Category Archives: Bathroom Design

Highlights from Salone Internazionale Del Milano 2014

Now in it’s 53rd year, Salone Internazionale Del Milano (Milan Design Week) is a week long celebration of all things design-oriented.  Here’s some hightlights from the week from our Kohler correspondent …

This year’s Salone Bagno sees copper and metallics making an appearance in the bathroom – prompted by their growing popularity in homewares and decorative elements for other areas of the home.

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Kohler’s Five Top … Tapware

Tapware is one of the key pieces in any bathroom renovation and often sets the style for the rest of the bathroom.

We’ve picked out five of the top – and quite different – looks in tapware from our extensive Kohler range. 

WALL MOUNT:  Viteo is clean and semi-industrial in design.  A highly functional straight edge spout and separate pin lever on stainless steel back plate.  4 star WELS rated.

STATEMENT:  Singulier is tall, bold and statuesque and melds sensuous curves with strong lines.  Single lever design…

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Bathrooms – the blue sky option?

Bringing the outdoors in is a rising trend in bathroom design – think large window
framing lush green foliage, glass doors or louvres opening to the garden or, the
dream option, a bathroom opening directly to a pond, courtyard or patio!

Key to the look is keeping the interior of the bathroom uncluttered – use wall hung
vanities and toilets to create the illusion of space and utilise any ‘dead’ space (tight

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NEWS FLASH! Kohler’s award winning Moxie Showerhead

Kohler’s Moxie Bluetooth-enabled showerhead, launched in New Zealand in November, has just been awarded the prestigious IDEA 2013 Silver Award – an annual Interior Design Excellence Award presented by the Industrial Designers Society of America. 

The ingenious Moxie streams music, talk and products directly into the shower stall via a chrome funnel-shaped showerhead with 60 – 80 angled nozzles.  It will work with any Bluetooth-enabled device such as a smart phone, MP3…

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Personalised bathing spaces

For the otherwise pared-back bathroom, undiluted glamour and sheer luxe can be introduced with a single feature piece such as a large, ornate mirror or a statement-making tap that will draw the eye and set the tone.

Bathrooms like the one pictured – featuring understated finishes and styling – can shine with the addition of  a stand out decorative item or feature tapware such as the Oblo.

The Oblo collection, with an impressive five star WELS rating,…

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Timber, stone and Stillness – the perfect bathroom balance

We at Kohler have long loved the simple, unadorned aesthetic of a timber and stone bathroom.  The combination of these two finishes imbues the space with a sense of grounded calm and relaxation.

The bathroom pictured shows the clever use of timber for freestanding vanity, mirror and bench that blends tonally and aesthetically with a background of limestone tiles on floor and walls.  Visual interest – and textural appeal – have been enhanced by using a combination of…

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‘Get creative with colour’ says Resene Colour Award winner Kelly Gammie

When it comes to designing bathrooms, we often work with Kelly Gammie from Eucalyptus Design in Auckland.

Kelly loves working with colour in bathrooms, so it’s no surprise she was recently awarded a Resene Total Colour Residential Interior Colour Creativity Award for her creative colour blocking in the “Arty Art Deco” home.

Kelly says that as a designer, she loves a restricted budget challenge and believes there is nothing better to get the creative juices…

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Bathroom renovation Q&A with Kohler’s Tom Casper

We get asked alot of questions on bathroom trends and designs by first-time builders and renovaters alike.  Here are some of the most frequently asked questions Kohler’s National Product and Sales Training Manager, Tom Casper, receives:

What are the latest in bathroom trends?

Two bathrooms in a family home are quite common now but their roles have become more clearly defined.  The main Master Bathroom (for the parents) features luxury items such as freestanding bath with whirlpool or BubbleMassage technology,…

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Glass reflects current style in bathrooms

Glass is reflecting the current look in bathroom styling – think large mirrors, glass basins and statement jars and containers.

Key to the look is marrying the timeless natural beauty of decorative elements in stone, timber and woven natural fibres with the clean contemporary finishes of translucent glass, ceramic tiles, polished chrome and vitreous china.

Perfect for the look is the Nature’s Chemistry collection. Made from cast or spun glass these…

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What’s hot in bathrooms for 2014

Mico Design Manager Hamish Kofoed shares with us what’s new in bathroom design trends and where he thinks the bathroom space is heading.

