The word 'Art' is most commonly associated with pieces of work in a gallery or museum, whether it’s a painting from the Renaissance or a modern sculpture. However, there is so much more to art than what you see displayed in galleries.

The truth is, without being aware of it, we are surrounded by art and use it on a continual basis. Most people don’t realize how much of a role art plays in our lives and just how much we rely on art in all of its forms in our everyday lives.

The Joy of Art

You may be wondering why all of these things are so important to our daily lives and that you could probably survive just fine with essential items that were non-artistic. That is just the reason why art is so valuable! While art may not be vital to fulfill our basic needs, it does make life joyful. When you look at a painting or poster you’ve chosen to hang on your living room wall, you feel happy. The sculpture or figurines on the kitchen windowsill create a sense of joy. These varieties of art forms that we are surrounded by all come together to create the atmosphere that we want to live in.

Art and Music

The importance of art in our daily lives is very similar to that of music. Just like art, music can make life extremely joyful and can have a huge effect on our mood. In the workplace in particular, music is something that can help people set the mood for what they are about to do. If you have something hard or difficult to work on or are feeling tired, an energetic song will likely wake you up and add some enthusiasm to the situation. Similarly, when stress is high, many people find that relaxing to calming music is something that eases the mind.

Inspirational Art

Inspirational art, such as posters are often found in work spaces to encourage employees to continue being productive. There is now an increasing amount of companies using art in their offices, as well as playing background music, as it is proven to actually work in making end results far better quality. There may be a piece of art that you own that you personally find motivational. Perhaps a print with a positive affirmation or quote beautifully scrolled on it or a painting of a picturesque scene of where you aim to travel to one day.

SOME REASONS WHY ORIGINAL ART IN THE HOME IS AS IMPORTANT AS A BED

1. Creates Mood
2. Adds Personal Character to the Home
3. Makes Memories
4. Provides a Colour Palette
5. Makes a Room Feel Finished
6. Inspires and Fosters Creativity
7. Conversation Starter
8. Supports Artists
9. It is an Investment
10. Creates a Livable Environment
11. Keeps the Brain Active
12. Relaxation
13. Curating Your Own Gallery is Fun!

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Bathroom Trends 2017

Looking for new bathrooms trends that will have longevity and stand the test of time in terms of aesthetics and quality? Look no further.

The biggest bathroom ‘trend’ of 2017 is actually going to be ‘timelessness’.

Fleeting fad trends have lost their appeal and people are becoming more conscious of aesthetically pleasing, classic designs that won’t date quickly. Australians value high quality, stylish and practical products at affordable prices, that are easy also to install and maintain.

The Australian Housing Industry Association (HIA) has projected that 2017 will see a total of 322,700 new bathroom installations along with an expected pool of around 219,600 potential bathroom renovations jobs, based on notional demand. That's a hec of lot of bathroom upgrades to be had!

Given the marked increase in the popularity of bathroom design we knew our readers would be just as eager as us to discover what's next in the world of bathroom trends for 2017. We caught up with some of Australia's most reputable bathroomware companies to find out what new and innovative bathroom products are expected to be the most highly sought after in 2017.

Our highly knowledgeable retailers who...


Bathroom Trends 2017

Looking for new bathrooms trends that will have longevity and stand the test of time in terms of aesthetics and quality? Look no further.

The biggest bathroom ‘trend’ of 2017 is actually going to be ‘timelessness’.

Fleeting fad trends have lost their appeal and people are becoming more conscious of aesthetically pleasing, classic designs that won’t date quickly. Australians value high quality, stylish and practical products at affordable prices, that are easy also to install and maintain.

The Australian Housing Industry Association (HIA) has projected that 2017 will see a total of 322,700 new bathroom installations along with an expected pool of around 219,600 potential bathroom renovations jobs, based on notional demand. That's a hec of lot of bathroom upgrades to be had!

Given the marked increase in the popularity of bathroom design we knew our readers would be just as eager as us to discover what's next in the world of bathroom trends for 2017. We caught up with some of Australia's most reputable bathroomware companies to find out what new and innovative bathroom products are expected to be the most highly sought after in 2017.

Our highly knowledgeable retailers who stock products from the most renowned brands and designers, also attend world bathroom trade fairs each year to see what's coming out of Europe and will be filtering into the Australia market.

Our comprehensive guide below uncovers 2017’s best bathroom products, highlighting everything from bathroom furniture and colour schemes to fixtures, fittings, accessories and more; a buffet of ideas and inspiration to help you to create an eternally beautiful and functional bathroom in the new year.

