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Is Your Bathroom Top of the Trends?

Is Your Bathroom Top of the Trends?Photo by Christian Mackie on Unsplash

How did you choose the colour scheme, fixtures and fittings for your bathroom? Did you plan a bathroom that is comfortable, cosy and designed to your own taste? Or were you led by trends you spotted in the shops or on social media? If you’re in the midst of planning bathroom makeover, maybe you’ve been soaking up what’s in style to help you plan what your future bathroom will look like? 

Whether you’re planning a bathroom makeover or have the bathroom of your dreams already in place, how does it measure up against the biggest trends of the past, present and future? Let’s take a look.

The New Trend Predictions

According to experts at The Times, autumn/winter interiors for 2019 are all about darker tones, bold hues and eco touches like bamboo furniture and houseplants. These all make for a perfect storm look in the bathroom. If you prefer things a little less dramatic, you might have fun with Pantone’s tipped trend for 2020 – all things nautical. According to the colour specialists, the interiors sector will immerse itself in all things sea-related next year. 

The nautical look is a perfect match for bathroom spaces and there’s never a shortage of beach hut emblazoned blinds or lighthouse, seagulls or anchor printed fabrics or accessories. If you’d like to avoid nautical decor tropes such as red, white and blue stripes, there are lots of great looks in stores to help you head down a path that’s a little less well-trodden. Choosing seashells, coral and seaweed prints will introduce some beautiful relaxing colours and give you interesting patterns and shapes to work with.

Trends Getting Love Right Now

Hands up who follows an unhealthy amount of interiors accounts on Instagram? Having inspiration at your fingertips can be a great thing when you’re planning updates in the home, but can you guess which looks and features people are hitting the like button for right now? And more importantly, have you channelled any of these trends into the design of your bathroom?

Harvey Water Softeners recently analysed the top twenty posts on Instagram across five different bathroom trend related hashtags to uncover the biggest bathroom trends. Top of the trends were classic choices like white tiles, dual sinks, hanging plants and freestanding oval baths. Also clocking up the likes were geometric tiles, circular mirrors and luxurious rainfall showers. 

Taps of all different colours are apparently catching the eye, with gold taps, black taps and silver taps all named among the top trends. Similarly, gold and black-framed mirrors also made a mark. Black bathroom fixtures are most definitely enjoying a moment, with black shower doors and towel rails also proving popular. 

If you fancy heading to the dark side, you’ll find black bathroom fixtures and fittings such as sinks, radiators, shower hoses and basin mixers at the Bathroom Discount Centre. Recessed shower shelves are another lusted after feature along with glamorous marble or floating sinks. Those looking for an instant update may want to try popular and pretty boho rugs, practical pine shelves or woven baskets.

Best Ever Bathroom Trends

We’ve looked at what’s next for bathroom design, but do you have a favourite trend from the past? There are plenty of traditional looks that have stood the test of time and if you’re decorating your home to put it up for sale, adopting styles and trends that appeal to the masses can be a smart approach.

Dunelm recently dug into the best and worst ever home decorating trends and highlighted a lot of love for many interiors trends that lend themselves to bathroom spaces. Among the most loved trends here in the UK are en suite bathrooms, wet rooms, freestanding baths, LED lighting, and underfloor heating. Stripped wood floors, shabby chic furniture and vintage revival items are among the other enduring trends that would look right at home in the bathroom.

Can you take a guess at the trends of past decades that were the least liked? Unsurprisingly, many of those surveyed said they weren’t fans of fluffy toilet seat covers (33%) or had an aversion to avocado coloured suites (33%). Putting carpet down in the bathroom was also a pet peeve for 29% of respondents.

 So, how does your bathroom fair when it comes to trends past, present and future? Is your bathroom space top of the trends or in a league of its own when it comes to popular colours, fixtures and features? Is your sense of interior styling more on-trend than you thought or are you happy to find that your own unique approach in the bathroom is what’s made it the perfect space for you?

How To Pursue The Modern Washroom Makeover?

