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From Around the Web - Houzz's Bath & Tile Trends

By on September 20, 2016

If you are looking for new inspiration before you delve into renovating or remodeling your bath, look no further.  Houzz's experts share their top bathroom trends in this week's news from around the web.

 

 

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Photo credit: houzz.com

 

  1. Wood.  As shared on Houzz: “Timber will continue to flourish in the bathroom,” says Andrew Crawshaw, director of design at Smarter Bathrooms. “The release of new purpose-designed timber products enables us to bring its natural warmth into a previously timber-tabooed space.”

 

 

 

 

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Photo credit: houzz.com

 

2.  Cool colors. Cool colors evoke calm - and calm is a feeling most people try to create in the bath as it's so often seen as a retreat from the world. Carmel Dee, senior interior designer at GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens says her "top two picks for cool hues are blues and emerald greens. Pair these with crisp white and touches of wood for a fresh, uplifting feel, or team them with metallic accents and rustic materials for a design that’s edgier and more sophisticated."

 

 

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Photo credit: houzz.com

3. Tile patterns. Crawshaw says plain, basic tiles will return to the spotlight, but with a creative twist. “With the desire to combat fast-dying trends, simple, timeless tiles will be laid in unusual patterns in order to create enduring appeal.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo credit: houzz.com

 

4.  A touch of nature. If you're not keen on the idea of using wood in the bath, there are other natural materials you can use. Sophie Seeger of Seeger by Design says natural stone and river rock are good choices as well: “Not merely on your floor and walls, but also on your vanity tops, sinks and baths, feature walls and bathroom furniture,” she says.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5. Duckboard flooring.   As shared on Houzz: “Timber duckboard flooring has been used in boat building for years, and I think it’s making a comeback in bathrooms,” says interior designer Alexandra Donohoe, director of Decus Interiors. “I think clients are moving towards more tactile finishes in bathroom spaces and generally seeking more warmth.”Another advantage of wood duckboard is that it’s “lovely to stand on barefoot, and feels very natural,” Donohoe adds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo credit: houzz.com

 

6. Room for 2 (in the shower). As shared on Houzz: "Double showers will grow in popularity in 2016, Dee says, specifically a setup that consists of an oversized rain shower head and separate handset, as seen here, rather than dual shower heads mounted on the same rail or bar."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo credit: houzz.com

 

7. Form follows function.  If you hate clutter, then this trend is for you. Clean and streamlined are the watchwords for this design trend. But as shared with Houzz, “Ensure there is adequate storage to hide your hair dryers and excess lotions and potions away,” Seeger says. “Items that are not functional are tucked away, allowing for a room of quiet contemplation.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Metallics.  The metallics trend isn't going anywhere anytime soon... But expect the metallics to be more subdued: think matte, satin, brushed or even antiqued finishes.

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Photo credit: houzz.com

 

9. White is the new Black.  While grey is also continuing theme for color schemes, white is big in that it is closely associated with the "clean" and "pared down" feeling of open contemporary minimalism. Don't be afraid to add a splash of color or dramatic use of metalics though with this trend.

 

10.  Creating a feeling of ambiance. The bath isn't just functional - it's a place to escape to, hence the emphasis on creating a feeling of escape, relaxation, and calm. This can be cerated in a number of ways - think of using more "furniture-like" cabinetry, rather than the usual boxy feeling cabinets for storage, sink platforms, etc. “I think really special detailed bathroom furniture is quite a luxury,” Donahoe said in an interview with Houzz. “Having a beautiful dressing table with a stool to put on makeup in your bathroom will make you feel as though you’re waking up in a hotel every day.”

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Photo credit: houzz.com

 

11. Industrial stylings. If your ideal style is a modernsit loft, then this year's trend towards the industrial style is going to be music to your ears. Give some thought to industrial styled fixtures and cement-looking tiles.  Don't be afraid to soften up that style with natural elements that draw on other themes we've seen: plantlife, natural fibers for mats, and even wood (if using real wood isn't for you - remember than there are "wood looking" tiles that can recreate the feeling very realistically).

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Photo credit: houzz.com

 

12. Plantlife. Going along with the organic, natural feeling is the plantlife theme.  There  are a lot of ways to incorporate this trend: from including one or two simple plants, to a whole "living wall" ... or for those with a black thumb, try wall coverings that evoke plantlife. “The indoor plant will bring the outside in and form part of the bathroom design,” Crawshaw said in an interview with Houzz. “They will no longer be a simple accessory but an integral, changeable element that can move with the season."

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13. Artisanal craftsmanship. Mass-production is on its way out: people are becoming more and more aware of the quality and joy of having bespoke, handcrafted items in their homes - to include the bath area as well. For some, that might mean finding uniquely crafted tiles. For others, artwork.

14.  Tickled Pink...? Yes, for those of you who love that feminine touch, pink is back. But never fear if it's not your taste, Seger recommends purple.  "It’s the perfect color combo for those of you who love a little drama and opulence.”

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Photo credit: houzz.com

15. Oversized tiles. Big tiles are BIG.... and when we say big we mean B-I-G big. Think 24" or more (in some industrial formats we can see tiles measured in FEET. Crawshaw said there's good reason for them to be big: “They have the benefit of creating a seamless spatial illusion, and they make cleaning a breeze with few or no grout lines.”

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Photo credit: houzz.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the full article, check out Houzz.

Check out these other articles:

10 Tile Trends for Your Bath

Bath Trends fo 2016 and Beyond

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