The Shorts approached bathroom company Ripples to suggest a design. “We clicked with Louise Home the designer at the very first meeting,” says Emma. “She seemed to understand our wants and needs, and we felt totally confident in handing over the project to her to come up with something that would meet every aspect of our requirements and ambitions. Ripples also has a comprehensive set of bathroom suppliers, which allows them to be innovative and practical, so we didn’t feel at all restricted as the ideas and design developed and evolved.”
As the bathroom is part of an extension that was in the process of being built, Louise worked from architect’s plans, and liased closely with the builders and fitters to realise the design. “With a floor area of 3.5×3.6 metres to work with, I decided to break the space into two areas with a stud wall to conceal the pipework. It has washbasins on one side and a large walk-in shower on the other, yet doesn’t block the views through the French windows,” she says. In addition to a ‘ShowerArc’ that combines body jets and a hand-held wand with an overhead rose in one spectacular sweep of metal, the showering area also features low-level LEDs and two blue-lit storage recesses, a colour said to relax the mind and soothe the soul.
A boat-shaped bath takes pride of place by the window, mounted on a plinth in order to enable a view to the outdoors while bathing. “I used a traditional-style floormounted filler for the majestic doubleended bathtub, and utilised the plinth to conceal its drainage pipes and the waste for the WC, which is tucked away in the far corner,” Louise explains. The plinth is tiled in sparkling purple glass and white gold mosaic from Bisazza, and dotted with LEDs to cast ambient light across the slate-tiled floor.
The glamorous palette continues to the vanity area, where a bespoke Compac quartz countertop in black with mirrored flecks holds his and hers basins. LEDs are again utilised around the mirrors, for a modern take on a ‘Hollywood glam’ style dressing area. Black Rio Tinta slate tiles are used elsewhere, which give a dramatic yet natural feel. They also provide an atmospheric backdrop to the layers of light that Louise has installed throughout the room. “The blue and white LEDs, and the ceiling downlights are operated individually on dimmer controls,” she says. “This allows the clients to change the mood of the bathroom. The scheme really comes into its own when darkness falls, creating a sensual look, highlighting key areas and colouring the steam in the shower blue.” ...