Hosted at. http:\/\/feedproxy.google.com\/~r\/FreshInspirationForYourHome\/~3\/uEoxPsFbvCk\/ \nIn this article we will delve into the wonderful world of bathrooms, shining a spotlight on the hottest trends which’ll capture the industry in 2014. \u00a0Please like and share if it tickles you.\n1. \u00a0Spa Like Escapes\n‘Problems are a sign of life’: Life, for everybody, is difficult. \u00a0This is one of life’s great truths. \u00a0The late, respected psychiatrist Dr M. Scott Peck says, ‘Life is a series of problems. \u00a0Do we want to moan about them or solve them?’. \u00a0Whether we choose to acknowledge the fact or not, we all face problems and the end result we end up with is how we respond to those problems. \u00a0We need to accept them, embrace them and tackle them head on; we need to give time to them.\nWhen we truly give time to thinking about how to solve painful problems, we envision sound and sometimes creative solutions which will solve problems. \u00a0Let’s admit it, with the noise and mental stimuli which our minds are addicted to (i.e. cell phones), it’s difficult to enter into a place of deep thinking and meditation. \u00a0People are now realizing the need to find an escape, away from technology, a place to relax, think, recharge and claim authority over a run away, cloudy neurosis.\nDay spas and spa hotels are classic examples of escaping and recharging, a trend which has pierced the home improvement market. \u00a0Designers and architects are adding those places of escape within the home, including steam shower rooms, saunas, whirlpool baths and hot tubs into their designs in response to this need. \u00a0Take the gorgeous example below which sports a sauna and steam shower combination unit; a perfect addition to an at home spa retreat.\nIn fact, over 50% of new builds in the United States are now equipped with a whirlpool bath. \u00a0Spa equipment has grown by 10% year on year and is set to continue its growth in 2014.\n\n2. \u00a0Living Walls\nMore of a rarity at this time, but when done right they look breathtaking. \u00a0Take the example below by Siol, it’s simply stunning, adding vibrancy and tangible life to the bathroom which would be difficult to achieve in any other way. \u00a0The main concern people may have regarding living walls is the watering of them. \u00a0I’m not an expert on the finer details of them, however I do know there are watering systems for potted plants which automatically water based on time or moisture level of the soil.\nA similar solution could be implemented into a living wall like this which should keep it looking lush and ravishing for time to come. \u00a0We’re seeing these living walls drawn into more and more designs, and expect this trend to continue in 2014.\n\n\u00a03. \u00a0Custom Built Open Walk in Showers\nThe ultimate lapse of luxury, an open, custom built walk in shower with a huge, plush monsoon like overhead shower. \u00a0Where personal identity and individuality is a growing trend, so are its effects, which can be seen across different vertical markets, not least the bathroom industry. \u00a0Where cash is not a problem, people are opting for custom solutions, spa inspired and often ostentatious\u00a0walk in showers. \u00a0It’s a trend which has been around for a long time, and it’s one that’ll continue to grow in 2014.\nIt seems that the late Mark Twain’s advice is being heeded,\u00a0\u201cWhenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect\u201d, which can be written, “Whenever you have the option to express individuality and break away from the herd; take it”.\n\n\n4. \u00a0Coastal Style\nCoastal touches will also be popular in 2014. \u00a0Look for natural seaside accessories such as rocks, shells and driftwood which will give the bathroom that natural beach feel. \u00a0The design below is a great example of a driftwood mirror which can either be bought or made by yourself; that is if you have the time, inclination and access to beach doodads of course. \u00a0Simply buy a normal framed mirror, walk along the beach and pick up any pieces of worn driftwood which are oozing with character, then glue the wood onto the frame.\n\nAlso look for shabby, chic white tongue and groove paneling and wicker accessories which’ll marry the design together.\n\n5. \u00a0Mosaic Patterns\nYou don’t have to be as bold in your designs to go as far as the hypnotic mosaic pattern pictured below, but patterned tiles are in for 2014, especially mosaics. \u00a0If you can add a retro flare, that’ll be an added bonus, but make sure it’s done right so it doesn’t look tacky or quickly dated as is the tendency for many of these designs to fall victim to. \u00a0These patterns can work with old school claw foot bathtubs, as well as modern\u00a0stainless pedestal sinks and back-lit mirrors \u00a0(as per below). \u00a0As long as you’ve got the eye, you’ll be able to make it work with almost anything.\nGo bold, bright and utilize patterned mosaics and tiles in your designs this year; a certain winner.\n\n6. \u00a0Natural Materials\nUsing natural materials is a trend which you’ll see in every other sphere of the design world in 2014. \u00a0Natural materials, unlike the riskier patterns above, are generally timeless and will stand the test of time. \u00a0If it’s a renovation, look to see if there are natural aged beams in the ceiling which have the potential to be uncovered and reconditioned with stain or a lovely beeswax.\nNatural isn’t wood exclusive either. \u00a0Natural stone, slate and other earthy materials are all viable options, which means there is usually a natural option which’ll work for most designs. \u00a0Worn, rugged and\u00a0spalted are the preferred choices, however as long as it’s natural, it’s likely to be in.