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1. MINAMALIST MOOD
Far removed from the starkness of the past, today’s pared-back bathrooms equal relaxed, not sterile. Long gone are the days of clutter. Bathrooms are no longer a maximalist mess. ‘Architecturally and visually, it is best to keep a bathroom feeling open by not crowding too many things into it. Edit your amenities often, hang your towels on bars or hooks, keep pattern to a minimum, and generally, make it simple. The room will feel bigger if you use a pedestal or wall-mounted sink rather than a bulky vanity, a clear glass door rather than shower curtain and reflective surfaces such as glossy ceramic tiles in a large scale,’ says Barbara Sallick, Co-founder, Waterworks.
2. LUXE LIGHTING
Statement lighting is having a moment. Outsized or crystal, all-out glamour is the way to go. The latest innovations mean that you don’t have to completely overhaul a scheme in order to make a difference. Don’t be afraid to go big. It takes a little bravery, but you can afford to use larger lights than you might at first think sensible. Big chandeliers, drum pendants and giant floor lamps are all very much in vogue for those who like their lighting to make a statement.
3. BONTANICAL WALLS
Embrace blooms and foliage in your smallest room for the biggest, boldest and brightest impact. We may not live in a balmy equatorial climate over here in the UK, but that doesn’t have to stop you introducing a fun and tropical feel into your home. Embrace lively colour, add lush foliage and finish the look with quirky details.
4. SMART MEASURES
Home automation is no longer a sci-fi thing of the future – it’s here, right now, and the good news is it’s useful, easy to use, and just a bit smarter than you might expect. Smart technology promises to put the control at your fingertips and to make your home work better for you, and now it has come to your bathroom. From de-misting mirrors, integrated charging and USB ports, LED temperature displays and automatic hand-wipe sensors, the bathroom is a haven for smart technology. The future is now.
‘Marble is definitely enjoying its moment in the limelight. All bathrooms that we see being planned has some form of marble in it, says Darren. It is a beautiful natural material which comes in a wide variety of colourings, markings and veinings. One can never find two pieces the same which of course greatly adds to its appeal. Although ‘book-matching’ and ‘vein-matching’ is still popular in high-end properties, particularly for those who want something unique he continues. In general, people are being far more adventurous with marble presently than in the past incorporating greens, blues, yellows, basically anything a bit out of the ordinary to make their own mark,’ says Gary Walters, Managing Director of Stone Age.
6. DARK ARTS
The moody palettes that are de rigueur with on-trend paint brands are prompting a similarly gothic direction in bathrooms. Keep the look modern and fresh by opting for textured porcelain tiles. This look is also going to be at the forefront of kitchen design for 2020.
7. SWAGS AND SWAGGER
Whether it’s a glamorous pooling of fabric or a classic louvered shutter, a window dressing plays a crucial role in the success of an interior scheme, and now bathrooms are taking note. Swags might have been a thing on the 1970s, but as with most trends, they tend to come back around. Curtains may be an unusual choice for the bathroom. Steam and damp can of course be a problem for bathroom fabrics, but as long as your room is well-ventilated room, you should be safe. A well-chosen curtain can add drama and elegance to a bathroom, as well as warmth.
8. LIVING COLOUR
Raring to embrace the return of coloured sanitaryware? The current vote-face from play-safe neutral interiors to embracing personality and design-difference is behind the revival of coloured sanitaryware. Swoon Stone Vanity Units are available in 10 selected colours including new Seaweed Green, as shown below.