Blog https://www.cphart.co.uk Our C.P. Hart blog brings you exclusive updates on our activities, the latest product developments, industry trends and company news. Be sure to check back regularly for new articles on the blog. Tues, 19 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT https://www.cphart.co.uk en hourly 1 AXOR Edge https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/axor-edge/ https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/axor-edge/#comments Weds, 18 Sept 2019 00:00:00 GMT https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor-edge/ <p>13 years after the first collection with French designer Jean-Marie Massaud, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor/">AXOR</a> introduces Edge; a striking symbiosis of geometrical form and precision manufacturing. Introducing a new ultraprecise manufacturing process ordinarily reserved for diamond milling and space construction, the collection transcends boundaries in aesthetics and technology. Asymmetrically combined cubes set smooth polished surfaces against intricate texture to yield a design that is both strong yet delicate.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/AXOR-EDGE-1.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The collection is defined by avant-garde expression, celebrating the interplay of perfectly proportioned plains and edges. Partially enriched with a fine texture, the three-dimensional mixer offers a more tactile experience with water. Every element of the mixer, including the handle and the spout, has perfect 45&deg; chamfers. Ordinarily recognised in the field of construction as a safety measure, here the chamfers pay testament to the small architectural details and overall virtuosity of design.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/AXOR-EDGE-3.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Especially developed for the production of Edge, a state-of-the-art diamond-cutting machine was made to ensure accurate planes and contours. The diamond-tipped tool, which is more commonly seen in the space and laser industries, is used here to mill the chamfers with the same high base quality required for diamond milling. With high speeds of 60,000 revolutions per minute and hyper-controlled temperatures, allowing a variation of barely 0.1 degree, the result creates tolerances that are 600 times finer than conventional methods of milling brass. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/AXOR-EDGE-5.jpg" style="height:435px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Jean-Marie Massaud comments: &ldquo;In my collaboration with <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor/">AXOR</a>, we always seek to provide a better user experience. With <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor/">AXOR</a> Edge, we have answered the demand for refinement and uniqueness. More than a mixer, each product in the collection is a jewel, a masterpiece, a unique architectural object drilled from a brass block and then dressed with personal finishes. A real functional piece of art that shares your intimacy for life - that&rsquo;s my understanding of luxury&rdquo;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/AXOR-EDGE-2.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor/">AXOR</a> Edge is available for the washbasin, bath, bidet and with shower thermostat modules. Manufactured in the vacuum chambers of the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor/">AXOR</a> production plant, Edge is available in five polished <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor/">AXOR</a> FinishPlus surface colours, from Polished Brass to Polished Black Chrome.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/AXOR-EDGE-4.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>13 years after the first collection with French designer Jean-Marie Massaud, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor/">AXOR</a> introduces Edge; a striking symbiosis of geometrical form and precision manufacturing. Introducing a new ultraprecise manufacturing process ordinarily reserved for diamond milling and space construction, the collection transcends boundaries in aesthetics and technology. Asymmetrically combined cubes set smooth polished surfaces against intricate texture to yield a design that is both strong yet delicate.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/AXOR-EDGE-1.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The collection is defined by avant-garde expression, celebrating the interplay of perfectly proportioned plains and edges. Partially enriched with a fine texture, the three-dimensional mixer offers a more tactile experience with water. Every element of the mixer, including the handle and the spout, has perfect 45&deg; chamfers. Ordinarily recognised in the field of construction as a safety measure, here the chamfers pay testament to the small architectural details and overall virtuosity of design.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/AXOR-EDGE-3.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Especially developed for the production of Edge, a state-of-the-art diamond-cutting machine was made to ensure accurate planes and contours. The diamond-tipped tool, which is more commonly seen in the space and laser industries, is used here to mill the chamfers with the same high base quality required for diamond milling. With high speeds of 60,000 revolutions per minute and hyper-controlled temperatures, allowing a variation of barely 0.1 degree, the result creates tolerances that are 600 times finer than conventional methods of milling brass. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/AXOR-EDGE-5.jpg" style="height:435px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Jean-Marie Massaud comments: &ldquo;In my collaboration with <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor/">AXOR</a>, we always seek to provide a better user experience. With <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor/">AXOR</a> Edge, we have answered the demand for refinement and uniqueness. More than a mixer, each product in the collection is a jewel, a masterpiece, a unique architectural object drilled from a brass block and then dressed with personal finishes. A real functional piece of art that shares your intimacy for life - that&rsquo;s my understanding of luxury&rdquo;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/AXOR-EDGE-2.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor/">AXOR</a> Edge is available for the washbasin, bath, bidet and with shower thermostat modules. Manufactured in the vacuum chambers of the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor/">AXOR</a> production plant, Edge is available in five polished <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/axor/">AXOR</a> FinishPlus surface colours, from Polished Brass to Polished Black Chrome.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/AXOR-EDGE-4.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 0 A Guide To Buying A Freestanding Bath https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/a-guide-to-buying-a-freestanding-bath/ https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/a-guide-to-buying-a-freestanding-bath/#comments Thurs, 29 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT https://www.cphart.co.uk/a-guide-to-buying-a-freestanding-bath/ <p>There is something incredibly elegant and stylish about freestanding baths. They bring a feeling of luxury to the home and can serve as a stunning focal point for your bathroom, turning it into a peaceful spa-like sanctuary.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/Copy%20of%20Woodland%20Gardens-2v2%20%20.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>All models are based on the same principle: they are self-contained and independent from all other bathroom elements, such as wall panels. This opens up a plethora of possible ways they can be cleverly incorporated into your space. However, with so many different freestanding baths available, the task of finding the perfect one can be a bit overwhelming. You might be confused regarding the optimal bath size, materials or the type of design you should go for.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Luckily, shopping for a freestanding bath doesn&rsquo;t have to be a daunting task. To make your life easier, we&rsquo;ve answered the most frequently asked questions from our customers to create an ultimate buying guide for freestanding baths.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Although freestanding baths look stunning, they may not necessarily be the best choice for every bathroom. Before making a purchase, here are a few pros and cons to bear in mind:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Unique and sophisticated look</li> <li>Various models available on the market</li> <li>Freedom to get creative when organising your bathroom</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When it comes to installation, freestanding baths are simpler to install compared to built-in baths. However, they can also be a bit heavier and consume more space, which is why it&rsquo;s advisable to think about the functionality and where it would be best to place them. Due to their weight, it&rsquo;s always a good idea to reinforce the supporting floor. We could strongly recommend seeking the help of one of our <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/installation-service/">recommended installers</a> when opting for freestanding bath, so that you&rsquo;re positive everything is in accordance with the safety standards.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/Copy%20of%20Copy%20of%20Fairs-5%20.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Another advantage of freestanding baths is the variety of styles and designs you can choose from. Various combinations of shapes, sizes, materials and colours ensure you achieve the exact feel you want in your space. You can also break the conventional layout for bathrooms and upgrade it into a serene, luxury haven, perfect for unwinding.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Cons:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Can be more costly than inset baths</li> <li>Limitations regarding where the bath can be placed in your bathroom</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Within our product range, you can find models at around the &pound;1,000 mark (for the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/cp-hart-rolltop-freestanding-bath/">C.P. Hart&nbsp;Roll Top bath</a>, a classy, quintessential Victorian cast iron bath) and up to &pound;13,800 (for exclusive <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/aquamass-modulo-biblio-freestanding-bath/">Aquamass&rsquo; Modulo Biblio Freestanding Bath</a>, perfect for luxurious, minimalist and contemporary bathrooms).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Before deciding, you should really think about this purchase as an investment. Unlike other bathroom elements that tend to be replaced more frequently (e.g. mirrors, decorations, bathroom cabinets and tiles), baths are more of a long-term fixture. This is why it&rsquo;s wise to put everything on paper and assess whether allocating a bit more of your budget to this purchase could be wise.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Another disadvantage comes down to your space limitations. Frequently, we get asked the following question:<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Can I put a freestanding bath in every bathroom?</em></strong></p> <p><br /> Unfortunately, freestanding baths cannot be fitted in every bathroom due to space limitations. However, you shouldn&rsquo;t disregard the potential your bathroom has. Although we&rsquo;re used to seeing freestanding baths in the centre of spacious bathrooms, they can also be incorporated in modestly sized bathrooms as well. You don&rsquo;t need to sacrifice your design vision. Here&rsquo;s a selection of some of the most <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/space-saving-baths/">beautiful space-saving baths</a> for you, so that you can enjoy some pampering time whatever your bathroom dimensions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>How big should my freestanding bath be?</em></strong><br /> <br /> In order to determine the perfect size of your freestanding bath, you should firstly calculate the amount of space you&rsquo;re working with. The dimensions are usually standardised, and the models are grouped into three categories:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Small freestanding baths (length: 55 inches, width: 27 inches, depth: 15 inches)</li> <li>Standard freestanding baths (length: 60 inches, width: 30 inches, depth: 19 inches)</li> <li>Large freestanding baths (length: 72 inches, width: 32 inches, depth: 20 inches)</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Keep in mind that, depending on the chosen design, baths might take up extra space. Also, a common mistake people tend to make is that they only measure the place where they intend to put the bath, but they forget about the additional space plumbing will consume. You need to think about the functionality of your space, not just the aesthetics.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Measure your available space multiple times and think about other possible issues, such as the size of the bath exceeding your door frame, as your bath will need to make it through the bathroom door! Planning these things through will prevent unpleasant surprises such as additional costs.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/Waterloo%20July%202019-1%20.jpg" style="height:490px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please do not be put off by all the practical considerations when purchasing a new bath, we offer a <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/retail-design-service/">full design and installation service,</a> where we can work with you to answer all these looming questions.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>What materials are freestanding baths made from?</em></strong><br /> <br /> Freestanding baths come in many different materials and they differ in appearance, quality, durability and maintenance requirements. It&rsquo;s good to get to know what each material offers before deciding on the model.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Acrylic</strong></p> <p>Acrylic freestanding baths are very popular today and they come in both traditional and contemporary designs. They are significantly lighter than baths made of other materials such as stone resin or cast iron, which makes them simpler to move and place. Acrylic is non-porous and of solid durability, although it is prone to warping. With consistent use over the time, the stability of the material gets weaker, which may result in crinkles and bumps at the bottom of your bath. However, these small issues can be easily fixed.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Cast iron</strong></p> <p>Cast-iron freestanding baths are the most durable and the heaviest on the market and require a reinforced flooring surface. They are produced in a traditional way: molten iron is poured into a mould, smoothed and covered with a coat of protective porcelain enamel. This makes the surface resistant to scratches and very easy to clean (we recommend a soft cloth and gentle cleanser). Compared to acrylic, cast-iron freestanding baths are more efficient at retaining heat, which makes them the perfect choice for those who love to indulge themselves with a long soak.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Natural stone, cast stone and stone resin</strong></p> <p>If you&rsquo;re aiming for a more natural-looking interior and want to bring organic materials to your bathroom, natural stone freestanding baths are the perfect choice. They are usually made of granite, marble and travertine, factory-processed and sealed to prevent leakage.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to natural stone freestanding baths, you can also opt for cast stone models which mimic the appearance of natural stones. These are made by mixing natural stone, cement and pigments. Since the material is completely man made, you can choose between many different styles and colours.</p> <p>Keep in mind, though, that cast stone is less durable compared to the natural stone. On the other hand, stone resin baths are aesthetically pleasing, have a reputation of being extremely durable, but they are also a bit more expensive.