Nothing is more relaxing than having a soothing bath in a stylish and fully functional bathroom after a tiring day at work. Your bathroom is a private and solemn space where you can de-stress. These days, most individually designed homes integrate several elements, especially in bathrooms, to evoke a spa-like ambiance.

Better, bolder and smarter – these bathroom trends are at the forefront of innovation. Whether you are planning a total overhaul or a style step-up, every idea here is sure to inspire.

1. Reclaimed materials

As homeowners continue to see the value of recycled materials, old is new again. To get the best look, add reclaimed-timber accents into ceilings, flooring, walls or vanities. Also, you can choose recycled-glass countertops for a sustainable bathroom style.

2. Freestanding tubs

Whether you opt for clean and traditional, or sleek and sculptural, freestanding tubs will take you back to an era of the typical claw-foot soaking tubs. Bathtubs that are made of modern materials simply do not possess this timeless appeal, and fail to evoke a uniquely luxurious, spa-like bathing experience.

3. Open showers

As bathroom designs become accessible, the appeal of walk-in showers has greatly expanded. Because of linear drain systems, curbless showers are now a practical choice. Instead of having the usual four-centre drains, new systems today require the floor to slope in a single direction. Frameless glass enclosures have become popular as well.

4. Furniture-like vanities

Abandoning the clunky cabinetry that often extends to the floor is one of the easiest ways to open up the bathroom. Freestanding vanities with legs can make a bath seem airy and light whilst showcasing the floor beneath.

5. LED lights

LED lighting became popular as incandescent lighting gradually got phased out. LED lights are not just incredibly efficient but also add a luxurious layer to the lighting style of the bathroom. For instance, they can be dimmed to create a mood. Moreover, they can be fashioned into pendants and controlled using your smartphone.

6. High-tech touches

In the bathroom, high style and high tech combine in hands-free faucets and toilets that activate with just a wave of your hand. Showers can also feature digital upgrades with digital interfaces that allow you to control steam and music, resulting in a spa-like bathing experience.

7. Going Mediterranean

Integrating the Mediterranean touch into your bathroom can be accomplished by adding curved or arched elements and Moroccan accents and making use of deep, warm earth tones as your colour palette. For a contemporary contrast, consider pairing a curved mirror, faucet or bathtub with clean and straight lines. Hand-painted terracotta-style tiles will also boost that Mediterranean vibe.

Replace marble with quartz-surfacing as this offers the elegant finish of high-end stone without the time-consuming upkeep. This indestructible countertop material will also help maintain the natural characteristics of granite without the need for it to be sealed.

9. Safety features

As you age or if you have aging family members, curbless showers with seats and grab bars are necessary. Ensure safety by integrating additional features such as non-slide floors and handheld showerheads. These new models can be easily and perfectly fitted into modern bathrooms designs.

10. Statement flooring

If tile treatments aren’t great options for showers or bathroom walls, consider looking to the surface beneath your feet. Aside from working perfectly in both small and large spaces, statement flooring will also add elegance to space. Consider a large tile or pretty pattern to enhance a neutral bathroom.

11. Soft window treatments

Since bathrooms have hard surfaces, dressing the windows with fabric helps to absorb sound, and add softness to your bath. Window treatments also let you introduce pretty patterns and colours into a neutral backdrop. Invest in treatments that can resist humidity and moisture such as new all-weather acrylic fabrics. Other popular window treatment options for bathrooms are simple shades, shutters, and blinds.

If you need to remodel your bathroom, consider giving these bath trends a try. With a bit of planning and help from an experienced building consultant you can certainly have an elegant, luxurious and spa-like bathroom in no time.


Robert Allam has had an understanding of Trendsetter Homes inside and out since he started with the business as a client over 10 years ago. Eventually becoming part of the company as a Sales Consultant, then Office Manager, and now as Finance and Sales Manager, Robert has seen the company grow from a small team of 4 to a professional team of 16 and has guided many clients through the process of developing their dream of a unique, luxury home.