Last Updated Feb 9, 2018 · Written by Philippa Land
With a new year comes a new you and nothing says that more than updating one of your most used rooms of the house, the bathroom. Bathroom trends can stay for a few years so if you update now you can enjoy the freshness for a few years to come. How is your bathroom looking? A bit sad or lacking a little personality? This year is all about embracing new colours, warm tones, timber materials and bringing plants into create a relaxing and healthy environment.
When considering the design of your bathroom, it really needs to work with the style of the rest of your home so think about the colours and themes you’ve already got happening. Also you need to consider the size of the room and how much light it has before choosing any bathware, tapware or colour schemes. A bathroom should be a sanctuary so think about creating a luxurious but functional space, with lots of storage.
Colours on trend now are neutrals, warmer tones in earthy shades, and are taking inspiration from the centre of Australia. As well similar to colours on trend for kitchens, we are seeing shades of blue coming into the washroom, with a definite move away from an all white minimalist approach. There are also great options in monochromatic and timber materials which fit in with the earthy colours. For tapware and pipes the main colour for 2018 is black, but also brassy tones work well too.
Storage is hugely important for bathrooms, the best way to get the most out of your space is to use drawers in your vanity instead of cupboards to make every part of the vanity accessible and usable for storing items and toiletries. Also you can make the most of space with mirrors that can be made in any shape or size to fit a cupboard, and can make a small room appear bigger. Utilising the space behind cupboards for mirrors is a great idea for getting the most from all space. Storage doesn’t need to be ugly, but it does need to be plentiful and utilise as much space as possible.
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Stand alone baths are right on trend this year, frameless shower screens are lovely and essentially are showers without glass doors. Baths are also taking on new forms and shapes that are made for comfort and to fit the shape of bodies with new curved and striking lines. They’re also coming in sizes that are deep enough that you can be fully immersed in water, which is definitely what you want in a bathtub! The great thing also is that freestanding bathtubs are becoming cheaper and therefore more attainable, with designers are finding new ways to include them. What about a bathtub in your bedroom? You may not have the space or the inclination to bathe next to your bed, but bathtubs can be wherever you’d like them to be.
For a full bathroom renovation you need a builder, an electrician, plumber, tiler and waterproofer.
Bathroom builders can manage and run your project mostly for you, and a lot of the time will have tradies on staff to cover different aspects of the job. If not, they can coordinate sub-contractors. This organisation can cost extra but will iron out any complications for you that come with a major renovation job.
Electricians are essential in a bathroom renovation as they will install lighting, power points, heating, ventilation and any appliances needing power such as heated towel rack.
Plumbers are perhaps the most important tradie in a bathroom project, so make sure you hire one who has good experience working with bathrooms. Hiring a licensed plumber will save you in the long run of avoiding any expensive problems associated with leaking plumbing.
Tilers are another essential trade who can can make or break the look of your bathroom. They also need to get small details right, like making sure your shower recess drains properly.
Waterproofers will use a variety of sealants and membranes to make sure your bathroom is properly sealed - so you don't have leaks sprouting up all over the place.