Flush old ideas down the toilet & update your bathroom in 5 easy ways

Bathroom trends see luxurious surfaces, layered textures and amenities that offer an indulgent sensory experience coming to the fore

26 August 2018 - 00:02 By Julia Freemantle

Maximalism is a current design direction that applies not only to bathrooms but to interiors as a whole. But as a space that's usually less decorated than the rest of the home, this is a new area to apply an opulent aesthetic.
Marble, metallics and timber are popular choices now and layered together give serious impact, as seen in this spectacular powder room by Space Exploration, which combines high-impact finishes and an on-trend palette to create a statement.
India Mahdavi's latest collaboration with Bisazza Bagno offers a refreshingly light-hearted collection that is the antithesis of clinical minimalism.
The optimistic colours - pistachio, strawberry and blueberry - and retro-inspired lines create a "bubble of colour and humour" that brings a sense of fun into the bathroom. The playful names (you'll find pieces named "Plouf", "Splas" and "Wow" in the collection) and rounded shapes also contribute to a softer, almost nostalgic effect.
Another micro trend to watch out for is the increase in curvier, more organic forms. This doesn't just apply to baths and basins but to all aspects of the space, from mirrors and consoles to light fittings.
With more colour coming into bathrooms, monochrome schemes now feel stale. Instead blue, black, green and pink are being used as the base "neutrals" and accented with accessories in black, white and grey, rather than the reverse.
A warm nude-toned bathroom by Decus Interiors in rose onyx marble, with rose gold accents and a grey wall, illustrates the shift in emphasis. It's a bold new approach, creating spaces with more personality regardless of whether the palette is uplifting, nurturing or soothing.
The "bathroom as spa" trend is expanding, supported by tech advancements that allow for an increasingly multisensory experience through sound, sight and touch - from automated music and colourful mood lighting to highly specialised water textures. Dornbracht's designs take into account the positive effect that water can have on our lives and have a whole section dedicated to its LifeSpa water applications. Even if on the low-tech side, finishes and details that reference traditional hammams - like this pale-blue mosaicked shower by Kohler - or a zen aesthetic can create a spa-like effect.
Individualised design and specs suited to your needs or aesthetic requirements is a major shift in how brands are approaching bathroom products. Being able to select the dimensions, finishes and added extras, rather than having to settle for a one-size-fits-all solution, is a game changer. Dado's different colour baths and basins and compact range of tubs give designers freedom to personalise, while AXOR's MyEdition range opens the door to a new level of luxurious customisation with interchangeable tap plates ranging from glass and leather to black marble and walnut.

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