Scandi Chic – Softly Does It

For 2020, as we’ve already noted, Duravit and other premier bathroom brands are proposing lighter shades, notably off white, to create enticing bathrooms that are crisp yet inviting.

And, of course, off white – with its restful mix of pure white and gentle beige – is absolutely perfect if your design destination is Scandinavia. UK homeowners have totally bought into all things Scandi – fika and hygge – of late; but look back at design magazines from the 1960 onwards and you’ll see that designers from Denmark and Sweden, in particular, have exerted great influence here for decades.

Duravit Happy D.2 Plus

And it is easy to see why this look is now so popular in the bathroom. Providing concrete evidence of the design truism that “less is more”, the muted white furniture featured in this bathroom is a new version of Duravit’s Happy D. design classic. Happy D.2 Plus’s new Nordic White Satin Matt finish, creates an expressive combination of options in monochrome, harmonious tone-in-tone, or colour contrasts.

Note how the use of circular mirrors, and the rounded corners of the bath tub and cabinets – and even the plasterwork – really soften the space. Finally, two simple yet elegant designer chairs add gravitas and visual power to the space.

But what may have escaped your attention is the floor. And escaping attention was the whole point. The washed out wood-effect is meant to whisper, not shout, but it also complements the furniture and sanitaryware, adding greatly to the harmonious feel of the room.

Just imagine if the floor was swapped for emerald green vinyl. Yeuch!

Nordic Pale

You can find this look in our porcelain portfolio, with designs such as Nordic Pale, above. These subtle wood-effect tiles were inspired by the warm, minimal aesthetic for which the region is renowned. Unlike so many wood tiles – which can be a little too rustic and distressed – these planks have a clean and elegant design, with softer grains and lightened knots. This makes them absolutely ideal for Scandi chic bathrooms like this.

Nordic Pale

As you’d expect from a premium Italian porcelain tile, our Nordic Pale planks feel just as realistic as they look, and have rectified edges for a sharper finish. The surface is gently textured and feels completely natural underfoot, yet it has an excellent R10 slip rating. Finally the 10mm thick planks come in an impressive 200 by 1,200mm format. Fantastic!

And if you’re seeking a designer chair, but can’t afford an Eames or Jacobsen, take a look at Jerry from Habitat. Although billed as a dining chair, this crisp design with white-oiled solid oak legs and a white moulded plastic seat with an upholstered pad for added comfort, is a contemporary classic for well under £100. What’s not to like?

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