2019 bathroom trends: a half year review

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Can you believe we’re more than halfway through 2019 already? Time flies when you’re having fun! To mark the midpoint of the year, we thought we’d take a look at some of the trends predicted at the start of the year, and see how accurate they were…

modern style black basin tap

Coloured taps

The return of black taps was something we knew would be a big deal – and they have turned out to be huge! Follow any bathroom inspiration accounts on Instagram and black taps will soon crop up.

It’s no surprise – a black tap is striking and stylish, especially as part of a monochrome bathroom theme. With a backdrop of white metro tiles or cool hexagonal ones, this is a bathroom look that has a big impact.

Coloured sinks and suites

Ideal Home suggested that coloured baths and basins would make a comeback this year – but in bolder shades than the avocado and baby pink that were everywhere back in the 1970s.

It’s no coincidence that we’re seeing an upturn in demand for coloured vanity units. Matte blue, green and pink are all proving popular with our customers this year, who are seeking to bring subtle colour into their bathroom designs. 

shoji crittall style black shower panel

Panelled shower screens

Most interior design websites and magazines fell in love with ‘Crittall-style’ shower screens like our Shoji Crittall Style Shower Screen. This has been an enormously popular item this year, so this was a highly accurate style trend. 

These shower screens add bags of style and a touch of chic to any bathroom, whether you’re going for an industrial look, a monochrome theme or are just looking for an easy way to restyle your space without breaking the bank. 

Greenery in your bathroom

Meanwhile a list of predictions in the Telegraph indicated a strong move towards bringing a touch of nature into the bathroom with lots of plants and greenery. 

This is a trend that seems to divide the nation. Some customers are very much embracing moisture- loving plants in their bathrooms, while others feel that the leafiness interferes with the clean lines they’re trying to create in their bathroom space. 

Open space bathrooms

An enduring trend that appears fairly frequently on style predictions is the idea of including bathroom features in a space that’s not a traditional bathroom. It might be a large master bedroom that features a freestanding bath or walk in shower. 

This can be a striking look and is a welcome addition in a boutique hotel room… but the average home lacks the space to make this a major trend. The practicalities of keeping warm, avoiding drips on soft furnishings and negotiating the cleaning regime can undermine the wow factor of an open bathroom.

Black bathrooms

Taking this theme even further, Elle Decor predicted a boost in all-black, statement bathrooms this year. While it’s fair to say this trend is a little bold for the mainstream, we released our Denver range of vanity units in black – which promptly sold out! So, it certainly seems that black is a bit hit for bathrooms this year.

The beauty of black is that it never goes out of style and matches everything. We’re seeing trends for black and gold, black and white (of course), black and grey, plus black with statement geometric tiling. 

modern black shower
black bathroom sinks units
Black frosted glass shower panel

Concrete bathrooms

Concrete has been popular in kitchens and open-plan spaces for a while now, and this year it was predicted to be big for bathrooms. It’s clearly taking hold: many people are adopting this modern look in their new bathrooms with concrete effect wall and floor tiles. 

Terrazzo chic

Terrazzo was also listed as hot property this year, and it’s certainly proving to be a big hit. Terrazzo is a speckled composite with pieces of marble, glass and stone, which gives a bathroom great sparkle and texture. You can buy it in slabs or it can be poured directly into place by a professional – so it’s very versatile. Terrazzo-look tiles are a great budget-friendly option.

Bathroom trends in 2020

In general, a lot of the predictions of the beginning of the year have proved right. We can’t wait to hear what’s coming in 2020! 

To keep on top of the latest in bathroom styling trends, keep an eye on our Bathroom Ideas page – and for the the latest products, visit our ‘New Arrivals.’