Take a look at the latest trends in bathroom design and how to use them in your home without blowing the budget.
When it comes to investing in property value, updating your bathroom comes a close second to the kitchen as a smart way to spend your renovation budget. But people often steer clear of the bathroom as a DIY home renovation project because it’s seen as expensive. Here are some of the top bathroom design trends and how to adapt them to your budget.
Tap ware trends
Replacing your tap ware is one of the simplest ways to bring modern details to an older bathroom and won’t break the bank. Choose anodised black or brass for a look that’s on trend or go with a contemporary design in a chrome finish for timeless appeal.
With an all white bathroom, introducing an accent colour can give the whole room a fresh, modern feel. Lime green, bright pink, sunflower yellow, or turquoise all create a striking contrast to a white backdrop. Introduce your new scheme with tile paint to brighten wet areas and with towels, mats and other accessories. To go a step further, paint a feature wall or choose wallpaper for a really modern feel.
Small mosaics and subway tiles step aside – large format tiles are the next big thing. The good news is they’re faster and cheaper to install and there’s less grout to clean. They’re also great for smaller bathrooms as they tend to create an illusion of more space, especially if you use them on the floor and walls.
Clean minimal bathrooms are on the way out as more and more people are following the new trend for displaying small household items – such as stools, cushions and rug style bath mat – in these frequently used rooms. Introducing plants, photos and artworks is also a great way to bring personality to the space and create a distraction from old fixtures and fittings.
Older bathrooms are often short on storage solutions. Think of ways to introduce new storage as an attractive and practical feature by installing towel rails, or a beautiful glass or timber shelf. A freestanding trolley or piece of furniture can work well if you have the space and doesn’t have to be brand new or expensive. Vintage and timber pieces are very popular as a warm and welcoming way to store your bathroom essentials.
LED down lights or strips are a great way to update your bathroom and light your mirrors and vanity more effectively. Feature pendants are also one of the latest trends in bathroom design and can be used in a cluster for strong overhead lighting or individually for a statement effect.
Replace one big thing
If there’s one old bathroom fixture that you just can’t bear to look at anymore, dedicate a big chunk of your budget to replacing it. Introducing a frameless shower screen or replacing an ugly vanity with a sleek new one with double sinks can be a great way to make more of the space in your bathroom and create a beautiful new focal point for the entire room.
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