When it comes to building and renovating, it’s no secret that bathrooms are some of the most expensive spaces in the home. In fact, Open Agent recently revealed the average cost of a bathroom installation in a brand-new Aussie home is $16,430, while renovating one costs $17,522. That’s a lot of dollars!
So when you consider these substantial figures, it’s understandable that most people don’t want to make a mistake when it comes to bathroom design. Most people want a bathroom that is timeless yet stylish, but don’t know which trends to adopt and which to forgo.
With Pinterest, Instagram, interior design magazines and sites like ours showcasing an endless stream of inspirational bathroom imagery, it can be hard not to fall into the trap of including every trend you come across. But given trends come and go, you need to be careful about which ones you include, as you don’t want to have to remodel your bathroom every couple of years.
We caught up with Jimmy Zhu, from tapware and bathroom specialist My Homeware, who filled us in on the top five bathroom trends that have proven they are here to stay.
Black and white
There’s something effortlessly chic and eternal about a black and white bathroom. Perhaps, unlike seasonal colours that can make your bathroom look dated when it goes out of fashion, black and white never goes out of style.
Considered a bold and clean look, the colours contrast each other perfectly. Moreover, the versatile shades can be paired together to create a minimalist or maximalist bathroom. Think white wall to floor tiling; matte black tapware, fixtures and fittings; crisp, white vanities and intricate black and white floor tiling.
It’s all about striking the balance between light and dark to avoid your bathroom looking like a chess board.
Natural wood finishes
Wood can add an element of warmth and welcome to any room. In the bathroom, it creates an interesting texture and finish, elevating the overall look and feel of the space. Typically, you’ll see timber used for the flooring, vanity and cabinetry, or feature wall.
Keep in mind, any timber included in the bathroom needs to be properly treated so prolonged exposure to water won’t damage the material. It will also ensure your timber continues to look its best for years to come.
Rainfall shower heads
Designed to emulate the unique sensation of standing directly underneath the pouring rain or soothing waterfall, the rainfall shower head has become a must-have feature in many modern bathrooms. Its minimalistic appearance makes it a timeless and adaptable piece.
Apart from looking impressive, LED mirrors also serve an important functional purpose that’s earned them a place in many modern bathrooms.
Firstly, they improve the quality of light in your bathroom, emulating the natural light emanating from the sun. This lighting ensures your makeup application is always flawless or you never miss a spot while shaving too. As a bonus, because LED mirrors use LED lights, you’ll not only save money but the environment too!
More and more people are seeking ways to escape from the stresses of everyday life without needing to leave the comfort of their own home.
If you want to feel like you’re on vacation every time you step foot inside your bathroom, consider installing a soaking tub in lieu of a standard bathtub. These are the same vessels you’ll see inside the ensuite of a luxurious 5-star hotel, or in your own private villa in a tropical paradise.
These tubs are bigger and deeper than a standard tub and it is the depth of these bathtubs that enhances the bathing experience, allowing you to fully immerse yourself under the water. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes and finishes to suit every bathroom and budget.