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Copper</strong></p> <p>Similar to cast iron, copper freestanding baths are great at retaining heat, allowing you to prolong your relaxing soak. In addition to other benefits, copper is considered to be one of the healthiest materials out there, given the fact it is naturally resistant to mold and bacteria. What&rsquo;s more, copper freestanding baths come in many different styles and can add a sense of regal luxury to your bathroom.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stainless steel</strong></p> <p>Stainless steel freestanding baths are typically reserved for more contemporary designs that imply clean, crisp lines and wonderfully crafted edges that fit into minimalist interiors. They have a solid construction and can be coated with enamel. The steel is usually effortless to clean and requires little maintenance. At first, the surface is a bit cold to touch, but once you fill it with warm water, it maintains the temperature for quite a while. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>How to choose freestanding bath style?</em></strong></p> <p>Before you choose your freestanding bath, there are several things to bear in mind:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Budget</li> <li>The amount of space you have</li> <li>The construction and strength of your floor</li> <li>The purpose of your freestanding bath (for example, if you intend to use it for long soaks, you need a material that retains heat, and a model that has solid depth and optimal dimensions, so you don&rsquo;t feel uncomfortable)</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With dozens of stunning designs available, you can tick everything you need off your list. However, it can be very hard to decide on your freestanding bath style. To help you make the right choice, we have grouped all the freestanding baths into three style categories:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Classic</strong></p> <p>If you want to bring a timeless appeal to your bathroom, classic freestanding baths are the best choice for you. A classic feel is usually incorporated through the overall design and shape, while using different materials and colours can bring a modern twist to the style. Take our <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/cp-hart-lincoln-freestanding-bath/">Lincoln Freestanding Bath</a>, for example &ndash; its scratch-resistant enamel can be complemented by any external colour. Double-ended, single slipper and double slipper designs should also be considered, if you opt for a classic style.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contemporary</strong></p> <p>Perhaps you want a design that&rsquo;s modern, sleek and elegant? If so, consider a more <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/baths/freestanding-baths/?style=contemporary">contemporary style</a> freestanding bath. These models are usually oval shaped and often have thin edges, giving them a modern and minimalist aesthetic. Contemporary freestanding baths can serve as chic statement pieces within a range of bathroom styles.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Cutting edge</strong></p> <p>If you decide to invest in a freestanding bath that&rsquo;s bordering on a piece of art, you might want to check out some of our cutting-edge models. These high-end designer pieces are original, luxurious and can bring a sense of theatre to your space. To understand this style better, check out this <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bette-lux-oval-couture-freestanding-bath/">Bette Lux Oval Couture Freestanding Bath </a>, crafted from enamelled titanium steel and resistant, waterproof materials, or this magnificent table-like <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bisazza-organico-freestanding-bath/">Bisazza Organico Freestanding Bath</a> with corresponding accessories.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Which bath tap to choose?</em></strong><br /> <br /> Of course, once you&rsquo;ve chosen your freestanding bath, you need to pick a bath mixer that will complement the style you aim for. When it comes to taps, you can opt for either floor-mounted bath taps or a wall-mounted tap.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Wall-mounted taps are installed through the bathroom wall, which might bring an additional burden on your budget as it will probably require extra work around your plumbing. Alternatively, floor-mounted taps are installed to the side of your bath or directly from the floor.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/Waterloo%20July%202019-7%20(2).jpg" style="height:724px; width:650px" /></p> <p>Bath taps are either:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Single handled (water temperature and flow are controlled by one handle)</li> <li>Double handled (water temperature and flow are controlled by two handles)</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ultimately, the mixer that you choose will largely depend on the position of your freestanding bath and the way that your plumbing is laid out.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As for the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps-shower-controls/bath/">style of tap</a>, you need to take into consideration the feel you&rsquo;re trying to create within your bathroom. Telephone-like taps date from the 1950s and they can bring a retro feeling to your space. English and Victorian-style taps are equally classy, while the modern styles are typically more compact and uncomplicated in their design. Bronze, chrome and nickel are the most commonly used materials. It&rsquo;s always advisable to test out the different styles of taps and to see them first-hand in order to make your decision, find your local showroom <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/">here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/WINC_BathSetA_chrome_pinkGround_winchester.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We hope this guide helped you to make a well-informed decision and find the perfect freestanding bath for you. To try out our selection of freestanding baths for yourself, we invite you to visit one of our local <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/">C.P. Hart&rsquo;s showrooms</a>, so you can fully appreciate the beauty, style and functionality our freestanding baths can bring to your home.</p> <p>There is something incredibly elegant and stylish about freestanding baths. They bring a feeling of luxury to the home and can serve as a stunning focal point for your bathroom, turning it into a peaceful spa-like sanctuary.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/Copy%20of%20Woodland%20Gardens-2v2%20%20.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>All models are based on the same principle: they are self-contained and independent from all other bathroom elements, such as wall panels. This opens up a plethora of possible ways they can be cleverly incorporated into your space. However, with so many different freestanding baths available, the task of finding the perfect one can be a bit overwhelming. You might be confused regarding the optimal bath size, materials or the type of design you should go for.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Luckily, shopping for a freestanding bath doesn&rsquo;t have to be a daunting task. To make your life easier, we&rsquo;ve answered the most frequently asked questions from our customers to create an ultimate buying guide for freestanding baths.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Although freestanding baths look stunning, they may not necessarily be the best choice for every bathroom. Before making a purchase, here are a few pros and cons to bear in mind:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Unique and sophisticated look</li> <li>Various models available on the market</li> <li>Freedom to get creative when organising your bathroom</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When it comes to installation, freestanding baths are simpler to install compared to built-in baths. However, they can also be a bit heavier and consume more space, which is why it&rsquo;s advisable to think about the functionality and where it would be best to place them. Due to their weight, it&rsquo;s always a good idea to reinforce the supporting floor. We could strongly recommend seeking the help of one of our <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/installation-service/">recommended installers</a> when opting for freestanding bath, so that you&rsquo;re positive everything is in accordance with the safety standards.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/Copy%20of%20Copy%20of%20Fairs-5%20.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Another advantage of freestanding baths is the variety of styles and designs you can choose from. Various combinations of shapes, sizes, materials and colours ensure you achieve the exact feel you want in your space. You can also break the conventional layout for bathrooms and upgrade it into a serene, luxury haven, perfect for unwinding.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Cons:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Can be more costly than inset baths</li> <li>Limitations regarding where the bath can be placed in your bathroom</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Within our product range, you can find models at around the &pound;1,000 mark (for the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/cp-hart-rolltop-freestanding-bath/">C.P. Hart&nbsp;Roll Top bath</a>, a classy, quintessential Victorian cast iron bath) and up to &pound;13,800 (for exclusive <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/aquamass-modulo-biblio-freestanding-bath/">Aquamass&rsquo; Modulo Biblio Freestanding Bath</a>, perfect for luxurious, minimalist and contemporary bathrooms).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Before deciding, you should really think about this purchase as an investment. Unlike other bathroom elements that tend to be replaced more frequently (e.g. mirrors, decorations, bathroom cabinets and tiles), baths are more of a long-term fixture. This is why it&rsquo;s wise to put everything on paper and assess whether allocating a bit more of your budget to this purchase could be wise.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Another disadvantage comes down to your space limitations. Frequently, we get asked the following question:<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Can I put a freestanding bath in every bathroom?</em></strong></p> <p><br /> Unfortunately, freestanding baths cannot be fitted in every bathroom due to space limitations. However, you shouldn&rsquo;t disregard the potential your bathroom has. Although we&rsquo;re used to seeing freestanding baths in the centre of spacious bathrooms, they can also be incorporated in modestly sized bathrooms as well. You don&rsquo;t need to sacrifice your design vision. Here&rsquo;s a selection of some of the most <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/space-saving-baths/">beautiful space-saving baths</a> for you, so that you can enjoy some pampering time whatever your bathroom dimensions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>How big should my freestanding bath be?</em></strong><br /> <br /> In order to determine the perfect size of your freestanding bath, you should firstly calculate the amount of space you&rsquo;re working with. The dimensions are usually standardised, and the models are grouped into three categories:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Small freestanding baths (length: 55 inches, width: 27 inches, depth: 15 inches)</li> <li>Standard freestanding baths (length: 60 inches, width: 30 inches, depth: 19 inches)</li> <li>Large freestanding baths (length: 72 inches, width: 32 inches, depth: 20 inches)</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Keep in mind that, depending on the chosen design, baths might take up extra space. Also, a common mistake people tend to make is that they only measure the place where they intend to put the bath, but they forget about the additional space plumbing will consume. You need to think about the functionality of your space, not just the aesthetics.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Measure your available space multiple times and think about other possible issues, such as the size of the bath exceeding your door frame, as your bath will need to make it through the bathroom door! Planning these things through will prevent unpleasant surprises such as additional costs.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/Waterloo%20July%202019-1%20.jpg" style="height:490px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please do not be put off by all the practical considerations when purchasing a new bath, we offer a <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/retail-design-service/">full design and installation service,</a> where we can work with you to answer all these looming questions.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>What materials are freestanding baths made from?</em></strong><br /> <br /> Freestanding baths come in many different materials and they differ in appearance, quality, durability and maintenance requirements. It&rsquo;s good to get to know what each material offers before deciding on the model.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Acrylic</strong></p> <p>Acrylic freestanding baths are very popular today and they come in both traditional and contemporary designs. They are significantly lighter than baths made of other materials such as stone resin or cast iron, which makes them simpler to move and place. Acrylic is non-porous and of solid durability, although it is prone to warping. With consistent use over the time, the stability of the material gets weaker, which may result in crinkles and bumps at the bottom of your bath. However, these small issues can be easily fixed.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Cast iron</strong></p> <p>Cast-iron freestanding baths are the most durable and the heaviest on the market and require a reinforced flooring surface. They are produced in a traditional way: molten iron is poured into a mould, smoothed and covered with a coat of protective porcelain enamel. This makes the surface resistant to scratches and very easy to clean (we recommend a soft cloth and gentle cleanser). Compared to acrylic, cast-iron freestanding baths are more efficient at retaining heat, which makes them the perfect choice for those who love to indulge themselves with a long soak.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Natural stone, cast stone and stone resin</strong></p> <p>If you&rsquo;re aiming for a more natural-looking interior and want to bring organic materials to your bathroom, natural stone freestanding baths are the perfect choice. They are usually made of granite, marble and travertine, factory-processed and sealed to prevent leakage.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to natural stone freestanding baths, you can also opt for cast stone models which mimic the appearance of natural stones. These are made by mixing natural stone, cement and pigments. Since the material is completely man made, you can choose between many different styles and colours.</p> <p>Keep in mind, though, that cast stone is less durable compared to the natural stone. On the other hand, stone resin baths are aesthetically pleasing, have a reputation of being extremely durable, but they are also a bit more expensive.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Copper</strong></p> <p>Similar to cast iron, copper freestanding baths are great at retaining heat, allowing you to prolong your relaxing soak. In addition to other benefits, copper is considered to be one of the healthiest materials out there, given the fact it is naturally resistant to mold and bacteria. What&rsquo;s more, copper freestanding baths come in many different styles and can add a sense of regal luxury to your bathroom.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stainless steel</strong></p> <p>Stainless steel freestanding baths are typically reserved for more contemporary designs that imply clean, crisp lines and wonderfully crafted edges that fit into minimalist interiors. They have a solid construction and can be coated with enamel. The steel is usually effortless to clean and requires little maintenance. At first, the surface is a bit cold to touch, but once you fill it with warm water, it maintains the temperature for quite a while. