Style experts are calling it Rough Luxe, the current trend for combining rough with luxury. Think stripped back brick walls, heavily grained wood floor boards, cast iron staircases, peeling paint and plaster as the back drop to glittering light fittings, heavy brocade curtains and velvet upholstery. We’ve seen it in bar and hotel design but it can work in a domestic setting too.
If you’re lucky enough to live in a crumbling farmhouse or urban warehouse conversion then you are already half way there. Or you can recreate the look by choosing bathroom fittings in on-trend , robust finishes. The soho collection of tap and shower fittings from Aston Matthews features a pleasingly textured cast iron effect finish, or there is the Brunel cast iron bath with its handsome rivet details.
Slightly more refined is the Living Bronze range of taps that have an untreated bronze finish that gradually developers a pleasing aged patina with use.