BATHROOMS…WHAT’S NEW

Today we are looking at what’s hot in the world of bathrooms. From ceramics and minimalist furniture to complete modern bathroom collections that have an eye on sustainability.

Strap in…. bathroom finishes are in for a huge shake up!

When exploring bathroom materials, I’ve noticed trends fall into two camps this year. The natural camp focuses on craftsmanship and earthy materials and the other embraces the artificial, changeable and experimental finishes.

NATURE OVER NURTURE

Long has it been the case when deciding on bathroom finishes that clients tend to think in the 6 10 year realm, often trying to predict what they will still love in 10 years. Trying to create a scheme that’s future proof…. basically white. It dawned on me that this is so far removed from how we live in our modern world, with a fast pace of adaptability in almost every element, food, fashion and other elements of residential interiors. Why has it taken bathrooms so long to join the party?

With this in mind I was excited to see the introduction of organic & sustainable materials that were never thought possible in the world of water, step up wood, cork, terracotta and rattan.

These additions shatter the illusion that bathroom materials are cold and unforgiving with a new focus on earthy elements that bring natural warmth to the space. Reclaimed wood cabinetry is a hot option this season. I’m excited to see that Axor is offering this as an upgrade to the standard brassware, as seen below in the ”My edition” range.

How about repurposing existing wooden furniture in to the bathroom space?

If you were to take an existing dresser or cabinet I would advise (as a minimum) a class 2 protection. FYI – class 2 timbers have occasional moisture content greater than 18% and it is essential to add a water protective finish like oil or varnish. Some types of wood reach class 2 conditions when protected such as pine, red oak and elm.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

It’s here…. visionary finishes such as glass illuminated with LED light. Brassware furniture with ombré surfaces. This all sounds like an outtake from “BACK TO THE FUTURE” but it’s a reality and actually incredibly appealing.  

At Milan Design Week 2019, Odd Matter showcased liquid-look furniture with ombré surfaces. They were blurring the lines between natural and digital design by embracing gradient colours across what we would see as a traditional surface.

These are all far fetched for our domestic environments, I can’t see this making it into your local John Lewis. However as with high fashion elements do filter down to the high street. I think we will see these in the form of colour-changing and glossy metals and ceramics with liquid reflections and subtle texture.

The beautiful pieces below are a subtle take on this movement, working in harmony with a traditional white basin and pan to bring it up-to-date, yet future proof it with the interchangeable elements of the “So” basin mixer. The dials can be swapped and changed fairly simply to refresh the look, prolonging the bathroom’s design life.

In conclusion, I’ve interpreted the natural and futuristic elements into a cohesive and considered design. Inspiration, not trends are a minefield of fads, however the mood board screams longevity; it creates the feeling of a bespoke space, with a nod to a traditional bathroom vibe.

That’s all folks! I really hope you found the piece interesting, and as always I’m happy to answer any further questions you may have alternatively email emm@emmamerrystyling.com

All images & mood board copyright are owned by Emma Merry Styling except where noted. Please make sure you credit and link/tag if you use them.

With thanks to the following for the use of their beautiful product images.http://www.cphart.comhttps://www.maitlandandpoate.com

VANITY UNITS

Do you find vanity units a complete minefield of quality, size and price?

Below we’ve broken down a few of our high street favourites along with an outline of considerations on purchasing a vanity unit that is fit for purpose.

Vanity units are essentially bathroom cabinets that sit at the base of a sink, these the most common types of built-in furniture. You can have one that covers the sink pedestal or, to make even more use of the space, consider having a ‘floating’ basin that sits on top of a unit or is embedded into it. The above industrial vibe is a mix of storage and shelving allowing you space to conceal toiletries whilst having easy access to towels. You can also get combination bathroom vanity units that adjoin a sink and toilet to create one large cabinet. These are good if your bathroom is small as they make use of often-wasted space between a sink and toilet. 

Vanity units, depending on their size, have various storage options. Think again about what you’ll be storing – Do you need to hide the copious bath toys? Would you want shelves inside the cabinets for bespoke makeup storage? Will soft close drawers make for a an easier life? Will you need to make space for, a loo-roll holder and the storage of toilet paper?

Vanity units also allow you to play around with materials and colours. There are a lot of different worktop options, from marble effect to stone, that can bring another layer of design and a different feeling to your bathroom. Mixing materials are a huge trend at the moment and the below is a perfect option to add a bespoke marble countertop, this can be sourced locally from a stone mason for around £150.

http://www.maisonsdumonde.co.uk

If you have quite a lot of space, you could have a much more expansive vanity unit that spans the width of a wall . Most of the big-name brands sell a range of vanity units, but if you have the budget and want something very specific, you could also consider asking a builder to make bespoke bathroom storage for you. Many different options and we would always recommend asking your designer and fitter before you purchase for their expert opinion on what will work best for your needs.

Now you have selected your new vanity unit, its time for the fun to begin! Below we have created a high street bathroom accessories board to help you shop the look.

Madras towel hook – £12.99 – Anthropologie https://www.anthropologie.com/

Jute bathmat – £17.99 – H&M https://www2.hm.com/

Jute linen basket -£24.99 H&M https://www2.hm.com

OLOGE terracotta planter – £95 – La Redoute https://www.laredoute.co.uk/ppdp/prod-350145882.aspx

Scenario pale green face cloths -£8 – la Redoute https://www.laredoute.co.uk/ppdp/prod-350049455.aspx

Calamus rattan chair – £269 – La redoute https://www.laredoute.co.uk/ppdp/prod-350136415.aspx

Trocadero double vanity unit and basins – £1,289 – Masions Du Mondehttps://www.maisonsdumonde.com/UK/en/p/solid-mango-wood-double-sink-bathroom-vanity-trocadero-180974.htm

Curve green wall mirror -£89 – Oliver Bonas https://www.oliverbonas.com/homeware/fabric-embroidered-curve-green-wall-mirror-medium-238947

Raised design bathroom set – starting at £7.99 – Zara home https://www.zarahome.com/gb/bathroom/bathroom-accessories/raised-design-bathroom-set-c1020116648p301004510.html?ct=true&hm=false

That’s all folks! I really hope you found the piece interesting, and as always I’m happy to answer any further questions you may have or head over to email – emma@EmmaMerryStyling .All images & mood board copyright are owned by Emma merry styling except where noted. Please make sure you credit and link/tag if you use them. Thank you x

Happy shopping bathroom bunnies x