January is traditionally a time for new beginnings. A new year brings plenty of opportunities to take stock, reflect – and then look forward. It’s all about discarding what doesn’t work, and experimenting to find alternatives that do. Of course, that doesn’t just apply to us and our personal objectives! Now is a great time to lavish some TLC on your home, especially your bathroom. Long, dark winter days are perfect for planning your next interiors adventure. And there are heaps of exciting new bathroom trends on the horizon for 2020. So if your bathroom, cloakroom or en-suite is in need of some redecoration, read on. Our director Kelly has put together an invaluable round-up of all the latest and greatest trends this year. Pull up a chair, pop on the kettle and prepare to be seriously inspired!
The gold standard
Gold is set to be one of the biggest interiors trends for bathrooms this year. Whether you’re an aficionado of subtle accents or striking centrepieces, gold is the way to go in 2020. As big fans of all things gilded, we’ve been ahead of this particular curve for some time. Our Metropolis Gold Toilet was even featured in last October’s issue of The World of Interiors! Hand-finished in the UK, this high level WC system is also available in a chrome, graphite or bronze finish.
If you’re keen to trial the trend before committing to gold sanitaryware, start small. Introduce gold taps, or perhaps a gold light fixture. Then layer on other gold accessories, such as a soap dish, candle or mirror.
Tap into the trend for all things gold with our Metropolis High Level toilet system, as seen in The World of Interiors
Botanical bathrooms are another big trend for 2020. In simple terms, a botanical bathroom is one that’s inspired by nature. As you’d expect, plants feature heavily, as do almost all shades of green. Many people would never think of including real greenery in their bathroom, but there are heaps of benefits. Aesthetically speaking, lots of plants look amazing. Mix and match different types for maximum impact. Combining free-standing and hanging plants is another clever tactic.
But aside from just looking good, plants in your bathroom serve a functional purpose too. Did you know that they actually improve air quality, by minimising humidity and purifying the atmosphere? Certain house plants have been proven to remove pollutants such as ammonia and toluene from indoor air. Choose varieties such as ferns, Mother-in-Law’s tongue, English Ivy and Peace Lilies. The latter isn’t just a natural air filter – it also increases oxygen levels.
Mix and match different types of plants and ferns for an instant botanical bathroom (Pic: courtesy of Dobbies.com)
In a similar vein, biophilic design is another big bathroom trend to look out for this year. It might sound complex, but basically, biophilic design aims to incorporate nature within interiors, and increase connectively to the natural environment. Using natural materials such as wood, stone, granite and marble is one way to do this. Our Wooden Throne Toilet, with matching high level cistern, embraces many biophilic design principles. Handmade by professional craftsmen, it’s available in either mahogany or oak. We think it’s the ultimate organic bathroom centrepiece!
Our Wooden Throne Toilet combines biophilic design with a bathroom that’s fit for a queen
Your bathroom lighting should never be an afterthought. Very often it’s the last element people consider, when really, it should be one of the first. If your lighting is lacking, now is the time to take action. 2020 is all about luxury lighting, and bathrooms are no exception.
Chandeliers are the go-to option when opulence is the objective. Decoist.com is brilliant for browsing if you’re stuck for ideas. If space permits, orb chandeliers are the perfect way to make a serious statement with your lighting. Crystal is another short-cut to a luxe look, as is fluted glass or a stylish sconce. Drum pendants and oversized floor lamps also work well.
Luxury lighting is a key bathroom trend for 2020. We love this modern take on the classic chandelier style
Back to black
Deliciously dark, moody bathrooms will be de rigueur this year. Edgy anthracite, inky blues and even pitch black are the shades to watch out for in 2020. Dark bathrooms can be cosy, relaxing, dramatic, mysterious or soothing – it all depends on how you style them.
If you’re happy to splash out on new sanitaryware, embrace the darkness with our Satin Black Close Coupled toilet. If that level of dark feels a little too daring, keep your fixtures and fittings white and try grey or black tiles instead. Browse Topps Tiles for inspiration. Match your walls to your floor for maximum impact. A dark feature wall works well in smaller spaces.
Black beauties: Wall and floor tiles are a great way to embrace this year’s dark bathrooms trend
If an all-black bathroom isn’t quite your bag, how about black and white? This classic combination is set for another lease of life in 2020. Pure white tiles provide a fabulous neutral background for the rest of your bathroom. Add some drama to your décor with our Satin Black High Level Toilet, and/or our black aluminium washstand.
These Porcelain Superstore Linea white tiles are bang on-trend for 2020. Contrast with black fixtures and fittings for a matchless monochrome look
The spa bathroom trend isn’t exactly new, but it’s set to strengthen this year as the demand for indulgence/wellness grows. One of the easiest ways to achieve a spa-like ambience is with a deep, statement bath. If space allows, go big with a double-ended model, such as our Cast Iron Bateau Bath, for guaranteed bathing bliss. If your budget won’t stretch that far, invest in some spa-style accessories instead. Think white fluffy towels, scented candles, and a decadent bath oil!
The demand for spa-style bathrooms shows no sign of abating in 2020, as the values of self-care and wellness gain more recognition.
If you’re thinking of revamping your bathroom in 2020, but still don’t quite know where to start, please get in touch, and we’ll be delighted to guide and advise. Simply call 01362 684102 or email email@example.com