Buying a bathroom can be a stressful experience when there is such an abundance of choice on the market, at such varying points in price and quality. To try and aid this process, Catalano has shared a simple guide to key bathroom products, with helpful tips from bathroom expert, Marketing Supervisor of Catalano UK, Karen Barcoo.
The place where we begin and end the day, the basin is one of the most used elements of the bathroom. This considered, choosing the right basin to both fit your bathroom style and deliver the desired functions is key for perfecting your bathroom overall.
Karen Barcoo: “Personality in bathroom design is key, with customers looking to create an environment that reflects who they are and how they like to relax. With a basin, personal style can easily be expressed through colour and finishes chosen. Add a basin unit with drawers for practical storage or choose a basin with integrated side shelves for extra space to place essentials.”
Often overlooked, the WC plays a key role in the bathroom’s overall aesthetic. Not only this, but it is imperative that the WC is functional, hygienic and easy to maintain.
Karen Barcoo: “A fantastic way to ensure your WC is as hygienic as possible is by opting for an antibacterial glaze. For example, Catalano's Cataglaze is an integral part of the ceramic surfaces and comes as standard on basins and WCs. In terms of style, wall hung or back-to-wall WCs are the best option for those with a smaller bathroom, as they will save space. Short projection WCs and bidets will also make the most of a narrow area and will make room for additional storage.”
With spaces shrinking and our toiletries and beauty product collections ever growing, furniture is quickly becoming one of the most important elements of the bathroom.
Karen Barcoo: “Wall cabinets best utilise the walls so that the floor space can be maximised – perfect for creating the illusion of a larger bathroom. Wall cabinets are also a great choice for keeping items out of the reach of young children. Style wise, colour and textured finishes on bathroom furniture will continue to be a way of defining a bathroom style. Basin units have increased in popularity, as they provide an excellent way to keep toiletries near the washbasin but neatly stored away. Basin units are available in 1 or 2 drawer options and a range of colour finishes for creating a personalised look. Glass storage solutions are also popular for creating a luxurious bathroom look. ”
Gone are the days when bathrooms were considered a clinical space, and neutral was the only bathroom colour palette to opt for. Colour in the bathroom is an ever growing trend, with colourful sanitaryware set to make a real comeback in 2019.
Karen Barcoo: “We are seeing the bathroom as a place to unwind and have ‘me time’ so the space has to be inviting and warm. Customers are choosing to personalise their space with colour to harmonise or contrast their main colour scheme. Satin finishes as well as metallic finishes have become popular choices for striking bathroom designs.”