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Whether it’s a subtle nod to traditional style or a delicate blend of modern technologies to create a more ‘classic’ look, Steve Birch, Sales Director, Vogue (UK), thinks that traditional product design remains a desirable trend for the UK bathroom market.

I believe the admiration for period design is due to the timeless quality that retro products openly embrace. Designers have the chance to create an eclectic interior look that draws upon different eras of architecture, fashion and design all in one space with the simple addition of a designer radiator or towel warmer.

Selecting the right finish and material is just as important as the style, making sure the model chosen co-ordinates with the fixtures and fittings already in place: a chrome towel warmer next to brass taps is just not going to work. Instead, an ‘antique gold’ plated brass towel warmer would be ideal for such a setting, as well as play to the style conscious consumer that yearns for high attention to detail.

Conversely, traditional heating solutions have become extremely progressive and now offer a fusion of contrasting styles deemed as ‘classic’ and suit both traditional and contemporary schemes. For example, instead of the typical period ball joints, we are seeing a mix of more geometric contemporary styled joints and rails mixed with traditional inset column radiators in a bold colour like jet black. Merging both contemporary and traditional design features across an entire scheme or product is a great way to ensure a timeless look that will keep pace with changing trends.

When it comes to the resolute contemporary homeowner then styling tends to be sleek married with a chrome or stainless steel finish. Helping to create a minimalist aesthetic, metallic finishes are elevating contemporary heating designs for the better, welcoming new finishes like brushed and bright nickel or antique copper or brass as a point of difference. This desire has also led to developments in texture, allowing designers the opportunity to move away from the standard smooth, highly polished chrome aesthetic. The market now offers a choice of matt finishes and tarnished effects to choose from, and for the height of contrast, homeowners can combine this style of rail finish with an integrated flat panel radiator in granite or coloured glass.

It is the higher end heating manufacturers who are in the best position to satisfy these desires and trends, whilst ensuring high levels of customer satisfaction and product quality. By manufacturing in-house, we’re able to constantly explore new techniques and experiment with different materials and finishes; a clear want from ABC1 homeowners who are willing to invest more for a superior heating solution. Designing and manufacturing products in Great Britain enables us to push design boundaries and experiment with different materials and techniques to create pioneering products.

If you’re designing a luxury bathroom the heating solution you recommend needs to be completely unique, so take advantage of the quality bespoke design services available. Allowing each aspect of the design to be tailored to the individual, you can ensure the heating solution chosen will effectively suit the needs of your customer and their interior décor.


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