Top 9 bathroom design trends for 2021

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As we fast approach the back end of what can only be described as a mammoth year, we know there are plenty of people out there looking to make some changes to their lives in 2021. You may be thinking of joining a gym, or getting a new hairstyle, you may even want to sell your home and move somewhere you have always dreamed of. While many of us are hankering for a holiday, it is said that change is as good as one, so why not change your bathroom?

Of course, it is not always that simple and there are so many things to consider. Will this add value to my home? Can I have everything I want? How do I style it? Are my choices on trend?

In this article we’re going to highlight the top 9 bathroom design trends for 2021 which is a great read for anyone looking to uplift their bathroom and requires a little bit of inspiration.

1. Bathroom plants

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Nature lovers, you will love this design trend! It has been proven that we are much more efficient, calmer and focused if we are surrounded by nature.

A quick and easy way to make your bathroom seem like it has been thrown into nature is to integrate plants into the décor. You can create a wall full of greenery, pick natural material tiles, or opt for oddly shaped sinks to inspire natures natural shapes. In terms of colours for the space, opt for soothing tones with some whites, greys, and greens.

For a powder room, wallpaper with greenery on it would be best. Lighting also plays a pretty big role when we connect with nature. Adding a skylight or big windows – or a dimmer – will allow you to mimic the natural light found outdoors.

2. Standalone bath tubs and sinks

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Home renovators should be looking to be inspired by Japanese bathrooms, embracing their natural asymmetrical shapes and artisanal vibes. This back-to-basics style puts our origins and culture at the forefront through its imperfect, yet subtle and refined shapes. Next year, massive tubs made of natural stone will be most popular, putting the nature inspired aspect of the space as its main focus.

Your standalone tub can be installed by a wall, right in the middle of the room, or even in a corner; It all depends on the space you have available. For the wash basins, go for natural, rough-looking materials like stone, concrete, or marble. Keeping the natural mat look of the stone is ideal and picking stones with many prominent veins is totally fine. To tie the entire look together, the rest of the bathroom should remain neutral, so the tub remains the focal point of the space.

3. Copper effect baths

If you have always liked the idea of a freestanding copper bath, but the expensive price tags have put you off, you are in luck! Baths with copper effect finishes have started to appear in recent months, allowing you to get the look without breaking the bank.

4. Industrial style fittings and fixtures

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Inspired by the metalwork and equipment found in traditional factories, industrial style bathroom features have been appearing throughout 2020 in high-end hotel bathrooms. Looking forward to 2021, however, we think we will see these making the leap to the home.

If you are a fan of the industrial aesthetic trend, we suggest you consider adding matt and brushed finished metal designed items in the form of industrial style taps and shower heads to create a uniform look.

We anticipate that more and more bathrooms will start to incorporate these bold bathroom design trends throughout 2021.

5. Heated towel rails

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For many years, European hotels have used them as combined towel dryers/racks. The towel warmer is a bathroom heater suitable for drying and heating towels.

There are a few options when it comes to this beautiful must have accessory. Whether you choose to go for a minimalist approach and opt for electric towel bars or go the option of an electric towel rail, Thermosphere have an option to suit your need and budget.

All ThermoSphere electric towel rails feature multiflex wiring technology. This gives you the freedom to choose concealed or exposed wiring from either the left or right-hand side of the towel rail. There are a wide range of standard finishes available and we can even match the colour of the towel bar or towel rail to your selected brassware.

6. Bluetooth ceiling lights

Yep, that’s right, there is Bluetooth everything these days. It is likely you will have already started to think about getting on board with the smart home revolution – smart speakers, video doorbells, and Wi-Fi plugs – have all started to become the norm in the past couple of years and have helped make household chores that bit more intuitive.

So of course, why should it be any different when planning your new bathroom. Unfortunately, there are only a few of these clever products featuring the required IP Ratings to be used safely. We predict this to change in 2021, with so many innovations coming through for these types of products.

7. Round and circular mirrors

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Another simple upgrade, adding a round or circular mirror to your list of bathroom ideas for 2021 could work wonders to modernise your space. With bathroom trends favouring a mix of softer lines and organic shapes, we think you would be surprised at just how much of a difference switching out your old angular mirror will make. Don’t forget, if you would like a steam free mirror, why not add the addition of a 

8. Minimalism

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Whether it is with your decorating or your colour choices, 2021 is going to be all about nature and embracing those simple and smooth lines. In keeping with this trend, underfloor heating is the number one priority.

Of course, when embracing the trend of underfloor heating it is important to ensure you have the right product for the situation at hand. So, when you are considering underfloor heating for your wet rooms there is only one style to consider and that is membrane underfloor heating. ThermoSphere Membrane is a combined electric underfloor heating system, consisting of a decoupling membrane layer which encases our innovative electric heating cable.

Our unique TwistedTwin cable technology designed to reduce cable stress, creates a safer, easier to install and longer-lasting cable superior to anything else on the market, backed up by a life-time guarantee.

9. Frameless shower enclosures

Going hand in hand with the minimalist vibes of the underfloor heating above, frameless shower enclosures are another rising trend for those who want to keep things as open and airy as possible. If implemented well, they can provide the illusion of more space in bathrooms that would ordinarily feel dark and dingy.

What should you avoid?

Of course, knowing what should be in your bathroom is as important as knowing what to avoid. So, what should you avoid in 2021?

  • Millennial pink
  • Hexagon tiles
  • Wood imitation tiles
  • Red-toned wood vanities
  • Lacquered cabinets
  • Too much chrome
  • Glass paste tiles
  • Intense motifs

Right, that’s it for our Top 9 bathroom design trends for 2021 article. To find out more about how Thermosphere can help you with your new bathroom and heating options, receive a customised quote, find your local reseller or contact us today.

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