Go for gold!

Bathrooms take centre stage this season with pops of gold, silver and bronze instantly lifting the space from plain to striking. Following the incredible success of Team GB at the Rio Olympics & Paralympics this summer, it seems gold fever is spreading and there’s no signs of it stopping yet! Think gold bathtubs, bronze chandeliers, silver wallpaper and rose gold fittings.

Photograph by Paul Raeside

Featured on Housetohome.co.uk. Photograph by Paul Raeside.

How to use this trend

A statement brass bathtub, like the one above featured on Housetohome.co.uk and chosen by Livingetc magazine, makes a bold statement and transforms the room into an elegant, sophisticated, luxurious haven.

If you want to opt for something subtler, use gold taps, handles and shower heads for a touch of opulence.

Axor brand from hansgrohe

Add a touch of the midas with these by The Axor brand from Hansgrohe

Worried about the longevity of the trend? Opt for transient items, like accessories and light fittings, which can easily and inexpensively change as your style does. If you would like your mixer to have a particular finish or display your monogram, a crest or a logo on the mixer, then take a look at The Axor brand, which offers you diversity and the allure of personal bathroom lifestyles, available exclusively from Pittville Bathrooms & Kitchens.

The Bath/Living Room

We identified this trend earlier this year (see our Home Interior Design Trends to Watch Out for in 2016 post) but for autumn/winter 2016 it goes one step further. The bathroom is blending into the living spaces within the home, blurring the lines between an exclusively practical room, to one the whole family can enjoy. And why not! With so much time spent in the bathroom and a lot of money invested in improving it, it’s about time the bathroom took the spotlight! Think open plan en suite/bedrooms, family bathrooms that make the most of feature fireplaces with seating and soft furnishing, and materials like Corian, wood and wallpaper – often reserved for the living room and kitchen – making an appearance in the bathroom.

The bath/living room

Credit: Livingetc on Pinterest

How to use this trend

If you have a space-saving en suite, consider incorporating it into the bedroom by removing some internal walls completely, or replacing them with internal windows, sliding or screen doors and run the flooring from the bedroom into the en suite.

Bathroom design and installation by Pittville Kitchens & Bathrooms

Bathroom design and installation by Pittville Kitchens & Bathrooms

Use soft furnishings such as rugs, lamps, side tables, candles, seating and bookshelves to make the bathroom a useable living space. If your property includes a fireplace in the bathroom (as many period properties do) make the most of it by reinstating it. Not possible? No problem, place a mirror on the wall above and surround it with candles or soft LED lighting.

Have we inspired you to make changes to your home? Get in touch with our design experts to find out more about how we can help. Call us on 01242 251113, email us ([email protected]) or come in and see us at 12+35 Prestbury Road, Cheltenham.