A nice soothing bubble bath or a quick morning visit − our bathrooms are exposed to different routines throughout the day, and have to withstand high temperatures, water and steam. We’ve looked into what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to modern bathroom designs.
“In my opinion there is no ‘one size fits all’, and no features are more right than others when it comes to bathrooms,” says Lina Odorico.
She’s the fourth generation of ODORICO, a family company dedicated to mosaics and terrazzo and specialized in customized bathrooms. According to Lina Odorico, the most important part when you design a bathroom is to be aware of your needs and the necessary functionality so that the design process gets off on the right foot.
“Needs can differ from client to client. Some people want two of each − two showers, two sinks, etc., while others prioritize the opportunity for a bath tub and warm towels. Normally, bathrooms aren’t the most spacious part of your home, and if it’s not possible to expand, you’ll have to make tough decisions about what you need and what you want,” Lina explains.
The bathroom space is one of the things that has changed the most over the years. In older houses, the bathrooms are much smaller than the bathrooms designed today, which, as with many other things, is probably due to our constant aspirations for more. Another change in the way we design our bathrooms is more cultural.
“There are some differences between Denmark/Scandinavia and countries in Southern Europe – like the use of a bidet. As the world becomes more and more multicultural and the range of multifunctional toilets increases, I think these differences will gradually disappear,” Lina states.
The chance of finding a bidet in a Scandinavian home is more or less zero, while it’s very common throughout Southern Europe. Another difference is the choice of colours. In the Scandinavian countries, we like matte surfaces in colours close to nature – almost colourless in a way – while the clients closer to the equator prefer stronger colours and shiny surfaces.
Lina Odorico has a theory that some of these differences derive from the presence of sunshine.
The Way to the Perfect Bathroom
“I often ask for a priority list, so I know what is essential to the clients. The bathroom is usually one of the most expensive rooms to design, so it’s really important to make it right and get the best possible result,” says Lina.
At the moment, there is no dominant trend when it comes to bathroom designs. According to Lina Odorico, anything goes if it’s put together in the right way. It’s just vital that it fits your personality.
“As with everything else, we want our bathrooms to tell a story about who we are, or who we want to be. We would rather be perceived as cool and fashionable than dull,” Lina says, but at the same time we want a bathroom design that can last for many years without becoming outdated.
Even though she can’t point out one trend outshining the others, she does highlight the Hotel Style, Metal and Old School as good contemporary signposts.
“The perfect bathroom isn’t designed in a hurry. It can take several sessions to discuss the different solutions. To me, it’s a ping-pong process with the client, where you consider their needs, wishes and options, regardless of whether you’re going for a Romantic or a Classic style,” Lina ends.