The Home Front: Good bathroom design promotes health and well-being

Design trends reflect a shift toward warmth, colour and customization

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Here’s a look at the latest trends in bathroom design, including Kallista’s new graphite finish, Ikea’s three new bathroom ranges, and how Canadians are keen to renovate their homes to promote feelings of health and well-being.

A shift toward warmth and colour in bathroom trends

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Alexander Dornbracht, Kallista’s managing director, says the handles in its latest 002 bathroom collection were inspired by classic minimalism and contemporary American elements, like softer lines and playfulness. These handles are available in rose quartz, white Carrara and zebra jasper.

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Dornbracht says designers are looking for more details in the bathroom products they’re sourcing. He adds that even when creating contemporary spaces, designers are moving away from purely minimalistic styles towards a softer, more contemporary look.

Polished nickel taps and faucet by Kallista.
Polished nickel taps and faucet by Kallista. Photo by Courtesy Kallista

Manufacturers are increasingly experimenting with unexpected materials and innovative finishes, says Dornbracht. In line with this, Kallista has just introduced a new graphite finish in a polished and brushed option.

“As a much richer take on a classic black, our graphite offers more depth and visual interest.”

Zebra Jasper handles by Kallista.
Zebra Jasper handles by Kallista. Photo by Courtesy Kallista

Three new bathroom looks for Ikea

Ikea has released a new bathroom series that includes Havbäck, Ängsjön and Tännforsen, says Eithne Lavin, head of commercial for Ikea Canada.

Ängsjön reflects the minimalistic Scandinavian-modern design Ikea is known for. It has built-in handles and comes in high-gloss white, oak effect and brown oak, which are “commonly seen in Scandinavian design.”

Its Havbäck range provides a lot of storage, with drawers that extend fully, making it great for small spaces, as you can fit everything in. It’s also the best solution for families and multi-generational homes, says Lavin.

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Storage solutions are a big driver in Ikea's new bathroom designs.
Storage solutions are a big driver in Ikea’s new bathroom designs. Photo by Courtesy Ikea

The Tännforsen range was specifically designed for a North American audience. It has bevelled edges and is available in lighter colours, such as white and grey. “It’s an evergreen style that’s more traditional.”

These three different ranges aim to be flexible to peoples’ style preferences (with options from traditional to ultramodern), affordable and functional. And that they make people feel good, adds Lavin: “The use of oak effect door fronts makes your bathroom feel like a spa-like sanctuary.”

Canadians are keen to renovate

Each year, Ikea Canada releases its Life at Home report. In the research for the latest report, it seems that many Canadians want to renovate their homes in the next two years, says Lavin.

“Home situations are constantly changing.”

Storage is key, especially in smaller homes or those with several residents, and a big factor in these latest bathroom products, she adds.

More traditional bathroom design from Ikea.
Tännforsen is a more traditional bathroom design from Ikea. Photo by Courtesy Ikea /sun

Our homes need to promote feelings of health and well-being

Ikea’s report also found that finances and disposable income are a top concern for Canadians, says Lavin. So, these new bathroom offerings are intentionally affordable.

She says that health and well-being are also high on peoples’ list of priorities, and a good bathroom design can help with this. Your bathroom is one of the hardest working rooms in your home so it’s essential that it’s functional, looks and feels good, says Lavin.

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