Top Seven Bathroom Trends Hitting Our Radars Now: Ciara Elliott, Editor EKBB Magazine
While kitchens were once deemed the number one priority project to add value to your home, in our magazine Essential Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom we've seen more and more that bathrooms are becoming the new areas where people are concentrating their money and resources. The kitchen is of course, still first and foremost, but now big, comfortable bathrooms – and particularly large family bathrooms – are almost as important as having that extra bedroom, and in fact a lot of people are knocking through smaller box rooms and creating bigger spaces for bathing in their homes.
Unlike other areas of the house, you can't just dicky them up with plants and artwork either (although you can do that too, it's just that its not that easy to hide stuff as other rooms), so you do need to have a bit of a longer term plan in terms of keeping them looking fresh. Here are seven ideas for a re-fresh.
1. Texture & Touch
As the look in bathrooms move from clean white box spaces into more purposeful environments, touch-me textures and natural materials are coming more and more to the fore, for floors and walls as well as furniture. We did a big feature on this in our June issue and you can read more here, but take it that everything from cracked looking concrete effect to to textured tiles are coming back on style.
Photography Credit: Fired Earth
2. Green Fingers
Bringing all things nature centre stage again, Pantone’s Colour of the Year, Greenery is obviously the BIG interiors news story for 2017. When transferred to bathrooms it's a trend that can be reworked into some floral or jungle flavoured wallpaper - or for a quick fix you could make a bee-line for your local garden centre to stock up on all things fern-like and leafy. I love this room set that was designed by House of Hackney for CP Hart – pure Miami meets the Queen Mum! Just fabulous, right?
Photography Credit: House of Hackney for CP Hart
3. Style It Dark
Darker sanitary-ware is of course another big story in bathrooms at the moment and I think it makes a lot of sense in smaller spaces where you can paint the whole area out in a darker colour and then highlight something other that sanitary ware (taps? A piece of artwork?) and really make a cool and moody impression. I love this green furniture by Britton Bathrooms which is a combination of units and a teardrop lefthand basin.
4. Rough With The Smooth
Embrace your inner Scandi with materials like textured woodgrains, bamboo and wood and bring in extra textural elements with natural rugs and towels in neutral, soothing colours to create a warm and inviting space. We will never tire of this soothing look in layers of greys and neutrals.
5. Going Global
However, if you are feeling a bit Scandi-ed out, luckily for you there are lots more colourful and ethnic styles, coming through now too, with hippie luxe bathrooms with a laid back 1970s West Coast American feel really coming to the fore – think sink-in bathtubs, crystals and lots of tropical plantage. This is a huge trend on instagram and you will get heaps more inspiration on accounts such as The Jungalow.
Photography Credit: Zara Home
6. Learning Curves
Whether you want to make a make a statement with a curved and a sculptural tub, basin or shower unit, or just go for more rounded shapes in cabinetry or accessories like mirrors, curved design elements are a real thing now. Mixing squared elements with curves looks great too – so if you already have all more slick and angular shapes in your space, try adding some new rounded black tap ware or even bringing a round mirror in will add a new look. And how much do you LOVE this mirror?
Photography Credit: Cielo Ceramica CP HART
7. In The Pink
Clean colours such as nudes, pastels and matte pink tones will bring a chic, fresh and contemporary feel to your scheme and is a look that is achievable with a simple lick of paint, although keeping the look luxe with high-end brassware is key.
Photography Credit: Zucchetti.Kos
Thank you SO MUCH to the lovely Ciara Elliott for being my Guest Blogger this week and for giving us the low down on what's hot in the world of bathrooms. Ciara is Editor of Essential Kitchen Bathroom & Bedroom Magazine and winner of the Amara IBA Best Magazine Blog 2016.
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