We all want to be one step ahead when it comes to design trends, so it’s high time we started thinking about what 2014 will bring us in terms of our homes. We focused on the bathrooms, as these rooms tend to get overlooked in our interior design exploits, and it’s high time we reclaimed the bathroom as a stylish space that fits right in with the rest of the house. Read on to find out more about what’s going to be big in the bathroom in 2014.
Next year’s bathroom is getting more mature. We’re seeing a change from the shabby chic look that has invaded nearly every room in the home since the mid-’00s and we’re looking back to sleek, sophisticated bathrooms. ‘Spas at home’ will expand more than ever, with luxury items such as saunas and steam room enter the household bathroom. People may feel less inclined to go out on spa breaks, so the spa will come to them.
The 2014 bathroom shape is very much based on fluidity and fluidity. We won’t be seeing strong angular form next year. Instead there’s a softness that makes the bathroom feel like a much quieter space. And while we’re at it, space will also become more important. A floating style sink will become a bathroom staple, giving us more storage space underneath to remove clutter from the bathroom.
Colors will be out in 2014. Instead, we’ll be looking at a more muted and elegant palette consisting of black and white, steel gray, and earthy browns. We’ll be looking at lots of mosaics and textures, which can be worked into a design in the form of a stylish backsplash for subtle flashes of visual interest.
Japanese minimalism will be the word on everyone’s lips, with serenity being the main bathroom goal. Large mirrors will open up spaces and encourage light to flow around the room, and waterfall-style showers will be increasingly popular. The vanity chest will lend the dressing room to the bathroom a more upscale feel, and a modern cherry blossom-style lamp will stream down from the ceiling, almost like a work of art.
Controversially, we can see wallpaper back to the bathroom, although its practicality may not suit everyone. If you’re going to do this, stick one feature wall in the best-ventilated part of the room, and make sure it’s not adjacent to a bath or shower where moisture will build up and damage the wallpaper.
Paula Glamorgan writes for a number of interior style publications on the latest trends and fads in bathroom design.