Many customers pay no attention to glass sanitary ware being absolutely sure that they are fragile and nondurable. However, nothing is eternal under the moon and a faience washbasin or a toilet breaks into pieces from accidental hit by some heavy item. It might seem surprising but endurance tests have shown that glass dividers, wall-mount cabinets, ovenware and glass bathtubs are much more difficult to break than familiar and seemingly resistant things.
Glass bathtub has a number of advantages:
it is produced from environmentally-friendly materials;
it is safe, reliable and durable if used in compliance with standard specifications;
it is not apt to corrosion and scaling;
it is resistant to scratches and hits;
it shows no reaction to drops of temperature;
fungi and mould no not settle on its surface;
dirt is easily removed with sponge with detergent;
visually it does not clutter the space even if it is bulky;
it looks weightless because of transparency;
it is produced in different dimensions so some of them are suitable for small bathrooms;
unique design emphasizes ingenious interior;
it is not apt for deformation;
it remains aesthetic in both empty and filled state;
it is suitable for rooms with high humidity;
it will serve for many years looking just like a new item;
products are represented in various solutions – transparent, matt and colourful glass or ornamented glass;it is supplied with modern options such as air massage, lighting, cascade water flow, etc.
Due to modern technologies, a high technology thick glass obtained a number of properties, which were earlier available with stronger and more durable materials. Glass for furniture, dividers and bathtubs is toughened afterwards acquiring unusual durability having remained transparent. With appropriate care bathtub of toughened glass will serve more than a decade retaining its wonderful and ingenious look.
Speaking of disadvantages of glass bathtub, one should mention its high price, which is including manufacturer’s brand reputation, careful transportation, comfort in use and elegant look. Considering such products are bought for a long life period, aesthetics and functionality of transparent bathtub are worth its high price.
Bathing together with your sweetheart. Two-seater bathtub – the most romantic thing ever!
There’s nothing more decadent than a tub for two! Bathing is a relaxing, rejuvenating activity. Why not enjoy it with the one you love? Today’s two-seater contemporary bathtubs defy expectation. Innovative design combines with well-planned function to create a work of art.
Tubs for two come in a variety of shapes, from oval and rectangle to more unusual forms, several of which readers of Forum-Grad will see below. It is known that hydro massage jets do magic. Imagine romantic atmosphere with burning candles, magic fragrance of rose petals in addition to massage and perhaps you can convince your sweetheart that it’s time to invest in one of these beauties.
Oval bathtubs for two
We start with a sleek two-seater hydro massage bathtub from Harmony from Archi Expo. This clean-lined tub features ergonomically shaped massage jets that make incredible therapeutic effect. This snow-white masterpiece may be installed into a fully or partially tiled tub.
This material is kindly provided by Archi Expo.
The Desiderio Jacuzzi bathtub from the Italian company Tempoperdue features hydro massage and chromotherapy options. Imagine colourful lights, champagne and dark chocolate on a special plexiglass table! The soft leather headrests will let you recline in true comfort.
This material is kindly provided by Luxedb.
Rectangular bathtubs for two
In our next group of tubs, angles and lines combine in perfect rectangular harmony. The Fuzion Whirlpool Bath from Jacuzzi can be ordered with a teak or exotic wenge wooden deck, which elevates this piece a bit. Special lighting in the water sets the romantic mood. Such a wonder will become a true adornment of the elite bathroom interior.
This material is kindly provided by Archi Expo.
This next two-seater rectangular bathtub by MINIMAL DUO encourages side-by-side bathing with its twin headrest. Classical combination of black and white creates a wonderful contrast.
This material is kindly provided by Archi Expo.
We now enjoy the whirlpool bathtub from Leisure Concepts. Featuring eight whirlpool jets, this latest Lucite acrylic piece is sure to soothe and massage. The colour can be customized to create full harmony with interior.
The Romeo Two-Person Whirlpool Tub by Leisure Concepts is perfect for side-by-side bathing, thanks to its cast acrylic form. Also adding comfort: two pulsating jets and four adjustable jets. Like the tub above, this piece is available in multiple colours.
We’ve all heard of showers cabins in bathrooms, but have you heard of a walk-in tub? A side door of the Companion Two-Seat Soaking Walk-In Tub from Ella’s Bubbles is made from stainless steel and tempered glass. Easy entrance, easy exit plus a slip-resistant acrylic floor. Just make sure you drain the water before you open the door!!
