Last updated on November 21st, 2016 at 04:00 pm
Finding the perfect design for your bathroom can be tricky. Bathrooms vary from small rooms with little more than a toilet, sink and shower cubicle, to “wet room” style shower enclosures and large, expansive rooms with plenty of space for decoration.
Bathroom design trends have changed a lot over the years, from large, robust and imposing period bathroom fixtures and fittings to the porcelain of the 60s and 70s, and the more recent steel and chrome look. The trend for 2015 is a departure from all of those, favouring the “outdoors in” design principles, combing modern fixtures and fittings with plants as decorations as well as mixing in wood and natural materials.
The one thing that has remained consistent across bathroom design throughout the last few decades is the trend towards minimalism. The colours of the fixtures and fittings may be changing, but clean, tidy and organized rooms are definitely in. For smaller rooms, this is a necessity in order to keep the rooms functional, but for bigger bathrooms it is still a highly desirable aesthetic.
Of course, there are exceptions to these trends. Period bathrooms are something that will always have a place in the hearts of some homeowners, and they are in stark contrast to the designs that are appearing in show-rooms today.
Fashionable Designs for 2015
The Devon & Devon range of bathroom fixtures and accessories – including mirrors, tiles, taps and even bathtubs, is a great example of the kind of minimalistic décor that is so popular today.
Those who like something more futuristic can upgrade that look with atmospheric, high tech accessories. Even something as simple as this elegant glowing mirror, a part of the Cersaie 2015 collection, can make a simple bathroom seem like an elegant and luxurious space.
Chrome, a popular design element just a couple of years ago, appears to be going out of fashion in favour of matt greys and silvers. In terms of ceramics, black, white and pale blue or green remain quite popular. Grey, however, is the safest choice for those looking to be on-trend, but still keep a timeless charm to their rooms.
Sustainability is another important topic for interior designers this year. Amy Tanenbaum of Sicis North America notes that bath designs have moved towards sustainability. This is something that will be well received among those who long to be eco friendly, but prefer the luxury of the bath to the simplicity of the shower.
Wet rooms, which were popular a few years ago, are falling out of favour as people are becoming increasingly frustrated with the difficulties in maintaining them. While a wet room seems like a simple, effective and efficient idea problems with damp, mold, mildew and leaking tiles mean that the implementation rarely lives up to what people had in mind when they had the idea for installing one. Conventional bath and shower designs, while less exciting, are far more functional.
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Tips to Get The Look
Create a boutique but “designed” look by combining smooth contours with warm wood and using herringbone patterns or tiles on your walls and floors.
Use sea shells, house plants or other natural decorations to add a breath of fresh air to the room.
Avoid shower curtains – which can easily look tacky – in favour of glass shower doors.
If your bathroom is big enough, follow the advice given by Judd Lord of the Delta Faucet Company and divide it into wet and dry zones. The dry zones can include makeup areas and dressing areas.
Don’t neglect functionality when you are designing a new bathroom. Little luxuries such as underfloor heating can make the difference between a basic bathroom and one that is a joy to spend time in. Of course, combining a desire for high-tech luxuries with a desire for sustainability will always be a challenge, and something that each homeowner will have to balance for themselves.
Tech lovers may want to consider high-tech spa-style showers with warm-up modes, timers and adjustable water pressures and flows. Those who are going the bath route instead of the shower route could opt for a hot tub or spa-style bath. The possibilities are endless.