18th June 2012
Residents 'still spending money' on bathrooms
The recession has meant that many Britons have had to curb their spending in several areas, but people are still spending cash on their bathrooms.
This is the claim from Adrienne Chinn, director of Adriennechinn.co.uk, who believes that things are "hotting up" in bathroom design, with a number of new trends now emerging in the field.
Such comments will prove encouraging for those who are looking to carry out renovations in the coming months, as the summer is typically a popular time for such work to be undertaken.
Ms Chinn noted that patterned tiles in particular are becoming more common for walls and floors across the country, with a selection of designs rising in popularity.
"I'm seeing a big move to patterned tiles for walls and floors, everything from 1960s geometric designs to decorative Moroccan tiles. Interesting finishes like Moroccan tadelakt which can be used in showers and can be custom coloured are starting to find their way into contemporary design," she said.
Ms Chinn cited brass as one specific material that is being seen in new bathrooms, specifically for taps and shower fittings.
She commented that a mid-20th century style is being adopted in many of these cases, as opposed to a Victorian aesthetic.
Recently, Mike Farley, group chief executive of Persimmon Homes, claimed that more people in interior design are focussing on kitchens and bathrooms.
Mr Farley believes that living spaces are being redesigned in order to meet the aspirations and lifestyle requirements of residents, and stated that more showers are now being fitted instead of baths.
More open-plan layouts are also being seen in the market, he stated.
Ms Chinn echoed these sentiments, saying that more people are looking to update their kitchens and bathrooms for their own comfort.
She also explained that renovation work is being carried out on many living spaces in order to add value to properties in the event that residents wish to sell their home somewhere down the line.
Posted by David Leonard
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