Bathrooms are the one area where cutting costs now can result in expensive repairs later. Do it right first time with our round-up of the top trends plus insider tips from renovation experts
1. Taps & hardware
Black fixtures are still the popular choice, but brushed gold looks set to be the next big thing in hardware. “While black is continuing its dominance for taps, frontrunners over the coming year include soft golds and brushed brass, as well as the more unexpected gunmetal,” says Mico Bathrooms. An emerging trend is for industrial styles with exposed pipes – part of a movement towards pared-back simplicity.
Vessel-style basins can be the hero of the bathroom in their own right. Industrial sinks are an emerging bathroom trend as are coloured concrete styles.
+ Mico Bathrooms trend – “While rustic stone vessel sinks have become more widespread, in 2019 metallic basins are emerging as a favourite, with soft gold a particular standout”
Stacked square tiles are taking over from subway tiles as the go-to look. And while the floor-to-ceiling effect is still popular, lower-cost options are also shining through. Feature wallpaper can make a bold statement, especially in toilets and powder rooms, and simple painted or panelled walls are budget-friendly options.
+ Mico bathrooms trend – “Of this year’s trending colours, earthy tones such as forest green and pale grey are the easiest to work with, although all shades of blue – from indigo and denim to turquoise – are also taking their turn in the spotlight”
Freestanding baths with a twist are the style of choice for 2019. Bicolour baths (featuring contrasting colours inside and out) can add extra interest, while mounting your tub on a platform adds extra luxury in a spa-style space.
+ Mico Bathrooms Trend – “As boundaries within the home blur, and bathroom fixtures become akin to furniture, these pieces no longer need to be tucked away out of sight”
5. Vanities & storage
Floating vanities in wooden finishes are the top pick for 2019. Instead of blond wood, darker hues of timber are trending.
Circles and rounded shapes are the designer’s choice in 2019. Add backlighting or choose a style with built-in lighting. “Recessed mirrored cabinets maximise storage, while the new wave of smart mirrors (with built-in Android screen) are starting to make an impact,” says Mico Bathrooms.
Words compiled by: Sally Conor. Photography by: Bauer Syndication.