Those about to update their bathroom suites might want to consider one of the trends predicted to be making waves at household design exhibition IMM Cologne, which took place this January.
Emotional austerity – the art of bringing together formal edges and simple designs with high-tech components – is sure to be big news at the event, which attracts over 1,000 companies from more than 50 countries.
As the event website described the fashion, it is a "playful mixing with new technologies and the piecing together of old and new details", featuring soft colors and filigree forms, and materials dominated by nature.
Anyone keen to keep up to date with their bathroom accessories may wish to concentrate on leather, felt, wood and plant fibers when making purchasing decisions.
Other areas of interest to have emerged so far in the design fair include surprising empathy, where light materials are juxtaposed with heavy counterparts.
Homeowners keen to update their bathroom suites may wish to note that one publication believes funky colors, antique touches and multifunctional styles will all be big trends in 2011.
The Hindu observed that it could be striking to include old-fashioned items in modern homes, such as Victorian-inspired bathroom tiles, intricately patterned wallpaper or dainty freestanding baths with wood or carved golden legs.
Alternatively, there are a number of innovative products on the market that can help save space in smaller rooms, such as tubs doubling up as storage units and multipurpose mirrors, all of which Better bathrooms could well help the discerning customer with.
And funky colors were also predicted to be strong this year, with pops of brightness working with a white, gray, cream or beige scheme.
For example, the New Jersey Newsroom believes honeysuckle pink will be where it's in in 2011, replacing turquoise to inspire confidence in people to help them meet the day head on.