Margaret Talbot, marketing manager for VitrA bathrooms in the UK looks at top bathroom design ideas for Summer 19.
The bathroom continues to evolve from a purely functional space to a spa-like retreat where style, colour, comfort and choice are of equal importance as in any other room of the home. Style-conscious homeowners now have more options than ever before. All manner of bathroom products, from contemporary and cutting edge to accessibility-led, are designed with good looks and practicality in mind. Historically bathroom furniture was limited to vanity units, but today new collections often include a choice of furniture items designed to complement the sanitaryware. As well as giving the bathroom a neat, finished look, furniture provides storage space for toiletries, towels and cleaning materials, keeping the room clutter free – Marie Kondo would approve.
Good bathroom design is suited to modern, functional needs and the best ranges feature a mix of open and closed storage options with single and double door or drawer bases and can be combined to form a personalised intimate setting. Neutral colours and natural wood finishes are combined with delightfully smooth matt finishes on elegantly shaped basins in taupes, minks, and creams. LED lighting that is both subtle, safe and efficient is included in quality bathroom furniture – inside drawers and below vanity units to faintly light floors for added warmth and safety.
Thoughtfully created bathroom accessories are combining materials too to provide benefits like no-pinch-marks on robes, sealed-tight lids on waste bins and brush holders, and freestanding bath side tables for books, devices, drinks or spectacles.
Choice has become a leading factor when redesigning bathrooms, with consumers wanting to tailor the product to their specific lifestyle needs. A trio of innovative syphon solutions recently introduced to the market as part of the launch of the Plural collection allows ceramic basins to be placed at various angles as an alternative to the conventional positioning by the wall, encouraging users to face each other and engage with their surroundings. Another new idea has been designed specifically to enable washbasins to be mounted in an open bathroom space while retaining a clean and minimalistic look. The third allows for the fitting of column or monobloc basins at free angles in the room instead of the more common 90° angle to the wall.
Choice is also a key element in taps and shower fittings with finishes that include brushed nickel, copper and matt black. Tall monobloc taps and wall mounted spouts are perfect for use with feature basins. All new brassware features a ceramic disc cartridge interior which means that water can be turned on and off at the touch of a finger – perfect for older or less-abled people. Flow restrictors help to save water without compromising on performance.
The future of our planet is something none of us can afford to ignore and the bathroom industry has led the way in water saving with reduced toilet flushing – which can make significant savings. WCs use more water than any other appliance in the home. Even compared to drench showers. On average, they account for 30% of a family’s water needs every day. An older UK WC flushes using around 13 litres of water* – but modern dual flush models can be flushed using as little as 2.5 litres of water with a longer flush available at 4 litres. It is easy to replace an old WC with an eco-friendly wall-hung or back-to-wall model which as well as saving water will give the bathroom an instant facelift. Multi-functional shower toilets that wash and dry the user are standard in Japan – and are gaining favour here. This sort of WC offers the ultimate in personal cleanliness and means there is no need for toilet paper. Family-friendly, these sophisticated toilets are now available in sleek, modern designs and are perfect for everyone from children to older and less-abled people who might otherwise need help with their personal hygiene needs.