The Hottest 2021 Bathroom Trends to Inspire and Impress!

At Pier1 Bathrooms we always have our eye on the hottest new trends in interiors! Even if you have very firm ideas about the style you love, you can often elevate your design by adding interesting details or by combining textures and colours in a way you wouldn’t have thought would work. So we’ve been checking in with those at the top of Mount Vogue to provide you with a bit of inspiration for your new year bathroom project…and here is what they have to say!

New Metallics

Metals are now having a revival in all design disciplines! In bathrooms, there have always been a few manufacturers to offer bespoke finishes for brassware with a price tag to match. But this year we are seeing a lot more suppliers expand their range from the everyday chrome and gold to incorporate a range of finishes from nickel, copper, brass and stainless steel, that can really add warmth to a bathroom, right through to matt blacks and whites. New metallics are becoming a lot more accessible and we are super excited to implement these in our upcoming designs.

New metallic finishes for all budgets

Colour is Back!

Over the last couple of years, we have seen a shift away from the all-white sanctuary look and rising use of colour in bathroom design. Be it a feature bath, funky tiles, statement wall-paper or a striking vanity, don’t be afraid to be bold with your use of colour in your bathroom to create a more playful, adventurous look and to reflect your style and personality. Greens are set to be big this year, whether you go for dark smokey forest greens or brighter olive tones. Last year we saw a real uptick in the use of stunning coloured concrete basins in bathroom design and this trend is here to stay. Kast concrete basins come in a range of 28 different shades complementing any colour scheme. We’re sure you have seen them all over Pinterest with their range of wall hung, countertop, cloakroom, double, and freestanding options. It will be hard to find something you don’t like from their range.

Kast coloured concrete basins

New Neutrals

If colour, isn’t your thing, fear not! This year, the ‘new neutrals’ are also top of the charts! Beautiful contemporary alternatives to an all-white scheme, we’re seeing new colour formulations including onyx, beige, pearl, taupe and coffee enter the market and they look just stunning with matt black and white finishes. These tones will help to inject more warmth into your space while maintaining the serene and tranquil vibes of a neutral scheme. We’ll be seeing a lot more of these shades in the coming years.

new neutral bathroom tones

Botanical Bathrooms

This year will be all about bringing the outside in and creating spa-like havens in our homes. Be it a hanging basket with trailing foliage, a grand planter or a boho selection of pots and jars, house plants (or their faux alternatives) will be sure to bring your bathroom to life and are often the finishing touch you are looking for. Not only do they look beautiful but being around nature can really bring a calming vibe and help to reduce those stress levels. If plants aren’t for you, or if you simply feel like being bold, why not try a stunning statement botanical wallpaper. Palm prints are huge at the moment and fit beautifully with so many bathroom schemes.

Botanical bathrooms

Round Mirrors

The essential bathroom accessory, picking the perfect mirror can make a real impact on the final aesthetic of your bathroom, and with trends favouring a mix of softer lines and organic shapes a large round mirror is the perfect option if you want to modernise your space. Framed or un-framed with back-lit options, these beauties will help you achieve the perfect dramatic impact (in a subtle, minimalist kinda way!).

Fashionable round bathroom mirrors

Fluted Finishes

A tactile and visual delight with a look reminiscent of art-deco glamour, fluting started in the kitchen with reeded glass cupboards and has spread just about everywhere, including the bathroom! Delicately ribbed surfaces over vanities, vertically grooved glass shower doors which provide extra privacy at no cost to the visual appeal, and beautifully textured fluted basins – this is one trend we can’t get enough of right now!

Fluted Bathroom finishes

Industrial Style bathrooms

Inspired by the metalwork and equipment found in traditional factories, industrial style bathrooms are featuring in increasingly high-end venues and this trend is well and truly making its way into the home. This style is all about celebrating the essence of raw materials, and in bathrooms, we are seeing this with the introduction of metals, bare wood, concrete, cement and exposed brick. Choose from a range of metallic finishes on industrial style shower valves, concrete effect vanities, or Crittall style shower enclosures, this look is minimalist, raw but ultra-stylish and can be softened with textural contrasts such as natural fibres, plush bath mats and towels to create some truly stunning spaces.  

Industrial Style Bathrooms

Marble and Terrazzo

Let’s face it, marble has never really gone out of fashion in the bathroom but it’s certainly seeing a resurgence! Nothing screams luxury and decadence quite like marble, and with its seamless fluid lines, it brings a feel of organic and elegant comfort to a space. Opt for large format marble tiles to create that opulent hotel vibe – really creating a feeling of space with the minimal grouting- or be a bit playful with some marble hex tiles or metros for a slightly trendier urban feel. Depending on the veining and colour injections it can look so different, and with marble baths, vanities and basins available it’s not just for the walls and floors!

