Tips & Trends: Designing Your Bathroom

Bathrooms can be one of the most difficult rooms in your home to design. Its not as easy as it may seem to get everything you need in the right place whilst maximising space and storage.

We share our latest trends and tips for the bathroom.

Colour in the bathroom- Some of us may remember the first time around that colourful powder coated fittings hit our bathrooms. Primary colours featured in the 70’s  followed by pastel tones of apricot & gold in the 80’s (unfortunately I clearly remember both of those era’s). For a long time now stainless steel has been the finish of choice but now Colour is slowly being reintroduced to the bathroom. Black has definitely become the one of the ‘colours’. Perhaps for it’s ease of integration and neutrality offset against a palette of stainless steel or brass, timber and white?

Natural Light- Skylights are a great option for achieving natural light without compromising privacy.

Wall mounted joinery & vanities- In smaller sized bathroom spaces we often raise all joinery, drawers, bench tops and shelves so the are floating off the floor. This makes the floorspace feel much larger but it is important to note that sufficient wall support is essential to achieve these elements. Floating shelves in a bathroom provide additional storage and display for accessories, towels and sometimes perhaps a feature task or clamp lamp.

A sense of warmth- Large bathrooms, can feel cold, and exposed especially with fully tiled bathrooms. To create a sense of warmth we incorporate natural materials such as natural stones and solid timber.

Even a timber stool or bench can be enough to make a difference. Not every wall needs to be fully tiled. Exposed painted or plastered walls are softer and warmer.

Reinterpretation of tradition- Agape are taking the stage with the reinterpretation of old classics.  As seen in the Milan Furniture Fair this year the ‘memory’ range was extended with multiple showcase pieces that revisited the old classics. Benedini Associatoi’s bath ‘Ottocento’ is also one of many designs which takes inspiration of the past and injects it into a statement piece for the traditional bathroom.

Carrara marble- Use a good quality non porous carrara marble or natural stone for vanities and splashbacks. There are plenty of stone and marbles to choose from for any style and budget.

Corian®- If you are after a clean minimalist finish (and there is a little more room to move in the budget!) try Corian®.

Subway tiles- Glazed ‘subway‘ tiles are timeless in a bathroom and make an easy transition from traditional to european minimalism.

Furniture in the bathroom- Vintage pieces and loose furniture are also beginning to make their mark in bathrooms. With a simple signature piece a bathroom can take on depth, character and reflect your personality.

Freestanding baths & basins- Freestanding baths and basins are popular in bathrooms and powder rooms  and often have thoughtful design ideas incorporated such as storage and shelves.

Contemporary or traditional- Be mindful of the style of your home and ensure that your bathroom design is sympathetic to the overall look and feel. Unlike contemporary style bathrooms, traditional bathrooms need greater consideration when selecting finishes and details such as the extent of tiles, skirting boards, architraves and cornices . For contemporary bathrooms try to keep fittings and fixtures simple with clean lines and well-designed pieces you know that they will stand the test of time.

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Photos: Image 1 – Source: Vola, Image 2 – Source: Architecture Republic, Image 3 – Photo: Richard Powers, Source: Amansara, Image 4 – Photo: Earl Carter, Designer: Shareen Joel Design, Image 5 –  Source: Agape, Image 6 & 7 – Photo: Dornbracht Source: Dornbracht, Image 8 – Stylist: Julias via Drömmar, Source: Remodelista, Image 9 – Source: Made by Cohen, Image 10 – Source: Agape, Image 11 – Designer: Penny Hay, Image 12 –  Source: Made by Cohen, Image 13 – Photo: Melanie Acevedo, Source: Domino