When Robert Rankin of Kent-based Bromley Bathroom Company set about designing a space for a hectic household with a busy family life, he focussed on bringing the client's dream of a peaceful sanctuary to reality.
Q: What was the brief from the client for this project?
A: The client was keen to create a space that would feel like an oasis of calm and luxury within what could sometimes be a frenetic household with three children, two cats and a dog. She wanted to reflect an old-fashioned sense of glamour, such as that as seen in 1930s-style hotels, but also wanted to draw upon the idea of creating a relaxing spa in her own home.
Q: How did you go about meeting the brief?
A: Our client had a very clear idea of what she wanted and we worked closely with her to provide her with a selection of top-quality products that would function perfectly, as well as look beautiful, and bring her vision to reality.
Q: What were the particular challenges that you faced during this project, and what were your solutions to overcome them?
A: The main challenge was finding the co-ordinating brass finishes. We have worked hard to build up a selection of superb quality suppliers that we feel enable us to fulfil most briefs and we always aim to exceed expectations. This project was installed by our clients’ own builders as part of a loft conversion. We are very experienced bathroom fitters and are able to advise on the installation process, as well as supply the products.
Q: What materials did you use? Did you use anything different or unusual?
A: The gorgeous stand-alone bath from Ashton & Bentley was painted the same RAL colour as the Farrow & Ball paint our client had chosen for the walls. Our client chose unfinished brushed brass brassware from Graff, as they were looking to add a luxurious and traditional feel to the room, giving a sense of warmth. Although the co-ordinating fittings are harder to match, they felt the small differences combined well to give a more natural, less clinical feel.
Q: What were the different products that you and the client chose, and what made them the perfect choice?
A: The Bathroom Furniture Company by Burbidge supplied the beautiful basin unit, the stunning brass-framed mirror is from Bathroom Origins, the marble-effect porcelain tiles are from Ca’ Pietra, the light is from The Wall Lighting Company, the heated towel rail is from Vogue, and the shower cubicle with the brass profile is from Shower Lab. These are all suppliers that we use regularly, knowing that the products will be exceptional quality, durable and look wonderful for years to come.
Q: How did you go about choosing bathroom accessories?
A: As it is a north facing room, the clients wanted a large mirror to maximise the available natural light. They felt this large round mirror from Bathroom Origins gave a sense of grandeur, and the brass trim complemented the fittings of the room. The rest of the accessories were from Graff, along with the Vogue heated towel rail, which is quite a feature in the room.
Q: What would your advice be to a designer who is just setting out on a similar project?
A: To work closely with the client at all stages of the design process, giving different options to allow them to achieve the exact look they desire. Use top-quality products and it is essential to choose an installer with a proven track record of completing superb bathroom projects.
Q: What is your favourite part of the finished project?
A: The Burbidge unit is central to the room and it is complemented so well by the combination of the beautiful shade of pink, the marble tiles and the brass fixtures and fittings.