When it comes to design, the bathroom is as important as any other major room in the home. It must always keep up with appearances, for you and, for those most sceptic of people, your guests.
A contemporary bathroom that’s well furnished and well decorated is a great place to spend time. A dated bathroom is uninspiring and unconducive to a relaxing environment. If you are planning on revamping your current aesthetic, taking inspiration from current design trends is as good a place as any to start.
As a contemporary bathroom company, trends are something we’ve become accustomed to keeping abreast of. After a great deal of research, conducted across multiple industry websites, design blogs and various other sources, including interior designers and influencers, here are the 10 hottest bathroom trends of 2016.
Start here, get inspired and build a bathroom you can be proud of.
1. Boutique Bathrooms
Boutique hotels are all the rage at the moment and it was only matter of time before this chic style found its way into homes. Achieving this vintage hotel look at home requires the use of elegant fixtures and fittings. Marble countertops can instantly add a regal feel to a bathroom and can be paired with industrial-style furniture and lighting to create an urban-contemporary look. For ideas on where to inject some industrial glamour into your bathroom, take a look at this blog post that we wrote on the topic.
2. Square-Shaped Fixtures
Square and angular-shaped fixtures are at the opposite end of the scale to boutique inspired design trends, yet are being favoured by many leading interior designers. Square baths, basins, taps and shower heads are ultra-modern and versatile enough to complement any contemporary colour scheme. Match chrome or stainless steel bath and basin taps with shower rail kits and shower door accents to achieve a polished, uniformed look.
3. Accessible Showers
A steady move towards open-plan living has seen traditional high-set shower trays replaced by slim-line trays and wet rooms. A shower enclosure focussed on accessibility promotes safe showering by removing trip hazards and improving access. It also enhances the illusion of space in a room that is so often bereft of it.
Two things define Scandinavian style: functional design and natural wood. This approach to design has been a staple in contemporary homes for quite some time -- thanks, in no small part, to the popularity of Ikea -- and can be introduced to the bathroom in the form of furniture. Modern vanity wall units lend themselves well to this design trend, offering minimalist appeal and increasing floor space.
5. Space-Saving Design
In the modern British home, we’ve become accustomed to having more than one bathroom. Unfortunately, these additional rooms come at a price: space. UK houses are now smaller than they've ever been and this has impacted greatly on bathroom real estate. Therefore, it’s important that you use space wisely. Form follows function and bathroom designs are favouring clean, streamlined furniture. Anything that isn’t functional should be tucked away out of sight. Storage is essential in placing functionality at the fore. Be clever about how you keep your bathroom clutter-free. Vanity units, concealed cisterns and wall mounted units keep rooms looking practical and minimise distractions.
6. His & Hers
Shared bathrooms are always a bone of contention in family homes. Time is never equally distributed and if you’re not first, you’re last. A move towards ‘his & hers’ furniture and fittings could be a way to resolve this issue. Dual basins, mirrors and towel rails are symmetrical, functional and now more popular than ever.
7. Creative tiles
Patterned tiles are making way for the return of plain tiles. The way in which these tiles are laid, though, brings something different to contemporary bathrooms. Unusual patterns create long-lasting appeal that outlasts previously popular geometric tile designs.
8. Cool and Calm Colours
Unsurprisingly, white is the colour of 2016. White décor can be complemented with subtle emerald greens and calming blues, while well-placed statement artwork can provide an instant splash of colour. White fittings are also in high demand, replacing a previous penchant for sullen black fixtures.
9. Freestanding baths and fillers
Freestanding bathtubs have become the bathroom centre-piece of choice for discerning homeowners. Spacious double-ended and slipper tubs offer greater flexibility and deliver a more luxurious bathing experience than fitted baths. Complementing these tubs with a standalone filler adds to the contemporary appeal.
10. Round Mirrors
A round mirror can add an instant focal point to a practical bathroom space on shape alone, replacing the square and rectangular mirrors that tend to dominate most vanity areas. Pair a mirror with industrial-style wall scones in a boutique bathroom or choose an LED lit mirror to set the correct ambience and provide enough light for daily tasks.