6 inspiring bathroom trends and how to shop the look

Bathrooms have evolved from utilitarian spaces to themed rooms designed for indulgence. Take inspiration from six of the latest international looks 


1. Neo classic  

  • This moody, masculine look is grounded by a rich, dark base broken up with the use of luxe textures.
  • A bright white ceiling offsets the richness of the base colour and brings light and levity to the scheme.
  • Quality accessories are key – splash out on luxe leather, crafted glass, marble and heritage-style fittings.
  • Stick to a muted palette that’s timeless and refined.


1. Pallenne glass vessel basin, $3599, from Kohler.
2. Twist pendant, from $425, from Monmouth Glass Studio.
3. Outline wall mirror, $480, from Tessuti.
4. Burlington London round freestanding bath, $1929, from Mico.


2. Deco glam 

  • This update of the art deco look is a twist on Hollywood glamour – think modern key pieces teamed with old-world details.
  • Gold and brass are key to the deco look.
  • Geometric shapes bring interest in the form of crisp tiling and square bathware.
  • Ground the gold with warm wood and cool marble.
  • Statement lighting will take this look to the next level.


1. Magnolia hanging shelf, $129.99, from EziBuy.
2. Bloomingville marble soap dispenser, $149, from Perch Home.
3. Agora slide shower, $1719, from Robertson Bathware.
4. Elementi Quadra wall vanity 1000 white gloss, $2041, from Robertson Bathware.
5. Purist lever-handle hob-mount basin set in rose gold, $910, from Kohler.
6. Extra-large gold mirror, $469, from Perch Home.contemporaryEdge

3. Contemporary edge  

  • A chalky paint hue, such as pale pink, teamed with soft white creates a fresh, calming, modern look.
  • Keep the hues light and dusty to avoid veering into the realm of candy colours, which can get old fast.
  • Accents in black, gold and pale marble keep this look contemporary and stylish.
  • Soft, feminine forms recall the shapes of the body and are offset by clean lines in tiling and hardware.


1. Arlec heated towel rail, $39.95, from Bunnings.
2. Ceramic toilet brush, $14, and soap dispenser, $7, from Kmart.
3. Mondella matte black Vivace basin, $169, from Bunnings.
4. Marmo MR200 basin mixer in Carrara marble, POA, from Evolution of Surfaces.
5. Paffoni Ringo basin mixer, $475, from Mico.
6. Edge 1200 vanity in custom colour, $1840, from Smail & Co.
7. Christy Supreme Hygro towels in pink, from $16, from Little Additions.


4. Global wanderer 

  • The earthy tones of arid climates and desertscapes ground this look.
  • Red ochre, dusty blues and soft greens add depth and draw you in.
  • Layer items in stone, wood, basketwork and rustic linens to create the feeling of a story behind every object.
  • Timber vanities, curved tapware and clean, white bathware complement and offset this bohemian look.


1. Romeo shelf, $119, from EziBuy.
2. Missoni Stephen towel, $54, from Tessuti.
3. Derring Wading Pool self-rimming basin, $1429, from Kohler.


5. Luxury hotel 

  • Hotel spa style is luxurious and timeless, and appeals to all five senses.
  • Look for high-quality fittings that feel beautiful to touch and use.
  • Dial up the sensuality with textural tiles and ultra-fluffy towels and robes.
  • Finish with a tropical plant for lushness and a truly heavenly handwash.


1. Sirocco Alumino 1200 Exochique vanity with Serifos basin, $3870, from Athena.
2. Tumbler and soap dispenser, $8 each, from Kmart.
3. Artificial anthurium, $32, from Kmart.
4. Crest Sereno shower, $1669, from Mico.


6. Moorish spa 

  • Travel to North Africa and up through southern Spain with this earthy yet decadent bathroom look.
  • Exposed piping and heritage bath and tapware create an old-world vibe.
  • Graphic tiles in dusty terracotta and blue have a handcrafted, artisanal feel.
  • Rich colours and a splash of gold bring this heritage look up to date.


1. Carina chandelier by Charles Lethaby Lighting, $4515, from ECC.
2. Perrin & Rowe Victorian basin (excluding taps), $675, from In Residence.
3. Cassini 1500 freestanding bath, $2170, from Athena.
4. Christy Supreme Hygro towels in honey, from $16, from Little Additions.

Compiled by: Shani Luckman and Shelley Ferguson.

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