1. Create A Space To Linger
Bathroom trends for 2024 will see an increase in wellness spaces that are fully prepped for spa-style pampering.
2. Surround Yourself With Natural Materials
‘Surrounding yourself with natural materials such as wood is a great way to subliminally boost positive emotions,’ says Barrie Cutchie, design director, BC Designs.
3. Quieten The Mind With A White Color Scheme
Widely associated with calmness, a white bathroom color scheme will quieten the mind and soothe the soul. Steer away from clinical whites and go for off-white surfaces with tactile appeal, like these zellige tiles by Clé. The hand-cut edges, color variation, and undulating glaze celebrate imperfections and shimmer light through the space.
4. Bring Curves Back
Move over slim profiles and hard angles – voluptuous curves are where the most desirable bathrooms are heading for 2024.
5. Introduce Texture
Raw organic finishes look fabulous in bathrooms – giving them a tactility that is truly captivating.
6. Use Textiles In Bathrooms
‘Aesthetics are just as important as practical elements when it comes to creating an inviting bathroom,’ says interior designer Henriette von Stockhausen of VSP Interiors, who adds that she is wary of cold, hard finishes.
7. Take A Seat
Shower rooms should be more than just functional, they should also be beautiful, too. Forget fast, furious showering against the clock, the rising demand for seats and stools inside the showering area is shifting the emphasis from speed to chilled-out me-time. ‘Seating in the shower adds a new level of comfort,’ says Louisa Morgan, creative director, Mandarin Stone.
8. Mix Concealed And Open Storage Elements
The latest way to bump up storage in the bathroom involves a two-pronged approach: concealed versus eye candy. ‘Adding hidden bathroom storage solutions at the planning stage will keep the overall design sleek, while allowing the space to be functional,’ says designer Lisa Persse of Porter Bathroom. ‘In this bathroom bespoke cupboards look like wall paneling, concentrating the focus on the vanity unit.’
9. Introduce Privacy With Smoked Glass
The 70s called – they want their smoked glass back. Insiders are heralding the revival of this 70s staple, and the focus is on shower screens.
10. Dress To Impress
Dressing room tables are moving from bedroom to bathroom, bringing a touch of decadence in their wake. The most successful designs, like this one by Kate Marker Interiors, share stone and metallics with the bathroom for a cohesive scheme. Don’t forget a shallow drawer for effortless bathroom organization.
11. Go For Couture Without Compromise
A free-standing bath exudes style and creates a spa-like feel but is it enough? Now we’ve spent so much time at home, comfort is king. ‘The comfort of an inset bath has never been championed in a free-standing version, until Bette created the Oval Couture bath and based it upon the Oval built-in bath,’ says Louise Ashdown of West One Bathrooms. ‘Ergonomically shaped for relaxing, we love the waterproof woven fabric exterior bathroom paneling.’
12. Pick And Mix Styles
Pattern mash-ups are big news in our living spaces and now the maximalist look is sneaking into our bathrooms, says designer Lisa Gilmore. ‘I’m finding clients much more willing to have fun with bold patterns in their bathrooms, especially with mixing up bathroom wallpaper and tile,’ she says. ‘I like to treat them as little jewel boxes and encourage clients to step outside their comfort zones.’
13. Invest In A Statement Screen
Forget frameless, barely-there glass, a new breed of showcase screen is stealing the spotlight in the bathroom. Designed to be seen and adored, these focal-point fittings boast bold frames that incorporate sculptural curves.
14. Double Up
The main en suite has been gaining gravitas for several years now with many of us sacrificing a guest bedroom to achieve grander proportions for shared or Jack and Jill bathrooms. We’re no longer stopping at ‘his and hers’ basins – now it’s de rigueur to double up on everything. ‘Separate basins are being joined by separate showers and even a towel rail each,’ says Lucy Barlow, founder and creative director, Barlow & Barlow, who designed this space.
15. Create A Cocooning Effect
It's hardly a surprise, after the year that was 2023, that bathroom trends in 2024 are very much headed up by the trend for home spas. From scented candles to luxury fittings, there are a host of new wellness bathroom ideas to create your very own retreat.
16. Blend Styles In Your Space
Bathrooms are now less confined to clinical white, polished ceramic and a clean contemporary feel. Instead, people are becoming more confident about going busy and bold in bathroom and powder rooms.
17. Evoke Luxury
Transforming an interior space into a seamless experience to create a more satisfying usage is key over the next twelve months. As homeowners, we tend to use our bathrooms at least twice a day, and studies have shown that the average female spends at least 29 minutes in this space each day, so it’s become a necessity to ensure that bathroom design delivers an at-home spa-like atmosphere so we can linger for longer.
18. Choose Fluted Finishes
A visual and tactile delight, ribbed surfaces have been given a contemporary twist in the bathroom. Reeded finishes are in the interior limelight. The look is reminiscent of Art Deco glamor – think pillar lights – and now fluting is being reinvented. Delicately ribbed surfaces on vanity units and cabinets provide subtle interest, and shower doors in decorative, vertically grooved glass offer instant privacy while allowing light to shine through.
19. Go Green
In cabinetry or plants, this perennial hue can create a life-enhancing link with nature. The huge variety of eye-catching green bathroom tile ideas, furniture, and bathroom ceramics in verdant shades is providing an opportunity for strong new looks.
20. Warm Up With Earth Tones
Embrace natural pigments to turn up the heat in your bathroom scheme. Alongside the mood for comfort comes the move towards warmer tones, including terracotta, rust, caramel, and biscuit. Look out for tiles in earthy colors and tactile finishes that make the perfect antidote to cold and clinical. Try contrasting them with black taps or a black basin to add definition. Untreated timber also works well, this time by echoing the natural, warm mood.