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These exciting new bathroom design ideas will make sure your home is ahead of the curve in the new year. 

Title image: Alape

From taps in bold finishes and mosiac tiles to wood veneer, designers are moving away from hard, angular lines towards creating furniture and fittings in flowing shapes. 

If you're planning a bathroom renovation for the new year, make sure you take heed of these luxury bathroom design ideas for 2018.

Add colour to bathroom decor

uno bath by clearwater baths

Image: Clearwater Baths

Subtle hues are making a comeback. ‘Colour in the bathroom is an upcoming trend – or rather a revival,’ explains Marlene Presa, UK marketing manager of Villeroy & Boch.

‘The past few years have seen more tone-on-tone effects, with pale wood and earth shades or contrasts using anthracite and grey or pale blues and greens, while vintage styles are still a key trend.’

Colour and texture can be introduced in a number of ways, from geometric tiles to coloured shower panels, vanity tops and basins.

Luxury standalone baths

ashbourne ellipse by waters baths

Image: Waters Baths of Ashbourne

The star of many contemporary schemes is the freestanding tub, and innovative designers have created options that work in small spaces.

‘It’s possible to choose anything from a compact slipper bath to more luxurious rolltops,’ says Emma Joyce, communications manager of Victoria & Albert Baths.

Sleek wood effects

craven dunnill bath from the renaissance collection

Image: Craven Dunnill

Everything from Scandi design influences to the trend for natural materials has driven the popularity of wood veneers and wood furniture. Timber’s versatility has been another driving force, with pale planks creating a light, airy look, knotted and gnarled woods bringing a rustic feel and darker tones being used to add a shot of drama.

‘Natural finishes are particularly useful in light and dark shades,’ explains Martin Carroll, managing director of Duravit. ‘Real wood veneer adds texture to sleek white sanitaryware.’

Install a wet room

crl wet room textured wall and floor tiling

Image: C.R Laurence 

Opting for a wet room in place of a shower enclosure continues to be a big trend, but there’s a move to add more features and make it less of a plain space. ‘Wet rooms and walk-in showers with wide glass panels and recessed wall profiles are a key look,’ reveals Nicholas Cunild, managing director at Matki Showering.

‘There’s also an emphasis on unique glass effects that provide extra character and style.'

Incorporate mosaic tiling

majestic shower company metalcraft frame shower in modern bathroom

Image: Majestic Showers 

Mosaics have had a style renaissance. Rather than simple squares, glass formed into new shapes, such as chevrons and geometric styles, brings a shot of high-end luxury to a scheme. ‘A simple way to add colour is with a stunning feature tile,’ reveals Jo Crane, designer and showroom manager at Ripples Reigate.

Choose black and white

gemini tiles traffic floor and wall tiles collection

Image: Gemini Tiles 

It’s time to fall back in love with monochrome. Edgy black and dark grey, used for accents, surfaces and focal-point pieces, are the perfect way to introduce moody tones without sacrificing light from a space.

‘Perhaps counter-intuitively, there is a coming trend for using dark colours on the walls and floor, which with good lighting can make a small room seem bigger,’ explains Shardee Manzouri, trendspotter for Ideal Standard.

Lifestyle bathrooms

laura ashley bathroom collection opus bath in front of a textured wall in a bathroom

Image: Laura Ashley Bathroom collection

Design experts agree there has been a shift in the role of the bathroom from practical room to additional living area. As it has become a place to spend more time relaxing, its decor has changed, too. Soft furnishings, storage that resembles furniture and chic lighting fixtures are now the norm alongside indulgent rainfall showers, recessed mirrors and open shelving.

‘The bathroom is no longer just a small room to wash in,’ explains TWO’S COMPANY. 'His and her basins are a practical solution for busy bathrooms.'

‘It’s secondary only to the kitchen as the heart of the home, so it makes sense to include an indulgent drench shower or spa-style bath.’

Mix materials

fired earth tiling with mixed material basin unti

Image: Fired Earth

Bathrooms are the perfect space to explore the use of mixed materials because they offer a wide opportunity for decoration, from flooring and cladding to furniture and lighting.

One fitting where this trend has been especially prevalent is taps, with handles made from crystal, etched glass, marble and even timber, as well as variations on gold and brass.

‘The washbasin is a focal point with marble, metal and glass designs forming an eye-catching contrast for brassware in finishes such as brushed nickel, anthracite, black and white,’ explains Stuart Kerr, retail manager at BagnoDesign.

Jack and Jill Bathrooms

roper rhodes wall mounted double sink unit

Image: Roper Rhodes

Twin features, such as his and her basins, double-ended baths and pairs of cabinets are a nod to the styling seen in boutique hotels, as well as being practical. ‘Space is a factor,’ says Eileen Slattery, marketing manager at Merlyn Showering.

‘We want the most luxurious option for the room we have, hence the emergence of his and her showers.’

For more bathroom design inspiration, head to the Ideal Home Show Christmas where you'll come away brimming with ideas for your bathroom renovation project. 

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