Bathe in Glory.
There’s a new mood in bathroom design this AW18: precious metals become the new neutral, heralding a welcome return to grown-up glamour. From subtle accents to statement pieces, soft golds and gleaming silvers offer up an inviting glow.
Drummonds’ brand new Ashburn bath (above) is a petite version of their classic freestanding roll top, making it perfect for small spaces, while going big on glamour. Based on 18th-century bateau baths, its classic double-ended design, period fittings and traditional ball-and-claw feet ensure it is every bit as grand as its full-size equivalents, but in a polished iron finish, this statement bath gleams with a contemporary aesthetic.
From £3,390 (020 7376 4499; drummonds-uk.com)
Also from Drummonds is a new range of handmade ceiling and wall lights that hark back to a golden age of understated elegance as bathroom lighting ups its glamour game. Part of Martin Brudnizki’s collection for the brand is the Deco-inspired Derwent flush ceiling light in brass (above); while delicate diamond cut-glass shades add sophisticated glitz to the antique nickel Dalby wall light.
Derwent light from £894, and single Dalby light with cut-glass shade from £396 (020 7376 4499; drummonds-uk.com)
The new Dolcevita collection from Alternative Bathrooms (above) offers a softer side to the metallics trend with modular vanity units that feature a tactile corrugated design in a range of shiny finishes. Boasting new-generation metallic lacquers, the cabinets give subtle sophistication with a hint of Deco elegance. The collection also includes aluminium framed hexagonal mirrors with integrated lighting, mixing metals for modern glamour.
Rame cabinet with basin, £2,927, mirror with integrated lights, £1,068 (020 3375 9002; alternativebathrooms.com)
Boldly bringing house jewels into the bathroom, Italian brand Catalano’s new Gold & Silver range (above) swaps out white ceramic surfaces for the richest of metals, adorning basins, baths and WCs. Each piece is finished in a scratch-resistant titanium satin, giving a subtle sheen that’s more fine jewellery than glitzy costume. Offset with black or white ceramic accents, this high contrast keeps the collection contemporary.
Green Lux 80 basin in Gold & Black, £924 plus VAT (catalano.co.uk)
The new classic/contemporary bathroom furniture range from Ripples (bottom right) gets in on the gilded act, too, with handcrafted pieces inspired by the best boutique hotels. The Manvers collection – named after a prominent street in Bath – successfully marries vintage and contemporary styles with a clean-lined ceramic basin, Victorian-era style gold faucets, and a delicately ornate and finely tapered chrome stand in a soft gold finish.
Manvers from £1,825 (020 7449 9594; ripplesbathrooms.com)
Recognising the move away from minimalist matte black and chrome finishes, and towards a new golden aesthetic, THG Paris offers a range of modern luxe fittings and faucets with timeless appeal. The Charleston shower (below) is traditional in design, yet in on-trend soft gold, sits beautifully in an otherwise contemporary bathroom setting: here, a simple glass box cubicle allows its decorative form to take centre stage.
Charleston shower, POA (london.thg-paris.com)