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Bathroom Trends: Top 10 Trends for 2021

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Looking to renovate your bathroom? Before getting started, take a look at which trends are all the rave for 2021! Neutral colours, mix of materials, bathroom sinks that steal the show…We’ve combined the top 2021 bathroom trends to help you decide what your new space should look like!

1. Nude colours are a must! 

For this next year, we undoubtedly need to go back to basics and nude colours are a perfect way to do so! These colours come to us directly from our environment like the sky or the ocean. To incorporate nude colours in your decor, you have to do more than simply paint the walls! It’s essential that you also add various necessary bathroom materials with these colours, like ceramics, a type of sink, light coloured wood! 

2. A constant trend: jungle bathrooms! 

They can’t be missed : those dreamy bathroom, flooded with luscious plants! The trend is a part of the biophilic interior design manifesto, taking from nature what nature has best to offer, creating relaxing environments.  

How to incorporate it: of course the first step is to have a ton of plants hanging from every corner of the room! You can convert one wall into a lush green wall, natural material for the ceramics, a freestanding bath, an atypically shaped sink, all inspired by nature! As for colours, you can go from calming whites, greys and greens. 

3. Matte White Fittings

This trend is a rather acquired taste. An increasing amount of people are getting matte white fittings in their bathrooms. Given the minimalist nature of the colour, this look works well in contemporary and simple bathrooms. 

Integrating the trend: Opt for a simple looking bathroom vanity. Unique bathroom fittings should be combined with simple looking tiling so they can be at the forefront of your bathroom’s design. It’s best to get an open or glass-walled shower as well. If white isn’t for you, opt for black matte fittings which are still on trend. 

4.Open Showers Are The Way to Go

In terms of showers, there are many different kinds on the market. However, open-concept Italian showers are quite on trend – especially those that are multi-functional and fully equipped: integrated bench, misting system, ambient lighting, anti-fog mirror, linear drain, etc. The new trend is also to include the tub in the shower area! A shower/bath space can be separated from the rest of the bathroom with a glass wall. The advantage of such a look? The bathroom looks a lot more spacious. We often notice separating walls with black frames – giving the space a loft-like look.

How to incorporate it before committing to this look, it’s important to think of practicality. A shower-bath can be a great idea, but not so practical on daily use basis. Any water or soap residues not only end upat the bottom of your shower, but also your bath if you have them both combined as one. If your space permits, we suggest going for an open shower and a separate bathtub.

5. Fluted, coloured smoked glass showers steal the show! 

Open style showers have all of our attention this year! But what better than to add a little twist to its design? We love a shower glass with smokey or golden colours and a fluted texture as a finishing touch. Unlike translucent glass screens, coloured or textured glass is easier to clean. Who likes a soap stain anyway? Not only are they fashionable, they are also practical! 

How to incorporate it: Choose a look that is complementary to the rest of your bathroom’s design. Smoked glass goes  well with a Bauhaus style, whereas a fluted glass is perfect with a traditional or farmhouse decor.  

6. Mix of Everything for a Stylish Look 

If you want to stand out with a distinguished bathroom in 2021, you absolutely need a combination of many materials for your decor. You can have textured woods with glossy elements, from glass to ceramics, or even match different interior design styles together: like Scandinavian with industrial, traditional with mid-century…  

How to incorporate it: This specific trend can become too intense if the different materials have too much colours or textures! A tip: choose elements that are in the same colour range. 

7. Kitchen Island Looking Vanities Vanities

Double-sink vanities are coming back in full force! However, instead of being side-to-side, they are installed in an island-like vanity. This concept is similar to that of a kitchen island.

How to incorporate it: this trend requires a little more space, but provides a lot more storage space! As it is a little difficult to integrate this type of vanity, it’s strongly advised to get the help of an interior designer.

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8. Your bathroom, an oasis ! 

Raise your hand if you want your very own spa at home! This can be done with an easy transformation of a traditional bathroom by having a freestanding bath as a focal point. Zen materials should be predominant as they create a calming environment.  

