As we enter a new year, Hansgrohe and its design brand AXOR peek into the crystal ball to see where bathrooms are headed. Here are ten emerging design trends you can't miss
1. Mindfulness as a mood
Sustainability and wellness have been prevalent concepts in the bathroom space for a few years, but in the new decade expect ‘mindfulness’ to emerge as a clear overarching trend. But what does that mean in design? Put simply, mindfulness makes the case for creating bathrooms that act as a refuge from the stresses of the outside world. Think low furniture, plenty of indoor plants, natural materials and a calming palette of natural tones and whites – all brought together to encourage a state of bliss.
2. Bathrooms as spa-like retreats
Staying with the zen-like vibe, a parallel trend will be turning bathrooms into personal spas. This might mean installing a steam room, arranging thick luxurious towels on elegant racks – and of course installing baths and showers that invite you to unwind. A perfect example of a spa-inspired showering system is Rainfinity by hansgrohe (below). The new range won the iF GOLD AWARD 2019 due to its innovative jet types – such as the micro-fine, super silent PowderRain – whereby daily showering is transformed into an indulgent experience and brings a feeling of deep relaxation.
3. Beautiful glass
One clear trend coming for 2020 and beyond is glass. From retro shaped mid-century statement lights with stunning glass features, to sleek frosted glass Scandi style lamps that emit a gentle hygge glow, glass lighting will be big news. In the bathroom, as well as glass lighting elements, ornate glass accessories will be everywhere: over-sized storage jars, vases, designer shampoo containers – in a hundred rainbow hues.
4. Harmonising with nature
The special relationship with water will continue indoors in 2020. Be inspired by the stunning The Retreat at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland. Here bathrooms are equipped with AXOR Starck faucets and AXOR Showers in Chrome and Brushed Black Chrome. Featuring faucets with classic pin handles, AXOR Starck is a meditation on minimalism. AXOR ShowerSelect thermostatic controls and AXOR overhead showers also contribute to the atmosphere of luxurious calm and natural beauty at this one-of-a-kind destination. “The Retreat is built into an 800-year-old lava flow and we wanted the design to celebrate that. The fireplaces are made of lava rock, as are the tables. We selected custom faucets by AXOR to fit the overall mood we wished to create”, explains Sigurdur Thorsteinsson, Chief Design Officer, Design Group Italia.
5. Sophisticated tiling
The next generation of gorgeous tiling is a trend coming onto the horizon. Overly extravagant looking tiles are out, while elegantly neutral colour palettes are coming to the forefront, typically in grey tones and matte black. For a more dynamic look and feel, textured tiles will be in high demand and there are even some higher-end tiles that have both matte and shiny properties. Luxury in subtlety.
6. Cubes and perfect geometry
A love for the precise and geometric will also be seen everywhere in design next year – and the bathroom is no exception. AXOR is already leading the way in this regard with AXOR Edge (below), a sculptured cube collection that transcends boundaries in aesthetics as well as technology due to a state-of-the-art diamond manufacturing process. The result is a completely luxurious design from its geometrical styling to its water experience.
7. Marble as a statement
Marble is timeless and in 2020 it’s not going anywhere. It is a beautiful natural material which comes in a wide variety of colourings, markings and veinings. One can never find two pieces the same which of course greatly adds to its appeal. Expect to see interior designers being far more adventurous with marble than in the past incorporating greens, blues, yellows – anything a bit out of the ordinary.
8. Modern technology with classic style
As we look forward, design will also look back. The latest technology will merge with familiar designs to create something new. Take for example AXOR Citterio E (below) which perfectly embodies the beauty of proportions: combining round and square. It is classic and yet modern and balanced in every detail, while its haptic mixers and showers offer perfection.
9. Standalone tubs and sinks
With the increasing availability of various styles and designs, the standalone tub trend is set to soar. While the trend is most suited for a large bathroom remodel, certain structural changes can make it work in a relatively small bathroom as well. Along with the tub, a standalone sink rather than a vanity will gain traction for bathroom design concepts. The luxe aspect of both these standalone features is what draws people towards this trend and will continue to do so.
10. A passion for personalisation
As consumers become more design savvy, the demand for personalisation will only increase. In the bathroom coloured finishes give extra character and radiate exclusivity. Tapping into this trend, AXOR FinishPlus offers 15 different surface finishes in brushed or polished metallic shades to give a personal touch. Think stunning mixers in red gold or black chrome, or perhaps gold, brass, stainless steel, bronze or nickel.