5 bathroom trends that will lead the way in 2021

Lisa Walden
·3-min read
Photo credit: Victorian Plumbing
Photo credit: Victorian Plumbing

From Country Living

Copper baths, colourful basins and hi-tech lighting are among some of the popular bathroom trends tipped to make waves in 2021.

With many of us spending more time at home, Google Trends data found that Brits are once again searching for interior trends to give their homes a stylish upgrade. In fact, searches for 'bathroom ideas' doubled between early December and early January.

To help inspire your bathroom decor plans, bathroom design expert at Victorian Plumbing, George Holland, has unveiled what's trending in the world of bathroom design.

In need of bathroom ideas? Whether you're dreaming of tackling a bathroom renovation this year, or just want to see what's hot now, these trends will lead the way in 2021...

1. Copper baths

Photo credit: Chris Terry/Indigenous
Photo credit: Chris Terry/Indigenous

Roll-top copper baths are real head-turners. With many of us turning our homes into anxiety-reducing sanctuaries, this year will see Brits invest in luxurious, timeless pieces. Looking to make a statement? Look no further than a grand copper bath.

If you're planning on getting your hands on one this year, George suggests: "These freestanding baths come in a variety of shapes and sizes so can easily be added into smaller spaces or even en-suites. Be wary of strong detergents or cleaning products as these can cause damage to the material, and make sure to use a soft cloth rather than a brush for cleaning to avoid scratches."

2. Leaning ladder radiator

Photo credit: Victorian Plumbing
Photo credit: Victorian Plumbing

Newer to the world of interior design, leaning ladder radiators bring a modern aesthetic to the home. Unique and eye-catching, they're expected to be all the rage this year.

"These radiators can be added to any bathroom suite, including en-suites and smaller bathrooms. They also come in a variety of colours from chrome to black and white, so can work well with different colour palettes," George advises.

3. Colourful basins

Photo credit: Waters Baths of Ashbourne
Photo credit: Waters Baths of Ashbourne

Bring an instant burst of sunshine to your bathroom with vibrant basins. As well as brightening up your mood, they create the ultimate Insta-worthy look. Opt for yellow, orange or blue.

If you're worried about how it might look, George advises to complement your basins with "matching towel sets" or "other soft accents" to highlight your colour schemes. He adds: "These basins can bring a space to life and work well with neutral tones and backdrops. Adding matte black taps will bring the whole look together, giving a sophisticated feel to the space."

4. Bluetooth-controlled lighting

Photo credit: Dunelm
Photo credit: Dunelm

The right lighting can truly transform a bathroom space. And, for 2021, lighting takes a modern turn, with bluetooth LED lighting predicted to surge in popularity. As well as being kinder to the planet, it can help create a whole new level of ambience at home.

"Bluetooth ceiling lights can help bring a bit of smart home functionality to your bathroom. The ability to stream audio from your phone makes showers and long soaks more enjoyable, while the powerful LED lighting works well in both light and dark bathrooms," George says.

5. Industrial taps and showers

Photo credit: Big Bathroom Shop
Photo credit: Big Bathroom Shop

Give your bathroom that wow factor with a matching industrial shower and tap set. Inspired by metalwork and equipment found in traditional factories, these striking styles work well in both modern bathrooms and more traditional suites.

George adds: "These taps look really impressive when paired with modern freestanding baths. The contrast provided will make a statement in any bathroom. Despite being tall and imposing, their freestanding designs allow them to be fitted alongside baths of any size."

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