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>How to choose freestanding bath style?</em></strong></p> <p>Before you choose your freestanding bath, there are several things to bear in mind:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Budget</li> <li>The amount of space you have</li> <li>The construction and strength of your floor</li> <li>The purpose of your freestanding bath (for example, if you intend to use it for long soaks, you need a material that retains heat, and a model that has solid depth and optimal dimensions, so you don&rsquo;t feel uncomfortable)</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With dozens of stunning designs available, you can tick everything you need off your list. However, it can be very hard to decide on your freestanding bath style. To help you make the right choice, we have grouped all the freestanding baths into three style categories:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Classic</strong></p> <p>If you want to bring a timeless appeal to your bathroom, classic freestanding baths are the best choice for you. A classic feel is usually incorporated through the overall design and shape, while using different materials and colours can bring a modern twist to the style. Take our <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/cp-hart-lincoln-freestanding-bath/">Lincoln Freestanding Bath</a>, for example &ndash; its scratch-resistant enamel can be complemented by any external colour. Double-ended, single slipper and double slipper designs should also be considered, if you opt for a classic style.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contemporary</strong></p> <p>Perhaps you want a design that&rsquo;s modern, sleek and elegant? If so, consider a more <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/baths/freestanding-baths/?style=contemporary">contemporary style</a> freestanding bath. These models are usually oval shaped and often have thin edges, giving them a modern and minimalist aesthetic. Contemporary freestanding baths can serve as chic statement pieces within a range of bathroom styles.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Cutting edge</strong></p> <p>If you decide to invest in a freestanding bath that&rsquo;s bordering on a piece of art, you might want to check out some of our cutting-edge models. These high-end designer pieces are original, luxurious and can bring a sense of theatre to your space. To understand this style better, check out this <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bette-lux-oval-couture-freestanding-bath/">Bette Lux Oval Couture Freestanding Bath </a>, crafted from enamelled titanium steel and resistant, waterproof materials, or this magnificent table-like <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bisazza-organico-freestanding-bath/">Bisazza Organico Freestanding Bath</a> with corresponding accessories.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Which bath tap to choose?</em></strong><br /> <br /> Of course, once you&rsquo;ve chosen your freestanding bath, you need to pick a bath mixer that will complement the style you aim for. When it comes to taps, you can opt for either floor-mounted bath taps or a wall-mounted tap.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Wall-mounted taps are installed through the bathroom wall, which might bring an additional burden on your budget as it will probably require extra work around your plumbing. Alternatively, floor-mounted taps are installed to the side of your bath or directly from the floor.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/Waterloo%20July%202019-7%20(2).jpg" style="height:724px; width:650px" /></p> <p>Bath taps are either:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Single handled (water temperature and flow are controlled by one handle)</li> <li>Double handled (water temperature and flow are controlled by two handles)</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ultimately, the mixer that you choose will largely depend on the position of your freestanding bath and the way that your plumbing is laid out.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As for the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps-shower-controls/bath/">style of tap</a>, you need to take into consideration the feel you&rsquo;re trying to create within your bathroom. Telephone-like taps date from the 1950s and they can bring a retro feeling to your space. English and Victorian-style taps are equally classy, while the modern styles are typically more compact and uncomplicated in their design. Bronze, chrome and nickel are the most commonly used materials. It&rsquo;s always advisable to test out the different styles of taps and to see them first-hand in order to make your decision, find your local showroom <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/">here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/WINC_BathSetA_chrome_pinkGround_winchester.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We hope this guide helped you to make a well-informed decision and find the perfect freestanding bath for you. To try out our selection of freestanding baths for yourself, we invite you to visit one of our local <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/">C.P. Hart&rsquo;s showrooms</a>, so you can fully appreciate the beauty, style and functionality our freestanding baths can bring to your home.</p> 0 A Guide To Buying Brassware https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/a-guide-to-buying-brassware/ https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/a-guide-to-buying-brassware/#comments Thurs, 15 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT https://www.cphart.co.uk/a-guide-to-buying-brassware/ <p>Choosing the perfect bathroom suite poses many questions, and although the choice of <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps/" target="_blank">brassware</a> may not be the first thing you decide on, it is important to the overall look. It&rsquo;s the finer details that can really add to your space and so choosing the right tap that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional is crucial when perfecting those finishing touches.<br /> <br /> There&rsquo;s a wide variety of styles on the market, from traditional through to contemporary Art Deco designs, and everything in between. From functional <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps-shower-controls/basin/" target="_blank">basin taps</a> to floor-standing <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps-shower-controls/bath/" target="_blank">bath fillers</a>, the perfect tap is out there to complete your bathroom. Our handy guide points out everything you need to consider before you choose.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog5.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <strong>First things first &ndash;&nbsp;check your water pressure</strong><br /> <br /> Before you begin perusing the various designs available, you will need to determine the type of water pressure system you have in your home. Most UK households operate from a low pressure gravity system, which consists of a water tank filled with cold water (usually stored in the loft) and a hot water cylinder (usually stored in the airing cupboard).<br /> <br /> The level of pressure the water outlet has is determined by height and gravity &ndash; in short, the higher your tank is stored, the greater the pressure. The majority of taps will work just fine from this kind of system, but if you&rsquo;re after a powerful showering experience, you will most likely need to explore other options.<br /> <br /> A combi boiler will heat cold water from the mains supply as soon as the tap is turned on, meaning a powerful burst of hot water can be achieved without the need for a separate tank. A cold mains supply is ideally suited to electric showers, as the heat of the water and pressure is determined by the choice of shower unit. The higher the kilowatt, the more powerful your water flow will be.<br /> <br /> If you need some help and advice as to what type of water system you have installed then you can speak to one of our <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/retail-design-service/" target="_blank">design experts</a> who will be happy to help.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog3.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Styles of brassware</strong><br /> <br /> The method by which your bath or basin is plumbed can help narrow down your search for the right brassware. A bath or basin with two pre-drilled holes will require a pair of pillar taps, whilst those with just one hole will require a basin mixer that runs both hot and cold water.<br /> <br /> From Art Deco-style three-piece basin mixers, to contemporary freestanding bath fillers, there are many styles of brassware available, all in a wide selection of finishes. The variety of choice is perfect as it means you can individualise your bathroom, but can also be a little overwhelming. Below we explain the different types of brassware available, as well as any practical considerations, so you can make an informed choice on which type of brassware will best suit your needs.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Pillar Taps</em>&nbsp;</strong><br /> This is the most traditional option. It has two separate taps that require either a two or three-hole basin, where the central hole is occupied by a taphole stopper or a pop-up waste lever.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog4.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <em><strong>Three-Hole Basin Mixer</strong></em><br /> This mixer has separate tap valves that feed water through a central spout. These mixers often incorporate a pop-up waste lever.<br /> <br /> <em><strong>Monobloc Basin Mixer</strong></em><br /> This type of brassware occupies a single taphole and is available in both traditional and modern styles. Traditional monobloc mixers incorporate separate hot and cold handwheels, whereas the contemporary alternatives are more often in the style of a single lever that controls both flow and temperature.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog8.jpg" style="height:472px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <em><strong>One-Piece Bath Filler</strong></em><br /> Fitting two standard tapholes, this single classic unit features separate controls and a central spout. Adjustments can be made to enable mounting behind the rim, on floor legs or onto the wall.<br /> <br /> <em><strong>Three-Piece Bath Filler</strong></em>&nbsp;<br /> Two tap valves and a spout can be mounted either on the side or end of the bath, or on the wall. This flexible configuration gives the option of mounting the pieces in unconventional positions, providing the projection of the spout is sufficient to go over the rim of the bath. In a contemporary setting, the spout could even be replaced with an overflow filler.<br /> <br /> <em><strong>Bath/Shower Mixers</strong></em><br /> Available in traditional and contemporary styles, these offer a versatile bathroom solution, with a diverter switching water flow from spout to shower head as required. Traditionally, the shower handset rests in a cradle above the taps. Selected ranges can be fitted onto decorative, freestanding floor legs for use with freestanding baths or may be converted to mount on the wall. Contemporary freestanding versions are also available, typically as an all-in-one unit with a single lever mixer.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog.jpg" style="height:318px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <em><strong>Four-Piece Bath/Shower Mixer</strong></em><br /> This type of mixer consists of two tap valves, a spout with a diverter and a hand shower, and requires four separate tapholes. This means that the bath will have to be specially drilled to order.<br /> <br /> <em><strong>Five-Piece Bath Shower Mixer</strong></em><br /> Offering the same features and benefits as the four-piece mixer, this set requires an additional taphole as the diverter is a separate unit.<br /> <br /> <strong>Style</strong><br /> <br /> Whether you opt for pillar or mixer, both types have a number of styles, ranging from Victorian chic right up to more cutting-edge looks. Getting the right style of taps is important to completing your space and will help emphasise the look you want to achieve.<br /> <br /> There are traditional designs of both pillar and mixer taps, some of which are perfect if you&rsquo;re going for a vintage style, whereas others combine old and new styles.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog6.jpg" style="height:434px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> For a contemporary suite that&rsquo;s going to be real feature in your house, you are spoilt for choice as there are a number of designs on offer, from sleek minimalist looks to more unusual, avant-garde styles to get that off-the-wall look.<br /> <br /> If you fancy that &lsquo;home spa&rsquo; feel, then you might want to consider the luxury of a waterfall bath tap, which adds a touch of class to your suite for the ultimate indulgence.<br /> <br /> <strong>Finishes</strong><br /> <br /> Alternative plated finishes are available on some ranges, but the options do vary. Plating is undertaken to the highest standards to ensure the longevity of the finish. Care must be taken when cleaning plated finishes to avoid damage. We recommend you do not use abrasive or chemical cleaners.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog7.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Wastes</strong><br /> <br /> To co-ordinate with tap finishes, we offer a range of wastes in chain or pop-up styles for basins, bidets and baths, where the waste is not incorporated or supplied. We also offer decorative metal exposed wastes and waste kits for use with classic roll-top baths.<br /> <br /> <strong>Practical considerations:</strong><br /> <br /> &bull; Make sure you choose brassware in a style that&rsquo;s in keeping with the overall look you want to achieve.&nbsp;<br /> &bull; If you choose a wall-mounted tap, it should be positioned so the water flows directly onto the plughole.<br /> &bull; Brassware is available in different materials, so consider how much maintenance will be needed, as this may affect your choice.<br /> &bull; There are many types of taps, so bear this in mind when choosing a basin or bath. For example, if you have an inset basin you are likely to need a wall-mounted basin mixer.<br /> &bull; Check your water pressure to make sure you get the most from your bathroom, as different brassware will work best at different water pressures.</p> <p>Choosing the perfect bathroom suite poses many questions, and although the choice of <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps/" target="_blank">brassware</a> may not be the first thing you decide on, it is important to the overall look. It&rsquo;s the finer details that can really add to your space and so choosing the right tap that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional is crucial when perfecting those finishing touches.<br /> <br /> There&rsquo;s a wide variety of styles on the market, from traditional through to contemporary Art Deco designs, and everything in between. From functional <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps-shower-controls/basin/" target="_blank">basin taps</a> to floor-standing <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps-shower-controls/bath/" target="_blank">bath fillers</a>, the perfect tap is out there to complete your bathroom. Our handy guide points out everything you need to consider before you choose.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog5.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <strong>First things first &ndash;&nbsp;check your water pressure</strong><br /> <br /> Before you begin perusing the various designs available, you will need to determine the type of water pressure system you have in your home. Most UK households operate from a low pressure gravity system, which consists of a water tank filled with cold water (usually stored in the loft) and a hot water cylinder (usually stored in the airing cupboard).