If you have been thinking about giving your bathroom a makeover this year but aren’t sure how a good place to start is to take a look at the latest trends for inspiration. Whether you are installing a new bathroom or revamping your existing, 2015 brings plenty of fresh and current design ideas sure to give your bathroom a little wow factor.
There are many bathroom trends set to be big this year. From freestanding baths to geometric patterns there is something to suit all tastes. Here are just a few of the inspiring bathroom trends on the radar for this year.
Hitting the Tiles
Feature floor tiling proved a popular trend in 2014 and has shown no sign of stopping in 2015. Feature tiles provide an excellent design opportunity, particularly whilst working with challenging bathrooms that have no space for a feature wall. In smaller bathrooms feature floor tiling adds depth without consuming space, when used in larger bathrooms feature floor tiles provide an elegant effect. With such an extensive range of bathroom floor tiles available in different colours, styles and finishes, you’re sure to find the perfect tiles sure to add a little wow factor in to your bathroom.
Go Eau Natural
Drawing design inspiration from nature is an excellent way to warm what can be a hard to, room of the house. Adding natural elements such as wood and stone into the bathroom is one of the key bathroom trends of 2015. Introducing wooden furniture into your bathroom, whether lighter shades of oak or pine, or the rich solidity of darker shades such as walnut or wenge will turn your bathroom into a more warming and inviting space.
Natural stone is an element proven to be a popular trend in bathrooms for 2015. Whether you wish to install a full showering or wet room area or want to highlight the splash back area behind your basin, natural tiles are the perfect choice. Natural stone tiles are particularly dense, which makes them ideal for use in the bathroom environment. Whilst the unique pattern and grain of each individual tile will bring a real sense of character and individuality into your bathroom.
Go Green in your Bathroom
Plants are ideal for dressing up your bathroom. Bathrooms are the perfect environment for housing tropical plants. The low light and high humidity of the room creates an environment ideal for houseplants. Living walls also became a fast growing and popular trend in 2014, as seen on the BBC TV show ‘Your Home in Their Hands’, which is set to continue into 2015. A living wall is a contained garden that grows vertically. Having plants in your bathroom can protect your home, the environment, save you energy, and even benefit your health.
Open Plan Bedroom-Bathrooms
Having an open plan bedroom-bathroom has become an architectural trend. This modern trend allows large open living spaces, where people can see their beautiful bathroom from their bedroom. These large open spaces tend to feature large sliding doors so you can open up or close off a space. Open plan bedroom-bathrooms offer a range of benefits as well as creating a practical user-friendly living space. The lack of dividing walls in open plan spaces means that natural lighting can fill the room. Open plan spaces allow panoramic views to be fully appreciated.
Digital Water Control
Gone are the days of basic taps, and hello to smart, user-friendly digital fittings and controls. In 2014 leading bathroom innovators Crosswater introduced a new generation of bathing and showering to hit the UK. Crosswater Digital is a digital wireless control range that includes thermostatic mixers and mixers that control multiple water sources tho provide the ultimate bathing and shower experience. This innovative range gives users total control over the flow, mix and temperature of water.
The Crosswater digital range has a FREE App which allows users to control their system via their smartphone or tablet over Wifi. The app offers users the facility to activate the bath taps or showerhead before getting out of bed in the morning, (ideal for those cold mornings waiting on the shower warming up). The app will work from anywhere within your property, a clear, straightforward, flashing visual indicator on the controller shows when the water has reached the desired temperature. For more information read our article Introducing Crosswater Digital – Convenience and Technology at your Fingertips
Freestanding baths are first and foremost, a design statement, a freestanding bath is a premium investment that oozes class and sophistication. The style and charm of the freestanding baths are timeless and will continue to be a popular trend in 2015.
They’re elegant, sophisticated, and will give you the spa retreat feel that you won’t get with a built-in bathtub. Homeowners are opting to remove built-in baths and are replace them with a freestanding bath and walk-in shower. Freestanding baths are available in various materials, including acrylic, copper and cast iron.
Because freestanding baths are not fixed to the wall, they give you the flexibility place the freestanding tub in the centre of the room, creating a beautiful focal point. Placing the bath in the middle of the bathroom also creates the illusion of having more space. Freestanding baths allow bathrooms to be updated much easier. Flooring can be easily changed from tile to wood; walls can be painted or wallpapered over and over without the hassle of a built in bath.
Sharp, geometric shaped tiles are set to be a big trend in 2015. Geometric tiles offer an excellent design solution for those who wish to add depth and visual interest to a plain, neutral space. Geometric tiles are not for the colour shy. Bright geometric tiles infuse a bathroom with a hearty dose of high-impact drama, energy offering tactile appeal. Geometric tiles are often laid using two or three different colours in one setting to show the shapes off to their best advantage, geometric styles are available in both ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles. This type of tiling creates an amazing overall visual effect, to give a luxurious look and feel to any bathroom.
In 2014 UK sales figures for shower trays show there’s a trend towards low profile or slim line shower trays, and that’s being driven by the trend for wet rooms. When it comes to the shower, bigger is better, walk in showers and wet rooms are set to become a trend even more popular in 2015. There are several reasons why wet rooms are so popular today. First and foremost, they look stylish and modern, but another factor worth bearing in mind is their ease of access. In 2014 the UK Census showed one in six people are over the age of 65, which explains the great deal of demand for showers that provide ease of access. Furthermore, according to the Department for Work & Pensions, over 11 million people have a long term illness, impairment or disability. For more information wet rooms, and their many benefits read our Definitive Guide to Wetrooms
Grout as a Design Feature
Grout is something not only necessary in the bathroom, but something that nowadays people are using creatively in their bathrooms. Grout can be used to highlight the pattern of how a tile is laid. To highlight specific tile types, contrasting grout can be used. When you choose a grout colour that contrasts with a tile it forces your eye to separate the tiles from the grout lines. This enables you to see more of each tile rather than a complete picture as you would with a blending grout colour. This design option is a good choice if you are trying to create a checker board effect or if you have the classic black and white floor pattern.