Living trends: Bathrooms connect with bedrooms, growing green

Summer is getting closer, with high temperatures and lots of sunlight. The summer weather is prolonging due to climate change in our latitudes, which also significantly influenced the trends in the households. In 2019, for example, we will find open glass surfaces full of green and environmentally friendly solutions as well as external shading technology with advanced automation elements. Technological innovations are also entering the bathroom sector.

Open space with plenty of light

The current trend in housing construction is to release more and more rooms and to combine several rooms into one. “The model of connecting the living room and kitchen has been popular for years. Recently, however, people are longing to combine a bathroom with a bedroom, for example,” says Tomáš Kaláb of the Kaláb development company. He adds that there is often a large room in which all living areas are located. However, it is necessary to maintain the distribution of space – be it via stairs or glass partitions or lower walls, or subsequently via the interior design. “It is important not to disturb the intimacy of individual rooms and to separate them indirectly, for example the bedroom from the living room with kitchen,” adds Kaláb. In his words, it is also modern to have many glazed exterior walls and to play with the lighting.

Bathrooms with functional and environmentally friendly technologies

When connecting bathrooms to other rooms, attention is also paid to the design and functionality of individual components, including environmentally friendly technologies. A popular type of shower partitions are walk-in showers, which are located directly on the floor without a bathtub and are supplemented by special drainage channels. “Shower partitions are now re-equipped with drainage systems that match the decor and height of the floor itself. There is no visual difference and no impairment of the aesthetics,” says Martin Jurkovič, AlcaPlast project manager. In terms of colours and materials, the square is tiled with decors that mimic natural materials in combination with wood. A special feature are music speakers and LED lighting, which are installed in the shower cubicles or bathtubs to create a relaxed atmosphere. 

“The bathroom is increasingly equipped with a toilet with bidet and urinal,” adds Jurkovič, emphasizing the lower water consumption. According to him, this is achieved by economical Ecology toilet modules, which are being re-produced instead of a conventional three- and six-liter combination with a combination of two- and four-liter tanks.

Photo tiles also for living room and study

Tiles are a modern feature that can also be used outside the bathroom. Together with wood, glass, stone and metal, for example,they are used for wall coverings in living rooms and relaxation rooms. With countless sizes and plastic shapes, there are many ways to optimize the interior. The emerging trends include, for example, a new technology that combines traditional tiles with photographs.

Photo tiles are a novelty on the Czech market and thanks to their variability it is possible to fill any room with them. “It’s a technology that prints a selected photo or theme on the tiles. The special print achieves very high detail accuracy and the picture is completely natural,” explains Andre Beurskens of C.Art Studio, which is the first to introduce photo tiles on the Czech market. According to him, everyone perceives tiles as a material that only belongs to bathrooms, but nowadays people also put them in the living room or in the study. “The area of the walls is unlimited. Thanks to the mosaic method, the picture can extend over the entire wall” adds Beurskens.

The popularity of outdoor shielding and control with sensors

With the trend towards maximum light access to living spaces, the demand for efficient interior shading is also growing. This closes the room if necessary and protects, for example, during the day from high temperatures or eliminates unwanted light smog in the evening. Front-runners in this field are external blinds, whose market share was already almost 50 percent two years ago. It is now more than half,” commented Jan Malysz, Sales Manager at Lomax, who is engaged in the production of shading technology.

On the other hand, major changes in the direction of maximum automation can be observed in terms of shield control. “Although the classic wall-mounted switch or the classic remote control continues to gain in popularity, the use of sensors and advanced automation has grown dramatically in recent years. Since October, the Czech state has contributed by adding the shield to the New Green Savings programme,” says Malysz. In fact, it is possible to obtain a subsidy twice as high as the conventional manual control of blinds or blinds equipped with automatic systems.

Indoor plants soothe and prevent overheating of facades

While in recent years we have hardly found any plants in some modern interiors, flowers and grasses are now back on track. This trend is being transferred from offices to homes, where companies are increasingly resorting to the location of so-called vertical gardens. In these cases, entire walls are covered with plants that are appreciated not only in terms of design and aesthetics, but also from a psychological point of view. Above all, it is about reducing stress and not feeling anxious and tired anymore. Last but not least, flowers and plants clean the air, so it is no wonder that vertical gardens are gradually entering households.

Plants are also used outdoors, especially on facades. Climbing plants are used to protect the building from unwanted external influences and cool by its shade during hot summer days. Therefore, many buildings are equipped with metal structures on the outer shell to support the flowering plants.

Source: 20 May 2019. You can find the press article here