Bathroom Design Trends of 2015 Part 2

Bathroom Design Trends of 2015 Part 2

Elements of Design: Furniture and Fixtures

For this two-part series, we spoke to four designers about the latest, hottest trends in bathroom design. Part one delved into current Design Trends, and here in part two, we’ll take a closer look at the Elements of Design: Furniture and Fixtures.

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Elements of Design: Furniture and Fixtures

Freestanding Bathtubs: Bathtubs continue to get bigger and deeper making them the cornerstone of the modern bathroom. Not only are they a primary sculptural design element but they also define the overall mood of a bathroom. A curvy, well-placed tub can turn even the most angular bathroom into a gentle hub of relaxation. Semi-freestanding tubs are a brand-new design innovation being used in smaller bathrooms. These provide the luxury of an independent unit with the compactness of a built-in.

Walk-In Showers: Anyone who has had a walk-in shower experience knows they are as indulgent, luxurious, and energising as a long bath. Indeed, some designers even suggest that the success of the open-design master suite is solely due to the value of the walk-in shower. Currently, frameless showers and door-less glass enclosures are leading the list of biggest top-sellers. Multiple water sources such as rain heads, side massage sprays, and hand-held options continue to dominate the home design.

Built-In Gadgetry: Bathrooms are going high-tech as designers are emphasising a multi-sensory spa experience in the contemporary bathroom. There has been a sharp rise in customised bathroom technology that includes such features as audio design, chromatherapy (therapeutic use of coloured lights), and steam and water profiles all being controlled by single water proof LED displays. Other high tech twists seeing enormous popularity are dual-purpose gadgets such as faucet/hand dryer, cabinets/speakers and the fusion of tub/sound system where blue-tooth audio vibrates through the water as you bathe.

Custom Vanities: Whether for a new bathroom or a remodel, vanities are getting customised makeovers like never before. This is partly due to the innovations in bathroom technology (listed above) but also in response to the clean, streamlined contours being used by today’s designers. Open framed cabinets and sleek cabinet doors are in-style. Cottage style-raised doors are dropping in popularity as is ornate hardware. Round and hexagonal mirrors have made – and will continue to make – a big comeback in 2015.

Metallic Hardware and Other Accents: Bold metallic finishes are simple, elegant hardware fixtures that are trending right now. Gold, silver, copper, and chrome finishes lend sparkle to a bathroom design. These are especially popular in the sophisticated dark grey and black themed bathrooms as a way of focusing and bouncing the light design. Designers are also using metallic accents in other creative ways such as highlighting stylish fans, mirrors, light fixtures, and metallic glazed tiles in bathroom mosaic work.

Non-Traditional Furniture: As bathrooms open up in size and purpose, so too does the use of non-traditional furniture. Now more than ever, bathrooms are becoming more closely integrated into the master suite design. As such, it is becoming more common to place a couch, bench, or comfortable chair where they previously were never seen. Small coffee tables and end tables are also making surprise appearances in modern designs. Recycled and reclaimed furniture and fixtures remain as popular as ever.

This year’s bathroom designs fuse spa-like luxury with the desire for high-tech bathroom technology making them the ultimate place for rest and relaxation.