Rest, relax, refresh – designer Lisa Melvin reveals the latest trends that’ll turn your beautiful bathrooms into a standout haven of peace, tranquility and style
Creating a tranquil haven in your own home has never been more important – and the bathroom is fast becoming the place where you can to get away from it all, unwind and really pamper yourself. Fact: An average person will spend the best part of two hours of their lifetime in the bathroom, according to latest research. Here are my top trends and products for 2014 to achieve a bathroom you can’t wait to get home too…
PANTASTIC CHOICE Make your life easier with a rimfree toilet pan such as Twyfords 3D wall hung or close coupled WC, complete with soft close seat and cover. (A removable seat and cover will be available later on in the year on selected Keramag Design Rimfree pans.)
WATER MUSIC How about relaxing under the shower to your favourite soundtracks? Kohler’s Moxie shower head is now available in the UK with a wireless speaker arm system that streams your personalised playlists as you shampoo.
MAGICAL MIRRORS Keramag Design has the most beautiful range of LED bathroom mirrors created by world-renowned designers Antonio Citterio and Michael Schmidt. Or try Bathroom Origins’ Halo Mirror available in 600mm or 900mm diameter sizes.
TIP-TOP TAPS Axor Manufaktur offers a shower and tap collection to give a stunning look to your bathroom. Finishes include gold, rose gold and black chrome, available in both polished and brushed effects. (My favourite is brushed black chrome!)
KYLIE ORIGINAL It’s not cool to “press to flush” apparently as Kylie Minogue and Will.I.Am revealed to millions of viewers on TV show The Voice. So, I’m sure they’d approve of the Future Proof Sigma 80 LED flush plate which does the job automatically.
LOTIONS AND POTIONS The Graceline LED Mirror Cabinet offers sleek and stylish storage for all your bottles and jars – and the colour of the LED can be changed from white to red, orange, green, blue and purple.
IN THE MOOD Mood lighting is the perfect way to create a host of chic, calming effects in your bathroom. From uplights to plinth lighting, pop them on a sensor to come on automatically when you enter the room at night LED Eyeleds are high quality LED lighting systems, creating innovative design options for a wide variety of interior and exterior applications. The Eyeleds product line offers a unique combination of performance and energy-saving benefits and is designed for easy, plug and play installation. http://www.thedesignerknowledge.co.uk
BLISSFUL BATHS Freestanding baths remain the must-have in luxury bathrooms. Waters have a great range of unique, affordable designs and all come with a lifetime guarantee.
WET ROOM WONDER Aquaduct designer stainless steel drain covers make a statement by adding LED lighting activated by water. Custom-made, the lighting possibilities are endless.
TILE ALTERNATIVE Tiles are not your only option in the bathroom. Bushboard Nuance creates a real statement natural stone look wood panels that are totally water impervious.
SHOWER TOILETS Shower toilets are becoming increasing popular in luxury hotels in the UK that welcome overseas visitors from Asia in particular. Duravit’s Sensowash is a combination of toilet and bidet which ticks all the right boxes for maximum comfort and ultimate user-friendliness.
FINISHING TOUCHES Stand out from the crowd with Mereway’s Snake and Zebra Vogue modern modular bathroom furniture collection. Keramag Design’s Silk Make-up console unit is elegant and timeless – and there’s a great must-have stool with storage. Looking for a Rolls-Royce of a bathroom? Include statement piece that are true works of art… such as the Splinter Work Vessel Carbon Bath, Grace of London Freestanding Bath and Axor Nendo Shower Lamp
AND FINALLY… My biggest reveal for bathroom trends for 2014 is artwork. Zenith Art artist Clare Wright creates the most beautiful art commissions using contemporary colour, texture and diverse materials including liquid glass, metals and crystal www.zenithart.co.uk