Bathroom Trends 2015: The Top 10 Latest Bathroom Decorating Ideas

This week, I’m excited to share this wonderfully informative post from , writing on behalf of Hudson Reed, a global supplier of designer radiators, hydronic towel warmers, showers, shower panels and faucets.  We’ve been talking trends for the past few weeks, so it’s a great time to take a look at current fashions for bathrooms.  Enjoy!

Bathroom Trends 2015: The Top 10 Latest Bathroom Decorating Ideas

New year, new start, new bathroom. A great idea in theory, but not necessarily easy to implement in practice – especially when it comes to finding that all-important inspiration in terms of stylish bathroom decorating ideas. That’s why we’ve scoured the latest bathroom trends for 2015 to create the following list so that your bathroom renovation next year will be much more manageable.

Overall, the key elements to consider in keeping with bathroom trends 2015 are a greater focus on the environment with ‘greener’ bathrooms, the creation, or at least the impression of, a larger bathroom space, and a minimalist look and décor which will never go out of style.

Our Favorite Bathroom Trends 2015

Without further ado, here’s our tips for the best of all of the bathroom trends predicted to make waves in the new year.

1. Walk In Showers – Bigger is Better

Walk In Showers

Increasingly popular for contemporary bathrooms, designers are embracing the trend of walk in showers by moving towards larger showering spaces devised with a view to maximizing the overall tranquility and rejuvenation factors of the bathroom décor. Primarily abandoning bathtubs due to environmental concerns and not necessarily to economize space, this bathroom trend is now evolving into a grandiose look which can really redefine the ambiance of your space.

Walk In Shower Designs

Although this trend lends itself extremely well to larger bathrooms, it can also conversely create the impression of space in smaller rooms, thanks to its open plan design and use of panes of glass or wall partitions that expand the space available as opposed to constrictive shower enclosures. Not only is this bathroom trend highly beneficial for the environment but it is also advantageous for those with limited mobility, an asset which can be enhanced by the addition of a handy yet fashionable shower seat. Why not add a personal touch to this bathroom idea with a designer shower drain, ideal for enriching a luxury wet room décor?

2. Freestanding Tubs – A Spa-Inspired Trend

Freestanding Tubs - Bathroom Trends 2015

The trend of utilizing a stunning freestanding tub as a focal point in your bathroom refuses to go away, which is perfect if you’re looking to recreate the indulgent feeling of a spa or a hotel in your own home. The ideal opportunity for ultimate relaxation as well as a major overhaul of your bathroom, a new freestanding tub will also complement a walk-in shower perfectly for that definitive spa feel.

3. Hand Showers – Stylish and Practical

Hand Showers - Stylish & Practical

Whilst rain shower heads continue to dominate bathroom trends, hand showers are becoming more and more popular particularly in conjunction with the rise in popularity of walk in showers. Functional and available in a wide variety of styles, hand held showers are the ideal accompaniment to wet room shower spaces.

4. High-Tech Faucets – Efficient and Innovative Taps

High-Tech Faucets

User-friendly fixtures are working their way towards becoming more commonplace in the home. Sensor-activated faucets and thermostatic mixers facilitate an efficient water control, which once again helps the environment all whilst enabling major savings on your energy bills.

Shower mixer faucets also provide a great way to control multiple functions, such as a highly practical shower-bath combination.

5. Smart Toilets – Economical and Contemporary

Smart Toilets

Environmentally-friendly bathrooms are a prominent feature amongst the bathroom trends 2015, and smart toilets are no exception. Low-flow and dual-flush toilets are key for optimizing the functionality of your new bathroom as well as for saving money and energy.

6. Vanity Units – The Smart Storage Solution

Vanity Units

A bathroom decorating idea which is always in fashion, the vanity unit remains very much in demand, with focus shifting towards unique, custom made vanities. Traditional styles incorporating feet and pedestals are very much in vogue, whereas minimalist contemporary wall mounted designs with integrated sinks persist as a fashionable choice for a modern modernist feel. His and hers vanity units with built in basins are also a crucial feature of this important bathroom trend.

7. LED Lighting – Dynamic and Sustainable

LED Lighting

The environment truly is a major concern for bathroom renovations next year, with LED lighting representing another key bathroom trend for 2015. Not only do LED lights constitute a more sustainable lighting option, but they can also bring a touch of color or a hint of contemporary style to your bathroom décor. A LED shower head is an easy way to incorporate this trend in your shower space.

8. Color Trends 2015 – Neutrals and Natural Tones

Color Trends 2015

Earthy colors are proving to be popular for bathroom makeovers, as Pantone’s Color of the Year Marsala has indicated. Neutrals and natural tones that evoke a relaxing ambiance and draw inspiration from nature are superb shades to include in your bathroom design. Opt for warm grays, chrome and copper finishes and a combination of light and warm colors to enhance a feeling space whilst creating a supreme sense of warmth.