Most modern cities have been burdened by overpopulation with the rise of various industries and work opportunities. The rapid urbanization that has come with this influx of people has robbed major cities of large, open living spaces. In order to accommodate all the new people and a large number of people who have started living in these cities, most old houses and buildings have been brought down to give way for construction of newer high rise apartment buildings that can accommodate a large number of people in flats and apartments. Although more people can live in such buildings and apartments, it results in smaller living spaces. Gone are the days of large sprawling houses, people have to make do with small flats with only one or two bedrooms and a single kitchen, dining area and bathroom to share.

In spite of such cramped up living conditions, the desire of people to live in luxury and make their homes feel like a well decorated mansion have not died off. People are preferring to decorate their houses in whichever way possible, and are finding new and innovative ideas to give their bedrooms or kitchens a makeover, all within a budget.

Giving your Washroom a new look

Although people spend ample time decorating their bedrooms and kitchens and spend tons of money buying little trinkets and other accessories to give their bedrooms or dining areas a fresh makeover, one area of the house that often ends up getting neglected is the washroom or the bathroom. It is an indispensable and essential part of every household, and in fact the true cleanliness of a house can be determined by the amount of cleaning that gets done to the washrooms. A guest’s perspective about their hosts manners and cleanliness gets a rigorous test if the guest finds the washroom to be in an unclean and untidy state. Although basic cleanliness and hygiene is a must, one can go a step farther and give their washroom completely new do-over with a few simple tips and tricks as mentioned below.

1)  Changing your shower curtain

Starting off with something simple yet effective, the cheapest thing to do to give your washroom an instant new look is to install a new shower curtain. A shower curtain generally acts as a barrier between the shower area and the rest of the bathroom, providing some privacy and also preventing against unnecessary spilling of water onto the floor of the washroom or onto other dry surfaces. Except for this obvious useful utility, shower curtains can also act as a decorative piece. Many home decor stores or upholstery stores sell shower curtains with unique prints and textures, that can turn your washroom into a completely different feature within minutes. It is cheap, and super easy to install, just slip the shower curtain on to the rod, or install a new rod if you don’t already have a shower curtain, and stand back and admire the new piece of decoration in your washroom, that also serves a purpose. You can choose between a wide variety of colors, textures and prints to match with the rest of your bathroom.

2) Putting up fake trees as decorations

Washrooms can be a hard place to decorate, because it is unwise to keep expensive artwork or sculpture or decorative items in here, since the area always gets wet and may damage your precious decorations easily. One of the few decorations that do enjoy the humid environment are indoor plants, but they can be very hard to maintain and clean, and may end up doing more harm than good. The best alternative to this dilemma is to use an artificial tree. The advantage of these artificial trees over actual potted plants is that they require very little to almost no regular maintenance, and yet they give the same look and feel of indoor potted plants. They can also serve a magnitude of purposes, and can be used in various other ways than simple decoration. For example, an artificial plant wall, which consists of fake creepers and climbing trees and branches arranged on wire mesh network or a simple frame of sorts, can act as a good partition between the shower area and the toilet area, in place of a traditional shower curtain. Also, a fake tree stump can be very easily used as a small tool or a makeshift rack to serve various miscellaneous purposes inside the washroom, as and when required. The possibilities are almost endless, and it comes with the big benefit of being cheap, easy to clean and maintain without causing any unnecessary mess.

3) Installing new tiles

It is virtually impossible to completely change the plumbing and all the faucets and fixtures of a washroom including toilets and bathtubs without causing a huge mess and incurring a large bill from the plumber. But, the floor and wall tiles are much easier to replace and help in giving a complete overhaul to your washroom. It can even be done with very little professional help and thus saves up on costs too.

The patterns and designs and colors of the tiles should match the color of the faucets and fixtures, or to give a more modern look, a contrasting solid color can be chosen to give a new look to your washroom. The common idea is to stick to neutral colors and standard geometric patterns, and although that creates for a very minimalist modern decor, with the huge range of colors, designs and textures available in tiles nowadays, one can give a very unique and interesting look to their washroom without spending a fortune on custom fittings and fixtures. Changing tiles may also be a good opportunity to install anti-slipping or textured tiles that also serve a very useful purpose of preventing slipping on falling on wet floor surfaces, and thus saves from deadly injuries, especially for the children and elderly people of the house.

