Hettich’s “Personal. Diverse” ISH trend report (Frankfurt) and Salone del Mobile (Milan) Trend Report 2017 provides an overall picture of the world’s largest showcase for innovative bathroom design in respect of surfaces, architecture and functions.

ISH 2017 trend report, Surfaces, architecture, functions

Surfaces are becoming more varied. Long gone are the days when white dominated the bathroom because colours arouse emotions, create moods and underscore personal character. Wooden surfaces and dark colours give bathrooms a varied and homely look, even when it comes to porcelain and taps. Pastel shades add a fresh breeze, with porcelain in bi-colour and industrial look giving the bathroom that unique certain something.

Architecture is coming to life. Individuality is the key; sometimes totally purist; sometimes in retro rounded look; sometimes with angled contours. The combination of bathroom furniture and accessories in a wide range of colours and options make the bathroom a haven of wellbeing with a very personal touch. Metal frames or slender legs make bathroom furniture look extremely delicate. Approaching fronts, edges and contours from a whole new angle bring diversity to the bathroom. And open shelf elements are perfect for displaying accessories.

Functions are becoming even more intelligent: above all, bathrooms must be practical and convenient. With the convenience of height adjustment and other additional functions, furniture easily adapts to people of any age and still looks smart. Intelligent organisational elements are turning bathroom furniture into veritable storage wizards and, with perfected lighting; the bathroom is becoming the favourite place to be. Digitalisation has long since arrived: all made possible by smart WCs, interconnected mirrors and integrated sound systems.

Salone del Mobile 2017 Trend Report

Surfaces, architecture, functions Hettich’s “Light and Airy Meets Opulent” trend report on Salone del Mobile 2017 portraits the trends shown at the world’s biggest and most important furniture exhibition. In terms of surface finishes, classy materials, such as marble, leather, velvet and precious metals, set the tone in Milan. The colour scheme embraces dark shades, and most of the timbers used are dark as well. Accent colours are applied in muted, matt tones. The use of glass doors conjures transparency. Organic shapes give upholstered furniture, tables and even cabinets the flair of the “swinging sixties”. They provide a contrast with purist, filigree contours. The furniture on display also impresses in functionality: sliding and folding door systems provide access to storage spaces, and bar compartments are increasingly finding their way into the living room. Cabinets are demonstrating their talent as organisers on the inside too.