Modern bathroom trends – the latest looks in materials, showers, baths and more

Bathroom trends that will make a splash

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Want to know the latest bathroom trends? We’ve found some of the best looks and designs for your space – from contemporary shower room ideas to chic, marble styles and plush, luxurious designs.

Refreshing a bathroom doesn’t always require a total overhaul: it can be as simple as swapping the sink, the taps or bathroom lighting

Designers are moving away from hard, angular lines and instead leaning towards furniture and fittings in more flowing shapes.

Whatever your style – whether you’re after an on-trend brass bathroom, raw and natural space or a patterned look with tiles – if you’re planning to refresh your bathroom, we’ve got it covered. 

These are the latest bathroom trends and luscious looks you’ll love for years to come.

IMITATION GAME

Today's cleverest bathroom surfaces mimic more luxurious materials at a fraction of the cost. Mandarin Stone's Onyx Nouveau, for example, is a porcelain tile with a gloss finish that offers the translucent look of natural onyx in a wide variety of shades, from £58.80 per sq m. 

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FLUTED SURFACES

We've seen fluted finishes in other parts of the home. Now Italian brand Artelina -  best known for its glass wall tiles - is expanding its repertoire with a new fluted finish on its Kimono and Monolite collections. Artilea Monolite vanity from £1,279.50, C. P. Hart.  

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STAR POWER

Moroccan tiles get a cool update with modern patterns and colour combos at Popham Design. Exclusively available at Day True these beauties will bring star power to your walls. Diamond chevron tiles, £175 per sq m, Popham Design.

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VINTAGE VIBES

Classic blue and white tile designs celebrate the beauty of European ceramics. This generously proportioned shower room has all the glamour and faded grandeur of an Italian palazzo. Many manufacturers now offer 'aged' ceramics for a vintage look; or if it's authenticity you're after, try tracking down original ceramics from specialist dealers. Either way the heritage style of this freestanding shower cubicle from Drummonds fits right in, from £26,300.

 

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FLOWING SHAPES

Curves are also a return in furniture and interior detailing,' says Haley Robson at Day True. 'I suspect it's a rebellion against the harsh minimal lines of late, reacting to this with the need for softness.'

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TOP-TO-TOE TERRAZZO

Dzek's trailblazing terrazzo arguably led the way in the material's current revival. While others may opt for smaller chips of stone, Dzek didn't hold back and the bold pattern of of its Marmoreal tiles packs a punch in this L.A. bathroom. Terrazzo tiles are an easy way to get this distinctive look without the hassle of the original application (a cement-type material poured on-site with chips mixed in).  

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(Image credit: Bathroom design by Carter Design)

GRAPHIC LINES

Serene yet sexy, dusky pinks and 3D monochrome features transform this chic Parisian bathroom into a sanctuary. Designed by New York-based Crosby Studios, it has strong geometric shapes that ooze a post-modern vibe. Versatile black-and-white bathroom products can be mixed with almost any other colours, while painting the back wall a lighter shade creates a sense of depth and perspective.  

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HOME SPAS

Bathrooms have long been a space to escape to after a tough day, but according to Hayley Robson, co-founder, Day True, we will now start see the importance of home spas to allow us to fully relax and de-stress. Adding a steam function to a shower area, or removing the shower all together and opting for a large luxurious bath can provide different ways to relax with water.

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JAPANDI

An amalgamation of Japanese minimalism and Scandi cool, Japandi has been around for a while but has soared in popularity this year, likely due to its calming zen vibes.

The bathroom design team from Victorian Plumbing advise, 'When it comes to choosing materials, Japandi looks to nature for inspiration. Bamboo and rattan furniture, linen soft furnishing, and accessories with a natural finish will achieve the perfect foundation, whilst Japanese features such as tatami mats and origami shades complete the look. 

Try using a mix of wood tones and begin to incorporate pieces with both curved and straight lines to add a unique sense of texture to the bathroom.'

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GREEN MARBLE

The latest modern bathroom trend for 2020 and beyond? Green marble is making a name for itself in bathrooms, where you’ll need little more to achieve spa-like serenity. The best applications we’ve seen include a powder room by Flack Studio and Alternative Bathroom’s so-convincing-you-might-think-it’s-real Aqualunae wallcovering…

ALL MATTE

One of this year’s hottest bathroom trends is vibrant, colourful bathtubs. Victoria + Albert Baths is offering a matt finish on its coloured baths and basins – that’s an eye-popping 194 shades created by a catalysed paint, hand-polished between applications. Plus all pieces are scratch and stain resistant. What’s not to love?

