The average person spends at least 92 days in the bathroom over their lifetime, so shouldn’t we make them as marvellous as possible?
The average person uses the bathroom around 5 to 7 times a day, adding up to an impressive 2500 times a year, and of course with more of us spending time working at home, that average must have increased. So we though we’d come up with a few tips and trends in bathroom improvements.
As we begin to shift focus more towards this area of our homes, it’s no surprise that many are looking to turn their bathrooms into sanctuaries of relaxation. 2020 and 2021 have been stressful years for us, so creating a space dedicated to calmness and tranquillity is an important factor for any updating their bathrooms. Another reason for creating an at-home sanctuary is the rise in people wanting to turn their homes into something that offers luxury as opposed to just functionality. Over the past few months, spending extra time indoors has allowed us to become more appreciative of our homes.
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When it comes to bathroom renovations, spa-like designs will be key, focusing on elements that offer relaxing properties to give us that tranquil feeling which many of us need after what’s been a hugely stressful period.
Steven Jaques, National Development Manager, InHouse for Pelipal (www.pelipal.com) says, “Creating a luxurious and spa-like bathroom is much easier than you might think. If you want to evoke the sense of relaxing at a beachside resort, combine volcanic blacks with natural wood, bright whites, and ocean blues. The key is to stick to natural colours, layer up textures, and be brave when it comes to application of blacks, greens and blues across a large surface area. Black is incredibly underused in the bathroom and yet it injects dramatic depth into any room and provides a stunning backdrop for subtle touches of colour.”
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As we spend more time focusing on self-care, interiors which aid our well being are becoming popular. Designs that help us relax, unwind and de-stress are key, with more of us focusing on looking after our mental well-being. From natural light to nature-inspired designs, updating your interiors can be a change that affects more than just the look of your home.
The rise in demand for sustainable design has soared in recent months and this is set to continue throughout 2021 and beyond. Many are now foregoing cheap options for longer-lasting, higher quality alternatives. Creating a more sustainable home will be a huge must-have and this includes our bathrooms.
Stone baths are a great choice for those searching for a highly durable design. Made without plastic or acrylic and offering a long-lasting result, stone resin baths offer a number of sustainability benefits.
Having spent more time enjoying the natural outdoors during 2020 and 2021, many of us have fallen in love with nature this year and this is something that will be seen in our decor choices. Bringing the outdoors in with plants, flowers and nature-inspired designs will be big as we aim to try and introduce our new-found love into our homes.
2020 was the year we took cleanliness and hygiene to new levels and it’s predicted that this will influence our interior choices going forward. Designs which take into consideration hygiene and cleanliness will be must-haves for the coming months. Many will be searching for products which are easier to clean or are less likely to harbour bacteria to help maintain a hygienic home.
Washing, showering and brushing teeth are all parts of your bathroom routine that can be wasteful of water. Swap out that old juggernaut of a basin for something neater and more compact, and you could save plenty of litres. Additionally, having a dual flush toilet can be a huge water-saver. Flushing your toilet makes up nearly a quarter of your daily household water usage, so it’s certainly an area you should address, especially if you’re in need of a new toilet.
Whichever bathroom you choose, the British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) will be at your service. It is a government sanctioned and not-for-profit registered organisation, dedicated to improving standards within the industry. They work with professional installers, retailers and manufacturers, whilst providing consumers access to free practical advice and an informed choice. They were launched in 2006 and gained Institute status from the Secretary of State the following year, representing the installation sector in the United Kingdom. Impressively, they represent the largest network of independently accredited kitchen, bedroom and bathroom installation specialists, the BiKBBI works with a number of strategic partners to deliver its three core pillars: Education, Standards & Support. www.bikbbi.org.uk
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