Décor & Gardening
Bathroom Trends 2018
A little creative thinking will open up a whole new world of bathroom possibilities. Liza Watermeyer, Visual Display Manager at Tile Africa, gives us some hot bathroom design trends to inspire us in 2018.
Pattern and colour
The new year brings with it a revival of colour and strong patterns. We have seen the encaustic type patterns on tiles for a while now, these continue to provide features and interest to the bathroom. From Mediterranean to vintage and Oriental themes, these patterns will also include more geometric designs. While some of the design inspiration comes from the past, much patterning is fashioned, using nature as the muse.
These eclectic patterns are available in complimentary or contrasting hues. Pair with white, grey or stone.
Patterns created within the tile layout are also gaining popularity. This is achieved by combining different size and shaped tiles, to create a bespoke installation.
Mosaics in geometric form remain one of the easiest ways to add pattern and colour to your bathroom. Use on walls or the entire floor for a punch of interest. Penny round shapes, for example are practical and have design longevity.
Look out for coloured vanity tops, basins and baths.
Black and white is a classic colour combination and 2018 is no exception. Adding gold or black taps to your bathroom brings this classic scheme into the spotlight and ensures an up to date aesthetic.
This trend is so exciting!
This trend was partly born from the desire to conserve resources, where mixing and not necessarily matching finishes, is the new approach. Advancements in technology have also made it possible to design products that mix materials in a non – traditional way. Think glass basins, mixing marble or stone with wood and steel. The change in texture is part of the visual and tactile appeal.
Contrast is good, clash is even better – this way of combining different materials and finishes, adds heaps of appeal. The design philosophy has a unique, individual spirit that encourages using what we have.
Space, how you use it
The bathroom is more than just a utility room, it’s a place to relax and reflect. As such, it becomes another area in the home we live in. Inspiration from spas, exotic holidays and boutique hotels are fuelling a new way to appoint the bathroom space as we try to improve our day to day experiences.
Furniture and fixtures also resemble those found in the rest of the home. Lighting is considered while chandeliers and pendants provide a great ambience. Freestanding baths with a table for bathing essentials or a chair help create the lifestyle.
His and hers basins and showers are essential to the space while rainfall showers are the norm. A shower or bathroom leading into a private garden by way of French, sliding or stacking doors, is the ultimate in bathroom luxe. If this cannot be included in the budget, add as many plants as you can to improve the quality of the air and bring nature into your sanctuary.
No matter the style or theme you prefer to use, these trends can be applied whether you’re trying to achieve a classic or contemporary bathroom.
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