Most accommodation providers admit to refurbishing their bathrooms every seven to eight years, but recent trends suggest that bathrooms are now enjoying their time in the renovation spotlight. Bathrooms are in.
To see more hospitality interior design trends, download the Hilden Style Guide 2016 now.
Here, we talk to Roisin Connolly from Kent-based Catchpole & Rye about how you can be innovative with hospitality bathroom design, whilst also incorporating the current trend for antiques.
Talk us through the inception & philosophy of Catchpole & Rye?
Our story commenced many years ago when a passion to restore and maintain antique baths and sanitary ware was born. The desire to preserve the beauty of these exquisite antiques led us to make original copies, staying true to the methods used from times past. Today, a vast collection of timeless bathroom pieces are on offer as are the values of unique craftsmanship and British manufacturing. We are committed to offering a genuine and personalised service for our clients, whether this is in the form of an intricate design on a cistern or a bespoke family crest on a free standing bath; our attention to detail and the service that we provide is unparalleled.
Is the bathroom an area hospitality establishments are increasingly focusing on, and if so why?
In 2015, we worked closely with boutique hotels, restaurants and fashion brands who are increasingly competing when it comes to creating trendy and innovative spaces. In the past, the bathroom often became the after thought of a project, however we can see that this is rapidly changing. Today, designers are looking to make each room as luxurious as the next and the bathroom has become the focal point for this new design trend. Interior designers have become increasingly experimental with their designs and we have seen a rise in the demand for one off, bespoke pieces like our customised free standing baths, which are now being introduced into schemes to act as a piece of art-exuding the ‘wow’ factor.
What do you see as the key trends over the next 12 months for hospitality bathroom design?
Opt for more classical pieces to act as a centre piece in the bathroom. Traditional products like a free standing bath or a high level cistern create a timeless look and introducing this type of product ensures longevity in the bathroom design. This, combined with a contemporary backdrop will give the room a luxurious look and a stylish finish. To maximise a smaller space opt for Wall Mounted Taps and a Concealed Thermostatic Shower. The clean lines in the design will maximise the space and the traditional features like the crackled ceramic levers will add an element of the classical giving the space a sense of opulence.
What challenges do you think venues may face in this arena? And how can they overcome these?
In 2015, there was a huge demand for polished finishes such as copper, nickel and brass.
Moving into 2016, we have already experienced an increased demand for our new collection of matte and distressed finishes including our free standing baths and cisterns which are now available with charcoal, metallic, brushed nickel and antiqued copper exteriors. In the hospitality sector, we expect to see new design innovations that fuse both traditional and modern styles with the introduction of unique pieces combined with vibrant asymmetric tiles and on edgy industrial backdrops.
What advice do you have for establishments which are looking to refurb/renovate their bathrooms over the next 12 months?
It can be challenging to keep up to date and to adapt to the ever changing trends in bathroom design. Opt for traditional pieces like a classical marble washstand, this will create a timeless look ensuring longevity in the design.
Lastly, talk us through some of your favourite projects over the last 12 months and how this catered to the clients’ needs and current trends:
In 2015, our project highlight was our work at The Artist Residence. We were privileged to work on this trendy London-based 10 bedroom residence in the quiet neighbourhood of Pimlico. The project required luxury bathroom pieces that would blend in to the hotels rustic-luxe interior and we were able to work alongside some creative designers to achieve the projects unique look.
- La Parisienne Double Arabascato Marble Washstand
- The Niederbronn
We were also privileged to be chosen as the exclusive bathroom designer for this 7-luxury beach property in Sydney’s Palm Beach. The interior architecture embraces the influences of Italian design and Australian lifestyle combined. We worked on all the bathrooms and en suites together with a white painted Saracen bath in one of the bedrooms, overlooking the property’s own private jetty and boathouse.
Read more interviews like this in our annual Style Guide 2016, packed full of current interior design trends for hospitality. Download your FREE copy now.