Making changes in your house can give you a whole new perspective on your living space and reignite your love affair with your interiors. However, updating your décor doesn’t have to be a huge job and you don’t have to do it all at once; sometimes just changing one room can give your whole house a new lease of life. If you want to start small, the best place to update is the bathroom, whether it’s a few minor details or a total overhaul.
Let’s take a look at what’s on trend for bathrooms in 2020.
Brass is the must-have metal of the moment in interior design, and it works beautifully in bathrooms. If you have a neutral bathroom in white, grey or even black, brass details add instant warmth and elegance, thanks to the beautiful aesthetic tones of the metal. If you have a small bathroom the key is to keep it simple: brass taps, door handles and light fittings will add vibrant detail without being overbearing. If you have a large bathroom you could consider pushing the boat out and fitting a brass bathtub. They aren’t cheap but they make a real statement, and have a very luxurious feel.
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Speaking of bathtubs, they’re very much on trend for 2020. Many people eschew baths nowadays in favour of walk in showers and wetrooms, but the humble tub is back and it’s much bigger. Deep soaking bathtubs don’t just look stylish, they are also good for your health. Soaking in warm water boosts cardiac output, lowers blood pressure, improves circulation and helps your pores eliminate toxins. Choosing a freestanding tub with a simple design adds a sculptural element to your bathroom.
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Rectangular tiles look fantastic, but they have now become so ubiquitous that they’re finally beginning to fall out of fashion. If you want your bathroom to be ahead of the curve, get some shaped tiles on the wall. Hexagons or scallops are a great way to add impact to your bathroom without going wild with colour, which works especially well if you have a smaller bathroom. Alternatively, you could stick with rectangular tiles but lay them in a more interesting pattern, such as herringbone. Also on the up are very large tiles, usually in interesting shapes, which will give your bathroom some real impact. However, they’re best suited for larger bathrooms as they will make an already small room appear even tinier.
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Biophilic design is centred around integrating nature into your surroundings. Recent research has found that including the shapes, forms and colours of nature in an environment can reduce stress, improve creativity and cognitive function, and improve wellbeing. Whilst you may not be able to afford a green living wall, you can choose wallpapers with natural shapes such as flowers and leaves, and colours such as blues, greens and browns. Make sure the room has plenty of natural light, so remove curtains and blinds and replace them with window film. And, of course, make sure you have plenty of plants and greenery around.
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Natural and tactile surfaces are going to be big in 2020. Tadelakt is a beautiful Moroccan plaster that produces a clean and simple look. It’s both waterproof and decorative, making it perfect for bathrooms, and the honed, smooth surface is reminiscent of stone but with a beautiful satin sheen. It is also extremely hygienic as it has no grout lines to clean around, and does not gather unsightly and unpleasant black mould. It can be applied in a huge variety of colours, from moody blacks and greys to vibrant blues and yellows, and can be used throughout your whole bathroom to create a truly stunning wetroom.
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Another natural material making its way back into the bathroom is wood. Details such as wood panelling around a bath or sink will add an ambience of warmth and calm to your bathroom, as will exposed wooden window sills, window frames and doors. Even small extras like wooden shelves can give your bathroom a whole new feel, especially when paired with light coloured walls or tiles. A wooden floor adds a huge dollop of luxury, but remember to make sure any water spills are cleaned up immediately so the boards don’t warp.
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Charcoal grey and navy blue walls have been popular in living rooms and kitchens for a while now and the trend is slowly creeping into the bathroom. Though you may feel concerned about painting a small room a dark colour, remember that you don’t have to cover every surface: just having one statement wall can add an air of sophistication and gravitas to your bathroom. Dark walls or tiles paired with brass or wooden finishes, as mentioned above, create an environment that is mature and rich. Plants with big green leaves, such as cheese plants, will add to the feeling of luxury.
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Though it once seemed like a space age dream, our homes have a lot of smart technology integrated into them nowadays, and the bathroom is no exception. Some of the technology is incredibly advanced, such as the Kohler Numi 2.0 toilet, which features a seat closer, a seat warmer, integrated speakers and even has Amazon’s Alexa built in. If this is a step too far, you might consider something a little less complicated, for example a Bluetooth speaker that is water resistant and floats – perfect for bath time- or smart scales that track your body mass index and fat mass, as well as your weight. For those who like to leave gadgets and gizmos outside the bathroom, how about something simple yet very useful like a demisting mirror? These mirrors have heating pads fitted so that they don’t steam up, meaning you won’t be frantically wiping the mirror every time you step out of the shower.
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Creating a sanctuary
Bathrooms are no longer just a place to wash your hair and brush your teeth. An important trend for 2020 is creating a bathroom that is a sanctuary: a place where you can unwind and let go of the stresses of the day. Minor changes can create this interior: repainting walls in calm colours, adding plants, fixing a shelf by the bath where you can put a cup of herbal tea. One easy way to add luxurious touches is through small accessories, such as brass candle holders or natural stone plant pots. Just small touches can create a whole new feel for your bathroom.
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Whether you’re refurbishing your whole bathroom or simply looking to give it a bit of a facelift, there are plenty of ideas above for ways to renew your bathroom for 2020. The most important thing to remember is that you’re creating a sanctuary: a place where you can relax and rejuvenate.