En suite life: 2020's bathroom trends

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Tactile tiles, floating vanities and statement light fixtures are the features making this year’s bathrooms beautiful, writes Jillian Dinkel

With spring upon us, I’m looking forward to what’s new and exciting in bathroom design and diving deep into the emerging trends now starting to pop up across Australian homes. Ultimately my favourite "trends" are those which feel like a fresh yet still restrained take on classic designs for a timeless result that will endure beyond passing fads. The good news is that there is a lot to like right now in the design zeitgeist, and these are my personal favourite bathroom trends sure to be new classics.  

Tactile tiles 

Tiles with uneven surfaces are hot right now, from thoroughly contemporary three-dimensional styles to the irregularity of handmade Moroccan zelliges. They come in a variety of shapes, colours and finishes, and all beg to be touched. I recommend a handmade subway tile for a subtle take on this aesthetic, and a matt finish lends a further point of difference. 

Freestanding and floating vanities

Bathroom vanities are no longer constrained to boxy floor units.  Which is great news for smaller bathrooms as freestanding and floating vanities create an the illusion of spaciousness by allowing the eye to travel across the full expanse of the floor. Marble tops, custom timber finishes and thoughtful internal storage components mean vanities have never looked (or functioned) better. 

Focus on lighting

Lighting has had a huge year and I see this only continuing to gain strength in 2020. There’s a continued focus on choosing statement light fixtures as the focus of room designs and this is trickling down to bathroom spaces as well. There has never been more choice when it comes to beautiful and bespoke lighting options suitable for wet zones. Lighting should be thought of as art, a worthy investment piece that can travel with you to your next home should the need arise. 

Curve appeal 

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Curves are everywhere this year and no aspect of interior design — from furniture to joinery, lighting and even walls — is seemingly immune to the trend that has pulses racing . The easiest way to incorporate this trend into your new bathroom is via curved edges on rectangular mirrors. These practical yet beautiful pieces are instant classics.

Trends come and go much quicker than your bathroom will, so it’s important to see these shifts in style for what they are: fresh ideas, new ways of thinking and inventive uses of materials.  A designer can steer you towards the best of what’s new and create a space that successfully marries traditional and on-trend elements. That way your new bathroom is something of which you’re proud but can also enjoy for many years to come. 

Jillian Dinkel is the Terrace House Designer