For a long time bathroom interiors have typically taken on a highly natural and minimal aesthetic.
You may be all too familiar with the ever popular Scandinavian style that has continued grace the pages of your favourite design magazines and blogs over the last few years.
That predominantly white space with a focus toward the raw, organic and natural finishes such as pale timber and concrete with a few plants dotted about to add life and colour.
While this look still has a place in the market, the colour palettes for 2017/18 comes with a twist. The time has come for change – a somewhat colourful one.
If you’re considering upgrading your bathroom, or just want to be in the know about what the next big thing in bathroom design is then read on.
We have thoroughly researched the following elements of design to bring you an insight into what’s next to come in the world of bathroom interiors.
There’s no need to flinch, the emerging colour palette for Spring 2017 remains one of elegance and refinement but this time it’s origins are hailing from Italy, Milan in fact. This year’s biggest and best interior design trade fair ‘Salone del Mobile’ held in Milan Italy, revealed that colour is coming back in a big way.
Stark white walls are being replaced with muted, chalky, earthier tones that are easy on the eye but enrich the soul. The colour combo’s that really struck the House of Home team were the soft, subtle shades of green and pink. Both hues offer a feeling of freshness and liveliness, yet reflect peace and tranquillity.
Both green and pink have a calming, restful and renewing effect which makes them perfect for a bathroom interior. There are two particular shades of pink and green that are expected to become the ‘’new neutral.’’
Please allow us to introduce you to ‘Millennial Pink’ and ‘Seafoam Green.’
To further confirm our colour trend prediction, we sought the advice of Haymes Paint Colour Expert Wendy Rennie. Here’s what she shared with us.
“A demand for more colour in the home has been at the top of many designers’ and home makers minds’ for the last few months. This use of colour is now being translated to bathroom spaces.
Pale pinks and muted greens are bringing a sense of lushness and intimacy with them as we embrace a less hard lined approach to bathrooms. Tactile finishes and colour are bringing warmth and a sense of calm to these spaces which can sometimes be left feeling a little too cold and clinical with mainly hard surfaces in them”. Wendy Rennie | Haymes Paint Colour Expert
Bathrooms will be transformed with an array of raw, warm metal finishes such as Aged Brass, Flemish Copper, Iron Bronze, Brushed Gold or Brushed Nickel.
The time for shine has passed and bathrooms are now set to encompass matte or honed finishes. Coloured Terrazzo is also becoming highly sought after. Yes you heard it right!
We spoke to David Signorino of Signorino Tiles to find out what new products have been popular with Interior Designers. Here’s what David shared.
“There has been a greater use of mixed mediums (e.g. stone, timber & metal), along with a much greater use of colour. Terrazzo has been a big beneficiary of the colour movement, as it provides a feature look akin to stone, and also a high end look – all whilst supplying the pop of colour that is in high demand right now.
There’s also been a bit of movement in the use of bolder coloured stones – shifting away from the tried and true white Carrara or Statuario. These colour trends have until now been mainly seen in the commercial sector, but we’re now seeing in filter into the residential realm as well.
Another trend we’re seeing more of is the use of various tile sizes in the same space. Gone are the days (at least temporarily) of using the standard 30x60 or 60x60 sizes throughout an entire bathroom, with many people employing size as a point of intrigue over colour or material differences”. David Signorino, Marketing Manager | Signorino Tiles
Soft edged, thinner profile basins in an array of colours, along with matte finishes will be spreading throughout bathrooms of the near future. Be prepared for basins to take on a whole new appearance with more organic shapes that come in an a striking palette of colours such as Sage, Ivy Green, Taupe Powder Pink, Anthracite, Charcoal, Grey, or Black. Many of these colours are available in a matte finish.
Basins with matching plugs will become the preferred option over chrome, while the trend for toilets is to say goodbye gloss and hello matte white and matte back.
Last but not least, laminates are making a comeback in a big way. Soft neutral colours in a matte finish or faux timber are becoming the preferred choice for vanity cupboards.
We welcome the return of geometric shapes in the form of encaustic, cement or matte finish tiles. Bold shapes or pattern and the use of colour play the part of artwork for the bathroom; where either the floor or the wall becomes ones canvas.
We chatted to Mary Todarello of Total bathroom Centre and Kerry Mulry of Tiento Tiles about what bathroom trends they have noticed developing this year.
“I am finding that the latest colour trends and styles filtering through are the mosaic or hexagonal tiles and patterned tiles being used to create a striking feature. There has been a revival of raw or imperfect looking timber and metal finishes that add warmth to a cold stark bathroom’’. Mary Todarello, Director | Total Bathroom Centre
“In 2017 we are seeing lots of natural, earthy tones. Customers are looking for tactile textures or unusual shapes to add a point of difference to their space. The technology advancements in digital printing techniques has seen stone, marble, timber, even fabric prints on porcelain tile replicated as close to the real thing. A muted colour palette in pinks, greens and blues are popular for feature tiles, with various shapes and textures available across porcelain, ceramic and encaustic materials”. Kerry Mulry, Director | Tiento Tiles
Using a combination of tiles for Tiento Tiles, fittings from Phoenix Tapware, laminates from Laminex and basin colours from Studio Bagno, we created two mood boards to display some of the amazing products now available in our two new favourite colour schemes. We have included finishes schedules for each scheme to help you get the look.
