Trends – In Ex Design

Colour and Curves

Warmer weather is on its way – the perfect time to freshen up your home

Chrissy Harris
1 March 2023

Spa-up your bathrooms

For a room that’s part of our daily routine, bathrooms can often be stark, cold and way down our list of vamping up priorities. “A bathroom really should be a sanctuary,” says Julie-Ann Clements of In Ex Design in Lympstone. “Why settle for boring when you can easily gain that spa-feel-at-home look?” Spa-style bold marble is in, and it’s a seriously elegant choice for bathroom walls, be it in slab or tile form.

A more laid-back, Mediterranean look is also an on-trend option. Heritage tiles are here to stay and there’s a gravitation towards geometric and patterned tiles for 2023, including hexagon, chevron, herringbone, and more. Geometric patterns can also be used to create a vintage or retro-style floor.

Be bold with colour – loud terracottas or deep greens and blues will make you feel as though you’re lying on a beach in the sunshine, rather than a quick soak in the tub before Eastenders is on.

And, lighting, lighting, lighting. “You want your bathroom to feel special, and IP-rated lighting or even spots on a dimmer will help set a more relaxed vibe, even for those quick showers,” adds Julie-Ann.

Mid-Devon-based interior designer Emma Turner agrees. “Bathroom lighting shouldn’t be an afterthought,” she says. “Ditch the downlights and go for something bolder. For a luxurious look, go for outsized lighting pieces or statement wall lights. Introducing statement lights is a good way to update a bathroom without overhauling the whole room.”

Get the look: Amos in Exeter for beautiful and bold lighting. Totnes Tiles has a great range in the latest bathroom looks. Visit Annie Sloan for terracotta shades.