For the last few seasons there has been a return to traditional bathroom design with an emphasis on romantic, old world charm. This yearning for a bygone era of safe comfort and warmth has become a global trend, but can easily become pastiche and the challenge for designers and homemakers is to reinterpret this era in sophisticated contemporary interiors. Interior designer, Patricia Jackson, says this nostalgic trend can easily be incorporated in sophisticated bathrooms of today, without the risk of dating a space which is expensive to create. “Bathrooms and kitchens are usually the most expensive rooms in a home and choosing fittings, fixtures and finishes are influenced by functionality, durability as well as personal taste. If you are fitting expensive sanitary ware, taps, mixers and shower heads – make sure it will stand the test of time and not limit you to a look that will be out of date tomorrow,” says Patricia.
Patricia’s top tips for creating a New Nostalgic bathroom:
Go for elegance and new technology appropriate to our times rather than the outdated merely for the look – interpret the era in a contemporary way. Choose classic sanitary ware and fittings with elegant lines that will not date. German-designed Hansgrohe and Axor taps, mixers and showers are available in a wide range to suit every bathroom style and budget, with the benefits of water and energy saving technology, and exceptional durability. The Hansgrohe Classic ranges, such as Talis Classic and Metris Classic and the Axor Montreaux range interpret classic styles in a sineous more contemporary manner while still complementing and enhancing traditional sanitary ware. The new nostalgic look is all about comfort and ease, so create a home spa environment. The Hansgrohe Raindance Air Classic mixes air and water to give you the feeling that you are showering under the rain. The Metaflex shower hoses are reminiscent of those on the old “telephone” handshowers, but the plastic covered coil hosing are easy to clean without the old dirt trapping crevices. For modern yet classic taps and mixers, opt for Hansgrohe’s Metris Classic or Talis Classic designs which have a full range of products for every application in the bathroom. Its sensual decorative lines, basic geometric forms coupled with classic elements are not only on trend but also timeless.
Create the new nostalgic look with accessories and finishes that can easily be changed. An antique mirror, plush embroidered towels, a dramatic chandelier and an oriental rug and silver etched glass accessories that can easily be substituted should you wish to change your look in future.