10 bathroom ideas to steal for your 2024 project

From rich terracotta and miniature basins to curvy mirrors, if you’re looking for fresh bathroom ideas, here are 10 we’re loving right now…

Trying to decide on how to update your bathroom can be overwhelming, we know. Our editor Georgina nearly had a breakdown trying to choose a grout colour! So, if you need a little help getting started, I have popped together a list of ideas I’ve spotted while recently out and about that I hope will inspire your project.

Terracotta tones

You’ll have probably seen terracotta flooring before – but have you seen a terracotta-coloured bath? Well, now you have. We are literally seeing this tone everywhere at the moment; from sleek, handleless vanity units to daring wall tiles. The shade of terracotta is known for its earthy qualities, so if you fancy using this in your bathroom, then consider pairing it with other natural materials, from wood to rattan. Or even a glamorous marble, that has veining in a similar palette, would look beautiful. Accessorise with some house plants, and you’ve got yourself a very trendy bathroom.

bathroom trend Terracotta vanity basin in biophilic bathroom
Mada 700 unit with worktop in Soft Clay, £1,095, Crosswater.
Terracotta fluted bath
Reed bath, Sonas Bathrooms.

Bathroom ideas: Micro basins

I love a micro basin – don’t you? Apart from the obvious benefits of their compact size in smaller spaces, they’re often found in fun shapes, colours and materials, from ceramic to microcement, completing any statement WC or quirky ensuite. They’re also ideal if you want a more industrial-style design as they usually have exposed metallic drainage. Why not match the rest of the brassware to this for a real cohesive scheme? Because they’re so small, we recommend looking for some wall accessories for your soaps, lotions, and towels.

Black basin with pink tiles and gold hardware and brassware 
bathroom trend
Crosswater Popolo cloakroom basin in matt black, £359.99, Drench.
White marble basin with gold brassware
Sanctuary Arabescato white cloakroom marble basin, £500, Scudo.


Fluting is BIG right now – in every room of the house. Even in the bathroom alone, there are so many possibilities with this finish: think shower screens, vanity units, wall tiles, lighting and accessories. The best part is that fluting complements most design styles, from spa-like Scandi to a more industrial look. This idea is best done as a feature rather than an apply-to-all. So, choose carefully where or what you want to flute – this way it’ll make much more of an impact and won’t be OTT.

Fluted bathroom vanity until with wood effect on a pink bathroom with lots of plants
Alfie vanity unit, Harrison Bathrooms.
fluted shower enclosure with black and dark wooden accents.
Crystal Drawn fluted enclosure, £2,400 per sq m of glass, Majestic.

Curvy mirrors

While we’re all for the straight lines of fluting, we also like the curvier direction mirrors are going in. These new, organically shaped designs take inspiration from nature – think waves and pebbles. And while they may look minimalistic, some can have rather complicated tech – boasting smart features like fog-free settings or built-in lighting. Beautiful and practical, what’s not to like?

bathroom trend Organic bathroom with curved mirror large worktop basin and green tiles.
Oslo mirror in brushed bronze, £325, Origins Living.

Bathroom ideas: Colourful shower trays

The shower tray is finally getting the love it deserves with a beautiful pop of colour. Once limited to plain white and a few neutrals, the choices are now much more exciting – from pastel pinks and greens to rich blues. Imagine coordinating the colour of your shower tray with your bathroom tiles to make them flow from one another. So dreamy!

Showering space with blue showertray
Prisma Slate shower tray in Sky, Acquabella.

Bathroom ideas: Belfast basins

The bathroom is stealing a kitchen staple, and we are here for it. Everyone, you can now get a Belfast sink basin in your bathroom! Can you tell we love this idea? While they are mounted slightly differently (sitting on top of a vanity, rather than mounted within cabinetry) and are a bit more refined and compact – there’s no denying that they look just as good in a bathroom as in the kitchen. Why not choose a bold colour, making it even more ‘wow’?

Turquoise and  bronze bathroom with a bulter basin
Brassware by Vado in a new Brushed Bronze finish.
Blue basin in a blue bathroom with a granite worktop
Krete basin, Whitebirk Sink Company.

Recycled materials

Good news, eco fans! Recycled materials are on the rise. Whether it’s creating new basins out of recycled ceramics or using wood mixed with resin to form an innovative new material, this is a green bathroom trend we can get behind. With amazing engineering, these recycled materials look good and are durable and kind to the planet, too. Tick, tick and tick!

Recycled vanity basin in a neutral bathroom
100 per cent recycled ceramic washbasin, from £350, VitrA.
Recycled wooden basin with gold tap bathroom trend
100% waterproof, solid wood composite washbasin, Woodio.

Opulent gold

Gold – the epitome of luxury – is back on our radar. Think polished brassware, gleaming basins, and radiant handles. To add a dash of glamour to your bathroom, opt for gold-plated solutions, such as taps, showers or bath mixers. Or, for a pared-back, budget-friendly approach, embrace this luxe look with the help of golden-effect sanitaryware and matching hardware. As long as it’s shiny, it can stay!

Gold shower with a blue shower area and a freestanding dark wooden cabinet near by
Euphoria 310 shower system in Brushed Cool Sunrise, Grohe.
Gold bath mixer tap in a modern bathroom buy a freestanding bath
Armstrong bath mixer, Perrin & Rowe.

Shower control evolution

Petition to never have to do the awkward dance of turning on your shower while trying not to get wet! Have you already signed it? Well, the solution to this problem, perhaps simpler than you would have thought, is to place the controls outside of the showerhead’s scope. Eureka! However, this needs to be factored in at the planning stage of your new bathroom to ensure the correct pipe placement.

Wetroom with gold and white shower area and a pink and black vanity unit
Classica wetroom, Matki.

Bathroom ideas: Faux tiles

Tired of scrubbing your bathroom walls? Say hello to waterproof panels that replicate the look of tiles. Available in a range of sizes and styles, from classic metro to patterned slabs, these solutions come with a bonus – no grout lines. Easy to maintain by just wiping clean, they are a hygienic option for a family bathroom, with no compromises on aesthetics. Why not install floor-to-ceiling marble-inspired panels in your shower area for a touch of glamour, or elevate your splashback with a bespoke design?

Pink tile effect in a bathroom bathroom trend
Contemporary tile effect in dusky pink, Fibo.

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