These materials are kindly provided by Freedom Walk In Tubs.
Unique Two-Seater Tubs
We continue browsing through our collection with a series of unique bathtubs with dazzling Rounded Corner Waterfall Whirlpool Bathtub by Eago. It is packed with hydro-massage jets (18 total). Apart from ingenious curved shape, it is furnished with several lighting schemes and radio to listen to while you bathe. Scratch-resistant acrylic makes this piece durable as well as eye-catching.
This material is kindly provided by FaucetDirect
One end is wider than the other! It’s a two-seater bathtub from Genf Duo, featuring headrests, as well as a fabulous form. It offers plenty of surface space for bath products, including the built-in shelf.
This material is kindly provided by Archi Expo.
Our final bathtub is a bit of a showpiece located at Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts in the Pocono Mountains. How could you not sprinkle rose petals evrywhere when you bathe in a heart-shaped bathtub?
This material is kindly provided by Design Rulz.
When purchasing a bathtub for two, consider the needs of your space. Besides, if a one person is more likely to take bath on a regular basis, choose a narrower tub not to feel so lonely when only one is enjoying the bath.
End of the day fatigue after a hard working day is a usual thing for the most of us. We all try to destress at home this way or other. This is the best time to talk to your family members, relax and try to shake off the load of day’s problems and clear your mind. How can we do it quickly and efficiently?
From olden times, the best way to make oneself feel new, relax or invigorate is to take a bath. But can we combine bathing and communication with your loved one? It would be fabulous to do so, wouldn’t it? However, standard bathtub makes it difficult, as even one person not always comfortably fits in it.
A bath designed for two, a two-seater bathtub in other words, is a different story. There is no need for it to be a big and gorgeous two-seater whirlpool bathtub, which can hardly be installed in standard sized bathroom. There are special compact models for two taking up moderate space – acryl corner bathtubs, rectangle and round bathtubs for two.
When you have such a two-seater tub installed, all that is left is the right mood and mutual wish to create a special atmosphere. Candles are the perfect way of creating romantic and relaxing atmosphere in the room.
Place lit candles all around the bathroom – on the mirror shelf, on the floor, washbasin and on the bathtub border. A tray with fruit or dessert would complement the scene. Relaxing calm music would complete overall picture and help you to achieve desired result.
You will find bubble bath and aromatic oil very helpful in relaxation. Having created a romantic mood in the bathroom, you will spend the time with your sweetheart leaving all the day’s troubles and fatigue behind the bathroom door …
So, let’s consideration things you need to pay attention to while choosing the two-seater bathtub.
Peculiarities of choice of the two-seater tub
Contemporary market offers wide range of two-seater bathtubs so you are limited only with the size of your bathroom and your budget. Construction of these two-seater tubs is designed in such a way that both bathers could enjoy their bath to the fullest. Corner two-seater bathtub is a good choice for big bathroom.
For more comfort such bathtubs are equipped with supplementary handles or headrests.
Some models feature built-in nozzles for hydro massage.
Slip-resistant bottom provides additional safety and comfort.
Many models provide availability of installing additional pieces of furniture to keep a telephone, magazine or other things you need at hand.
Two-seater bathtubs may be of various shapes that boggle you imagination. For example, the Love Story two-seater tub by Czech brand Ravak with dimensions of 185сm х 105cm х 135cm. or rectangular Teiko Athina with dimensions of 185cm х 155cm. Of course, these models are more comfortable for enjoying the bath for two than models that are more compact.
The ways you can use the bathtub are restricted only by your imagination. Imagine filling the tub with Champaign and getting light pleasant hydro massage by carbon dioxide bubbles, or think about ancient rejuvenator – milk bath or about wellness mud-baths. Not only adults but children as well will have fun and wonderful time in such baths. Their enthusiasm at the big bathtub can be hardly overestimated. Not to mention if their bathing is supported by ice cream or tasty drink.
What you definitely should not do is consider bathing together as method of saving water, soap or time. Traditions of mutual bathing of men, women and children go back to ancient times and are an excellent proof of benefits from communication with each other. It does not matter what kind of bathtub is installed in your home – standard or two-seater, hydro massage or ordinary cast-iron one – the true pleasure of bathing together may be achieved only in case of harmonious relations.
