The '70s bathroom design trend that’s back in vogue

The pastel-coloured basin has become trendy again, as renovators seek to explore the use of colour in their benchtop design.

Forget monochrome or bright, white designs, the new buzz in bathrooms is all about colour. 

Thinking about a coloured basin? It's a big commitment to the trend, so we asked Christie Wood, Beaumont Tiles Design Specialist, her advice on what to look for when shopping for a hero, pastel piece and how to style it.

What to look out for when buying a coloured basin

Christie says there are three questions that everyone should consider when looking to purchase a coloured basin. They are:

1. Do I love this colour?
Make sure you love it! First and foremost, you need to love the basin and the look that you’ve chosen.

2. Do I need to add an optical illusion?
If your space is on the smaller side, look to embrace optical illusions to make your bathroom look bigger. This in turn will give you more options to hero the basin. Oversized mirrors and slab tiles are great secret weapons to achieve this.

3. What other shades do I want to use?
Consider the neighbouring materials of the benchtop, taps and wall tiles.They are a team and will need to work well together to create the overall look you are after. Using one shade throughout the space is a great way to create a cohesive seamless story. For the tiles use a complementing grout to ensure that grout lines blend into the overall look.

How should I style it?

When opting to install a coloured basin, you can either have it as a hero piece in the room or adopt a more balanced look.

To hero the basin:

Christie says to use other pieces within the design structure to frame the basin and establish symmetry. 

"Start with a sleek lined mirror installed behind the vanity, and pair it with a subtle cabinetry and matte black tapware. Keep the colour palette clean by migrating towards either a cool, or warm-toned matte white tile depending on the style of natural lighting in the space," she says.

"The key to executing this look is to let the tiles be the anchor of the space which ties it all together. Stretch subways or large tiles for those wanting to eliminate grout lines for a seamless look."

To colour block the basin:

This option is particularly effective when you’re working within a large bathroom space as the extra area gives each element room to breathe and hold its own while adding to the overall theatre of the space.

"The key to nailing this look is repetition, which can be achieved through towels, ceramics, soft blooms, wall tile or even grout. Keeping to the same shade, across multiple touchpoints creates soft repetition that’s show stopping to look at," explains Christie.



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The new trend: A square vanity with round basin 

"Adding a round basin onto a square or rectangle shaped vanity will soften the hard edges of a room with predominantly a hard-surfaced area," says Christie. With the same mindset, she suggests considering matte finishes on your tiles as they visually warm a room when compared to gloss or polished finishes. 

"If you need help to see how this will all look, check out the exclusive visualiser tool online, which lets you visualise your chosen taps, tiles, cabinetry and bathroomware in-situ. It’s a great way to see first-hand what the final room will look like - basin and all!"

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