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Solus Ceramics Transforms Luxurious Spa Into 4* Retreat

Solus Ceramics has revitalised a 39 Bedroom boutique hotel with the use of its bespoke tiling throughout its spa refurbishment.   

Situated on the majestic Falmouth coast, Merchants Manor Hotel has undergone a three-year refurbishment plan, solely mastered by commercial interior architecture and design practice, Helen Hughes Design Studio.

The most recent development has seen the remodelling and refurbishment of the existing pool area into a classically chic and modern luxury spa, where Solus Ceramics’ Spark tile range takes center stage.   

Helen Hughes, Creative Director at Helen Hughes Design Studio, said: “A key requirement of the client’s brief was to create a refined and luxurious space which meant a full strip out and redesign of both the pool and changing areas.

“The main aim of the design was to create an elegant, functional space with a distinctively classic yet modern ambience that is also easy to maintain. Therefore we decided to use a singular tile range thought the entire project echoing the classic aesthetics of traditional Roman spas.

“This project took inspiration from the stonework at the Victoria & Albert Museum that features monolithic marble slabs, which led to the tile selection of the Spark range, chosen for its beautiful and faithful marble effect boasting dynamic and realistic veining and natural variation.  The versatile tiles were used on the poolside, in the steam room, changing rooms and vanity areas with a mixture of 1200mmx600mm and 1200mmx200mm large format tiles.

In addition to the large format pieces, Solus Ceramics also supplied bespoke cut pool edging, corner pieces and step treads. These uniquely fabricated pieces were crafted from the same material as the main tile, which allowed us to completely maximize the potential of the marble tiles. These pieces were vital to the project as they helped us to retain the flowing sense of classical continuity that was so important.

The Spark range is populated with realistic veins, speckles and tonal variations, exposing a charming rustic and natural aesthetic that suits a variety of project types from residential spaces and spas through to leisure suites and commercial environments

Taking inspiration from the most attractive and palatial features of natural marble, the new Spark range is created in hard-wearing porcelain stoneware offering a worthy alternative to genuine stone. Boasting fantastic technical qualities, from durability, stain resistance and thermal endurance.

Since the opening of the spa, the hotel has jumped from a 3* to a 4* rated property and the feedback from both the client and the guests has been overwhelmingly positive.

Michael Irvine, Area Sales Manager at Solus Ceramics, said: “Merchants Manor has been a fantastic project to work on with Helen Hughes Design Studio, and has delivered fantastic results. 

One of our favourite aspects of this classically chic design was the way in which the two large format tiles were used. The Spark range provides a tactile anti-slip finish, which is ideal when a project requires something more refined than a typically austere anti-slip finish.

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