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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Guide to Bathroom Trends 2018

Trends have always come and gone and in some instances have even come back around again.

More recently, trends appear to be doing this at an increasing rate of speed. However, when it comes to the bathroom, this space continues to be one room in the house that carries an aesthetic that is quite timeless.

This could also be due to fact that changing up a bathrooms isn’t so easy to do often. It may just be that this is what many of us desire and have now come to expect from a bathroom.

Bathroom Trends 2018

This year, the trends coming though for 2018 are actually a lot less about a new aesthetic or style; they are more about functionality, embracing new product technology and a focus toward the type of environment and feeling that is created.

Designers and bathroom renovators are looking for products that make the bathroom feel more like an oasis or personal sanctuary, are easier to clean, make the bathroom appear larger and stand the test of time in terms of visual appeal and longevity.

To gain further insights into what’s new for the bathroom this year, we reached out to three industry experts. We would like to thank Frank Iaria of Mint Kitchen Group, Russell Henderson,...


Guide to Bathroom Trends 2018

Trends have always come and gone and in some instances have even come back around again.

More recently, trends appear to be doing this at an increasing rate of speed. However, when it comes to the bathroom, this space continues to be one room in the house that carries an aesthetic that is quite timeless.

This could also be due to fact that changing up a bathrooms isn’t so easy to do often. It may just be that this is what many of us desire and have now come to expect from a bathroom.

Bathroom Trends 2018

This year, the trends coming though for 2018 are actually a lot less about a new aesthetic or style; they are more about functionality, embracing new product technology and a focus toward the type of environment and feeling that is created.

Designers and bathroom renovators are looking for products that make the bathroom feel more like an oasis or personal sanctuary, are easier to clean, make the bathroom appear larger and stand the test of time in terms of visual appeal and longevity.

To gain further insights into what’s new for the bathroom this year, we reached out to three industry experts. We would like to thank Frank Iaria of Mint Kitchen Group, Russell Henderson, Senior Designer at smarterBATHROOMS+ and Royston Wilson, President of the KBDi for sharing their views on the themes below.

  • Key trends in bathroom design 2018
  • Must-have bathroom products for 2018
  • Popular bathroom materials and finishes
  • Preferred colour palettes for 2018
  • New & popular ways to maximise space in small bathrooms

What are the key trends in bathroom design for 2018?

We will see a fusion of different materials, surfaces and elements being elegantly blended together. Taking cues from the trends in kitchen design this year, bathrooms will embrace matte textures, warmer colour palettes, practical products and an aim to maximise the use of available space as much as possible.

What must-have bathroom products will be popular in 2018?

Thin Design Profiles

“Thin is in! Thin (small) feature tiles, thin benchtops, thin shelving even towel rails. We are projecting that this will be a stand out in our 2018 bathroom designs”. Russell Henderson | smarter BATHROOMS +

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Rectified Tiles

Big is going to beautiful; larger format tiles free of grout lines for both walls and floors are becoming the preferred tile of choice.

Rectified tiles have a straight edge this is mechanically processed to ensure that all the tiles are uniform in size, are perfectly square or rectangle and have a seamless finish when laid.

”We’re seeing that our customers want clean looking, minimalistic spaces achieved with the use of clean, straight lines and large format tiles.” Frank Iaria| Mint Kitchen Group

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3D Tiles

“Recent advancements in technology has seen some fabulous three dimensional wall tiles leap into the market. These feature tiles come in a multitude of designs from stacked patterns, to embossed and textured.” Royston Wilson | KBDi

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Lowered Height Benchtops with Top Mounted Single Basins

A lowered benchtop with a top mount basin that act as a statement piece is predicted to be popular by Frank, while Royson says that having a bench top with a larger surface area and a smaller vessel on top is the preferred option over the inclusion of set of double basins.

