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7 bathroom trends to try in 2020

Inspiring ways to revamp your bathroom, from rose-hued texture to terrazzo 2.0

pink bathroom with blue and white tiles
Claybrook Studio

In our resolute quest for sanctuary, this is a space that feels increasingly vital. Perhaps now is the time to ask more of your bathroom, championing bolder, braver design, innovative materials and colour that calms or invigorates. Here, we’ve highlighted seven current trends that have transformative power, and handpicked the tiles, taps and more to help you master every metre.


MINIMALIST FOLK

Green bathroom with folk tiles
Mikko Ryhänen

Balancing decorative tiles with block colour is a more modern take on a bohemian style – a way to inject pattern without overwhelming a small space. Finnish firm Studio Joanna Laajisto has limited patterned tiles to the lower half of this bathroom in Helsinki’s Jackie bar (above), while an extension of Claybrook’s ‘Old Havana Bauta’ tiles (below) creates an interesting transition from floor to wall – and offers a pragmatic substitute for a skirting board. Both are tempered by the simplicity of utilitarian sinks and globe lights.

Bathroom with Claybrook Studio folk tiles
Claybrook Studio

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Pattern, Line, Design, Font, Textile, Wallpaper, Architecture, Tablecloth, Furniture, Symmetry,
1 ‘Old Gothenburg’ tiles, £81 per sq m, Marrakech Design; 2 ‘HV1’ tap in white by Vola, £458, Panik; 3 ‘Ex.t Stand Console with Circle Basin’, £1,171, C.P.Hart
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PENCIL TILES

Bathroom with black pencil tiles
Rory Gardiner

This skinny, more versatile style, sometimes called a finger or kit-kat tile, is proving a worthy challenger to the ubiquitous subway shape that dominated the last decade. A vertically stacked configuration is the contemporary choice – it feels graphic and helps highlight the height of a space.

Bathroom with grey pencil tiles
Sharyn Cairns

Its slim form lends a unique practicality – a project by Gardiner Architects (top) deftly utilises petite ‘Yohen Border’ tiles by Inax (available at artedomus.com) on a curved wall, while the same style in a speckled grey elevates a monochrome bathroom designed by fellow Melbourne practice Mim Design (above).

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Table, Furniture, Rectangle,
1 ‘Yohen Border Turquoise Green’ tiles, £437 per 1.91 sq m, Raven Style; 2 ‘Wire Towel Rail’ in ‘Matt Black’, £65, The Conran Shop; 3 ‘iSpa Freestanding Basin with Wall Waste’ by Gessi, £4,333, C.P. Hart
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ONYX SURFACES

Bathroom with pink onyx panel
Elizabeth Roberts Architects

A chalky, delicate stone similar in makeup to marble, onyx has a translucency and luminosity that lends itself to restful spaces. Elizabeth Roberts Architects has utilised two shades of the stone in the bathroom of this New York home (above): a pale, almost pearlescent onyx offsets the heaviness of a monolithic sink, while a panel in blush pink adds a freshness.

Bathroom in green onyx stone
Mark Seelen

A wet room clad in green onyx veined with gold threads by Parisian practice Liaigre (above) is a decadent take on the trend. If fragility and future maintenance are a concern, ‘Mimica Onyx’ tiles by materials expert Mandarin Stone (bottom; mandarinstone.com) capture its ethereal quality in more practical porcelain.

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Marble, Bathroom accessory, Soap dish, Beige, Dairy, Rock,
1 Onyx soap dish by Binu Binu, £65, The Conran Shop; 2 Onyx basin, from £594, Lapicida; 3 ‘Mimica Onyx Pearl Matt Porcelain’, £47 per sq m, Mandarin Stone
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ROSE-TINTED TEXTURE

Bathroom with pink marbled bath
Felix Forest

Gentle blush hues are a clever way to temper bold displays of texture in the bathroom. The swirling grain of CDK Stone’s ‘Crema Violet Onyx’ (above) is anchored by a matt concrete floor in a similar shade in a space conceived by Decus Interiors, while Greg Natale has lined this bathroom with his ‘Moire’ glass mosaic tiles for Bisazza (below), which nod to the undulating grain found in wood.

