These exciting new bathroom design ideas will make sure your home is ahead of the curve in the new year.
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From space saving solutions and glass tiles to bold modernist designs, if you're planning a bathroom renovation for the new year, make sure you take heed of these luxury bathroom design ideas for 2019.
Stylish space saving solutions
Image: With smooth ceramic top, metal frame and colourful lacquer-finish shelves, this cabinet makes a virtue of its mixed materials. Cielo Multiplo open day cabinet, £POA, West One Bathrooms.
The latest bathroom furniture is pushing the boundaries of form, texture, materials, finishes and tech features in a bid to combine practicality with the trend for comfortable and decorative schemes more in tune with other rooms.
‘Freestanding pieces provide design freedom and storage solutions,’ says Claire Gay, marketing manager at Roca UK.
Image: Plisse collection by Artelinea
Bold modernism Italian brand Artelinea’s new Plissé collection of custom-made freestanding units is made from glass with metal detailing. Uniform pleats and folds in the glass give the designs a contemporary Art Deco appearance that works particularly well with industrial-inspired pieces and geometric lines. The collection is available in cream and bronze, shown here, £POA.
Gessi Inciso three-piece mixer in antique brass, £1,350; Artelinea Gemme hexagon mirror, £POA, all at CP Hart.
Natural print tiles
Image: Artisans of Devizes
Artisans of Devizes Lily Pad encaustic tiles are inspired by natural patterns such as ice crystals, spiders’ webs and, of course, lily pads.
The 20x23cm tiles cost £3.96 each and can be rotated to create different designs. Colours include Eden, blush rose and plum. Suitable for walls and floors.
With such a wide array of designs, styles and finishes on offer, one of the main factors to bear in mind when choosing a new shower or tap is the manufacturing and material sides of things. By investing in good-quality products, you can be assured that your brassware will look and perform at its best for years to come.
‘Brassware needs to be durable,’ confirms Ben Smith, senior product manager at Kohler UK. ‘It needs to withstand regular use, be easy to clean and always look good. Go for lasting finishes that resist corrosion and tarnishing, as well as showerheads with easy-clean or translucent nozzles to reduce the build-up of limescale.’
Most taps and showers are made from brass, an alloy of copper and zinc; after manufacture, plating is applied and this can be anything from chrome and nickel to tarnished brass. Some manufacturers have even launched anti-limescale solutions, most commonly on showers, with flexible silicone nozzles that can quickly and easily be rubbed clean.
Wet room shower trays
Image: Villeroy & Boch
Perfect to break up a shower area in a wet room, Villeroy & Boch’s ViPrint collection of decorative, ultra-flat ceramic shower trays are inspired by four themes: nature, heritage, geometry and tiles.
Nineteen standard sizes are available – as well as made-to-measure options – and 20 designs, including this Townhouse pattern, from £662.50, villeroy-boch.co.uk.
Image: Mandarin Stone
The new glass tile collection by Mandarin Stone, above, includes these contemporary mosaic patterns.
The Glacier tiles are available in five colours in Herringbone, £135.14 per sqm; Scallop, £157.57 per sqm; Brick, £128.35 per sqm and Hexagon, £133.49 per sqm, as well as a brick-style base tile.
Showers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. For a traditional bathroom scheme, the drench-style overhead fixed showerhead is still popular while rainshowers integrated into the ceiling are ideal for larger, contemporary schemes and wet-room set-ups.
Tap-wise, the latest trends see angular shapes and taller extra-large versions that are specifically created to complement a high countertop washbasin. Once upon a time it was all about co-ordination with matching taps for the basin and bath plus a shower from the same collection. However, this is starting to change and the design trend now leans towards customer customisation with a mix-and-match approach.
Image: Make space for this statement washstand with a practical American walnut shelf, from the Plural range, created by Milan designer Terri Pecora. Monobloc basin from £1,450, VitrA
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.
When creating a scheme with a unique look, the smaller design elements of furniture ranges can make a difference. Similarly, collections that team surface finishes on the same piece aim to achieve an eye-catching contrast. Look out for a combination of matte with gloss, textured with smooth, and brushed with polished.
Image: Victoria Plum
The home technology takeover continues and the bathroom is just one step behind the kitchen at the heart of this revolution. Mirrored wall cabinets can be found with Bluetooth-connected speakers and built-in lighting that’s touch-sensor controlled.
Tap and shower technology is also moving forward.
‘Many smart products are now available in the bathroom,’ explains Paul Bailey, senior product manager at Grohe UK, ‘from shower toilets to spa-like showers controlled by Bluetooth technology, helping to create the perfect home spa. This is driven by increasingly busy lifestyles and the desire for not only an optimised user experience, but also one that is personalised to an individual’s preferences. As well as creating personal, luxuriously tailored experiences for the user, the smart home will be able to make resource management really efficient – saving water and energy without impacting on product performance and enjoyment.
Already a well-known feature in public and commercial washrooms, touchless taps are also gaining popularity in residential bathrooms due to their unique combination of comfort and hygiene thanks to hands-free activation.’
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