In the last several years new bathrooms have been created or renovated into rooms of comfort and self-expression. The year 2023 promises to bring in even more of this and add a bit of elegance and luxury. Here are some trends to keep an eye out for when renovating your bathroom.
1. Color in Abundance
Popular color choices:
- Subtle, neutral tones such as cream, taupe, and light wood tones – try these instead of white to create a clean look, but with more warmth.
- Warmer shades such as terracotta, biscuit, and caramel create comfort.
- Pastel tones such as pink, mint green, blue and lavender create a fresh and soothing environment.
- Boldly colored matte fixtures and accessories add pop, sophistication, and fun.
- Darker colors to add drama and draw attention to specific areas of your bathroom. Think black, dark blue, and dark green.
Color is being injected into bathrooms, not only on walls, but with bathtubs, sinks, faucets, lighting, stone tiles, and more.
Faucets: If you look online, you can find faucets in a wide array of bright colors. Classic silver and gold finishes have had their day but are now giving way to matte colors. White matte, pink, green and terracotta colors are some popular choices.
Sinks: Colorful sinks will be hot in 2023. An especially good choice for powder rooms, a small colored sink elevates a small space and creates a real focal point. Adding bold-colored walls adds even more drama and a jewel box effect.
Free-Standing Bathtubs: Just like sinks, bathtubs come in a huge array of styles and colors. With the trend towards spa-designed bathrooms, a soaker tub adds elegance and visual interest to your bathroom. Adding color to the bathtub increases the visual impact. Colors for bathtubs are numerous. If you’d like to try something other than standard white:
- Dark colors (black, dark red, or navy blue with white trim) for a dramatic effect.
- Natural stone (or even wood) for a more earthy, relaxed feel.
- Light colors – yellow, pink, light blue, pale mint, for an uplifting effect.
2. Decorative Lighting
Good lighting in the bathroom is essential. But now, making a statement with lighting is all the rage. Glamour is the name of the game. So don’t be timid. Here are some ideas to brighten up and create a little luxury.
- Think about using larger lights such as chandeliers and floor lamps.
- Art Deco-styled fixtures.
- Matte black finished fixtures.
- Stone is showing up in the lighting design. Try neutral materials such as white marble, ceramic, and alabaster. These materials naturally have unique patterns which look beautiful when lit. Make sure it is translucent so the light will shine through.
3. Marvelous Marble
Okay, so marble isn’t a recent innovation in bathrooms, but it has increased in popularity lately, and it’s no wonder. Marble is perennially tasteful, natural-looking, and luxurious. Make a statement by covering a wall with it or using it underfoot to make gorgeous flooring.
4. Textured Tiles
Textured, decorative tile, perfect for bathroom walls and floors, adds an artistic touch, especially if handcrafted with detailed designs. This type of wall tile is likely to reflect light, and catch shadows adding to the overall mood and tranquility. 2023 promises to be a big year for these custom tiles pushing out the plain, large tiles of the past. Choose from ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, marble, and travertine tiles.
5. The Japandi Effect
Put together Japanese design with Scandinavian style, and you have Japandi. These two styles combine to make a perfect blending of form and function. Both countries have concept words for their design styles.
Hygge: Scandinavian word to describe the well-being felt when surrounded by comfort and coziness.
Wabi-Sabi: A Japanese term meaning appreciating the beauty in imperfection.
Here are some elements essential for designing a Japandi-style bathroom.
a. The use of natural materials
- Natural materials like stone, textiles, and wood are important elements of Japandi design. Japanese and Scandi designs have long used natural resources due to their love of nature.
- Try using dark wood such as cedar (popular in Japan) for accessories.
- Lighter wood like Pine, beech, and ash is popular in Scandinavian homes- if budget allows, try a wood-clad wall from floor to ceiling.
- A natural wood vanity can have a Japandi effect.
- Marble or quartz tiles are popular flooring styles.
b. Keep it clutter free, minimal, and functional.
Achieving tranquility and calm are essential in Japandi design, and to achieve this, it’s important to keep clutter to a minimum. It’s also important that every item has a function. This, in itself, will prevent over-styling the space. A few thoughtfully chosen accessories are all you need. But to achieve this, you may need a fair amount of storage to hide away your everyday items like makeup, soaps, and other grooming aids. Easy ways to create simple design interest is to add greenery and a colorful fluffy towel or two.
c. Use soft neutral colors and lighting, but add a little contrast.
Using soft neutral tones like beiges, light greys, clay, and white, especially as wall colors, is another design factor of Japandi. It’s even encouraged to paint walls and floor tiles the same color to achieve a clean, continuous palette.
Lighting in a Japandi bathroom is based on harmony, so lighting should create comfort and not be overly bright or sharp. Try under-counter lighting and sconces to create subtle sources of illumination. The use of dark colors is also encouraged, in small doses. Try using black water taps, and brass light fixtures for instance, to stand out against the neutral background.
d. Don’t forget to add texture.
With so much emphasis on minimalism and clean design, a bathroom could look a little cold or clinical. This is why texture is so important and will create comfort.
Mixing different woods – light and dark, with their variety of grains will create texture and visual interest. Also, adding softer textures like fluffy towels and bath mats will ensure a homey atmosphere.
6. Add Smart Features for a Spa-Like Experience
Incorporating smart features into the bathroom can help create a spa-like experience, and more and more people are doing that these days. Here are a few examples:
- Shower heads with smart features – these can be customized to vary the water pressure, various spray patterns, and temperature.
- Toilets -can now come with bidet and heated seats, self-cleaning and auto flush features, and LED lights.
- Touchless faucets and soap dispensers.
- Demisting mirrors.
- Smart mirrors that let you listen to music.
- Heated floors and towel racks.
- Steam showers with aromatherapy.
- Soaker tubs with air jets.
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