Written by Hugh Metcalf

Top 5 bathroom trend predictions for 2021

Interiors experts predict the biggest bathroom trends for 2021, from Japandi to cottagecore and fun, family-friendly designs. Before you take the plunge, however, remember that remodelling your bathroom is an expensive undertaking, so make sure you get that balance between trends and longevity… 

1. Think pink! 

If you’re of a certain generation, you might remember candy pink bathroom suites of the 1970s that fell quickly out of fashion for clean white bathrooms. Of course, trends tend to be cyclical, so these beautiful shades of pastel and brighter pinks are back in a big way, through all kinds of bathroom fittings. 

From tiles and paint colour all the way through to investment pieces such as baths, basins and taps. Combining pastels is also a huge trend in design, teamed with graphic lines for a bold but soothing look that’s perfect for unwinding in after a long day. 

‘The dusty pinks we have seen will give way to more playful and vibrant variants, as we seek to bring joy into our home.’ says Sally Cutchie, Marketing Manager for BC Designs. ‘We’ll also see a move to combine pinks and earthier neutrals; calming tones and bubble-gum pink.

Read more: 7 stylish ways to use blush pink in a bathroom

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Image: BC Designs

2. Cottagecore trend

Cottagecore has exploded into interiors over the last year – calling back to quaint, rustic styling but with a modern edge. In the bathroom, think Shaker-style cabinetry, florals and check pattern and rural-inspired materials. A palette colour of duck egg, sage and off white is perfect for creating a cottagecore look. 

Read more: Why cottage-inspired interiors are making a huge comeback

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Image: Mandarin Stone

3. Japandi bathrooms

Japandi is a mix between Japanese and Scandinavian style – something that has more in common than you’d imagine. A minimalist outlook, mixed with natural materials and good quality craftsmanship means that these two are natural bedfellows. However, they also help to round each other out style-wise.

‘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,’ says Lusso Stone Managing Director Mike Manders. ‘

Read more: How to make the Japandi trend work in your home

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Image: Clearwater 

4. Industrial materials

If shiny white porcelain isn’t your thing, we’ve got good news for you – the industrial trend is still in in a big way. Concrete is a growing trend for the bathroom with colourful new sinks and basins available.

Think about ways to add luxe to your industrial scheme – contrast materials and look for quality brassware with stylised industrial detailing.

Read more: 6 bathroom splashback designs that are bang on trend for 2021

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Image: B&M 

5. Fun designs 

As the bathroom isn’t always the biggest room in the house, it’s great to have a little fun with the design. From out-there wallpaper to exciting accessories, add colour, pattern, slogans and texture to your space and create a bathroom scheme the whole family will enjoy. 

Read more: Your ultimate guide to bathroom wallpaper

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Image: Dunelm

Which of these trends is your favourite? Let us know! Tweet us @goodhomesmag or post a comment on our Facebook page, or post a picture of your bathroom on Instagram using the hashtag #ThisGoodHome for your chance to be featured on our Instagram.

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