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Get Big Ideas for Small Bathrooms

Got a small bathroom but don’t want to compromise on style and functionality? When it comes to designing for bathroom sizes – sometimes as little as two to three square metres – creating a classy, on-trend yet functional bathing space can be a challenge!

Here’s a project that faced the same challenge, with a few great ideas that made a huge difference to the family living in this home, in terms of both style and experience.

One of the most common desires of those with a small bathing space is the need for a bath, especially for families with children.

A bath was a “must have” in this bathroom, which turned an everyday bathroom into a luxurious master bathroom exuding sybaritic indulgence. This deeply relaxing hydrotherapy spa bath ticked all the boxes, and when paired with a mixture of Crystal Glass Loft Black subway tiles and large format black Mek Dark tiles, creates an Insta-worthy bathing space!

When designing your compact bathroom, the more floor area that is visible the greater the perception of space.  A wall hung vanity and toilet are both excellent inclusions to achieve this effect.

Big ideas for small bathrooms

This bathroom features the innovative Terrace basin with matching wall mounted cabinet, incorporating spacious natural oak integrated storage drawers. Designed by the Jacob Delafon team in France, the Terrace includes the unique “Free Drain” system which is hands free drainage – no centre waste hole required, nor the need to put your hands into the water.

Terrace basins and furniture by KOHLER

The unique FreeDrain concealed waste keeps your basin minimalist and streamlined.

Paired with the contemporary Avid basin mixer – a Red Dot award-winning tap – and matching Avid bathroom accessories, this bathroom is elevated to rock-star status.

Big ideas for small bathrooms

When saving space is a priority, the toilet can be a key factor.  A wall-hung model, with cistern concealed in the wall cavity, will not only take less bathroom space but also creates more visual space by being elevated above the floor.  And for the seemingly impossible dream – having a bidet in a small bathroom – there IS a solution! The Veil Intelligent Wall Hung toilet is the perfect addition to the modern bathroom, featuring integrated bidet and comfort factors including heated seat, heated water wash with varying temperature levels, three wash functions, heated air-drying function, built in deodoriser and LED auto self-cleaning wand to name a few! What more could you want in a small bathroom!

Big ideas for small bathrooms

So while space is definitely limited in a compact bathroom, your options for creating a stylish, highly functional bathing space are vast!

Design trends for bathrooms and beyond in 2018

Bathroom design might not change as rapidly from season to season as Fashion does, but we certainly see major trends evolve every year. When it comes to designing a bathroom area, authenticity is key. Embrace a trend or style that you love today and will love long term. If you are updating an existing bathroom add fresh paint, paper or accessories from the current trends and express your own style.

So, what’s hot for Interiors in 2018

Warm, dusky and earthy colour palettes and a whole lot of individualism are strong themes for 2018. Craftsmanship, authenticity, organic textures and uniquely made items are the focus of the bathroom design of today. Moody blues, smoky elegant charcoal tones all set against authentic metals such as burnished brass. Rich greens are also trending in 2018 for finishes and lush tropical leafed plants are perfect for hanging or in textural pots.

Kohler bathrooms 2018

 

Design Trends 2018 - Kohler Australia

What’s hot for Bathrooms 2018

1. Colour

White ceramic fittings will always be popular but our quest for individuality is seeing the rise in the popularity of colour and texture especially for basins. Dark basins and toilets are a safer way to add drama to your bathroom. Bathroom colours are becoming richer and moodier with deeper charcoals, greens and blues appearing in walls of tiles, painted surfaces and accessories. Soft muted colours, such as millennium pink, and sage green are teamed with natural textural elements in bathroom design.
Must have: Kohler Black Chalice Basin

Design Trends 2018 - Kohler Australia

The Chalice Black Basin

2. Authentic Metallics

Gold is definitely experiencing a renaissance now, but not the showy orange type. Gentle champagne and rose shades and brass are the it metallics this season. Metallics are being used to create utilitarian glamour not over the top tackiness. Beautifully shaped and honed tapware, sleek accessories even gilded tiles can be used to add the modern metallic edge.
Must have: Kohler PURIST BASIN MIXER in Rose Gold

Design Trends 2018 - Kohler Australia

Purist Basin Set in stunning Rose Gold

3. Exotic Tropics

Lush energising green is this year’s essential element. Bold oversized tropical wallpapers (still trending), or painted walls in rich green tones are design elements to incorporate in to your bathroom in 2018. Lots of potted green plants with big textural leaves will create a bathroom that is fresh and current. Add some beautiful new towels in a rich emerald tone to your existing bathroom for a fresh yet opulent look.
Must have: A beautiful Monstera Deliciosa (Swiss Cheese) Plant