Jacuzzi is still considered to be a positional good, however, it is a very useful item, which can cheer you up in the evening after an intensive working day. Customers’ feedback only prove this fact so we would recommend this bath to everyone if your bathroom size and budget allow its installation.
Use of Jacuzzi
Water flow positively affects nerve-endings located on the skin. That is why the body gets relaxation effect from the procedure, which is essential after stresses. Various users’ feedback only proves this effect.
Water jets selectively affect parts of the body and due to that blood gets rid of toxins, lymph starts moving faster. That leads to normalisation of metabolism and the whole body feels well.
Fat splitting intensifies due to water flow filled with air bubbles affecting the body. Such an effect is more important for the fair sex as women often are fixated on being overweight even if they are not. Hydro massage also helps to fight the cellulite – the skin becomes firm and supple. It might be useful to take picture before and after use of Jacuzzi.
Jacuzzi in interior
While choosing Jacuzzi bath, pay attention not only to its size but to material it is manufactured from as well. You need to think in advance, where and how you want to install this construction, since it is important to retain the interior design, not to mention making it much better, worth a good shot.
Of course, if your bathroom is not very big you may decide on corner model. Judging from the feedback, this is the most popular decision. But if your bathroom space permits it, you may purchase round or oval Jacuzzi and place it right in the centre of the room.
If you have decided on a small bathtub, choose the one with nozzles directed on lower back, neck and feet as those are the main parts of the body sensitive to massage.
Each Jacuzzi is controlled in different way. Simple models may have a single mode of operation, which lessens pleasure of bathing as you get effect from only one kind of massage.
Multifunctional models that are more expensive offer complex kinds of massage and have aromatherapy option, which intensifies relaxation effect.
Modern Jacuzzi functions the following way: water is taken from the bath and sent to the system. There it is mixed with air and under the pressure is sent back into the tub.
That is why when buying the bathtub, pay special attention to hydro massage system as Jacuzzi effect depends on it.
Productivity of hydro massage depends on the number and configuration of nozzles.
Such a construction may be manufactured from metacryl, quaryl and the most widely spread acryl. Acryl is a wonderful material that allows creating the most extravagant forms.
While choosing the product, pay close attention to the following:
structure of material the surface is produced from. It should be homogeneous;
colour should be even without any stains;
thickness of material should not exceed five millimetres.
Among the alternative materials, one can find cast-iron and steel Jacuzzi bathtubs. However, being highly heat-conductive, they are worse than the above mentioned counterparts and that is why are used rarely.
Shape and size of Jacuzzi
It is impossible not to match shape and dimensions of the bathtub with the bathroom it will be installed in. That is why owners of the smaller bathrooms prefer corner tubs since they are great in space saving.
Standard rectangular shapes may have various configurations that differ with each manufacturer. Please, keep that in mind when making a choice.
You need to know that good hydro massage requires a 40-cm. depth and comfortable length of the tub should be of 150cm or more. Such dimensions allow full enjoyment of Jacuzzi bathtub.
Constructions of smaller size allow sitting position only. They are worth buying in the cases of small bathrooms, which cannot host a big sized model.
Having chosen a suitable model, don’t forget to study instructions on DIY installation and connection to the mains or call the service specialists. In any case, it is worth reading customer feedback for choosing rightly so that this wonderful invention could help you relax after hard working days.
Undoubtedly, the bathtub is the queen of the bathroom! Overall interior and impression it makes depends on bathtub’s location, size, shape and so on. The main thing, though, is that tub’s dimensions provide comfort when bathing.
The market is brimming with varieties of product assortment. Today you can choose any shape and colour of this sanitary ware to your liking. There is no problem finding the shape that suits you personally and even purchase a bathtub for two.
Family love and peace, romance …
This is indispensable from bathing together. As soon as newly-weds or spouses decide to buy such a bathtub for two, the questions arise of what kind of tub to purchase, how to choose the one that would be maximally comfortable.
This variant is good for big bathrooms as it is designed for two people. Average width of standard bathtubs is 70-80 cm, whereas width of a rectangle tub exceeds 1-1,5 m. That is why choosing this shape you have to understand how much space this bathtub needs.