This article reviews the top trends for the following bathroom elements:

  • Bathroom Colour Schemes 2017

  • Bathroom Finishes

  • Tile Trends 2017

  • Bathroom Tapware and Fittings

  • Bathroom Storage Solutions

  • Bathroom Lighting & Accessories

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Bathroom Colour Schemes 2017

In 2017 we’ll see that more people are opting for natural, organic looking finishes, gravitating to a day spa feel. There’s a shift away from chrome and porcelain, into natural stone and timber. However, the the trend for luxe looking mixed metals will continue into 2017. People are becoming more drawn to matte, brushed or burnished finishes for tapware and bathroom fixtures. Split finishes combining matte black with rose gold or brass are also set to become hugely popular.

After years of predominantly bright white bathrooms, both interior designers and homemakers are ready for a dramatic change and have (or are becoming) more confident with introducing darker finishes to a space. Bathroom colour palettes going to become more opulent and dynamic. Schemes will take on darker, richer, warmer, and more moody tones but the overall result will exude elegance.

Homemakers can expect deep grey, charcoal, navy and black hues in the form of tiles or feature walls. These colours will be highlighted by pops of brass, rose-gold or bronze fittings which make a grand luxurious statement. A balanced, calming and tranquil aesthetic can be created by teaming these finishes back with a light coloured timber such as oak, or a raw finish such as concrete.

Bathroom Finishes

A move toward matte surfaces or a combination of matte and polished surfaces remains strong. Natural textures, such as sand stone, marble, oak and bamboo are going to be a popular choice, and closely followed by terrazzo, granite and even darker timbers in the form of engineered floor boards or porcelain tiles.

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Tile Trends 2017

The Geometric trend continues to thrive. Driven by the love of mid-century design that continues to influence interior design in Australia. The geometric form can take place in the design of the tile and its form, a printed or 3-Dimensional pattern, or the format in which the tiles are laid. Hexagonal formats are set to become one of the most popular, along with textured and tiles.

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Bathroom Tapware and Fittings

Matte Black Tapware

A trend that is no longer a trend but an accepted way of life. Matt black fixtures and fittings will still be going strong into 2017 with no signs of slowing down. While black tapware has been around for a while now, its acceptance has evolved into a much needed desire. Its place in the market this year will become more of a “must-do”

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Brass Bathroom Tapware

Brass tapware is a slightly newer trend that has been sneaking into the market over the last year. Brass has been celebrated by interior designers as it produces stunning results with much versatility in styling. However, the accessibility of this type of product has been restricted to large quantity orders which keeps prices too high to be seen mainstream, however this is going to change into 2017 and this trend is set to flourish!

Rose Gold Tapware and Copper Tapware

Closely following behind brass in the in the race to win over renovators and homemakers is rose gold. Previously known for its shiny finish, the new rose gold or copper finish is going to be available brushed or burnished which offers a lovely matte finish that looks just as beautiful as brass. Copper offers a bold look that brings a sense of warmth to a bathroom.

Explore Bathroom Taps.

Shower Heads

A shower needs to be both refreshing and relaxing. ‘Rain’ shower heads will continue to be popular due to their luxurious aesthetic appeal and the soft cascading waterfall sensation they offer that feels like being in the rain.  

Explore Showers.

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Bathroom Vanities

Wall hung vanities have been a prevalent trend in Europe for many years and are finally making their mark in Australia too. Also known as a floating vanity, a wall hung option is less heavy looking than a free standing vanity and offer a clean, modern look that’s great for smaller and more minimalist spaces. Vanity shelves as an alternative to a cabinet are also becoming popular.

Explore Bathroom Vanities.

Timber Surfaces

Look out for wood/timber vanity cabinets, vanity benchtops, framed mirrors and bathroom accessories. This trend is gaining momentum as more options filter into the market. Timber surfaces continue to capture the heart of Australians, especially in the form of American Oak and Ash timbers, however bamboo is set to become the next big thing!

Bathroom Trends 2017 Renovatore Store Basins

Bathroom Basins

Statement basins that create a focal point will act as a sculptural statement in bathrooms and powder rooms. Basins in oak, bamboo, granite and sandstone will become highly sought after with natural granite basins being a favourite. Unlike many other granite basins that are made of composite pieces, these new basins are literally carved out of granite - and it’s like having a piece of art in your bathroom. Black basins or black and white combination basins are expected to become a second favourite.

Explore Bathroom Basins.

Bathroom Toilets

Back to wall toilet suites will be a first choice as they look tidier and tend to fade into the background better. A toilet shouldn’t be a focal point and a back-to-wall option aligns best with the minimal aesthetic. Rimless toilets are a close second in terms of popularity. This type of toilet is designed to be easy clean and to also look more minimalistic. Rimless toilets were on top of sales in Europe for last 6 years for sure and are now becoming more sought after in Australia.