4. Warm Toned Wood

The over-loved pale Scandi look is evolving to darker more opulent timber tones for both accents and bathroom furniture. Organic or refined, classic or contemporary design, natural timber in a bathroom evokes a sense of warmth and design balance when matched against cool ceramic elements. We are seeing warm rich timber floors as an elegant and modern choice.
Must Have: Kohler TERRACE VANITY & BASIN

Design Trends 2018 - Kohler Australia

One of Kelly’s recent townhouse renovations, incorporating the Kohler Terrace basin + vanity, Composed Basin Mixer, Memphis bath spout.

5. Textural Statements

The artisan movement is a strong trend across interior design this year and the bathroom is no exception. Natural stone tiles, basins and baths, hand crafted basins in glass and metals, more and more people are looking for uniquely made items for their home. Wooden floors or ceramic timber look tiles are still a strong look but being laid in pronounced patterns such as chevron or herringbone. Combing textures is trending, the layering of tiles and wallpapers and crafted accessories is a simple way to add the modern wow factor to a bathroom.
Must have: Kohler DERRING SELF RIMMING BASIN

Design Trends 2018 - Kohler Australia

The stunning Derring Wading Pool Self Rimming basin.

6. Classical Contemporary

A strong trend in 2018 is looking back to traditional styling with the increasingly popular wainscot walls. The modern look is sharp edged panelling in a matt painted finish. It can be singular feature walls or the more traditional lower half, but make it squares. The factory style window is a strong look for showers especially in black and is suitable for tradition style or modern urban bathrooms. Traditional tapware is trending and to give it the modern edge use a brushed finish version in an industrial style fit-out.
Must have: New KOHLER Artifacts Basin Set – due for release in April 2018

Design Trends 2018 - Kohler Australia

The new Artifacts range by Kohler.

7. Black & White

This combination is always on trend, it is how you use it and style it that gives it a modern interpretation.
Use blocks of warmer tones of black and white in bold deliberate zones of colour. Stark clinical white is certainly not the look for 2018. The beautiful array of textural black & white tiles now available will make a bathroom look current especially teamed with natural materials such as timber and stone and accessories that include cane & raffia. Add pop with brass accents.

8. Stunning Lighting
Feature lighting is a very strong element in the 2018 bathroom. Lighting design has quite possibly become the most expressive form of design in recent years. Unique, eye catching individual pieces featuring metal, glass, stone or timber add design kudos to any bathroom. Wall sconces either side of a bathroom mirror have been a common element in northern American bathrooms for decades. They are now appearing in modernised forms and materials across the globe.
Must have: Tom Dixon STONE WALL LIGHT

9. The Smart Bathroom

Technology is more than just creeping into the modern bathroom. Take intelligent toilets for example, Intelligent toilets address the combination of technology,
culture, personal hygiene and bathing habits as well as contributing to environmental sustainability through a reduction in water consumption and toilet paper waste. Kohler’s new Kohler Konnect system – voice-enabled technology whereby, for the first time, consumers can customise their bathroom experience by simply saying the words! We can’t wait til that new technology reaches our shores! Must have: Kohler VEIL INTELLIGENT TOILET

Design Trends 2018 - Kohler Australia

The Veil Intelligent Toilet has an integrated bidet, is rimless, features heated seat, heated water and dryer and remote control!

 

2018 Bathroom Design Trends Series. Thanks to our guest blogger Kellie Gammie of Oval & Co Bathrooms

Titanium … the newest finish in the bathroom

Conveying strength and style with an attitude, the new KOHLER® Vibrant Titanium finish is a stunning addition to any modern
bathroom.

With deeper, richer tones than polished chrome it retains the shine and reflection of chrome while providing the perfect foil for other favourite finishes for the bathing space such as timber, stone and ceramics.

Composed tapware

A close up of the unique Composed Basin Mixer’s cylindrical barrel handle.

Typical of the look is the bathroom pictured, showing Kohler’s new- release Composed Titanium tapware teamed with pared-back stone benchtop, timeless penny round ceramic wall tiles and convincingly realistic timber ceramic tiles. The result is timeless, covetable style in the bathroom!

Composed Titanium tapware

This beachside home’s bathroom features the Composed tapware in new Titanium finish.

