Rather than provide a list of the top 10 gift items – we are taking a moment to look at some bathroom design trends for 2016. It’s never too early to start thinking about updating or renovating (if that’s your plan), and while we don’t believe in being ‘trendy’, we are privy to seeing what styles and finishes are popular and worth exploring. Take a peek and see if any of these resonate with you.
While polished nickel and chrome remain the top choices for fixture finishes, this last year has seen a move towards earthier finishes; warmer colors like unfinished brass or satin gold. There is something comforting in these earthy tones. Kallista has a beautiful bronze finish – shown here on their Vir Stil widespread faucet:
Bronze is a great finish for sinks as well, as seen here with Kohler’s stunning Lilies Lore cast bronze undermount bathroom-sink. Lilies Lore is derived from the rich and highly stylized plant motifs of Art Nouveau. Breathing new life into an old-world material, this cast-bronze sink takes on a modern shape through an organic and intricate floral pattern.
However, mixing materials is definitely worth talking about and if bronze is not the finish for you — Kohler also has amazing sinks made from glass! In fact, if you are keeping abreast of trends in the world of color, Pantone has declared that Serenity (blue) is one of the two colors they’ve chosen. This opaque sink seems to take on a bit of that hue – doesn’t it?
We love that dewy color! The other Pantone color is Rose Quartz, which, as the name implies leans towards pink. We don’t have any pink bath products to show you but you could use the color on the walls to soften your bath decor.
Not crazy about undermount sinks? Kohler’s got you covered! Check out their Pallene Vessel sinks. Stunning!
Of course once you’ve chosen faucets and sinks, you can’t get much farther without cabinetry. Sustainable design is still very much on everyone’s minds and Ronbow is a manufacturer who has a green collection made using a material called Strawboard. No…it’s not “just” straw: Strawboard has emerged over the past few years as a great alternative to wood materials, the basis and structure of most bath cabinetry. It is made of pressure and heat compressed wheat or rice straw that contains a natural resin, which helps to bind the fibers together to form a superior internal bond. Here is what we know and love about it:
It has great strength: screws won’t split strawboard, and it holds crisp dove tails and other joints well
It’s a sweet size, and the open shelving is something that handy and gives the whole piece its charm. If you are not a fan of open shelving, we’d like you to look at Ronbow’s Laurel collection. Their catalog says it’s the perfect marriage between style and luxury and we’d have to agree. But the finish brings it down to earth and would also work with darker, earthier faucets as well as satin chrome or sating nickel. This could be our new favorite!
Another way to mix things up going into 2016 is to change your cabinet hardware. This easy change gives you a LOT of bang for the buck. One manufacturer whose hardware (door and cabinet) that we have seen and love comes from Santa Fe – Hardware Renaissance. Hand-forged iron and sand cast bronze, these pieces are ALL hand-finished! We think that gives them a look and feel that is quite unique; earthy, sensuous and ‘living,’ and think about how great they’d look on those Ronbow vanities!
Check these out:
Old Pawn Silver…okay this is our favorite — or is it?!
Really what we are saying is this: trends are interesting, but they should never define you. Choose well-made products from brands (and showrooms) you trust and you can never go wrong.