2020 Bathroom Trends – 10 Movements to Look Out For!

2020 Bathroom Trends – 10 Movements to Look Out For!

The year 2020 has brought with it a range of bathroom trends that excite us tremendously – let’s talk about toilets and tiles, vanities and Van Gogh’s, in our list of Top 10 Bathroom Trends 2020:

At the rate in which bathroom trends evolve, it’s a tough choice on colours and designs and layout, when renovating, redecorating or building a bathroom. Bathroom décor and finishes are long-term and long-lasting, so it’s important that you love your finished product, as you’ll be living with it for a long time to come.

 

Long live marbled finishes

Marbled feature walls or vanity countertops continue to hold the hearts of decorators, with classic elegance that simply doesn’t go out of date. This year is the year of risk-taking, and so bold marbles are coming to the fore, such as the layered contrasts of Zebrino marble or the sharp jagged designs of Paonezzo marble. 

 

2020 bathroom trends

Biophilic features

A garden in your very own bathroom, biophilic features use lush, live greenery to decorate vanities or even entire walls. The biophilic wall concept is already popular in hotels, restaurants and spa environments, but many private homeowners now bring biophilic décor into their bathrooms, to breathe life into the tiled interiors. 

What makes a bathroom biophilic features extra-cool is that tropical plants thrive off of bright natural light, and the moisture in the air created by warm showers. 

 

2020 bathroom trends

 

Open showers

It never ceases to surprise us that open showers once again rank as one of the top bathroom trends of yet another year. Sometimes boasting a single minimalist sheet of glass to divide the shower from a toilet or vanity, gone are the days of wonky shower doors and musty shower curtains – more and more people choose to enjoy the space and freedom offered by an open shower. 

 

2020 bathroom trends

 

Subway tiling

Subway tiles are already a classic kitchen and bathroom look – originating from the subways of New York in 1904, these prominent 3-by-6-inch rectangular tiles are now available in a variety of colours. Particularly popular this year, the jet-black subway tile makes a bold, moody statement in a shower or as a bathroom vanity backdrop.

 

2020 bathroom trends

 

Exercise your art muscles

While past décor trends have shown little inclination toward art pieces in the bathroom, we now see this changing as more people fill their empty bathroom walls with framed Van Gogh prints. Gone are the limp corner ferns, with open corner spaces now more frequently decorated with a lofty sculpture. 

 

2020 bathroom trends

 

Brushed brass finishes

Bringing in an element of timeless class and style, brushed brass finishes are adorning more bathrooms this year than ever before. Brushed brass is particularly effective with mirror framing, bathroom fittings, and other decorative items such as pots or vases. The brushed effect offers the understated elegance of brass, without the garish glare, and is easier to maintain. 

 

2020 bathroom trends

 

Dramatic powder rooms

The small bathroom – often the “guest loo” – has previously been the subject of disdain, undersized and under-utilized. Decorators are now seeing that the dimensions of the small bathroom, or powder room, are ideal for dramatic, over-the-top, expensive finishes, making it more than just a powder room, but a luxuriant bathroom experience to wow visitors.

 

2020 bathroom trends

 

Floating fixtures

Another 2020 bathroom trends that have already been on the rise in recent years, floating fixtures include vanities that are installed directly from the wall, and have no legs or a floating toilet that does not have a base. This minimalist floor space makes for a modern bathroom, both easy to clean and easy to look at. You can take this look one step further, with a tankless toilet. 

 

2020 bathroom trends

 

Freestanding tubs

Also increasing in popularity is the freestanding tub, which becomes a startling feature in the bathroom, a centrepiece to enjoy aesthetically and indulge in. 

 

2020 bathroom trends

 

Deep bathtubs

With freestanding bathtubs now taking centre stage, designers turn their eye toward deep soaking bathtubs that offer the spa-like experience of a steaming deepwater bath. Dramatic in design, these offer an imposing look for your bathroom and a flawlessly comfortable bath. 

 

2020 bathroom trends

 

Merging bathroom trends with solid knowledge

Considering the time we spend in the bathroom daily, we may as well enjoy it and find it indulgent and luxuriant. But where do you draw the line on following trends, following your heart, and factoring good, sound professional advice? Make sure that you merge luxury with practicality, and get the best of both worlds when designing your bathroom space when you get in touch with one of our sales consultants!

