2016 Bathroom Trends
Photo: courtesy of www.minosadesign.com/ taken by Nicole England
Is your bathroom in desperate need of an update? Be inspired with these must-have design trends for 2016 and get a bathroom you will enjoy spending time in.
We asked six designers for their style predictions.
Time for tranquility
“Bathrooms are often the only place where people regularly have time to themselves,” Sydney interior designer Sarah Davison says. For that reason bathroom design should “create a refuge of serenity and personal luxury. The trends I embrace are for natural materials and unique, layered textures,” she says.
Recent bathroom trade shows in Paris and Milan showed that 2016 trends will focus around natural materials, designer Katrina Malyn, of building design company Design Projector, says.
“We will move further away from artificial materials,” Malyn predicts. “Natural stone and timber will appear in more and more bathrooms. Timber vanities, seats and accessories showing timber grain will become more prevalent. Timber will be more often used for bathroom floors and even in taps.”
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Warm Water Systems
Plumbers protect the health of the community
Article by Ernie Kretschmer, MPAQ
Hot water can be very dangerous for several reasons, mainly through scalding injuries and microbial issues. Licensed plumbers tackle these in various ways but mainly through the installation of tempering/thermostatic valves to control water delivery temperature and correct installation to ensure the deficient free operation of the water heating system to deter microbial growth.
Storage water heaters are required to store water at a minimum of 60°C in order to inhibit bacteria growth. Australian Standards require that delivery temperature for water in areas primarily for personal hygiene be tempered to 45°C for the aged, sick, children or people with disabilities. This is specific to those in healthcare and aged care buildings, early childhood centres, primary and secondary schools, and nursing homes or similar facilities for these categories of people. Delivery temperature water at the outlet of sanitary fixtures used primarily for personal hygiene purposes for all other situations is required to be at 50°C. These temperatures are easily achieved by the use of tempering and thermostatic mixing valves which mix cold water with the high temperature water from the hot water heater (stored at about 60°C in a storage system).
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