Traditionally a functional space, the role of the bathroom has extended to include personal sanctuary, encouraging relaxation and tranquillity.
As the room in which most people both start and end their day, consideration needs to be given to the diverse effects of its décor. In the morning, the right colours and lighting can be invigorating. Bedtime, however, requires a more calming atmosphere, to quiet the mind after the tumult of the day.
Flooring, walls and vanity tops available in a wide range of colours, finishes and materials provide infinite choice to personalise this private area to meet individual needs and taste.
Beyond comfort and well-being, hygiene and resistance to damp are crucial. Surfaces should be easy to maintain and must not compromise the cleanliness of the room. Fortunately, practicality and aesthetics need not be mutually exclusive.
Neolith®, a market-leading brand of Sintered Stone, achieves a balance between the varied purposes of the washroom, offering residential designers and fabricators the creative scope to deliver utility that engages the senses. Waterproof and resistant to wear, the material comes in an array of patterns, so any look is possible, whether relaxing or energising, minimalist or extravagant.
Room to grow
Walk in showers are a popular way of optimising space in what is typically a compact room1. Using the same material inside and outside the shower evokes a sense of continuity, rather than segmenting the area into smaller sections, creating the illusion of more space than there actually is. Whether used for wall cladding that will regularly be covered in condensation, or for vanity tops subject to the daily routines of personal care, Neolith can meet every demand.
Taking this further, Neolith has partnered with Piattibelli, a manufacturer of ultra-thin shower trays, to deliver even more continuity. This is the first time the Sintered Stone’s raw materials have been moulded with a curve for this purpose, resulting in fast and effective water drainage.
Available in nine Neolith colours including pristine Snow, industrial Iron Corten and warm Basalt Beige, the 18mm thick plates do not create any depth differences. The singular trays are available with dimensions of 200 x 100 cm to 70 x 70 cm, allowing for seamless installation.
Monochrome is where the heart is
The old adage that opposites attract applies even in the bathroom where black materials are being used to create striking statements in otherwise light, airy settings2.
With patterns inspired by marble, igneous rock, metals and more, Neolith offers countless ways of achieving eye-catching contrast in a wide range of textures and finishes to satisfy any inclination. Elegant Neolith Estatuario pairs well with darker marbles such as Nero Marquina, appealing to classical tastes, while Basalt Black juxtaposed with Arctic White evokes a more contemporary feeling.
Neolith is seeing an increase in the use of wood motifs in the washroom. Adding an organic quality to any space, the unpredictable, knotted grain of timber is versatile, able to evoke a rustic atmosphere or combine with dissimilar patterns for an arresting effect.
A faithful interpretation of natural wood, Neolith’s La Bohème successfully meets this demand. Not only does a playful mix of striations and knots seduce the eye, Neolith Digital Design (NDD) achieves a real texture, satisfying to the touch. While timber’s appearance alters with wear, the Sintered Stone will not change over time.