New Zealand designers and suppliers in the bathroom industry travel the world to keep up with the latest products and trends at world fairs, such as the recent trade fair in Milan.
Hamish Kofoed, specification and design manager for Mico Design New Zealand, says the ideas that spring from international fairs determine the look of new bathrooms over the next few years.
"Several key directions are emerging that will play an important part in bathroom direction for 2015," Kofoed says. Some of these are specific to the changing functional requirements of bathrooms, and some are purely trend related that are applicable to interior design in general, such as the strong return to the natural timber aesthetic, which was a key theme of the recent 2014 fair in Milan.
"Timber and timber veneer surface treatments are a leading trend for 2015. Designers are also taking cues from stone palettes, with interesting new cool greige' tones providing textural interest in both bathrooms and kitchens. We are also seeing a return to the semi-industrial aesthetic of the early 2000s. This is a modern, almost revisionist interpretation of a natural product."
Kofoed predicts this will be a strong direction for bathroom palettes, particularly as Kiwis love to use natural products.
"We are also seeing the mainstreaming of the home spa, with customers demanding a more sensory experience from their product selection. Discerning clients are gravitating towards luxury features, such as steam showers, two-person showers with overhead rainheads, body jets and massage jet functionality. These former luxuries are becoming more affordable."