Antonia's Notebook: Bathroom Moods
PUBLISHED: 10:49 21 March 2012 | UPDATED: 16:59 20 February 2013
All the latest interiors news and trends from Sussex Life interiors expert Antonia Edwards. Check out Antonia's design blog www.upcyclist.co.uk
Mood lighting in the bath
Were creating a luxury bathroom in an ultra-modern apartment. Where can we find a bath with built-in mood lighting?
Atmospheric lighting is the key ingredient for creating a relaxing ambience. For smart and streamlined, consider Villeroy and Bochs My Art range where the bath tub really is part of the furniture. As well as a choice of whirlpool system, rim design and panelling in glossy walnut, Makassar, Merino or glossy white, there is an optional built-in lighting system.
This can be made of either glass or black composite material and creates different coloured lighting effects, as single or alternating colours.
The bath is made of Quaryl, a new material made of quartz and acrylic, exclusively by Villeroy and Boch. The full-body colouring means it has unique colourfast properties and a high level of slip resistance and a pore-free, easy-clean surface to prevent build-up of dirt and limescale.
Available from HKS Heathfield 01435 865599; St Leonards 01424 443464; Eastbourne 01323 639446; Haywards Heath 01444 452222.
The appearance of space
We have a very small hallway that doesnt get much light, how can we make it appear more spacious?
Go for freestanding furniture which is raised off the ground on legs and be sure not to push it too far up against the wall. The more floor you can see the larger the space will feel.
Any reflective surfaces will bounce light back into the room so you may wish to opt for metallic patterned wallpaper in white or cream. Pictured is one of Sandersons Ione wallpapers which features metallic details and pearlised inks, available from Rusdens, East Grinstead 01342 325033.
Walls painted in bright white would be best for brightening up the space but a warmer off white or cream may be better to counteract a cool north light. Painting the skirting boards in a similar colour to the carpet will also help to make the floor appear bigger.
Mirrors are key to bringing light into a room, so placing one opposite a window will instantly brighten up the space.
For a wide range of decorative mirrors try Velvet, Brighton 0845 6439 113.
A woody effect for the loo
I'm looking for a low-maintenance wood effect flooring for our downstairs toilet. What would be a convincing alternative to a real wood floor?
Amtico International pioneered a luxury vinyl floor that combines the look of natural materials with state of the art performance benefits. Due to the unique urethane coating, Amtico is scratch, scuff and stain resistant as well as being slip and dent resistant, so its suitable for all areas within the home.
Not only are their floors remarkably hardwearing, they are also very quiet.
They have a collection of more than two hundred wood, stone and abstract floors to choose from, and their designs can replicate anything from walnut to glass.
Pictured is their White Oak which has a soft linear grain and the authentic appearance of untreated oak floorboards, ideal for creating a light, contemporary space. You can also add silver feature stripping to compliment chrome accessories.
Amtico comes with a twenty year transferable guarantee against wear out, available at Sussex Floors, Henfield 01273 739247.