You also have to consider space for walking out of bath. Rectangle tub for two in small room will bring you much inconvenience. Instead of walking out of the tub, you will have to climb out hitting everything surrounding it. Besides, it might be unsafe taking into account high humidity of the bathroom.
Let’s consider average dimensions of the given product: average is 190х120cm., according to quadrature we obtain 3,61 m2, which means that bathroom of 6 or 8m2 is not the best place for such a bathtub. Nevertheless, if overall design is economy-class variant, you could, of course, consider installation of this bathtub.
If you still think that bathtubs are only rectangle or oval shaped you are deeply mistaken. Nowadays the variety is so big that one indeed needs the help while making a choice. Let’s consider basic shapes that will easily host several people.
Corner installation of bathtub is a winning solution according to several parameters. Firstly, it is a good space economy; secondly, such products, as a rule, are comfortable to sit in. For bathing together a corner bathtub is an excellent solution. If you are unsure how this bathtub will look in your bathroom, see this picture below and you will understand that such a tub looks great in the rooms of nearly all sizes.
However, it has one subtle distinction in comparison with long rectangular tub: it is designed for the sitting position only. Nevertheless, a couple in love might disregard this detail as this model has comfortable rails on the rims that add to comfortable bathing.
Ancient Greece has always been popular with many people. And even if some periods may go out of fashion, on the whole, this theme has remained topical for centuries. The love of this era is reflected in different ways. And the architecture is very much part of this process, offering customers an original Greek style. This is an effective way to immerse your home in an atmosphere of antiquity.
However, you need to comply with certain rules to get consistent results. Here we will look at how to bring Greek style to your bathroom, look at some photos, and sort out some of the details.
A little bit of history…
But first we will take a look at some of the history of its appearance in interior decor, in order to better understand it. This will help you implement it properly.
It must be said that the ancient Greeks did not care too much about the internal design of their residences. Due to the warm climate, they spent a great deal of time outdoors, so the houses were often roughly finished in terms of features and types of furniture were characterized by primitivism. It was only later, with the development of civilization, that the ancient Greeks began to gravitate toward luxury.
Chambered ceilings were actually invented by the ancient Greeks. They came up with the idea of replacing columns with female statues. Interestingly, this solution was arrived at after the famous events at the city of Caria when the female half of society was held in rigorous slavery.
It should be said at the beginning that the ancient Greek style is very often confused with that of ancient Roman style. Of course, this is wrong, particularly given the styles are very different. Roman style is very much focused on luxury, but Greek style has confident simplicity. Bathrooms in Greek style focus on frescos or murals, noticeably high ceilings and stucco is characteristic. It is also rather important that the colour scheme uses natural tones.
Pastel colours are used here: gentle lemon and olive, pale blue shades. Bright colours and gilt need to be discarded from Greek style. We should preserve the elegance, but not go into pompous luxury. Restraint needs to be encouraged.
Finishing materials can be ceramic tiles, wood, stone, marble and even granite. Of course, the bathroom tiles in Greek style offer the easiest solutions, because these are traditional for the finishing of the premises.
Expressive elements of Greek style very much include columns. They give an interior a degree of grandeur for the spirit.
Despite a certain element of austerity, the decor should also include expressive decoration. This can be a big vase, mirrored surfaces or statues.
Decorating the walls
Bathroom design in Greek style demands the use of certain materials. Wallpaper is not an option and should not even be considered. More “ancient” materials such as plaster should be highlighted. This can be painted in bright colours.
Decorating the surfaces should use ornamental patterns, using, for example, the Greek zig-zag pattern mentioned above. You can also use paintings with mythological themes. This can turn out to be a unique addition to your interior design.
Decorating the ceiling
One of the features of Greek style is that the whole composition points up at the ceiling. Therefore, we need to emphasise this direction, focusing on the light fitting, framed by massive stucco work.
You can use chambered, hidden or suspended ceiling solutions. And here it is important to be restrained in your colour scheme and details. Then the effect will very much be worth-while.
You can use murals or frescos to decorate your bathroom ceiling in Greek style. Installing panels for a suspended or hidden ceiling enables the use of photographic reprographics. And backlighting can be mounted on the perimeter to set off ceiling edges in relief on the ceiling.