<br /> <br /> The level of pressure the water outlet has is determined by height and gravity &ndash; in short, the higher your tank is stored, the greater the pressure. The majority of taps will work just fine from this kind of system, but if you&rsquo;re after a powerful showering experience, you will most likely need to explore other options.<br /> <br /> A combi boiler will heat cold water from the mains supply as soon as the tap is turned on, meaning a powerful burst of hot water can be achieved without the need for a separate tank. A cold mains supply is ideally suited to electric showers, as the heat of the water and pressure is determined by the choice of shower unit. The higher the kilowatt, the more powerful your water flow will be.<br /> <br /> If you need some help and advice as to what type of water system you have installed then you can speak to one of our <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/retail-design-service/" target="_blank">design experts</a> who will be happy to help.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog3.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Styles of brassware</strong><br /> <br /> The method by which your bath or basin is plumbed can help narrow down your search for the right brassware. A bath or basin with two pre-drilled holes will require a pair of pillar taps, whilst those with just one hole will require a basin mixer that runs both hot and cold water.<br /> <br /> From Art Deco-style three-piece basin mixers, to contemporary freestanding bath fillers, there are many styles of brassware available, all in a wide selection of finishes. The variety of choice is perfect as it means you can individualise your bathroom, but can also be a little overwhelming. Below we explain the different types of brassware available, as well as any practical considerations, so you can make an informed choice on which type of brassware will best suit your needs.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Pillar Taps</em>&nbsp;</strong><br /> This is the most traditional option. It has two separate taps that require either a two or three-hole basin, where the central hole is occupied by a taphole stopper or a pop-up waste lever.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog4.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <em><strong>Three-Hole Basin Mixer</strong></em><br /> This mixer has separate tap valves that feed water through a central spout. These mixers often incorporate a pop-up waste lever.<br /> <br /> <em><strong>Monobloc Basin Mixer</strong></em><br /> This type of brassware occupies a single taphole and is available in both traditional and modern styles. Traditional monobloc mixers incorporate separate hot and cold handwheels, whereas the contemporary alternatives are more often in the style of a single lever that controls both flow and temperature.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog8.jpg" style="height:472px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <em><strong>One-Piece Bath Filler</strong></em><br /> Fitting two standard tapholes, this single classic unit features separate controls and a central spout. Adjustments can be made to enable mounting behind the rim, on floor legs or onto the wall.<br /> <br /> <em><strong>Three-Piece Bath Filler</strong></em>&nbsp;<br /> Two tap valves and a spout can be mounted either on the side or end of the bath, or on the wall. This flexible configuration gives the option of mounting the pieces in unconventional positions, providing the projection of the spout is sufficient to go over the rim of the bath. In a contemporary setting, the spout could even be replaced with an overflow filler.<br /> <br /> <em><strong>Bath/Shower Mixers</strong></em><br /> Available in traditional and contemporary styles, these offer a versatile bathroom solution, with a diverter switching water flow from spout to shower head as required. Traditionally, the shower handset rests in a cradle above the taps. Selected ranges can be fitted onto decorative, freestanding floor legs for use with freestanding baths or may be converted to mount on the wall. Contemporary freestanding versions are also available, typically as an all-in-one unit with a single lever mixer.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog.jpg" style="height:318px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <em><strong>Four-Piece Bath/Shower Mixer</strong></em><br /> This type of mixer consists of two tap valves, a spout with a diverter and a hand shower, and requires four separate tapholes. This means that the bath will have to be specially drilled to order.<br /> <br /> <em><strong>Five-Piece Bath Shower Mixer</strong></em><br /> Offering the same features and benefits as the four-piece mixer, this set requires an additional taphole as the diverter is a separate unit.<br /> <br /> <strong>Style</strong><br /> <br /> Whether you opt for pillar or mixer, both types have a number of styles, ranging from Victorian chic right up to more cutting-edge looks. Getting the right style of taps is important to completing your space and will help emphasise the look you want to achieve.<br /> <br /> There are traditional designs of both pillar and mixer taps, some of which are perfect if you&rsquo;re going for a vintage style, whereas others combine old and new styles.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog6.jpg" style="height:434px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> For a contemporary suite that&rsquo;s going to be real feature in your house, you are spoilt for choice as there are a number of designs on offer, from sleek minimalist looks to more unusual, avant-garde styles to get that off-the-wall look.<br /> <br /> If you fancy that &lsquo;home spa&rsquo; feel, then you might want to consider the luxury of a waterfall bath tap, which adds a touch of class to your suite for the ultimate indulgence.<br /> <br /> <strong>Finishes</strong><br /> <br /> Alternative plated finishes are available on some ranges, but the options do vary. Plating is undertaken to the highest standards to ensure the longevity of the finish. Care must be taken when cleaning plated finishes to avoid damage. We recommend you do not use abrasive or chemical cleaners.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/A%20guide%20to%20buying%20brassware%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog7.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Wastes</strong><br /> <br /> To co-ordinate with tap finishes, we offer a range of wastes in chain or pop-up styles for basins, bidets and baths, where the waste is not incorporated or supplied. We also offer decorative metal exposed wastes and waste kits for use with classic roll-top baths.<br /> <br /> <strong>Practical considerations:</strong><br /> <br /> &bull; Make sure you choose brassware in a style that&rsquo;s in keeping with the overall look you want to achieve.&nbsp;<br /> &bull; If you choose a wall-mounted tap, it should be positioned so the water flows directly onto the plughole.<br /> &bull; Brassware is available in different materials, so consider how much maintenance will be needed, as this may affect your choice.<br /> &bull; There are many types of taps, so bear this in mind when choosing a basin or bath. For example, if you have an inset basin you are likely to need a wall-mounted basin mixer.<br /> &bull; Check your water pressure to make sure you get the most from your bathroom, as different brassware will work best at different water pressures.</p> 0 How To Choose The Right Pieces For Your Bathroom https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/how-to-choose-the-right-pieces-for-your-bathroom/ https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/how-to-choose-the-right-pieces-for-your-bathroom/#comments Weds, 07 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT https://www.cphart.co.uk/how-to-choose-the-right-pieces-for-your-bathroom/ <p>When it comes to creating your dream bathroom, the choice can seem overwhelming. From basins to baths, taps to toilets, it can be hard to know where to start. So, to break the process down into more bitesize chunks, we asked <strong>C.P. Hart&rsquo;s Head of Retail Design, Yousef Mansuri</strong>, what to consider when selecting the perfect elements for your space&hellip;<br /> <br /> <em><strong>Q. With so much choice on offer, how do you decide what you need in your own space?</strong></em><br /> <br /> <em><strong>A.</strong></em> As Head of Retail Design at C.P. Hart, I always advise customers to think about who will use the space. For example, in a family bathroom you might want plenty of storage to keep the room uncluttered, but the priority in a master en-suite might be to have twin <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/basins/" target="_blank">basins</a>. We are also seeing more demand at the moment for twin <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showers/shower-heads/" target="_blank">shower heads</a> in one big walk-in shower area, which suits couples who get ready at the same time in the morning.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/How%20to%20choose%20the%20right%20bathroom%20pieces%202%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog.jpg" style="height:434px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <em><strong>Q. What is the best way to choose bathroom products?</strong></em><br /> <br /> <em><strong>A.</strong></em> There&rsquo;s no substitute for going to <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/" target="_blank">visit a showroom</a> to help you identify the styles you like and to see products in the flesh. Do you prefer traditional and classic looks, or do you have a more contemporary and cutting-edge mood in mind? At the moment, there is a fantastic level of choice available &ndash; from entire collections primarily designed to suit compact spaces, to the latest innovations including bespoke sauna-hammam systems.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/How%20to%20choose%20the%20right%20bathroom%20pieces%205%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <em><strong>Q. Can you tell us about some of the key points to consider?</strong></em><br /> <br /> <em><strong>A.</strong></em> Is has been great to see so much clever and joyful use of colour and pattern coming through, along with the variety of bathroom wallpaper and furniture-style products that are being influenced by living area design. Try to bring some of the &lsquo;softness&rsquo; of bedroom design into the bathroom with walls painted or papered, rather than tiled, and decorative lighting and mirrors. Why not include an upholstered chair or chaise longue, if you have the space? Floors are best tiled, but a washable rug can add some warmth and texture.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/How%20to%20choose%20the%20right%20bathroom%20pieces%204%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <em><strong>Q. What is your top tip for ensuring a successful project?</strong></em><br /> <br /> <em><strong>A.</strong></em> Make sure there is enough <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bathroom-furniture/" target="_blank">storage</a>! We have so many lotions and potions these days that it makes sense to have drawers and cabinets to help keep surfaces uncluttered, but with just enough storage for nice bottles of fragrance and accessories you want to have on display.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/How%20to%20choose%20the%20right%20bathroom%20pieces%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog.jpg" style="height:434px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <strong>If you&#39;re looking to renovate your bathroom and transform it into your dream space, then our <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/retail-design-service/" target="_blank">Professional Design Service</a> could be for you. Make an appointment from any of our 15 showrooms and you can start working with a dedicated, fully qualified C.P. Hart interior designer to guide you through the process.</strong></p> <p>When it comes to creating your dream bathroom, the choice can seem overwhelming. From basins to baths, taps to toilets, it can be hard to know where to start. So, to break the process down into more bitesize chunks, we asked <strong>C.P. Hart&rsquo;s Head of Retail Design, Yousef Mansuri</strong>, what to consider when selecting the perfect elements for your space&hellip;<br /> <br /> <em><strong>Q. With so much choice on offer, how do you decide what you need in your own space?</strong></em><br /> <br /> <em><strong>A.</strong></em> As Head of Retail Design at C.P. Hart, I always advise customers to think about who will use the space. For example, in a family bathroom you might want plenty of storage to keep the room uncluttered, but the priority in a master en-suite might be to have twin <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/basins/" target="_blank">basins</a>. We are also seeing more demand at the moment for twin <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showers/shower-heads/" target="_blank">shower heads</a> in one big walk-in shower area, which suits couples who get ready at the same time in the morning.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/How%20to%20choose%20the%20right%20bathroom%20pieces%202%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog.jpg" style="height:434px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <em><strong>Q. What is the best way to choose bathroom products?</strong></em><br /> <br /> <em><strong>A.</strong></em> There&rsquo;s no substitute for going to <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/" target="_blank">visit a showroom</a> to help you identify the styles you like and to see products in the flesh. Do you prefer traditional and classic looks, or do you have a more contemporary and cutting-edge mood in mind? At the moment, there is a fantastic level of choice available &ndash; from entire collections primarily designed to suit compact spaces, to the latest innovations including bespoke sauna-hammam systems.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/How%20to%20choose%20the%20right%20bathroom%20pieces%205%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <em><strong>Q. Can you tell us about some of the key points to consider?</strong></em><br /> <br /> <em><strong>A.</strong></em> Is has been great to see so much clever and joyful use of colour and pattern coming through, along with the variety of bathroom wallpaper and furniture-style products that are being influenced by living area design. Try to bring some of the &lsquo;softness&rsquo; of bedroom design into the bathroom with walls painted or papered, rather than tiled, and decorative lighting and mirrors. Why not include an upholstered chair or chaise longue, if you have the space? Floors are best tiled, but a washable rug can add some warmth and texture.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/How%20to%20choose%20the%20right%20bathroom%20pieces%204%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog.jpg" style="height:433px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <em><strong>Q. What is your top tip for ensuring a successful project?</strong></em><br /> <br /> <em><strong>A.</strong></em> Make sure there is enough <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bathroom-furniture/" target="_blank">storage</a>! We have so many lotions and potions these days that it makes sense to have drawers and cabinets to help keep surfaces uncluttered, but with just enough storage for nice bottles of fragrance and accessories you want to have on display.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/How%20to%20choose%20the%20right%20bathroom%20pieces%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog.jpg" style="height:434px; width:650px" /><br /> <br /> <strong>If you&#39;re looking to renovate your bathroom and transform it into your dream space, then our <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/retail-design-service/" target="_blank">Professional Design Service</a> could be for you. Make an appointment from any of our 15 showrooms and you can start working with a dedicated, fully qualified C.P. Hart interior designer to guide you through the process.