lt’s easy to create a chic French-inspired look in a bathroom – just add a gorgeous bath and some pretty flowers and accessories, and settle back in the tub for a long soak. These Honeycomb blinds from Turnils enhance the relaxing mood too.

You can forget about rush-hour stress with a generously proportioned vanity that has space and storage enough for the busiest of families. Twin basins are a clever option for a couple or family – just ensure there’s plenty of elbow room between them. Here the cabinet runs the width of the room with well-lit mirrors strategically placed.

Sometimes you don’t need the most expensive materials and accessories to create a fabulous and individual look for your home. This amazing bathroom by architecture firm Architect Prineas went on display at Decoration + Design Sydney expo and was created with the theme ‘Eco Luxury’ in mind. The result by architect Eva-Marie Prineas is a space that combines luxury and eco-friendly features with an innovative feature wall made using only Boral concrete blocks.

Want to bring a glamorous feel to your bathroom? Touches of black, whether matt or glossy, are ideal for creating a striking look that’s both functional and stylish. And from tiles and basins to towels and fixtures, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here, a bold black basin and toilet suite from Duravit’s contemporary Vero range have been teamed with timber fittings for a smart, masculine space.

As more and more people escape to the bathroom to relax and unwind, there’s been more focus on creating bathroom retreats rather than clean, white, clinical spaces. Upcoming bathroom trends include warm-coloured tiles and wood finishes, in-ground bathtubs, luxury showers and light, airy bathrooms.

From skylights to floor-to-ceiling viewing windows – natural light is the new focus in bathroom trends – ideal if your bathroom faces the ocean or a private garden.

lt’s one of the places where you relax and unwind, so why not do it in style with dramatic lighting, elegant accessories and, as a finishing touch, a stunning freestanding bath? This bathroom also features the latest range of surfaces from Essastone, which can be used for tiles, vanities and feature panels and give the space a luxurious and expansive feel.

A vibrant splash of colour is a great way to update a tired, old bathroom or add some spark and individuality to a new one. Try teaming neutral fixtures with bold tapware, accessories or even a dramatic feature wall for an eye-catching look. Laufen Pro, the contemporary new collection from Cass Brothers pictured here, provides the perfect backdrop against which to get creative with different hues.

Give your bathroom a fresh new look with bright colours and contemporary fittings. Whether you opt for a popular freestanding one or a simple drop-in design, baths are one of the hottest trends in bathroom design today and it’s easy to see why – they make a great focal point and come in various sizes to suit all spaces, from a generously large family bathroom to a small, luxurious ensuite. Dress yours up with the right accessories, like this Safari towel and Orb velour bath mat in black from Citta Design.

White is a classic colour for the bathroom – it brings a fresh, modern look to the space and can easily be updated with new accessories and fixtures. In this beautiful bathroom, simple bamboo accessories are teamed with crisp white Laminex Aquapanel, which is perfect for wet-area wall panelling and available in over 30 decors.

In a recent online study, cleaning specialists Vileda found that Australian women spend approximately two hours a day on housework. They also found that the traditional Aussie male spends only around 40 minutes helping around the house – but let’s not buy into that longstanding debate.