More than just a zone for your daily cleaning routine, the modern bathroom is a private domain offering you the perfect space for solitude and relaxation. With more homeowners investing in quality fixtures and premium fittings to transform their bathroom into a luxe retreat, sanitaryware brands and interior decorators are also going the extra mile to cater to the evolution of bathroom design. Here’s a look at nine of the latest trends and how you can incorporate them to achieve your own bath sanctuary.
Storage has always been an essential part of the home — regardless of the amount of floor space you have — and is an effective and easy way to help keep your home looking neat and tidy. The same goes for your bathrooms; you won’t want your toiletries hanging out on your countertop, where they’ll get wet and grimy over time, so plan the design of the bathroom with sufficient storage in mind.
“The easiest, and most seamless, way to incorporate storage into your bathroom is to have cabinets behind the mirror,” shares Kelvin Teo, founder of interior design firm Space Sense Studio. This makes it easy to retrieve items that you use everyday, as well.
Dennis Cheok, design director of Upstairs_, shares his bathroom design strategy for the Overlap apartment, a two-room condominium unit. “The bathroom (below) was reconfigured and the shower area and water closet are enclosed within smaller cubicles, each flanking a shared vanity area,” he says. Aside from concealing the main storage space behind the vanity mirror — which is actually a roomy niche that spans 1.7m — Dennis designed a “laundry basket” within the cast-concrete washbasin counter, and concealed it using flip-up powdercoated metal panels. The top panel opens up for ease of dropping laundry in, much like a covered bin; and the front panel swings open so you can remove laundry for washing.
Fancy a bathroom that looks bold, yet is still visually appealing? Rock the look with the right selection of tiles for your walls and floors. You can even experiment with mixing and matching, to create a pattern you like!
Designed by renowned designer Patricia Urquiola, the Azulej range (right), available at Rice, is reminiscent of patchworks. With this collection’s variety of options, you can choose to pair contrasting designs, or use a singular pattern throughout for a tessellated effect. Available in neutral colours, they’re also easy on the eyes. Switch up the look of a contemporary-style bathroom, with a selection of artisanal accessories like handwoven rugs, handcrafted mirrors, bouquets of dried flowers, and even brass fittings — the patina of the material will add to the look, while lending a natural warmth.
Hansgrohe’s Axor Montreux
(above) range couples industrial designs with rustic finishes like chrome and nickel, for a look that seems somewhat dated, but yet embodies a charm that remains relevant in homes today. The finishes are applied using a physical vapour deposition (PVD) technology, to create a finished surface that’s scratch-resistant.
Have you ever dismissed the idea of having a bathtub, simply because there isn’t enough space in the bathroom? With increasing innovation in designs, there are now more options on the market — even for freestanding bathtubs that can fit into apartments. This accessory has long been a luxury; so don’t compromise on the quality of bath time. Victoria + Albert Baths’ most compact bathtub model to date is the Vetralla (above). It sits at 1.5m long, with a sleek, minimalist design. Choose from seven finishes, including gloss white, gloss black, matte white, anthracite, stone grey and light grey.
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