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Colour and Curves

Warmer weather is on its way – the perfect time to freshen up your home

Chrissy Harris
1 March 2023

Spa-up your bathrooms

For a room that’s part of our daily routine, bathrooms can often be stark, cold and way down our list of vamping up priorities. “A bathroom really should be a sanctuary,” says Julie-Ann Clements of In Ex Design in Lympstone. “Why settle for boring when you can easily gain that spa-feel-at-home look?” Spa-style bold marble is in, and it’s a seriously elegant choice for bathroom walls, be it in slab or tile form.

A more laid-back, Mediterranean look is also an on-trend option. Heritage tiles are here to stay and there’s a gravitation towards geometric and patterned tiles for 2023, including hexagon, chevron, herringbone, and more. Geometric patterns can also be used to create a vintage or retro-style floor.

Be bold with colour – loud terracottas or deep greens and blues will make you feel as though you’re lying on a beach in the sunshine, rather than a quick soak in the tub before Eastenders is on.

And, lighting, lighting, lighting. “You want your bathroom to feel special, and IP-rated lighting or even spots on a dimmer will help set a more relaxed vibe, even for those quick showers,” adds Julie-Ann.

Mid-Devon-based interior designer Emma Turner agrees. “Bathroom lighting shouldn’t be an afterthought,” she says. “Ditch the downlights and go for something bolder. For a luxurious look, go for outsized lighting pieces or statement wall lights. Introducing statement lights is a good way to update a bathroom without overhauling the whole room.”

Get the look: Amos in Exeter for beautiful and bold lighting. Totnes Tiles has a great range in the latest bathroom looks. Visit Annie Sloan for terracotta shades.

Who doesn’t love a competition? We know we do (and not to brag, but we’ve won a few). So, we’re really excited to announce the launch of our design competition – ‘Think Inside the Box’.

We have £1250 to be won in prize money and Design Commendations for submissions that impress us.

This is a fabulous opportunity for students currently studying in the fields of Architecture, Engineering or Design to take on the challenge of designing a versatile prefabricated pod for the post-pandemic era.

We can feel the ideas sparking away right now…

Reimagine, redesign, reinvigorate.

We’re not going to give you any examples – we want you to have the freedom to be inspired. Your creativity is key. We know there’s some amazing talent out there and we want to see it in action.

The registration deadline is the 7th February, and the submission deadline is the 19th February so don’t miss out!

If you’re unfamiliar with what we do, please visit our site and check out some of our latest news.
And just to reiterate, we have £1250 to be won in prize money and Design Commendations for submission that impress us. Download the brief now!

We can’t wait to see what you come up with, and thanks in advance for participating.

Are you up for the challenge?