It’s all well and good to see and hear about the weird and the wonderful latest trends from those lucky enough to have experienced the European trade shows first-hand.
In this report, our team here at smarterBATHROOMS+ would like to bring you something different. Not only the key trends to inspire your creativity, but also tips on how you can take these fabulous ideas and actually use them here, in Australia, the faraway land we call home.
With the new season’s shows on the horizon, here are 4 of the stand-out trends for the current year, along with tips on how you can bring them into your home:
If you are thinking of introducing polished chrome tapware into your new bathroom, think again. This may lead to your space dating faster, as this year in Europe, we are seeing the disappearance of this long-serving finish. Unless that is, you pair it with coloured sanitaryware!
It isn’t all subdued mattes, monochrome and ceramic finishes – we are also seeing some lovely pops of colour. When applied in the bathroom setting, coloured tapware and sanitaryware (think basins and baths in particular) work surprisingly well, particularly when paired with natural woodgrain finishes, stone and neutral coloured backdrops.
It’s a colour palette that delivers a harmony between craft and couture. We’re tipping colour will be a major trend across most tapware and sanitaryware brands in the coming years.
This year we are seeing a considerable shift towards the use of natural materials with their incorporation into the creation of highly crafted bathroom furniture. There is a significant prevalence of bevelled edges, textural fronts, and vanities taking on sculptural forms.
Bringing this use of natural, beautifully crafted materials into your new bathroom space is easy. Think stone with fine edges, sometimes bevelled to create an even finer appearance; wood carefully crafted with mitred corners and joinery detail; and steel used to edge mirrors, shower screens and incorporated into vanity designs.
We’re even seeing furniture manufacturers designing unique pieces for the bathroom, and at smarterBATHROOMS+ we’re busy designing our own crafted piece of vanity furniture that will be available soon.
Bathroom designs are also taking a simple turn, streamlined with neutral and warm grey tones mixed with a wide range of textures and surfaces. There is a real move away from the overdone bathroom, which is great news as wet areas are the first to look dated. Instead, think simple and understated.
This simplicity is extended with numerous appearances of the solid surface. This trend sees vanity tops and basins becoming fully integrated, with fully concealed wastes. This trend holds both practical and aesthetic benefits such as the ease of cleaning and the beautiful, uninterrupted organic lines it creates.
4. Tiles: sleek lines + eclecticism
The streamlined look is maintained with large format tiles, creating a sense of spaciousness. The added benefit? Less grout care is necessary. Previously exclusive to those prepared to pay a high price tag for both the tile and the laying process, the large format tile is now made available here in Australia. The use of a large format 6mm tile cuts down on labour costs, requiring only one Tiler for installation. The good news is, smarterBATHROOMS+ are exclusive importers of a brand new range of Italian tiles that serves just this purpose.