Bathroom Trends for 2021

Bathroom Trends for 2021

We're saying goodbye to the bathroom trends of 2020 and hello to a brand new year of bathroom design. Click here to see more.

Photo: Ribble Valley Bathrooms

We can all agree that 2020 was a wash. We’ve been stuck inside for most of the year, and it doesn’t look like a lot will be changing as we head into 2021. With that in mind, you may be thinking about doing some home renovations to get you through the cabin fever we’re all undoubtedly going to suffer this winter. 

To give you some ideas and inspiration, here are some trends we’re thinking are going to be huge in the coming year:


Far removed from the starkness of the past, today’s pared-back bathrooms equal relaxed, not sterile. Long gone are the days of clutter. Bathrooms are no longer a maximalist mess. 

‘Architecturally and visually, it is best to keep a bathroom feeling open by not crowding too many things into it. Edit your amenities often, hang your towels on bars or hooks, keep pattern to a minimum, and generally, make it simple. The room will feel bigger if you use a pedestal or wall-mounted sink rather than a bulky vanity, a clear glass door rather than shower curtain and reflective surfaces such as glossy ceramic tiles in a large scale,’ says Barbara Sallick, Co-founder, Waterworks.

Luxe Lighting

Statement lighting is having a moment. Outsized or crystal, all-out glamour is the way to go.The latest innovations mean that you don’t have to completely overhaul a scheme in order to make a difference. Don’t be afraid to go big. It takes a little bravery, but you can afford to use larger lights than you might at first think sensible. Big chandeliers, drum pendants and giant floor lamps are all very much in vogue for those who like their lighting to make a statement.

Earthy Walls

Alongside the mood for comfort comes the move towards warmer tones, including terracotta, rust, caramel and biscuit. Look out for tiles in earthy colours and tactile finishes that make the perfect antidote to cold and clinical. Try contrasting them with black taps or a black basin to add definition. Untreated timber also works well, this time by echoing the natural, warm mood.

Embrace blooms and foliage in your smallest room for the biggest, boldest and brightest impact.We may not live in a balmy equatorial climate over here in the UK, but that doesn’t have to stop you introducing a fun and tropical feel into your home. Embrace lively colour, add lush foliage and finish the look with quirky details.

Smart Technology

Home automation is no longer a sci-fi thing of the future – it’s here, right now, and the good news is it’s useful, easy to use, and just a bit smarter than you might expect. Smart technology promises to put the control at your fingertips and to make your homework better for you, and now it has come to your bathroom. From de-misting mirrors, integrated charging and USB ports, LED temperature displays and automatic hand-wipe sensors, the bathroom is a haven for smart technology. The future is now.

Fluted Finishes

A visual and tactile delight, ribbed surfaces have been given a contemporary twist in the bathroom. Reeded finishes are in the interiors limelight. The look is reminiscent of Art Deco glamour – think pillar lights – and now fluting is being reinvented. Delicately ribbed surfaces on vanity units and cabinets provide subtle interest, and shower doors in decorative, vertically grooved glass offer instant privacy while allowing light to shine through.