Straight Profile Tapware in Matte Finishes

More sleek and refined looking tapware in matte finishes such as graphite are coming onto the scene for a fuss-free, uncluttered and sophisticated look. For a softer look, champagne and bronze metallic tapware will be another strong option.

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Square Fixtures and Fittings

‘’We are seeing more square fixtures and fittings being specified. This includes showerheads, tapware and towel rails.” Says Frank.

TIP: Frank also suggests that when selecting fixtures they should either all have a square profile or all have curved / organic profile. Don’t mix the 2 styles together!

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Cabinetry hardware made of the same material as the vanity

Handles are becoming extensions of vanity. Whether they be round, rectangular or square, expect to see timber on timber over handle free doors.

Alternatively, thin profile handles in matte black or matte white against a timber vanity are becoming popular.

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Rimless Toilets

”Rimless toilet technology is here! A majority of brands now offer a rimless toilet, it is the way of the future making the toilet more hygienic and easier to clean. We predict that before too long a toilet rim will be a thing of the past.” Russell Henderson | smarter BATHROOMS +

What materials and finishes are expected to be most popular and how will they be applied?

  • Timber and timber veneers will continue to be popular in 2018 adding warmth breaking up monotone colours in the bathroom. There will be a preference toward mid-tone timbers such as walnut, teak and spotted gum.

“Introducing a textured wood grain laminate for the vanity fronts can be complimented by a lighter coloured bench top to make the two materials really stand out.” Frank Iaria | Mint Kitchens

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  • Natural Stone in a textured, matte or honed finish for walls and floors.

  • Marble tiles and marble walls behind vanity with a matte not polished finish.

  • Terrazzo! Whether it be a natural terrazzo or a porcelain tile terrazzo look. Caesarstone has recently launched a benchtop to emulate a natural terrazzo look.

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What will be the new and preferred colour palettes for bathrooms?

Neutral Colour Palettes with Pops of Colour

”Natural colours dominate bathroom design. Expect to see beautiful neutral or earthier tones, along with soft warm or cool grey colours for walls and flooring is on trend. The greys are often paired with other natural colours; feature tiles that are a shade of white, light blue or green for example.” Frank Iaria | Mint Kitchen Group

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Accessorising

Accessorising will be big as décor can regularly be changed from brighter colours in the summer through to more moodier and richer coloured accessories in the winter.

Create an Oasis with Plant Life

Colour will be brought in through towels, greenery in smaller plants, or larger potted plants if the space permits.

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Feature Tiles

Pops of colour will also be added by way of feature tiles which may appear on a single shower wall or behind a vanity or alternatively in smaller spaces such as a shower niche.

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Coloured Internal Cabinetry

“Two tone cabinetry is going to be big. Choosing contrasting colour for the inside of the vanity cupboard creates an element of surprise, almost like wearing pretty underwear”. “This used to be quite pricey to achieve but has become more affordable due to a higher demand and improvements in manufacturing techniques”. Says Royston

Subtle Shades of Pantone Colour of the Year

‘’Pantone has released ‘Ultra violet’ as the 2018 colour of the year this will be a hard colour to include in a bathroom as tile selection is very minimal in this colour range therefore we would predict seeing a softer version throughout the pink/purple range, suggesting more of a feminine finish to the space.” Russell Henderson | smarter BATHROOMS +

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What are some new & popular ways to maximise space in small bathrooms?

More and more homemakers have a strong desire to create a sense of space but introducing clever hacks to the bathroom. If you would like to discover more visit our sister article [Maximising Space in Small Bathrooms].

Our Picks

Here'a a snap shot of the bathroom products we think will be big in 2018.


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 Product Ranges.

With many thanks again to Mint Kitchen Group (mintkitchengroup.com.au), smarterBATHROOMS+ (smarterbathrooms.com.au) and the KBDi (Kitchen & Bathroom Designers Institute, kbdi.org.au) for sharing their time and knowledge of bathroom design trends for 2018.


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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."