Composed is Kohler’s award-winning basin and showering tapware in the new Titanium PVD finish (International Red Dot Design Award). PVD technology – Physical Vapour Deposition – enables luxury metal finishes to be applied to solid brass tapware by vapourising the finish and then molecularly bonding it to the chrome surface. The result is a tarnish, scratch and corrosion resistant finish that exceeds industry standards and carries a 15-year warranty.

Composed Titanium Tapware

The Composed basin mixer range in Titanium PVD

Other fittings in the bathroom include the Kohler Parliament benchtop basin and the Rain Duet Shower column, with Katalyst technology that delivers a luxurious and drenching rainshower experience while using less than 9 litres of water a minute. Katalyst technology is a revolutionary air induction system that injects 2.2 litres of air into every 9.4 litres of water, creating larger, fuller water droplets, which retain heat for longer, creating a full, enveloping shower experience.

Parliament Basin

The Parliament countertop basin’s square lines pair perfectly with the Composed tapware design aesthetic.

 

RainDuet Shower Column

The multi-purpose RainDuet Shower Column with Square Overhead Shower brings the best of both worlds. The overhead RainCan showerhead features Katalyst air-infused showering technology.

 

A space-saving essential for compact spaces, is Kohler’s Panache wall-faced toilet suite. By concealing the cistern within the wall space the perception of spaciousness can be achieved.

Panache Wall Faced Toilet Suite

The Panache Wall Faced Toilet Suite is a space-saving winner in both form and function.

 

Panache Wall Faced Toilet

The Panache Wall Faced Toilet comes with bevel or oval chrome flushplate options.

To complete the look, and maintain the design aesthetic, Kohler’s Singulier bathroom accessories have been used throughout.

Singulier accessories

Singulier accessories used in this bathroom renovation. Click here to see the full range of Singulier accessories.

Other finishes featured in this shoot:

  • Stone benchtops – Silestone Ariel
  • Wall Tiles – Penny Rounds, Tile Mega Mart
  • Floor Tiles – Araucaria Clara, Tile Mega Mart

Scandinavian bathroom design featuring Kohler…

Inspired by the organic minimalism of Scandinavian design, this bathroom design featuring Kohler products showcases a modern aesthetic with an eye toward the natural world. Bathroom fixtures featured include the Kallos Spun Glass Basin – a beautifully crafted, multi-faceted under bench basin design and the Stillness hob mounted basin set. The unique texture of the Nature’s Chemistry Kallos spun glass basins is the perfect complement to the sleek, hard marble surface, while the Stillness’ high-arch spout and ergonomic lever handles adds to the understated design, creating a calm, minimalist style for modern bathrooms and spa environments.

Suite - Kallos basin_Stillness hob mount basin set

The Stillness Basin Set over the Kallos Spun Glass undermount basin.

With a slim profile and tubular design, this tapware design mirrors the round shape of the basin, while the reflective facets of cut glass make this undercounter basin shine like a jewel.

The bathroom design is carried into the master bedroom’s adjacent sitting area, bringing a cohesiveness to the entire master suite. The Kallos basin’s faceted glass reflects the room’s moody depth.

Suite - Kallos basin_Stillness hob mount basin set

View through to the bathroom from the living space continues the ‘Nordic Light’ scandi theme.

Simply designed organic accent pieces reinforce the room’s Scandinavian style such as the uniquely hung pendant lights which provide an interesting contrast to a sleek, simple mirror.

Suite - Kallos basin_Stillness hob mount basin set

Pendant lamps paired with the framed mirror sets the scene for activities at the vanity.

 

nordic-light_bench

True Scandi-style accessories set the perfect scene.

 

Custom photo-realistic wallpaper draws on nature-inspired elements of Scandinavian design and brings the outdoors in.

Bathroom suite - Nordic Light design

The incredible, almost life-like, wallpaper draws the outside in.

A toilet such as this Grande Rimless Back To Wall Toilet Suite with clean, organic design lines that is super easy to keep clean, pairs easily with the tapware, basin and simple Shaker-style vanity

 

Suite design - Nordic Light

The organic rimless Grande Back To Wall Toilet Suite with straight lines is the finishing touch in this sleek, streamlined bathroom.

Global bathroom design trends with guest Darren Genner

Global bathroom design trends with guest Darren Genner

Check out the latest from our Global Bathroom Design Trends series, this time an exclusive interview with Darren Genner – design director and founder of Minosa Design based in Sydney.

For more videos in the series, as well as a video on the Kohler Design Forum, please see below:

Deborah Bibby – Real Living magazine

Kelly Gammie – Eucalyptus Design

Kohler Design Forum – Singapore