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When addressing current bathroom trends, who better to talk to than an Interior Designer. But our guest blogger for this week is not just any Interior Designer; Dean Keyworth, is the Past President of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID), founder of Armstrong Keyworth and regular contributor to well known interior design magazines, newspapers and other publications. So we asked Dean, what are the trends that in his experience and opinion are emerging currently in the industry and particularly the rising consumer demands in bathroom interior design. Here is what he said:

Victorian-style pattern tiles and chunky shower frame

“For a long time, nearly all my clients wanted the Zen-like relaxation of a spa with all neutral colours, frameless showers and minimal sanitary ware and taps. I think in the last year or so however, people are thinking about being a bit more adventurous in their bathrooms especially with interesting tiles that have a wood- like feel or are patterned like Victorian encaustic.”

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Splashes of bright colour can stop bathrooms looking too bland

“There is certainly more colour around, both in kitchens and bathrooms and I think it is time for brassware in finishes other than chrome or nickel to make a reappearance.”

Original Art Deco basins & mosaic floor in the Freemason’s Hall

Gold, copper and bronze are everywhere in interior design at the moment and it is only a matter of time before these finishes creep into bathrooms too.”

Industrial-look bathroom

“There is also a slightly industrial theme currently with lots of bare bulbs in mechanical-looking fittings and again I think this industrial look is overdue in the bathroom area. So expect chunkier brassware, exposed pipes and more visible shower enclosure frames. Another trend is the amount people are spending on bathrooms. For example, before the kitchen always seemed to swallow up a big chunk of any budget, but now, particularly in master en-suites clients are going for luxe, whether that is in the form of marble cladding and fine finishes or technology, like built in TVs and baths that you can fill remotely from your iPhone.”