Bathroom design trends for 2014 revolve around the bathroom as a sanctuary, with lush elegant lighting, rich stone and tile-work and luxuriantly deep freestanding tubs. It’s all about luxury, colour and a return to quality. We are also seeing a placement of selected feature furniture items into bathroom designs if space permits, he says.

Basins and toilet…

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Wash and Wear

Writer and stylist, Alexia Biggs, scouts for all that’s new in homewares and interiors. Her weekly page, The Source, can be found in Spectrum in Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herald. 

First get the foundations right – classic lines, quality fixtures and a neutral palette.
Though white tiles are still the most in demand, bathroom design is now incorporating tiles placed in weaves and patterns that include circular and middle-eastern outlines, and we see fired earth ceramics

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Master bathrooms indulge in luxurious Sok

Master bathrooms are morphing into therapeutic relaxation centres with the accent on luxury, indulgence and spa-quality fittings.

Smart spatial inclusions, designed to enhance the perception of space and give an element of separation between bathing and toileting areas for example, include wall dividers, floor zoning and split levels.

Freestanding baths, space permitting, are often the centre piece of the master bathroom – especially those with luxury features such as constant overflow

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The second bathroom gets a new profile

The master bathroom has been the focus of renovation attention lately – experiential showers, luxurious fittings, glamorous freestanding baths and sculptural mixer taps feature prominently. Simultaneously the second bathroom, usually the domain of the children and guests, has quietly evolved into the ‘wet room’ workhorse. Budgets are often limited but expectations are extremely high.

Space saving fixtures, rich in clever features, understated design and ongoing savings in terms of water conservation are key…

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Keep it simple for the smartest style

While bathrooms may be getting bigger its the savvy choices we are making that have had the most profound effect on our wellness centres according to one of Australia’s leading experts.

Simon Hodgson, Director of the Kitchen and Bathroom Design Institute (KBDI), says homeowners are investing more than ever in the redesign of their bathrooms, consulting specialist designers and making smart choices in terms of fittings and appliances to create a serene, therapeutic area in which to relax and revitalise…

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Bathroom design embraces retro style

The soft lines and elegant curves of the 50s and 60s have reemerged as a favoured look in today’s bathroom designs with keen interest in this look that embraces the grace and shape of an era known for its glamour and colour.

Kohler’s Fairfax collection epitomises this genre with its shower heads, taps and mixers presenting a timeless design that is rich in detail, providing a sense of individual style for…

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Kohler takes a Stance on modern tapware

This latest offering from Kohler is a striking example of restraint creating the ultimate in bold design. Using strong architectural lines and refined angles the Stance range of tapware exudes pure, unembellished style.

Featuring a single column with slender, flat-planed spout and joy-stick control the Stance is a stand alone statement for any bathroom. The collection’s wall mount bath spout and bath mixer replicate the same modernist styling. There is also a…

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Toobi. A Pop Sensation.

A new modernist tapware collection has arrived that cleverly melds the archetypal plumbing form – the pipe – with the most contemporary, refined design and engineering.  The result is Toobi – utterly modernist in design but with a refreshingly natural delivery of water.

Each of the mixers – tall and standard basin mixers plus bath spout – delivers a tumbling, free flow of water in all its natural beauty all with a final, pop-art twist.  There is a…

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Stillness and Simplicity Spell New Trend in Bathroom Design

A new bathroom trend to emerge, post GFC, is for simple, low profile, unadorned taps and accessories to maximise the perception of space and flow in a room that is all too often smaller than we would like.

Subtle colour palettes of whites and greys, using a common tile for all wall surfaces, is a key element to the look but so is a beautifully simple range of matching tapware and bathroom

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Freestanding Stars in the New Bathroom of the 21st Century

Freestanding baths are being credited, in part, to the rise in popularity of the melding of bathroom and relaxation area.  Demarcation lines between main bathroom and bedroom are blurring as furniture and soft furnishings are added to the mix to increase the sense of luxury and comfort.

Key to this look is the freestanding bath and Kohler’s Askew lithocast two people bath and the luxurious Escale BubbleMassage model are popular choices –…

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Take a leaf out of the bathroom style file…

Inspired by the cupped, organic shape of a single leaf the simple, white Leaf basin makes an understated – yet very beautiful – contribution to a serene bathroom setting.

The Kohler Leaf basin is a 600mm wide countertop design ideally suited to bench or wall-mounted basin mixers.  And while its lines are simple in the extreme its design is both functional and practical.

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