Category Archives: Bathroom Design

Future bathroom trends take shape

Geometrics are a fast growing trend in bathroom design with these dynamic shapes being used to add interest to a simple bathroom – think basins, tapware, wall textures and even shower fittings. With neutral colour palettes often being the preferred option for bathing spaces – they enhance the feeling of relaxation, hygiene and spaciousness – these clearly defined geometric shapes and textures add visual interest and character.

Kohler has introduced some strong geometric shapes to its…

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Kohler invited to exhibit at MoMA in New York – Reinventing the Toilet

Kohler will once again feature in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.  Uneven Growth – Tactical Urbanisms for  Expanding Megacities will be staged from November 22, 2014 to May 10, 2015 and will be accompanied by a publication showcasing the exhibition projects and essays by leading urban and architectural scholars.

With a global population expected to be around 8 billion by 2030 the exhibition is a collaboration of six interdisciplinary

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Towards 2015 – our guest blogger looks at key trends emerging

We asked our guest blogger Hamish Kofoed, Specification & Design Manager for Mico Design New Zealand, about what’s new in bathroom design and where he thinks the NZ bathroom space is headed as we look toward 2015.

To follow is the first of a number of key directions that Kofoed believes will play an important part in bathroom and kitchen design in the coming months…

The bathroom has become more important to people against a backdrop…

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BREAKING NEWS … Moxie to hit Australian shores soon!

The award-winning blue tooth enabled shower head, MOXIE, will be available in Australia
from June! 

This beautifully designed shower head – the first to stream music, talk and podcasts from
blue tooth enabled devices such as smart phone, MP3 and iMac etc – showcases simplicity
at its best.  A chrome, funnel-shaped shower head and white silicone interior houses 60
angled nozzles around its perimeter.  The integrated wireless speaker fits perfectly inside
this – cleverly held in place…

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Kohler goes touchless in the US

The latest technological revolution from Kohler means the no-touch-flush for domestic toilets is now a reality.

The Touchless flush is a great solution to the growing demand for increased hygiene in the bathroom – the hygiene and health of family members has long been a homeowners issue and Touchless takes that concern out of the equation.

Touchless works in a very simple manner: holding a hand over the tank lid directly…

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Bathroom basins go undercover

Amongst a plethora of sculptural taps, statement basins and bold baths there’s an element of understated elegance creeping into bathroom design trends.

Leading bathroom specialist, Kohler, is reporting an increase in undercounter basin installations saying designers and consumers alike are embracing the element of concealment in wet areas to maximise the perception of space and clean, linear surfaces.

The brand’s undercounter basins come in a choice of shapes and sizes to cater…

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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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