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32 S P E C I A L R E P O RT The next wave of bathroom trends Chris Taylor, design expert at Bristan, breaks down the looks to keep an eye on In 2016, the bathroom market reached new heights, with bathroom sales breaking the £1 billion mark for the first time ever. This is a reflection of the importance consumers are now placing on the bathroom as a central living area of the home, and their willingness to invest in getting the space exactly as they want. In terms of how consumers decide which products are best able to create the ambiance they want, installer recommendation still reigns supreme. In fact, it was reported that 75% of installers are regularly asked for guidance by their customers. This creates a massive business opportunity for the installer. If homeowners are willing to splash out on their bathrooms, and are looking to installers for advice, those with a good knowledge of the latest trends will be able to upsell and ultimately, maximise the profit potential allowed by the current market growth. Making the most of minimalism While modern minimalism continues to reign supreme, this year saw it evolve with a leaning towards design detailing. Here, it’s all about small details which make a big impact, for example, an eye-catching flair on an otherwise simple tap or a rectangular formed finished with organic curves – allowing customers to retain a minimalist look while adding quirky, distinctive details. White has remained a popular choice, equally suited to classical and contemporary interiors. However, rather than wall-to-wall white, which can feel over-powering and cold, we will see this neutral staple in a more subtle form, blending tastefully into almost any décor while providing an on-trend update to the room. Finally, the industrial look, based on a dark, gritty warehouse-style aesthetic, will continue to dominate design. Muted colours and materials, such as grey and granite, form the basis of the trend, which has only grown in popularity. This is seen in sparse, masculine designs, distressed finishes, exposed pipes, brickwork and beams inspired by the factories, wharfs and mills associated with the industrial era. For a softer, more feminine edge, installers should recommend the incorporation of delicate metallic such as golds and rose golds. Spa space and monochrome With 3.7 million Brits stating that the bathroom is the only place in the home they can find a retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life, it is no surprise than escapism is the next big thing in bathroom design. This is seen with neutral hues, natural accessories and simple styling, creating an inviting and soothing ambience. In terms of profit potential for installers, this trend works work well with deep, luxurious baths and vessel sinks alluding to a spa. Equally, the appeal of black and white will see a marked resurgence. This will be seen in white lacquer furniture and black granite tiling, countered with rustic hardwood floors to provide a rustic edge. The meteoric growth of the bathroom market, and its rising importance in the home, is likely to continue throughout 2017. With this in mind, installers need to stay tuned into the latest trends in to provide customers with advice on how to achieve their dream bathroom, thus giving themselves the edge on the competition. in the forthcoming year The LD50 is accurate to how many mm when used? A: Three B: 300 www.hpmmag.com December 2016 enquiry number 124 Manufacturers are now using alternatives to white as the colour can feel overpowering and cold For your chance to win this prize, simply answer A or B in response to this question and fill in the form at the back of the magazine: Grant UK is giving away two LD50 laser measuring devices and two Grant MagOne magnetic central heating filters. Simplicity of use combined with an easy-to-read LCD display screen and accuracy to within 3mm over the entire 50 metre measuring range, makes the LD50 an indispensable tool for plumbing and heating installers. Meanwhile, the universal MagOne Magnetic Filter provides protection for all types of central heating systems up to 36kW. It filters magnetite and non-ferrous debris, using a 12000 gauss neodymium magnet. Festive Giveaway 5 prize Answer A 125 REMEMBER: enter all 12 competitions, and you could win the grand prize - the lot! Prize 5 Grant UK laser and filter Answer B 126


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