Greg Natale for Bisazza pink tiles
Anson Smart

Tones that err towards terracotta have a warm, organic feel – see the carved chevrons of Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao's rough-hewn wall in this hidden forest home (below).

Bathroom with textured clay wall
Rory Gardiner

SHOP THE LOOK

Metal, Copper, Beige,
1 ‘Otto’ basin by Kast Concrete, £1,908, West One Bathrooms; 2 ‘Urbane URC05’ basin and spout set, from £1,291, The Watermark Collection; 3 ‘Cristallo Juliet’, price on application, Antolini
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TERRAZZO REVISITED

Green bathroom with green terrazzo panel
Armelle Habib

Terrazzo’s signature flecks can be made from myriad materials, lending it serious flexibility in scale, shade and application. Design practice Resident Avenue has used a wall in Bauwerk’s ‘Cucumber’ paint to frame striking vertical panels of the material (above). Its lush tones are one of the most compelling ways to incorporate the modish composite mix into the bathroom, also seen in the punchy, high-contrast colourway of Otto Tiles’s ‘K-12 Terrazzo Tile’, which is bolstered by black and white chippings (below).

Green terrazzo tiles bathroom
Otto Tiles

Meanwhile, pops of richly pigmented terrazzo in the form of two shower lights and a shelf, punctuate a tiled wall in this tonal space by Angela Harry (below).

Bathroom with pink terrazzo
Armelle Habib

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Green, Room, Design, Bathroom, Material property, Pattern, Bathroom accessory, Interior design, Marble, Sconce,
1 ‘Essex’ bath, £3,900, West One Bathrooms; 2 Soap pump, £14, John Lewis; 3 ‘TE107’, £108 per sq m, Diespeker & Co
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BLACK AND BRASS

Shower with Fameed Khalique tiles
Fameed Khalique

A clear departure from the Scandi whitewash look that has so far epitomised the wellness-led bathroom, this grown-up combination is nonetheless decidedly sleek and spa-like – look to the sauna-esque bench enclosed by striking ‘Chain Inlaid Siyah’ marble from Fameed Khalique (above).

Bathroom with grey chevron tiles
Mark Bolton

The cocooning feel is continued with slices of speckled charcoal stone – alongside weighty square slabs – by Mandarin Stone (above), which benefits from warming brushed brass ‘Union’ hardware by Crosswater.

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Product, Brass, Fashion accessory, Metal,
1 ‘Tekla Terry Towel’, from £12, Liberty London; 2 ‘Mirrò’ brass mirror by Mingardo, £650, Monologue London; 3 ‘Le Thermo’ shower with ‘La Fontaine’ taps, £2,880, Catchpole and Rye
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SUPERSIZED MIRRORS

Red bathroom with big round mirror
On Mo

The ever-popular round mirror is being scaled up to statement proportions. The usual benefits are maximised – the reflection of light around a room, the illusion of extra space – but this bolder silhouette doubles as an impactful focal point, too. A project by OnMo group (above; @on_mo_) proves a clean, curved line is key; this backlit mirror neatly frames a minimalist cylindrical basin from Nic Design’s ‘Ovvio’ range against a burgundy backdrop where ornamentation would overwhelm.

Sink with big round mirror bathroom
Studio Artpartner

This clever iteration by Kiev-based design studio Art Partner (above) is intersected by a sink and extended ledge, while Tomshi & Associates’ riff on the trend (below) sees an inspired pairing of grey terrazzo and peachy textured paint reflected back by a half-circle design.

Bathroom with big semi circle mirror
Huang Zaohui

SHOP THE LOOK

Lighting, Light, Product, Light fixture, Lamp, Sconce, Ceiling, Brass, Metal, Lighting accessory,
1 ‘Smoke Art Deco’ wall or ceiling light, £149, Holloways of Ludlow; 2 Brass bathroom shelf by Ferm Living, £55, Trouva; 3 ‘Unity’ wall mirror by AYTM, £55, Made in Design
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A version of this article appeared in the March 2020 issue of ELLE Decoration.

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