Waterworks new faucet (source)
The newest and most fabulous showroom in Vancouver for everything to do kitchens and bathroom is Cantu.
The co-founder and Vice President of Waterworks Barbara Sallick, was their special guest on Wednesday evening last week.
She gave a talk on what it takes to have The Perfect Bath.
'Design integrity in bath means that you must select the right ingredients and assemble them with clarity and style.'
My favourite parts of her talk was:
1. The way she set it up:
'I'm not saying I'm right, I'm just saying this conversation comes from my point of view'.
2. She loves white as much as I do.
Barbara believes that bath fixtures should always be white. Almost every image in her presentation had some element of white repeated in the room along with white plumbing fixtures.
After all, there's nothing worse than a bathroom filled with tile in multiple colours (for example) with not a stitch of white in any of it and then a bunch of screaming white plumbing fixtures.
There is no white in this tile and notice that the sinks are not white. It would look odd if the only white in this bathroom was found in the sinks (below) as there are already at least four colours found in the tile and not one is white.
She told an interesting story where Waterworks mailed 70 instant cameras to selected customers and asked them to take photos of their bathrooms and mail them back. Waterworks would develop the images.
15 sent them back for a total of 322 images. Barbara liked only two of them.
The rest, there was always something, to her eye that did not work. Something that had her decide it was just 'perfectly acceptable' bathroom, instead of being the perfect bath.
The tub is too big or too small
The vanity looks like it belongs in the kitchen
The tile installer didn't dry lay the tile or plan for balanced cuts.
No one took the time to plan the right variations and balance.
The grout colour, UGLY.
Barbara says the best baths happen when you set out to create a total experience. you have to design in the experience, you can't just buy the perfect bath, you have to create it personally and tastefully.
And all of it starts with a bath that is inspired.
Just like it's very difficult to design a room with no inspiration or starting off point, the same goes for a bathroom.
First she showed this bathroom with just a plain framed mirror and said 'See how this is a perfectly nice bathroom?' And then with this mirror (above). The fabulous mirror is what suddenly turned this bathroom into something more extraordinary.
Barbara said the bright colour trends have not migrated to the bath and there is good reason for this. Almost everything in the bath is attached to the wall or the floor and it is both difficult and expensive to change a fixture you no longer like.
However, colour on the walls is easy to change and if your bathroom is all carrara, nothing brings grey tile/marble to life faster than a bright pop of colour like turquoise, yellow, or pink.
The most important reason why I was inspired to share her talk with you is this. Here is a designer in fact THE co-founder of Waterworks, who has been in this business for a very long time and she is also trying to save the world from yet another 'meh' looking bathroom.
There was no accent tile to be found in her presentation.
Ceramic architecture? Yes. (example above)
At the end of her talk, we got a glimpse of one of the bathrooms in her house. And guess what it was?
White subway tile.
I rest my case. For today anyway.
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