Guest Blog Post: Top Bathroom Trends for 2017
By Helen Powell - Design Hunter
Helen has been featured in publications including The Sunday Times, Elle Decoration, Domino, The Independent and Good Homes and received the 'Best Luxury Blog' award at the Amara Interior Blog Awards in both 2014 and 2015. She works full time on Design Hunter alongside styling and photography collaborations and content projects from her studio in Warwickshire.
Design Hunter reflects her love of objects that reference honesty and simplicity in the design and use of materials, and her belief that the objects we choose to live with should help create a home that is inviting, restful and a place of sanctuary.
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A new bathroom is a home investment most of us enjoy over a number of years, rather than something we change regularly from season to season. Colour palettes and trends in bathroom design may not shift as radically as they do in the world of fashion, but if you are thinking about installing a new bathroom in your home then you’ll want to check out some of the latest ideas to ensure you fit one that’s both up to date style wise and equipped to stand the test of time.
From the latest technology to lifestyle changes that are influencing the type of homes we want to live in, here are some of the key bathroom trends for 2017.
Hotel bathrooms often lead the way in popularising the trends we adopt in our bathrooms at home and we’re starting to see technology and digitalization appearing much more prominently. With the addition of mood lighting systems and waterproof TV and audio solutions hotel bathrooms are increasingly being designed as spaces for entertainment and relaxation as well as for bathing.
Programmable digital showers are also becoming more popular. These allow you to quickly and precisely control the temperature of the water as well as regulating the flow, and wireless technology means that they can be installed anywhere within the home. Find out more about the features they offer and compare them against other types of shower in soak.com’s buying guide.
Colour, material and finish
Marble continues to enjoy popularity as a material for wall and floor tiling. It’s sometimes seen paired with taps and accessories in brass, rose gold or even black in contemporary schemes but chrome plated fittings remain the most popular choice.
Wall mounted vanity units
Interiors trends have leaned towards a more minimal look in recent years. Wall mounted vanity units are a great option for a sleek, streamlined look. As well as providing useful storage space, they also help to create an illusion of space by freeing up the floor area, so they are ideal for smaller bathrooms.
With houseplants popping up everywhere in interiors blogs and magazines at the moment they are undeniably one of the big interiors trends for 2017. They work particularly well in the bathroom where they will add a decorative focal point as well as providing contrasting colour and texture.
Bathrooms frequently have small windows and limited natural light so opt for plants that will be happy in these conditions. Try ferns, orchids or peace lilies for a quick and easy bathroom update.
Bathrooms as a living space
Another trend from hotel design is the blurring of the boundary between the bedroom and the bathroom. This is a design idea that looks set to become more popular in our homes too. The bathroom is increasingly being seen as an extension of our living space rather than just a purely functional area of the home. So we’re seeing freestanding baths incorporated into open plan bedroom areas and soft, upholstered chairs and sofas in the bathroom.
The statement bath
Finally, if you have the luxury of space then fitting a statement bath is always a surefire way to create an impact. While this may not be a particularly new trend it’s certainly one that’s not going away any time soon.
A simple minimal shape like this Caitlyn bath will work in both modern and more traditional interiors.
A special soak.com thank you to Helen Powell – we love this article and hope you do too! Keep an eye out for future posts from Helen and make sure to check back to our blog for more tips, advice and trends…
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