A Cheap Way to Keep Up With Bathroom Trends

When it comes to bathrooms, the majority will probably think easy-clean surfaces made of plastic, wood or stone, but it could be fun to pair these necessary items with some textured articles.

This is an emerging trend for 2011 and is all about "playful fun and experimentation", which may appeal to some homeowners about to update their bathroom suites.

It can be tricky to balance hard and soft materials in spaces where there are lots of angles and cold surfaces, but blinds and towels could be brought in to add points of interest in this regard.

Experiment with texture to give your bathroom a welcoming and warm feel. Combine different accessories and furnishings for a fresh, modern and tactile style that will make your bathroom feel more homely.

However, Melissa O'Connor of the Rockville Centre Patch believes colour to be the most important element of any renovation project, as shades can be seen as an extension of personality and emotion should be considered when deciding on varying hues.

Some might be put off by the idea of complete home renovations at a time when money could be tight, but investing in bathroom accessories may be one way of updating a space without spending too much cash.

Tim Bitterman of US-based Creative Specialties International told Kitchen and Bath Design News this is called "remodelling-lite", with the publication noting that bathroom furniture can provide increased storage, greater ease of use and improved safety.

Remember that design trends are continuing to evolve. Installing bathroom accessories and hardware is a "great way" of updating the feel of a space, as well as creating a more coordinated and fashionable look.

Similarly, Jeremy Vest of US-based DirectBuy recently noted that the beauty of these simple bathroom upgrades is that people do not have to be particularly good at DIY to get the job done.