9. Radiant Heated Floors – A Superb Spa-Like Comfort

Hydronic towel warmer in anthracite

Heighten the warm and comfortable feeling of your bathroom thanks to a heated floor solution. Practical and luxurious, Warm Your Floor offers a wide range of floor heating systems allowing you to fulfil this key bathroom trend. Don’t forget also to consider towel warmers for the ultimate heating luxury.

10. Designer Finishing Touches – Fireplaces, Televisions and Stereos

10.Designer Finishing Touches – Fireplaces, Televisions and Stereos

The bathroom is increasingly becoming a living space, designed with relaxation and comfort in mind. To that end, elements such as fireplaces, televisions and stereos are making their way into the bathroom space in order to boost the room’s designer potential as well as its functionality. Bear in mind that in following this particular trend you may never wish to leave your new bathroom!

What are your thoughts on the bathroom trends 2015? Which bathroom decorating ideas would you like to use in your space next year?

Don’t forget to check out our video of the best bathroom trends for 2015!

Thanks, Claire!!

If you’re planning to update your bathroom or need advice on your interior design, contact me!
Melanie Langford
CT Interior Designer, All About Interiors
January 26, 2015 - 8:15 am

Claire Ruth - Thank you so much Melanie for sharing my blog!

5 Interior Design Trends for 2015

I’m excited to welcome April Hill of DIYApril to the blog this week to talk about her 5 favorite interior design trends for 2015. 

I have a feeling that 2015 may end up the most exciting year ever for interior décor and design lovers.  The best part… the trends predicted this year are simple, and you don’t have to completely start over and drain your savings.  I sifted through all of the predictions to come up with my five favorites.

5). Wallpaper
One of the biggest comebacks predicted for 2015 is wallpaper… not the kind you remember from your childhood.

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Photo courtesy: www.HerAfter.com

“From digital prints to textured wall coverings,” said Zillow Digs designer Jamie Beckwith of Beckwith Interiors. “This trend is primed and ready to take off in 2015.”
The possibilities are endless with more patterns, colors and textures available than ever before.
Don’t want to commit? There’s an option for you too. Removable wallpaper now comes in a wide variety of patterns due to increased demand.

4). Mixed Metals
Remember the days when mixing gold and silver was a huge faux pas for everything from jewelry to decorative fixtures? It’s time to break the rules and you don’t have to feel like the only one wearing white to the wedding.

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Photo courtesy: Amoroso Design

Interior decorators are using mixed metals to avoid a staged look. Mixing it up can give your home a more edgy vibe.  The trick is to keep the accents minimal. Don’t overdo it.

3). Greek Blue
“Pops of indigo blue or deep navy will become a staple in home design this year, as their deep natural hues become extra vibrant against warm earth tones like Marsala,” said Kelly.
I love this vibrant color on anything. Use it to cover an entire wall or just a throw pillow. Either way you can’t go wrong.

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Photo courtesy: 76 Main Interiors

2). Mid-Century Modern
Well, I have to admit I was thrilled to see this style on the main-stream websites. I’ve loved 1950s décor ever since I can remember.

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“Home design will embark on a dramatic shift in 2015,” said Zillow Digs design expert Kerrie Kelly. “Expect to see a more sophisticated look in 2015 that incorporates gold hardware, natural textures, and a subtle mid-century modern undertone.”  Design experts say be very careful here. Add elements to your home but don’t let it take over. A little goes a long way.
1). Mix and Match
Mix and match is another design that I love for 2015, mainly because it allows you to incorporate current décor with new finds. You don’t have to completely reinvent the wheel when adding this step.
Think of mix and match as your little friend. Go ahead and let your cowgirl come out AND still keep your refined elegant side.

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Don’t be scared. And if you get stumped, hire a professional. A few hundred bucks can get you a map for your belongings.
Don’t worry. You’re still creative and fabulous if you hire a pro. Think of it this way…. do you hire a professional when you want a family portrait?

Many thanks to April for sharing her insights on current and coming trends!  For help bringing your home into 2015 (and beyond), contact Melanie Langford, CT Interior Designer, All About Interiors

January 19, 2015 - 12:36 pm

April - Melanie,

Thank you for the opportunity. It was fun!

January 20, 2015 - 9:00 am

Melanie Langford - So glad we could collaborate, April! Thanks again and hope to see you guest post soon.

Designer Insights: Interview with Terry’s Blinds

I recently had the pleasure of doing an interview with Tudor Davies of Terry’s Blinds, based in the UK, for their Designer Insights series.   Each designer has a different viewpoint and style, so when you’re choosing a designer, it’s important to know something about them and their artistic vision.  For those of you who may be new to the blog or to All About Interiors, here’s a little introduction.  And for my regular readers,  a little something for the new year:  My Top 5 Choices This Season (see images and links below).

Courtesy of: Terrys Blinds
Top 5 Choices This Season:
1.  Neutral Paint Colors — Benjamin Moore Best Selling Grays
5.  Custom Pillows and Bedding — see above and more by All About Interiors

5 Interior Design New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time again — out with the old and in with the new, time to set some priorities that will just go down the tubes in a few weeks.  Just kidding!  Not all New Year’s resolutions end up that way.  It’s all about setting smart, achievable goals.  This week, we’re talking interior design New Year’s Resolutions! 

