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2012 bathroom design trends

If updating your bathroom is on your to-do list for 2012, then read these bathroom design trends before you get started.

Is "bathroom makeover" one of your 2012 resolutions? Ours too! That's why we asked some of Canada's leading design experts for their take on the coming year's most compelling bath trends. Whether you’re planning a full bathroom renovation or just a few stylish updates, here's what the best-dressed baths will be wearing next year. (And beyond: because come on, we’re talking about baths, not one-season clothing trends!)

TREND: The natural bath

DESIGNER INTERPRETATION: "Although kitchens are going brighter, baths are going the opposite direction, with a lot of natural elements," says Debbie Travis, the Montreal-based design expert known for her books and TV series including Debbie Travis' From the Ground Up and Debbie Travis' Facelift.

"Unless it's a children's bath, you don't want to be confronted with bright colours. The soothing, natural, bath trend is coming through the wood-grain ceramic or porcelain tile. Glass tile is also still in fashion, but recycled glass tile is even hotter. There's a growing trend towards recycled materials, which is fantastic," says Debbie.

People also want the warmth of metal fixtures in finishes like Champagne bronze or oil-rubbed bronze, says Debbie.

"Natural hues like pale greens, ivories, and anything warm and neutral are big, and so is texture," she says. "Concrete accessories like toothbrush holders and waste bins are popular, although for countertops, stone is better than concrete (I've seen too many disasters!). Weathered wood in grey tones, like driftwood, rather than pine, is also big, as are stone finishes, whether real or faux."

Walls tend to be minimalist like a neutral off-white, but colour can be introduced on the ceiling, says Debbie, where it can provide a subtle halo of pale aqua, pink or green.

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