Bathroom styling ideas and inspiration for the year ahead | Willbond

Bathroom Trends

Echoes of the Victorians and their enthusiasm for trade and travel are emerging within interior design - quite a contrast to the popular Scandi styling that we're all familiar with. This new palette mingles different influences and materials in the same space, combined with colours reminiscent of far-flung places. Imagine you’ve discovered a treasure chest – open the lid and dive in!

Heritage Hylton bath
A modern take on the Victorian vibe with Heritage Victoria console basin and fabulous Hylton freestanding bath

These exotic influences are equally apparent in current bathroom trends. Vintage is making a comeback with ornate, yet modern fittings and accessories. The styling is all about detail and you'll notice chrome taking a back seat. Think freestanding baths with metallic finishes, antique units, taps and fixtures in gold or brass, in addition to darker framing for shower screens and enclosures.

Home interior colour trends
An abundance of warm, earthy colours are replacing the more minimal palette we've previously seen. Shades like soft plum, dusty blue, dark green, beige, brown and charcoal.

Navy is the new black

Navy bathroom trends
Combining navy with metallics creates warmth and with copper being right on trend you can achieve an understated, elegant look

All tones of blue will be popular in bathrooms this year, with navy making a strong return and being heralded as the new black! Used in combination with gold accessories and fittings, navy blue helps to create a look of calm, understated elegance. Hints of rich turquoise and indigo deliver a sophisticated combination. Team with bold accessories or metallic finishes to create a warming, welcoming ambiance.

Rolling back the years

Heritage baby buckingham bath
Heritage's Buckingham cast iron baths have one of the best quality finishes available. They also feature a lifetime guarantee for complete peace of mind. You can see Buckingham on display at our Grantham and Derby showrooms.

Roll top baths are naturally reminiscent of times past and traditional grandeur. Metallic claw feet, classically curved sides and vintage style taps are the details to look for. If you’re a little more ambitious, paint the underside in a dark jewel shade such as ruby, amethyst, or sapphire.

Kohler coloured basins
Bringing colour into the bathroom includes basins. Subtle shading allows them to blend with current colour trends, avoiding the starker contrast of the usual white.

In retrospect

You can inject some real Victorian glamour without a complete bathroom re-design. Taps, fittings and lighting in rose gold, copper, or brass are the accents to look for as the metallic trend continues to gain momentum. Gold is definitely experiencing a resurgence, although it's important to ensure the tone is just right. Think gentle matt gold and rose shades. 

For a complete overhaul, widen your search to include expansive vanity furniture, with marble or granite tops and integral basins. As well as providing ample counter space, they’re right on trend. 

Heart Wood - Dulux Colour of the Year 2018

If Victorian opulance isn't to your taste, then Dulux's Heart Wood palette may fit the bill. Chosen by the colour specialists at Dulux Global Aesthetic Centre, Heart Wood is a beautiful neutral with a hint of heather representing the warmth of natural wood. This is in answer they say, to having identified a global need for homes to feel even more nurturing than before – and this is where Heart Wood comes in.

Two’s company 

To resolve the morning rush for the bathroom you may have already thought about having two washbasins. The next step is his-and-hers showering. Separate a large walk-in space with two individual showerheads & controls and two screens.

Two's Company
Twin features, such as two basins, double-ended baths and spearate storage cabinets are a nod towards boutique hotel bathroom styling.

Has grey had its day? 

 No not totally, as we seem to be falling back in love with monochrome. Matt black taps look as if they’re here to stay and with edgy black and darker grey accents, monotone schemes are still the perfect way to introduce moody sophistication to your bathroom.  

Monochrome bathrooms
Left: Duravit Vero countertop twin basins with L-Cube furniture unit. You'll find Vero on display at all of our showrooms with L-Cube at Nottingham, Grantham and Chesterfield.
Right: Duravit Durasquare coming soon to Nottingham, Derby and Grantham.

Liquid assets

Shower screen manufacturers are copying the on-trend look of the classic Crittall window to offer an urban, architectural style for bathrooms.

Matki One shower enclosure
Matki ONE wetroom panel with black framed Crittal window effect

There’s really no need to fuss around in the mornings turning the shower on by hand and/or adjusting the settings. The new Aqualisa Q™ smart shower greets you with a ‘Hello’ and lets you create and save your own unique combinations of temperature, outlet, flow and duration. Imagine repeating that perfect shower every time. What a divine wake-up call!

Aqualisa Smart Q
Aqualisa's Smart Q is available at all of our showrooms

Curves are in 

Curved bathroom accessories
Bathroom designers are moving away from hard, angular lines towards creating accessories and fittings in flowing, organic shapes.
Round bathroom mirrors
Large, spherical and oval mirrors are key additions for this year’s bathrooms

 

Add an accent

Accent lighting brings focus and texture to your bathroom. Use it to highlight your favourites - a painting, group of accessories, or a wash of light across a wall for a warmer and more intimate feel.

Tiles style

White metro tiles are rumoured to be have had their day! But if you still love them go for a truly bold colour, or statement like here.

Subway Tiles

There are lots of layout options with metro tiles. if you're looking for more impact the herringbone pattern shown here is a good choice and you could opt for a striking contrasting when choosing the grout colour.

For 2018, texture, colour, pattern and unique designs are all on the shopping list. And if you think BIG, there’s far less grout to clean!

Lux treats

Artisan lotions in chemist style bottles look beautifully old-school, are kind to your skin and a perfect way to dress your bathroom.

So last, but by no means least, treat yourself to some luxury bath oils, lotions and soaps before soaking away those wintery chills.

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