Explore Bathroom Toilets.

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Bathtubs

The sculptural freestanding bath tub has been gaining popularity over the last couple years and will continue well into 2017. While back-to-wall baths are proving to be a great alternative for smaller bathrooms as they offer the look of a free-standing but take up less space.

Explore Baths.

   

Bathroom Storage Solutions

With busy lifestyles is important to keep all essentials right at hand. Having just a framed or unframed mirror with a small bench top won’t provide adequate storage space. A shaving cabinet is a popular solution for storage, Some shaving cabinets are very simple, some new models include hidden power points or an internal USB for charging devises such as razors and toothbrushes. The newest gadget for shaving cabinets is the sensor switch which ensures your cabinet mirror remains finger-print free!

Explore Bathroom Storage.

Bathroom Lighting & Accessories

Decorative lighting such as pendants are going to be more widely used to create ambiance and a striking focal point. We are going to see the geometric trend continue to flourish in the form of bathroom lighting and bathroom accessories.

Bathroom Plants

Indoor plants are going to be bountiful in the bathroom and will be the décor of choice of 2017. The green works exceptionally well against a darker background and will provide the right amount of colour to ‘lift’ the space. With such a large variety of plants which thrive in a moist, humid environment, the bathroom is set to become an oasis 2017.

Explore Pots for Indoor Plants.

If you would like to learn more about house plants visit our article Five of the Best House Plants.

Bathroom Speakers

Bathing to the sweet sounds of relaxing music can help to alleviate stress and worry. Music soothes the soul and having tunes you love playing while getting ready in the morning can uplift one’s mood and bring joy and motivation.

Incorporating music into the bathroom has become very popular of late and having a great quality sound system really does make all the difference. People are choosing a Sonos wireless speaker as it is the perfect size for a bathroom and is designed to be moisture and humidity resistant.

We hope this these design ideas have filled you with excitement for your bathroom renovation or refresh. We have hundreds of fantastic bathroom products from a selection of the best bathroom retailers within Australia.

Click here to see more beautiful bathroom products such as bathroom taps, baths, and basins, to vanities, showers, towel rails and hooks.

We would like to thank our following retailers for sharing their expert insights with us.

  • Bathroom Tech

  • Bella Bagno

  • Bright Renovation

  • Fontaine Industries

  • Heritage Bathware

  • Meir

  • Methven.


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How to Arrange Art

  • "People have a tendency to hang art too high," says Linda Crisolo, Art.com director of merchandising. "The center of the image should be at eye level." In living rooms, people are usually sitting, so artwork should be lower. A good way to ensure you're placing artwork at the right height is to hang it one hand width above the sofa.
  • A common problem when hanging artwork above a sofa or sideboard is that it's not in scale. Having pieces that are too small or too large will make the whole arrangement look strange. "Make sure artwork is at least two-thirds the size of the sofa or sideboard," Crisolo says. "For example, a 9-foot-long sofa should have a 6-foot-wide expanse of art above it."
  • In the bedroom, choose personal art, such as family photographs or your own photography. If you're arranging the pieces in groupings, Crisolo recommends sticking with one color theme, either all black-and-white or all color photographs.
  • "Above a mantel or fireplace is the perfect place to layer pieces," Crisolo says. "A house looks like a home when you can see layers of artwork and accessories."
  • In the kitchen, hang art in a place where it won't get damaged by water or heat. Consider placing art above an office space, near the dining table, or above open counter space. Crisolo also recommends avoiding kitchen art in the kitchen. "I tend to shy away from pictures of asparagus in the kitchen," she says. "Vintage art with traditional frames works in a traditional kitchen. In a modern kitchen, try bright colors with stainless-steel frames."
  • A symmetrical arrangement creates a striking and simple focal point. All-white frames and mats unify this grouping. "I like to use the same frames to create homogeny," says Crisolo.
  • When deciding where to hang images in your home, consider the wall space available and the arrangement of the room. "Use small pieces between windows and doors," Crisolo says. "If small items are in a space too large, the pieces look lost. With larger pieces, allow room for people to step back and admire the work."
  • Artwork collaborates with other accessories and decor to create a visual story. Make sure images, moldings, and shelves all work together. "Hang artwork in front of a bookcase, on the face of the shelf," Crisolo says. "The shelves and ledges become part of a decorating story."
  • Make sure your arrangement matches your decorating style. "Symmetrical arrangements are more traditional or formal. Asymmetrical is modern," Crisolo says. "Also look at the image and style of the frame. For cottage-style rooms, stick with vintage images or botanicals. In modern rooms, choose large and abstract pieces."