Although we’re not going to promise all our predictions will come true, we still enjoy making them. Growing out of trends seen in 2015, the hot bathroom ideas for 2016 are freeform and natural. Don’t feel bound to a single design ethos – mix and match to create a dynamic yet naturalistic environment in your bathroom. After all, as far as we’re concerned, the hottest trend is always staying true to your own style and preferences.
Tactile and visually appealing, rich textures are a great trend to follow. Wall textures and stone tiles are ideal for smaller spaces, such as bathrooms, as they gives you the chance to create a visually appealing focus to the room without having an impact on the footprint. From rugged granite to the luminous depths of Okite’s Preziose range, rustic-cut limestone to deeply veined marble, natural and engineered stone tiles offer an enormous choice of textures and colours to suit every taste.
New colours: everything is in
Every year, colour experts at the Pantone Color Institute announce their on-trend colour palettes and every year we see those colours in the shops. Do they lead the pack or are they simply very good at predicting the future? It’s hard to say. For 2016, the predictions are varied, to say the least. Their colour palettes run from pastels to silver, bright yellow and cobalt. This mixed bag perfectly captures the choice and freedom characterizing modern design. Mix it up and do it your way, whether that’s delicately veined marble or super bright Okite.
Forget retro ’60s melamine or space-age plastics: natural materials are in, and they’re here to stay. The upswell in demand for natural stone flooring, wooden feature walls and stone effect bath fittings probably has its roots in Scandinavian design ideologies. Recent research supports the trend, showing that we’re more relaxed when surrounded by nature or natural materials. And what could be more relaxing than a hot bath?
Green thumbs and greener walls
Taking the natural materials trend to its extreme, many designer bathrooms now feature living plants. While you might not want to go for a full-on moss wall at home, the hot, damp, steamy place that most bathrooms become after a shower is the ideal environment for lots of easy to care for plants. A fern on the windowsill or a fishbowl moss garden are great but simple touches.
Tiles in the bathroom are nothing new – except when they are. Statement tiles grew in popularity in 2015 and we expect to see them crowding design blogs throughout next year. A great mix of practical and trendy, there’s an almost anything-goes atmosphere around tiling at the moment. Mosaic-inspired designs are jostling for space alongside bright mix-and-match patterns while natural stone tiles and the smooth uniformity of quartz tiles like Okite also get a look in.