Trends 2012: Bathrooms as Living Spaces

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Catherine Bowen
, Plascon Trends Editor

Beautiful Bathrooms

Bathroom Living Spaces, Image Source: shelterness.com

At the first Plascon Trend Talk, we were exceptionally lucky to have Lisa Millbacher (of Bespoke Bathrooms) come and present her trend insights for bathrooms for 2012. Over the next few weeks we will be showcasing one of these trends every week, here on our blog, to get your creative juices flowing. In her presentation, one of the ideas that most grabbed me was a new concept that sees bathrooms as living spaces. Or, put another way, bathrooms that are being integrated into living spaces.

Beautiful Bathrooms

Beautiful Bathrooms

Bathroom Living Spaces, Image Source: Lisa Millbacher presentation Trend Talk #1

Beautiful Bathrooms

Bathroom Living Spaces, Image Source: Lisa Millbacher presentation Trend Talk #1

Beautiful Bathrooms

Bathroom Living Spaces, Image Source: Lisa Millbacher presentation Trend Talk #1

Gone are the days where bathrooms were some pokey little room at the back of the house; over and above being spaces of calm and peace, where one gets to unwind the daily stresses and toils of our busy lives, they are also spaces were families LIVE.

Beautiful Bathrooms

Bathroom Living Spaces, Image Source: home-designing.com

Beautiful Bathrooms

Bathroom Living Spaces, Image Source: kitchenremodelingbathroomremodeling.com

I love the spaces above that integrate the bathroom seamlessly within the bedroom, giving an expansive feeling to the spaces.

Bathroom Living Spaces, Image Source: home-designing.com

Bathroom Living Spaces, Image Source: jlad.co.uk

Increasingly, we’re seeing seating being incorporated into bathrooms spaces – possibly as a result of designers realising that “bath-time” is an occasion for families to connect with one another. It’s a time for parents to engage with their children, and the hours of their lives often missed whilst at school or work means that sometimes they want to linger longer in this space. Even for those without families, bathrooms represent a cocoon of comfort and sanctuary.

Bathroom Living Spaces, Image Source: bestinteriorhome.com

Who doesn’t love lounging in a bubble bath and catching up on some reading? And how much handier would it be if you had a selection of books in a mini-bathroom library on hand?

Bathroom Living Spaces, Image Source: home-designing.com

Bathroom Living Spaces, Image Source: shelterness.com

Bathroom Living Spaces, Image Source: digsdigs.com

And, of course, living spaces require living things in them – greenery (i.e. plants) in bathrooms. It’s not an entirely novel idea, but it is one that is gaining in popularity. Perhaps it is because of colour theory (green is associated with “renewal, harmony, and is said to alleviate anxiety”) that we choose to bring it into these cocooning spaces… Whatever the reason the plants in the bathrooms above, transform the spaces.

So, are you considering remodeling your bathroom at the moment? Has this given you some food for thought on how you might bring some of these ideas into your designs? Let us know your thoughts!

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