5 ways to add colour and character to your bathroom with Ideal Standard

Bathe in style this winter

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Desiring clean lines doesn’t have to mean settling for uninspiring designs. Combining modern utility with a nod to the 1970s and a range of colours rooted in nature, the new design-led Atelier Collections by Ideal Standard give you everything you need to refresh your bathroom in distinctive style.

Designed by Roberto Palomba of PS+A (Palomba Serafini Associati) studio in Milan, the new minimalist line of furniture, ceramics and brassware has been developed to allow for plenty of customisation and flexibility, making it easier to create maximum visual impact – and a space you’ll want to linger in as the cooler nights draw in.

Here are five ways you can utilise the colours, shapes and textures offered by Atelier Collections to imbue your bathroom with a designer aesthetic packed full of personality.

1. Borrow from nature

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Ipalyss washbasin with a Sage finish
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        In the year we learned how to truly appreciate nature, Atelier Collections introduces a range of colours that draws on the great outdoors. Earthy shades such as Sage, Pomegranate, Matt Anthracite and Slate Grey feature in the brand's Ipalyss basins, while wood and porcelain stoneware finishes can be incorporated across the range of modular furniture. Work these nature-inspired elements into your new bathroom by choosing a single piece to create a focal point and warm up an otherwise all-white space, or create a cosy, cocoon-like effect by matching your paint scheme to your porcelain with the Conca basin unit in a Matt Sunset tone. If you’re more inspired by the monochromatic, a statement piece in brilliant white or black gloss will add some shine and lift a simpler colour palette.

          2. Get in shape

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          Ipalyss washbasin with Pomegranate finish
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          Geometry follows colour when it comes to creating a strong look for your bathroom. You can create endless configurations that pair long, minimalist wall-hung units, for example, with strikingly designed top-mounted washbasins in different shapes. At the heart of the Atelier Collections line-up is the Conca range of ceramics, which are inspired by forms found in the natural environment, with geometric details softened by organic curves. Or there’s the aforementioned Ipalyss range of super-slim yet durable washbasins by renowned designer Robin Levein, which are available in a range of round, oval and rectangular options.

          3. Let it shine

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          Dea freestanding tub
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          The purist design aesthetic that drives Atelier Collections is the perfect platform for adding some maximalist touches. With its smooth, curved lines, the freestanding Dea bathtub in Black Gloss qualifies as the ultimate statement-making piece, but you don't have to think that big. Easy ways to upgrade your look include investing in smart metallic finishes, such as brassware in brushed gold. The Joy mixer tap and matching rain-shower head, which uses PVD technology to preserve its vibrancy, is one example of how you can readily create a luxurious, spa-like vibe in your bathroom.

          4. Maximise finishes

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          Conca furniture
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          Whether it’s wooden cabinetry or a high-shine shelving system, the right finish is key to tying your bathroom together. Every piece in the Atelier Collections range can be mixed and matched in a wide variety of textures and effects: a cabinet in FSC-certified Light Oak can be paired with, say, a countertop of gleaming Calacatta Marble porcelain stoneware to create a feeling of natural warmth with a sophisticated flourish; or a lacquered modernist drawer unit can be matched with a washstand to create a sense of flow.

          5. Accessorise all areas

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          Ipalyss washbasin with Joy tap
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          Don’t neglect the final flourishes. Accessories such as a gold tap or towel rail to lift ceramics, or a sleek square mirror framed in black to tie in with a Smoked Oak wood drawer unit, will help achieve a harmonious look. Atelier Collections offers a variety of smart accessories – the in-drawer lighting system for Conca furniture being a classic example of form meeting function – that will help take your bathroom design to the next level.

          To discover the full range of Atelier Collections by Ideal Standard, visit idealstandard.co.uk

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