3:30 min.

The effects of shapes

Shapes address the subconscious. They can be used with purpose to create exciting room presentations
Shapes address the subconscious. They can be used with purpose to create exciting room presentations

by Tanja Pabelick

Like colours, shapes are also first perceived at a subconscious level – provided they do not move into the foreground as the result of a particularly bold aesthetic. With this trait, the geometry of objects can be used to enhance the concept of an interior or to add accents to it.

It’s a well-known fact that shapes affect us. Why this should be so is quite an interesting question, and it’s one that Gestalt psychologist Wolfgang Köhler already addressed in 1929. His field of research addressed the appeal of things and the interplay between haptic, olfactory, auditive and visual stimuli. Köhler invented two words: maluma and takete. He presented them to test persons and asked them to imagine objects that suited them. Ninety percent of all people associate maluma with a soft shaped and takete with something angular.

Conversely, the proven effect of geometries on the perception can also be controlled. This is not a new idea, even though it has different names in different cultures. The Romans and Greeks transferred the geometries in nature to their buildings, and mathematically derived the construction of the world from that. Feng shui tells us where shapes, materials and colours should be placed in order to encourage the life energy to flow, and for rooms to have a positive effect on us. And Bauhaus made the basic square, circle and triangle into the “grammar of Modernity”. Geometric shapes can be integrated in the interior on different levels, as furniture, fittings and accessories, patterned wallpapers or textiles. They are a tool for harmony and proportions, counterpoints and character. However, they also demand sensitivity.

Strong geometries only look tidy in minimalist interiors, where their clarity is seen at their best effect. They should be used sparingly in places where there is already an extensive mix of styles, materials and patterns, because an additional layer can quickly cause chaos here. It helps to form small groups in order to keep a perspective, with a selection of geometric objects being placed together to create a visual unit. And finally, the last rule – as is so often the case – is that rules exist to be broken. A good composition is often the result of instinct and emotional access to the room and object.

Symmetry vs. asymmetry

Symmetry enables the observer to understand an object more quickly: even half of something is enough for us to make a picture of the whole. The human brain likes symmetry, and it is also a part of the familiarity in nature: leaves, butterflies or other people – nature has constructed them all with axial symmetry. Regularity is pleasing and cosy. In order to achieve a harmonious effect, curves should be aesthetically logical, taking the course of a gentle wave or forming a regular ellipse. Abrupt changes in direction or formal breaks are seen as disruptive. This also applies to shapes, to three-dimensional forms. But by the same token, breaks in the right places can be seen as interesting. Asymmetrical shapes are the more exciting choice because they are seen as disruptive, and the eye tends to linger longer on them.

Setting accents

The BetteSpace bath breaks with orthogonal traditions, which makes it the creative focal point in the bathroom. What is particularly elegant about the design is that the trapezoid shape is not only formally interesting, but also makes optimum use of the room. Smaller bathrooms or layouts benefit in particular from the foot end.

Oval and organic

Round and organic shapes are seen as soft. The most regular is the circle, which is familiar to use from nature as a calming element – after all, from the sun to the moon and the stars, all the heavenly bodies in the sky are round. A circle has no beginning and no breaks – as objects with no beginning and no end, circles and ellipses stand for perfection. Thanks to their timelessness, they combine beautifully with angular shapes. The counterplay with geometries is particularly effective here.

Following in nature’s tracks

Bette’s biggest bath forms a perfect circle. BettePond has a fascinating and spectacular effect, especially if it is positioned freely in the room. Not only is the name a reference to natures; so too is its shape. This always becomes particularly clear if it positioned in places where building and architecture enter into a dialogue with each other.

Like a hollowed-out pebble: the BetteCraft washbasin, designed by Tesseraux und Partner, combines a solid appearance with a delicate silhouette: The ultra-thin titanium steel shells are shaped by hand.

Strikingly edgy

Pointed shapes look dynamic, especially the triangle with its mythological associations. Squares are seen as strong and factual. We have a very special feeling for the regular square: it is the foundation of our home-building, and most of our rooms have four right-angled corners. Cuboids and rectangles radiate stability and endurance, and are perceived as having the maximum solidity.

Fitting a square into a round

In order to make architecture exciting, it’s also a good idea to occasionally break free from the dominating motif. Here, the delicate effect colour Blue Satin was brought into the architecture as an accent, and used as a splash of colour that instantly attracts the eye.

Fitting a square into a square

A square into a cuboid: that’s consistent formal severity. The washbasin BetteLoft acts against this in the play with a conically tapered basin. The rounded corners of BetteOne also cancel out the hard aesthetic of the floating marble block.


New and Popular

2:30 min.

5 feel-good tips for surviving the cold winter

Winter days are short, the nights long. A lack of light and fresh air can result in some of us experiencing a serious case of the winter blues. But there are various ways you can prevent this.


5 wellness tips to see you through autumn

When the days start to get shorter and the weather deteriorates, it's time to treat yourself to some little time-outs. These tips will help you to enjoy the autumn.

3 min.

The right relaxation after sports

Do you like sports and being active? With the right tips for relaxing your muscles, you can achieve the perfect combination of relaxation, well-being and regeneration.

4 min.

5 tips for slowing down in everyday life

Our lives are constantly getting faster, everyday life more hectic. We rush from one appointment to the next, and our minds are constantly occupied with things to do and worries that lie ahead of us. But with a little mindfulness and a few basic exercises, you can soon slow down and do something to counter the stress.

