Tap into the current bathroom trends

Are you living the bathroom dream? The supreme space for a wash and brush up must likewise double as a home day spa for relaxing - and your space is unfortunately lacking if it's not providing both.Prior to you start on a revamp however, it's a good idea to think about the appearance you wish to create.

It's all too easy to obtain immersed in the varied range of designs offered, from traditional to elegant modern, and a great deal in between.Robin Levien, global designer at Ideal Standard, said: "In general, UK restrooms are small and getting smaller sized, so it's essential making use of every inch of space.

" One of the most popular contemporary looks is contemporary and very little, however not clinical. We're seeing a desire for a clutter-free room, where storage options keep everything, from towels to toothbrushes, out of sight up until they're required.

" This helps make the local area a tranquil sanctuary."

Luxury touches, such as underfloor heating, LED lighting and anti-steam mirrors, are quickly becoming must-haves, and innovation is significantly playing a role, allowing lighting, noise and water systems to be configured and controlled remotely.

Choose from among 3 appearances, for a bathroom to boast about.

TROPICAL ZONE: Create your own little bathing paradise with sultry, exotic decor.

Levien stated: "The bathroom continues to be a key element in homes, playing a multi-purpose, multi-function role.

" Increasingly, this space is obtaining decorative elements more traditionally discovered in the rest of the home, and picking up influences from the catwalk.

" There's a current trend for dramatic dark colors and pattern on walls and floors which, with great lighting, can actually make a space seem larger, in addition to providing that boutique-hotel feel."

Genuine tropical plants, or faux ones, will play up the hot-house theme.

Floral patterns and intense botanical colors, like dark purple, rouge and matte greens, are soon set to feature strongly, as a 70s-vibe makes its mark in restrooms.

Avoid going too retro - an avocado green suite is never ever an excellent appearance!

SAFE HARBOUR: Blue and white is a classic and ageless option for bathrooms, because it's fresh, crisp and stimulates a soothing coastal retreat.

Chris Taylor, design expert at tap and shower professionals Bristan, said: "It's the subtle finishing touches making a huge distinction.

" Consider taps and fixtures and fittings as the perfect method to refresh an existing sink or bath, and consider these thoroughly when choosing a brand-new bathroom style.

" Metallic surfaces - gold, brass and copper, through to brushed steel - are popular this year. For a traditional look, use a chunky mixer spout to produce streamlined elegance combined with standard style.

" Add contrasting blue nautical-style accessories for a striking, stylish scheme." Hotels alleviate furniture as interchangeable for the sleeping, living and bathing areas of a space.

Keep that visual with pieces which do not scream 'restroom', whether it's a rug, dressing table or restroom chandelier.

Refresh a bathroom by upgrading taps - far cheaper than a complete refit.

NEW WAVE: Natural, natural materials are up-and-coming stars in the restroom.James Lentaigne, sales and marketing director at restroom company Drummonds, said: "Today's best-looking restrooms feature glamorous natural materials and finishes." Think cast iron and crisp white enamel, significant brassware, craftsmen tiles, wood and wood veneers, beautifully figured marbles and plenty of glass." Trends are moving far from fitted furniture towards specific free-standing pieces. For a modern feel, select simple and streamlined pieces."There's a new concentrate on lighting - the best schemes incorporate a range of lights, all controlled individually to match mood.