Today I love… black taps

Recently I’ve been working on a project for a very famous celebrity chef (no name dropping here), and due to his incredibly busy schedule, I haven’t had a chance to meet with him and his wife to discuss ideas of what they envisage. Which is a blessing and a curse; on the one hand I get to suggest my own ideas and visions for the house without stepping on any toes, but on the other, they could hate it all and mistrust all my decisions for the remainder of the project. So I took option one, and designed what I thought would look amazing.

When presenting the drawings to my boss (who was going to a meeting with said celebrity and wife, in one of his London restaurants), he exclaimed ‘matte black taps?! Are we going back in time here?!’.

The answer to that is no. Black brassware may have been popular around the 70’s, but like many things,  they have been subject to a ‘revival’ movement that have brought them slap bang into the industrial era we are living in. And its not just black matte! Bronze, gold, rose gold, brushed brass, even neon pink! Leave the chrome taps in your memory and open your eyes to the world of finishes. With big brands like Hans Grohe offering the majority of their products in a wide variety of finishes (they will even make your tap in a RGB colour that you give them; how crazy is that?!). The world is your oyster!


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Have you got a unique tap in your bathroom? Do you hate matte black too? I’d love to hear your thoughts – leave a comment!

5 Ways to Make Your Bathroom More Interesting

The bathroom is sadly an often forgotten room in the house when it comes to interior design. Its role is purely functional (I wont go into any more gory detail than that) but that doesn’t mean it cant be beautiful! Here are 5 of my fail-safe ways to make your bathroom more interesting, and sure to put a surprised smile on all of your guest’s faces when they open the door.

1. Lighting

Having the atmosphere that you want to create in mind rather than the general need of illumination will transform how you approach this task. For example, in a main bathroom the lighting should be calming but with some task lighting so layering lights on dimmer switches is a useful technique. The image below demonstrates how light can be used cleverly; the depth of the tile is inset and a strip of LED lights is added underneath to create an interesting feature but a directional spotlight is used to provide good light coverage to the bath when needed. Running each one of a different circuit means you can change the mood with the flick of a switch.

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 2. Mosaics

I love a mosaic. And I don’t care who knows it. They are like the accessory that makes the perfect outfit, and you can find one to suit every look that you are going for. If you don’t want too much glitz and glam, a lot of tile manufacturers also provide mosaics versions of a lot of their ranges. The image below shows the mosaic on the wall in the L’Antic Colonel showroom in Spain, of the Porcelanosa New York show room – the most amazing mosaic I’ve ever seen. I wouldnt put it on my bathroom wall, but it shows some pretty good workmanship.

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3. Levels

Adjusting the levels in your bathroom is great way to add interest. It could be as simple as a free standing bath on a slightly raised corner of the room, or something more dramatic like the image below. Sinking the bath into the floor with a ceiling mounted shower head above really adds the wow factor.

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 4. Smell

Our sense of smell is so important when it comes to our emotions regarding a room. We judge most things fundamentally on what we see and smell, so a beautiful bathroom that smells of nothing is really missing a trick! Candles are great for an atmospheric effect but they don’t last too long so I prefer reed diffusers. Maximum smell at all the times, no open flame and they look nice!

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5. Nature

Adding a few plants is the cheapest and easiest way to add interest to a bathroom. Some plants, like orchids, are well suited to humid conditions like a bathroom, but fake flowers can be an even better solution, and there are alot on the market that are of a very high quality, so no one will know the difference!

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