Bathroom in need of an update? We’ve found some of the best modern bathroom trends, 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 wall lights. And this year has seen the launch of some seductive new collections. 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 – 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.
1. GREEN MARBLE
The latest modern bathroom trend for 2020? 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…
2. 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?
3. WATERPROOF WALLPAPER
Wallpaper continues to weave its magic through our homes, but this year 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.
4. 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.
5. MINI MARVEL
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.
6. FINE ART
Choosing something pretty to look at in the bathroom won’t be hard with Kohler’s Wading Pool basins. Featuring 17th-century Dutch art on onyx backdrops, they’re super-chic.
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7. 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.
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8. SHERBERT 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.
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9. CANDY CRUSH
Bring some East Coast style to your kitchen or bathroom with the limited edition Miami Colour Pop collection from Dowsing & Reynolds. It features striking taps in pastel pink, soft white and neo mint, which have a matte finish and work with a variety of surfaces.
10. HIGH COLOUR
Terrazzo is cranking up its lust factor this summer thanks to the bold colour options in Balineum’s new Siren tile collection. Handcrafted in Italy, it offers six saturated pigments in three square sizes – 10cm, 20cm and 60cm. Stick to a single palette or mix them for extra sass.
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11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
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14. 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.
15. REFLECTED GLORY
We know – it’s what’s inside that counts. But there’s no denying that feeling good about our looks helps to boost confidence and mood. With this in mind, Philippe Starck’s La Plus Belle mirror for Flos has been made with all-out flattery in mind, featuring LED lights beneath a silicone diffuser to produce the ‘best possible light’. And, with a Colour Rendering Index of 95, the light is closer to true daylight. Install in your hallway for the ultimate pre-work ego boost.
16. 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.
17. 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.
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18. 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.
19. 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 isenergising, 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. SCALE BACK
We all desire a little Zen in the bathroom, making the Japonica collection from Artisans of Devizesa natural choice. Inspired by traditional Japanese gardens, each marble tile mimics organic shapes, from leaves to fish scales, all in soothing shades of soft mint or dappled grey.
24. IN VOGUE
The ‘it’ colour for bathrooms in 2018? Rose gold – seen here on radiator giant Vogue UK’s Ballerina towel warmer. Mixing old and new, it boasts period-style ball joints and crosshead valves with an oh-so-shiny, rose-tinted finish.
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.
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26. SPLASHING AROUND
We couldn’t tell you what we love most about the recent 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.
27. GO WITH THE GRAIN
Consider this – wood basins by Indigenous crafted from a solid ash timber that’s been dried for nine months, hollowed out with a wave-like shape and treated with eight layers of waterproof finish. Talk about rustic with a polished edge.
28. DROP DEAD GORGE
Switch on Porter Bathroom’s Kew drop light andwatch as it shines like the moon. Its illuminated shape hangs from a fitting in polished chrome, silver nickel or polished or antique brass and can either be wall-mounted or used as a pendant.
29. 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!
30. 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.
Looking for some more modern bathroom trends inspiration? The experts answer your top questions below.
1.WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST TRENDS IN BATHROOMS?
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.'