Creating a floor
Of course, the floor should also be in harmony with the rest of the surfaces. You can choose in your to design to use floor tiles in light granite-like ceramics, mosaic tiles, or even marble. And if you want to see carpet patterns, they should be used only as an image on the tiles.
Furniture should be adequate, but not in excess. The interior should have enough air. The ancient Greeks did not have any especial requirements for furniture; they were quite undemanding with respect to these items. But there are some characteristic details. For example, chairs and tables have legs bent to the outer side. The upholstery of sofas was simple but durable. Small tables could have bronze feet.
Remember that in antiquity, food was eaten lying down, so furniture took into account such requirements.
Accessories are essential here. In fact, every single bathroom in Greek style shown in these photos has decorative elements that emphasise this, including such items as amphora and statues.
What professionals recommend
And finally, here are a few tips from the professionals.
Niches are a key attribute of antique style. Under contemporary conditions, niches tend to be made from metal sections and plasterboard. However, this is only suitable for spacious bathrooms, because such constructions eat space. But a niche with gentle illumination will highlight a figurine to eye-catching effect.
If space allows, it is best to install four or more columns. Otherwise mount pilasters on the walls.
Instead of murals or frescos, you can use high-quality wallpapers. They can be made to order. Joints can be decorated with corner mouldings, perhaps painted in a bronze colou
In short, thanks to the large range of building materials available, putting together Greek style in a bathroom is not difficult even for a beginner. In addition, look at the photos here, to see how professionals implement this kind of design. On the basis of these, you should find it easier to come up with your own version. And then it’s all up to your imagination.
Interior design of the most beautiful bathrooms in 55 photos
Beautiful bathrooms, photos of which delight and surprise us, are in addition to the general stylistic implementation of a house, to enhance our mood, and give us a boost of energy during our washing and bathing. To create an attractive design we need to use fashion accessories, furniture, and high-quality construction materials that possess aesthetic properties. An important role is played by modern methods of finishing and good technology. A variety of different style solutions are used in the design of the bathroom.
Moroccan style bathrooms
In today’s world, one of the most popular trends in bathroom design is exotic Moroccan style, which combines elegance, accuracy, the diversity of eastern decor, and the professionalism of designers. This style does requires a lot of space and is most suitable for large premises. This requires the creation of complex entrances with arched openings, and internal plasterboard divisions with arched openings. Arches decorate shower cabinets, and niches. The niches should contain attractive accessories. When you create such an interior, large ceramic tiles are not used and the bathroom needs to have laid small mosaic tiles. You can use ceramic facing material with oriental ornamentation but the dimensions should not exceed 15×15 cm. This luxury style involves design of the floor, ceiling, and walls with Arabic patterns, various decorative means for sinks of heavy ceramics, items in imitation natural stone or metal, the purchase of exquisite lamps, light fittings, and delicate frames for mirrors.
Classic Moroccan interior are finished in purple, emerald, dark blue, sky blue, sand, or white, although preference is given to natural colours. The very capacity of the bath should resemble a swimming pool with rectangular sides. It is often divided off from the rest of the bathroom by a partition with arches and shelving units, decorated with openwork carving, to give zest. Walls can be decorated with wrought-iron work. Furniture should be selected with decorative carvings, emphasizing the oriental flavour. Moroccan bathroom style is shown in photos below. Such an artfully decorated space is a true work of art.
Distinctive Moroccan design creates an atmosphere of comfort, joy and charm.
Provencal style in bathroom interiors
Provencal interior design is associated with walks in natural surroundings and rustic settings. It combines simple and elegant items of classical style. Only natural facing materials should be used in such design. To create a Provençal style, you do need a spacious bathroom. Furniture, plumbing elements, and cosmetic decoration need to be in light warm colours, which are able to raise your mood. The room is finished in white, beige, pale blue, pale lilac, terracotta, pale pink, and olive shades.
The main accent for design focuses on the floor. Wood and unusual stone should be used in its design. Decorative stone is complemented by mosaic inserts. If you plan to use floor tiles, then large sizes are recommended. The floor should be complemented by small rugs with distinctive patterns. There should be a simple and bright design style for the walls, which does not overwhelm. All the walls should be finished with decorative plaster or painted in a single palette. Tile and wallpapers are usually never used. Wall surfaces should depict floral ornamentation and drawings. Many bathrooms are finished with wood, using wood panelling, placed vertically or horizontally. The ceilings are finished with bright colours, using waterproof varnish or paint materials. Ceiling sections can be decorated with wooden beams, their shade blending harmoniously with skirting boards.
