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TOP 5 Bathroom Trends

There is nothing Catchpole & Rye don't know about sumptuous soaking spaces. Here's their Top 5 Trends for 2020.

Spring = home-improvement season. Thinking about a glossy new home? Or, at the very least, primping up the bathroom? Let’s face it, we all aspire to a bathroom that’s not just for washing our hair – we want the ultimate sanctuary to escape to (particularly when children/pets/people are clamouring for our attention).

We were lucky enough to recently visit the jaw-dropping Catchpole & Rye flagship showroom, in the village of Pluckley, situated in the heart of the Kent countryside, which demonstrated all these trends in abundance.

If you have not had the pleasure yet of panting over their products, then let us tell you that Catchpole and Rye is the go-to place for timeless and classic pieces for your bathroom – ranging from cast iron and copper baths that will bring the wow factor to any room as well as stylish luxurious basins and washstands plus a medley of finely crafted taps and not forgetting showers that resemble works of art and the practical yet still highly appealing cisterns, WC’s, towel rails and bathroom accessories. These guys know a thing or two about sumptuous soaking spaces.

Here’s their Top 5 Trends for 2020:

Deep Soaking Tubs

Le Bain de Bateau – Painted £6,000 (inc vat)

As style guru, Elle Deco summarised at the end of last year in its design forecast for 2020, ‘Deep soaking bathtubs never go out of style,’ and where better place to start than Catchpole and Rye whose name is synonymous for this style of tub? Whether it’s Bateau shaped baths that are floor mounted (more French in style) or baths with ball and claw cast feet (more akin to British antique style), words will fail you when you discover the plethora of bath options available. From Cast Iron, Copper, Brass or Nickel, you can choose a bespoke combination that truly befits you and your style – and how about throwing in a bespoke emblem on the exterior of your luxury bath as a final flamboyant measure?

Pastel Power

Left: La Parisienne Double Vainity Unit – Painted, £7200 (inc vat); Right: Le Bateau Foix – Painted, £6000 (inc vat)

We’ve seen it on the catwalks, and it is now hitting the high street, so why not translate this look to your interiors too? Within a bathroom, you can be softer and creamier in tones and for a bold fashion statement piece, you can go all out and customise your freestanding bath or vanity unit to your pastel preference as you can choose ANY colour you wish for at Catchpole & Rye. Farrow & Ball colour ways do come highly recommended by the team, but the world is your oyster here.

Industrial chic

Left: Le Thermo Grand Exposed in Aged Copper- £2800 (inc vat); Right: La Cage shower in Aged Brass – £18,200 (inc vat)

This aesthetic trend in interior design is still very much in vogue and is reminiscent of factories and industrial spaces which have been converted to lofts and other living spaces. All Catchpole & Rye’s showers are made from solid brass and with the Le Thermo range, you can choose from either an exposed version where the pipework is exposed, in a nod to this trend, or a concealed unit with a minimal, contemporary appearance if you want to do your own thing.

Dark Arts

The Copper Bateau 1700mm – Charcoal Exterior and Nickel Interior £6,600 (inc vat)

In contrast to those pastel hues, dark bold colours are also making a statement in bathrooms this year contrasting beautifully with an opulent metallic finish. If this more macho-inspired look is for you, then why not consider something along the lines of Catchpole and Rye’s Nickel Bateau with Silver Nickel Interior and Charcoal Exterior which is an exclusive creation, providing a consistent chalky matt appearance and bold yet brilliant contrast to the interior finish.

Gentleman’s Club

Left: The Throne Seat in Oak (w/c pan not included) – £3,000 (inc vat); Right: The Box Seat in Limed Oak (w/c pan and cistern not included) £600 (inc vat)

For that downstairs cloakroom, take styling inspiration from some of London’s grandest hotels, such as The Savoy, The Ritz and channel the Edwardian gentleman’s club design. Wood is the hero ingredient here and you could go for something  like The Throne – grand and majestic (can be bought with an integral cistern if preferred) or take it down a notch with a wooden Box Seat that is made from solid, heavy duty wood and made in Kent – of course.

And finally, Buy Local

The Polishing Shop – C&R Pluckley headquarters

Not just a passing trend nor purely associated with food – it’s also important to support local craftsmanship and Catchpole & Rye has this in spades. We met a couple of the craftsmen at the Catchpole and Rye workshop who have been with the company since its conception in 1990 and the majority of the team live locally, so you have a family atmosphere behind the scenes not least because Tony’s son Jack is moving up the company ranks.

You actually need to see the products up close and personal to truly understand the calibre and craftsmanship of each individual item so if you are looking to refresh your home, may we suggest that you pop along to a Catchpole and Rye showroom over the next month or so  – either at its headquarter’s showroom in Pluckley or the recent addition to the portfolio in Tunbridge Wells, or in Chelsea if you are enjoying a day-out in London.

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