LESS IS MORE IN NEW BATHROOM TRENDS
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
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The minimalist trend for 2017 can fit every budget and need.