We talk to Pete senior and Pete Junior at Wright Tiles
As in every other area of interiors there’s more technology in evidence in bathrooms but it’s no longer reserved for luxury hotels.
Neat, intelligent toilets that wash the nether regions by remote control (don’t diss it till you try it says one convert) come complete with movement sensitive lids that lift as you get near and close after use. (Geberit with Aqua Clean technology and Vitra V-Care).
The latest no-mist Amalfi mirror by Funkyheat has integrated LEDs, and an infrared heater to warm the immediate space, plus you can play your music via an integrated bluetooth speaker. All with touch screen controls.
Colour-changing LEDs are on trend, there are illuminated shower heads that rival a DJ’s lighting rig but the ultimate interior water feature has to be the designer Kartell bath by Laufen with full-on perimeter LEDs – enjoy a light show as you soak. The range brings together leading Italian company Kartell who have revolutionised the use of plastics in the home with premium Swiss bathroom manufacturers Laufen
There’s a hint of nostalgia in sanitaryware style, albeit it with no frills and made of clever contemporary materials (the latest range of shower trays and basins by Kaldewei are scratch resistant.)
Free-standing tubs come in statement shapes, many with a nod to the past …check out the elegant Nebbia slipper bath from Clearwater, the moulded base gives comfy support say the manufacturers. Vintage-style drencher shower heads still rule, the bigger the better, but boasting intelligent digital controls and eco features. Cabinets and vanity units may be square edged and modular but more basins have fluid shapes – the curvaceous Alessi by Laufen is especially sensual.
Not forgetting tiles. Patterns with a retro edge are still a popular choice – classical French inspired Antique Acero by Porcelanosa are not only striking but the mismatch design adds a current quirkiness.
All available from our local specialists The Wright Tile Stone and Bathroom Centre, Lower Road.