In our post on Bathroom Trends 2015 we touched on Smart Toilet technology. Today we are sharing other major advancements that are changing the future of toilets, as we know them.
Three years ago I visited Japan and experienced first hand the smart toilet concept. The models found throughout Japan at this stage lacked design appeal and this alone would inhibit their spread throughout the Australian market. Now companies like Roca are producing toilets that have an appealing aesthetic that breaks down this barrier and brings Smart toilet technology to Australia. Comfortable and easy to use, their integrated toiliets offer a unique wellbeing experience with remote control functions, including washing and drying capabilities and a night-light. Bluetooth integration allows you to control toilet features and even play music.
An all-in-one solution
In wall cisterns are becoming increasingly popular in Australian bathrooms. As we move towards bathrooms getting smaller it’s great to see Roca introduce a toilet that integrates the cistern and button seamlessly into the pan itself, eliminating the need to install the cistern and button into the wall. The Meridian In-Tank from Roca uses Soft Air Technology to push water from the in-built cistern into the pan for an effective flush. This innovation in toilet design opens up all sorts of possibilities for improving bathroom design and functionality.
Rimless technology is an innovative toilet pan design with a continuous surface free of edged angles, grooves or gaps that allows for better cleaning and higher hygiene standards. Water enters the pan from a single point flowing smoothly from the upper perimeter in a circular motion toward the lower outlet. A toilet that is easier to clean is a huge plus to us.
These three advances in toilet technology are entering the Australian market and while pricey at the moment, will no doubt gain traction and their prices become more competitive.
If you’re considering renovating your bathroom or a planning a new bathroom, these innovative technologies are definitely worth a look.
Images via Reece and Roca
This week we were invited to Reece to preview some of the exciting new bathroom trends they’ll be introducing following their visit to ISH 2015 bathroom fair. With bathroom design now rating high in importance in Australian homes, the range of products being sought is growing rapidly as we strive to personalise our bathrooms.
Our Top 7 bathroom trends are...
Trend #1 - Fine lines
Fine lines is prevalent in tapware, basins, joinery and storage and this is a trend that’s growing in strength. Possibly our favourite is Laufen’s SaphirKeramik with its super slim edges and elegant design. Their newest designs incorporate integrated shelving into the basin to enhance its aesthetic and practical appeal.
Trend #2 - Muted tones
We love the muted colour palette being introduced in bathrooms as a swing away from the bold splashes of colour of recent years. Australian bathrooms are increasingly featuring natural and muted tones in tiles and timber so it will be interesting to see if our nation embraces the muted palette for basins and shower trays.
Trend #3 - Metallics
Urban-luxe is a trend growing in popularity across interiors and fashion with copper enjoying its time in the spotlight. A new spectrum of metallics was previewed ranging from golds, brass, nickel and chrome and incorporating finishes including brushed, tumbled and polished. So whether you want to create an urban-luxe or high-glam bathroom there is a colour and finish to suit your style.
Trend #4 – Dial Taps
A strong trend is Europe is a shift away from the single mixer to two tap dials or controls. The Pol range from Sussex available from Reece is a perfect example displaying smooth curves and contemporary style. Incorporate this design with your favourite metallic colour for a completely individual look.
Trend #5 – Smart Toilets
A trend popular in the Japanese market for years, we’re finally starting to see this take off here. Smart, multi-functional, integrated toilets feature a bidet function and come with intelligent customisable features such as remote control washing and drying functions, a night light and a user detection sensor. This is real luxury!
Trend #6 – Comfort meets Technology
Smart bathrooms incorporate Bluetooth technology enabling you to talk on the phone while you shower. Fully customisable showers automatically adjust water temperature and pressure and even colour to suit individual programmes. Every member of the family can enjoy their perfect shower at the push of a button.
Trend #7 – Customisable Concepts
Personalise your space with mix and match vanities, basins, toilets, storage and shower trays to suit your unique needs. Some companies even feature products that can be tailored in size to suit designers’ needs for individuality. We should start see more size options to suit more applications here in the Australian market.
If you're redesigning your existing bathroom or designing a new bathroom consider incorporating these bathroom trends previewed at ISH 2015 bathroom fair to personalise your space.
Images via Reece, Pinterest, Stylepark
Today I’m sharing my shortlist of kitchen design ideas that are trending for 2015. So if you are building a new kitchen or renovating a kitchen, read on for my hottest kitchen design trends in 2015:
Naturals / Neutrals
Think timber, concrete, natural stone and neutral colours. Stark minimalist kitchen are being replaced with the warmth and texture of natural materials, a trend driven by people’s desire to create more comfortable and inviting homes.
Concrete flooring and bench tops are two big trends in kitchen design. The look of concrete bench tops can now easily be incorporated in your kitchen using engineered stone like the Caesarstone Sleek Concrete. The options for floor tiles that look like concrete are endless and if you are building a new home you may consider a polished concrete floor. If you’d like a hint of concrete I’d suggest some simple pendant lights that feature concrete.
Natural stone is still a strong look with marble being one of the most desirable bench tops. If budget allows then selecting the slab for your kitchen can be a rewarding experience. For durability and price look no further than the engineered stone bench tops available. The range of colours and styles of engineered marble is growing all the time. We’re also seeing a hint of precious stones coming through. Could this be a sign of things to come for kitchen trends for 2016?
Neutral colours are strong in contemporary kitchens as we see a trend towards the more muted tones that imply comfort and warmth. A mix of colours and finishes features strongly in modern kitchens to provide contrast and visual interest. Kitchens now combine the warmer shades of bone or griege or charcoal and contrast it with concrete, stone and / or timber.
Matt finishes are becoming more popular across flooring, cabinetry and bench tops. The Silestone 'suede finish' delivers a unique Matt finish for bench tops in a range of desirable colours.
There is shift towards adding open shelving as a feature and practical storage solution. Combining open shelves with cabinets allows some things to be hidden away while other items can be displayed for beauty or function. Open shelving is also being used as we see the use of overhead cabinets being minimised in kitchen design. Changes in window styles and range hood styles appears to be driving this trend as we focus on creating more openness in our kitchens.
Look no further than stand out pendant lights, feature tiles and luxe metallics to make a statement in your kitchen.
There are so many beautiful pendant lights available to dress up your kitchen. I’m a huge of fan of copper pendants and love the warmth it brings to a space. You could equally choose glass, timber, brass or a pendant with a solid matt surface.
2015 kitchens are bringing back the tiled splash back! There are so many amazing tiles available ranging from handcrafted, glass mosaics, patterned, plain, textured, marble, metallic and a huge selection of shapes and sizes. Tiles add another element to kitchen design and your options are unlimited.
Luxe metallics are a must for me. We’ve seen copper featured in interiors in recent years and now we’re also seeing brass, pewter, brushed nickel and gold being used in feature tap ware and handles. Metallics can provide a touch of glamour to most kitchen colour palettes.
While Contemporary style kitchens are still the most requested by my clients I’ve also seen an increase in the Modern Traditional style. This style sees elements from modern and traditional styles combined to deliver a warm, homely kitchen. Shaker doors feature strongly along with coloured cabinetry, marble bench tops, black tap ware and handles and glass pendants.
Whatever your kitchen style, the kitchen trends for 2015 can be interpreted to create your dream kitchen.
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Award-winning Interior Designer at Bella Vie Interiors.