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

 modern freestandign bath with wooden slatted wall - bathroom trends for 2021 - grand designs

Image: BC Designs

A bathroom is a significant home renovation project, and not something you'll want to have to change in a hurry when styles change.

However, 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 ideas without your bathroom falling out of fashion in a year or two. 

Take a look at the finishes, colours, shapes and materials being favoured by creative bathroom designers for 2021. 


 large shower enclosure in modern bathroom - bathroom trends 2021 - grand designs

Image: Daniel Nicolas

In an effort to create spa-like bathroom spaces that offer room to linger, relax and unwind, designers are opting for large enclosures to zone wet from dry areas. Often designed as mini-wet rooms, these enclosures are larger than your average shower, and use glass divides to keep the space light and airy, and often contain showers, baths and/or steam rooms and saunas. 

A self-contained, watertight and draught-free enclosure is less complex and costly to install than a wet room. But a similar walk-in effect can be created with a frameless design and a low-level tray.

Read more: Spa bathrooms: how to create a therapy room

Fluted finishes 

inbani grate fluted wood bathroom vanity unit - bathroom trends 2021 - grand designs

Image: Inbani

Sleek, smooth surfaces have been a mainstay of bathroom design for some time, likely for practical reasons such as easy cleaning. In reaction to this traditional absence of texture in the bathroom, there's been a rise in ridged surfaces for bathroom spaces of late that's set to continue into 2021. 

Three-dimensional, ridged tiles are now in production for a number of mid-to-high end tile brands, while cabinetry like Inbani's Grate showcase the sense of luxury created with textured bathroom furniture. 


japandi inspired bathroom with sauna - bathrooms trends 2021 - grand designs

Image: Lusso Stone

Japan and Scandinavia share a certain design language with simplicity, natural materials and craftsmanship at its heart. This has lead to a trend which amalgamates the two into a concept called 'Japandi', borrowing those elements of each culture which helps to round out a design scheme. 

‘Minimalism is key with Japandi, as is focusing on the functional nature of the space without an abundance of decor,' says Lusso Stone's Managing Director Mike Manders. 'Unlike the separate design concepts, the merging of these styles ensures there is variance in texture that wouldn’t be found in Japanese decor and elements of colour that wouldn’t be seen in something quintessentially Scandi.’

Warm colours 

terracotta red bathroom sink in modern design - bathroom trends 2021 - grand designs

Image: C.P. Hart

Traditional bathroom schemes often call on blues and greens for an injection of colour, reminiscent of natural, biophilic influences that work well in the bathroom. However, with warm hues on the rise across the interior spectrum, these colours are seeping into bathroom fixtures too. 

Pink may be an easy way into the trend for warmer tones, but shades of terracotta and rust push the look into new frontiers, such as this Catini rectangular basin from Cielo

If you prefer cooler colours, expect to see purple appear more in bathrooms in 2021. 'Parrallel to warm autumnal hues, cooler lilacs and lavenders will be coming back to the bathroom,' explains Yousef Mansuri, head of design at C.P. Hart. 

Black fixtures 

black fixtures in a modern shower - bathroom trends for 2021 - grand designs

Image: Crosswater Crossbox push in Matte Black, UK Bathrooms

Black bathroom fixtures have been in the trend mix for some time now. However, in offering a more restrained and low-key alternative to brass and chrome finishes, it's a style that is edging to the forefront for bathroom designers. 

'We are particularly loving black fixtures against one of the top bathroom colours for 2021 - pink,' says Dominic Lees-Bell, interior design specialist at Drench. 'But, even if you don’t want to be as daring with such a romantic colour, black really does work well with most colours, and can give that instant flair to your interiors.' 

Statement stone 

 Rosalina Honed pink Marble tiles with green vanity unit - bathroom trend 2021 - grand designs

Image: Mandarin Stone

Whether fabricated panels or worktops made from natural or composite stones, or effect-style porcelain tiles, such as these Rosaline pink marble effect tiles from Mandarin Stone, homeowners are embracing styles with ornate patterning in chasing a truly unique interior for their home. From marbles with bold, statement veining to the growing popularity of terrazzo, there's more than one way to embrace this trend in your bathroom. 

Smart bathroom tech 

 bathroom with smart tech mirror and speakers - bathroom trends for 2021 - grand designs

Image: Scavolini

As we're spending more time in the bathroom, brands are incorporating more technology into these spaces. And for good reason.. According to Home Edit, searches for smart mirrors and bathroom TVs are up hugely year on year, meaning there's a real appetite for making bathrooms work smart, as well as integrating media into the space.

In this Dandy Plus bathroom from Scavolini, the aluminium Task Bar has an integrated smart speaker, but also has soap dish and towel rail suspended from it keeping the design practical. 

Crittall-style framing 

 BetteFloor glazed titanium steel crittall style shower floor - bathroom trends for 2021 - grand designs

Image: Titanium steel Bettefloor shower tray, Bette

Crittall-inspired designs continue to grow in popularity for bathrooms, offering a dramatic statement to a scheme, which works well with both black and industrial-influenced fixtures and fittings. 

Coloured basins and baths 

Pink hexagon bathroom countertop sink - bathroom trends for 2021 - grand designs 

Image: Ferla concrete basin, Ca'pietra

After decades of rectifying avocado green bathroom suites, it seems that coloured sanitaryware has made a firm comeback. But where the 70s saw low-quality fixtures fitted in homes, the new crop of coloured basins and baths are made from luxurious materials, ensuring these pieces will endure the changing trends of bathroom style.

From concrete to metal and clever composite materials, a colourful bath or basin is perhaps best suited to those who are looking to stay put in their home for some time, so don't need to concern themselves over how a non-neutral fitting will affect their home's saleability. 


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