Top Five Bathroom Trends for 2016

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    With 2016 comes a whole host of hotly anticipated interior design trends including ones specifically for the bathroom. An important space in any home, the bathroom needs to act as a practical sanctuary that marries style with function seamlessly. Kerri Andrews, Senior Designer at luxury bathroom retailer Ripples, shares her top five bathroom trend predictions for 2016 with The LuxPad below…

    Image courtesy of Ripples

    Image courtesy of Ripples

    1) TEXTURE

    This season colour is taking a bit of a back seat, in its place we see beautiful textured materials taking their position as a huge interiors trend. If you are looking to introduce textures into your bathroom start with your tiles; feature walls behind basins or in a shower recess is a subtle way to introduce interest to your space.

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    Image courtesy of Ripples

    2) COPPER

    The design trend for copper accents is here to stay, it’s a trend that adds warmth and elegance to any setting. If you are looking to lend a nod to the trend then invest in statement pieces including a copper radiator, or a beautiful copper bath. When it comes to copper it’s really important to complement it with other materials, consider using slate grey as a beautiful complementary colour, as this will really make the copper in your bathroom pop.

    Image courtesy of Ripples

    Image courtesy of Ripples

    3) NATURE

    Bring the outdoors in, it’s as simple as that. Wood should be high on everyone’s interiors agenda for 2016, 2015 was a huge year for ‘Scandi Styling’ and it’s set to continue, the use of wood in a bathroom is exactly what makes a Scandinavian space. You can introduce wood into your bathroom in many ways; at Ripples we sell beautiful solid oak furniture that will look hugely effective with very simple white bathroom tiling. While natural is usually best, when it comes to this trend take a look at porcelain wood-effect tiling, it not only looks incredible but in the long-run it’s more practical in a bathroom and is low maintenance.

    Image courtesy of Ripples

    Image courtesy of Ripples

    4) Special Finishes

    Personalisation is big news in fashion and has now transferred to the world of interiors, we all love to know that something has been made just for us. Clients can now request that their products such as taps be finished in black chrome, or red gold. These special ‘personal’ finishes really do make a bathroom more individual, they add that ‘wow’ factor and are really a lovely luxury finish to any space.

    Image courtesy of Ripples

    Image courtesy of Ripples

    Image courtesy of Ripples

    Image courtesy of Ripples

    5) HOTEL INSPIRED

    More often than not clients will remark about a sensational bathroom they’ve seen in a hotel, the marble flooring, the large tiles or the spacious shower. There is nothing more luxurious and inviting than the bathrooms that are in hotels and deliberately so, a weekend away is all about the indulgence and the look and feel of a bathroom and the room contributes to that. There are actually several trends that come from hotels, firstly marble, timeless and luxurious, I love that marble is individual and has its own characteristic, its striking and luxurious look lends itself to the bathroom very well. For clients looking to achieve the look of marble but who prefer to use something that is low maintenance I’d suggest we look at porcelain marble-effect tiles, which are currently taking the bathroom world by storm.

    Image courtesy of Ripples

    Image courtesy of Ripples

    Image courtesy of Ripples

    Image courtesy of Ripples

    Large format tiles can usually be found in hotel bathrooms and it’s a trend that we can push through to our homes too, they give the illusion of more space because your eye-line is naturally drawn outwards. Grey and slate are hugely popular colour choices for large format tiles.

    Finally, walk-in showers create an open feel and are found in most hotel bathrooms, 2016 sees the trend for walk-in showers continue, from a practical perspective, they are considerably easier to clean than any other showers and have a very contemporary spacious feel to them. When it comes to walk-in showers make sure to think about under-floor heating, to evaporate any water droplets and tile as much as possible (usually more than you think is needed) because you will be surprised at the overspray created when you shower.

    While there are many bathroom trends for 2016 and I am sure many new trends will emerge as we approach summer and beyond, what’s most important is making sure that the trend works for you, think about your lifestyle, how you want to use your bathroom and what is important. Working with a design specialist will also ensure that the space not only looks sensational but is practical too.

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