BATHROOMS & KITCHENS
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tap into them, while ensuring longevity? In the
kitchen, lighter worktops, often in white or with
a grey veining to resemble the natural beauty and
individuality of marble, are popular and make
smaller spaces appear much bigger. These are often
chosen as a contrast to darker cabinetry beneath or
combined with timber to add contrast and respond
to the shift towards mixing and matching materials
in interior design. When it comes to overall colour
schemes for kitchens, neutrals and shades of
grey/white continue strongly, with work surfaces
blending or contrasting with this theme.
In recent years, there has been a huge rise in
the popularity of grey, black and white tones in
the kitchen, which can work to varying degrees,
depending on the size and shape of the space.
These can be chosen for an entire run of worktops
or cabinets or as a subtle contrast through the
addition of kitchen accessories. Monochrome may
initially conjure up images of black and white
but various shades of grey surfaces are popular
too. Colour blocking is also a big look in the
kitchen and a marble effect worktop offers contrast
to the wide variety of strong, bold colours that
are increasingly being seen in the kitchen, be it
contemporary or classic in design.
Worktops themselves are becoming thinner
in profile, tapping into the trend for minimal,
Taking influence from kitchen design trends,
surfaces that offer visual or tactile interest are also
gaining popularity in the bathroom as the space
becomes more luxurious. Modern bathroom
design is all about creating a sense of calm and
relaxation. Soft curves, organic lines and natureinspired
materials are being matched with surfaces
in a textured finish to make the space a warm,
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Surfaces in the bathroom need to be waterproof, easy to clean and hard wearing
welcoming and all-round comfortable and pleasant
place to be.
Ultimately, the current trend in bathroom
design is one of harmony and the choice of
surfaces, flooring and wall tiles have a huge part to
play in achieving this.
Washbasins with curved design elements
and cylindrical brassware can be matched with
a textured vanity top that has visual appeal in
abundance, while a softly rounded freestanding
bath meets its match with practical, durable and
beautiful ceramic floor tiles beneath the feet.
Textured surfaces also combine beautifully with
other materials, including the timber and natural
woodgrains often seen on furniture, creating a
sense of modern yet timeless style. While colours
and patterns are effective ways of adding interest
in a bathroom, textured surfaces are equally as
exciting and very on-trend. This design element
is often seen elsewhere in the home, such as the
living room and bedroom.
For bathroom walls and floors, large format tiles
enable a seamless finish to be created, with less
requirement for grouting and less areas for bacteria
to develop, with ceramic being an ideal material
for both areas.
With some careful planning, kitchens and
bathrooms can be created with style, function and
longevity in mind.
A non-porous surface is ideal for bathroom vanity tops
scratch, heat and