In my last post I mentioned about how I’ve shifted into product sourcing mode, and I have to admit, when thinking about a shower room redesign, this new collection from Crosswater has pretty much defined what I want to do. In a word: black – black tap, black shower fittings, all black, against crisp subway tiling. I’ve had my eye on this style for a while – since I wrote about a bathroom in Edinburgh where the owner wanted black fittings and had been challenged to source them online at the time – and while I’m wary of trends as such, especially with a kitchen or bathroom where you want a design approach that won’t date, this aesthetic has stuck with me.
Up until a few years ago, I was one of those people who always said I couldn’t live in a place without a bath. I needed my end-of-the-day bathing fix to unwind – and sleep. But now, the last thing I do at night before going to bed is take Harris and Bracken out for a walk, and by the time I get home it’s close to midnight and I’m too tired. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate a bath purely for its aesthetics! Which explains why the new Uno freestanding bath from Clearwater caught my eye.
I must admit, super-contemporary bathroom designs are not really my thing. I admire them on Pinterest and Instagram, and I see some beautifully designed contemporary bathrooms in the flesh – bathrooms that make me look at my own tired version and long for a redesign.
But fundamentally, I’m always drawn to a mix of elements and to natural materials, whatever the space, and the same is true in bathroom design. I like traditional tongue-and-groove wall panelling and painted walls rather than full-height tiling. I like minimal freestanding baths but I also like traditional high-level cisterns. And as for materials, one of my favourite bathrooms of late was an iroko-clad space in a house in Haddington.