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WATERPROOF WALLPAPER

Wallpaper continues to weave its magic through our homes, but things are dialling up a notch, with bold patterned designs stealing into the wettest parts of our bathrooms. Previously a limited option best kept well away from water, the advent of new materials and printing techniques is seeing the glory of wallpaper patterns translated on more robust surfaces.

Wall & Deco's transformative Wet Systems Domestic Cathedral wallpaper is particularly eye-catching, from £155 per sq m. 

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SOMETHING’S AFOOT

Baths are becoming increasingly leggy, which not only looks elegant but works wonders in smaller bathrooms. The Vigore from Clearwater, with its distinctive sculptured feet, is a stylish and contemporary addition to any space. Made from natural stone, it retains heat – making it energy efficient – and the soft curved design is a nod to one of the new season’s biggest modern bathroom trends.

BEAUTIFUL BASINS

Struggling to make a design statement in your shoebox of a bathroom? Enter the new Elm Mini made by Kast Concrete Basins. With a distinctive pinstripe pattern and integrated splashback, it comes in a staggering 28 colours – from the palest white to a punchy orange.

MONO MAGIC

If you want the look of marble without burning a hole in your pocket, Ca’ Pietra’s new Eclipse porcelain tiles are perfect for walls and floors. The monochrome design will add interest to a white kitchen or bathroom, whether it is a striking splashback or a statement floor, or you can use it with pastels or bold colour for more drama than an episode of Succession.

SHERBET SHADES

Sherbet hues – think pastels with a zingy twist – evoke an era of glitz and hedonism. ‘Dial back to Miami in the Thirties and Palm Springs in the Fifties – big ice cream-coloured convertibles, glamorous abodes and pool parties,’ says Louise Ashdown, showroom manager and head of design at West One Bathrooms. ‘The true beauty of sherbet shades is that they work exceptionally well with the still- trending metallic brassware we’ve all fallen hard for – try mixing strawberry pink with matte gold taps. The effect is stunning and will lift your bathroom to new heights,’ adds Louise.

HOT STUFF

A radiator is not the sexiest part of a bathroom remodel, or so we thought, until we saw the CLIP from BREM. The design, which resembles a torsion spring, comes in three sizes and can be installed vertically or horizontally. What’s more, it’s available in a staggering 80 cool colourways. Snazzy.

MAKING WAVES

London Basin Company is more known for its richly decorative pieces, but this new offering shows it can put a clever spin on classic white, too. With its delicate ripples, the Angelina basin makes a pretty focal point in any bathroom scheme and a subtle gold rim adds a touch of razzle-dazzle.

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ECO LOVE

Just landed at West One Bathrooms is the Lambeth pendant that not only boasts a cool design but has top-notch eco credentials. It’s a collaboration between Mullan Lighting and Elvis & Kresse, the ethical luxury pioneers who manufacture leather goods from rescued fire hoses and leather offcuts from high-end brands like Burberry. Featuring a distinctive cone shade suspended from a strap made from reused rubber, it comes in a number of finishes.

MULTI PURPOSE

What if you could fit a workout in every morning without even leaving the bathroom? Such is the idea of Mattia Pareschi’s Gym Space concept for Scavolini – a wall-mounted structure dedicated to exercise, blended with bathroom fittings – helping you squeeze in leg lifts while you wait for the shower to warm up.

CONSIDERED CLASSICISM

The focus here is on refined elegance, luxury features and balanced proportions. Classical fittings with beautiful shapes and soft, elegant colours that will harmonise. For a sense of grandeur, introduce at least one show-stopping feature – a dramatic floor mosaic or a huge mirror are especially pleasing in a Renaissance-inspired setting.

REFINED GOLD

No longer relegated to the style archives, gold is back and taking a new direction that provides a subtler way to explore your glam side in the bathroom. One simple way to introduce gold with restraint is to build it up gradually. Start with hard-wired fittings, perhaps a basin tap or light fixture, then layer on the accessories if it’s not quite hitting the right note. Remember, you’re seeking to elevate pared-back materials, rather than steal the show.

RAW AND NATURAL

Natural, unrefined finishes offer respite from the hard, cold surfaces commonly found in the bathroom – not to mention the hard, cold reality of life beyond the bathroom door. Wood is an obvious go-to. Select darker timbers with an element of history evidenced in a vintage stain or rough-sawn surface. Faking it with wood-look porcelain tiles can be equally as effective, provided there’s a textural finish to recreate the tactility factor.

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RED RULES

This striking hue may not have darkened our doors since the Eighties, but hold on to your hats: red is back and hotter than ever. A shade that takes no prisoners, red is energising, invigorating, and the colour of action. According to 2LG Studio, which developed this eye-catching installation for CP Hart’s Waterloo showroom, the bathroom is the perfect place to embrace red. ‘It can be used like a rich jewel that will strengthen your spirit for the day ahead,’ says the studio’s co-founder, Russell Whitehead.

