Creating bathroom luxury
PUBLISHED: 15:52 13 November 2013 | UPDATED: 15:52 13 November 2013
With a desire for luxury continuing to drive bathroom design, Tony Barber of Ebberns in Hemel Hempstead looks at how technology is changing to meet demand
Inspired by luxury hotel bathrooms and the desire for a sanctuary for pampering and relaxation, the trend for sleek, uncluttered bathroom design remains popular. To meet these exacting requirements, modular and reduced depth bathroom furniture is growing in popularity. It offers many benefits. It is quick and simple to fit and offers practical storage, achieves that on-trend hotel look and creates an illusion of more space. There are designs and sizes of modular bathroom furniture to suit every bathroom, so we will see more use of reduced depth furniture in smaller en suites and cloakrooms (such as the British-made Ellis Ikon range, pictured in graphite).
We will also see the trend for high gloss finishes and natural, muted colours continue. Colours such as white, cream, caramel, azure and graphite will remain in high demand. Where space prevails, we will see demand for his-and-hers basins as well as bathroom furniture grow. Also, more people will want individual bathroom design such as natural wood carcases with high gloss colour doors.
Finally, another growing trend is the use of technology to simplify the design process and satisfy the desire for individuality. The use of social media to share favourite designs will grow and more people will experiment with design via smart apps, which enable the creation of a dream bathroom on screen using a wide choice of unit sizes, doors, carcase options, handles and splashbacks. This trend for creating a life-like image of how a bathroom will look is set to become very popular.