Hamilton Litestat’s Gavin Williams discusses how decorative wiring accessories, lighting & audio control can complete a bathroom.
In the bathroom, decorative wiring accessories tend to be an after-thought, but they can assist in tying together a scheme and providing that final ‘finishing touch’ and hotel-like luxury. With a huge range of options on the market, let’s sort through the solutions that can help elevate a bathroom scheme from mediocre to marvellous.
In the home, we’re seeing greater demand for electrical accessories and controls that add an element of luxury, similar to high-end hotels. This is particularly sought after in the bathroom. Bold colours, patterns and a mixture of materials are being combined to create eye-catching schemes, with a huge range of wiring accessories available to complement these.
Light switches and shaver sockets come in a vast array of designs, materials and finishes to complement the choice of tiles, taps, heating solutions and colour schemes. Hamilton’s Vogue range offers a contemporary slant on the clean, traditional and minimalist white plastic plate, with rounded corners giving it an updated and stylised look.
Meanwhile, with high-shine metals a popular choice for fixtures and fittings, Hamilton’s complementary Bright and Satin finishes in Stainless Steel, Chrome and Nickel are also favoured choices for this environment, including the current 2020 trend of Matt White and Matt Black.
A hotel trend that’s filtering through to residential properties is the incorporation of warm bronzes and brasses in design schemes. We’ve seen an upturn in interest for our contemporary Hartland CFX and Sheer CFX plate designs in elegant Connaught, Copper, Etrium and Richmond Bronze finishes, plus Antique Brass adding that final touch of refinement to the bathroom.
On the other end of the scale, Hamilton’s polycarbonate plates offer a modern alternative. Perception CFX is supplied in a transparent finish to allow a bathroom wall colour or paper design to show through, while the Hartland CFX Colours comes in white, red and black gloss finish with both white and black inserts to add an intense pop of colour.
But it’s not just the wiring accessories that can offer an upgrade to the bathroom. Hotel smart technology is also becoming more accessible for residential projects, allowing lighting and audio to be controlled at the flick of a switch or swipe of a finger. A recent poll by interior design outfit Houzz indicated that a luxury bathroom experience was high in demand, with good lighting and a relaxing space top considerations.
In the bathroom, Hamilton’s plug-and-play Smart Lighting Control solution can be programmed with different lighting scenes for varying tasks and recalled at the touch of a button. Bright lighting scenes can support make-up application or shaving, while dimmed scenes help provide that sought-after relaxing environment that’s perfect for a soak in the bath. Meanwhile, DMX lighting control adds a red, green or blue colour wash of light within the room, providing mood lighting for this relaxation space. This can be further enhanced using RGBWW – this ‘warm white’ light is a better performing and more cost-effective way of incorporating this sought-after light, as LEDs typically have a bright white output
Taking this one step further, relaxing music can fill the bathroom courtesy of Hamilton’s Smart Audio Control. With the ability to play music throughout the home – inside and out – this flexible solution is scalable to meet the demands of the project. This and Hamilton’s Smart Lighting Control can be commanded via switches, touchscreen controllers or the Hamilton App, which is available on iOS or Android for the utmost convenience.
Combined, designer wiring accessories, smart lighting control and smart audio control can add another level of luxury to the home, helping transform the bathroom into a sanctuary of tranquillity.