces in the mirror! Bathroom design can be a starting place of experiment and expression in décor which then translates through the rest of the home (although possibly in a more toned-down form in the more social spaces of our homes).
This month the Elle Decoration bathrooms supplement got right to the ‘tub’ of things. Stating this autumns bathroom colour trends as moss green and orange, with strong looks based around statement marble, bold monochrome and micro-mosaic tile patterns. Designers own bathroom features included the wild and wonderful bathing space of Ashley Hicks (see below) as well as the Nordic spa feel of Tom Raffield’s wood clad soak-room.
It seemed like the perfect opportunity to celebrate the fabulous Barr Group bathroom creations of recent months and the talented designers behind the tiles.
Up there with our favourites were the bathrooms designed for Lashlake House in Thame, by Oxfordshire based interior designer Louise Holt. Louise used vintage pieces to bring a feeling of elegant luxury to the water closets and bathing rooms of this listed Georgian town house.
Here, not afraid to be brave Holly Sullivan, of Very Holly, tapped into her client’s sense of fun when creating the bathrooms and washrooms of Wisteria Lodge, Berkshire. Innovatively using pieces rescued from her client’s childhood home - cow wallpaper and a fabulous lion head tap feature alongside a copper bath and bare pipes.
Using individual styles and sequences Rachele Bowley, of Barr Design, uses handmade tiles by Huguet Mallorca to give each of the seven bathrooms suites at La Bellesa its own character. Each design is set against the matt black metal of shower and furniture frames with Lusso Stone tap sets.
Designer Bun Einchcomb is all about the lines for this monochrome bathroom, part of a fabulous whole house Barr Group renovation. Taking inspiration from the ornate arts and crafts window, the focal point of the space, Bun uses a Crittall style screen to divide the bathing area from the wet room beyond.
Over in Berkshire Fiona Parke, of Johnston Parke Interiors, has taken moody blues to another level. Another whole house renovation (click here to see more), Fiona uses hand glazed brick tiles against the trending micro patterned floor, lit for maximum effect by fabulous lighting designed by Alex Fry of Northcote Lighting. Reclaimed wood cladding is also an effective standout feature.
Last but not least we had to add the fabulous images from designer Ashley Hick’s own bathroom, as shown in this month’s Elle Decoration; grab a copy to read about the inspiration behind his eclectic bathing space. The Barr Group can’t take credit for this particular bathroom but, having manufactured for Ashley Hick's Studio this year, certainly share his passion for doing things differently and adore his uninhibited style. For a peek at Ashley's whole apartment - previously the property of his father, revered designer David Hicks - see Architectural Digest imagery.