Spa Day Rituals – How To Have A Spa Day At Home

Spa Day Rituals – How To Have A Spa Day At Home

We’ll come right out and say it, it’s not always practical getting to the spa. With kids, full-time jobs and a household to run, not many people have the luxury of time. And with all the stress of everything else that makes up day to day life, we’re sometimes guilty of skimping on the “me time” we really need. Self-care and a little bit of pampering every now and then is just what you need. If you can’t get to the spa – you just need to get a little creative to have an indulgent experience – and one in the comfort of your own bathroom.  

So, how exactly do you have a spa day at home? A little bit of fuss and a lot of bubble bath goes a long way! Read our favourite ways of slowing down and de-stressing
with a relaxing spa day at home below.

Spa day at home jacuzzi bath

You can’t have a spa day without a “jacuzzi”. Begin your day of relaxation by drawing a hot bubble bath. Pour yourself a glass of wine, put on your favourite “chill” playlist, light one of your favourite scented candles and have your favourite fluffy towel closeby whilst you get into that novel you’ve been meaning to read for weeks. 

Need to ready your skin for the summer holidays this December? Your next step is to apply some luxurious Charlotte Rhys Salt Scrub for silky smooth skin. Scoop a small amount of the scrub into your hand and gently exfoliate your skin in small circles. Rinse the scrub off and your skin will feel magically refreshed and moisturised again.

Charlotte Rhys body cream

As you step out of the bath, Moisturise! Moisturise! Moisturise! This is such an essential part of taking care of your skin. Use a luxurious, delicately-scented moisturiser to nourish your skin after patting yourself dry and putting on your favourite pyjamas. 

Spa day at home nail painting

Beautify those nails! A good spa day is not complete without a mani – so take the time to carefully paint your fingernails and toenails with your favourite colour. Even if it’s a bit finicky on your own, every time you look at your lovely painted nails you’ll thank yourself for taking some you time! 

So there you have it, our favourite things to indulge in at a spa day at home. Cheers to a wonderful morning, afternoon or evening, and time well-spent giving yourself the you-time you deserve!

 

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Modern Bathroom Design Is The New Luxury

Modern Bathroom Design Is The New Luxury

They say that life is to be enjoyed, not just endured, which is why there is no shame in adding a touch of modern luxury to your home, starting with your bathroom (it is the most important room of your home, after all!). Research has shown that the average person spends around 92 days in the bathroom over their lifetime, so it only makes sense that your bathroom has is a sanctuary finished with luxurious fittings to add to the experience.  

In 2019 we have seen all sorts of trends – from statement walls and open showers to opulent free-standing baths and functional design for small spaces, but none have stood out as much as the common thread that have tied them all together – the chic minimalism that has become the core focus of many bathrooms this year. 

With so many people approaching their bathroom redesign with a “less is more” attitude, we had to ask ourselves, what is it about these spaces that people are so drawn to? 

modern bathroom design with garden wall

It Feels Good

There’s no denying it – luxury feels good. But it feels even better when it’s simple and understated. Modern bathroom design focuses on clean lines, sleek surfaces, and ZERO clutter. The whole look and feel of this style of bathroom is basic. 

Stripped down aesthetics that feature natural materials and neutral tones, complemented with pops of colour by way of decor and other elements – what’s not to love about the simplicity and timeless appeal of modern bathroom design?

modern bathroom design with livingstone bath

The Space

Space is synonymous with luxury, and a core feature of modern design. We’re not saying that small bathrooms can’t achieve the same effect (they can, when expertly designed and outfitted with the best bathroom fittings on the market). 

But the combination of space, clean lines, feature pieces and minimalist design of a modern bathroom comes together to create something magical, memorable – a retreat that demands for you to sit back, relax and enjoy the clean ambience of your most private sanctuary.

modern bathroom design marble textures

The Textures

Whilst modern bathroom designs do place focus on simplicity, natural materials and neutral colour palettes, that doesn’t mean they’re dull and drab – in fact the understated elegance of unpretentiousness is what sets them apart. 

Think – a combination of marble, statement open shower, premium bathroom fittings, brand new fluffy towels – stylish, luxurious, perfection!

modern bathroom design bathroom butler fittings

The Fittings 

So, you could say we’re biased. But premium bathroom fittings are probably the most important feature of a modern bathroom – aside from their function, their design doesn’t get any better when compared to other inferior fittings on the market. 

More so than that, top of the range fittings add a touch of finesse to break up the clean lines – something that all modern bathrooms need, and provide your sanctuary with the right type of technology it needs to be eco-friendly without sacrificing quality or style.

