If you’ve been contemplating that bathroom renovation for a while now, it’s time to take the next step. Before you begin sprucing up your home, consider the spaces that you use the most. Yes, your bathroom is a functional spot, but that doesn’t mean it can’t make a statement with design. Take a look at these insights from some of our go-to designers on the bathroom trends that are worth your attention in 2019.
1. Big Impressions in small spaces
Small spaces like powder rooms excel as a canvas for a singular, splashy statement. A high-contrast, large-scale wallpaper expands a small space and infuses it with an artful attitude.
2. A Neutral Palette
We love a classic bathroom and think it’s always on trend to have something that works for years to come. To keep it feeling modern we love using a monochromatic element throughout the whole space. For example, using all of one color or material (such as the color green or all marble tile) is a great way to achieve this, classic tile and motifs can be incorporated still but using all of one material creates a fun jewel box-like look to the space. You can still stay neutral and make it feel like something really special.
3. Raw and Natural
Natural, unrefined finishes offer respite from the hard, cold surfaces commonly found in the bathroom – not to mention the hard, cold reality of life beyond the bathroom door. Wood is an obvious go-to. Select darker timbers with an element of history evidenced in a vintage stain or rough-sawn surface. Faking it with wood-look porcelain tiles can be equally as effective, provided there’s a textural finish to recreate the tactility factor.
4. Statement Mirrors
Round mirrors have been rolling into bathrooms in recent years, jostling rectangular framed mirrors out of the way, but here is the next evolution. A curvaceous, unique option kicks things up a notch and makes a vanity feel more like a destination than a morning way station.
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.