Our fist guest at Acquabella Interview Series is Elspeth Pridham, journalist, author and blogger at The Insider who writes about interior design for interior design professionals.
At Acquabella we believe that every bathroom industry professional has a unique voice and we want to be their speaker. That is why we introduce a new section called Acquabella Interview Series, a set of conversations in different formats where we will discover new perspectives while getting to know more about the bathroom industry around the world.
Our fist guest at the Acquabella Interview Series is Elspeth Pridham, journalist, author and blogger at The Insider who writes about interior design for interior design professionals. You can join her at The Insider blog.
Has Covid-19 changed customers’ preferences in relation to bathroom design? What are they asking for now?
The feedback I am getting from the industry is that, after 18 months of lockdowns and working from home, customers are certainly looking to update their bathrooms. We have all been spending far too much time at home which has led to us finding fault with our interiors. Covid has not necessarily changed preferences, although there is an increased demand for liquid soap dispensers in the bathroom.
What aspects are the most important when carrying out a bathroom design project?
The first question all designers ask is ‘who uses this bathroom.’ Whether it is a family bathroom or an ensuite effects the choice of fittings.
What are the latest trends in bathroom design?
The need for a sanctuary within our homes and the growing awareness of Wellness are very much driving bathroom trends. Natural materials such as wood and stone, soft colours including sage and pink, lots of plants and sympathetic lighting.
For the last few years, the trend has been for minimalist, hotel-style bathrooms, but this has given way to a far less structured, more eclectic look.
Design or functionality, what do consumers demand most, what are their main requirements?
Functionality. Bathrooms have to work, it’s as simple as that. But that doesn’t mean design has to be compromised. Clever storage, beautiful brassware and attractive tiling can all lift the most functional of bathrooms up to be something a bit special.
How does sustainability and respect for the environment fit into the bathroom?
Taps and shower fittings that limit water consumption as well as dual flush toilets have made it much easier to créate more environmentally aware bathrooms. And, interior designers are increasingly asking about production processes. Good design should not have to cost the earth
Where is the future of the bathroom heading?
As we increasingly work from home, every room in our house needs to meet a variety of functions and that includes the bathroom. Not just somewhere to wash, but a sanctuary in which to relax, perhaps even doubling up as a home gym!
Finally, what would you highlight about our brand Acquabella and its concept?
Acquabella’s made to measure shower trays and ability to create complex bath and basin shapes allows customers to personalise their bathroom, which is very much on trend.
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