Sep 4, 2008

Bathroom trends: What's making a splash?

Style at Home
Sep 4, 2008

Bathroom trends: What's making a splash?

"Bathrooms are all about escape. It's Mommy's quiet zone. So you'll see them with loungers, chairs and pillows."
--Shawn Gibson, designer, co-owner of Teatro Verde, Toronto

"Putting a beverage fridge in the ensuite furthers the spa experience at home. Also, flat-screen TVs are on the upswing for high-end bathroom renovations."
--Anita Griffin, brand manager, Delta and Brizo Faucets

"Vivid colours we'll see in bathrooms for fall include bright oranges and reds. For soothing colours, look to bordeaux and celadon."
--Natalie Jikerjian, trend expert and Homesense spokesperson

"It's all about glamour. I love the use of crystal in faucets, like Barbara Barry's egg-shape handles or Rubinet's crystal powder room faucet."
--Sarah Richardson, host and coproducer, HGTV's Design Inc.

"Light in any room is critical, and that's especially true in a bathroom. When we renovate, we often add or enlarge windows and doors, and build skylights and roof lanterns. That not only adds light but also creates focal features."
--Matthew Costin, president, Englelake Home and Design Centre, Oakville, Ont.

"We're designing a combination of his-and-hers bathrooms and powder rooms. Our female clients enjoy a room that's unabashedly feminine, while their mates appreciate an exclusively masculine one."
--Kimberley Seldon, Kimberley Seldon Design Group, STYLE AT HOME decorating editor

"What's gaining in popularity are decorative faucets in alternative finishes that have personality -- especially rustic, weathered finishes."
--Victor Garcia, director of marketing, Price Pfister

"There's a move to more natural elements like stone and bamboo, and the introduction of organically grown cottons in towels."
--Joe Mimran, designer

"Many suppliers have invested a lot of research dollars to understand wellness and how their products can truly deliver the spa experience. The introduction of chromatherapy, luminotherapy and aromatherapy into showers, steam units and tubs has been astounding."
--Amy Henderson, marketing manager, Taps Bath Centre

"Showers are stepping to the forefront, complete with body sprays and rain heads. A lot of clients ask us to remove the tub and make the shower large and spalike."
--Ryan Martin, designer and partner, Croma Design Studio, Toronto

"Nature is playing a big part in the decor of bathrooms. The influence of exotic locales is particularly noteworthy. I'm seeing the use of palms and grainy woods."
--Shawn Gibson, designer, co-owner of Teatro Verde

"From egg-shape bathtubs to round bathroom accessories, organic shapes are in this season -- so add a new round mirror over your sink."
--Natalie Jikerjian, trend expert and Homesense spokesperson

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Bathroom trends: What's making a splash?