1. STATEMENT MARBLE
As an architect Natalia has a great passion for materiality and uses the finest, high quality materials in her design schemes. She says ‘heavily veined marble is making a significant comeback in the design world and has become synonymous with high-end luxury.’ A popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms, it is also highly sustainable; its durability, classic attributes and ability to withstand passing trends makes it a good investment.
Marbles with naturally strong veining add statement value and create a textural contract between other polished surfaces, metals and woods. Within a kitchen or bathroom space, Natalia uses marble to create an elegant bath, an eye-catching sink or a kitchen island.
2. DARK DRAMA
Bold, earthy textures create depth and drama. Natalia uses dark stone for the floor, walls and vanity unit in this project to bring an earthy glamour to the space. Natalia breaks away from safe neutrals in favour of sumptuous, darker tones where possible. The bathroom in a recent London project sits within a light, bright apartment and changes tempo from the colourful space you enter from.
‘Using only one shade may feel risky but the result will be stunning,’ claims Natalia. Here she adds a welcome pop of vibrant colour in the form of flowers to lift the room. Accessories can be used for the same effect.
3. MIXED MATERIALS
Use a fusion of tactile materials to achieve a confident blending of styles. Marble, wood and metallics compliment each other well with different shades of wood and metal often bringing warmth and contrast to a cold marble surface. Using contrasting materials for different worktops within a kitchen or bathroom naturally creates different zones within a room, not only making a space more practical but aesthetically creates a visually pleasing and harmonious space to live in.
4. METALLIC GLAMOUR
This trend is heavily influenced by the 1960s and 1970s when metals, and brass in particular, were used frequently, metals are now having a revival in all design disciplines.
Chrome and steel are a popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms, however these metals can sometimes make a room feel cold and stark. Use less obvious choices and warmer metallic tones such as copper and brass. They create visual impact and change the mood from functional to indulgent.
5. MINDFULNESS SANCTUARY
Incorporate natural materials and calming neutrals to create a perfect environment for relaxation and rejuvenation. A beautiful free-standing bath brings a sense of indulgence and elegance to a bathroom, metallic accents in chrome, brass or copper add an individual design note. Natalia adds accessories such as scented candles to create an atmospheric ‘spa’ glow.