Her Canberra Feature

Five bathroom trends for 2016 you need in your house.


Whether you’re in the market for a complete overhaul, are keen to embrace new technology, or just want to add new accessories to freshen up the look, here are five design trends you’ll want to embrace.

We went straight to the expert — Gina Ciancio from Style Curator — to get the latest.


Falper Via Veneto Mod Fresh 1600mm Cabinet with Matt Ceramilux Basin. Displayed at Southern Innovations Fyshwick.

2016 trends will focus around natural materials, with stone and timber a feature in everything from vanities to floors. A wall-hung bathroom vanity, like the Falper Via Veneto Mod Fresh, will bring lightness to a small space and works beautifully with brass accents and touches of colour. But as Gina says, there are many options when it comes to styling timber vanities, as pretty much anything goes!

“We wanted to bring a feminine feel to this vanity which is why we used a beautiful glass vase with delicate white flowers, teamed with brass accessories like the Zakkiahammered bowl and the timber and brass candle from TANDA.

“Towels can be like art for your bathroom, particularly when they are as colourful and fun as this ‘Peacock’ Ninnho towel with deep turquoise, pink and brass colour palette.”

Achieve a completely different look through using a monochromatic palette — a marble trivet with black and white bathroom accessories would look just as beautiful.



Marquis Equilibrium Silestone 1200mm Vanity with integrated basin. Astrawalker Icon + Lever Basin Mixer in Matt Black ( WELS 5 star – 6L per min.) Displayed at Southern Innovations Fyshwick.

Timber isn’t the only natural finish to be experiencing a comeback — stone has also been reinvented and is suddenly modern again. This stone vanity from Marquis Concepts features Silestone panels with integrated basin and results in a beautiful sculptural silhouette.

Gina says there are two easy ways you can style with stone – either play to the clean, simple design or bring in warm accessories to balance the space.

“You could keep the styling on a stone vanity restrained with only a few objects that have a beautiful form, or you could introduce timbers, fresh flowers or other greenery to bring life to the space.

“I loved the simplicity of this vanity and it’s beautiful form. With it’s angular shape, black tapware and raw finish, it has a real masculine feel to it which influenced my choice of products – using a marble soap dish, black and white Ninnho towel, and ceramic vases.”


Axor / Kuhnle und Knoedler

Axor LampShower is available in a range of 15 finishes. Displayed in chrome at Southern Innovations, Fyshwick.

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Axor Citterio 2. Axor LampShower in Gold 3. Axor Starck Single Lever Shower Mixer with Bi-Colour finish 4. Apply your own personal designs 5. Axor Starck Organic Basin Mixer in Gold 6. Extend the height of your tapware

Colour is back in fashion — and we’re seeing it in ways we’ve never seen before. Products like the Axor LampShower can be customised with different metallic and bi-coloured options, custom heights, and even the ability to include your own logos!

Using a superior technology that is unique to the Hansgrohe Axor range, the PVD process offers a longer lasting and durable finish than cheaper tapware that commonly uses powder coating, which chips and fades with regular use.

“The Bi-colour tapware is ultimate luxe!” says Gina. “The choice of finishes from polished red gold to brushed black chrome, polished bronze or nickel, let you customise the tapware to suit your individual style. I’m still a huge fan of black tapware and don’t feel this trend will end any time soon, it seems to have cemented itself as a staple, much like chrome.”


Freestanding Bath
Rogerseller Amelie Freestanding Bath. Displayed at Southern Innovations Fyshwick

The freestanding bath trend continues, with the statement bath designed to take centre stage in any bathroom.

Rogerseller’s Amélie is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional claw-foot bath —inspired by a traditional chaise lounge the Méridienne, the bath is designed to be an elegant and sophisticated furniture piece.”

The clean lines of freestanding baths provide a real focal point, allowing you to keep everything else in the room simple.


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Villeroy & Boch Subway 2.0 with Direct Flush. Displayed at Southern Innovations, Fyshwick.

The bathroom toilet is also changing, not just in its look, but in the way that it functions. Water-saving flushing has long been part of the Australian toilet, but the low volume of water with each flush means that the bowl is not always spotless. Now designers have found a way to improve this — and given family bathrooms a hygienic advantage.

“By removing the rim, designers have removed all those crevices where germs like to hide — and we all know children have a gift for finding them!”

These rimless toilets also deliver minimalist style — perfect for the modern bathroom.

You will find a range of modern rimless toilets by Australia’s Caroma, as well as European manufacturers Duravit and Villeroy & Boch, at Southern Innovations, Fyshwick.