Bathroom Design Ideas

Expected to Be Big in 2015

Award-winning designers reveal the bathroom features they believe will emerge or stay strong in the year ahead


Feature floor tiles. Statement-making floor tiles proved popular in 2014, and this striking look doesn’t appear to be leaving in a hurry. They are stunning and provide a great design opportunity when working with challenging bathrooms that have no clear walls for a feature wall.
Natural beauty. Want a bathing area that’s welcoming and serene? Then drawing design inspiration from nature is a great way to warm a typically very hard room of the house and infuse the space with a calming vibe.

An easy way to incorporate this trend into a bathroom design is to introduce earthy materials like natural stone or wood-look tiles. The luxe bath seen here features marble floors and an onyx countertop, as well as a walnut-plank feature wall.




The master suite retreat. Is your master bathroom cramped, not particularly inviting and tucked away out of sight? People want bigger bathrooms that are connected to the bedroom or closet, or even more open to the bedroom. People want to see their beautiful basins, custom vanities and freestanding baths from the bedroom, say designers. They’re also using bigger sliding doors so people can open up or close off a space.


Clever water control. Say goodbye to basic shower and basin faucets, and hello to smart, user-friendly fixtures (such as thermostatic mixers; mixers that control multiple water sources, and touchscreen-operated showers) that give users more control over the flow, mix and temperature of water


Custom Vanities. People now want custom vanities — made for them and their needs, rather than mass producedThe glam space features a floating vanity custom made to suit the aesthetics of the sleek, contemporary design scheme, provide plenty of storage and enhance the illusion of spaciousness.

We’re also using a lot of drawers and smart technology, such as doors that lift up and move out of way, which make good use of storage.


Sustainable style. Barnes is also seeing more recycled, reclaimed and upcycled materials and products being used in the bathroom, a design idea that he predicts will become even more popular in 2015. Why? “It follows the general trend in building globally, and it looks really good when done properly,” the designer says, adding that the growing awareness surrounding sustainable living is another reason this trend will continue to rise.

Interested in incorporating this trend into your new bathroom? Consider using reclaimed wood in your design (for example, this eclectic-meets-rustic bathing zone features a reclaimed-wood feature wall); recycling materials from your existing bathroom that still hold up in terms of functionality and style; or upcycling an antique dresser or cabinet by transforming it into a vanity.


Bathrooms that reflect the rest of the home. A design trend that will be big over the coming year and beyond is a move toward bathing zones that are designed in a way that makes them look and feel like an extension of the living room, rather than a traditional bathroom.

The bathroom seems like it’s becoming more of a feature of the house., Integrating freestanding baths, unconventional fixtures and vanities that resemble furniture (such as a dresser, like the leggy, custom-designed vanity seen in this elegant bathroom) are just a few ways to work this trend into your bathroom design.


Engaging lighting. It's predicted that the use of smart, intuitive and engaging lights in the bathroom will become a key trend for 2015. It seems that bathrooms and kitchens are fixed and fitted — once you screw something to a wall or tile a floor, they’ll be there for a very long time.

What smart lighting solutions are recommended? People want bathrooms that engage them, so they may want an accent light, a feature light or a sensor light that lights up their vanity.

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