A contemporary approach

Written by Shereen Lurie

Six exciting sanitaryware trends for a contemporary bathroom.

Bold design

“Contemporary-style bathrooms incorporate bold design choices for a more engaging space. One of the prominent trends includes the use of daring tile colours and designs, reflecting the rise in decorative tiles in the market.” – Candice D’Amore, managing member at Durbanville Sanitary & Plumbing

Durbanville Sanitary & Plumbing

LED mirrors

“Since contemporary bathrooms showcase some of the latest design styles, the LED mirror trend emerges as the next bold and exciting trend to explore in your space, with a range of shapes and colours available today.” – Candice D’Amore, managing member at Durbanville Sanitary & Plumbing

Durbanville Sanitary & Plumbing

Cutting-edge materials

“Sivida by Starck, Duravit’s debut washing-area range, features Philippe Starck-designed mineral cast washbasins and furniture at an appealing price. This collection offers a harmonious blend of gentle and precisely defined elements, available in various colours, enabling personalised bathroom designs. Utilising DuroCast®, a popular mineral cast material, Sivida boasts a velvety appearance and easy-to-clean surface, suitable for residential, commercial, and hospitality use. The practical vanity tops enhance functionality, with options for both round and angular above-counter basins, creating a unified aesthetic. The range includes a furniture washbasin in white satin matt, along with other attractive colour options such as matt dark green or matt pale green. A distinctive feature is the two-tonality concept, offering basins with either a white interior or exterior, adding a unique highlight to the design.” – Angelique Pillay, architectural sales executive at Duravit


Nature-inspired elements

“Enhance the space with additional nature-inspired elements to evoke a sense of serenity and tranquility. Sanitaryware featuring curved edges and soft silhouettes mirrors the organic shapes found in nature, such as pebbles, leaves, or waves. Lifestyle Ceramics presents the innovative Seros Range from Victoria + Albert, created in collaboration with British sculptor Sophie-Elizabeth Thompson. This next-generation, asymmetric design is meticulously crafted from high-performance Quarrycast composite.”– Amadea Oberholzer, executive consultant & designer at Lifestyle Ceramics

Seros range available at Lifestyle Ceramics

Smart technology

“Smart technology is revolutionising bathrooms, making them both more functional and luxurious. Touchless features such as sensor-activated faucets and flushing systems enhance hygiene and offer a futuristic feel, with Lifestyle Ceramics providing a diverse range of sensored sanitary ware to complement contemporary spaces. Integrated features like heated towel rails, defogging mirrors, and chromatherapy lighting further enhance the bathroom experience, adding convenience and sophistication to daily routines.

“For the ultimate in contemporary bathroom luxury and convenience, consider the Kohler Veil Intelligent Toilet. This wall-hung toilet features a sleek, modern design that effortlessly complements any contemporary bathroom. But, its true innovation lies in its smart features: integrated bidet functionality offers a refreshing and hygienic cleanse at the touch of a button, while a heated seat ensures spa-like comfort with each use. Automated flushing, activated by sensor technology, enhances hygiene and convenience. With its integrated face plate, the Kohler Veil Intelligent Toilet showcases how smart technology can elevate the bathroom experience to new heights.” – Amadea Oberholzer, executive consultant & designer at Lifestyle Ceramics

The Kohler Veil Intelligent Toilet available at Lifestyle Ceramics

Lighting it up

“Lighting has always been an essential aspect of home design, particularly in kitchen and living spaces. However, the utilisation of special or unique lighting in bathroom spaces has traditionally been limited. That is, until now. Sterlings are excited to introduce a selection of remarkable new pieces that have recently been launched.

Among these innovative offerings are basins and taps that integrate lighting features. One such item features a lit-up onyx base nestled within the basin, encased by glass, which not only accentuates its beauty but also allows the light from the onyx to permeate the bathroom space. Another basin boasts a crystal-cut design with integrated lighting around the basin waste, casting an elegant glow upwards. This basin is complemented by a matching tap, with a crystal body that incorporates its own lighting element.” – Danielle Steenkamp, regional manager of Sterlings



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