\n\n7. \u00a0Copper\nIn you follow design trends closely you’ll have noticed that copper has been popping its head up left right and center. \u00a0In the bathroom, industrial copper based designs are in, where extravagant copper pipes are showcased as features. \u00a0Copper baths featured in a more traditional setting are making wider inroads in 2014, closely embraced by the dauntless and audacious designers amongst us. \u00a0Also look for copper light fixings, sinks and other quirky accessories that’ll make the room pop.\nFor the Nordics out there, those copper accessories which you keep in your summer cabins could be making their way to your city apartments!\n\n8. \u00a0Frameless Showers\nSleek and minimalist; A massive trend over the past 5 years: Frameless shower enclosure are simply no nonsense. \u00a0Cutting back on all the frills, bells and whistles, using only what is necessary to ensure structural integrity (chrome brackets), this is the design to go for if you’re looking for longevity, versatility and class. \u00a0Opt for thick, heavy 10mm glass panels, chunky impactive handles, and for goodness sake, ensure it’s a water tight design which requires zero silicone sealing.\nIt’s like the Mercedes of shower enclosures, popularized, desired and’ll continue to be the go to design for designers and shower manufacturers alike in 2014.\n\n9. \u00a0Hotel Glam\nThis, seemingly at least, is probably one of the words which I’ve seen being flaunted in the design world in 2014. \u00a0Glam this, glam that: Well, how about this: Hotel glam! \u00a0Glamarous hotel style bathrooms are becoming more common place in new build designs, and frankly, why not? \u00a0They’re daring, fearless and roar with zest.\nGo big and bright. \u00a0Create the illusion of extra space through large, back lit cabinet mirrors, and if you’re feeling especially gallant, you could even go as far as zebra print on the bathtub (below).\n\n10. \u00a0Bold Floral Wall Statements\nVibrant and energetic, both words which most of us need to have an injection of in our lives. \u00a0Nothing gives this feeling quite like intrepid floral wall art. \u00a0We’ve seen this trend grow in the bedroom, and it’s also growing in the bathroom market too. \u00a0Take the design below, it’s enough to blow the mind of everybody who enters the bathroom (for better or worse, depending upon taste), but one thing is for sure; it’s going to pull the eyes of every set which enters into that bathroom.\nThis is the vibrant and energetic edge which you should be looking for. \u00a0Try to have an artist paint directly onto the wall for a truly fresh and unique appeal which’ll enliven the senses and hopefully inspire the imagination.\n\n\u00a011.\u00a0Simple Monochrome Themes\nClean and clinical; simple monochrome is another winner for 2014. \u00a0Variations of the same color throughout the bathroom, using sleek polished or matte tiles to set off the latest in modern fixings. \u00a0This is all about keeping it simple, like the Scandinavians do well; eliminating clutter, using high quality materials, keeping it lustrous, tasteful and classy.\nThis has been a popular trend for a number of years, which won’t slow in 2014.\n\n\u00a012. \u00a0Wet Room\nThis one has been around for a long time, but it has reached our list because even though it’s aged, it continues, year on year to be popular. \u00a0It’s an expensive option, which means it has a limited reach, but those with the capital to invest, it’s a staple champion. \u00a0The wet room designs themselves are obviously adapting to current trends, as can be seen through the somewhat monochrome example below.\n\n13. \u00a0Rich Toned Wood Flooring\nA bit of an overlap here with the natural materials trend aforementioned, rich toned wooden flooring has to have its own mention with a pictorial example as it’s a winning trend within a trend. \u00a0This is probably going to be one of the most popular trends for the bathroom in 2014, which will also be popular in the kitchen.\nThis trend works with traditional long boards as in the design below, as well as square and rectangular tiles. \u00a0Use the same tones on the cupboards and units with the bathroom as they’ll complement each other\u00a0felicitously.\n\n\u00a0\u00a014. \u00a0Curves\nThe bathroom trend over the past few years has been dominated by straight lines, however in 2014, curves and rounded edges has put it’s proverbial foot in the door and is forcing its way in. \u00a0This curvature applies to anything and everything within the bathroom, including walls, bathtubs, sinks, mirrors, cabinets and shower enclosures.\nCurvy works well with curvy, so if going down this route, create a continuity within the bathroom. \u00a0This’ll not only help create a sense of balance but it can also help with space as curved cabinets can be squeezed into tight spaces with taste without looking cramped and forced.\n\n15. \u00a0Slabs of Marble & Onyx\nLarge natural slabs of marble & onyx; every slab unique, making no two bathrooms exactly the same. \u00a0Venetian marble wall prints are popular elsewhere in the house, as are these colorful slabs in the bathroom. \u00a0The bigger the better, single pieces preferred, an entire wall claimed by natural beauty, which has been concealed for millions of years.\nIt’s something one will have to see in person to truly experience its impact, but maybe you’ll stumble across one in 2014 as it’s a growing trend!\n\n\n\n\n\n\nYou're reading 15 Hottest Fresh Bathroom Trends in 2014 originally posted on Freshome. \nThe post 15 Hottest Fresh Bathroom Trends in 2014 appeared first on Freshome.com.