We’ve rounded up ideas from two top bathroom experts about current and future trends.
What’s the best way to give your bathroom a lift?
“Make the space uniquely yours” says owner and founder of Victorian Bathrooms, Margaret Goodale, although she cautions, “While it’s wonderful to be on trend, it’s equally prudent to keep the basics timeless and rather accessorise with easily replaceable fittings which can be updated once the fashion moves on.” She’s right of course, a fresh look is achievable with small changes.
So, what does the 2018 bathroom look like?
“There’s nothing quite like a boldly beautiful and distinctively individual wallpaper with a painted bath to match to create the ultimate drama”, says Margaret. The industrial ‘look’ is complete with wrought iron shower screens, textured, tiled walls, and metro tiles with cement toned grouting.
What design era are we looking at for inspiration?
Bespoke Bathrooms owner Lisa Millbacher suggests that there’s definitely a throwback in bathroom design, “Specifically with 70s and 80s features such as terrazzo finishes and Memphis-style design.” Terrazzo is remembered as little chips of marble or granite mixed with concrete and polished to give it a smooth, speckled surface.
“It’s making its way into kitchens too,” says Lisa and it’s being incorporated into soft furnishings as a design style.
“The new Memphis-style … a little kitsch, with bright colours and graphic lines is being utilised with simpler lines and angles and a chalkier palette so that the colour mix is on trend.” Memphis-style is the outlandish boundary pushing the David Bowie style of pop culture in the 80s. It’s quite radical, with punchy colours and rock ‘n roll style design.
What about patterns and colours?
“Think different metallic finishes such as unlacquered brass hardware and taps with a gold bevel mirror against a stark white palette,” says Lisa. Hexagon, herringbone, fragmented and chevron floors and wall tiles are the hottest trends right now. Inspiration comes from age-old patterns, and creative tiles continue to get bigger every year. This includes large but thin porcelain slabs to cover surfaces like counter tops and cabinets.
Madly vibrant, a little off-the-wall, yet sleek and sophisticated. That’s the brief for model bathrooms of the year and it’s sounding like the most creative yet.