Terrazzo is another finish we’ll be seeing a lot more of in 2021. Originally used for flooring in Italian palazzos, its decorative speckled design and soft textural pattern is understated, endlessly stylish and hugely versatile. There are virtually unlimited colour and material options – fragments can be anything from marble to quartz, shell, glass and metal – meaning you can find an option to go with almost any scheme. The mix of materials creates depth and texture, giving the room an artisan feel, and it’s more affordable than its marble and granite counterparts! This is certainly one we’ll be featuring in our upcoming designs.

Marble and Terrazzo Tile Trends

A Feature in the Bedroom

Gone are the days of beige, hidden away, bathrooms. 2021 is about bringing your bathroom to the forefront! If you’re lucky enough to have the space, consider featuring a bath, or even a full suite, in the bedroom! As far as indulgence goes, this is a win-win. You’ll create a hotel experience for everyday living that gives the room a real sense of luxury and also allows you to take time to relax and unwind away from the hubbub of the house. Some extra privacy and no one interrupting to use the toilet! A freestanding copper bath, a traditional roll-top or a chunky boat bath all look absolutely stunning in bedrooms. And moving the bathtub into your bedroom may also mean you can forgo the second bath in your main bathroom, giving you more floor space in there for other things like storage, a large walk-in shower or a double vanity unit. If you’re renovating a house or starting from scratch, this is definitely a design option to consider!

A Bathroom in the bedroom

Creative Tiling Layouts

2021 sees the continuation of last year’s trend for being creative with tile layouts. We all love a metro tile. Timeless and versatile. But what about straying away from the traditional brick-bond layout and having a little fun with it? Herringbone is hugely popular just now, or why not opt for a vertical layout for a more contemporary look. (Throw in a dark contrasting grout and you’re set!). Try it out with pattern tiles as well. Bold geometric tiles are topping the Pinterest charts and depending on how they’re laid they can completely transform a design! This is one trend that you can really be adventurous with for a completely bespoke look!

Creative Tiling Layouts
Geometric Tile Layouts

So there we are…some beautiful ideas to get the inspirational juices flowing! To learn more about our design service or to book in a design appointment, contact us today.

Take care out there xx

‘Renovate Don’t Relocate’ Our TV Debut!

Earlier in the year we were asked to contribute two bathrooms to a house renovation project in Eastbourne for Sarah Beaney’s ‘Renovate Don’t Relocate’.  Outline Productions, the show’s producers, wanted to work with a company who could deliver affordable bathrooms with a high-end luxury feel, supplied and installed within the show’s tight timeline. They invited Pier1 Bathrooms to join the project after a thorough search of bathroom companies in the East Sussex area.  

It was great fun working with Alison, the client, and filming for the show. Who would have thought so much work goes into just a couple of minutes of airtime! We started by inviting Alison to the showroom to take a brief of her requirements in terms of functionality and space, but most importantly to understand her personality and style to ensure we designed bathrooms that would make her feel great walking into them. For the main bathroom, we all agreed on a glam but sophisticated feel with whites and greys, including a bit of marble for a luxurious touch; the most important features being a classy bath to relax in and a subtle touch of glitz! For the smaller ensuite, which was for a lodger, we agreed on a similar colour scheme with functionality as the priority, a clean fresh feel and added storage. After a fun day of giggles and trying out the products in the showroom with Alison and her two lovely sons, and some comedy moments of filming, we set to work on the designs.

Within 2 weeks the install was underway. We visited Alison’s home to check the progress and were invited back for the ‘grand reveal’ a few weeks later. It’s safe to say the project was a steaming success, measured primarily by how happy our client was with the end result. The main bathroom exudes a calm and classy feel; a touch of glitter in the bespoke towel rail gives in that special something. Likewise, the ensuite feels clean and fresh, with a built-in recess and fitted vanity providing the added storage required. It was a pleasure to be involved in this project doing what we love the most – designing dream bathrooms for lovely people!  

The Latest in Bathroom Technology

It’s the year 2020 and technology has been introduced into all aspects of life and that includes the bathroom. From virtual reality designs, where you can literally walk through your finished bathroom space before the first tile has even been laid, to seeing your chosen products in 3D, even if your local showroom does not have them on display. There are so many ways to access technology and apply it to your bathroom, from innovative lighting solutions, to heated towel rails, washing-toilets, the incorporation of waterproof multi-media systems, and beyond. We give you a taste of just a few of the options…  

Lighting innovations

Bring a sense of life and atmosphere to your bathroom space with the latest lighting innovations. You can opt for lights that turn on and off automatically when you enter and leave, and even programme your lighting levels for different activities, achieving the perfect conditions for applying makeup or the perfect ambience for a soak in the bath. Take it further by harnessing the power of chromotherapy, which uses coloured lights to enhance your mood. The LED sensored lights are embedded in the tub or the shower head/surround itself, and can be changed depending on how you feel. Require extra relaxation? Use turquoise or purple. Need to stimulate your creativity? Yellow and orange will work great. Green brings balance, and white clarifies and cleanses. Compliment this with some speakers built into your bath or shower to provide your required audio and you have a winning combination!

