Statement Tapware Here to Stay

With so many kitchen and bathroom tapware ranges on the market, it is hard for people to choose the perfect one. My advice is don't be scared to choose something different. People often question is matte black still in or is this going to date? Often if you are choosing pieces for your own style and home, you connect with a particular look and colour. Go with your instinct and have fun with these pieces. Kitchen mixer and bathroom taps can really bring life and character to the room.

Many suppliers are offering a number of special finishes in tapware that are growing in popularity. The obvious matte black is being closely followed by, brushed chrome, gunmetal, nickel, antique brass and rose gold. Over the last month we have been forecasting what is next to come, and the most recent trade fare confirmed that coloured tapware ins't going anywhere but forward.

There are some amazing and innovative new ranges soon to be realeased. These custom colours and two tones options are really going to let individuals and designers express themselves and their ideas, creating unique looking rooms.

So if you are in the market for new tapware, be sure to visit us and let us show you all the new options we have and lets create your ideal look.

Meet Jamie J

GT&B are delighted to exclusively showcase the amazing new tapware range designed by the ever so talented Jamie-Lee Jones. In an industry where we are constantly chasing a new trend and look we often look for those products that stand out from the rest and have a great story behind them. We had the pleasure of meeting this enthusiastic and fun loving designer. Her range is sleek and confident. Perfect pieces to suit a modern and minimal styled home.

 

"With design in her blood, a home that could only be described as an art studio, and an ambition to express to the world her passion Jamie J has endeavored on her own path to bring you satisfying designs captured through emerging trends she has seen arise worldwide." This range of designer tapware has flare and a modern youthful feeling. Perfect for a new modern home. Be sure to explore these great pieces on her website and in our showroom.

http://www.jamiej.com.au/

ART DECO DELIGHT

If you are a lover of all things design and home, its ok to admit you may watch shows like "The Block" and the "Home Lifestyle" channel. I must say, if there ever was a series of "The Block" I would have liked to be on, it would have been this current one. What a fantastic building to be working with, full of rich detail and history. An architect and designers dream project, I really want the contestants to get their heads around my favourite period of design, Art Deco. Their challenge is to bring this old Art Deco heritage building back to its former glory integrating a modern twist for the buyers. What a buzz. There are so many ways to translate this superb movement. It was one of the most exciting decorative styles of the century, and is still referenced through contemporary geometric designs.

Art Deco was a movement recognised by its rich bold colours and simple geometric designs. Shortly after the end of WWI, the French art movement inspired optimism, and brought forth a new energy. I want to showcase some of the stunning design features from this time in history before I delve into the modern fusion with this style.

The geometic floor pattern in this first image is sublime. Such craftsmanship and strong statement. This would be a starting point for my mood board to creating a modern deco space.

The geometic floor pattern in this first image is sublime. Such craftsmanship and strong statement. This would be a starting point for my mood board to creating a modern deco space.

I have come across a few images of spaces where they have cleverly incorporated facets of the Art Deco style in an eclectic way. Many people these days tend to have an eclectic style because we have so many wonderful periods that have past before us which we can draw from. The next 3 images are quite different in approach, they show a good starting point for integrating a past style in a modern way. This is a great example of how you can translate the Art Deco style in so many ways to suit your taste.

In a current world where homewares are on everyones wish list with a plethora of black, white & gold at your finger tips, it is a great time to be referencing the Art Deco period and introduce some of this bold and confident design detail in your homes. It doesn't mean you have to make everything in a room from that period. It could mean choosing a rug with a deco style print, a lamp, a painting or even an architrave. Have some fun with it, dont be so literal. I have put together 2 small story boards that inspired me when I was looking into the modern Art Deco approach. One is a darker take on the period and one is a bit more glam. I love black, so I'm sure you know which one I love. Whichever you prefer, the options are there. Hope you enjoy them and get inspired.

I adore that black & metallic print. That was relevant then and is definitely en vogue now.

I adore that black & metallic print. That was relevant then and is definitely en vogue now.

Art Deco style made gold adornment the pinnacle of luxury. It was so divine, rich and timeless. Using gold as highlights against the boldness of black is the perfect marriage. All those elements are easily translated to a modern day home.

Art Deco style made gold adornment the pinnacle of luxury. It was so divine, rich and timeless. Using gold as highlights against the boldness of black is the perfect marriage. All those elements are easily translated to a modern day home.

What sets us apart from others?

Our own sense of character and style. All the things we like through music, colour, smell, sound and touch mould us as a person.

So when designing our own house you can see how everyones style and home can vary so much. It is our job at GT&B to make sure we have all of the possibilities available to our customers that will suit every design style and taste for new home builders and renovators.

It is no simple feat as there is a plethora of items to choose from. However our design team rise to the challenge every season to pick out the best and latest products for our clients.

With so much at our disposal from our Australian and suppliers abroad there is no limitation. This season we have sourced some exceptional new pieces. There is a real move into the textures that are on tiles at the moment. The mainstream ranges are still prodominently matt and gloss but as you delve into our exclusive european ranges you will see many tactile and intriguing new tiles. We have a huge range of hand made tiles in various shapes and colour that make for fantastic feature walls. There are many rustic and worn looking tiles that are great for a rich feel and wonderful for cleaning as they disguise every bit of dust and crumb. These tiles come in subway format, hexagon, diamond, large format and even in a rustic timber look. The newest texture kid on the block is the every stunning brick look tiles. Superb in texture and colour, there is no shortage of the possibilities with these new wonders. To accommodate for everyones taste there are so many different finishes and sizes to work in with from federation period homes to modern Scadinavian styles. Our design pick of the month has to be our large format back tiles in the matt black and the white. Not to mention their extraordinary feature tiles that are like no other tile on the market today. If a feature is what you are looking for, this is a range not to miss out on.

Do your self a favour and visit our showroom and simply have a look at the thousands of beautiful tiles there are on offer. Every tile is unique as you are, the right one will stand out to you. Tiles are a main factor of every home, so don’t rush into your tile choice, take time to look around and explore the wonderful options that are available to you and that make you smile. Visit the design team at Geelong Tiles & Bathware ….. prepare to be inspired

Mel Skoko - Designer

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my passion in life is design, art, travel, fashion & family. Inspired by all things around me I would like to share my experiences with you to spark your creative flare inside. I live and breathe design and through this forum I hope to inspire you to discover the wonderful world of creativity & imagination.

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