Bathroom Design Trends of 2015 Part 1
Today’s contemporary bathroom has become the health and wellness centrepiece of the home. This is reflected in the hallmark trends of 2015 that focus on creating masterful and luxurious retreats where a person may pamper their self in privacy. For this two-part series, we spoke to four designers about the newest, hottest trends in bathroom chic. Part one delves into current Design Trends, and part two takes a closer look at the Elements of Design: Furniture and Fixtures.
This year is seeing a fusion of high tech design with functional sustainability to produce elegant spaces. Here we examine the top five bathroom design trends of 2015.
Sustainable High Tech Water Design: More than ever it pays to be smart in planning the water use in your bathroom. Luckily, technology has kept up and offers a multitude of water supply options that give spa-like luxury without being wasteful. Recirculating showers offer advanced real-time water filtration systems similar to what astronauts use in space, on-demand hot water saves power by only heating water when needed, and continuing advances in water saving toilets mean that your home’s water bills will continue to decrease with no noticeable difference in effectiveness.
LED Lighting Design: Contemporary bathroom lighting designs are incorporating natural light with light temperature sensitive LED lighting systems. Together, they create an economic and engaging soft light scheme that promotes relaxation. Chromotherapy, using colour lights therapeutically, is also making a big splash in modern bathrooms. Some LED systems allow the user to program day-rated light during the daytime and tungsten-rated light after the sun has gone down. Dimmer switches are more in vogue as they allow people to customise their task lighting versus ambient lighting. Happily, fewer lights are being placed above bathroom mirrors as these lights tend to cast deep shadows around the eyes while brightly lighting the forehead. This lighting has proven ineffective for shaving or applying makeup and is not becoming on anyone.
Vertical Gardens: Plants have always flourished in the warmth and humidity of bathrooms. Now designers are taking it to beautiful extremes by building living walls into bathroom design. Regardless of whether you have a bright or dim bathroom, there is a host of plants that are well suited to fit your needs. These gardens not only feature the natural beauty of plants but also provide a healthy dose of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which purifies and revitalises the air.
Open Master Suite Chic: Big showers and bold designs mean that the bathroom no longer needs to be hidden. In response, designers are removing walls entirely. By opening up the floor plan, the master suite becomes an all-inclusive personal spa featuring stand-alone tubs, customised vanities, and expansive showers that open into the rest of the room. Stylistically bold, these rooms feature geometric design, big marbled motifs, and broad strokes of colour and texture against grey or neutral tones.
Mosaic Floors: This year is bringing the floor back into focus. We’re not seeing the bold floor tiles of the past few years, rather the onset of more intricate, well-designed mosaic centrepieces. These floors beautifully piece together tile and other natural elements like stones, pebbles, and glass beads into motifs that often tie the bathroom in with the rest of the house. Grout is stepping forward as its own design element too. Heated floors are still the rage and radiant technology is making this option more affordable and efficient.
Next in Part-Two: Elements of Design: Furniture and Fixtures.