The bath itself should be freestanding on legs, selecting a model with a smooth shape. If a shower cabinet is preferred, then choose a model with matte walls. The sink must look like an antique, often using exclusive forged wrought-iron elements. All plumbing fixtures can be painted in a matte but intricate pattern. Lighting features only on the ceiling.
Soft, elegant Provence style
Towels and curtains are selected from natural fabrics with floral decoration. Panels and paintings should hang on the walls. The interior is complemented by elegant stands, chairs with curved legs, wicker chairs and decorative cushions. If there is a window, there need to be houseplants in the bathroom. A good idea is always a vase with natural or artificial flowers.
Interesting ideas used in bathroom design make it possible to realize the dream of comfort and practicality.
In principle, the very idea of the bath inspired humans by nature itself, and over the millennia, little has changed in this interaction with water. Even Neanderthal man never missed an opportunity to plunge into sun-warmed water in a small lake or lagoon.
Splashing in water began for people from the time of their appearance on earth, except for the peoples of the Far North, for which neither the climate nor their mentality contributed to the development of bathing habits. But all the other inhabitants of our planet quickly learned that bathing is a good thing.
The bath in its modern sense came about when people realized that completely immersing the body in heated water in a warm room is a most pleasant sensation.
The first baths were discovered by archaeologists in ancient India, where even 5,000 years ago corresponding ceramic containers were being produced, decorated with ornaments. Such baths dating from 2,500 years ago were found in Crete. The shape of these ancient baths resembles modern baths, which is not surprising, given the vessel were adapted to the dimensions of the human body. Cretan baths were characterised by water flow through a special channel.
According to written sources, there was a swimming pool of copper with a depth of some two metres near the temple of King Solomon of Israel; the “Copper Sea” with a diameter of four and a half metres was located on the sculpted figures of 12 copper oxen. According to researchers, the weight of the water pool was as high as 33 tons. The pool was supplemented by ten brass washbasins.
The ancient Egyptians also had baths, as evidenced by objects found in tombs.
The ancient world also contributed to the evolution of the bath.
Greece, known for its all-encompassing civilisation, was even the home for a special mythological goddess responsible for washing and cleanliness. Her name was Hygiea, from which we get the term hygiene. Among the ruins in northern Greece archaeologists found tiled bathrooms. The shape of the pools provides evidence that Greeks preferred to sit in the bath, with their legs lowered in a special recess. The ‘hand of Hippocrates’, the famous physician of antiquity, is clearly felt in the belief that it is much more beneficial to sit rather than lie down in a bathroom. There were no drains from Greek bathrooms; instead they used a large number of slaves to pour water into a reservoir, and then move it with scoops.
The bath has served science in Ancient Greece since Archimedes is thought to have leapt out of one, shouting “Eureka!” And ran naked down the street in his excitement, revealing the fundamental law of hydrostatics.
Prototypes of modern baths first appeared in Greece. However, since then the construction of water containers for bathing has changed significantly – mainly by decreasing size to fit our smaller-sized modern bathrooms.
In ancient Rome, which took over the baton from Greece as the leading cultural centre of the world, there were public baths and thermae, but the most wealthy homes were equipped with personal and private bathing facilities. Baths were at that time made of marble or bronze.
Thermae were imperial bath complexes, pools with hot and cold water, steam baths, and massage rooms. There were about a thousand thermae in Rome, remembering that this was 200 B.C. As we at one time named different cultural institutions after leaders, thermae in Rome were named after emperors, on the orders of whom they were built. The Baths of Caracalla could cleanse 2,300 people at the same time, the baths of Diocletian had washstands of gold and silver, and the chairs, all 2000 of them, were made of marble.
The people came to thermae not so much for washing off dirt, but for relaxation and fun, rather like a social club. Alongside the thermae there were even libraries, people could listen to lectures by philosophers, there were exhibitions of works of art, and theatrical performances.
One of the first Roman baths made of bronze was found at the excavations of Pompeii. Vesuvius destroyed the city and its inhabitants, but has preserved for posterity under a layer of ash much evidence of the era.
