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  • Writer's pictureElla S

What’s Trending in Bathrooms?

Bathroom trends follow a steady change much like clothing trends. While changing your bathroom to constantly match new trends isn’t viable or suggested, it can be nice to make changes which refresh the design keeping it in line with modern trends. If you are looking to fully rejuvenate your bathroom, we hope this guide gives you inspiration about what’s trending in bathrooms in order to create your own perfect haven.

Split into two main categories, natural elements focus on bringing the outside in, perfect for those who want a serene feeling in their bathroom. While colour within bathrooms is currently focused on the bold side of the spectrum, favoured by stylists and found within every element of bathroom products.

 

Marble

Bauhaus black, gold and marble concept bathroom.

Somewhat traditional, marble went through a stage of looking brash but due to modern design influences, it is slowly making a comeback. Done right marble can change the ordinary bathroom into a luxurious hotel esq bathroom. Pick marble with sufficient detailing to be able to cohesively integrate it with other elements of your bathroom design. For those wanting a minimalistic look, marble is ideal for pairing with monochrome accessories. On the other hand, terrazzo marble is a favourite within the modern home and can allow for more colours to be easily brought into the bathroom’s overall design.

 

Wood

HIB rise pendant lighting in a wood inspired bathroom.
HIB rise pendant lighting in a wood inspired bathroom.

Think saunas, mountain ranges and connecting with the inner naturist within you. Wood is an essential element and within the bathroom, it can add cosiness and warmth without being too in your face. Traditional wood panelling has become an influencer favourite due to its easy-to-replicate nature. Toeing the line of being both traditional and modern, panelling can be easily painted to refresh the bathroom or to match a new range of accessories being brought in. For a more subtle influence, consider the use of wood as a vanity unit. Modern wood colours tend to be darker whereas traditional wood tends to be on the lighter yellower side, bare this in mind when choosing any wood elements within your bathroom.

 

Concrete

HIB Blend ceramic vessel basin, wall-hung shelf and drawer unit in greystone with black accessories.

The industrial look has become a firm favourite for interior designers. Allowing for the natural materials of the bathroom’s shell to be amplified, adding an industrial twist to your bathroom can be done through bare brick or with an emphasis on concrete. The popularity of grey as a base colour has led to many favouring the textures of concrete in order to get the perfect minimalistic industrial design. To add a touch of elegance, opt for shiny brassware such as chrome or if you want the full industrial look go for muted brassware in blacks or coppers to truly make it feel like you are in a SoHo loft.

 

Colour Choices

Utopia Bathrooms Nadia fitted furniture run in Azure Blue finish with brushed brass bar handles.
Utopia Bathrooms Nadia fitted furniture run in Azure Blue finish with brushed brass bar handles.

The colour of a bathroom can change the overall feeling of the room adding an extra dimension to how the room design works. Currently trending are bold dark colours such as greens and blues. Seen within tiles and bathroom furniture colours, these dark colours give the feeling of being enveloped in a warm hug, they are a comforting form of luxury. Pair with gold and brass for that truly innate finish to your bathroom. Pantone’s colour of the year for 2022 is Veri Peri, a shade of purple that transcends both the warmth of red and coolness of the blue and would be ideal for creating a demure classic look in the bathroom.

Utopia Bathrooms wall-mounted Roseberyy vanity unit in emerald green with white ceramic oval knob handles.
Utopia Bathrooms wall-mounted Roseberry vanity unit in emerald green with white ceramic oval knob handles.

Not a fan of darker colours, head to the opposite end of the spectrum and use subtle pastel colours to add a refreshing feeling to your bathroom. Lighter blues and pinks add an almost playful element to the bathroom design. The muted tones can be built on with darker colours on the walls for a dramatic look or simply paired with white or marble tiling for a sophisticated minimalistic look.

 

Wallpaper

Waters spa acrylic freestanding bath and HIB Bellus mirror.
Waters spa acrylic freestanding bath and HIB Bellus mirror.

A somewhat easy way of adding character to a bathroom’s design. Wallpaper for bathrooms now comes in a whole range of designs. From brash floral patterns to intricate geometric designs, when used correctly wallpaper can become a statement within the bathroom. One way to use wallpaper is to create a feature wall behind a basin within a cloakroom or section of a larger bathroom. Wallpaper the full wall or just the top half and use wood panelling on the bottom half for a traditional look. To make full use of the wallpaper, pick out colours within the design and use them within other areas of the bathroom such as accessories and furniture to create an overall cohesive look.

