2016 | Trends for the Loo

2016 is here!  Eeeekk!  So crazy!  Even though we're designers, we think we speak for most people when we say that, as soon as you take down those Christmas decorations, you're ready for some updates in your home.  The way I see it, you've run through each season with your current decorations, taken them all down to put up the fall and christmas decor and now that you've removed all of the christmas decor, it's like you either start recycling or refresh.  We're all for recycling but in this case, a refresh would be nice too. :)

If you're looking to update your bathroom in 2016, here are some trends to plan for.  Remember, it's always better to design for what's up and coming so you get more for your money!

Tile in bathrooms isn't a new thing, but it's being used a little more creatively in the 2016 bathroom.  Don't set the tile the way you've always seen it, try for something a little more creative.  You like clean, you say?  Well that's ok!  Still use a clean looking tile--white subway or a simple solid, just set it in an unexpected way!  Oversized and we mean OVERSIZED! tile is also in for bathrooms in 2016.  Going for larger in scale always makes a big impact.

We're going back to nature, folks!  The prediction for 2016 is that you'll see much more natural elements in bathroom design, from wood on the walls to more natural stone flooring...you may even find nature in other bathroom elements like stone tubs.  The zen feel is where it's at!  Does that mean 2016 is a year for relaxing?! ;)

Bathrooms that feel more like living rooms.  That's right.  We've been making this move in the kitchen for a couple of years and now it's happening in the bathroom.  Bringing in more furniture pieces to make the space feel more like a living area rather than a wet area is what's happening!  That means arm chairs, ottomans, rugs...all that layers to cozy it up!

Don't worry if you've been incorporating gold and copper in your spaces--it's still sticking around for the new year.  The only difference that you can expect is more of the matte look.  There won't be as much polished brass and chrome as there will be matte gold and brushed silver.

In the same way the furniture for bathrooms will tend more toward living furniture, the lighting will be less about function and brightness and more about mood.  Layer lighting between chandeliers and sconces...maybe even rope or recessed lighting.  All of these lighting layers make a space feel more relaxing, comfortable, and homey.

Finally, be on the lookout for two shower heads in master showers for 2016.  By shower heads, we don't mean two of your typical shower heads in one shower, we mean the mix of the rain shower and the hand-held.  This combo works well for functionality--you can have a relaxing drip while also being able to rinse the shampoo out of your hair, and also have the convenience of cleaning the shower. It's visually attractive too!

Overall, we're liking what's in store for bathrooms in 2016!  Sounds like there's going to be a lot of relaxed people out there!