DARK DRAMA

Just like that LBD in your wardrobe, a black bathroom can be updated and refreshed to ensure tiring of the look is never an option. This year, we’re not holding back – go all black, or go home. It’s not an approach for the faint-hearted, but it is guaranteed to impress. Going top-to-toe black needn’t be as severe as you might imagine. Work in a textural element – the latest matt black tiles and sanitaryware take their leads from the motor industry and possess a velvety-soft appeal. For glinting colour, introduce warm metals or opalescent tiles.

VICTORIAN VIBES

Although grand architecture and dark walls create mood in Victorian-inspired schemes, it’s the show-stopping cast-iron roll-top that’s the heart of this look. Remaining a crucial component in today’s chicest bathrooms, a shapely freestanding tub with ball-and-claw feet is virtually de rigueur.

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GENTLEMAN’S CLUB

Take styling inspiration from London’s grandest hotels, such as The Savoy, The Ritz and The Ned, and channel the Edwardian gentleman’s club design. Moody and masculine, this look champions wood (typically mahogany, walnut and dark-stained oak) and craftsmanship.

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CRITTAL SCREENS

Take a Crittall-style frame with frosty Stippolye glass, add a few elegant Art Deco-esque shapes and the Victoria shower door by Drench is born – just one of the many new designs at CP Hart’s expansive Waterloo showroom. This door comes in a range of sizes and even has a towel bar that adds modern-day convenience to its old-school aesthetic.

There are plenty more Crittal-style shower frame styles to choose too.

BOLD COLOURS

We couldn’t tell you what we love most about the bathroom collection from India Mahdavi for Bisazza. Its mosaic tiles, the onomatopoeia-style design names, or the ice-cream hues of pistachio, strawberry and blueberry it comes in.

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FULL EXPOSURE

Taps and mixers get all the basin-based glory, but what about the water pipes? Tearing up the bathroom rulebook, Jee-O’s Flow Series brings the piping out from behind the wall, creating a sleek design in brushed stainless steel that doubles as a towel bar. Genius!

SHARED APPEAL

Forget your hotel-style his and hers sinks – the modern way to go Dutch is with a double trough basin. West One Bathrooms does a fine example with this latest addition to its Broadway collection. Available in ceramic gloss or matt, go wall-mounted or keep toiletries in check with the optional storage stand.

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Looking for some more modern bathroom trends inspiration? The experts answer your top questions below.

George Holland, interiors specialist at Victorian Plumbing.'Monochrome tiles and black fixtures and fittings continue to dominate in bathroom interior trends but are now being matched with forest green and navy blue tones for a retro-modern feel,' says George.

'Rectangular metro tiles have been used extensively in bathrooms as a fun way to add a flat finish to walls - white fixtures anchor the trend when paired with contrasting flooring.'

Emma Joyce, Brand Manager at Victoria + Albert Baths, adds: 'Bathrooms are a constant, private space that are more personal; an escape from the everyday trials and tribulations of life. Storage is key to any sanctuary. Freestanding furniture acts in a similar way to that of a spa where you cannot see the fixtures and fittings behind the scenes, instead allowing you to rest and escape the mundane. Decorative lighting is also good for bathrooms and can add drama and flair, creating a sense of luxury and offering that sense of escapism we hanker after.'

2. WHAT COLOUR BATHROOM FIXTURES ARE IN STYLE?

George says: 'We’ve seen a big shift from chrome fittings to brass this year - the trend is very popular and surprisingly easy to introduce into bathrooms by simply replacing existing fittingsand complementing your new ones with a sleek navy blue colour scheme.This can add an effortless luxury vibe to your home

'In addition to brass, there is an abundance of alternative bathroom finishes that can completely transform a space. These include black, anthracite, bronze, and rose gold.'

Emma Joyce agrees, saying: "Brass is back. A great material for bathroom fixtures, brass brings a luxury feel to the space and contributes to creating that all important sanctuary. It is not only a timeless finish but it is also durable and weathers well.'

3. WHAT ARE THE BEST COLOURS FOR BATHROOMS IN GENERAL?

'White colour schemes are timeless and effective - white is a great colour for making a bathroom feel bigger, as it can give the illusion of space,' says George. For a hint of colour, pastel and neutral tones will bring warmth to a bathroom without overpowering it.'

Fancy more colour? Emma Joyce says go for it, adding: 'Colours like electric blue and pink are on the rise; they add energy and act as a powerful wake-up call. Again think about when you use the bathroom – if in the morning you want bright, energising colours, while in the evening more calming tones may be better. Simple touches like painting the ceiling can change the feeling of a space without a total renovation project.'

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