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THE BATH­ROOM is fi­nally re­ceiv­ing the ac­knowl­edge­ment it de­serves with 2017 promis­ing in­spired trends.

“Bath­room de­sign and dé­cor have come a long way with peo­ple re­al­is­ing the bath­room is a piv­otal space of re­lax­ation,” says Bath­room But­ler chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Tay­lor.

“We are ex­cited about the trends that work well to cre­ate a min­i­mal­ist yet func­tional space, fea­tur­ing in­ter­est­ing fin­ishes and taste­ful ac­ces­sories.”

Tay­lor says the habit of us­ing the bath­room as stor­age space is com­ing to an end. In­stead, the less-is-more ap­proach means de­clut­ter­ing and in­clud­ing only the nec­es­sary items.

“It is in this space that we pre­pare for the day, or take time at the end of a long day to un­wind,” he says.

“Opt for cus­tom-made fur­ni­ture which doesn’t use un­nec­es­sary space, spa­cious lay­outs as well as up­dated ac­ces­sories.”

When it comes to bath­room hues, sub­tle shades and tex­tures should be em­braced. Ac­cented walls be­hind a bath or basin can be com­ple­mented with sim­i­larly coloured mats and cov­ers.

To cre­ate the ideal, cosy at­mos­phere, blue and green are pop­u­lar while the ad­di­tion of cobalt-coloured tiles are also com­ing to the fore. Rose gold and matte black ac­ces­sories also cre­ate a stylish feel.

Bath­rooms are see­ing the re­turn of an­tique de­signs, as well as in­spired styles with the in­cor­po­ra­tion of mar­ble fin­ishes to el­e­vate the level of so­phis­ti­ca­tion.

“Peo­ple are of­ten look­ing to ren­o­vate their bath­rooms but it is a daunt­ing task, con­sid­er­ing the as­so­ci­ated costs and un­wanted has­sle that comes with home ren­o­va­tions,” Tay­lor says. “How­ever, the 2017 trends can be eas­ily adapted to fit every bud­get and need.”

In­stead of gut­ting the bath­room, the ad­di­tion of new fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories while up­grad­ing fin­ishes and ad­ding a coat of paint can trans­form any bath­room.

“Ad­ding modern ac­ces­sories will cre­ate the fin­ished touch that adds the homely feel,” Tay­lor says. “Be­fore choos­ing your ac­ces­sories, de­fine your style and con­sider your colour scheme. Then look at var­i­ous el­e­ments that might work for you such as un­der­floor heat­ing or mir­ror lights.”

Echo­ing Tay­lor’s views on in­creased min­i­mal­ism while max­imis­ing on func­tion is Ge­berit South­ern Africa head of mar­ket­ing Do­ri­anne Isaac­man: “It’s im­por­tant to cre­ate an invit­ing space that is not only ap­peal­ing to all our senses, of­fers ease of use and ac­ces­si­bil­ity, but also uses re­li­able tech­nol­ogy.”

She says trends in­clude the open, floor-even bath­room with an in­te­grated shower as well as dis­creet shower drainage.

“Show­ers are show­ing dom­i­nance in pop­u­lar­ity over baths,” says Isaac­man. “With toi­lets, we are see­ing the wall-hung de­sign with con­cealed cis­terns trend­ing, as they cre­ate an open space while the min­i­mal­ism trend is ev­i­dent in the choice of rim­less toi­lets, which are also the more hy­gienic op­tion.”

Sugar Plum In­te­ri­ors sug­gest the use of nat­u­ral el­e­ments and colours with some­thing ex­tra to brighten the room.

“Monochro­matic colour schemes with lots of tex­tures, geo­met­ric shapes and clean lines are be­ing used,” says direc­tor Tammy Ma­haraj. “But we are also look­ing for­ward to see­ing lots of coloured bath­tubs and taps, bring­ing some style.

“Light­ing is a key el­e­ment. The use of high-qual­ity, re­cessed down­lights cre­ate a warm, sooth­ing en­vi­ron­ment.” – Staff Re­porter

Decorex Joburg takes place at the Gal­lagher Con­ven­tion Cen­tre from to­mor­row un­til Sun­day.

The min­i­mal­ist trend for 2017 can fit every bud­get and need.

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