There’s nothing like a new year – and another lockdown – to inspire home improvements.
Google data shows that the number of people searching for ‘bathroom ideas’ between early December and early January doubled.
So if you’re looking for inspiration, George Holland, bathroom design expert at Victorian Plumbing has some trend ideas that you can expect to see more of in the year ahead.
Leaning ladder radiators
Leaning shelves have been all the range for a while now – you only need to scroll on Instagram to see how pretty they can look when items are purposefully placed on them.
George thinks we’re likely to see more people taking up leaning radiators which have a similar look with a more functional purpose.
He says due to how tall they are, they ‘can be added to any bathroom suite, including en-suites and smaller bathrooms.’
George says neutral shades will continue to be a popular option for bathrooms, but a pop of colour can make for a contemporary twist against a softer backdrop.
They’re also quite retro and feel slightly 70s – an era that is being embraced throughout home and fashion trends.
George explains: ‘Colourful basins can make a powerful statement, without painting your walls or adding wallpaper.
‘Compliment your basins with matching towel sets or other soft accents to highlight your colour schemes.’
Copper effect baths
We’ve all seen Kendall Jenner and Harry and Meghan’s baths on Instagram and it’s inspiring people to go with copper.
You could go for a copper effect bath for a less costly alternative as the finish has the same warming properties as actual copper, just for a fraction of the price.
George warns ‘strong detergents or cleaning products can cause damage to the material, and make sure to use a soft cloth rather than a brush for cleaning to avoid scratches.’
Industrial style showers and taps
Industrial aesthetics have been popular for a while, but George predicts we’ll see more of this in the coming year.
He says you can use a matching industrial shower and tap set, the style of which is ‘influenced by metalwork and equipment found in traditional factories’.
Though tall, George says: ‘These taps look impressive when paired with modern freestanding baths. The contrast provided will make a statement in any bathroom.’
Bluetooth ceiling lighting
For those keen on tech and all things modern, Bluetooth lighting could appeal.
A speaker, combined with LED lighting will allow you to create a certain mood or ambience.
George says: ‘Bluetooth ceiling lights can help bring a bit of smart home functionality to your bathroom.
‘The ability to stream audio from your phone makes showers and long soaks more enjoyable, while the powerful LED lighting works well in both light and dark bathrooms.’
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