When John Harington – playwright, author and English courtier – invented the first flushing toilet back in 1596, he may or may not have flirted with the idea of hiding as much of the toilet within the wall of his Tudor bathroom as he could. But to be fair, the man had nine children to think about, and the plague had swept through London just three years earlier, so he probably didn’t really think to incorporate an in-wall flush system into his wood panelling. He was lucky to be alive, let alone be thinking about aesthetics!
Kitchen hacks and storage solutions may get a lot of attention online, but when really trawling through kitchen storage ideas, no two kitchens should ever be alike. This is because no two chefs are the same.
As more high-density developments continue to pop up with a standard form of design, there has been an understandable desire by homeowners, renovators and designers alike to create bathroom designs that engage the eye and differentiate a space from any ubiquitous design trends that have jumped on the development bandwagon. That is why so many people are shirking white walls and white baths for a variety of textures, materials, geometries and pallets in search for a bathroom retreat that reveals something of who they are, and what they want to communicate through design.
There is a reason the tiny house movement has increased in popularity in recent years, and it goes beyond an appreciation for some great kitchen hacks. Tiny houses have been around for a long time but their recent popularity is a reflection of changes in social attitudes towards how we use our living spaces, and how our living spaces can have such a significant impact on our mental health and lifestyles in general.
You may have decided that your new kitchen will feature brass and timber, include integrated appliances and blur the lines between the living room and the kitchen by extending the kitchen island out further than ever before. But have you accounted for those little things people overlook when planning a new kitchen?
Have you finally had enough of that broken cutlery drawer? Or perhaps you just moved into your dream home and it needs a touch of love. A kitchen renovation can be key to successfully flipping a property, or to inspire an entirely new way in which you, your family and friends interact within your home.
Kitchen renovation, along with bathroom renovation might sound like an arduous project, but it is important to understand when is the right time to bring your ideas and designs to life. Regardless of your personal taste and budget, there are several signs to look out for.
Kitchen trends in 2018 will continue to showcase some of the changes we saw last year, while branching off in pursuit of a more ‘unified’ design. This will result in the lines between living spaces, such as the dining room and kitchen, becoming more blurred. Design trends tend to swing like a pendulum in opposition to established norms, so there is now an accelerating trend towards designs that promote the kitchen as the social hub of the home.
Whether you are considering bathroom renovations, are in a new build or are just daydreaming, there are a range of bathroom trends in 2018 that are either successful echoes of previous years or are entirely new approaches to bathroom design.