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10 of the hottest bathroom trends for 2016

While the bathroom may be the smallest room in the house, creating the perfect bathroom for your needs will not only give you a haven to escape from the hustle and bustle of life, but it will add value to your home. If you’re planning to update or remodel your bathroom, or you’re planning a new bathroom from scratch, take a look at 10 of the hottest bathroom trends for 2016.

  1. Trough Sinks

Although the name may sound like something you’d find in a barn, trough sinks are an elegant addition for any modern bathroom. Often referred to a ‘double sink’, these are extra long sinks that can be used for bathing and hand washing extra large items.

  1. Freestanding bathtubs

Built-in baths are losing their popularity, with some people choosing not to fit baths at all. However, if you can’t imagine life without a bath, stay on trend by fitting a freestanding bath. Freestanding tubs offer more flexibility for placement, plus they come in a range of styles from modern to traditional.

  1. Square shaped showerheads and fixtures

Angular shapes are currently featuring heavily in the world of design. From square showerheads to square fixtures such as soap dishes, their clean lines work well in contemporary bathrooms.

  1. Walk in Showers

Many of the latest showers eliminate trip hazards by offering walk in designs which are flush to the floor. Some showers have removed the traditional cubicle completely, either having the shower fitted in a totally waterproof area with just a glass screen to contain the water, or by going the whole hog and installing a wetroom. One thing to remember if you do decide to fit a walk in shower or wet room is to ensure that it’s fitted by professionals.

  1. Shower Seats

While most of us equate taking a shower with standing up, the trend for 2016 is to install a shower seat. No longer are shower seats merely for those who are not so steady on our feet, or the older generation, but they’re becoming the must have item for the stylish bathroom.

  1. Open shelving

Open shelving and open-shelved vanity units are an increasingly popular way to display bath towels, bath products and well just about anything. However, remember that this may not be a viable option for you if you’re not particularly tidy or you hate dusting, and we do recommend that you do keep some cupboards with doors for those items which you’d rather not have on display.

  1. Water saving taps and showerheads

As our awareness of ecological issues grows, it becomes more important than ever to find ways to save our valuable resources, particularly in light of rising water costs. Fitting aerators to your taps and showerheads will enable you to reduce your water consumption without losing power. You may also want to think about fitting water saving devices on your toilets, so that you use less water when you flush.

  1. Underfloor heating

We all know the feeling of stepping onto cold, tiled floors. This can be avoided by fitting underfloor heating. It’s also helpful for helping to reduce the moisture and humidity in the bathroom.

  1. Anti-fog bathroom mirrors

And speaking of moisture, there’s nothing worse than having your mirror steam up. Anti-fog bathroom mirrors ensure that you’ll be able to see what you’re doing without having to wipe off condensation.

  1. Some color considerations

The top color trends for 2016 bathrooms are white, both for fixtures, tiles and accessories; grey for tiles and accessories, and a combination of black and white. If you do feel the need for some color, purple, mauve, lilac and lavender are proving to be very popular choices as accent colors.