Interior tips: Expert warns homeowners over new bathroom trend – ‘humidity problems’

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Interior trends have come and gone over the years, especially when it comes to bathrooms and kitchens. Marble decor, grey walls and monochrome have all been popular trends in the past. While vintage styles, bathroom wallpaper, Japandi style and terrazzo tiles are all currently popular trends.

But what about those trends homeowners aren’t so keen on?

Showers Direct conducted a recent study using YouTube data, revealing the bathroom trend that most divided YouTube users – an open-plan bedroom-bathroom.

Open-plan living is definitely here to stay, according to new research by St. Modwen Homes.

In fact searches for “open plan house” were up 168 percent from 2019 to 2021.

Australian model and businesswoman Miranda Kerr’s open-plan bathroom is the most viewed bathroom tour on YouTube with over 1.7 million and over 24,000 likes.

The tour, taken from Allure’s 2018 YouTube video called Miranda Kerr’s Luxurious Bathroom Tour left viewers split.

Miranda’s luxurious cream and white bedroom-bathroom included a standalone bath tub, a chaise long, beige curtains, a king size bed, a walk-in steam shower and a vanity unit sink with a large mirror above it.

A towel rail has been placed on the wall opposite the bath and a fluffy white rug lies on the floor on top of wooden flooring.

Despite its luxury and beauty, the open-plan bathroom left some YouTube fans unsure.

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One user called Anna T said: “Bathtub in the bedroom sure looks good and cosy but it is not a very good idea, is it?

“The steam/humidity makes the room and bed linen constantly damp and is ideal for creating mould.

“I’d prefer to always keep my bed and bath separate!”

But some users praised Miranda for the unique space, describing it as “aesthetically pleasing”.

YouTube user Alisa Barac said: “I love this room…the claw bathtubs are the best!”

Adam Leech, owner of Showers Direct said “hundreds of people” are searching for bath in bedroom ideas each month.

He said: “We mainly see this in hotels, but many hotel interior trends follow into the home sector and this is one of them.

“Having a bath in your bedroom may not seem like a good idea to some, but it can be done.

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“The only way you can do this without it causing damp and humidity problems is to have enough space that enables you to extract the moisture in the air efficiently.

“There is also a concern in regards to damaging the wooden floor or carpet.

“You would need two different types of flooring in the room to establish a boundary between the two spaces, likely using tiling around the bath to prevent damage.

“Adding a bath to your bedroom makes a statement, which is why many people either love or hate this trend.”

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