Bathroom trends 2020 – the best new looks for bathrooms, shower rooms and en suites

These are the suites, showers, colours and fittings to choose now for a bathroom you'll love for years to come
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  • Whatever your style – whether you’re after a sleek, clutter-free family space or a splash of hotel-style chic – if you’re planning to refresh your bathroom, we’ve got it covered

    From statement baths to space-saving storage, we’ve selected the most inspiring in our round up of bathroom trends 2020. Enjoy!

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    Bathroom trends 2020

    1. Brass taps and fixtures

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    Image credit: Topps Tiles

    Metallic bathroom finishes have been taking over our bathrooms since 2019, but this year it is time for brass to shine.

    ‘Brass is a great material for accessories and fixtures, bringing a luxury and premium feel to your bathroom. It’s a mainstay at some of the fanciest hotels in the world and for good reason,’ explains Harriet Goodacre, brand communications manager and tile consultant at Topps Tiles. ‘Not only does brass provide a refined finish, but it also weathers well, making it a long lasting and durable choice.’

    So how do we style the hot new hardware in our bathrooms? ‘Try creating a deluxe style by pairing brass with marble to create a look that oozes sophistication,’ advises Harriet. ‘Dark shade of navy blue can accentuate this further, adding an opulent finishing touch.’

    2. Statement showers

    Make an individual style statement by turning your shower space into a work of art. This acrylic panel from depicts Louise Dear’s Yum Yum original artwork and creates an invigorating backdrop in an otherwise monochrome scheme. It’s just the thing to brighten up the morning routine.

    3. Sumptuous dark colours

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    Image credit: Drummonds

    Rich dark walls have long been the norm in bedrooms and living rooms, but now it’s the bathrooms turn to take a walk on the dark side. Dip your toe into the trend with a shower outfitted in sumptuous navy tiles, or be bold and fill the entire bathroom with rich greens and blues.

    ‘Bathrooms are one of the few places in the house where you can get away with strong, vivid tones which might be over-the-top in other rooms,’ explains James Lentaigne, Creative Director for Drummonds. ‘Maximalism is very much on-trend with more and more people experimenting with bold patterns and bright colours.’

    The rich colours go perfectly with this seasons other trend for brass and metallic finishings creating a luxurious look.

    4. Supersized tiles

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    Image credit: Topps Tiles

    We’re  going big on the bathroom in 2020. Big on the bathroom tiles. ‘Large format tiles offer a striking appearance that’s guarantee to turn your head you enter the room,’ says Harriet. ‘Their considerable size proves a spacious feel to the space thanks to minimal grout lines.’

    Embracing large tiles doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on style or colour, however marble is particularly striking when creating a minimalist look. ‘There’s plenty of variety in large format porcelain tiles as they are available in multiple effects, such as iconic types of marble,’ says Harriet. ‘Coloured marble can provide greater variety such s emerald trees or an indulgent black.’

    4. Wooden finishes

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    Image credit: Ashton and Bentley

    If you aren’t a fan of dark moody rooms, the trend for natural textures is continuing to grow in 2020. ‘The establishment of stripped-back, sawn and treated grains is set to expand from the wider home into bathrooms in a big ways,’ explains Edward Carey, managing director at Ashton & Bentley. ‘Bringing the outdoors in, hand-crafted woods create a peaceful, tranquil surrounding, which perfectly suits the proposed of a bathroom space.’

    Complete the look by pairing the natural wood with a freestanding bath for a spa-like feel.

    5. Calm sanctuary

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    Image credit: Dunelm

    Our bathrooms are not just for washing your hair anymore. It’s time to embrace the spa-room and everything that goes with it. Building on the mindfulness trend, kit your bathroom out with all the accessories to create a soothing environment that you will want to linger in.

    Embrace a neutral colour scheme with pops of green house plants. Accessorise with candles, crystals and a wooden stool for lounging around on. But no spa-throom would be complete without the must-have bathroom accessory of 2020 the bath tray, perfect for balancing a cup of tea and all your bath time essentials.

