If you’re looking for inspiration and schemes for a bathroom, look no further. Our trip to Milan Salone del Mobile was topped off with a stunning array of bathroom design, fresh, elegant, slick and unlike bathroom design we’ve seen. The brands really surpassed themselves this year.
Bathrooms with a solely tiled interior, white lighting, cold and stark, are gone. Warmth finds it’s place in wall textures, furniture, lighting and floors. The bathroom is treated as a heart of the home, a place to stay and relax or a place to have a quick shower and feel at ease with our surroundings. Wood is generously used in place of gloss units and on walls, along with resins, wallpaper and even rugs and soft fabrics. Mirrors are considered as feature pieces instead of just a functional item we use under bright light. They are irregular, isolated even, backlit, and full length.
Storage is the bathroom, beneath the bath and within sink units turns the bathroom into a living area. Dressing tables and book shelves find themselves alongside wash areas. Don’t be afraid to experiment with this new trend – it will aid a relaxed lifestyle. Furniture is placed asymmetrically, casually and with the mirror not necessarily above the basins.
We’ve seen a lot of pendant lights, single bulbs and backlit mirrors. Certainly where there is direct light, it’s soft and dimmable.
Below we picked our favourite examples. There is certainly a ’boutique’ feel amongst the following examples, hotel-like but with an edge.
Herringbone wallpaper, full length mirror set away from the sink, casual asymmetric furniture – some freestanding. Overall a gentlemanly feel.
A simple but effective basin area, very light and airy. The use of wood is a subtle warm feature.
Back lit mirrors allow the wallpaper to glow. The storage here is made to look minimal with hidden mirrored cabinets in a black nickel tone, and back lit compartments.
A warm cabin feel – combining wooden style porcelain throughout, and fur – a luxurious seat for dressing.
A completely original sink area, combining a lighting feature and basin. The piece feels more like a sculpture and would look magnificent in a hotel bathroom. The walls are finished with a sealed venetian plaster.
Baths are designed in new materials, why not opt for black? Freestanding furniture is a big new trend and can help to make the room look lighter. Floor mounted taps are a statemen.
Full length mirror behind a freestanding basin that acts as a dressing area too.
Wooden slatted basin top that conceals the white sink beneath.
A play on angles and soft lighting throughout.
Make bath times even more relaxing with book/radio storage beneath. It helps to transform the bathroom into less of a harsh looking environment and gives you an excuse to read in the bath!
A masculine touch to this bathroom.
The dressing table/sink. Another freestanding piece that caught our eye. Made from beautiful solid American walnut.
Floating oak counter tops toughened up with metal sinks. A composition of mirrors breaks up the lines.
Sinks disguised, flush into a wooden drawer unit with handless drawers and slimline wall mounted taps. The lighting is inspired, unusual.
Next month we’ll be looking at Kitchen trends for 2015
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