We all know those resolutions that people make at the start of a year — maybe you’ve made a few yourself in years past.  Just as the need to make improvements in our personal lives is important, it’s important and even necessary to make improvements to our homes and living spaces as well.  Let’s face it, we’ve all had things that needed fixing or lived with someone else’s design disaster until we had the time or budget to fix it, or maybe it’s just a matter of changing your space to reflect a change in your personal life.  Whatever your situation, making goals for home improvement is a great way to focus your efforts and make sure that things get done.  I’ve taken a few typical resolutions and given them a makeover, design-style!

1.  Lose Weight (It’s time to clean house!)

How do we help our homes lose weight?  By throwing out the extra stuff that accumulates and clutters up our lives and our spaces.  Go from room to room and evaluate what’s there.  Do you love it?  Do you use it regularly?  Does it make you feel good about yourself and your home?  If the answers are no, then gather them up and donate them to charity.  That can help you save money too, so make sure to take the deduction on your taxes for those items you donate.  As you go through your home, look for ways to clear your counters and tame all the small items that are necessary but not very attractive.  Baskets and trays are your friends!

2.  Get in Shape (Hire a Pro)

Sometimes accomplishing our goals requires a little help from outside.  If your goals for your home go beyond a little sprucing here and there, call in a designer to help you accomplish your goal.  Kitchen and bath renovations can add a lot of value to your home, and no one wants the headache of trying to struggle through decisions of what to do and then find out later that they got it wrong.  A designer can educate you on all the options available to you and what will work best for your situation, thus saving you a lot of time and effort.

Deluzio Kitchen cabinets

 

3.  Manage Stress and Enjoy Life More

Most of us put in plenty of hours working and probably wish we had more time to enjoy life.  When you come home from work, is your home a sanctuary where you can truly relax?  Do you feel comfortable having friends and family over?  If you answer either of these questions with a “no,” then it’s time to evaluate your space.  Perhaps a big remodel isn’t in your budget this year, but small steps can have a big impact.  Try rearranging or changing out some furniture to create conversational areas rather than just having everything facing the TV.  Refresh a room by giving it a fresh coat of paint in a more contemporary color or by adding plants or fresh flower arrangements.  Update window treatments, rugs, or throw pillows to breathe new life into your space without breaking the bank.

Ainsworth Master bath window treatment after

4.  Save More Money/Get Out of Debt

Let’s face it – most of us would love to have more money!  And somehow it seems that the electric company keeps getting to raise its prices, but the money on the paycheck never goes up as much.  Thankfully, there are little things you can do to cut your energy usage in your home and keep a little more of the money you bring in.  And if you use a few of these tips for cutting your energy usage, you can also feel good about doing something that helps the environment.

  • Turn off lights you aren’t using.  Consider changing to CFLs or LEDs.  LEDs, while more expensive upfront, behave more like incandescent bulbs (without the warm-up time of a CFL), and will lost a long time.
  • Unplug electrical devices that don’t get used regularly.  Did you know that devices that are plugged in but turned off are still drawing power?  Set your computer to go to sleep after set periods of time.
  • Turn back the A/C or heat when you leave the house or over night.  There are great “smart” thermostats available that will keep your house comfortable while maintaining a schedule of temperatures that minimize your energy usage.
  • Run the dishwasher, washing machine or dryer when full.
  • For the outside, give composting a try (minimize your trash and benefit your yard at the same time!), or add a rain barrel for lawn watering.

5.  Spend More Time with Friends and Family

If nothing else, remember to invest time in the people that are important to you.  A home isn’t just place to keep us out of the rain; it should provide a safe space to share our lives with others and enrich ours in return!  But if you’d like to spruce yours up before your next big family gathering, I’d love to help you do it!

Thanks to all of you for enriching my life, and I look forward to sharing a great design year with you!

Melanie Langford, CT Interior Designer with All About Interiors

Interior Design 101 and Trends of 2014

At the end of the year, we all have a tendency to look back  on the events in our lives and forward to our hopes for the coming year.  With interior design, we can do the same:  critically evaluate what works or doesn’t in our homes and come up with satisfying solutions. 

Over the next two weeks, we’ll do just that — look back over 2014 and  ahead to 2015 to talk about design goals and resolutions you can set for yourself and your home to make your New Year more comfortable and livable.  Very often, people want to improve this or that in their home but just don’t know how to go about doing it.  Of course, I am here to help with that!!  But if you like to DIY, or just feel like a small change or simply want to know a little more about what makes good interior design work, then I’m here to help with that too!  I am honored to have one of my previous blog posts included in this infographic created by Old Plank Road, an Antique furniture store based in Chicago, and it’s such a great survey of Interior Design fundamentals, that I’d like to share it with you.

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Whatever your plans for the New Year include, I wish you a blessed and beautiful time, full of good things!  And if you find yourself contemplating any remodeling or updating to your home, I would love to help you create a fresh, new look!

Creatively Yours,

Melanie, All About Interiors