|EKBB Magazine|||||written on: 19-09-2021 11:00am|
Furniture-like pieces and new materials and hues are making bathrooms less like sterile spaces and more like extensions to the home. Here are 15 looks we love!
1. The new Scandi
With recent trends for bathrooms being heavily influenced by Scandinavian design, this look has been largely about muted colours, natural materials and elegant simplicity. These are core principles which, according to Dan Hart from C.P. Hart, have now been absorbed and reinterpreted by Italian manufacturers such as Artelinea. Pieces such as this mid-century style sideboard washstand, he says, “signify a look that is bolder in form and colour and add flair to stripped back Nordic principles.” It’s a fresh, liveable direction, and we like it.
2. Green haven
As we’re all starting to prioritise bigger and lighter spaces for our bathrooms, so houses are being renovated accordingly. Instead of the bathroom being a closet room at the back of the house, they are often central to living spaces, and with a décor to reflect that. We love the look of this restful room with its freestanding bath, sage walls, mid-century leather chair, gilded framed painting and copper corded lighting.
3. Fancy feet
Metro tiles are still a hot trend, and we like how the black grouting and gold tapware here give a monochrome luxe vibe to this classic bath. The bun feet also give a homely touch and makes it feel more like a piece of furniture than simply a bath.
4. Fabrics get functional
Bonkers though it might sound, German manufacturers Bette will be bringing out the first bath swathed in hardwearing sofa material this autumn. Made from the same high quality fabric used in outdoor furniture – it’s water, mould and climate-resistant – this is the height of cosiness in bathroom life and may just revolutionise how we feel about this previously ultra sanitised all-white space.
5. Beautiful utility
Clean lines, sleek storage solutions and simple features are all elements that have become second nature for pared-back bathrooms. However, no matter how minimalist your style is, there’ll always be products and textiles to store away, which is why this bathroom scenario by Italian makers Lasa Idea is so clever. With little nooks for books and toiletries as well as clever cabinetry which looks seamless, this is a bathroom that you could easily move into.
6. White out
For a long time, the only acceptable colour in sanitaryware was white, but this season we are seeing new hues creeping in, with lots of brands introducing colour finishes for the first time. This bath comes in colours including black, anthracite, stone grey and light grey.
7. Ahead of the curve
Rounded edges in baths, hand basins and mirrors are coming through strongly now for the new season, and we love this curved beauty from the new Il Bagno collection at Alessi. Produced in collaboration with Swiss manufacturers Laufen, the furniture has been designed by architects Stefano Giovannoni and Wiel Arets and features a sophisticated simplicity.
8. All the greys
Hotel style has such an impact on bathrooms at home, which is one of the reasons marble has become so much of a style stalwart. According to Neil Curtis from Ripples, “If I’m looking to create a bathroom that adds opulence, then I would always opt to use marble. It is very unique and individualist and I love that every slab has its own characteristics. It’s a striking and luxurious look.”
9. Naturally beautiful
Handcrafted, raw and rustic have become big buzz words on the interiors scene, so when reclaimed tile specialists Bert & May entered the bathroom arena this year we were all enthralled with their clever combination of made-to-order concrete basins paired with solid brass bathroom fixtures.
10. Think pink
There’s a return to femininity in interiors now, and you can expect to see a lot more curved and round shapes coming through in our bathrooms with mirrors, washstands and lighting. Shades of soft dusky pinks are also becoming more and more popular, in bathrooms as in the whole house.
11. Slimline and elegant
The design of our living spaces and the rest of our homes is flowing more and more into bathroom design, as we see from pieces of furniture such as this unit by Sottini. Fitted onto a slimline console with gold legs, this rectangular vessel has an almost sculptural form and would not look out of place in a hallway or corner of a lounge.
12. Mono moods
We are seeing a lot more Art Deco influences coming through, in rectilinear and curvilinear forms and patterns, in tiles, mirrors and in bathroom furniture. “Geometrics also continue to be key,” says Leila Roberts from Fired Earth. “Bold, tiling can create an eye-catching contrast to the clean lines of a simple basin or bath. Think about combining decorative walls with a plain floor (or vice versa) to allow pieces such as a console or a freestanding bath take centre stage.”
13. Dark and beautiful
With a continuing move to a darker palette throughout the rest of the house – we’ve seen kitchens using dark greys and blacks and lounges deep blues and greens – we are moving to a moodier side and creating spa-vibe features in bathrooms too. Just offset darker walls with statement pipes and fittings, like this one, shown.
14. Shower all areas
Walk-in showers are becoming larger and more luxurious than ever, with super-thin frame surrounds and the liberal usage of copper and gold accents. Large shower heads are also a continuing priority, as are double showers. Adding living room furniture to a shower space, as shown, also contributes to that feeling of personalising your bathroom space. Statement light fittings, wall art, side tables and even bath mats that look like rugs are all other ways of bringing a living room-like look to your bathing space.
15. Walk-in and refresh
For a shower that’s large but offers more privacy than a fully open walk-in, this unit from Matki is still fitting to the whole hotel spa-like feel, and very much in keeping with the living bathroom look. The addition of candles on the steps add that extra ‘lived in’ feel.
Credit: Ciara Elliott (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 245, September 2016
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