What is the New Look for Bathrooms in 2020?

If you think that bathroom wall panels historically for the last few decades have not been on the designer’s radar, think again! This rather overlooked room, which has languished in a white tile brown wood type of category for years, is back on track for some updating, upgrading, and even some funky colors. Forget stripped pine and oak with white sanitary ware; bathroom design is looking a whole lot more interesting and colorful for 2020.

So what are the latest trends to hit the bathroom, take a look?

• The color is back. The love affair with the 1960s and 70s continues in the home, and the door to the bathroom has been thrown wide open. Seaweed green units are trending, and blue is also back from the 1960s, who knows what’s next? Does anyone dare to do orange and brown from the 1970s?
• Statement lighting is the way to go, the bigger, the better. Bold and oversized is right on trend, think chandeliers, drum pendants, and crystal glamour – this is not the environment for muted, sterile and functional
• Botanical walls are all the rage, you don’t have to do all four, but you could have a bold and bright feature wall with foliage, blooms, wildlife, and most of all, lots and lots of colors. The best way to incorporate this quickly and easily into your existing bathroom is to use wall panels (like ones from, which are made of modern materials and can fit seamlessly into your bathroom to give you the focus you want. Contrast this wall with paler more muted shades with either paint or tiles – remember, you can use wall panels that are also tile effect protecting your budget and cutting down on labor costs
• Smart technology is all around us, and the bathroom is no exception. Embrace the new digital era in your bathroom with USB ports, LED temperature displays and de-misting mirrors
• Marble is definitely ‘in,’, but it does come with a hefty price tag. And if you have an unlimited budget, then ‘bookmarking’ is the way to go, which means matching pieces of marble vein by vein to create a luxurious and opulent finish. For lesser mortals, somewhere below the statues of Greek gods and their deep pockets, you can create that marble look in less than a day and at a fraction of the cost using wall and floor panels. Not only are these pounds cheaper than the real thing, but they are also quicker to fit and much easier to care for. Just remember, color is king so be adventurous on your marble shades
Bathrooms are back with a vengeance, as practical and functional as ever. Still, now a room you can explore with personality and character rather than a ‘play safe muted’ space with just a hint of sterility. Think tech and 21st century offset with color and botanicals. Outdoor influences are all the rage, be they plant, stone, marble, or wood. Create a natural and colorful bathroom in your home for 2020.

Top Trends at the beginning of 2020 so far

With 2020 now in swing, we’ve gone and looked at the most popular ‘first look trends’ which are trouncing all others. Here are some of the early trends adopted this year so far:

Minimalist Moods

I think it’s fair to say that 2020 has started with many opting for the minimalistic mood – not the maximalist mess! One expert, Barbard Sallick of Waterworks, advised us that “Architecturally and visually, 2020 has started with people wanting their bathrooms feeling open by not placing too many things into it. Keeping things simple”.

Luxe Lighting

Statement lighting is making a comeback – having a moment one could say. Oversized, crystal, or generally all-round glamour is most certainly ‘in’. Don’t be afraid to go big – large lighting in the bathroom can bring out its character and make a statement.

The Dark Arts

Notoriously bathrooms tend to be light in color. However, early this year, people wanting to give their bathroom a makeover are opting for darker colors in their bathrooms. There has been huge popularity surrounding almost gothic type designs being used. Keep the look fresh by opting for porcelain tiles – this look is also tipped to be enormous for kitchen re-fits and designs.

Mirrors are tipped to be whacky and wonderful

People are becoming more bold and brave with their bathrooms, and the mirror is certainly no exception. Utilizing large or oddly shaped mirrors is certainly going to be ‘in’ in 2020. This includes mid-century asymmetrical designs and geometrical shapes to make a statement heard.

Bring out the natural side of your bathroom


Using plants to add beauty to any room is certainly not a new concept. However, more and more bathrooms in 2020 have been opting for a biophilic look. Large plants and pots are certainly yearned for this year, will you take the plunge?

Greater exposure

As the adage goes, if you’ve got it, flaunt it. One of the big trends that are already emerging in 2020 is exposure – being bold and baring all. These trends include showing shower piping to give the bathroom an industrial-inspired type feel.

The Freestanding Tub

Who doesn’t like the look of a freestanding tub in the bathroom? It would appear the answer to that question is nobody given their enormous popularity early on. There’s nothing quite like getting home after a hard day’s work and sinking yourself into a freestanding tub with a tonne of bubble bath now is there?

Zen appeal

With today’s modern stressful lives, people are looking to yoga and various other things to unwind – including in 2020 having a zen look in their bathrooms. Mixing and matching up spa-like theme including claiming neutral color palettes, natural materials, and minimal aesthetics – perfect for the weary owners who like nothing to unwind.
Whichever mood you choose for your bathroom in 2020, one thing is certain, minimal with calm, dark palettes and bold lighting is the way forward.