Final Words –

Modern bathroom design changes your life. When you spend so much time in your bathroom – it’s only right that it is a sanctuary befitting of all your needs and requirements. We don’t see modern bathroom design losing its appeal any time soon. 

If this is the style for you, well what are you waiting for? Your ultimate modern bathroom is just a meeting away. Get in touch with us and let’s set up your first meeting and let’s start putting your dream bathroom together.

Timeless Bathroom Design

Timeless Bathroom Design

We get it. Your bathroom is not a space you rip up and remodel on a yearly basis for the fun of it, just because trends come and go. Remodelling your bathroom requires significant investment, financially and emotionally. Regardless of taste, it’s important to consider what your bathroom will look like when what’s hot now, isn’t so hot in a few years to come. 

To ensure your bathroom remains sophisticated and on-trend in the years to come, we’ve put together a small guide on things you should consider during the most exciting part of your bathroom remodel – choosing all the elements that will make up your new bathroom. Read on below for our top timeless bathroom design tips! 

Wall Colour

Mint green and salmon took over in the 80’s. We know what you feel when those bathrooms come to mind – happy nostalgia (I mean, those are the bathrooms we grew up in, right?) with a slight shudder of horror imagining your brand new bathroom looking the same way. That trend took homeowners by storm back then and looking back now, that’s exactly why you should steer clear of modern trends that come and go. When you’re deciding on the wall colour of your new bathroom, stick with lighter, neutral palettes that evoke a sense of fresh sophistication. 

We particularly enjoy stark, white bathroom walls. Bright, white walls keep a bathroom timeless, making the space feel clean and open. It’s generally a good rule of thumb to apply this to your permanent fixtures as well. Inevitably, things will need to be replaced as the years go on, and replacing fixtures of a specific colour is absurdly difficult once a colour fad has fallen off the radar. 

White walls also have this uncanny ability to complement any other colour, and balancing the starkness of the white with colourful towels, art, rugs and other accessories is a great way to keep your bathroom up to date. Trendy decor is easily changed and replaced to keep up with the times.

White walls also complement other elements of your bathroom – particularly when you want to draw attention to a certain feature, like marble floors or tile backsplashes. But stark white spaces come with needs. In particular, the need to be complemented by textures and quality fixtures, as we discuss below. This is one timeless bathroom design trend that will never go out of fashion! 

Timeless Textures

A timeless bathroom design doesn’t have to be dull and drab, void of personality. Adding texture by way of eye-catching features that don’t overwhelm the space is easily done but has to be done right. Careful attention is required when deciding what elements you are going to use to add texture to your new bathroom. 

Black & White

Black and white colour palettes work with almost any design style and never fail to present a polished look. This combination can be complemented with cute little pot plants or colourful bathroom linen to prevent a too clinical feeling. It is important to note that the ratio of white to black makes a difference. Use more white for a cleaner, brighter feel, or more black for a dramatic effect. The beauty of it is that the choice is yours, and choosing a black and white colour scheme means your bathroom will never go out of fashion.

Marble

Incorporating marble, granite or quartz into the mix brings an elegant, timeless appeal to the space, with these textures almost always working well with surrounding colours. Natural materials come with their own unique colouring and patterns. Whether you opt for natural materials on walls, floors or countertops, they bring a distinctive lasting element to your bathroom that no other element can.

Tiles

Tiles have featured in bathrooms since the Romans invented bathhouses, so it’s no surprise that adding a feature wall with a splash of tiles can serve as a classic addition to your new bathroom. 

One trend that has never gone out of fashion are subway tiles, that bring both a touch of contemporary style and easy maintenance to your bathroom. Subway tiles have made a statement in bathrooms since the 1900’s – and being small and hardy means they are easy to clean – win-win for style and hygiene! 

However, it is important to consider the scale and scope of individual elements in your bathroom. Overdoing the tile can have the opposite effect of tying all the features of your bathroom together, and make the space feel cluttered and enclosed – a definite no-no when designing a bathroom meant to be ageless. 

 

Fixtures

Freestanding Bathtubs

The freestanding bathtub is perhaps the most classical and enduring element your bathroom could feature. Since the freestanding clawfoot bathtub became fashionable in England in the late 1800s, we have been equal parts adoring and committed to relaxation and self-care. Considered enchanting, sophisticated and the epitome of luxury, a bathtub wrought out of solid rock can never go out of fashion in our opinion! 

Simple Fittings

We don’t need to tell you that simplicity is key to keeping your bathroom timeless. 

