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 Colour Schemes 2017/18

For a long time bathroom interiors have typically taken on a highly natural and minimal aesthetic.

You may be all too familiar with the ever popular Scandinavian style that has continued grace the pages of your favourite design magazines and blogs over the last few years.

That predominantly white space with a focus toward the raw, organic and natural finishes such as pale timber and concrete with a few plants dotted about to add life and colour.

While this look still has a place in the market, the colour palettes for 2017/18 comes with a twist. The time has come for change – a somewhat colourful one.

If you’re considering upgrading your bathroom, or just want to be in the know about what the next big thing in bathroom design is then read on.

We have thoroughly researched the following elements of design to bring you an insight into what’s next to come in the world of bathroom interiors.

  • Bathroom Colour Trends
  • Bathroom Finishes
  • Bathroom Fixtures and Fittings
  • Bathroom Wall & Floor Tiles

Bathroom Colour Trends

There’s no need to flinch, the emerging colour palette for Spring 2017 remains one of elegance and refinement but this time it’s origins are hailing from Italy,...


Bathroom Colour Schemes 2017/18

For a long time bathroom interiors have typically taken on a highly natural and minimal aesthetic.

You may be all too familiar with the ever popular Scandinavian style that has continued grace the pages of your favourite design magazines and blogs over the last few years.

That predominantly white space with a focus toward the raw, organic and natural finishes such as pale timber and concrete with a few plants dotted about to add life and colour.

While this look still has a place in the market, the colour palettes for 2017/18 comes with a twist. The time has come for change – a somewhat colourful one.

If you’re considering upgrading your bathroom, or just want to be in the know about what the next big thing in bathroom design is then read on.

We have thoroughly researched the following elements of design to bring you an insight into what’s next to come in the world of bathroom interiors.

  • Bathroom Colour Trends
  • Bathroom Finishes
  • Bathroom Fixtures and Fittings
  • Bathroom Wall & Floor Tiles

Bathroom Colour Trends

There’s no need to flinch, the emerging colour palette for Spring 2017 remains one of elegance and refinement but this time it’s origins are hailing from Italy, Milan in fact. This year’s biggest and best interior design trade fair ‘Salone del Mobile’ held in Milan Italy, revealed that colour is coming back in a big way.

Stark white walls are being replaced with muted, chalky, earthier tones that are easy on the eye but enrich the soul. The colour combo’s that really struck the House of Home team were the soft, subtle shades of green and pink. Both hues offer a feeling of freshness and liveliness, yet reflect peace and tranquillity.

Both green and pink have a calming, restful and renewing effect which makes them perfect for a bathroom interior. There are two particular shades of pink and green that are expected to become the ‘’new neutral.’’

Please allow us to introduce you to ‘Millennial Pink’ and ‘Seafoam Green.’


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To further confirm our colour trend prediction, we sought the advice of Haymes Paint Colour Expert Wendy Rennie. Here’s what she shared with us.

“A demand for more colour in the home has been at the top of many designers’ and home makers minds’ for the last few months. This use of colour is now being translated to bathroom spaces.

Pale pinks and muted greens are bringing a sense of lushness and intimacy with them as we embrace a less hard lined approach to bathrooms. Tactile finishes and colour are bringing warmth and a sense of calm to these spaces which can sometimes be left feeling a little too cold and clinical with mainly hard surfaces in them”. Wendy Rennie | Haymes Paint Colour Expert


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Bathroom Finishes

Bathrooms will be transformed with an array of raw, warm metal finishes such as Aged Brass, Flemish Copper, Iron Bronze, Brushed Gold or Brushed Nickel.

The time for shine has passed and bathrooms are now set to encompass matte or honed finishes. Coloured Terrazzo is also becoming highly sought after. Yes you heard it right!

We spoke to David Signorino of Signorino Tiles to find out what new products have been popular with Interior Designers. Here’s what David shared.

“There has been a greater use of mixed mediums (e.g. stone, timber & metal), along with a much greater use of colour. Terrazzo has been a big beneficiary of the colour movement, as it provides a feature look akin to stone, and also a high end look – all whilst supplying the pop of colour that is in high demand right now.