How to integrate it: Use natural materials such as wood or handmade ceramics. Avoid contrasting colours and opt for more neutral tones instead. 

9. Go crazy on sinks ! 

Whether they are colourful, glossy or have atypical shapes, bathroom sinks have had a makeover this year! You can also find options made entirely of massive rocks or stone, perfect for a cabin in the woods. 

How to incorporate it: If you want to have it for a while, go for a more neutral colour. However, if you do want an outstanding look, go for a fashionable colour or even a golden sink! Woush, impressive! 

10. Bathroom Lighting Musts for 2020

Lighting is incredibly important in your bathroom. Not only for aesthetic purposes, but also for practicality. Next year’s trend is headed towards minimalist and linear lighting, which allows other elements in the bathroom to shine brightly. Light fixtures and appliqués are also popular but will be characterized by simple and pure lines.

How to incorporate it:If you plan on remodelling your entire bathroom, consider installing light strips between walls and dropped ceiling. If that’s not possible, opt for a mirror with integrated lighting.

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Out-Dated Bathroom Trends

  • Millennial pink: The glorious ‘millennial pink’ seems to be fading away. Stay away from pink tones along with similar colours like rose gold.
  • Hexagon tiles: These tiles with intricate motifs are also on their way out. Opt for simple tiles.
  • Wood imitation tiles: Although there are rather nice ones on the market, imitation remains imitation. Opt for wood cabinets, vanity, or shelving. Don’t overdo it with wood-looking tiles as well.
  • Red-toned wood vanities: Darker, reddish or orange-toned wood is to be avoided. Go for light or medium toned wood.
  • Lacquered cabinets: Lacquered bathroom cabinets were quite popular for many years. However, a matte finish is now in style for 2020.
  • Too much chrome: Just like for cabinets, it’s best to go for matte or brushed fittings as opposed to shiny and chromed ones. Besides being on trend, this look is much easier to maintain.
  • Glass paste tiles: It’s been a while now that glass paste tiling has been avoided by designers! You should do the same!
  • Intense motifs: Your tiles are meant to last, so don’t go for some extreme looking motifs you’ll end up fed up of. Plus, a design that’s very personalized is likely to push potential buyers away. If you really want some motifs in your space, we suggest getting discrete tone-on-tone ones.

Timeless Looks You Can’t Go Wrong With

  • Marble: Marble is timeless. It’s not going anywhere! Whether it be in small tiles, applied in a chevron pattern, in big slabs, it’s a staple no matter its shape!
  • Subway tiles: Did you know these tiles were first seen in the New York subway in 1904? That’s right! They’ve been around for quite a while. But don’t worry, they’re still incredibly on trend. Be sure to get them installed by professionals, though, as they’re small and linear, and easily installed crookedly.
  • Concrete-looking slabs: Grey tiles that resemble concrete also stand the test of time. They provide a classic, yet contemporary look for your bathroom.
  • Neutral and light-toned colours: Picking neutral tones or light colours is definitely worth it. It allows your bathroom’s look to remain the same for quite some time. Typically, white, light wood, and grey tones are chosen.

Getting Bathroom Ideas Doesn’t Have to Stop Here…

The possibilities are endless. Have fun with these bathroom trends – you can even combine them to achieve the look you feel lights your fire the most. 

In need of more ideas or inspiration? Take a look at great Bathroom Ideas on Reno-Inspiration page or check out this 50 amazing bathroom designs gallery.

As with any major renovation project, sound planning is required. Several points should be considered before you start and you should take advantage of all the resources at your disposal.

Ready to get started? We will be happy to help you make the right decisions to create a bathroom that matches your personality and refer up to 3 local bathroom contractors that are all 360° Verified. All at no cost, no obligation to you.

Our advisors are here to help you benefit from our experience with thousands of similar projects. They are always on the lookout for new trends and innovations by attending various events each year such as the SIDIM Design Show in Montreal or the Interior Design Show (IDS) in Toronto.

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