|Product Type||Manufacturer & Supplier||Product Name & Colour|
|1||Basin Mixer Tap||Phoenix | The Bathroom Biz||Alia Wall Basin / Bath Outlet 200mm, Brushed Gold|
|2||Cabinetry (Option 1)||Laminex||Alpaca Natural Finish|
|3||Porcelain Tile (Option 1)||Tiento Tiles||TTA073 Dark Grey Naturale (various sizes available)|
|4||Bench Top Stone||Signorino Tiles||Terrazzo EM–36–10|
|5||Basin Colour (Option 1)||Studio Bagno | Total Bathroom Centre||Nic Basin, Penicillina, (various basin profiles available)|
|6||Basin Colour (Option 2)||Studio Bagno | Total Bathroom Centre||Nic Basin, Argilla, Matte Finish, (various basin profiles available)|
|7||Basin Colour (Option 3)||Studio Bagno | Total Bathroom Centre||Nic Basin, Cemento, Matte Finish, (various basin profiles available)|
|8||Cabinetry (Option 2)||Laminex||Impressions, Avignon Walnut, Riven Finish|
|9||Mosaic Tile||Tiento Tiles||TTME114 Satin Rhomboid mosaic|
|10||Porcelain Tile (Option 2)||Tiento Tiles||TTB230 Terrazzo look Grey matte 450x900mm|
|11||Ceramic Feature Wall Tile (Option 1)||Tiento Tiles||TTK083 Nara White leaf subway|
|12||Encaustic Tile (Option 1)||Tiento Tiles||Popham Design Demi Long Hex in Pistachio & Celadon|
|13||Basin Tap||Astra Walker | Total Bathroom Centre||Icon Wall Tap Set, White|
|14||Bathroom Paint Colours||Porters Paints (Available through Haymes Paints)||Newport Blue – Dark Newport Blue|
|15||Encaustic Tile (Option 2)||Tiento Tiles||Popham Design Honeycomb Hex in Teal, Ivory & Grey|
|16||Shower Wall Mixer||Phoenix | Total Bathroom Centre||Alia, Brushed Gold|
|17||Shower Rose||Phoenix | Total Bathroom Centre||Vivid, Brushed Gold|
|18||Encaustic Tile (Option 1)||Tiento Tiles||Popham Design Baguette in Cypress|
|19||Feature Wall Tile (Option 1)||Tiento Tiles||TTB122 White Gloss Herringbone mosaic|
|20||Encaustic Tile||Tiento Tiles||Popham Design Baguette in Dark Celadon|
|Product Type||Manufacturer & Supplier||Product Name & Colour|
|1||Basin Mixer Tap||Phoenix | The Bathroom Biz||Alia Wall Basin / Bath Outlet 200mm, Brushed Nickel|
|2||Cabinetry (Option 1)||Laminex||Aries Natural Finish|
|3||Encaustic Tile (Option 1)||Tiento Tiles||Popham Design encaustic cement in Flush|
|4||Bench Top Stone||Caesarstone||Wild Rock, 6250|
|5||Ceramic Feature Wall Tile||Tiento Tiles||TTB200 Bubble mosaic in Snow|
|6||General and Accent Wall Paint Colours||Porters Paints (Available through Haymes Paints)||Almond, Angel Shoes, Burmese Grey, Overcast|
|7||Basin Colour (Option 1)||Studio Bagno | Total Bathroom Centre||Sabbia|
|8||Basin Colour (Option 2)||Studio Bagno | Total Bathroom Centre||Basalto, Matte Finish, (various basin profiles available)|
|9||Basin Colour (Option 3)||Studio Bagno | Total Bathroom Centre||Bianco, Matte Finish, (various basin profiles available)|
|10||Basin Colour (Option 1)||Studio Bagno | Total Bathroom Centre||Sabbia|
|11||Bench Top Stone||Signorino Tiles||Pink Terrazzo EG-0025|
|12||Encaustic Tile (Option 2)||Tiento Tiles||Popham Design Hex in Blush Pink|
|13||Shower Wall Mixer||Phoenix | Total Bathroom Centre||Alia, Brushed Nickel|
|14||Porcelain Tile||Tiento Tiles||FTTI057 LaForma Gioco terrazzo look|
|15||Shower Rose||Phoenix | Total Bathroom Centre||Vivid, Brushed Nickel|
|16||Ceramic Wall Tile (Option 1)||Tiento Tiles||FTTI106 Kolore White Gloss subway|
|17||Ceramic Wall Tile (Option 2)||Tiento Tiles||Gloss Pink|
|18||Ceramic Wall Tile (Option 3)||Tiento Tiles||FTTI107 Kolore White Matte subway|
|19||Basin Tap||Astra Walker | Total Bathroom Centre||Icon Wall Tap Set, Iron Bronze|
|20||Bench Top Quartz (Option 1)||Essa Stone||Dolomite Spur, Gloss, Luxe|
|21||Bench Top Quartz (Option 2)||Essa Stone||Fino Venato, Gloss, Luxe|
Other than this trend in colour there will be a lot more of bringing the outdoors indoors with bathrooms. The general trend toward 'botanical' bathrooms filled with indoor plants will continue and will also work beautifully with both of above mentioned palette of colours and finishes.
We would like to thank the following companies for for supplying samples of their products for our mood boards and for sharing their insights into bathroom trends with us.
- Astra Walker
- Haymes Paint
- Tiento Tiles
- Phoenix Tapware
- Porters Paints
- Signorino Tile Gallery
- Studio Bagno
- Total Bathroom Centre
We hope you found this article helpful. If you are ready to start building your wish list of products, then be sure to check out our Bathroom products range.
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Image Credits: behance.com | etsy.com | google.co.uk | muralswallpaper.com | pinterest.com | terzo-piano.com | apartmenttherapy.com | mimdesign.com.au | homedeco.com | designseeds.com | decor10blog.com | astrawalker.com.au | studiobagno.com.au | pophamdesign.com | Flat Lay Photography by Julia Chapman (Graphic Designer) | Materials and Finishes Mood Boards by Sarah Radhanauth (Interior Designer).