Italian style is devoid of sharp transitions and unexpected bursts; there are no bright lights and components that scream at you. The main criteria of this popular trend are moderation and regularity. Designers working with this traditional decor use natural materials, the main ones being the eternal companions of man: stone and wood. To create Italian style in a bathroom interior, you very much need to take into account every little fine detail and only by doing so can you achieve a result that will be a cozy and comfortable environment..
Decorating bathroom walls in Italian Style
Accustomed to the natural brightness of their climate, Italians prefer to relax at home avoiding saturated colours. Venetian style is characterized by light colours in an interior: white, cream, beige, olive, or golden. It is also appropriate to use warm shades of yellow, terracotta, or pale pink. The ideal decoration for walls is called Venetian plaster or stucco Italiano, and the main reason is not only in the fact that Italy is the home to beautiful and practical finishing materials. Venetian plasters hints at marble, and stone one of the main participants of Italian design. Luxury walls glow, as if lit from within, creating an atmosphere of richness, but at the same time it is restrained and provides a perfect backdrop to a relaxed environment. Italians have love mosaic tiles since the days of antiquity. In the bathroom this practical covering can be safely used for full or partial wall decoration. Due to the fact that little squares appear to optically increase visual area, a small bathroom will benefit.
Natural stone can be too heavy, and is an expensive material, so it is quite appropriate to replace it with artificial equivalents in the finishing of a bathroom in your house. But do not get carried away by continuous stone walls – they only really look good in large and light bathrooms, and you may find that your bathing experience carries with it a desire to get away from overbearing decor.
Stone walls only really work in large rooms
An ideal choice for the floor is generally thought to be wood or stone. However, under humid conditions, these naturally beautiful materials can quickly lose their original lustre. Perfect imitations of wood or a stone floor actually made of ceramic granite can use tough and durable tiles, bravely withstanding difficult operating conditions. It will probably be a mistake when selecting a material for the flooring to give preference to anything other than ceramic tiles. To complement this floor in a Venetian spirit, you can use your favorite Italian pattern style as ornamentation. As it so happens, a skillfully composed pattern can help visually enlarge floor space and make the room look wider.
Ornamentation can look gorgeous on a floor and is a classic attribute of Mediterranean design trends
Mosaic tiles are recommended for walls, not least because it looks as good as when laid as flooring. Depending on your taste, preference can be given to a monochromatic mosaic or use a combination of different colors, creating a semblance of carpet. The main thing here is to build on light and warm shades.
The interiors of the homes of the native people of Italy show a surprising combination of luxury and naturalness. The main requirement to any item selected for the bathroom in Italian style is impeccable quality. In terms of colour schemes, it is advisable to stick to classic white. The materials are the loyal upholders of modern requirements – they can be ceramic, or acrylic, or plastics, or artificial stone. The place for the main feature, the bath itself, need not necessarily be located away from one of the walls, although the queen of the bathing experience may well be detached, if space allows. In this case, you should choose a freestanding bath preferably designed with massive legs and an especially high backrest. It is recommended that the wall by the bath be decorated with mosaic tiles, to hide all any unsightly areas.
Classic Italian slipper bath.
Classic Italian sanitary ware stands out by its smooth lines, and this must be focused upon when choosing a sink and toilet. Ideally, the sink must follow the general shape of the bath and be in the same colour. For a classical Venetian bathroom, light furniture on metal legs is acceptable, and ideally, white cabinets for the best overall look, and objects in an ivory colour. If you want a more modern design, it’s a good idea to use simpler shapes, whether curved and straight lines. To avoid making the wrong choices, it is important to properly assess the size of the room – the smaller the space, the more modest it needs to be.
White furniture – the foundation of style
Mirrors can be the most important attribute of a bathroom with an Italian accent They must be surrounded by the most beautiful frames you can find. However, all of the metal parts, whether a mirror frame or taps, should be matte – excess shine in an interior is hotly rejected by Italians.
If you really want to get in contact with the warmth and luxury of Italian style, but their own design experience and skills in refurbishment may not be enough. Often it may be best to get expert advice. They will take into account all your basic requirements, take into account modern trends, and create a bathroom which wants to sing serenades of love to your home!
