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Brilliant bathroom trends

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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You’ll never guess what the hottest bathroom trends are this year. Gone are the days of stock standard decorating ideas, showing off nothing but an expanse of white and beige, the bathroom trends of today are allowing the creativity and individuality of homeowners to shine through, complementing existing rooms in the home like never before. While white-on-white colour schemes will probably always remain, it’s time to take a look at a series of 10 bathroom trends that you may not have envisaged before.

Think about wallpaper, feature walls and coloured tiles—does this sound better suited to a kitchen or living room, perhaps? Wrong! All these wonderful features you’ve come to appreciate in the other rooms of your home have made it into your bathroom! We simply can’t wait to show off the latest and greatest bathroom trends, so without further ado, let's take a look…

1. Wallpaper

One of the hottest bathroom trends for 2015 is wallpaper! This may come as a surprise to some, especially those who have renovated homes from the 60s and 70s, and know too well the perils from trying to strip their walls of outdated, psychedelic wallpaper. Ok, we understand it was one of the coolest bathroom trends of the time, but thankfully, the wallpaper of today is far more sophisticated than it was 40 years prior. Nowadays, the adhesive is easy to remove and apply, and is suitable for wet areas such as bathrooms and laundries. The pictured pattern looks incredible as the feature wall of this bathroom, giving the space a totally new character and dimension. This bathroom trend is not for the faint hearted, but the responsibility is nowhere near as big as it was once upon a time, so you can have all the fun in the world exploring bathroom trends such as this, with far less commitment.

2. Coloured tiles

Why is it that homeowner always choose white or beige for their bathroom tiles? Collective Works have a colourful answer to this, showing off yet another of our favourite bathroom trends for 2015. The pop of turquoise gives this bathroom an extra something, perhaps even adds a sparkle! The colour choice complements the black and pale timber elsewhere, giving this bathroom a personality and character that wouldn’t have been there otherwise. What do you think? Is this one of your favourite bathroom trends?

3. Feature walls

Feature walls aren’t just limited to living rooms and bedrooms, and this example by Mackay + Partners evidences just how great a tiled feature wall can look in a shower. The bathroom trends of this year are totally drawing our attention away from the stock standard marble and white-on-white colour choices of the yesteryear, with the only limits to the design being bounded by our imaginations. The gentle, cascading rose pattern is calming and elegant, providing this contemporary bathroom space with a soothing and serene atmosphere despite it’s artistic approach.

4. Subway tiles

We’ve noticed many homes incorporating subway tiles into their homes as of late, as it appears that it is one of the most coveted upcoming home and bathroom trends. For those who have a minimalist bathroom in mind, this is definitely a great design feature for you. Subway tiles have a smooth finish, with the possibility to have the grout completed in black for contrast or white for a unilateral look. In this example from Reis London, the contrasting approach has been taken, playing off against the monochromatic colour scheme of the space to great effect.

5. Free standing double sinks

Given that the world is your oyster when it comes to bathroom decorating, why not invest in an all out, stellar double sink unit? One of the more functional, yet none the less aesthetically stunning bathroom trends, double sinks avoid those tiresome fights in the morning over who is using the sink. Whether it’s used as his’n’hers or to create calm between two teenagers, this incredible unit with an undeniable sculptural quality, will take centre stage in any bathroom. Coupled with the low-hung bauble light fittings, the silver complements the subtle grey grain the marble, creating an overall look that is calming and inviting.

6. A glimpse at the past

Pearson Architects show off yet another one of our favourite bathroom trends—old vs. new. Just because a home is antiquated and was built centuries ago, doesn’t mean the fittings and features need to match the age. In this instance, we see a sleek free-standing bathtub and polished concrete floor played off against an exposed red brick wall. Although these two elements are obviously different, not only texturally and visually, they work together in harmony. This example goes to show that it is indeed possible to have a well resolved and rounded bathroom with two eras to boot.

7. Quirky fittings

Jacana Court, London:  Bathroom by Volume 3
Volume 3

Jacana Court, London

Volume 3

Art can happen in the bathroom, too. So why not show off your creative flair and put in some ultra modern, artistic fittings such as this toilet and bidet set designed by Volume 3. Curvaceous and fluid, the formation of these fixtures is reminiscent of the architecture of Antoni Gaudi, whose organic forms took the world by storm. Played off against the shingled timber wall, it’s not hard to understand why quirky fittings are high up on the list of bathroom trends for 2015.

8. Oversized bathroom trends

We can have oversized clothes and oversized lips, but why not make one of the most essential elements of your bathroom oversized, too? Check out this bathtub by Specht Harpman, who have envisaged a way to make bath time even MORE enjoyable than it already is. Justified almost in the centre of the room, this bathtub is the focal point, and has even been positioned facing the windows to give the occupants a stellar view while they chill out in their oversized tub. Given that oversized is fashionable in every other design aspect, we’re not surprised to see it feature in our top 10 bathroom trends.

9. Full length benchtops

Contemporary Bathroom and Lighting :  Bathroom by CATO creative
CATO creative

Contemporary Bathroom and Lighting

CATO creative

Touching again on the extremes in bathroom trends, we’ve seen full length bench tops in kitchens, so it is only fitting that they’ve made it into our bathrooms trends, too. Elongated and elegant, this seemingly never-ending benchtop from Cato Creative gives the room an endless line of sight, drawing our eyes directly to the rear. This is a great idea for those who are short on space, and want to make their bathroom look effortlessly bigger. A clever optical illusion indeed, we’re not surprised it is one of our favourite bathroom trends for the years to come.

10. Elongated mirrors

Lastly but definitely not least, we finish our top 10 bathroom trends ideabook with an elegant, elongated set of mirrors from Gullaksen Architects. We love the clever addition of backlighting to both the upper and lower sections of this panel, adding atmosphere and a warming ambience to this contemporary space. As mentioned in the bathroom trends above, oversized, lengthy fittings are hot on the radar, especially for those who are struggling with space and need ingenious ways to solve space issues both visually and practically. This expanse of mirrors fools us into thinking the bathroom is double the size, bouncing off the available light to help illuminate every nook and cranny. This is definitely one of our favourite bathroom trends for 2015, and we hope to see much, much more of it!

If you’ve enjoyed reading about the hottest bathroom trends, check out the following ideabook: 10 walk-in shower ideas

Which is your favourite from our list of bathroom trends for 2015? Let us know in the comments section below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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