As we sizzle through these hot hazy summer days, I thought it would be interesting to see what is supposedly trending in terms of bathroom design. Doing a little research and digging around in the wonderful world of bathrooms, I came up with several recurring themes.
More and more people are wanting to use natural materials in their homes and this trend is extending to bathrooms. From hardwood floors to stone or slate tiling, anything goes as long as its natural. There are even some bathrooms that have “living walls”, populated entirely by plantlife! A more accessible variation of this would be to ensure that you have ledges in your bathroom for plants to thrive and grow. Coastal themes are also very popular at the moment, with driftwood, rocks and shells all taking pride of place.
Less is more, it seems! There is a trend to move away from overfilling your bathroom to a more minimilastic approach. This can be achieved by the design of your bathroom furniture and fittings, keeping to clean simple lines, and perhaps floating or freestanding items of furniture rather than everything being visibly attached. Storage can all be kept under cover to avoid the cluttered look. Stick to just one or two neutral colours for tiling to achieve a sleek monochrome look.
Patterned Floors or Walls
In contrast to the above, there is also a trend for a splash of colour in the bathrooms. One popular way to achieve this and to transform the look of any bathroom is to use patterned tiles, particularly on the floor. Patterned floor tiles can add depth and dimension to an otherwise simple bathroom to give it a distinctive touch. Alternatively, you may want to try some vibrant artwork on the wall of an otherwise neutral bathroom: again, this will give it an extra dimension and make it just that bit different.
Another popular trend is for bathrooms with a touch of glamour – known as “Hotel Glam”. These bathrooms might be very chic and contemporary with sleek sharp lines and glossy finishes. Or perhaps a luxurious vintage style bathroom reminiscent of the Art Deco era. Last week’s blog featured our new exciting Arcade range which features a whole host of opulent products that would create the ideal Hotel Glam bathroom! The image above shows one of their lovely freestanding baths.
Enhanced Bathroom Experience
Many people are now seeing the bathroom not just as something functional but also as an opportunity for some much-needed rest and relaxation. This is most commonly either in terms of spa or high-tech accessories. Many spa-like experiences are now possible to install in a home bathroom, such as steam showers, saunas, whirlpool baths, hot tubs and even chromatherapy to bathe your bathroom experience in soothing colours. On the high-tech front, there are many high quality audio-visual accessories now available for safe bathroom installation and use. For both these trends there is the ultimate in decadence: inbuilt bathroom refrigeration systems – or at least champagne coolers! Bath-time can be an experience for the senses with the option of built-in audio systems, chromatherapy (using mood-enhancing colors), or even tub-side refrigeration.
Walk in showers & wet rooms
Although these have been popular for a while, this trend shows no signs of abating. Demand for walk in showers and frameless shower enclosures continues to grow. Not suprising when you consider the therapeutic effect of an open walk in shower area with a powerful overhead – and perhaps body level – shower for an invigorating and restorative experience.
We would be more than happy to help you adapt any of these trends to suit your own space and style – or perhaps to create your own trend that others will follow! Have a browse through our gallery to start getting inspired!