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Design Dilemma: Of the Moment Bathrooms

Just like every other room of the house, the bathroom is subject to trends. And if you’ve ever walked into a pink and black-tiled bathroom or a powder room encrusted in silver lame` wallpaper, you’re well aware of that fact.

So what are the big trends happening this year?

Here’s a rundown.

Black, Black and more Black.

Now, we’re not just talking tiles, as in the uber-chic extra large subway tiles in the shower below. (By the way, unusual tile sizes, like 4 x 8 or 2 x 9 are very popular right now.)

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We’re talking black tubs!

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The bathroom above features a freestanding Caroma Noir bathtub. The black is picked up again in a Nero Tempest marble wall.

Here’s another example in a luxe traditional bathroom:

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And a third, simpler bathroom picking up on this trend:

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And finally, a very cool looking black stone tub:

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Will we all cringe at this trend in a few years time? Maybe. But what you will notice is that all black tubs are freestanding tubs — some modern, and some the traditional clawfoot tub. Unlike the last time black made it’s way into the bathroom, you rarely see fixed tubs set into the wall in black.

Floating Vanities.

They’re baaa…ck! You may have long dispensed with the notion of floating vanities as being too impractical for your cramped little bathroom where you could use drawer and cabinet space for shampoos and towels and hair dryers. But nevertheless, floating vanities, no matter how impractical, are making a come back. And for those who love the look, there are advantages to this style. A floating vanity can open up floor space, making a small bathroom feel larger. It’s also so much easier to clean. Here’s a particularly nifty look below:

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For those of us who can’t give up entirely on the notion of some storage, fortunately, more and more floating vanities also incorporate a little.

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Curbless Showers

We’ve mentioned this trend in earlier posts, and it’s still going strong. Today’s showers move seamlessly from bathroom floor to shower floor.  This can be a great look particularly in small bathrooms, where an uninterrupted floor appears more spacious.

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Neutral Matte Tiles in a Concrete Finish
Sure, shiny white subway tiles are a classic that will never go out of style, but this year, the rage seems to be in matte tiles in a neutral finish like concrete. Something like the tiles below:

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It’s a sophisticated look, a bit industrial and very modern. Here’s another take on the same trend below:

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Contemporary Bathroom by Irvine Kitchen & Bath Fixtures LeichtUSA

So what’s your take on this year’s bathroom trends? Will we all be knocking out these fixtures and tiles in a few years, or is there staying power here? From the looks of things, each of these trends is just restrained and classic enough that no one will be offended in 20 years time by your curbless shower. So enjoy!

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An Utterly Surreal Home on the Chilean Coast

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This amazing home is simultaneously dug in to and soaring over the cliffs on the long and lonely Pacific coast of Chile.

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The contradiction between the earthbound nature of its green roof and the lyrical inspiration of its soaring glass and concrete tower makes this an arresting architectural gem.

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The soaring expanse of glass in the resulting cliff top perch of a living room offers an intimate view over the crashing waves below.

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Two full stories of unbroken glazing supported on tall concrete pillars make its astonishing views possible.

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Entering the soaring space would be like plunging into the ocean, through dramatic interiors that are vast and airy, with limitless horizons.

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As if dislodged by the wave action, the window panes are jigged up and down.

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By contrast with the drama in the front, a quiet protected courtyard burrows into the hilltop away from the crashing waves.

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The kitchen oversees this peaceful protected courtyard scene.

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Another contradiction: a romantic lilting curved roof defies gravity – in heavy mundane pedestrian concrete.

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Yet the concrete is appropriate: no less enduring than the rocky outcropping of the cliff itself.

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Towering over the protected courtyard, the undulating concrete roof suggests the power and the motion of the vast ocean waves.

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In a lonely setting overlooking the vast reaches of the Pacific Ocean, architect Raimundo Anguita has created a true work of art.

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Stepped Greek Villa with an Arresting Zigzag Shape

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From ISV architects comes this bold geometric house overlooking the Aegean Sea from its steep perch on an Athens hilltop.

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The zigzag shape as seen from the street below is even more striking lit up at night.

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Because of the stepped structure, every room and every patio supplies a limitless vista out across the ancient Greek sea.

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The access from the street is at the site’s highest point. From here you’d descend to the lower living levels of the home.

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Next to a gloriously serene infinity pool, thick blocky geometric shapes extend through the glass into the house.

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Viewed from another angle, the living room actually appears to be just idly floating about on the pool.

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At night, swimmers are treated to a unique view through the living room.

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Spare and spartan, bathrooms have a brisk and clean-cut masculine flair.

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Uncompromisingly contemporary design marks the spacious kitchen.

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An unbroken view is achieved with floor to ceiling glazing that makes it possible to completely open the interior to the sweeping ocean view.

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A huge fireplace provides the focal point after the sun goes down.

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The design represents an original treatment of an almost impossibly steep site.

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Arizona Family Home under a Half-Dome Roof

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AA Studio designed this bold dome-roofed three-bedroom family home in Sedona, Arizona.

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The street side of the house is a symphony of curved adobe in varying rosy hues.

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On the other side of the home the half and quarter circles are extended perpendicularly to the pool, while the color palette switches to brilliant blue.

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The roof has the wonderful soft green patina of weathering copper.

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Inside the house, the domed roof is panelled in wood, softening the soaring ceiling.

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To the back of the house, the house is single storey, so the bedrooms get both a domed roof and their own small lawn outside.

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A stepped landscape allows for intimate lawn views from the bedrooms.

The land is terraced on the private side outside the bedrooms, breaking up the hillside into a series of flat lawns.

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On the other side, the land falls away naturally and the entrance, marked by a bright and generously proportioned red door, is from the top floor.

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Stairs lead down outside to allow access directly to the pool in the front of the house.

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So this would be one ‘welcome home’ view.

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In Arizona, where temperatures can reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit, this is a welcome sight indeed!

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A truly memorable and warmly nurturing home.

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Watery Views Marry a Zen Sensibility in Contemporary Seattle Home

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There is a gentle charm to the easy zen aesthetic of Seattle’s Courtyard House by DeForest Architects.

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Set right on a lakefront and overlooking Mount Rainier in Seattle, Washington, the house is fully open to its stunning maritime views.

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Cheery sun-drenched bedrooms are so close to the lake that they seem like they are on a houseboat moored at its edge.

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The house is quite narrow, sandwiched between the lake view in front and the street, and its floor-to-ceiling glazing can completely open both sides like a pavilion.

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Opaque turquoise glass obscures the view into the house from the street side…

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…while the view out is created to provide a private garden view with a zen sensibility.

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This wall of opaque turquoise glass creates privacy and ample daylight for large showers in identical bathrooms, with spa-like wood panelled ceilings.

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Their interiors have a much earthier vibe, with rammed earth walls and very contemporary cylindrical wash basins.

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The bathrooms are along the street side, while their bedrooms face the lake.

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Another zen touch is the seamless transition between indoors and out – note the wood floor to wood deck - along with the huge expanse of glazings that can be completely opened up.

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Industrial strength steel stairs contrast with the soft blonde wood kitchen with its spacious islands to each side.

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With its casual flavor of Japan in its use of wood ceilings and modular screens, the architects have created a gentle and charming lakeside home.