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Our designers’ top picks: trending bathroom features

Our team at smarterBATHROOMS+ loves creating bathroom designs that have that extra something – it’s these little details that can turn an everyday bathroom into a personal spa. 

It’s no secret that a home’s bathroom can be a make or break detail when it comes to selling or buying a property. A stunning ensuite bathroom will do wonders to push up your property value and increase interest when you go to market – or simply elevate your own lifestyle.

To make sure your bathroom is one that turns heads at an open house rather than turning people away, we touched based with our team of specialist bathroom designers to find out what ‘wow’ factor features are on trend right now.


Walk-in showers and freestanding baths

Baths fixed to the wall and cubicle showers are now archaic bathroom installations and have no place in a contemporary design. Well-crafted homes exclusively boast elegant walk-in showers that allow you to walk seamlessly in and out – or better yet, a freestanding bath. Space permitting, a bath made of reconstructed stone will earn the room a sense of sophistication and afford you the daily opportunity for long, uninterrupted bubble baths.

Large, luminous windows

The idea of a see-through wall separating you from the outside world when you’re in your natural state may sound unsettling. But the truth is, so long as your bathroom doesn’t face directly out onto the street, there will be no faces looking directly back at you. So go fearlessly ahead and appoint your bathroom with large windows that take over your walls – it will be worth it. With natural light flooding in, the space will be warmly illuminated, highlighting the natural hues and details of your selected materials and expanding the area by illusion.


Oversized Mirrors

What better way to maximise the natural light flowing in through your windows than by installing an oversized mirror? When it comes to mirrors, our designers say the bigger the better – think ballet studio. With the power of reflection working its magic, your bathroom with appear to grow beyond its geometric limitations. And kept polished, mirrors do a great job of elevating the glossy and premium feel of a bathroom, too.

Colour and texture

When you hear bathroom, you see white. But today’s designers are more adventurous than ever, experimenting with alternative colours and textures to create a detailed and overall appealing aesthetic. Current trends include rich timber cabinets above and below the vanity and patterned or raised tiling for floors and walls. Imagined with a keen design eye and executed with quality craftsmanship, the result is a harmonious combination of design elements that fuse together to an impressive aesthetic effect.


Indoor plants

Our designers always go the extra mile to ensure their vision is complete – and for modern bathrooms, that means introducing some outdoor wildlife to your indoor retreat. Bathrooms are prone to looking overly clinical and can lack warmth. To combat this, add a touch of nature’s greenery by bringing in an indoor plant. Try a small succulent on a shelf or a flowering plant potted in the corner – orchids are a favourite among our design team.


To transform your bathroom from a room that exists out of necessity into a personal spa that adds to your luxury lifestyle, its decor must be as considered as the decor in your living room. Including homely touches such as artwork, scented candles and Egyptian cotton towels can enhance the bathroom’s appeal and personality tremendously.


For more ideas on how to give your bathroom the ‘wow’ factor, have a chat with our design team at smarterBATHROOMS+. Simply visit our showroom or make an appointment at 1300 662 838. Our designers will work closely with you to transform your bathroom space into something you will love.

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