    6. Black ceramics

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    Image credit: Burlington

    It isn’t just our bathroom walls that are turning to the dark side in 2020, so are our sinks and bathtubs. If you are a fan of a period bathroom this is the perfect update.

    ‘Period-style bathrooms remain as popular as ever with consumers as a timeless, classic choice for some many different homes,’ explains Faye Froy, marketing manager at Burlington. ‘The new trend for black ceramics allows customers to add a contemporary twist on a traditional bathroom aesthetic. Bold and dramatic, this daring shade is guaranteed to add opulence to any bathroom interior.’

    7. Vintage Havana

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    Image credit: IKEA

    Vintage Havana is all about embracing the rich, vivid Cuban colour palette and mixing it with abstract graphics and exotic tropical prints. The trend is big, bright and bold.

    ‘The trend embodies the culture of Cuba with its adventurous spirit and welcoming energy,’ says Rosheen Forbes, commercial activity and events leader at IKEA UK & Ireland. ‘Relaxed design sits alongside faded glamour to mimic Havana, a city that remains frozen in time.’

    Make the look work in your bathroom with tiles in aquamarine and a leafy palm print wall paper. Rows of LED lightbulbs either side of the mirror add an extra touch of vintage glamour to your bathroom.

    Trends continuing from 2019

    1. Urban oasis


    Showcase geo-patterned tiles on both walls and floors in modern and blush hues for a modern feel. Choose a contemporary angled basin and bath, team with black taps and fittings, and arrange plenty of planters with steam-loving tropical plants.

    Buy now: Illusion blush matt tiles, £32.85 per sq m, British Ceramic Tile

    2. Blue sanitaryware


    Image credit: CP Hart

    Don’t be bland – be bold! Give your bathroom a bit of character by adding a splash of bright colour. Coloured baths and basins are coming back, but in bolder shades than 1970s avocado, adding a sense of drama and luxury.

    ‘What’s set to turn our heads in 2019 is the emergence of blue sanitaryware as a cool alternative to white,’ says CP Hart’s Rachel Martin. ‘Look out for powdery blue baths, basins and WCs teamed with polished chrome or gold taps.’

    ‘Clean white furniture anchors the trend and is particularly striking when finished with marble door fronts or textured stone surfaces.’

    3. The Crittall comeback continues


    Image credit: Impey Showers

    Speaking of industrial fittings, the most popular of the lot in 2019 is destined to be the Crittall-style shower screen. The grid design frames the area and has a more modern, urban feel than plain glass.

    Enquire online: Soho black wet room screen, from £709.99, Impey Showers

    4. Bathroom wallpaper


    Image credit: David Giles

    Cheaper than tiling, wallpapering your bathroom can add stunning colour and take plain white tiles to a whole new level. Avoid papering directly behind a bath or basin and try sealing the paper with a matt decorator’s varnish.

    5. Metallic glamour

    Chrome has been the king of the bathroom for some time but, as with kitchens, this is changing.

    Though we’re not advocating the return of gaudy swan-shaped brassware or wall to wall coper tiles, there is definitely a trend emerging for modern metallic finished, and it’s worth tapping into for your new bathroom design.

    Image credit: Heritage Bathrooms

    Start brainstorming: Planning a bathroom – everything you need to know about designing your perfect washroom

    As the name suggests, brassware has the metal at its heart, as it’s a durable material. Usually the brass core is treated with chrome or nickel to produce the shiny steel look we’ve been in love with for so long.

    Now, inspired by the return of copper and brass elsewhere in the home, taps are shrugging off their silver coating for a new, more luxurious look.

    For traditional schemes, go for taps and pipework in brushed copper or antique gold, as these will give a softer finish. Buy the best you can afford, too, as poorly plated taps will tarnish easily. Go for high-density, high carat gold plate on a nickel base for optimum longevity and durability.

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