Super Easy Ways to Update Your Bathroom

For every family, the bathroom is an important room. It is more than just somewhere to freshen up. A lot of people enjoy taking a long leisurely bath. It is a great way to relax. But, it is only a nice experience if your bathroom looks and feels nice. If yours is looking a little old and tired, do not worry because there are some really simple ways for you to freshen things up a bit.

Replacing the flooring

If the floor needs renewing to the discount flooring depot and take a look at what is available. They sell an incredibly wide range of product and are one of the few online firms that are happy to send you samples. This is a great way of working out if the colour and quality are right.

If you do decide to opt to lay engineered wood flooring just be careful to order the type that is designed for use in a damp environment. This type of flooring can be laid in about 2 hours, looks good and is hard-wearing, all of which makes it a great option for a family bathroom.

You don’t necessarily have to re-tile

When it comes to updating a bathroom, the worst job has to be re-tiling. If you can avoid doing it, you really should. Fortunately, there are lots of other ways to update and spruce up your existing tiling. Simply cleaning it and using specialist grout paint can have a transformative effect.

Cracked tiles can be replaced individually using different, but complementary, tiles. Or you can use decals to cover them up or give your bathroom a fresh new look. Mirrors are great for covering issues up too and freshening things up. They do not take long to hang and you can buy them in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Mirrors help to reflect the light, which means that they help to make the bathroom feel more modern, brighter and, in some cases, bigger.

Create more storage space

A cluttered bathroom will never look nice. Get everybody into the habit of putting their toiletries away. To encourage them to do this provide everyone with a basket to stow their toiletries and other personal hygiene items in. This can be slotted into a rack that is set up in the corner of the bathroom. Better still, when each member of the family is finished in the bathroom, they can take their little storage basket with them and slide it under their bed. You can find plenty of attractive, easy and innovative bathroom storage ideas, online.

Update your towels and bath mats

Swapping your thin, worn towels for some nice new fluffy ones will also have a positive effect. If you use a bath mat update that at the same time.

Add a couple of plants

A plant with big green leaves will look fantastic in any bathroom. Aloe Vera looks especially nice and will thrive in the warmth and moisture. But, the fact that there is a sharp point on the end of each leaf means they may not be a good idea if you have children. Instead, opt for bromeliads, ferns or aspidistra.

Upgrading our Bathroom on a Budget

A few months back, our landlady visited to take a look at some things around the house that we were having issues with, and while she was here she said a sentence that sounded like music to my ears:

“You could probably do with a new bathroom, couldn’t you?”

Don’t get me wrong, our current bathroom is functional, but there’s nothing nice about it, and I’d be ecstatic to have a newer one fitted. She’s planning to have it done over the summer which gives me plenty of time to fantasise about shower doors and other things I’d love to be done. Here are a few of them:

New Shower

Our current shower runs off of the taps, which is fine, but the water pressure isn’t hugely high and our heating relies on LPG deliveries, meaning that when we ran out in the dead of winter we were stuck for two weeks over Christmas without being able to have a shower or bath! I’d love her to replace it with an electirc shower, so it wasn’t reliant on gas, and I’m hoping her plumber will compare a range of shower pumps at Pump Sales Direct so that we end up with decent amount of pressure!

Re-Enamel the Bath

Our bath is actually a really decent old cast-iron bath and while there’s nothing wrong with the structure, it could really do with a new coating of enamel as the surface has gone a little patchy. Re-enamelling a bath is a great way to update an old model without needed to spend masses or do tricky plumbing work.

Tiling the Walls

At the moment, we have tiling around the splash-back of the sink and on the wall that the bath adjoins to, but I’d love for the tiling to cover all of the wall surfaces in the bathroom. This would make it super easy to keep clean and looking nice, and would also help to hide the problem we have with mould in the rooms upstairs. I also have a huge thing about white tiles with grey grouting, so if I could manage to convince her to do this, I’d be one happy tenant!

