Barrie Cutchie is design director at BC Designs, having founded the company in 1999. Responsible for all design and product output, Barrie is an authoritative voice on what it takes to launch successful bathroom products
The bathroom design trends of 2019
Posted 28th February
2019 looks set to be a big year for bathroom design. Manufacturers are turning their focus to creating products that offer homeowners the ability to add their personality, as well as creating a room that offers luxury and indulgence.
There’s no getting away from the hotel-chic trend we are seeing just about everywhere you turn. Whether customers have a tight budget or are short on space, there are still ways of helping them to create the look.
Small footprint baths are a great way of allowing customers to get the look they desire, even if they don’t have a huge bathroom. It still creates a focal point and doesn’t have to break the bank. A great example is the Slipp bath by BC Designs. It looks the part, provides a generous bathing area but can fit into much smaller space than other freestanding baths.
If on the other hand, you have customers desiring a more traditional look, 2019 will bring a revival of Victorian vibes. While aesthetics such as dark walls help to create the mood, the star feature is a show-stopping bath.
There are plenty of options out there at the moment, but a personal favourite has to be our copper boat bath, both for its design but also because it is made using the same traditional techniques that the Victorians would have used.
Back to nature
Wood will also feature in 2019 and can be added through cabinetry or even a wooden bath for the more adventurous customer! As a material, it is often used for its ability to add both warmth and character, as well as its capacity to add colour.
The Bayswater cabinet – available in three on-trend colours – creates a unique centre-piece to any bathroom, with the added bonus of deep storage space for ample toiletries.
Bold as brass
Brass is back. ‘Wow-factor’ shower brassware will be huge in 2019, with considered pieces including a choice of tap and showers. The Bayswater range uses a modern twist on design classics, as well as bringing on-trend black into the mix.
Turning to texture
Texture has been around for a while now and is often achieved through the use of tiles. However, expect big things this year as texture makes a play for a starring role within bathroom design. How? By taking over items such as sinks as baths, as homeowners turn to materials such as concrete, marble and even unfinished Terrazzo.