Get the lowdown on the latest modern bathroom design features and current moods.
Bathroom in need of an update? Here’s some inspiration. We’ve found some of the best new looks and designs for your space – from modern 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 faucet or bathroom wall lights. And this year has seen the launch of some seductive new collections. From patterned sinks, taps and light switches in bold finishes, curved scalloped fish scale tiles, colourful mosiac tiles and sculptural freestanding baths to wood finishes, Crittall-style shower screens and double ended sinks, 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, rustic concrete space or a patterned encaustic look – if you’re planning to refresh your bathroom, we’ve got it covered. These are the latest bathroom fittings and luscious looks you’ll love for years to come.
CANDY POP COLOURS
Adopt this trend with patterned tiles and bath linens – think large-scale florals or retro geometrics in acid-bright tones. For a more accessible take, blush pink is the colour of the moment and it offers a light-hearted contrast to the usual neutrals.
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.
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.
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.
A one-size-fits-all approach just doesn’t cut it for today’s most design-conscious bathrooms. With the clue in its name, Axor’s MyEdition tap collection lets users choose from 15 surfaces in metal, wood, marble, leather and porcelain, making the design work for your existing scheme, not vice versa.
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.
Price on request, westonebathrooms.com
We all desire a little Zen in the bathroom, making the Japonica collection from Artisans of Devizes
a 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.
Mizu Marble Yangai Mosaics, £24 a sheet, artisansofdevizes.com
Martin Brudnizki has taken the mundane and made it magnificent with a range of bathroom brassware for Drummonds. Expect considered, ergonomic design across a choice of taps and showers, all finished in brass, chrome and nickel.
The Leawood collection, from £672, drummonds-uk.com
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.
From £1,564, vogueuk.co.uk
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.
£1,653 for a 700mm door, cphart.co.uk
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.
Pinstripe mosaic pattern tiles, £264sq m; Plouf bath, £9,016; Splash basin, £1,141; and Wow mirror, £902, available September 2018, bisazza.com
Let two Italian designers loose with the Scandi look for a bathroom to write home about. Designed by A Parisio and G Pezzano for Ceramica Cielo, the I Catini collection features basins, mirrors and towel rails and holders. Ceramic, marble and steel form the foundations, while the real fun begins with the choice of circular, oval or rectangular basins in 16 matt shades.
I Catini basin, from £1,580, cphart.co.uk
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.
Ash basin, from £1,500, indigenous.co.uk
Clad your bathroom walls in designs from the Marbles collection by Gemini Tiles and no one will suspect they’re not the real deal. You’ve got soft, neutral colours, veined surfaces and a glossy finish on ceramic and porcelain to thank (with a 3D-effect waved rectangular design chucked in for good measure).
£24.99sq m, Gemini Tiles, ctdtiles.co.uk
DROP DEAD GORG
Switch on Porter Bathroom’s Kew drop light and watch 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.
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!
Jee-O Flow wall-mounted basin mixer and towel holder, from £1,054; and Flow basin floor mixer, from £1,151, cphart.co.uk
The beauty of Matki-One’s Pivot for Corner shower enclosure lies in its minimal, almost-didn’t-see-it design. Its stainless-steel slim top rack comes in Chrome, Silver and Architectural Bronze. Inconspicuous needn’t mean unremarkable.
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.
Double basin with metal storage stand, £6,384, westonebathrooms.com
Function can get in the way of going all-out in bathrooms, so it’s hats off to the team at Wall&Decò who have devised a waterproof system of primers and protective finishes for the brand’s divinely decorative wallpapers – including Savannah, pictured.
Wet System collection, £156 sq m, westonebathrooms.com
Metal is big news in bathrooms this season. Italian brand Scavolini has teamed up with Diesel Living, tapping into the brand’s edgy, masculine aesthetic and giving it a glam twist to bring us the Diesel Open Workshop bathroom. Think aluminium, industrial-style taps and modular shelving systems alongside white mineral-marble basins.
Price on request, scavolini.design
Richly coloured woods are big news in bathrooms this season. The timber-clad Lume range from Alternative Bathrooms – featuring vanities, basins, shelving and mirrors – spans shades of oak, ash, walnut and pine. Set against an OTT botanical wallpaper for the feel of a tropical forest.
Vanity unit, £1,703; Tall unit, £607; both in Bronzo Lume with shelves in Grafite Rovero; Dot mirror with LED light, £326; and towel rail, £104, alternativebathrooms.com