2 min.

Speed or pleasure – how do you shower?

Most of us start our day with a morning shower. As part of a study, psychologist Alfred Gebert of the University of Münster divided showering behaviour into four types, each one of which tells us something about the particular personality.


I’m going to take a bath

By Claudia Simone Hoff Just to be somewhere else – that’s what you’ve often wished for in the last few months. Having a foam fight, dipping your toes in warm water or just daydreaming: about the comeback of the bathtub in times of crisis. Admittedly, the bath in the bathtub has always had a touch ... Read moreThe effects of shapes

2:30 min.

Eight baths with character: Bette’s little book of baths

For years, the bathroom specialist Bette has been collecting the world's most highly-regarded design awards for its bath. One recent example is the BettePond Silhouette, which was named "Best of Best", the highest accolade of the Iconic Awards. The secret of the owner-run family company's success is a sophisticated design management that is notable for its use of exceptional shapes, innovative colours and exclusive materials – that at the same time makes sure that every item is absolutely suitable for everyday use.

2:50 min.

Colour is trumps: Bette, the king of colour

From a stylistic point of view, the modern is characterised by purist design, minimalist design language - and clear dominance of the colour white. Why? Because the effect of a product is decisively dependent upon the design and colour from a formal/aesthetic point of view. For many architects, interior designers, planners and end customers, the choice of colour is even one of the main tasks involved in the design process – and things are no different in the bathroom.

3 min.

Creating our bathroom – by whatevaloves

Eva from whatevaloves.de gives us a very private insight into her bed and bath combination and talks about the planning and furnishing as well as the challenges that the combination of bedroom and bathroom brings with it.


Reduced to the max – “Mittermeiers Alter Ego”

At the gateway to Rothenburg's old town, a former entrepreneur's villa dating back to the Gründerzeit in the 19th-century has been converted into a hotel.

2 min.

Entertainment in the bathroom

Should the bathroom be more than just a spot for the necessary? Yes please! Today's bathroom is also a retreat, a feel-good oasis. In which case, it should also provide some entertainment. So in this article, we're going to be telling you about a few ways to upgrade your bathroom.

6 min.

Smart Home: sustainable living in the intelligent house

What exactly is a "Smart Home"? And where does sustainability fit in this concept? Eigenraum has a snappy overview for you.

6 min.

Smart bathroom: the intelligent room

One question that is often asked is, "Why does my bathroom have to be intelligent? And how would that benefit me?" Saving water, safety first and entertainment in the bathroom – now you can find all this and more at Eigenraum.

3 min.

Smart bathroom: what are the advantages of voice control?

The bathroom as a wellness oasis has long be a standard request from many customers. However, much in the smart bathroom is automatic – and often on command.

3 min.

BetteLux Oval Couture – New living room comfort in the bathroom

A high quality of life and stay is becoming increasingly important in the bathroom. Bette has developed a free-standing bath and floor-standing washbasin in glazed titanium-steel in BetteLux Oval Couture, which are covered and upholstered in a woven fabric just like a cosy sofa. Four colour options and a high level of functionality bring sensuousness and comfort into the bathroom.

2:50 min.

Best Practice: Quick assembly barrier-free shower areas

126 showers were installed quickly, safely and to industry standards at the Bielefeld Stayery boarding house thanks to Bette's clever combined solution. Thanks to the glazed titanium steel of BetteFloor, the new shower areas are also perfectly prepared for tough daily life in a boarding house with a high tenant turnover.


Seven steps to safe drainage

The Installation Box Easy Connect is the plug-and-play solution for safely connecting shower trays and baths.

3 min.

Acid test for sealing components on baths and showers

Completely waterproof – even with dynamic loads.

2 min.

BetteSolid – Bette’s new waste fitting cleans itself

BetteSolid is an entirely new waste fitting for the shower that has a high self-cleaning performance and that drains up to 36 l of water a minute. In doing so, Bette declares war on blocked and hard-to-clean drains under the shower.

2 min.

The electronic overflow system BetteSensory

BetteSensory eliminates the need for a visible overflow in baths. The technology and operating method of the innovative electronic overflow system have now been visualised in a video animation that explains the system clearly and succinctly.

2:30 min.

Bed and bath combination – bringing together what belongs together

Stylish combined kitchen/living rooms with an open-plan kitchen area that also contain the dining and living room have long been the standard in our homes. So why not create a flowing transition between the bathroom and bedroom as well?

4 min.

How do I bathe my dog?

Mini guide to bathing your dog.

3 min.

Free-standing baths – trends, tips and information

Free-standing baths are eye-catchers and focal points. But how to find the perfect model for your home? And where's the best place to put it? No need to worry – here are the answers.

4 min.

Illumination 2:0: The perfect light in the bathroom

Goethe said, “There is strong shadow where there is much light” in the first act of the play, “Götz von Berlichingen”. But how much light do you actually need to feel good in the bathroom? And how do you manage to save energy? In this article, you will find a crash course on perfect bathroom lighting.

3 min.

Floor-level showering: what’s better – a shower area or tiles?

Anyone who is about to build a new bathroom or renovate an existing one often has to address the question whether the future shower areas is to be tiled and fitted with a shower channel or whether a floor-level shower tray or a shower area in glazed titanium steel would be better. So what are the advantages of the two solutions?