Sun 08 May 2016
Check out the biggest looks making a splash in bathrooms this year
Whether you have just moved into a new house and want to fit a brand new bathroom suite or want to remodel your existing bathroom, we have rounded up some of our favourite key trends influencing bathroom design in 2016 to help inspire you with new ideas.
We aren’t suggesting you revisit the good old days of the avocado suite, although some now class this shade as ‘retro-chic’. As an alternative to white, black and anthracite greys have certainly made more of an appearance in recent years.
For those lacking colour confidence, a good idea is to offset white sanitaryware with a statement coloured basin or bath. Eclectic-style interiors are becoming more popular, the need for everything to match isn’t as in demand as it once was.
If you’re feeling a shade braver than grey or black, the most arresting use of colour comes courtesy of Italian brand Flaminia, which has taken the plunge with a wide variety of colours across its complete range.
Light blue or pink bath, anyone?
2016 welcomes a more eclectic look and feel to tiles with muted pastel shades becoming more widespread. When it comes to pastel shades, think sophisticated rather than sickly sweet. Highly saturated hues will be seen a lot more, including in porcelain, whereas they used to be reserved for mosaics and ceramics. These deep shades can be used alone or mixed together for an eclectic look.
For the first time, coloured grout is also being used, as seen in this elegant bathroom.
Handmade and rustic:
Reflecting the resurgence of craft, a trend for handmade tiles is signalling a shift away from clean, minimal bathroom surfaces.
Aligned with the handmade aesthetic is rustic style, which embraces the look of raw materials and all their imperfections.
Geometrics and fragments:
According to home design website Houzz irregular geometric shapes will start to come through on tiles. Triangles and rhombuses are set to become popular, while hexagons will become elongated and offset.
Fragmented tile designs are also a trend to watch, these are largely inspired by crazy paving and retro architectural finishes.
The bathroom is becoming an extension of the bedroom, which results in decorative touches being added to soften the functional feel of the space. The appeal of this look is in the mix – hang some wallpaper in your bathroom or factor in an accent chair. Include a few houseplants, too, which help to improve air quality and lift the space.
Alternatively, go all out and merge your bedroom with your bathroom. This can be as simple as working a freestanding tub into your boudoir, or stealing the style of a boutique hotel and removing the wall that stands between the two spaces, as seen here:
Scandinavian design continues to have a strong influence on British bathrooms this year. Think natural woods teamed with neutral colours, plus a large dose of white. Simplicity underpins the pared-down Scandi aesthetic, which is known for its functionality and practicality.
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