While up until recently the minimalist frameless look was the sought-after style when it comes to shower enclosures, it seems that now, less is no longer more. Like all other elements of bathroom design, the shower area now provides an opportunity for homeowners to add their own signature touches for an individual look. And in the shower zone that can be in the form of frosted, patterned or fluted glass, or statement frames, and colourful or unusual finishes.
“Without question the most prominent trend in the higher end of the bathroom market is colour,” says Roman CEO David Osborne. “Plain glass options are still proving to be a popular choice with consumers but this is changing quite dramatically,” he adds. “We offer a wide selection of black grid and fluted glass shower enclosure options, which complement high-end showrooms really well. Fluted glass is particularly more desirable to those intent on interior design plans.”
“Gold and brass finishes are becoming more popular, in addition to coloured finishes such as black,” explains Nicholas Cunild, MD of Matki. The company now offers a broad selection of finishes as well as polished including polished gold, brushed gold, living brass, brushed brass and aged brass.
Co-ordinating a look across a scheme so that fittings and frames match brassware and accessories elsewhere in the bathroom is an increasingly popular way to achieve a high-end look.
“Crosswater has seen an evolving demand for two-outlet showers in bold brassware colours which provides the homeowner with a practical, yet trend-led choice to complete their dream bathroom. This colour trend has now expanded into enclosures, with consumers aspiring to be able to mix and match their shower valve and enclosures finishes,” says Marten Baker, product director at Crosswater.
Eileen Slattery, marketing manager for Merlyn, believes that the way people are using their bathrooms has evolved during the pandemic, and that people are prioritising renovating parts of the home that help them relax. “This includes small changes in colour schemes – choosing shower fixtures and fittings in an on-trend palette, such as matt black or brushed brass, to cost-effectively transform a space. Made to measure and bespoke bathroom services have enabled homeowners to breathe new life into existing spaces, providing personalised solutions with the user at the heart. We expect this to continue well into 2021,” she adds.