Once upon a time the bathroom was a no-nonsense practical space. Oh how things have changed, and we couldn’t be happier! Bathrooms are big right now, really big. More and more attention is being paid to this originally humble room of the home as we realise it can not only be a functional space, but a wonderful oasis. So what’s hot? We look at five bathroom trends you will want to covet.
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1. The Hotel Bathroom
There’s something about a great hotel bathroom. You step over that precipice and straight away slip into a bit of a fantasy – you’re away from home, you’re about to wash the day’s stresses away, you might even draw a bath (free-standing and eggshell, of course), order in a glass of wine and call it a night. Delicious. Think quality lighting, generous bathroom basins, luxurious bathroom taps and tapware, indulgent tiling. And don’t forget the toilet! If ever there’s an on-trend, impressive toilet, it’s in a luxury hotel bathroom! But don’t be afraid to take it to the next level – maybe your hotel bathroom has a mounted television? And don’t forget all those lovely hotel additions like premium towels, the fluffiest most fabulous gowns and slippers known to mankind, and proudly displayed shampoos and lotions. So why not bring the hotel to your home and feel like that every evening (and indeed every morning, albeit without the glass of wine!).
2. The Day Spa Bathroom
Hello – and welcome to your daily sanctuary and place of indulgent retreat. Sigh. The day spa industry is booming and no wonder – it’s where tired and stressed bodies flee to so they can be pampered by any number of rituals designed to float stress away, restore calm and wellbeing and basically leave you all shiny and blissed-out. Why wouldn’t you want this every day? OK, so you might not be able to have the day spa therapist at your beck and call, but the day spa itself could be achievable. Think steam showers with sauna features and mini whirlpools. Décor is usually minimalist and stylish – the perfect way to settle and balance a tired and stressed-out visitor.
3. The Black and White Bathroom
Black and white will never grow old. The class, impact and timeless appeal of a monochrome bathroom cannot be underestimated; it’s just so fabulously dramatic. Don’t for a second think that a restrained palette means restrained creativity – on the contrary you can really unleash your Interior God or Goddess on a black and white bathroom (and normally risk far less than you might with a broader choice). Think complex tiling, or simple but stunning subway tiling, or the cool and classic beauty of marble. Why go stainless steel tap ware when you can opt for über cool matte black instead? We’re big fans of frameless showers at the moment, which would match the elegance of a black and white space.
4. The Bathroom Without Borders
Break down those walls! There’s a new style of bathroom emerging, but it blurs the lines and leaves us wondering where it starts and finishes! The idea here is to make the bathroom a seamless space – do away with the walls, open it up and let it breathe. This is where we see another big emerging trend – open walk-in showers, often with double shower heads. The space might also spill into a walk-in-wardrobe, a logical layout for a highly functional home.
5. The Eco Bathroom
Home owners are becoming savvier about eco-friendly options that will not only look after the environment, but help the hip pocket as well. And let’s face it, when we’re renovating or building, budget is paramount!
Think water-efficient bathroom taps, showers and toilets. But also think about ideas like a green wall, or just more pots of indoor-friendly foliage to make you feel like you’re bringing the outdoors in. Also consider natural finishes like pebble stones, timber, slate. Why not make yourself feel like you’re bathing in a rain forest!
The above trends will hopefully give you some inspiration for your bathroom renovation and even if you don't adopt the entire look and feel, there are terrific elements from each style that can be successfully incorporated into any bathroom makeover.
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