As promised last week, we’re going to take a look at some of the bathroom trends that emerged from Salone this year. There was a vast hanger full of bathrooms and exhibitors and I only scratched the surface of it but there were definitely a few ideas that seemed to pop up again and again so I thought I would share them with you here.
Don’t forget they are, at this stage largely ideas. It took a long time for kitchens to move out of their all white comfort zone and just because there was lots of colour in Milan doesn’t mean that we all have to rush out and buy an avocado bathroom suite. But yes I did see one and no I didn’t hate it. So that is the first thing to note:
There was lots of colour and not just on the walls but on the furniture as well. India Mahdavi showed her wonderful plouf, splash range for Bisazza Bagno and I have to say I loved it. There was a strawberry bath, a blueberry one or the aforementioned pale pistachio and it was all gorgeous. To pull this off you would need to have very modern tiles and a sleek floor – no carpets and frilly bathmats this time round. I could be tempted. Bisazzo showed the range against a new pinstripe tile collection which worked in contrast with the soft curves of the bath and mirror.
If that’s a little too much then there were lots of teal walls and even dark grey and black – which does show off a bath well. It also means you need to pay attention to the lighting which is a whole different issue.
But in contrast to that – because when there is this much stuff you can always find what you want to find – there were also, like the soft furnishings from last week, plenty of warm neutrals offset with black accents because:
BLACK IS THE NEW BRASS
There were a lot of black taps around. Having said that there was still a lot of brass, as well as bronze and polished nickel, so don’t panic if you’ve recently gone over to brass. It’s a classic and it won’t go out of fashion it’s just that there’s a lot of it about at the moment. Mind you it’s still expensive and, while it’s getting easier to find a brass loo flush and basin bottle trap, you can still struggle to find a basin with a brass waste as opposed to a chrome one. And if you can find one then it won’t be the cheapest option. This makes black an easier choice because a black tap will always go with with chrome plug hole so it’s easier to source and fine to mix and match. Which makes a bathroom update a little simpler as you don’t have to rip out every single thing and start again.
Mind you it wasn’t just the taps that were black. There were lots of black accents – stands for basins, towel rails, mirror frames. In short, as I have always said, every room needs a drop of black to finish it off and if you can work some into the bathroom all the better.
As I said above, in a space as large as the Fiera you can always find a little bit of everything, but it’s true that there was either eye-popping colour or lots of warm neutrals – rather like the colours in the furniture halls as mentioned last week. What there wasn’t was a sea of white which you might expect at a bathroom show.
Yes it’s all gone curvy. Lots of free-standing baths and oval basins. Round mirrors were everywhere along with curving taps and a general sense of softness and luxury which was also apparent everywhere you looked.
This stand combined everything: strongly coloured walls, a curved basin, a round mirror, a touch of black on the lights and the last one – a wooden vanity unit because:
This was more about the styling than the baths themselves but it was all part of the luxury feeling. This year was about a room to relax and one in which you could also wash rather than a high tech sleek space. There were wooden shelves with leather fixings. brass lights and natural timber. Shelves were styled with vases and ornamental pots adding to the sense of comfort and relaxation.
So those are the main trends that I spotted at Milan last week. I imagine you will be on board with most of them apart from, perhaps, the coloured baths. Perhaps we should resume this particular conversation in a year.