The humble bathroom has remained mostly the same for many years, but more recently we have started to see more modern and futuristic concepts and products on offer.
Many of which challenge the way we even use these products, in an aim to make them more efficient and in some cases more ergonomic.
In celebration of these new and intriguing designs, we’re looking at the 5 key bathroom products and what alternatives there are as we reach the second decade of the millennium.
What we know to be a bath is a white box with taps at one end. These days, baths can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. They even come in different materials.
Stone and glass baths have become more widely adopted, mainly with freestanding baths (which in themselves have become very popular).
There have also been a select few sensory pod style baths introduced to the market, though their hefty price tag makes them less attainable for everyday homes.
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Showers used to be part of the bath, attached to the wall. In 2019 it’s now more common to see them as completely separate items, with showers mainly going into en-suites.
Shower heads have increased in size, with more modern heads spanning up and beyond 30cm wide in some cases. There is also a rise in wetroom style showers, where (much like an en-suite) the shower is within it’s own room with no glass in sight.
One more modern concept is an open plan style bathroom, where areas are sectioned off by shorter walls and showers are not encased. This may become more mainstream in the next 10-20 years.
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Older sinks are attached to the wall, with all the plumbing underneath showing for all to see. Today you’ll find different shapes and styles, with most showing zero plumbing whatsoever.
Corner sinks have become more common, as homes themselves begin to change shape. They’re more helpful in WC’s and smaller bathrooms with less space.
There has also been a rise in larger sinks that can serve 2 individuals at once. Two more modern designs for these have been trough style sinks and flat stone sinks.
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Do you remember the days of pull chains? Luckily, we no longer have to ensure the horror of pulling on the chain and breaking it. These days, toilets use buttons to flush.
Floating style toilets are more common in 2019, with no visible back and even sensors that know when you’re done. There are also more square shaped toilets, going against the traditionally curved loos.
There have been concepts of toilets which fold away, so that the open bowl is no longer exposed. They’re also more eco-friendly, as they reduce the amount of water used by around 50%.
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Bathrooms are famous for being a pain when it comes to storage, but more recently there have been clever storage options on offer.
Cupboards under sinks are very common these days, with over-toilet storage also seeing increased interest. The idea of this storage is to minimalize the amount of ‘clutter’ on show. The less ‘clutter’ the more open and larger the room appears.
Although these are helpful options for here and now, it’s likely that we will in future use in-built solutions. For example, using walls for hidden built-in cupboards.
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