by Lynn Byrne
Having rebuilt from scratch a large home in the manner of the original circa 1900 Victorian after a devastating fire, I have first hand knowledge of how to add character to new construction.
I gave you my top 5 tips here, but now it is time to add a sixth: When doing your baths, be certain to choose fittings that are compatible with the style of architecture you are trying to achieve. (If you are curious about my house, Emily Clark posted a 2-part tour here, and here on her blog.)
Bath fittings from BlogTour sponsor Samuel Heath make it easy. The company is particularly sensitive to architectural elements when designing their products.
Take their Xenon line for example–seen above in a cool black finish. It is inspired by the Bauhaus and would look smashing in any type of minimalist interior. Just imagine it in the bath of a loft apartment for instance.
Samuel Heath’s latest range, Style Moderne, inspired by the Art Deco period includes a subtle stepping detail often seen in the period’s furniture, interiors and buildings. Perfect in a pre-war New York apartment, Miami Beach or anyplace where you might want a sophisticated, urbane look.
Samuel Heath’s Fairfield collection is inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement. The option of a wooden handle is especially appropriate, given the movement’s reverence for nature and emphasis on showcasing the natural qualities of the materials used.
While the Fairfield collection evokes the past, the design is not enslaved by it. While it would be quite suitable in a period home like the Craftsman Bungalow seen below, the clean lines of the collection would work wherever you desire a timeless, traditional feel.
And of course, Samuel Heath, offers what they call their “Antique Collection.” This collection offers products that evoke the popular Victorian/Edwardian look that would be suitable when attempting to evoke the charm found in a cottage or home from the turn of the last century like my own.
So you say your home does not have a specific architectural style? Your look is eclectic. No problem. Samuel Heath’s well designed products still work. They have a chameleon quality allowing the products to blend well in many settings.
Photo credits: Product images by me, except for the first image from the Xenon line, the first Fairfield collection image, the second product image of the Antique Collection and the last image of their Fairfield exposed shower which are from Samuel Heath. Bauhaus collage photos: Bauhaus building in Tel Aviv from here, poster from here, mug by me. Art Deco collage photos from here, here, and here. Craftsman bungalow from here.