Trends have their time and place, however, specifically when it comes to environmental consciousness in the bathroom. In this instance, opting for fine fixtures that are considerate to the environment will not hamper your efforts in designing a timeless bathroom. 

Faucets and basins tend to go out of fashion as time goes on, but keeping it simple and green mitigates the risk of your bathroom going out of fashion any time soon! 

Lighting

We know we keep on harping on about it, but bathroom lighting may be the one element that makes the biggest difference in the agelessness of your bathroom. 

A combination of ambient, task, accent and decorative lighting makes a huge impact on the ambience of the space, and is key in establishing a beautiful, lasting bathroom sanctuary.

Storage

One trend that never goes out of style is bathroom organisation! Counters that are free of clutter give a feeling of a pristine, dirt-free space. In conjunction with open shelving, bathroom baskets, drawer separators and functional design – an organised bathroom is a key component of ageless luxuriousness. 

Final Words –

If you’re in the market for a timeless bathroom design, our team offers the latest insight to ensure your new bathroom is ageless now and in years to come. Whether you are revamping your guest water closet or master retreat, OXO will assist you with conceptualising the bathroom of your dreams into reality. Contact us now and let’s get talking! 

 

Bathroom Organisation Tips from the Experts!

Bathroom Organisation Tips from the Experts!

We can all agree that some days getting it together for the morning rush is difficult, especially when the sun hasn’t even risen yet. So you can bet that if there’s anything that will help make our morning routines easier, we’re in! 

Having a clean, organised bathroom can really help speed things up when it comes to getting ready (it also means you can luxuriate in that extra 5-minute lie in you’ve been craving all week). It’s also a better, more relaxed start to your day as you enjoy getting ready in a calm and clutter-free bathroom (and who couldn’t use more relaxation in their day?)

Sometimes the disorganisation is overwhelming so you overlook it. But you need to take ownership of your dominion and take the steps to a cleaner, brighter space and ultimately happier you. Now is your opportunity to get rid of the clutter! Now’s the time to put into practice all the following bathroom organisation tips you’re going to read!  

 

First Things First

Organising your bathroom should always start with a good spring clean and declutter session. This is perhaps the most important step of cleaning up your bathroom because, honestly, there is no point in organising a bucket-load of products that you don’t actually need. 

The truth is, we tend to accumulate a lot of products that are halfway finished, that we’ll “use one day” (you never do), and other items we think we need to hang on to (you don’t). Many beauty and hygiene products only last between six months to a year, and you’ll only be able to use so many in that time, so there’s no use stockpiling what you’ll never get to utilise. 

When you open your bathroom cupboards to begin tidying this weekend, ask yourself the difficult questions that will set you on the path to a more organised bathroom and happier you. If you have to think about the answer, chances are that you don’t need it. As you assess your assortment of products, keep the following questions in mind;

  • Do I use this? Not to be confused with “Will I possibly use this one day?” – You either do or you don’t, so you shouldn’t have to think very long about it.

     

     

  • Do I need this? How many extra toothbrushes do you really need? Do you absolutely have to keep those half-finished bottles of body lotion? Do you actually wear that nail polish? Assess what you need on a regular basis to avoid stockpiling products that have a lifespan. Selectively identify what you use and donate or chuck out the rest.

     

  • Does this have a place in my cupboard? Everything you own should have a designated space. If you have too much of one thing, then the surplus needs to go. Getting rid of excess products helps you save space and arrange your belongings for easier access and quicker morning routines.  

     

  • Does this bring me joy? Perhaps the most important question of all! This phrase, by Marie Kondo – goddess of decluttering, encourages you to hold each item in your hand, and ask the question: “Does this bring me joy?”. You’ll know the answer right away, and that will help you rid your bathroom cupboards and counters of everything you don’t need.

Clutter-Free Counters

 

 

Once you have decluttered your excess beauty and hygiene products, you need to turn your attention to other problematic areas of your bathroom. 

Cluttered counters are one of those areas. Keeping as few items on your bathroom counter as possible creates a fresher, tidier space. Using a tray to store your essentials helps you clear your counter with ease when it comes to cleaning day, and also brings a pleasing aesthetic to your bathroom. Note: your tray shouldn’t take up more than ⅓ of the counter space, or it will hinder your morning routine as you get ready! 

 

Hidden Storage 

 

Not to be confused with hiding the clutter, incorporating additional hidden storage inside your bathroom cabinets can make the difference for the organisation of your bathroom as a whole. Whilst you may have rid your excess products, organising the remaining items for seamless use can still be a challenge. Few people know how to effectively use their limited bathroom cabinet space for better storage, but using wesh mire baskets help with holding a variety of items which tend to get muddled up as they are frequently used. 