Digital advances

One innovative way Vado has utilized technology is with their Sensori range – allowing you to control your shower or bath digitally with touch sensitive shower valves and a remote control which stores all your flow and temperate settings for a personalised experience. Set your shower to the perfect temperature before you even step in! Memory settings are at the core of every great digital valve. From saving temperature, flow and time preferences to storing multiple settings for each member of the family, memory settings look to offer convenience at the touch of a button. Electronically controlled water temperature is also becoming more and more common for free-standing tubs. This way, your bath water is of a uniform temperature that you can sit in right away, instead of having to heat it up or wait for it to cool down a little, wasting water and time. Other companies have come up with electronic timers that you can set for tasks like brushing your teeth. Basically, the tap will run for a few seconds while you wet your brush. Then it will shut down for the amount of time that you decide, and resume so you can rinse your brush and your mouth. If you have trouble brushing your teeth for the recommended three minutes, the faucet timer can help you with that.

The ultimate in bathroom indulgence

With our busy lifestyles, finding time to relax is becoming more and more important, and what better way to facilitate this than by indulging in your favourite programme whilst soaking in the tub! The addition of a flat screen TV to the bathroom is becoming more and more popular. ProofVision provide the sleekest of designs and most advance technology with their built-in fully waterproof 4K Smart TVs. Their heated screens, ultra-thin profile, and waterproof remote control gives you a luxurious bathing experience. Each TV comes with 2 waterproof speakers which can be installed anywhere for that customised surround sound experience. Most models come with a mirror finish that allow them to blend in when not in use. And if you want to take your Netflix and chill to the next level still, install a plasma fire and a small cooler next to your tub for easy access to your favourite drinkable bubbles, while being massaged by hydrotherapy bath jets!

Hygiene solutions

At a time when hand-hygiene is of the upmost importance, battered plastic bottles and faulty soap pumps are going to be a thing of the past. A new wave of automatic soap dispensers and hand sanitisers is hitting the bathroom gadget market. They are sleek, attractive, and make hand washing more hygienic. Likewise, hand-sensor taps, which significantly reduce water waste and turn on and off without you needing to touch anything, and other earth-friendly gadgets, will become a staple part of bathroom designs moving forward.

The best thing is you can pick and choose how far you go with bathroom technology– go all out with a fully automated bathroom or just pick and choose a couple of techy features to add some special touches. Additionally, don’t feel you can only incorporate technology into an ultra-modern design, even the most traditional of bathrooms can be enhanced by the subtle incorporation of hidden technology solutions to enhance the luxury level and improve practicality. And the good news is that as this technology becomes more common place, the prices are becoming more and more competitive, meaning that it doesn’t have to be an option for only the most extravagant of budgets.

Speak to our designers to explore the right technology solutions for you and we will build them in to your bathroom design!

How to design your perfect bathroom.

Are you daunted by the thought of planning a new bathroom? We thought we would give you a few ideas to help.

Bathrooms have soared in importance over the past few years and have become an essential and valued feature of the home for many families. A stylish bathroom adds value to your house and is a rising factor when searching for a new property. 

Everyone wants to make the most use of their downtime. In fact, we can never seem to get enough these days and therefore, investing in a luxury bathroom, a beautiful shower or a place in which to relax and indulge is becoming the norm.

What are your bathroom needs?

Before embarking on your bathroom design project consider your key priorities: family space, separate shower, double basins, storage, en-suite bathroom, wet room, toilet or spa? 

What is your lifestyle? Are you an energetic person or do you seek a calm haven? What are you looking to achieve with your space as this is key to your choice of colour scheme, fixtures, fittings and accessories?

Are you keeping your existing bathroom layout?

If you have a layout that currently works for you, then don’t change it for no reason. The cost of moving waste and water pipes can be expensive. 

If you are anticipating a bathroom refresh, this can easily be achieved by replacing furniture, fittings, flooring and tiles; wallpapering or repainting walls; adding new storage and making small but exciting changes. 

You will need to be accurate with measurements if undertaking this yourself. Remember to note how doors and windows open and the location of hot and cold water and waste pipes.

If all this sounds too daunting, we suggest a visit to your local bathroom showroom who will provide not only advice but design suggestions. Talking to professionals is certainly worthwhile and will help you maximise your space and avoid costly mistakes.

Consider also how your needs might change in future years. Will your family increase; do you have teenagers that take up time in the family bathroom; do you have an older family member that might not be able to access a free-standing bath in the future? Think ahead and make the most of your investment.