</strong></p> 0 Why Choose a Japanese <br> High-Tech Toilet? https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/why-choose-a-japanese-high-tech-toilet/ https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/why-choose-a-japanese-high-tech-toilet/#comments Thurs, 25 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT https://www.cphart.co.uk/why-choose-a-japanese-high-tech-toilet/ <p>Japan has a unique and multifaceted culture. On the one hand, it&rsquo;s known as a place of rapid technological development, amazing innovations and incredible scientific breakthroughs. On the other hand, the land of the rising sun has a rich cultural heritage and a tradition that&rsquo;s thousands of years old. From the famous samurai warriors and the country&rsquo;s dedication to martial arts, to its world-renowned cuisine and stunning horticultural art, Japan is steeped in history.<br /> <br /> One of the elements that sets Japan apart from the rest of the world from a technological point of view are its standards of hygiene. Rooted in Buddhism philosophy, the Japanese sense of cleanliness can be seen in the country&rsquo;s culture of taking baths in order to purify themselves. What&rsquo;s more, the development of the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/search/?term=washlets">&lsquo;washlet&rsquo; toilet</a> is also inspired by the Japanese way of life and its desire for a level of hygiene above any norms.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/TOTO%20bathroom%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog.jpg" style="height:364px; width:650px" /><br /> <span style="font-size:10px"><em>TOTO bathroom suite</em></span><br /> <br /> <strong>Technological advances</strong><br /> <br /> So, what makes them different? Firstly, the lids open and close automatically once you approach the toilets and then move away from it after use. This mimics the way Japanese taxis work &ndash; once you come close to the door, they automatically open &ndash; and the custom of showing respect through a deep bow.<br /> <br /> <strong>Comfort and discretion</strong><br /> <br /> When the lid opens and you take a seat, you might be surprised to find that the seat is warm. The heat is generated by the built-in heater that warms the seat to your approximate body temperature in order to provide you with the most pleasant toilet experience possible. There are also built-in speakers that release a flushing sound for maximum discretion when it comes to noise, along with odour neutralisers and deodorants to keep the bathroom air smelling fresh.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/TOTO%20SG%20washlet%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog.jpg" style="height:363px; width:650px" /><br /> <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/toto-sg-washlet-shower-toilet/"><span style="font-size:10px"><em>TOTO&nbsp;SG washlet</em></span></a><br /> <br /> <strong>A personalised washing experience</strong><br /> <br /> Japanese toilets are actually a high-tech combination of bidets and toilets. The toilet comes with a whole set of buttons. Each button has a unique function that allows you to choose a specific setting for cleaning yourself after use. For instance, you can select warm water to spray from a nozzle beneath at an optimal angle for the highest level of hygiene. You can also select the intensity and direction of the spray and adjust it to your preferences.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>First-class cleanliness</strong><br /> <br /> Furthermore, the nozzle self-cleans after each use &ndash; a special cleanser sterilizes inside and outside of the nozzle, ensuring everything is completely clean after every use. This shows respect for the next toilet user, but also for the environment as well. Depending on the exact model, there are different ways to flush &ndash; by manually pressing down or turning the lever, by waving in front of a sensor or by pressing a button. Also, certain models of Japanese toilets automatically flush once you leave the seat. Some even use partially electrolysed flush water, which leaves the surface stain-free and immaculate.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/TOTO%20bathroom%20suite%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog.jpg" style="height:364px; width:650px" /><br /> <span style="font-size:10px"><em>TOTO bathroom suite</em></span><br /> <br /> <strong>What are the advantages of a Japanese toilet?</strong><br /> <br /> This technologically advanced bathroom culture is spreading from Japan to the rest of the world. There are several benefits of having a Japanese toilet:</p> <ul> <li><em><strong>An optimal level of hygiene</strong></em></li> </ul> <p>Japanese toilets are very hygienic, both for the users and for the household. With the aforementioned self-cleaning features, you don&rsquo;t have to roll up your sleeves and brush inside of the toilet. In addition, the nozzle enables you to experience a pleasant feeling of purity every time you&rsquo;ve finished using the toilet.</p> <ul> <li><em><strong>Exceptional comfort</strong></em></li> </ul> <p>Japanese toilets also provide incredible comfort. Heated seats provide warmth and some high-end models are even made of antibacterial materials, ensuring a healthy visit to the WC. Various nozzle options enable you to personalise your bathroom experience according to your preferences.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/TOTO%20Neorest%20EW%20washlet%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog.jpg" style="height:430px; width:650px" /><br /> <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/toto-neorest-ew-wallmounted-pan-washlet/"><span style="font-size:10px"><em>TOTO Neorest EW washlet</em></span></a></p> <ul> <li><em><strong>Eco-friendly</strong></em></li> </ul> <p>With Japanese toilets, you can reduce the amount of toilet paper you use, which is both eco-friendly and beneficial to your household budget. In addition, many people take showers after using the toilet, but with a built-in cleaning nozzle, you can save both time and water consumption.</p> <ul> <li><em><strong>Contemporary design</strong></em></li> </ul> <p>Last but not least, we cannot skip the aesthetics when talking about Japanese toilets. The various models flaunt high-tech and sleek designs, which aligns with Japan&rsquo;s love of all things modern. They can fit in any type of bathroom, but they surely make the perfect choice for contemporary interiors with a futuristic touch. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Would you choose a Japanese-style washlet for your home?<br /> <br /> <strong><em>View our comprehensive collection of <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/japanese-toilets">Japanese toilets online</a> or <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/">v</a><a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/">isit&nbsp;one of our C.P. Hart showrooms</a>&nbsp;to browse our wide range of beautiful and functional toilets, along with all of&nbsp;the other bathroom elements you need to create your dream bathroom.</em></strong></p> <p>Japan has a unique and multifaceted culture. On the one hand, it&rsquo;s known as a place of rapid technological development, amazing innovations and incredible scientific breakthroughs. On the other hand, the land of the rising sun has a rich cultural heritage and a tradition that&rsquo;s thousands of years old. From the famous samurai warriors and the country&rsquo;s dedication to martial arts, to its world-renowned cuisine and stunning horticultural art, Japan is steeped in history.<br /> <br /> One of the elements that sets Japan apart from the rest of the world from a technological point of view are its standards of hygiene. Rooted in Buddhism philosophy, the Japanese sense of cleanliness can be seen in the country&rsquo;s culture of taking baths in order to purify themselves. What&rsquo;s more, the development of the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/search/?term=washlets">&lsquo;washlet&rsquo; toilet</a> is also inspired by the Japanese way of life and its desire for a level of hygiene above any norms.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/TOTO%20bathroom%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog.jpg" style="height:364px; width:650px" /><br /> <span style="font-size:10px"><em>TOTO bathroom suite</em></span><br /> <br /> <strong>Technological advances</strong><br /> <br /> So, what makes them different? Firstly, the lids open and close automatically once you approach the toilets and then move away from it after use. This mimics the way Japanese taxis work &ndash; once you come close to the door, they automatically open &ndash; and the custom of showing respect through a deep bow.<br /> <br /> <strong>Comfort and discretion</strong><br /> <br /> When the lid opens and you take a seat, you might be surprised to find that the seat is warm. The heat is generated by the built-in heater that warms the seat to your approximate body temperature in order to provide you with the most pleasant toilet experience possible. There are also built-in speakers that release a flushing sound for maximum discretion when it comes to noise, along with odour neutralisers and deodorants to keep the bathroom air smelling fresh.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/TOTO%20SG%20washlet%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog.jpg" style="height:363px; width:650px" /><br /> <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/toto-sg-washlet-shower-toilet/"><span style="font-size:10px"><em>TOTO&nbsp;SG washlet</em></span></a><br /> <br /> <strong>A personalised washing experience</strong><br /> <br /> Japanese toilets are actually a high-tech combination of bidets and toilets. The toilet comes with a whole set of buttons. Each button has a unique function that allows you to choose a specific setting for cleaning yourself after use. For instance, you can select warm water to spray from a nozzle beneath at an optimal angle for the highest level of hygiene. You can also select the intensity and direction of the spray and adjust it to your preferences.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>First-class cleanliness</strong><br /> <br /> Furthermore, the nozzle self-cleans after each use &ndash; a special cleanser sterilizes inside and outside of the nozzle, ensuring everything is completely clean after every use. This shows respect for the next toilet user, but also for the environment as well. Depending on the exact model, there are different ways to flush &ndash; by manually pressing down or turning the lever, by waving in front of a sensor or by pressing a button. Also, certain models of Japanese toilets automatically flush once you leave the seat. Some even use partially electrolysed flush water, which leaves the surface stain-free and immaculate.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/TOTO%20bathroom%20suite%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog.jpg" style="height:364px; width:650px" /><br /> <span style="font-size:10px"><em>TOTO bathroom suite</em></span><br /> <br /> <strong>What are the advantages of a Japanese toilet?</strong><br /> <br /> This technologically advanced bathroom culture is spreading from Japan to the rest of the world. There are several benefits of having a Japanese toilet:</p> <ul> <li><em><strong>An optimal level of hygiene</strong></em></li> </ul> <p>Japanese toilets are very hygienic, both for the users and for the household. With the aforementioned self-cleaning features, you don&rsquo;t have to roll up your sleeves and brush inside of the toilet. In addition, the nozzle enables you to experience a pleasant feeling of purity every time you&rsquo;ve finished using the toilet.</p> <ul> <li><em><strong>Exceptional comfort</strong></em></li> </ul> <p>Japanese toilets also provide incredible comfort. Heated seats provide warmth and some high-end models are even made of antibacterial materials, ensuring a healthy visit to the WC. Various nozzle options enable you to personalise your bathroom experience according to your preferences.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/TOTO%20Neorest%20EW%20washlet%20via%20C_P_%20Hart%20blog.jpg" style="height:430px; width:650px" /><br /> <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/toto-neorest-ew-wallmounted-pan-washlet/"><span style="font-size:10px"><em>TOTO Neorest EW washlet</em></span></a></p> <ul> <li><em><strong>Eco-friendly</strong></em></li> </ul> <p>With Japanese toilets, you can reduce the amount of toilet paper you use, which is both eco-friendly and beneficial to your household budget. In addition, many people take showers after using the toilet, but with a built-in cleaning nozzle, you can save both time and water consumption.</p> <ul> <li><em><strong>Contemporary design</strong></em></li> </ul> <p>Last but not least, we cannot skip the aesthetics when talking about Japanese toilets. The various models flaunt high-tech and sleek designs, which aligns with Japan&rsquo;s love of all things modern. They can fit in any type of bathroom, but they surely make the perfect choice for contemporary interiors with a futuristic touch. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Would you choose a Japanese-style washlet for your home?<br /> <br /> <strong><em>View our comprehensive collection of <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/japanese-toilets">Japanese toilets online</a> or <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/">v</a><a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/">isit&nbsp;one of our C.P. Hart showrooms</a>&nbsp;to browse our wide range of beautiful and functional toilets, along with all of&nbsp;the other bathroom elements you need to create your dream bathroom.</em></strong></p> 0 New & Exclusive Tile Collections https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/new--exclusive-tile-collections/ https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/new--exclusive-tile-collections/#comments Tues, 23 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT https://www.cphart.co.uk/new--exclusive-tile-collections/ <p>As the leading source of bathroom inspiration, we are constantly expanding our product range to offer the best in bespoke bathroom design. We have recently introduced an extensive new range of contemporary porcelain <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/tiles/">tiles</a> to our existing <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/tiles/">exclusive tile offering.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/tiles/">Tiles</a> are a very versatile choice for bathrooms and wet rooms. Hardwearing and extremely practical, there are thousands of styles and colours to choose from &ndash; with new technological innovations meaning that many porcelain <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/tiles/">tiles</a> can now be digitally printed to mimic real wood, marble and stone. Our head of design, Yousef Mansuri comments, &ldquo;<em>Porcelain tiles are fantastic. As ink-jet technology has improved dramatically over the last 10 years, manufacturers can create some of the most beautiful and realistic stone lookalikes - porcelain is now a genuine alternative to real stone. A strong non-porous surface with a reduced weight, a porcelain tile wall or floor is incredibly easy to maintain and will stay looking clean and smooth in years to come.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/renna-tiles/"><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/Tile-Blog-1.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our new collection welcomes in several neutral and patterned designs in varying sizes to allow for as much individualisation as possible. Earthy and muted tones continue to prove popular in bathroom design, so we&rsquo;ve created a range of industrial-inspired greys for our <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/boeri-tiles/">Boeri range</a>; presenting a new development in technical, non-enamelled porcelain. Gentler greys can be found in our new <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/scarpa-tiles/">Scarpa tiles</a> which are available as both floor and wall <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/tiles/">tiles</a>, giving the opportunity for seamless integration throughout the bathroom. Once again, the muted palette and concrete-style finish provides a minimalist alternative to more traditional designs. Other muted designs can be found in our new <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/elia-tiles/">Elia</a>, Palladio and <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/leoni-tiles/">Leoni</a> ranges.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/leoni-tiles/"><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/Tile-Blog-2.