Be ahead of the game by tapping into the latest bathroom trends.
“We’re seeing a move towards more compact bathrooms, with wet rooms dominating,” says Ronelle Badenhorst, commercial director, Kohler Brand: Sub Sahara region. While baths are being replaced by showers, home owners are not skimping on luxury. According to Badenhorst, “Smaller spaces allow for more expensive finishes. The result is spa-like wet rooms that offer a pampering and indulgent bathroom experience.”
In our water-strained country, baths are the ultimate luxury. “Unconventional and organic shapes are fashionable now,” says Badenhrost, “allowing for the personalisation of your bathroom interior.”
The stylish Ceric bath is made from a new cast resin material called Lithocast®, a technologically advanced gloss-cast resin that allows for new shapes and textures in bath designs.
High on hygiene technology
With a focus on hygiene, the latest sanitaryware offerings take the fuss out of cleaning. “Toilets feature detachable seats and rimless bowls and basins have seamless curves and stain-resistant DFI coating,” explains Badenhorst.
Kohler’s Modern Life range offers form and finishes that make cleanliness an art form.
With regard to modern tap design, Raymond Oliver of Roca says: “The focus is on simple, streamlined design lines that offer a timeless yet contemporary aesthetic. Simple, sleek and above all, stylish!”
According to Johnny Lamprecht of Bathroom Bizarre, the most popular finish aside from chrome is matte black. “Black taps work particularly well in all-black or all-white colour schemes, either blending in seamlessly or creating arresting contrast.” Lamprecht says tapware in other finishes like nickel and bronze has also gained traction.
Modern vanities are lighter with delicate legs or floating off the floor. Badenhorst says: “They are also being considered in the same way that we consider furniture items in the rest of our home.” Likewise, basins are increasingly seen as high-end additions to the bathroom mix.
While small hexagon and subway tiles have had their moment, oversized honeycomb tiles are bang on trend. According to Lamprecht, modern hexagonal tiles are now available in a range of colours, textures and materials. “By combining a few colours and getting a little creative, you can create a variety of stunning designs.”
What’s next? Smart bathrooms
Like most things in our lives, modern bathrooms will increasingly combine design elements with technological advancements. Says Badenhorst: “Home owners can expect to control many aspects of their bathroom from their mobile phones, for example.”