for bathroom make-overs Top trends for bathroom makeovers

2015-11-25 06:23
Say goodbye to basic shower and basin taps, and consider user–friendly fixtures.

Say goodbye to basic shower and basin taps, and consider user–friendly fixtures.

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ARE you considering a bathroom overhaul this summer? Just like everything, décor trends evolve time and time again.

Bathroom décor has come full circle and has gone from the Victorian decadence era to the glamorous art décor of the 30s. The 1950s flair, 1960s sensationalism and the flower power of the 70s have also come and gone and are now considered retro designs in today’s modern era.

Deciding on an options can be difficult. However, with lots of planning and the right inspiration, getting the look you want in your bathroom can be achieved.

Debra Retief, marketing manager for Tile Africa, says their website allows customers to generate their own mood boards to get an idea of what products look great together as well as what their project will cost. Pinterest is also considered a great tool to discover when researching the latest décor trends.

Retief shares five top bathroom trends to consider when doing your research.

•Mix it up

Gone are the days where one tile in one colour is used in an area. Nowadays, interest is created by mixing different tiles.

“The colours used to create this effect can be the same or different, the only important aspect to consider when combining different tiles is that they need to complement each other,” says Retief.

The safest option is to mix similar shades that blend together beautifully for a harmonious look.

Combine a tile with an encaustic pattern that reminds one of times gone by with a neutral wood-look tile. “This combination works especially well in the bathroom where soft tones take the lead. The mixing of the two tiles creates a very unique look that results in a tranquil atmosphere,” she says. Large tiles are also being mixed with smaller tiles, either of the same or in a contrasting colour.

“Mosaics crafted from ceramic, glass, natural materials or metal can be used amongst plainer wall tiles to create both visual and textural interest.”

•Clever water control

Say goodbye to basic shower and basin taps, and consider user–friendly fixtures.

Modern shower heads now save water as they reduce water consumption without affecting the water pressure and amount of water delivered. These not only promote sustainability, but are also aesthetically appealing, making them a good choice for the eco–friendly bathroom.

Dual flush toilets have also become more popular and can save an average of three litres per flush. These toilets have a split flush button that gives you a choice of pressing the smaller button for a light flush, or the larger button for more substantial flush.

•Chic spa bathrooms

As modern living becomes ever more frenetic, homes are required to be more than just living space. Design trends, as diverse as they are, share a move towards transforming the home into a haven and this is no more evident than in the bathroom.

Bring tranquillity in your bathroom by including plants. “Free-standing baths are a great option for a spa bathroom as they help set the mood for rest and relaxation,” says Retief.

•Terrific tiles

Tiles have been freed from their traditional frame and now include geometric options. The hexagon shape is popular and comes in slate, marble, wood–look, patterned, plain plus large and small formats.

Inkjet tiles are also the rage and take wood where it hasn’t gone before — to the bathroom. These tiles can be used as flooring or cladding and are ideal as they are water resistant and won’t warp like real wood.

•Colour it in

Colour has also made a big comeback and the clever use of brighter hues is definitely a growing trend in bathroom décor.

“If you don’t want to add too much colour in your bathroom, insert small doses in seasonal colours such as yellow, red, green or blue. Décor accessories such as glass vases, scented candles, storage baskets and liquid­ hand soap are available in seasonal colours and are fairly inexpensive to replace.”

While bold can be beautiful, it’s not for everyone. You will still see a lot of white and neutral shades, but those will be combined with bright accents in creative ways. — Supplied.

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