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>While the most popular colour palette tends to be light and natural, there are some bolder hues on the market if you are looking for something a little bit different. <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/renna-tiles/">Our Renna collection</a> is simple in design, but the colourful brick-shaped and glazed <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/tiles/">tiles</a> offer a much more vibrant substitute. Its distressed edging and glossy finish intend a decadent aesthetic. 2019 is all about the colourful bathroom as a myriad of new shades and finishes emerge. Colour is staging a comeback and we&rsquo;re seeing a huge move towards colour contrasts within the bathroom &ndash; between <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bathroom-furniture/">furniture</a>, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/toilets/">sanitaryware</a> and <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps/">brassware</a>. This is where bold bathroom tiles can really come into their own and unite a vibrant scheme together. For example, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/cp-hart-collaborate-with-2lg-studio/">our recent bathroom design with 2LG Studio</a> featured bright red taps from <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/fantini/">Fantini</a> and a pale pink bath from <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bette/">Bette</a>. The pieces were pulled together using red and pink mosaic tiles from <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bisazza/">Bisazza</a>, creating a playful yet cohesive scheme.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/Tile-Blog-3.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As individualisation becomes increasingly important in design, it isn&rsquo;t just colour that makes a difference. The ability to personalise laying patterns and finishes is also key. Our new <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/soleri-tiles/">Soleri range</a> is made up of hexagonal and chevron shapes which permits numerous pattern options. With a natural wood finish in soft colourways, the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/tiles/">tiles</a> can be used across walls and floor for maximum design flexibility.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/tiles/"><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/Tile-Blog-4.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When choosing floor<a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/tiles/"> tiles</a>, make sure that they are non-slip but not too textured. You want to make sure they have grip &ndash; a rating of R9-10 is ideal - but if they are too textured lime scale and discoloration can easily build up. It&rsquo;s also wise to consider under-floor heating, especially if you are tiling a wet room space. Electric matting is easy to install and very reasonable, cost-wise, to run and will not only help to heat the bathroom but will dry out wet floors in super quick time. It is also&nbsp;much easier to install than water-based under floor heating systems.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/soleri-tiles/"><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/Tile-Blog-5.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Choosing your <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/tiles/">bathroom tiles</a> can be a bewildering experience with all the variability of styles, quality and sizes. However, our extensive Tile Library in our <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/waterloo/">Waterloo showroom</a> offers the perfect destination for inspiration. All our tiles are manufactured from hand-picked plants in Italy and Spain and each collection is fully vitrified to create a hard, stain resistant surface. Request stock samples in store to take home for matching purposes. Alternatively, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/shop-our-brochures/">download our new Tile brochure</a> for the latest ranges and bespoke options.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As the leading source of bathroom inspiration, we are constantly expanding our product range to offer the best in bespoke bathroom design. We have recently introduced an extensive new range of contemporary porcelain <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/tiles/">tiles</a> to our existing <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/tiles/">exclusive tile offering.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/tiles/">Tiles</a> are a very versatile choice for bathrooms and wet rooms. Hardwearing and extremely practical, there are thousands of styles and colours to choose from &ndash; with new technological innovations meaning that many porcelain <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/tiles/">tiles</a> can now be digitally printed to mimic real wood, marble and stone. Our head of design, Yousef Mansuri comments, &ldquo;<em>Porcelain tiles are fantastic. As ink-jet technology has improved dramatically over the last 10 years, manufacturers can create some of the most beautiful and realistic stone lookalikes - porcelain is now a genuine alternative to real stone. A strong non-porous surface with a reduced weight, a porcelain tile wall or floor is incredibly easy to maintain and will stay looking clean and smooth in years to come.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/renna-tiles/"><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/Tile-Blog-1.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our new collection welcomes in several neutral and patterned designs in varying sizes to allow for as much individualisation as possible. Earthy and muted tones continue to prove popular in bathroom design, so we&rsquo;ve created a range of industrial-inspired greys for our <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/boeri-tiles/">Boeri range</a>; presenting a new development in technical, non-enamelled porcelain. Gentler greys can be found in our new <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/scarpa-tiles/">Scarpa tiles</a> which are available as both floor and wall <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/tiles/">tiles</a>, giving the opportunity for seamless integration throughout the bathroom. Once again, the muted palette and concrete-style finish provides a minimalist alternative to more traditional designs. Other muted designs can be found in our new <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/elia-tiles/">Elia</a>, Palladio and <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/leoni-tiles/">Leoni</a> ranges.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/leoni-tiles/"><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/Tile-Blog-2.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>While the most popular colour palette tends to be light and natural, there are some bolder hues on the market if you are looking for something a little bit different. <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/renna-tiles/">Our Renna collection</a> is simple in design, but the colourful brick-shaped and glazed <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/tiles/">tiles</a> offer a much more vibrant substitute. Its distressed edging and glossy finish intend a decadent aesthetic. 2019 is all about the colourful bathroom as a myriad of new shades and finishes emerge. Colour is staging a comeback and we&rsquo;re seeing a huge move towards colour contrasts within the bathroom &ndash; between <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bathroom-furniture/">furniture</a>, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/toilets/">sanitaryware</a> and <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps/">brassware</a>. This is where bold bathroom tiles can really come into their own and unite a vibrant scheme together. For example, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/cp-hart-collaborate-with-2lg-studio/">our recent bathroom design with 2LG Studio</a> featured bright red taps from <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/fantini/">Fantini</a> and a pale pink bath from <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bette/">Bette</a>. The pieces were pulled together using red and pink mosaic tiles from <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bisazza/">Bisazza</a>, creating a playful yet cohesive scheme.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/Tile-Blog-3.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As individualisation becomes increasingly important in design, it isn&rsquo;t just colour that makes a difference. The ability to personalise laying patterns and finishes is also key. Our new <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/soleri-tiles/">Soleri range</a> is made up of hexagonal and chevron shapes which permits numerous pattern options. With a natural wood finish in soft colourways, the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/tiles/">tiles</a> can be used across walls and floor for maximum design flexibility.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/tiles/"><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/Tile-Blog-4.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When choosing floor<a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/tiles/"> tiles</a>, make sure that they are non-slip but not too textured. You want to make sure they have grip &ndash; a rating of R9-10 is ideal - but if they are too textured lime scale and discoloration can easily build up. It&rsquo;s also wise to consider under-floor heating, especially if you are tiling a wet room space. Electric matting is easy to install and very reasonable, cost-wise, to run and will not only help to heat the bathroom but will dry out wet floors in super quick time. It is also&nbsp;much easier to install than water-based under floor heating systems.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/soleri-tiles/"><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/Tile-Blog-5.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Choosing your <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/tiles/">bathroom tiles</a> can be a bewildering experience with all the variability of styles, quality and sizes. However, our extensive Tile Library in our <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/waterloo/">Waterloo showroom</a> offers the perfect destination for inspiration. All our tiles are manufactured from hand-picked plants in Italy and Spain and each collection is fully vitrified to create a hard, stain resistant surface. Request stock samples in store to take home for matching purposes. Alternatively, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/shop-our-brochures/">download our new Tile brochure</a> for the latest ranges and bespoke options.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 0 Regents Park Road Showroom Refurbishment https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/regents-park-road-showroom-refurbishment/ https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/regents-park-road-showroom-refurbishment/#comments Tues, 16 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT https://www.cphart.co.uk/regents-park-road-showroom-refurbishment/ <p>Our <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/primrose-hill/">Regent&rsquo;s Park Road showroom</a> has undergone its most extensive refurbishment to date, enhancing its position as North London&rsquo;s leading source of bathroom inspiration. With over 2,300-square foot of retail space, visitors to the showroom can enjoy a wealth of new and exclusive products, incorporated into inspirational room sets that have been designed and curated by C.P. Hart&rsquo;s in-house design team.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/RPR-REFURB-1.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The entire ground floor and basement of the showroom have been reimagined to eye-catching appeal, featuring the very latest collections, with many ranges exclusive to C.P. Hart. Keen to reference the style and appeal of the local area, the ground floor features a stunning window display with floral furniture and wallcoverings from <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/new-artelinea/">Artelinea</a> paired with contemporary lighting from <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/ex-t/">Ex.T</a> and basins from <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/gessi/">Gessi</a>. Inspirational yet attainable, the sets aim to illustrate an easy-to-replicate style, stirring creativity and pushing the limits of traditional bathroom expectations.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/RPR-REFURB-3.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Downstairs, visitors can experience the very latest in-home spa innovation within the showroom&rsquo;s wellness space. Featuring sauna from Effegibi alongside working shower displays, the area was designed with low-level lighting and uses natural materials such as stone and wood. Featuring a living green wall, the space presents the bathroom as an achievable oasis of calm and relaxation within thriving, bustling city.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/RPR-REFURB-2.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our head of design, Yousef Mansuri, says:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;<em>We wanted to showcase the latest inspirational ranges from suppliers such as <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/new-cielo/">Cielo,</a> <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/new-artelinea/">Artelinea</a>, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/gessi/">Gessi</a> and <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/matki/">Matki</a>, as well as new and exclusive C.P. Hart ranges such as Enjoy and Trace. Colour, vibrancy and playfulness are at the heart of our new displays, but we also wanted to create realistic spaces, where clients could really imagine the products and schemes in their own homes. </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Our home spa wellness area illustrates how easy it can be to incorporate spa elements into your existing bathroom space and provides a real sense of calm and serenity to the visitor. The entire space really needs to be seen to be believed.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/RPR-REFURB-4.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Visitors to C.P. Hart&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/primrose-hill/">Regents Park Road showroom</a> can avail of a no obligation design consultation with the experienced team who will provide expert advice as well as optional additional home visits and bespoke design packages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>103-105 Regent&#39;s Park Rd, Primrose Hill, London NW1 8UR</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>020 7586 9856</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.cphart.co.uk/">www.cphart.co.uk</a> </strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Opening Hours: </strong></p> <p>9am &ndash; 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, excluding bank holidays</p> <p>Our <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/primrose-hill/">Regent&rsquo;s Park Road showroom</a> has undergone its most extensive refurbishment to date, enhancing its position as North London&rsquo;s leading source of bathroom inspiration. With over 2,300-square foot of retail space, visitors to the showroom can enjoy a wealth of new and exclusive products, incorporated into inspirational room sets that have been designed and curated by C.P. Hart&rsquo;s in-house design team.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/RPR-REFURB-1.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The entire ground floor and basement of the showroom have been reimagined to eye-catching appeal, featuring the very latest collections, with many ranges exclusive to C.P. Hart. Keen to reference the style and appeal of the local area, the ground floor features a stunning window display with floral furniture and wallcoverings from <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/new-artelinea/">Artelinea</a> paired with contemporary lighting from <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/ex-t/">Ex.T</a> and basins from <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/gessi/">Gessi</a>. Inspirational yet attainable, the sets aim to illustrate an easy-to-replicate style, stirring creativity and pushing the limits of traditional bathroom expectations.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/RPR-REFURB-3.