There’s also been a bit of movement in the use of bolder coloured stones – shifting away from the tried and true white Carrara or Statuario. These colour trends have until now been mainly seen in the commercial sector, but we’re now seeing in filter into the residential realm as well.

Another trend we’re seeing more of is the use of various tile sizes in the same space. Gone are the days (at least temporarily) of using the standard 30x60 or 60x60 sizes throughout an entire bathroom, with many people employing size as a point of intrigue over colour or material differences”. David Signorino, Marketing Manager | Signorino Tiles


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Bathroom Fixture & Fittings

Soft edged, thinner profile basins in an array of colours, along with matte finishes will be spreading throughout bathrooms of the near future. Be prepared for basins to take on a whole new appearance with more organic shapes that come in an a striking palette of colours such as Sage, Ivy Green, Taupe Powder Pink, Anthracite, Charcoal, Grey, or Black. Many of these colours are available in a matte finish.

Basins with matching plugs will become the preferred option over chrome, while the trend for toilets is to say goodbye gloss and hello matte white and matte back.

Last but not least, laminates are making a comeback in a big way. Soft neutral colours in a matte finish or faux timber are becoming the preferred choice for vanity cupboards.


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Bathroom Wall and Floor Tiles

We welcome the return of geometric shapes in the form of encaustic, cement or matte finish tiles. Bold shapes or pattern and the use of colour play the part of artwork for the bathroom; where either the floor or the wall becomes ones canvas.

We chatted to Mary Todarello of Total bathroom Centre and Kerry Mulry of Tiento Tiles about what bathroom trends they have noticed developing this year.

“I am finding that the latest colour trends and styles filtering through are the mosaic or hexagonal tiles and patterned tiles being used to create a striking feature. There has been a revival of raw or imperfect looking timber and metal finishes that add warmth to a cold stark bathroom’’. Mary Todarello, Director | Total Bathroom Centre

“In 2017 we are seeing lots of natural, earthy tones. Customers are looking for tactile textures or unusual shapes to add a point of difference to their space. The technology advancements in digital printing techniques has seen stone, marble, timber, even fabric prints on porcelain tile replicated as close to the real thing. A muted colour palette in pinks, greens and blues are popular for feature tiles, with various shapes and textures available across porcelain, ceramic and encaustic materials”. Kerry Mulry, Director | Tiento Tiles

Using a combination of tiles for Tiento Tiles, fittings from Phoenix Tapware, laminates from Laminex and basin colours from Studio Bagno, we created two mood boards to display some of the amazing products now available in our two new favourite colour schemes. We have included finishes schedules for each scheme to help you get the look.


Seafoam Green

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Product Type Manufacturer & Supplier Product Name & Colour
1 Basin Mixer Tap Phoenix | The Bathroom Biz Alia Wall Basin / Bath Outlet 200mm, Brushed Gold
2 Cabinetry (Option 1) Laminex Alpaca Natural Finish
3 Porcelain Tile (Option 1) Tiento Tiles TTA073 Dark Grey Naturale (various sizes available)
4 Bench Top Stone Signorino Tiles Terrazzo EM–36–10
5 Basin Colour (Option 1) Studio Bagno | Total Bathroom Centre Nic Basin, Penicillina, (various basin profiles available)
6 Basin Colour (Option 2) Studio Bagno | Total Bathroom Centre Nic Basin, Argilla, Matte Finish, (various basin profiles available)
7 Basin Colour (Option 3) Studio Bagno | Total Bathroom Centre Nic Basin, Cemento, Matte Finish, (various basin profiles available)
8 Cabinetry (Option 2) Laminex Impressions, Avignon Walnut, Riven Finish
9 Mosaic Tile Tiento Tiles TTME114 Satin Rhomboid mosaic
10 Porcelain Tile (Option 2) Tiento Tiles TTB230 Terrazzo look Grey matte 450x900mm
11 Ceramic Feature Wall Tile (Option 1) Tiento Tiles TTK083 Nara White leaf subway
12 Encaustic Tile (Option 1) Tiento Tiles Popham Design Demi Long Hex in Pistachio & Celadon
13 Basin Tap Astra Walker | Total Bathroom Centre Icon Wall Tap Set, White
14 Bathroom Paint Colours Porters Paints (Available through Haymes Paints) Newport Blue – Dark Newport Blue
15 Encaustic Tile (Option 2) Tiento Tiles Popham Design Honeycomb Hex in Teal, Ivory & Grey
16 Shower Wall Mixer Phoenix | Total Bathroom Centre Alia, Brushed Gold
17 Shower Rose Phoenix | Total Bathroom Centre Vivid, Brushed Gold
18 Encaustic Tile (Option 1) Tiento Tiles Popham Design Baguette in Cypress
19 Feature Wall Tile (Option 1) Tiento Tiles TTB122 White Gloss Herringbone mosaic
20 Encaustic Tile Tiento Tiles Popham Design Baguette in Dark Celadon