 

Coloured Fittings

Cifial PVD X11 techno mono basin mixer in a brushed brass finish on a Utopia all-in-one integrated Coralux washbasin work surface
Cifial PVD X11 techno mono basin mixer in a brushed brass finish on a Utopia all-in-one integrated Coralux washbasin work surface

While chrome still remains a classic fitting colour, it is now all about the colour finishes within the bathroom. Matt black has become a highly popular fitting choice over recent years, a modern favourite it has a masculine undertone that can either be softened with paler bathroom colours or played into with the use of darker surroundings. Golds and bronzes have started to come into the foray for those wanting to create elegant opulence within their bathroom. While copper and brass are ideal for those wanting to go along the industrial design scheme.

Crosswater MPRO monobloc basin mixer with knurled detailing in a brushed stainless steel effect
Crosswater MPRO monobloc basin mixer with knurled detailing in a brushed stainless steel effect

Textured finishes are also becoming increasingly popular. Brushed taps have the effect of being delicately painted by a brush. In a range of colour finishes, this effect can add extra depth to the basin area as well as in accessories around the bathrooms. While brushed taps are more of an aesthetic effect, with knurled taps you can actually feel the bumps within the surface of the tap. This is perfect for those who want to think about all the intricate detailing within their bathroom.

 

White

Flova liberty oil rubbed bronze collection.
Flova liberty oil rubbed bronze collection in a sleek all white bathroom.

Synonymous with bathrooms, white is a colour that you will find in every bathroom. However, making white the stand-out colour in the bathroom is currently trending. A symbol of cleanliness and serenity, a white bathroom has the ability to look effortlessly expensive and when paired with the right accessories it can give an overall designer look to the bathroom. Matt whites have made their way into fitting finishes and can bring airs of freshness when paired with other muted tonal colours. Pair with marble for a sophisticated look or contrast with black for that timeless monochrome look.

 

Funky Tiles

Fibo Scandinavian tile effect wall boarding in cracked cement.
Fibo Scandinavian tile effect wall boarding in cracked cement.

Wall boarding has become a favourite among bathroom designers and installers due to its ease to install and maintain, however, tiles still reign supreme overall. The options of tiles are extensive and so are the design features that can be created from them. Sectioning areas within the bathrooms makes for a showstopping feature that will instantly draw the eye. If you want to be adventurous use different tiles for different areas of the bathroom, this contrast in shape and style is great for sectioning larger bathrooms.

HIB Arena illuminated oval bathroom mirror in a green subway tiled bathroom.
HIB Arena illuminated oval bathroom mirror in a bottle green subway tiled bathroom.

For that natural bathroom look, consider a textured tile. These can emulate the look and feel of materials such as slate and stone to truly bring the outside into your bathroom. Marble effect tiles are a great alternative to giant slabs of marble and allow for distinctive patterns to be created. Another popular style of tile is those in geometric shapes, not only are they visually appealing they allow for an almost endless creation of layouts which means your bathroom will be individual to the rest.

One way to get the most out of your bathroom design is to pick tiles that are both trendy and timeless. Selecting coloured tiles in either bold or pastel colours for just a small section of your bathroom will then easily allow you to adapt other areas when you feel your bathroom needs a refresh. Alternatively, select a more neutral shade of tile and use accessories within your bathroom to set the tone of the room.

 

Shower Curtains

Colourful shower curtain in a modern white and cream bathroom.
Colourful shower curtain in a modern white and cream bathroom.

Bear with me on this one. While our other trending ideas have focussed on the entire bathroom, this one just involves your bath. For many of us, shower curtains aren’t readily associated with luxury bathrooms, however, their resurgence in popularity has led to designers creating elegant options in a host of different materials. Adding drama to a bathroom, much like a floor-length curtain does, the array of stylish patterns on the market can help in adding back that playful nature to the bathroom.


Several images in the post are taken from our luxury showroom in Burnley. The team at the showroom are on hand to help with all your bathroom design queries and ideas. Feel free to pop in and have a look at our extensive range of displays.

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