Journal

Keeping you up-to-date with the latest in bathroom design news and inspiration, take a peek into our journals for an insight into the world of Catchpole and Rye. Here you will find designer bathroom updates, interior designer interviews, product features and more. Please subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to see our latest articles.

The West House in Biddenden, from the outside

A very Kentish Christmas

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, and Kent does Christmas so well! Here at Catchpole & Rye we’re proud of our Kentish heritage and are keen to champion local products and services across all industries, not just our own. With this in mind, we have compiled an edit of things to see, do, eat and drink in Kent over the festive period. We guarantee that they’ll get you into the holiday mood!

Copper bain de bateau surrounded by plants

Warm metallics: time to shine

Metallics have been big news in interiors for a while now, and the bathroom is perhaps the best room in the house to show them off. Metallics convey a sense of luxury that has become a ‘must’ in the modern bathroom and are a great way to create a spa-like feel. What’s more, their natural glow brings warmth to a room – a beautiful effect all year round, but one that is particularly appreciated in this frosty weather!

Nickel bateau in shabby-chic warehouse

Choosing the right bath

When choosing a new bath, it is natural to focus on aesthetics – it is an investment piece that will be a feature of your home for many years, so loving how it looks is a must. There are, however, other considerations to be taken into account. Here’s our summary of the best Catchpole & Rye baths for a range of scenarios and circumstances…

 

We answer your FAQs

Designing a new bathroom is all about careful planning, so it’s natural that our customers and prospective customers have lots of queries when they visit our showrooms. For this blog post we have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions we encounter, and consulted our expert team for the answers. We hope they’ll take you one step closer to your dream bathroom…

La Cage shower enclosure in grand manor-house setting

A nod to the past: Catchpole & Rye’s classical inspiration

‘To create something original, you must first fully understand the past’. This statement is key to the Catchpole & Rye ethos. Our business is built around a passion for antique baths and sanitaryware and a desire to preserve the craftsmanship that went into their creation; as a result, many of our distinctive products are faithful copies of original items, both in their appearance and their method of manufacture.

 

Weathered brass bateau bath with concrete wall

Key Trends for Bathrooms

Once upon a time, bathrooms were purely functional spaces, discreetly tucked away at the back of the house. In the modern home, on the other hand, they tend to be given star status. Influenced by a growing focus on the show-stopping bathrooms and extravagant spa facilities of luxury hotels, homeowners are increasingly seeing the bathroom as a trend-led space in which they can unleash their creativity and inject personality.

In previous blog posts we have covered trends such as warm metallics and perfect pastels, but the bathroom is proving to be a surprisingly versatile space for a range of emerging trends, with a particular emphasis on texture, colour and quirky finishes.

 

Pale pink bath with dusty pink panelled wall

Unwind in style with perfect pastels

Spring is in the air, and in fashion and interiors that means one thing: a proliferation of pastels! When it comes to the bathroom, however, a gentle, muted colour palette is not just for the warmer months – it works wonderfully all year round, creating a peaceful, tranquil ambience in a room that is made for relaxation and indulgence.

Bath with Catchpole & Rye Venetian crest

The Many Faces of the Bateau Bath

Picture the archetypal roll-top bath and there’s a good chance that the image in your mind bears a close resemblance to Catchpole & Rye’s Le Bain de Bateau.

First manufactured in late 19th-century France for the fashionable aristocracy, the bateau style of bath is still seen as a luxury product today thanks to its attractive shape and generous proportions. Although the core design has remained the same for over 100 years, the range of finishes and customising options that we can offer our clients makes the bateau bath a true chameleon that looks at home in any scheme, from the most traditional to the most contemporary.