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Downstairs, visitors can experience the very latest in-home spa innovation within the showroom&rsquo;s wellness space. Featuring sauna from Effegibi alongside working shower displays, the area was designed with low-level lighting and uses natural materials such as stone and wood. Featuring a living green wall, the space presents the bathroom as an achievable oasis of calm and relaxation within thriving, bustling city.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/RPR-REFURB-2.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our head of design, Yousef Mansuri, says:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;<em>We wanted to showcase the latest inspirational ranges from suppliers such as <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/new-cielo/">Cielo,</a> <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/new-artelinea/">Artelinea</a>, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/gessi/">Gessi</a> and <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/matki/">Matki</a>, as well as new and exclusive C.P. Hart ranges such as Enjoy and Trace. Colour, vibrancy and playfulness are at the heart of our new displays, but we also wanted to create realistic spaces, where clients could really imagine the products and schemes in their own homes. </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Our home spa wellness area illustrates how easy it can be to incorporate spa elements into your existing bathroom space and provides a real sense of calm and serenity to the visitor. The entire space really needs to be seen to be believed.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/RPR-REFURB-4.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Visitors to C.P. Hart&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/primrose-hill/">Regents Park Road showroom</a> can avail of a no obligation design consultation with the experienced team who will provide expert advice as well as optional additional home visits and bespoke design packages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>103-105 Regent&#39;s Park Rd, Primrose Hill, London NW1 8UR</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>020 7586 9856</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.cphart.co.uk/">www.cphart.co.uk</a> </strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Opening Hours: </strong></p> <p>9am &ndash; 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, excluding bank holidays</p> 0 Mini ISH Trend Report 2019 https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/mini-ish-trend-report-2019/ https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/mini-ish-trend-report-2019/#comments Weds, 19 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT https://www.cphart.co.uk/mini-ish-trend-report-2019/ <p>Held biennially, the ISH Bathroom and Heating Exhibition has long been a launchpad for new products and cutting-edge innovations. Presenting the latest in bathroom design together with modern sustainable technology, over 2,500 exhibitors showcased new products and intelligent home systems. As is the C.P. Hart custom, we aim to bring a piece of Frankfurt to <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/waterloo/">Waterloo</a> through our mini ISH exhibition at our flagship showroom. Bursting with colourful ceramics and new brassware, our launch night saw hundreds of architects and designers descend to the <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/waterloo/" /> for the big unveiling. The new products will remain at the showroom for the next few months, so be sure to head down to see for yourself.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:16px"><strong>Four Emerging Trends From Fankfurt</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1.&nbsp;Personal restoration</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Bathrooms are no longer an in and out utilitarian space; we are all becoming increasingly in tune with the emotional elements of bathing space. Here at C.P. Hart we believe that the bathroom is a place of healing and rejuvenation; whether in a bath or a shower, water treats and soothes the body. Whilst wellness is not a new trend from ISH, this year we witnessed personal restoration at the forefront of many designs. Designs such as RainFinity from <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/hansgrohe/">hansgrohe</a>, boasting a concave spray surface and diffused arrangement of disc holes which is deliberately designed to softly cocoon and caress the body whilst consuming less water.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/Hansgrohe-Rainfinity---Trend-1.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2. Plucky pastels</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>After years of being confined to white and neutrals, the bathroom was finally bathed in colour. The resurgence of colour is proof that a departure from white is now welcome in even the most minimalist of homes. However, the major difference between the bold colour pops of today and the avocado bathroom of circa 1975 is that the contemporary take is not necessarily for entire suites &ndash; a mix-and-match approach to tones is in evidence so that as much or as little colour as it desired can be incorporated into bathroom schemes, according to personal tastes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/Glass-Design-Basins---Trend-2.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3.&nbsp;Radio Gaga</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Heralding a return to the 60s and 70s, several brands played on a retro aesthetic as inspiration for new collections. this year, we witnessed the return of Rockstar glam, an effortlessly cool and edgy take on modern design. With shapes referencing the designs of stereos and gramophones, worked in with textural elements &ndash; darker hues and matt sanitaryware taking the lead, possessing a velvety-soft appeal. <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/gessi/">Gessi&rsquo;s</a> Hi Fi collection introduced the characteristics and essence of the old sound system into contemporary, sleek thermostatic mixers. <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/duravit/">Duravit&rsquo;s</a> Viu freestanding bath is part of its range created by Sieger Design and has a prominent matt black metal frame that forms a striking contrast with the white acrylic of the tub.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/Gessi-Hi-Fi---Trend-3.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>4. Raw &amp; Reclaimed</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Raw &amp; Reclaimed takes from nature and reinterprets into clean forms. Natural, unrefined finishes offer respite from the hard, cold surfaces commonly found in the bathroom. Wood, marble, and metals are the mediums used to create inspiring spaces; rooms that speak of substance and longevity. Wood is an obvious go-to. Faking it with wood-look porcelain tiles can be equally as effective, provided there is a textural finish to recreate the tactility factor. Look to our own exclusive range Soleri for a good example of this.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/Gessi-Tap---Trend-4.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Exciting the senses at ISH was a rich mix of old materials used in new ways, as well as cutting-edge innovations developed to produce very different effects. Cue So design from <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/fima/">Fima</a>, exclusive to C.P. Hart, features the option of wood or metal handles, and <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/search/?term=axor">AXOR </a>MyEdition offers a number of unique plate finishes such as leather, wood, marble or mirrored glass to create a sensuous new experience and look.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Held biennially, the ISH Bathroom and Heating Exhibition has long been a launchpad for new products and cutting-edge innovations. Presenting the latest in bathroom design together with modern sustainable technology, over 2,500 exhibitors showcased new products and intelligent home systems. As is the C.P. Hart custom, we aim to bring a piece of Frankfurt to <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/waterloo/">Waterloo</a> through our mini ISH exhibition at our flagship showroom. Bursting with colourful ceramics and new brassware, our launch night saw hundreds of architects and designers descend to the <img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/waterloo/" /> for the big unveiling. The new products will remain at the showroom for the next few months, so be sure to head down to see for yourself.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:16px"><strong>Four Emerging Trends From Fankfurt</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1.&nbsp;Personal restoration</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Bathrooms are no longer an in and out utilitarian space; we are all becoming increasingly in tune with the emotional elements of bathing space. Here at C.P. Hart we believe that the bathroom is a place of healing and rejuvenation; whether in a bath or a shower, water treats and soothes the body. Whilst wellness is not a new trend from ISH, this year we witnessed personal restoration at the forefront of many designs. Designs such as RainFinity from <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/hansgrohe/">hansgrohe</a>, boasting a concave spray surface and diffused arrangement of disc holes which is deliberately designed to softly cocoon and caress the body whilst consuming less water.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/Hansgrohe-Rainfinity---Trend-1.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2. Plucky pastels</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>After years of being confined to white and neutrals, the bathroom was finally bathed in colour. The resurgence of colour is proof that a departure from white is now welcome in even the most minimalist of homes. However, the major difference between the bold colour pops of today and the avocado bathroom of circa 1975 is that the contemporary take is not necessarily for entire suites &ndash; a mix-and-match approach to tones is in evidence so that as much or as little colour as it desired can be incorporated into bathroom schemes, according to personal tastes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/Glass-Design-Basins---Trend-2.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3.&nbsp;Radio Gaga</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Heralding a return to the 60s and 70s, several brands played on a retro aesthetic as inspiration for new collections. this year, we witnessed the return of Rockstar glam, an effortlessly cool and edgy take on modern design. With shapes referencing the designs of stereos and gramophones, worked in with textural elements &ndash; darker hues and matt sanitaryware taking the lead, possessing a velvety-soft appeal. <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/gessi/">Gessi&rsquo;s</a> Hi Fi collection introduced the characteristics and essence of the old sound system into contemporary, sleek thermostatic mixers. <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/duravit/">Duravit&rsquo;s</a> Viu freestanding bath is part of its range created by Sieger Design and has a prominent matt black metal frame that forms a striking contrast with the white acrylic of the tub.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/Gessi-Hi-Fi---Trend-3.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>4. Raw &amp; Reclaimed</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Raw &amp; Reclaimed takes from nature and reinterprets into clean forms. Natural, unrefined finishes offer respite from the hard, cold surfaces commonly found in the bathroom. Wood, marble, and metals are the mediums used to create inspiring spaces; rooms that speak of substance and longevity. Wood is an obvious go-to. Faking it with wood-look porcelain tiles can be equally as effective, provided there is a textural finish to recreate the tactility factor. Look to our own exclusive range Soleri for a good example of this.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/Gessi-Tap---Trend-4.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Exciting the senses at ISH was a rich mix of old materials used in new ways, as well as cutting-edge innovations developed to produce very different effects. Cue So design from <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/fima/">Fima</a>, exclusive to C.P. Hart, features the option of wood or metal handles, and <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/search/?term=axor">AXOR </a>MyEdition offers a number of unique plate finishes such as leather, wood, marble or mirrored glass to create a sensuous new experience and look.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 0 Manchester Showroom Refurbishment https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/manchester-showroom-refurbishment/ https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/manchester-showroom-refurbishment/#comments Weds, 19 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT https://www.cphart.co.uk/manchester-showroom-refurbishment/ <p>Our <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/manchester/">Manchester showroom</a> has undergone one of its most extensive refurbishments to date, cementing its position as the North of England&rsquo;s leading source of bathroom inspiration.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/manchester-refurb-1.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As C.P. Hart has access to more industry-leading manufacturers than any other retailer, the in-house design team was given carte-blanche when redesigning the 4,000-square foot showroom. The reimagined space offers a completely immersive bathroom design experience that includes first-to-market innovations that can&rsquo;t be seen anywhere else in the UK, and more colour, finish and style options than ever before.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/manchester-refurb-2.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Visitors can now browse some of the finest new brassware collections and ceramic trends from leading Italian manufacturers <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/cielo/">Cielo</a>, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/gessi/">Gessi</a>, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/fantini/">Fantini</a> and <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/artelinea-collections/">Artelinea</a>. Front and centre are two new ranges from ceramic specialist <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/cielo/">Cielo</a>. Available in an array of powdery finishes such as white, pink and blue, the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/cielo/">Cielo</a> collections on display are both exclusive to C.P. Hart in the UK and demonstrate creative Italian design at its very best.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/manchester-refurb-3.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps/">Brassware</a> and <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/ceramics/">ceramics</a> are complemented by spa-inspired solutions that bring a touch of luxury straight into the home. The new sauna display from spa specialist <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/effegibi-collections/">Effegibi</a> is the type of high-tech innovation that C.P. Hart is renowned for.</p> <p>For those looking to invest in a more classically styled bathroom, some of C.P. Hart&rsquo;s most successful collections such as <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/london/">London</a> and <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/cp-hart-camden-freestanding-bath/">Camden</a> have been presented in contemporary new finishes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/manchester-refurb-4.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Visitors to C.P. Hart&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/manchester/">Manchester showroom</a> can sit down for a consultation with an experienced team who will provide expert advice, home visits and bespoke design packages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Address: 261-267 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EW</strong></p> <p><strong>0161 214 7200</strong></p> <p><strong>Opening Hours: 9am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday, excluding bank holidays</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/manchester/">Manchester showroom</a> has undergone one of its most extensive refurbishments to date, cementing its position as the North of England&rsquo;s leading source of bathroom inspiration.