Are you looking for bathroom inspiration?

There are so many styles to choose from and having an idea of whether you like contemporary, period, industrial or traditional will help to narrow down your choice. Why not take a moment to look at our inspiration page and also check out interiors magazines, hotel brochures and the all-important ‘Pinterest’ for exciting bathroom design ideas. If you are using a bathroom designer you can share these ideas when they take your brief.  

Look at your available space

When it comes to choosing your style and fittings, you should consider the space you are working with. Most UK bathrooms are quite small and double basins and walk-in showers, whilst desirable, may not fit your home. If you try and cram in too many fittings this will make your bathroom feel smaller. Introducing just one statement piece, such as a free-standing bath, can easily achieve the wow factor you desire.

Those all-important storage solutions

A lack of visible clutter can mark the difference between a nice bathroom and a luxurious bathroom, making the right storage a must-have component for every bathroom. A stylish and functional vanity unit with space for razors, toiletries, towels and a host of other products is essential. Floor-mounted vanities and cupboards are in trend if you are going for a modern design, and they make cleaning much easier! Alternatively, if you’re going for a more traditional look, a chunky floor standing unit works perfectly. Another option is to speak to a designer about building in a stud wall with recesses to house the toiletries that you need accessible, rather than balancing them on the edge of the bath – this can be really impactful at not a great expense.

Ventilation and lighting

Ventilation is not always considered when planning a new bathroom, but with new bathroom furniture or locating a bathroom next to a bedroom, ventilation is essential. An open window is never enough and if you want to keep your bathroom furniture in good condition, it is vital to include some extraction.

Lighting is another important consideration and can completely transform the atmosphere in your bathroom. You have a range of options, from LEDs to wall-mounted lights, or hanging statement ceiling lights, but they will need to have the correct IP rating so make sure you check this with an electrician.  We would suggest different lighting levels not only to enhance a super-sensory soak but to avoid waking others in middle-of-the-night. 

Trendy tiles

Selecting the right surface material for your walls and floors can make a massive difference to your finished bathroom, and tiles are probably your most versatile way of achieving the bathroom design look you want. Choosing seamless floor-to-wall tiles will maximise your impact or why not plan a feature wall or floor? The options are endless with tiles, whether you want a patterned Moroccan effect, mosaics, herringbone, luxurious marble, rustic wood-effect, or funky geometric, you can achieve this with tiles to meet a range of budgets – ranging from cheaper ceramic options which are perfect for bathrooms, to stunning but more costly concrete tiles. When choosing your tiles you should consider whether or not you are having underfloor heating to ensure you select a compatible option. Envisaging how your tiles will look is made easy with 3-D design software.

Design, planning, installation or turn-key solution?

How much of the project can you do yourself? Do you need help with the design? Or are you looking to design your own space but need product supply and advice? Do you have your own installer?

At Pier1 Bathrooms, we are flexible. We can take on your whole project, designing you a stunning bathroom to meet your budget and linking you up with one of our trusted installers, or we can simply provide you with product advice and supply the items you desire. 

To get a feel for what you need, there is nothing better than trying out furniture in a showroom. Don’t be afraid to get in our baths, feel the taps for quality and check out the beautiful coloured tiles. 

At Pier1 Bathrooms, we use 3-D design software, which provides you with the luxury of viewing a precise virtual walk-around of your new bathroom design before you make your final decision, enabling us to tweak the design with you as we go.

Delivery of your products can take as little as two or three days for basic products, however if you’re having any bespoke items it can take 4-5 weeks or longer so allow time for this at the start of your project and speak to your designer about it. If you’re ordering yourself, don’t forget fittings such as waste traps, fillers and valves– you don’t want your builders sitting around on-site waiting for deliveries.

Make sure you are comfortable with the designs as this will avoid unnecessary costs later and do consider that tradespeople will be in your home for probably a week. Make arrangements with friends to borrow a shower occasionally and if you are knocking down walls, or adding windows, you may need Building Regulations approval.

Bathroom Trends at ISH

The latest bathroom trends from ISH. Pier1 Bathrooms are committed to bringing you the most sought-after bathrooms and the latest industry innovations. At the end of March, we visited ISH, one of the worlds leading trade fairs, which was held in Frankfurt, Germany.

When it comes to setting trends for modern bathroom design, ISH is internationally renowned and we love the focus they have on the responsible management of water, energy efficiency and sustainable bathroom solutions.

Here the exhibitors presented some fascinating insights into what the ‘bathroom of the future’ might look like, incorporating both high-tech and high-end designs. Intelligent home solutions and a consideration of the need to protect our climate and natural resources feature highly, but at no cost to the beauty of the products produced or the commitment to produce bathrooms that capture all of the senses and bring tranquility to body and mind.