A steamy affair

Bathrooms have the power to make us fall in love with a home or be turned off completely. It is widely accepted bathrooms can make or break a deal when selling or buying a new home, so it makes sense to pay them as much love and attention as possible when building or renovating a home.

A practical and functional space, the bathroom has evolved into so much more than just a washroom. It is an integral part of any architectural and interior design plan, very often absorbing the greatest financial investment.

With water and energy saving driving most of the advancement in bathroom design, there are also a few strong trends guiding bathroom interior design and decor. We have chosen our top ten bathroom trends to share with you:

  1. Modern bathrooms have clean simple lines with streamlined sanitary ware.  Hardware is minimally designed and very often hidden i.e. built in handles to cabinet drawers and doors. It is wise to invest in white sanitary ware as this will stay current and is likely to suit more people’s tastes in the future when you may consider selling your home.
  2. Warm traditional finishes are trendy at the moment; brass taps and exposed brass pipes with lots of warm copper colours.
  3. Using mosaic or glass tiles, vinyl decals or wallpaper (choose wisely keeping the humidity of the room in mind) on a feature wall make a great design impact.
  4. If you are a lover of bold colours, then you will love this trend. Using bold accent colours on painted walls and accessories certainly personalises a bathroom while leaving the fixtures and sanitary ware neutral.
  5. When it comes to showers there are a lot of trends in play; frameless, cubeless, walk-in, multiple showerheads and even steam showers are making a show in the latest bathroom designs.
  6. If the space allows, creating a wet and dry zone in your bathroom is right on trend; a space for a dressing table, make-up table and some comfortable seating.
  7. Hotel or Hollywood glam with a healthy dose of bling is in fashion, and with ample storage to suit any diva’s needs.
  8. Using natural finishes and even a ‘living’ or ‘green’ wall keeps bathroom design close to nature.
  9. Let your reflection be the art with a framed mirror instead of a boring built-in bathroom vanity-style one.
  10. Natural light is always best, but step outside the traditional when choosing light fittings for your bathroom. Chandeliers really glam up the space.

Shutters and blinds are always on trend and yet equally timeless. Practical, water resistant – in some cases completely waterproof – and ideal for privacy, natural light and ventilation control, shutters and blinds are simply perfect for use in bathrooms.

We recommend either our Woodbury shutters or our Fauxwood blinds for smaller bathrooms with a high degree of moisture and our Decowood shutters or our Wooden slat blinds for larger well-ventilated bathrooms.

Woodbury Waterproof Shutters

AMERICAN shutters’ Woodbury shutters combine the natural strength and structure of hardwood with the tough resistance of ABS polymer coating to create a practical shutter with a wood-like appearance. Stronger, tougher and lighter than high impacted PVC shutters, our Woodbury shutters will not split, peel or fade and never require painting.

They are available in custom shapes such as triangle and hexagon, they come in a choice of 4 louvre sizes – 47, 63, 89 and 114mm and a palette of 6 soft neutral shades.

Fauxwood Blinds

Fauxwood blinds are ideal for humid areas such as bathrooms. Popular for their authentic wood grain appearance and their wide range of finishes, this smart alternative to wood blinds has classic good looks that don’t age. Made from PVC-foam (PVC Synthetic) and in a choice of 5 shades of white and 8 wood grain finishes, they are the perfect choice for high heat and humid environments and are guaranteed against fading, warping, yellowing or bowing.

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