In contemporary interior a bathtub is no longer a stereotype welfare item. Time is money and at the present pace of life time spent in the water-fi lled bath is especially precious and exclusive. Those who wish to take a shower without spending excessive time on it, buy shower cabins. So bath, if it is present in the interior, is definitely an elite item. Ceramic bathtub can be as much pretentious or imposing as your finances and fantasy allow it.
Peculiar features of ceramic bathtub
Without doubt ceramic bathtubs would be costly:
Firstly, manufacture of ceramics that voluminous is based on labour-intensive technique and drying (baking) of ceramics that big is an expensive process.
Secondly, contemporary design presupposes use of natural environmental-friendly materials and that fact raises the price.
Ceramics allows flight of imagination and creativity. Ceramic bathtubs absorbed all the stylish tendencies and multiplied them a hundredfold with its magnificent look. Such a bath may easily become the focus point of your bathroom. It is so egoistic it can grab all attention and you can use it to your advantage. Manufacturers of elite designer ceramic bathtubs offer absolutely smooth spherical shape, clean lines of rectangular tubs and extravagant baroque bathtubs. Due to peculiarities of coating, ceramic bathtub can be of any colour. Prudish minimalism popular in bathroom designs favours impeccable white smooth and rounded or rectangular shapes; hi-tech style challenges with bright red or black coating of ceramic bathtubs and interesting solutions. There are varicoloured models as well. Ceramics is mouldable: manufacturers cast the base and make it perfect by supplementary processing giving it an extravagant shape. However, recently natural spherical shapes or as opposed to them rectangular ones have gained the dominant position. Contemporary bathtub shaped as a box without upper rim or as a rectangle has been in the centre of designers’ attention recently. Such tubs fit well in room due to their clean lines.
Advantages of ceramic bathtubs.
If you have made your dream come true and bought ceramic bathtub, you will never regret it. Bliss of touching the warm ceramic surface can compare to spa-resort treatment. Water holds temperature for a long time due to the porous structure of ceramics. Surface of such bathtubs is silk-like, pleasant to touch. Ceramics is one of the materials that can be called live as it breathes, softly warms up and caresses your skin.
The main advantages of the ceramic beauties are as follows:
Wonderful lustre and bright colours, availability of special designer shapes;
Smooth surface is self-cleaning and not allowing any scaling, it is rather a pleasure than a routine task to wash it;
Surface is resistant to fading and will never grow yellow on the contrast to plastics;
Heat capacity. You can laze in such a bathtub for quite a while – the water takes long to cool. This attribute beneficially distinguishes ceramic bath from other kinds, especially metal ones;
Material is ecologically safe, ergonomic and with antibacterial properties;
Durability and ware-resistance. Ceramic bathtubs are uniquely durable.
It is the last point about durability that many customers doubt. They draw an analogy to household ceramics and think that ceramic bathtub is as fragile to hitting impact. It is the wrong opinion. Ceramic tubs are thick-walled and hardened by the special method. Their durability gives opportunity for long exploitation without additional maintenance. Ceramics does not lose its shape, bend or chip as it happens to metal or cast-iron bathtubs. While you are thinking over this choice, please, read the material on comfort and cosiness of ceramic bathtubs.
Trade secrets of ceramic bathtub
As we have mentioned before, manufacture of ceramic bathtubs is expensive. There are at least three kinds of manufacturing processes of bathtubs from ceramics or ceramic-like material.
Ceramic metal baths
Lightweight durable bathtubs are produced based on ceramic metal technology. Frame of the future tub made from metal is coated with alum earth and baked in the furnace. After baking the tub becomes a durable monolith. High-strength enamel-glaze coated afterwards may be painted in the most extraordinary colours as fading and chippings will be minimal since glaze combines with base well.
This is the most expensive and elite variant of tubs. Base cast from fire clay faience mass is dried under the high-power tubes mounted on the special frame above the tub. Porous building faience is covered in thin layer of glaze, which colour and durability gives various poss
In fact, it is not ceramics but a special plastic material. But to be just we shall place it among materials for manufacturing ceramic bathtubs since it is called polymer ceramics. Made from fine-grained stone chippings, sand and polyester resin the bathtub is covered with gel glaze. Durability and plastic properties of such materials allow using them in manufacturing of modern sanitary ware in greater volume.
What bathtub you choose mostly depends on functional and aesthetic demands it should meet. Without any doubts according to all the criteria ceramic bathtub is a good choice for both luxurious rest and frequent use.