Bathroom trends: 9 design ideas making a splash in 2021

From statement stone to fluted finishes and Japandi-inspired schemes, these trends will define bathroom design over the coming year.

By Hugh Metcalf | 24 March 2020

Take inspiration from the latest trends in bathroom design for your renovation project.

 contemporary bathroom with traditional stone wall - John Pawson x COCOON - grand designs

Image: John Pawson x Cocoon collaboration, C.P. Hart 

A bathroom is a significant home renovation project, and not one you’ll want ot change in a hurry, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a trend-led space. Bathroom trends are subtler than in other rooms in your home, meaning that you can still take influence from the latest and greatest styles, without your bathroom falling out of fashion in a year or two.

Take a look at the finishes, colours, shapes and materials favoured by creative bathroom designers right now.

Curved lines

curved and tinted ex.t Nouveau shower screen - home improvements - grand designs

Image: Ex.t 

From arches in interior architecture to curvaceous fixtures and fittings, flowing lines are becoming a popular design trope for the bathroom. Counteracting spaces which can often be small, boxy and defined by vertical and horizontal lines, curves soften to bring new levels of comfort the space. Look for sculptural freestanding bathtubs, arch mirrors or even this distinct rounded shower screen from Ex.t to bring curved lines to your design.

Reeded glass

Crittall-inspired shower screens remain a go-to for contemporary bathrooms, but there’s been an explosion in reeded, or fluted, glass styles in recent times. More than it’s function as a privacy glass, it brings another texture to a bathroom; a space that can often feel flat.

Feature fixtures

Ripples blue shower tray - home improvements - grand designs

Image: Ripples 

Less known traditionally for huge amounts of character, bathroom fittings have become more experimental, creating focal points throughout the bathroom. The likes of designer brassware with a unique twist, pretty decorative basins or even a shower tray such as this: the Hybrid from Ripples – a geometric design with a concealed drain, offer a new and exciting way to bring more detail and texture to your bathroom.


drummonds emerald bathroom - home improvements - grand designs

Image: Drummonds

Think beyond a colourful bath towel when it comes to adding colour into the mix of your bathroom design. A growing movement towards a more-is-more style of design is seeing colour used in greater quanitites, spread across walls, floors and ceilings, as in this design by Rebirth by Cuschieri Architects using Drummonds bathroom fittings, as well as fixtures and fittings too. While a whole generation may have spent their time ripping out avocado colour bathroom suites, colourful basins and even baths have made a comeback for the start of a new decade.

Natural variation

stone and ceramic warehouse Loom Greige - home improvements - grand designs

Image: Stone and Ceramic Warehouse

Natural-inspired elements are great for embracing the trend for biophilic design, improving our relationship with a space because of the connection of being outside and enjoying nature. Look for finishes that embrace an organic finish, whether that’s in natural materials such as raw edge or decoratively grained wood, or even just those that allow for natural variation down to a handcrafted nature. These Loom tiles, from Stone and Ceramic Warehouse, may have a more industrial look, but slight changes in colour and texture from tile to tile add a great deal of interest to the overall finish.