Earp Bros PAR-KER range of porcelain tiles on walls and floor - shown here PAR-KER Roble Boston
In terms of bathroom trends for autumn/winter 2012, everyone's talking about water-efficiency, spa experience, compact bathrooms and aesthetics this season. Linda Brander, spokesperson for Kohler, Raymor and Earp Bros runs us through these hot trends.
This is now one of the key considerations for home owners contemplating bathroom renovation. Companies such as Raymor are now releasing six star WELS rated basin mixers that use as little as 4.5L of water per minute with toilets also saving significant amounts of water with four star WELS rating.
Toilets have also evolved somewhat with wall hung and wall faced models increasing in popularity - these models have concealed cisterns and wall-hung designs are suspended above the floor for a completely clean, uncluttered look.
Bathrooms are no longer a simple wash room but a home spa where one can relax and unwind. Showers now deliver up to six shower patterns - from a refreshing light spray to a dense, massaging rain shower.
Earp Bros PAR-KER range of porcelain tiles on walls and floor - shown here PAR-KER Roble Casona
Those of us with smaller spaces for the bathroom still want style and the spa experience. Raymor has a collection of basins with integrated shelf space that negates the need for a vanity.
There are now BubbleMassage baths from Kohler that take up the same footprint as a conventional baths yet deliver the spa experience with thousands of tiny warm-air-filled bubbles that massage and support the entire body.
Kohler Escale drop-in BubbleMassage bath
Bathrooms are no longer just functional, practical areas. They have become showcases of the homeowner's personal style. and wall embellishment and adornment are a key factor. Earp Bros is at the forefront of the trend towards textural stone finishes, organic timber planks and beautifully coloured mosaics and even silver, gold and metallic effects - yet all of these seemingly natural or industrial finishes are the product of the very latest in ceramic tile technology.
Dimensional tiles are also a huge trend in bathrooms where the tiles have a 3-D appearance.
Earp Bros Ona dimensional tiles on walls and PAR-KER porcelain tiles on floor
Looking for more design inspiration? Check out our guide to Kitchen Design Trends Autumn/Winter 2012