Of all the rooms in the house, bathrooms tend to be the ones least driven by trends. That’s because we usually want our bathrooms to stand the test of time, so it’s common to choose a timeless design that doesn’t have to be updated too regularly. That said, bathroom trends still exist, and staying on trend doesn’t have to mean regular big-scale renovations. Some of the bathroom trends for 2021 involve a simple change of accessories or the addition of some greenery.
From statement lighting to smart technology, these are 10 of the latest bathroom trends for 2021 to consider if you’re planning to update your bathroom this year.
1. At one with nature
Houseplants have soared in popularity in recent years, and they’ve slowly made their way into our bathrooms. That trend is set to continue this year, and not only do they look great and bring your space to life, they offer a whole host of benefits for you and your home. Find out which houseplants are best suited to your bathroom.
2. Home spas
It’s no surprise that following last year, many of us are wanting our bathrooms to act as our very own spa retreats, where we can de-stress, unwind and focus on mindfulness and relaxation. Creating a home spa could be as simple as lighting scented candles and dimming the lights, or it could involve adding luxury fittings that create a spa-like experience, like rainfall showerheads and massaging handheld showerheads.
When you hear the term ‘minimalism’, you may fear a sterile and stark aesthetic. But done well, a minimalist bathroom is far from sterile, and is instead pared-back, relaxed and peaceful. Think wall-mounted sinks and toilets, clean glass shower enclosures instead of a shower curtain, and clutter hidden away out of sight.
4. Statement lighting
Statement bathroom lighting is set to be big this year, so dare to go big and bold with lamps and ceiling lights for a finish fit for a designer bathroom. Go for all-out glamour with a crystal chandelier or channel a contemporary look with a big drum pendant or a giant floor lamp.
5. Smart technology
Smart tech has slowly been making its way into our homes, and it doesn’t stop at the bathroom. From demisting mirrors and LED temperature displays to temperature controlled digital showers that you can control from your smartphone, your bathroom is about to become that much smarter.
6. Moody colours
Moody charcoals, navies and rusts have become more and more popular in interiors, and in 2021 they’ll be particularly prominent in bathrooms. Opt for a moody coloured paint on your bathroom walls, or choose dark tiles that continue from your walls to your floor for a seamless finish.
7. Bolder basins
Most bathroom sinks these days are white ceramic, but bathroom trends in 2021 lean towards bright colours and matte finishes, and the introduction of different materials such as concrete and even wood. Keep the theme consistent in your bathroom, so if you choose a coloured or wooden sink, echo that colour or texture in your accessories. Browse our collection of taps to pair with your new sink.
8. Block colours
This year will see us being bolder than ever with our bathroom colour choices, with single, all-over colours being used on walls, skirting boards and cladding. Choose a colour that you love and play around with different textures for differentiation.
9. Black accents
Monochrome bathrooms are simply timeless, and the industrial trend has been going strong for a few years now. In 2021 we'll see black industrial accents in the form of taps and accessories, plus black framed glass for shower doors.
10. Fluted designs
Fluted designs, which feature ribbed surfaces, are reminiscent of 1920s glamour. One hundred years on and these designs have been reinvented, with vanity units featuring delicately ribbed surfaces and shower doors featuring grooved glass. Thanks to their nod to the roaring 20s, they work well in an Art Deco inspired bathroom.