Replacing the Floor

At the moment, we have carpet in the bathroom, which means it’s pretty warm in the winter but I find it a really impractical as it gets wet all the time. Also, who wants to vaccum the bathroom?! If I had my way, I’d go for some beautiful blakc and white checkerboard tiles on the floor to give it a classic, clean look which can be dressed up with accessories of any colour.

Storage

At the moment, we have one, very small, bathroom cabinet which offers very little in the way of storage and I spend my life trying to find places to discreetly stack the masses of bathroom products that we seem to accrue. I’d love a cabinet around the pedestal of the sink or even a sliding bath panel so that we could utilise that empty space under the bath.

What would you add if you had the chance to design your dream bathroom?

Bath or Shower?

245776_R_Z001When it comes to bathroom furniture, everyone has their preference. Husband and Sausage love to wallow in a nice, deep bath while I prefer standing under a hot shower after a long day. I’m a huge fan of the traditional roll-top bath with big brass taps, while Husband likes the sleek lines of an ultra modern suite. In an ideal world, we’d live in a house big enough to have bathrooms of our own, to suit our needs (and I wouldn’t have to pick up soggy towels and empty shower gel bottles, either!).

I wondered what my blogging friends had to say about their ideal bathroom, so I asked around and this is what they told me:

Angie from Cakes, Photos Life said: “I love a shower, always makes me feel clean and refreshed. Husband on the other hand refuses point blank unless none available, a full bath every morning. I have a basic bathroom but would love an ultra modern large power shower”

Helen from The Crazy Kitchen said: “I prefer a shower, hate having a bath & only like white suites with no fancy scalloped edges or gold taps! I would love a wet room or walk in shower….”

Laura from Tired Mummy of Two said: “I would love a large deep bath but tend to have showers most days”

Mummy is a Gadget Geek said: “My ideal bathroom would have a bath that’s great for reading in, mixer taps with a shower attachment so I don’t need to stand up to wash my hair, underfloor heating and a heated towel rail full of snuggly fluffy towels. More modern than traditional but as long as the water is hot and the bath is relaxing I’ll be happy!”

Charlotte from Winegums and Watermelons said “My ideal bathroom would have a shower and a bath. A nice big bath to relax in (maybe with the spa jets?) and a power shower for when I need waking up. Underfloor heating and tiles, definitely not carpet!”

Aby from You Baby, Me Mummy said: “My ideal bathroom would have underfloor heating and a heated towel rail. I would love a rainforest type shower with the massive showerhead and a free standing bath – obviously with an amazing view!”

 

My Dream Shower

As you may or may not know, Husband and I eloped and got married on the tiny, tropical island of Vakarufalhi in The Maldives. We spent two weeks living in a beach-side bungalow, surrounded by white sand, reefs filled with tropical fish and sea that closely resembled bath water. The island was as close to paradise as I could ever hope to witness and our accommodation was seriously swanky, too. My favourite feature was our bathroom – accessed through a door in the bedroom, it actually only had three walls; part of it was entirely outside! We had the normal bath/shower/toilet/sink combination, but then in the outdoor section we had a shower that, although closed in from prying eyes by a tall wall, was completely out in the open! You don’t know liberation until you’ve walked out of the sea, across hot sand and then stood completely starkers in your own private tropical garden having a shower under the sky!

Outdoor showerNot hugely clear, but this is the view from the shower in our bungalow!

I’ve been a bit obsessed with ‘The Perfect Bathroom’ since then and Eau Couture have got some fixtures and fittings which come pretty darn close. I’ve accepted that, in a UK climate, I’m never going to get my open-air shower, but I do love the idea of a huge rainforest-style shower head which is less luke-warm trickle and more full-on waterfall effect! There’s nothing worse than a shower where you have to choose between allowing the water to get really hot but coming out like a dribble, or proper powerful jets which you can only ever have lukewarm.

I’m generally more of a shower girl, but that’s because our bath is too damn small to allow for proper soakage. If money were no object, I’d have a tub like this:

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In fact, I’d probably never get out of the bath at all if I had a tub like that, however I’d have a fight on my hands as both Husband and Sausage LOVE the bath!

What would your dream bathroom look like?