 

 

 

Drawer Dividers

 

Cabinets sorted, you need to focus your attention on your bathroom drawers. Beauty and hygiene products come in all shapes and sizes, and those smaller items tend to get lost in cluttered bathroom drawers. Using drawer dividers can make all the difference – giving every item a “home” and making it that much easier for you to find what you’re looking for as and when you need it. 

 

 

Organisational Containers 

 

Keeping things organised and accessible is one of the main reasons to declutter, but moreover, it makes a huge difference to the general cleanliness of your bathroom. The containers you use to store things also play an important role. Items should be organised by category and placed into the appropriate vessel when necessary. For example, glass apothecary jars are attractive storage options for supplies like cotton balls and cotton swabs, but you should rather use bathroom baskets for your additional towels. 

 

Laundry Bin

 

 

Tired of having dirty laundry splayed across bathroom and bedroom? A stylish laundry bin will help keep those dirty, wet towels and other unmentionables hidden from view, and also make washing day easier as you haul your laundry to the washroom! 

 

 

Final Words

Organising your bathroom doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. Creating a more functional space that is organised and clean with just a few changes can make your morning routine that much quicker and enjoyable. 

 

 

Looking to design your ultimate, clutter-free bathroom? 

OXO’s expert bathroom designers can assist! Schedule a design meeting with us and allow us to give you a guiding hand when redesigning your bathroom. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Timeless Small Bathroom Ideas

Timeless Small Bathroom Ideas

Packing A Punch In A Small Bathroom Design

 

Making use of a compact space is challenging at the best of times, so how does one make the most of a small bathroom when it is undoubtedly the most important and utilised room in your home? 

Well, clever storage and chic finishes can make even the smallest of bathrooms not only practical but beautiful too! Here are some of our top tips for packing a punch when mapping out your plans for a small bathroom design. 

 

Small Bathroom, Big Dreams

 

Beautiful Small Bathroom Design

Configuring your bathroom in such a way that there is enough space between your toilet and the sink, your shower and towel rail can be tricky, especially if you have limited space and an unconventional layout. That’s where a little bit of creativity and a splash of astuteness comes in! 

 

    1. Not-So-Traditional Corner Sink
      Bathroom sinks can sometimes be cumbersome, disrupting your movement as you try and get to the toilet or your shower. There is nothing more frustrating, especially if the space can be used more effectively!

      This not-so-traditional corner sink, right beside your toilet, works a lot better than being placed awkwardly alongside the shower. Now you can wash your hands, and see yourself too!

       

    2. Float Your Vanity
      Floating your vanity helps make the space appear visually bigger, and frees up some much-needed floor space when you step aside to wash your hands. 

    3. Open Your Shower
      These days, you can get away with not having a door on your shower. Open showers are designed to maximise bathroom space, and not only visually increase the size of your bathroom, but also provide a convenient “step in, step out” style that is perfect if you need to “rinse and run”.  

    4. Wall Mounted Toilet
      Installing a wall mounted toilet brings an instant modern aesthetic and is a great choice if you have a smaller bathroom, as the bowl and actuator plate are the only parts in the room, meaning the bowl is much closer to the wall – saving you precious floor space and legroom.

       

    5. It’s All About The Lighting
      Oh so important, no matter what room in your house! Adding a few warm tone lights or will enhance the luminescence and reflectiveness of the room; creating a brighter and roomier-feeling space.

       

    6. Round Mirrors
      Making use of a large round mirror in your bathroom is certainly not new, but does it pack a punch in a smaller space! Suspended just above the soap shelf, with it comes a stylish modern aesthetic, opening up the space the only way a mirror can!

       

    7. Strategic Tiles & Colour Schemes
      When it comes to small bathrooms, you need to be strategic with colour. Dark walls will make the room feel smaller, light walls will make the room feel larger. To add a bit of contrast, you can get by with darker floor tiles and lighter walls, and switching up the styles to create a statement!

       

    8. Less Is More
      As with anything, and especially in the context of a small bathroom, less is definitely more! Designing your bathroom for the space available, and keeping it clean, uncluttered and in tip-top shape will ensure it is always a welcoming space that won’t get you feeling claustrophobic. 

Need Help Redesigning Your Small Bathroom? 

OXO’s expert bathroom designers can assist! Schedule a design meeting with us and allow us to give you a guiding hand when redesigning your small bathroom. We look forward to hearing from you!