Bathrooms have quickly become extended living areas of the home. For 2013, modern baths with all of their must-have accoutrements are gaining momentum with eco-smart amenities, unexpected colour themes and most of all, the home-spa experience.
As with the majority of today’s contemporary home design, bathrooms are encompassing this “green” trend with appointments that are not only earth-conscious but aesthetically beautiful.
Water conservation is a more obvious approach, whether through multi-function shower heads, smart-touch faucets or eco-fill toilets. A plethora of high-performance, low-flow products are available in today’s marketplace and the abundant design choices allow for zero sacrifice of form for function.
Gone are the powder blues and chalky pinks of bathroom interiors. Enter vivid colour splashes like oxblood red, deep navy, emerald green (Pantone’s Colour of the Year) and energizing orange to bring a fresh infusion to the floors and walls of these spaces.
That said, designers are still receiving high-demand for the all-white bath of 2013. This pristine “un-colour” perpetually portrays a clean, sophisticated yet utmost contemporary vibe.
One bathroom material skyrocketing in popularity for 2013 is quartz. Non-porous and naturally sealed, quartz is available in a vast array of luminous colours which enhance a countertop or basin magnificently, and complement any minimalist bathroom design.
Just Say Spa-aaaah
Perhaps one of the hottest trends of the modern bathroom redesign is the creation of the in-home spa. Showers are a design hot spot, with steam elements, multiple-heads and electronic sensor panels which control lighting, flow–even music–in high-demand.
Stand-alone tubs, horizontal showers (think vichy-like), frameless glazed showers, mirrored walls, streamlined “medicine cabinet” drawers, heated towel racks with aromatherapy-oil diffusers and LED, coloured mood-lighting all attribute to 2013‘s sought-after bathroom oasis. For finishes, stainless fixtures with a patina are being replaced with the more soothing appeal of brushed nickel. On the softer side, plush white cotton terry towels are essential and round out this 2013 bathroom design trend.