Curious to find out what the bathroom trends of 2014 look like? Have a look at the list below to see what homeowners are installing in their homes this year: 1. Spa Like Escapes
Spas are great places to escape and recharge from the daily stresses in life, and it's a trend that's made its way to the private home market. Designers and architects are adding these places of escapism to homes, including steam shower rooms, saunas, whirlpool baths and hot tubs into the designs.
2. Living Walls
If done right it can look simply breathtaking. But the main concern for home owners is watering and maintaining them - unless they spend a bit more on an automated watering system.
3. Custom Built Open Walk in Showers
This is the ultimate luxury: an open, custom built walk in shower with a huge monsoon-like shower. It's a trend that has been around for a long time, and it'll continue to be popular in 2014.
4. Coastal Style
Water and the sea - it's trending this year. Include natural seaside accessories such as rocks, shells, and driftwood that will give the bathroom a natural beach feel.
5. Mosaic Patterns
Patterned tiles are popular this year, especially mosaic. If you do it right, it won't look tacky or outdated. As long as you've got an eye for it, you'll be able to make it work. Otherwise, seek the opinion of an interior decorator, or someone whose design choices you trust.
6. Natural Materials
Natural materials are timeless. Go for natural stone, slate, wood, or other earthy materials.
Copper has been making a comeback. In the bathroom, industrial copper-based designs are in.
8. Frameless Showers
Frameless showers are sleek and minimalist. It's been a trend for over 5 years now, and it'll continue to be a trend for years to come. The design trims the fat and uses only what's necessary.
9. Hotel Glam
Why not go big? Glamorous hotel-style bathrooms are becoming popular. Use large, back-lit cabinet mirrors to create the illusion of extra space.
10. Bold Floral Wall Statements
It's vibrant and energetic. The trend is also popular with bedrooms, but the design would be great in a guest bathroom, where everyone who enters will see it.
11. Simple Monochrome Themes
Simple monochrome is clean and clinical; definitely a 2014 winner. It's all about keeping it simple and uniformed.
12. Wet Room
This isn't anything new, but it's still popular.
13. Rich Toned Wood Flooring
A rich toned wooden flooring evokes an elegant yet cozy feel for any room.
Curves have made their way to the bathroom - walls, bathtubs, sinks, mirrors, cabinets and shower enclosures. Curvy works well with curvy, so creating a continuity within the bathroom keeps a sense of balance and gives the room a unique look.
15. Slabs of Marble & Onyx
The bigger the piece, the better. Having an entire wall or floor with these slabs will result in a luxurious setting.
Large natural slabs of marble & onyx; every slab unique, making no two bathrooms exactly the same. Venetian marble wall prints are popular elsewhere in the house, as are these colorful slabs in the bathroom. The bigger the better, single pieces preferred, an entire wall claimed by natural beauty, which has been concealed for millions of years.
It’s something one will have to see in person to truly experience its impact, but maybe you’ll stumble across one in 2014 as it’s a growing trend!
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