Make big state­ments with your bath­rooms

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

THE bath­room con­tin­ues to be a key el­e­ment of our homes – multi-pur­pose, multi-func­tional and an oa­sis of es­capism and re­lax­ation.

As such, bath­room de­sign has evolved and is now dic­tated by so­cial, eco­nomic and cul­tural trends, in­te­grat­ing form and func­tion, pick­ing up in­flu­ences from wider style and cat­walk trends, all com­bined to meet the de­mands of mod­ern day liv­ing.

Here Ideal Stan­dard In­ter­na­tional de­signer Robin Le­vien dis­cusses trend pre­dic­tions for 2016. ●● Colour and light­ing

Bath­rooms in the UK are small and get­ting smaller on av­er­age – so per­haps coun­ter­in­tu­itively there is a trend com­ing for us­ing dark colours on the walls and floor, which with good light­ing can ac­tu­ally make a small space seem big­ger.

Think dif­fer­ent shades of greys, par­tic­u­larly darker shades and hues, which are very on trend for cre­at­ing a tran­quil feel of lux­ury and re­lax­ation. Dark pur­ple, rouge and even duller matte greens are all also on the rise as part of the bath­room colour scheme. ●● De-clut­ter

Less also con­tin­ues to be more and min­i­mal­ism – the clut­ter free, bare bath­room – will con­tinue to be ‘en vogue’.

This ris­ing trend for com­pletely clean sur­faces is coun­ter­bal­anced by amaz­ing stor­age so­lu­tions and plays to the es­capism role of the bath­room – cre­at­ing a sanc­tu­ary within the home, that’s not full of hus­tle and bus­tle, in­stead just plain, clear and sim­ple. ●● Stor­age

The in­va­sion from the con­ti­nent of the van­ity basin with stor­age cab­i­net be­neath con­tin­ues. Sleek, stylish and pro­vid­ing cav­ernous amounts of stor­age, the rise of the van­ity basin means the floor stand­ing pedestal un­der a sink will soon be con­sid­ered retro. ●● Mir­rors

On re­flec­tion, the im­por­tance of the bath­room mir­ror should not be un­der­es­ti­mated and it’s true that in our ‘selfie-ob­sessed’ mod­ern day lives, big bath­room mir­rors are now a ‘thing’.

While it may be the younger gen­er­a­tion who take self­ies in the mir­ror, the mir­ror is a ref­er­ence point for us all and such a sim­ple way to help make small spa­ces feel brighter. ●● Hygiene

As for the toi­let brush. Could this hor­rific and of­fen­sively un­stylish, yet un­for­tu­nately of­ten nec­es­sary bath­room ac­ces­sory be about to be­come ‘ex­tinct’?

“Let’s hope so,” said Robin. “New toi­lets, with su­pe­rior flush­ing tech­nol­ogy that make them ef­fec­tively ‘self­clean­ing’, may well be the be­gin­ning of the end for the brush and the shud­ders th­ese of­ten cheap pieces of plas­tic send down the spines of bath­room de­sign­ers.”

●● A stylish bath­room from Ideal Stan­dard In­ter­na­tional

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