Millennial Pink

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Product Type Manufacturer & Supplier Product Name & Colour
1 Basin Mixer Tap Phoenix | The Bathroom Biz Alia Wall Basin / Bath Outlet 200mm, Brushed Nickel
2 Cabinetry (Option 1) Laminex Aries Natural Finish
3 Encaustic Tile (Option 1) Tiento Tiles Popham Design encaustic cement in Flush
4 Bench Top Stone Caesarstone Wild Rock, 6250
5 Ceramic Feature Wall Tile Tiento Tiles TTB200 Bubble mosaic in Snow
6 General and Accent Wall Paint Colours Porters Paints (Available through Haymes Paints) Almond, Angel Shoes, Burmese Grey, Overcast
7 Basin Colour (Option 1) Studio Bagno | Total Bathroom Centre Sabbia
8 Basin Colour (Option 2) Studio Bagno | Total Bathroom Centre Basalto, Matte Finish, (various basin profiles available)
9 Basin Colour (Option 3) Studio Bagno | Total Bathroom Centre Bianco, Matte Finish, (various basin profiles available)
10 Basin Colour (Option 1) Studio Bagno | Total Bathroom Centre Sabbia
11 Bench Top Stone Signorino Tiles Pink Terrazzo EG-0025
12 Encaustic Tile (Option 2) Tiento Tiles Popham Design Hex in Blush Pink
13 Shower Wall Mixer Phoenix | Total Bathroom Centre Alia, Brushed Nickel
14 Porcelain Tile Tiento Tiles FTTI057 LaForma Gioco terrazzo look
15 Shower Rose Phoenix | Total Bathroom Centre Vivid, Brushed Nickel
16 Ceramic Wall Tile (Option 1) Tiento Tiles FTTI106 Kolore White Gloss subway
17 Ceramic Wall Tile (Option 2) Tiento Tiles Gloss Pink
18 Ceramic Wall Tile (Option 3) Tiento Tiles FTTI107 Kolore White Matte subway
19 Basin Tap Astra Walker | Total Bathroom Centre Icon Wall Tap Set, Iron Bronze
20 Bench Top Quartz (Option 1) Essa Stone Dolomite Spur, Gloss, Luxe
21 Bench Top Quartz (Option 2) Essa Stone Fino Venato, Gloss, Luxe


Other than this trend in colour there will be a lot more of bringing the outdoors indoors with bathrooms. The general trend toward 'botanical' bathrooms filled with indoor plants will continue and will also work beautifully with both of above mentioned palette of colours and finishes.

We would like to thank the following companies for for supplying samples of their products for our mood boards and for sharing their insights into bathroom trends with us.

  • Astra Walker
  • Haymes Paint
  • Laminex
  • Tiento Tiles
  • Phoenix Tapware
  • Porters Paints
  • Signorino Tile Gallery
  • Studio Bagno
  • Total Bathroom Centre


We hope you found this article helpful. If you are ready to start building your wish list of products, then be sure to check out our Bathroom products range.


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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."