Many of us have moved on from items that feel sharp, hard edged and industrialised – a common theme seen in 2016 bathrooms. The race track shape, almost rectangle, with sexy curves has seduced us to take a closer look at our interior spaces and trends insist the ‘touch appeal’ is now an essential to any design. Think curved freestanding baths to sink into and sleek basin mixers or shower tapware.
A piece of furniture or a home décor item lovingly crafted by an artisan as an original individual piece, rather than mass produced instantly adds a distinctive and personal touch to any interior space. Original hand painted tiles or hand crafted pendant lights can add an extra personal touch to these spaces also.
When designing the bathroom space; hand crafted stone, concrete, timber or painted vessels placed on beautiful handcrafted cabinetry crafted from local timbers or exotic veneers can be stunning. Custom designed pieces i.e. timber tops of vanities or complete vanity sets, can become an exquisite feature in any bathroom. Examples of this are shown in the Bathroom Collections below and in The Bathroom Book 2017 (page 8-15).
The concept of chargeable/enlarged imagery on surfaces will transcend into bathroom joinery and enable the device to be your news, music or social media whilst bathing. For this reason the bath will never be out of trend.
Lighting is also high on the specification list when designing the bathroom. Strips of LED lights can range from a basic warm light to multi light changing options, creating the mood you so desire. Ambient lighting casting out from under the mirror cabinet or flooding down a wall of tiles are a truly cost effective way in really making your bathroom an oasis.
We’ll see 4 eclectic trends pulled through to bathroom products, colour palettes and textural devices; Fade, Discover, Proclaim and Invisible. Colour is immensely important, polarising between simple and honest or unassuming and stronger with more saturated tones that make a bold statement.
Texture is a key feature, not just with tangible touch and feel, but with colour diffusion and material highlights. Uneven patterning, textural opposites, blocked colour contradictions and a transparent opaque look.