The hotel bathroom is heading for a major revolution which in the next 10 years will completely transform how people use this environment and interact with water, according to Paul Flowers, senior vice president – design, Grohe.
Flowers, who also headed the team that won the prestigious “red dot: design team of the year 2011”, said the challenge while transforming the bathroom is that water is increasingly becoming more expensive and hotels consume vast amounts. This is why products which reduce consumption will help to reduce running cost and be more sustainable, he added.
Helga Feghali, marketing manager, Delta Faucet Company agreed with Flowers and said water efficiency also continues to be a primary demand in hotel designs.
“Minimalism and streamlining are buzzwords for the hotel bathroom where less is most definitely more. Guests want to feel that they can spread out and relax in the bathroom where perhaps there just isn’t the luxury of so much space in their bathrooms at home, so storage space and wide open spaces are vital,” said Ivan Zupanovic, head of international project sales and export, Laufen.
This view was similarly taken by Stefan Schmied, MD, Geberit, Middle East, who said the trend in hotels is moving towards more relaxing and comfortable bathrooms with the need for the spa element at the top of the list. He said hotel statistics show that guests spend as much as two-thirds of their en-suite waking hours in the bathroom.
Phillip Payne, general manager, Dornbracht Middle East agreed with the trend of moving towards relaxing spaces and said specific trends in the Middle East include the use of new materials in the bathroom. These include vibrantly coloured glass tiles, glass mosaics, braided glass mosaics and stained glass, among the more popular trends. “We are seeing big, bold colour statements in ceramics in platinum, gold and black.
Inside the shower and on the walls, designers are being very creative with their use of custom and signature designs.
Classic monochrome is back again, with black and white sanitary ware and brassware gaining favour,” he said.
Zupanovic largely concurred and said there has been a shift in colour schemes, although not a very drastic one. While white sanitary ware will forever be the favourite, according to him, there is now more call for coloured suites.
“These tend to be muted shades such as grey, though, to ensure that it blends into the design, leaving the more daring, brighter colours to be added with accessories if desired,” he said.
Ben Bryden, specifications director, Bagno Design, said market trends are leaning towards nature designs with cleaner lines and a spacious environment. Apart from the general trends, specific products and technology are coming becoming more fashionable.
Feghali said Delta Faucet has seen an increase in shower-only bathrooms as many hotels choose to forgo tubs all together. “Hotels want a low flow showerhead but they don’t want to compromise user experience with a low-volume spray,” she added.
Flowers said the digital revolution will introduce personal lifestyle and health functions such a diagnostics, which measure and monitor the status of our mental and physical health.