The words "golden toilet" have long been the personification of expensive foul taste, and sometimes the subject of jokes. Meanwhile, this piece of plumbing can become a real gem of the decor of the toilet room, if you choose the right model and correctly enter it into the interior. But you need to understand that this will not be a budget decision.
Japan and China are the world's leading manufacturers of gold plumbing, which includes gold toilets. The Japanese company InaxCorp produces toilets and bidets from pure gold without impurities 24 carats. For example, the cost of an InaxCorp toilet seat is around 200,000 euros. Typically, these products are equipped with the results of modern achievements in the plumbing industry: the functions of self-cleaning, automatic flushing, and music.
Italian firms also produce gold plumbing, it is more budget than Japanese counterparts. For example, the Galassia line has a toilet in a golden hue, but it is only a chrome finish. It itself is made of sanitary ceramics and sanitary ware. However, it looks decent. Available fully in gold or partially tinted (cap and tank may be white). May have horizontal or vertical outlet. The buyer has the opportunity to choose a similar sink and bidet for this model.
The Della Otti Versace model can be called gold with a big stretch. In this shade, only trim on the rims of the seats, the tank and the base is made. The toilet itself is made of white porcelain. The ornament is represented by a characteristic golden pattern, which is often used on accessories, clothes and shoes, as well as dishes and other interior items of the Versace fashion house.
Della Otti Versace - is not the only equipment with a golden design, in the lineup stand out:
- Boston super plus;
- Quattro super plus;
- Globus super plus;
- Quattro wood;
- Antler super plus.
All of them are united by the Versace pattern, which decorated the rims of the seat, base and tank. The Quattro wood model is also equipped with a black wood lid, all other models are made in white.
Della Otti toilets can decorate a bathroom no worse than pure gold. They look extremely noble and elegant.
If you choose an apron with a similar ornament in the bathroom, you can make it truly fashionable and modern. Laguraty models, decorated with a gold pattern on a white background, are equipped with a double drain system and a cover lift. At the same time, they cost about 30,000 rubles, that is, much cheaper than toilet bowls made of natural gold. But you need to understand that this is not a completely precious object, there is not a hint of high cost and luxury in it.
In order for plumbing from precious metals to look harmonious in the interior, you need to choose the right style in which the bathroom will be decorated. This is far from any style, since expensive, luxurious plumbing in itself is not suitable for every apartment or house. The most modern is the loft style, in which a gold toilet can become a real gem. Deliberately rough walls and a cement floor will create an original contrast with the expensive and rich model.
It should be borne in mind that the bathroom should in no case be small. Otherwise, all attempts to make gold equipment an organic part of the decor will be doomed to failure. This remark is true for any interior in which installation of a similar design is planned.
In a confined space, the golden toilet will not be so noticeable.
The classic style can also fit in golden plumbing. But it is better if this color is not predominant. Then the patterns on the rims of the sink, bathroom, toilet can overlap with the same design of the mirror frame, lamps, doors. Such a combination will create the illusion of an ensemble of interior composition.
In the modern style of the interior, the “precious” toilet seat will take its place if the rest of the design will consist of achromatic tones (better than gray). Then the decor will not be overloaded with shine and radiance. As for such styles as marine, Scandinavian, Provence, minimalism, in them too luxurious plumbing equipment will look alien. It is worth carefully approaching the interior design.
If you consider baroque or rococo, these styles need luxury. It cannot be too much. Therefore, gold toilets, and sinks inlaid with precious stones, and a bidet, completely covered with rhinestones, are acceptable here.
It is important to observe a uniform style of sanitary ware design.
Choosing a toilet made of pure gold for the toilet room, you will have to spend money on strengthening the floor surface. Models from this precious metal weigh so much that a regular floor simply cannot stand them (at least 250-280 kg). As for chrome equipment, its weight does not differ from the standard. In this case, no additional thickening of the floor is required.
How to do it yourself?
Gold plumbing is affordable for not many buyers. If you do not leave the thought of how such a toilet would look good in the toilet room, you can try to make it golden with your own hands. There are many ways to paint plumbing. The easiest of them is to use a spray can with appropriate paint. It is necessary to cover with newspapers or paper those parts that cannot be painted. Next you need to spray the paint in accordance with the instructions on it.
Another way to decorate the toilet can be decoupage. It requires careful preparation. The main material that is used to work in this technique are napkins, but not thin kitchen ones, but three-layer ones. When decoupage is performed, 2 lower layers are separated from the napkin, leaving the front with a picture. One pack will be enough for the implementation of the project. You will also need acrylic adhesive for decoupage, varnish, soft brushes. They can be bought at any stationery store.
Gold leaf gilding is another opportunity to turn your plumbing into an art object. This technology requires a large margin of patience, because the work must be done very carefully. Without the appropriate skills, it will be difficult to do this, because the golden surface must be impeccable. Any defect (scratch, crack, even accidentally dusted grain) can spoil the result.
Gold leaf can be free or transfer. The first is the thinnest layer of precious metal. It can not be touched, so the master must be a great craftsman to apply layers without blemishes. As for the transfer, its layers are fixed on silk paper. It is transferred to the decorated surface with it. After gluing, the paper is removed. It is easier for beginner decorators to work with this particular type of tinsel.
The application of gold leaf is a sequence of specific actions. First you need to cover the surface with two to three layers of acrylic primer. All layers should dry well. After this, the surface must be sanded, for example, with sandpaper with an abrasive of 240 or 400. Next, varnish is applied, the surface is dried.
After this, it is necessary to carry out grinding again, but already with abrasive 600. Next, Mordan is applied to the toilet bowl, the surface is dried to give the necessary stickiness. After that, gold leaf itself can be applied. It is carefully transferred to the surface and pressed with a brush so that there is no shift. Drying will take at least a day.
Gilding is divided into two types:
- oil (has a matte surface);
- glue (glossy).
The latter is applicable only to certain types of materials. Wood and certain types of plastic are suitable for it. Oil gilding can be used on any surface, including sanitary ware. If there is no desire and means to invest in pure gold leaf, you can use the potal. This is copper with zinc or with aluminum, it is much cheaper, they apply it similarly to tinsel.
Gold sparkles can decorate the toilet bowl no worse than paint. Gold paste paint is difficult to work with a large surface of irregular shape. It is applied with a finger and rubbed into the coating. But due to it, you can make the toilet golden and vintage, aged. The effect can turn out to be unusually beautiful (especially if you support the plumbing with a mirror frame or an apron on the wallpaper).
How to turn a regular toilet into gold, see the next video.