As the place we enjoy peaceful time getting ready in the morning and the space we take refuge in at the end of the day, the bathroom is a focal point of activity in any home. Whether your bathroom needs a few updates or a complete overhaul, keeping the space up to date is one of the best investments you can make in your home, and 2014 is all about seamless functionality and bold statements.

2014 sees the resurgence of bold dark colours, the all-white bathroom is a timeless, classic look, but for those interested in a bathroom style with a bit more character, its time to reinvent your bathroom. Our bathrooms are evolving - they're not just spaces where we wash - they're also spa-like places to relax and unwind in. 2014 bathroom trends incorporate décor, furniture and accessories we might usually associate with living rooms or bedrooms blended with the bathroom for a really comfortable room that's a pleasure to spend time in. Forget cold, clinical wash rooms - 2014 is all about comfort. Incorporate an armchair, cushions, books, lighting and fluffy rugs to create a chilled out space not just a bathroom. Avoid white and, instead, choose coloured cabinets for a strong decorating scheme - just as you would in any other room of the home.

A key trend for bathrooms for 2014 is dark wood effect porcelain floor tiling. With many realistic imitation wood patterns to choose from offering all the warmth of wood with the practical features creates the ideal combination for your bathroom. For a modern result, why not use the same tiles on your floor and walls, to give a fluid, cladding effect. Controversially, we could be seeing wallpaper return to the bathroom, though the practicalities of this may not work for everyone. Whatever happens in 2014 Spa like bathrooms have become a commodity and will continue to be so in the year ahead, combining boutique style décor, refined bathroom furniture and bathroom accessories that we might usually associate with living rooms to create an enjoyable and comfortable room to spend time in. Forget the clinical style bathroom the spa inspired bathroom is all about combining colour and comfort.

January 14, 2014

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