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As we all return from our well-earned Summer holidays, many of us are left longing for some of the more memorable aspects of our travels when we return home. For some, it’s the food, others the fashion. Some learn the language. At Shaws, we get inspired by interior decor. We often fall in love with the style of the hotel we booked but then struggle to get it to work in our own space when we return home.
Much of the appeal of the interior may not be the decor itself, but the way it makes you feel when you’re there. It is hard to recreate the same ‘special feeling’ when we arrive home. Let’s face it, it’s going to be hard to emulate the spectacular underwater world of The Muraka residence in the Maldives if you live in a country cottage in Kent. But you can try to emulate the way it made you feel, in a way that’s appropriate to your home’s location and architecture.
Let’s take a look at some of our favourites…
Image Courtesy of El Fenn.
Take the colourful El Fenn Moroccan riad in the centre of Marrakech. The hotel is a vibrant explosion of beautiful colour clashes, and although each suite is styled very differently, the unifying theme here is colour and lots of it. Bold colours envelop elegant, generously proportioned bathrooms, where rough turquoise walls meet decorative red ceilings. This can be recreated at home by simply being brave and using bold colour combinations. Don’t be afraid to use colours that clash, or add bold patterns into the mix.
The Moroccan bathroom may look bright and warm, but it’s really all about keeping cool. Tiles are used for their cooling effect, but they are still vibrant and highly decorative. Using more earthy materials like bare-woods and unglazed clay tiles are authentic and adds texture. Painting period elements like doors, coving and panelling in the same bold colour as the walls can neutralise the detailing - as well as a classic sink design, like the Shaws Crossdale sink.
Image Courtesy of Viceroy Hotel
Even if you don’t live on the 28th-floor and have views of the park, it doesn’t mean you can’t still emulate the style of the Viceroy Central Park Hotel in downtown NYC. The bathroom in this amazing hotel mixes luxurious materials with urban industrial fixtures. Installing two beautiful Shaws under-mount sinks beneath luxurious marble, Corian, quartz or granite. Antique Brass industrial taps and shower fixtures, like these from Perrin & Rowe complete the look. Go for a large comfortable bath or as big a shower as you can (luxury is often about scale), so go for one or the other - or if you can, accommodate both. If marble is too grand for your budget, go for classic NYC style glazed Metro tiles like the super-cool Williamsburg Hotel in New York.
Image Courtesy of Laucala Island, Fiji.
A little dose of nature helps us all recharge and research finds interacting with nature may alleviate depression. Natural environments help us feel replenished, and living in greener, urban environments boost mental health for the long-term. So if you lack the view of the Overwater Villa at Laucala Island (and we suspect that most of us do!) then bring the view indoors. Use natural materials like rough stone, pebbles or Bamboo flooring, and if you can’t quite stretch to a wooden hand-carved Fijian bathtub, then opt for a wooden basin or a Shaws Aysgill basin sat upon a driftwood vanity unit. Use large structural plants like palms in pots to add greenery and create an exotic feel.
The cheapest and easiest way to recreate your holiday bathroom feel is to create a playlist. If you listen to music you enjoy, it decreases levels of the hormone cortisol in your body, counteracting the effects of chronic stress. So why not create a soundtrack for your holiday and listen to it while you’re there? When you return, simply pop on your playlist, relax into a warm bath, close your eyes and be transported right back to your holiday.
Have you created a holiday-inspired bathroom with a Shaws sink? Or are you planning to? We’d love to hear from you! Drop us a line, or share your creation with us on social.
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