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/manchester-refurb-1.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As C.P. Hart has access to more industry-leading manufacturers than any other retailer, the in-house design team was given carte-blanche when redesigning the 4,000-square foot showroom. The reimagined space offers a completely immersive bathroom design experience that includes first-to-market innovations that can&rsquo;t be seen anywhere else in the UK, and more colour, finish and style options than ever before.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/manchester-refurb-2.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Visitors can now browse some of the finest new brassware collections and ceramic trends from leading Italian manufacturers <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/cielo/">Cielo</a>, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/gessi/">Gessi</a>, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/fantini/">Fantini</a> and <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/artelinea-collections/">Artelinea</a>. Front and centre are two new ranges from ceramic specialist <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/cielo/">Cielo</a>. Available in an array of powdery finishes such as white, pink and blue, the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/cielo/">Cielo</a> collections on display are both exclusive to C.P. Hart in the UK and demonstrate creative Italian design at its very best.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/manchester-refurb-3.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps/">Brassware</a> and <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/ceramics/">ceramics</a> are complemented by spa-inspired solutions that bring a touch of luxury straight into the home. The new sauna display from spa specialist <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/effegibi-collections/">Effegibi</a> is the type of high-tech innovation that C.P. Hart is renowned for.</p> <p>For those looking to invest in a more classically styled bathroom, some of C.P. Hart&rsquo;s most successful collections such as <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/london/">London</a> and <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/cp-hart-camden-freestanding-bath/">Camden</a> have been presented in contemporary new finishes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/manchester-refurb-4.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Visitors to C.P. Hart&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/showrooms/manchester/">Manchester showroom</a> can sit down for a consultation with an experienced team who will provide expert advice, home visits and bespoke design packages.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Address: 261-267 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EW</strong></p> <p><strong>0161 214 7200</strong></p> <p><strong>Opening Hours: 9am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday, excluding bank holidays</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 0 Colourful Bathrooms https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/colourful-bathrooms/ https://www.cphart.co.ukhttps://www.cphart.co.uk/colourful-bathrooms/#comments Tues, 28 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT https://www.cphart.co.uk/colourful-bathrooms/ <p>In 2019 it&rsquo;s time to rip up the minimalist rule book, as new colours and finishes begin to emerge in the bathroom. We have, for a long time, considered the bathroom as a purely practical space, an area of the home used only for basic sanitary needs and often disregarded as a place in which to linger.&nbsp; However in recent years the traditional idea of the bathroom has been transformed - consumers and designers alike are viewing this area of the home as a haven; a spa like sanctuary that can be used to lift the mood and promote wellness and relaxation. Furthermore, the bathroom &ndash; like all areas of the home &ndash; is no longer immune from wider trends within design, where customers are looking to inject a bit of personality and flavour into their spaces.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/colour1.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Whether its earthy neutrals, muted pastels or vibrant &lsquo;pop&rsquo; colours &ndash; a diverse tonal palette is now emerging, and it&rsquo;s safe to say that colour is staging a comeback in the bathroom. If you&rsquo;re excited by the prospect of&nbsp; colour, neutral and pastel hues are less provocative, so work well if you are planning to incorporate a colour of some description on a large scale (for example, across your walls, in your tiling as well as in your <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/toilets/">sanitaryware</a>). &lsquo;Pop&rsquo; colours &ndash; the vivid, vibrant tones &ndash; work better on smaller-scale items, such as <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bathroom-accessories/">accessories</a> or <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps/">brassware</a>.&nbsp; However, if you&rsquo;re feeling particularly brave you can use bold tones throughout &ndash; there are no rules here. When one combines vibrant tones with pastels, it can result in a stunning visual display. For example, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/cp-hart-collaborate-with-2lg-studio/">our recent bathroom design with 2LG Studio</a> featured bright red taps from Fantini and a custom pale pink bath from <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bette/">Bette</a>. The pieces were pulled together using red and pink mosaic tiles from <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bisazza/">Bisazza</a>, creating a dazzling and playful scheme.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/colour2.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The 2LG bathroom is also a really useful example of how colour can be incorporated using different sorts of products &ndash; such as tiling, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps/">brassware</a>, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bathroom-accessories/">accessories</a> and of course in the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bathroom-furniture/">bathroom furniture</a> itself. Ultimately, how you choose to incorporate, much like what colour scheme you go for, depends on how brave you would like to be. There is not a &lsquo;best&rsquo; way to bring colour in, it is all down to personal preference -&nbsp; for example, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps/">brassware</a> can allow you to incorporate a touch of colour to a largely neutral space, whereas using tiling on a wall allows you to build an entire tonal scheme across a room.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/colour3.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you are feeling unsure about using bold tones or want to ensure you can future-proof your bathroom, one can always incorporate pattern and colour in a variety of semi-permanent ways. Rachel Martin, C.P. Hart&rsquo;s Merchandising Director says: &ldquo;Bright coloured bathroom-friendly wallpaper or paint is a great way of using your walls to inject some tonal variation - and can be easily updated or removed when you like. This idea works particularly well in a small cloakroom, as well as in a larger, family bathroom. It also is worth thinking about your <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bathroom-accessories/">accessories</a>, which make for another easy and instant way to update your space. Introducing colour with linens is an instant way to get a new look and feel, and can also allow you to try different colours in the room before committing to a more long-term purchase such as a <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/baths/">bath</a> or <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/basins/">basin</a>.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/colour6.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Coloured ceramics have always been visible in bathroom design, but they haven&rsquo;t taken precedence like they have recently since the (in)famous Avocado suites of the 1970&rsquo;s.&nbsp; Despite their chequered past, their appeal is now growing quickly, as the product which can be offered is getting slicker and more style conscious. Earthy brown tones are becoming the new neutral and bright shades such as yellow, red and pink are no longer seen as a &lsquo;brave&rsquo; design choice -&nbsp; but an everyday solution that can put a smile on your face in the morning. Our popular <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/london-washbasin/">London washbasin</a> is now available in a rich blue tone, proving that coloured ceramics don&rsquo;t have to be limited to purely contemporary designs or spaces.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/colour5.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When opting for coloured ceramics the textures and finishes of <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bathroom-furniture/">furniture</a> and <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps/">brassware</a> must be considered to make this look work. &ldquo;We are seeing a lot of matt coloured ceramics paired with brushed metallics and predict this will be a loved trend throughout 2019 and beyond&rdquo; says Rachel. &ldquo;A coloured bath or basin can be a great way to add colour for those who aren&rsquo;t as &lsquo;colour confident&rsquo; &ndash; and with a variety of shades available, it can be easily be introduced into the room without having to change your existing scheme.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/colour4.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>In 2019 it&rsquo;s time to rip up the minimalist rule book, as new colours and finishes begin to emerge in the bathroom. We have, for a long time, considered the bathroom as a purely practical space, an area of the home used only for basic sanitary needs and often disregarded as a place in which to linger.&nbsp; However in recent years the traditional idea of the bathroom has been transformed - consumers and designers alike are viewing this area of the home as a haven; a spa like sanctuary that can be used to lift the mood and promote wellness and relaxation. Furthermore, the bathroom &ndash; like all areas of the home &ndash; is no longer immune from wider trends within design, where customers are looking to inject a bit of personality and flavour into their spaces.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/colour1.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Whether its earthy neutrals, muted pastels or vibrant &lsquo;pop&rsquo; colours &ndash; a diverse tonal palette is now emerging, and it&rsquo;s safe to say that colour is staging a comeback in the bathroom. If you&rsquo;re excited by the prospect of&nbsp; colour, neutral and pastel hues are less provocative, so work well if you are planning to incorporate a colour of some description on a large scale (for example, across your walls, in your tiling as well as in your <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/toilets/">sanitaryware</a>). &lsquo;Pop&rsquo; colours &ndash; the vivid, vibrant tones &ndash; work better on smaller-scale items, such as <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bathroom-accessories/">accessories</a> or <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps/">brassware</a>.&nbsp; However, if you&rsquo;re feeling particularly brave you can use bold tones throughout &ndash; there are no rules here. When one combines vibrant tones with pastels, it can result in a stunning visual display. For example, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/cp-hart-collaborate-with-2lg-studio/">our recent bathroom design with 2LG Studio</a> featured bright red taps from Fantini and a custom pale pink bath from <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bette/">Bette</a>. The pieces were pulled together using red and pink mosaic tiles from <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bisazza/">Bisazza</a>, creating a dazzling and playful scheme.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/colour2.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The 2LG bathroom is also a really useful example of how colour can be incorporated using different sorts of products &ndash; such as tiling, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps/">brassware</a>, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bathroom-accessories/">accessories</a> and of course in the <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bathroom-furniture/">bathroom furniture</a> itself. Ultimately, how you choose to incorporate, much like what colour scheme you go for, depends on how brave you would like to be. There is not a &lsquo;best&rsquo; way to bring colour in, it is all down to personal preference -&nbsp; for example, <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps/">brassware</a> can allow you to incorporate a touch of colour to a largely neutral space, whereas using tiling on a wall allows you to build an entire tonal scheme across a room.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/colour3.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you are feeling unsure about using bold tones or want to ensure you can future-proof your bathroom, one can always incorporate pattern and colour in a variety of semi-permanent ways. Rachel Martin, C.P. Hart&rsquo;s Merchandising Director says: &ldquo;Bright coloured bathroom-friendly wallpaper or paint is a great way of using your walls to inject some tonal variation - and can be easily updated or removed when you like. This idea works particularly well in a small cloakroom, as well as in a larger, family bathroom. It also is worth thinking about your <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bathroom-accessories/">accessories</a>, which make for another easy and instant way to update your space. Introducing colour with linens is an instant way to get a new look and feel, and can also allow you to try different colours in the room before committing to a more long-term purchase such as a <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/baths/">bath</a> or <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/basins/">basin</a>.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/colour6.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Coloured ceramics have always been visible in bathroom design, but they haven&rsquo;t taken precedence like they have recently since the (in)famous Avocado suites of the 1970&rsquo;s.&nbsp; Despite their chequered past, their appeal is now growing quickly, as the product which can be offered is getting slicker and more style conscious. Earthy brown tones are becoming the new neutral and bright shades such as yellow, red and pink are no longer seen as a &lsquo;brave&rsquo; design choice -&nbsp; but an everyday solution that can put a smile on your face in the morning. Our popular <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/london-washbasin/">London washbasin</a> is now available in a rich blue tone, proving that coloured ceramics don&rsquo;t have to be limited to purely contemporary designs or spaces.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/colour5.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When opting for coloured ceramics the textures and finishes of <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/bathroom-furniture/">furniture</a> and <a href="https://www.cphart.co.uk/taps/">brassware</a> must be considered to make this look work. &ldquo;We are seeing a lot of matt coloured ceramics paired with brushed metallics and predict this will be a loved trend throughout 2019 and beyond&rdquo; says Rachel. &ldquo;A coloured bath or basin can be a great way to add colour for those who aren&rsquo;t as &lsquo;colour confident&rsquo; &ndash; and with a variety of shades available, it can be easily be introduced into the room without having to change your existing scheme.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cphart.co.uk/images/blog/colour4.jpg" style="height:650px; width:650px" /></p> 0