Top 5 Bathroom Trends of 2019
Avocado bathtubs, salmon wallpaper and dolly loo roll holders are back…only joking, but what are some of the latest modern bathroom trends of 2019? Yes, of course the bathroom is a functional space, but that doesn’t mean it can’t look good. In fact, a poll of 2,000 adults found that Brits spend an average of three hours and nine minutes in the loo each day – that’s almost a whole week per year, and around 10,920 hours in a lifetime. And that’s not taking into consideration the time we also spend in the shower or bath, plucking our eyebrows, or even just taking some time out to attend to life admin.
With this in mind, it’s important to create a bathroom that exudes luxury, elegance, chicness and style. That provides sanctuary and a place to relax. But knowing where to begin can seem intimidating, particularly when there is so much choice out there. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide on the top bathroom trends of 2019. Whether your bathroom needs a lick of paint, or you are embarking on a complete refurb, this year we have seen the launch of some great new collections. These quirky, unique features will leave you loving your bathroom for years to come.
What is terrazzo you ask, some kind of hipster coffee? It’s actually a design feature that was developed in Italy some 500 years ago, made up of luxurious marble chippings which have been embedded in cement – however, other types of terrazzo include quartz, glass or granite. Once set, the surface is polished to give it a shiny, smooth finish, most commonly used as flooring, and on walls and bathroom tiles.
This quirky pattern made a comeback in the 60s and 70s but has witnessed another recent boom on social media and interior design photography – Pinterest figures show that searches for terrazzo were up 316 per cent last year alone. What is more, the Italian design was developed as a way to use up left over material – so not only it is tons of fun to look at, but it’s also sustainable too.
OK, so maybe greens in the bathroom are making a comeback after all. And while we don’t recommend heading off to buy a new avocado suite, there has been an increase in people using olive green on their walls, tiles and even for sanitary ware, as was common in the 70s. A splash of olive green transforms any sterile-looking bathroom into an earthy, natural, peaceful space – one that’s inviting, light and refreshing.
While we never thought green rooms would make a comeback, in 2017 Pantone – the kings of colour – declared that ‘greenery’ was their ‘colour of the year’– and they are still not ready to leave in 2019. Our top tip: limit the amount of olive green you use in the bathroom as it is easy to overwhelm a space. Instead, use this colour as more of an accent to ensure the space remains light and fresh.
Crittall shower screens
You may have already heard of Crittall Windows, first manufactured by Francis Henry Crittall over 300 years ago. The English manufacturer, based in Witham, Essex, still sets the benchmark for top-grade steel windows even today. But what about Crittall shower screens, which rapidly gained popularity at the end of last year? Since, they have been a prominent design feature in many interiors.
These versatile framed shower doors can alter the theme of any bathroom – whether you are looking for a chic, urban, art deco design or an industrial, monochrome vibe. They are also space saving and come in many different shapes and sizes. And not only do they complement any space, they also no longer cost thousands to install, making them an affordable addition to any bathroom.
Hear us out. While the thought of using concrete for your bathroom sink may seem daunting – particularly as it is typically associated with industrial construction sites – this unique material is gaining traction in the interior design world for several reasons. One, it is organic and natural. Two, it can be customised into any shape imaginable (a much more forgiving material than, say, ceramic). And three, it can be patterned, engraved and comes in a full range of colours.
No longer is it seen as clunky or cold. It’s an inexpensive material that is used to make a bold statement, but one that also omits rustic charm. And, because it can be locally sourced, it’s in abundance and has a small carbon footprint.
Vertical metro tiles
Metro tiling, as the name suggests, is a design element used in interior design to resemble the small, high-glaze tiles found in classic underground stations. They are versatile in that they blend well with any contemporary or traditional bathroom design.
An alternative way to place the traditional horizontal metro tiles, vertical tiles can make any bathroom appear loftier and sophisticated. Vertical arrangements look modern and unique – drawing the eye upwards. They work particularly well when used inside a shower cubicle or around the bathtub.
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By Sian Yates, writer for Private Room