Because bathrooms have such fundamentally different design requirements compared to the rest of the home, they also tend to be a home for experimentation for different styles and accessible bath solutions that sometimes extend to the rest of the home.
Styles such as minimalism, for example, with its neutral tones, clearly defined lines and function-over-form ethos was often first trialled in bathrooms before making their way to the rest of the home.
Similarly popular styles such as Japandi which combine Scandinavian minimalism and functionalism with the natural textures endemic in Japanese design also often initially appear in bathrooms, showers and wet rooms.
However, a new trend has started to emerge that combines functionality with contemporary design influences intended to create a calm, relaxing environment.
Curved bathrooms are rooms which contain a range of fixtures that emphasise softer curves, which in turn help to make the space more welcoming in contrast to the sometimes cold and clinical effect of minimalist design.
It also has the side effect of encouraging safety, as it is much more difficult to get caught on a curve than a corner, although grab rails and supports will need to be designed with these curves in mind.
However, you do not need to completely throw out every part of a bathroom or add an archway to your door to benefit from the curved bathroom trend.
Buying rounded light fixtures, circular mirrors, and curved taps are a great start to embracing the curved trend, whilst a curved sink, bath or shower fixture can turn the style from an accent into the dominant style of the room depending on the practicalities of the space and the budget for renovations.
This is often combined with plants and natural textures to create a spa-like space that helps to encourage positive well-being, calm and relaxation.
It has a chance of becoming the next big style trend for bathrooms, but currently, the people who stand to benefit from this stylistic shift the most are people with atypical bathrooms that already feature curved features and arches.