Bathroom trends for 2023

Are you in the midst of planning your new bathroom or looking for fresh ideas to inspire your space? Then, you’ve come to the right place – we’re predicting and exploring the looks and trends we think are going to be big in 2023.

From textured tiles that enhance your showering experience to bronze brassware for a touch of warmth, let’s take a look at the latest trends for bathrooms…

Lived-in bathrooms

The bathroom is no longer just for washing, but a room where you can spend precious quality time to feel invigorated. But where do you start when designing a cosy space? The secret sits in the small – but key – details. One of the latest trends for bathrooms, which immediately caught my attention, is the way our bathrooms have started to look more like living spaces rather than the typical washroom.

Colourful timeless bathroom with classic sanitaryware and patterned tiles
Dorchester two-tap hole basin, £354, with Hatton back-to-wall WC pan, £375, Heritage Bathrooms.

“Add pops of colour and texture throughout, in a bid to move away from the typical all white and clinical feel that bathrooms tend to have,” suggests Antonia Baier, senior product manager Premium & Mainstream Bathroom and Wellness at Villeroy & Boch.

colourful bathroom design with the lived-in look using decorations and accessories
Unic Slate shower tray, from £550.02; Delia Zero washbasin, from £531; Artic cabinet, from £596; Hera wall panels, from £901.25, and Chrea bath, from £3700, all from Acquabella.
Bronte Bird Tree wallpaper in light green, £69, Bobbi Beck.

Accessorise your space with stylish rugs that add an extra layer of comfort whenever you step out of the bath or shower. Section off a sitting area where you can indulge in your morning and evening rituals with help from vibrant armchairs and footstools, tactile cushions and side tables.

Then, use cluster pendants for a homely feeling. But make sure they have IP44 ratings, or place them far enough away from splashes and main water sources.

Finally, small décor pieces such as vases, art on the walls, and house plants make the perfect finishing touches.

Modern bathroom design with rugs, lighting and contemporary accessories
Triad Materic in terracotta, shiny dark metal and brushed copper, price on application, Gessi.

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Products to help you get the look with tiles, lights, vases and rugs
1. Retro geometric rug in orange, from £69, Lime Lace. 2. Hiba end table with magazine rack in black, £155, La Redoute. 3. You round ceiling light in white marble and blue glass; brass and Coral glass, and Charcoal and Olive glass, Houseof. 4. Barbara set of two jacquard fringed 100% Turkish cotton hand towels in light green, £17, Sazy. 5. 366 Rocking chair, £900, Lime Lace. 6. Large multi speckled glass vase, £40, Five And Dime. 7. Two tone rubber plant – artificial plant 53, £33, Where Saints Go. 8. Ca’ Pietra Lily pad porcelain Custard tiles, £89.09 per sq m, Hyperion Tiles.

Textured tiles

Next on the list of the latest trends for bathrooms you need to know about: tactile tiles. “We have seen a big increase for unusual textures and patterns designed to make bold feature walls and floors,” reveals Amanda Telford, marketing manager at CTD Tiles.

There is a variety of materials to choose from. Think terracotta, porcelain, and ceramic. But the best part is that the latest designs are adorned with textured finishes, from fluted fronts to rough and grainy styles. Pretty!

Neutral, Scandinavian-style bathroom with textured tiles on the walls
Nature Bone tile 500x500mm, £55.99 per sq m; Nature Bone tile 690x240mm, £49.99 per sq m; Nature Concept Bone tile 690x240mm £49.99 per sq m, and Nature Bone mosaic tile 330x330mm, £21.98 per sheet, all CTD.

To achieve a standout scheme, mix and match different colours, sizes and laying patterns. But remember, your shower tiles need to have anti-slip properties for safety. Plus, if you don’t enjoy spending time scrubbing, then why not buy durable designs that require minimal maintenance?

White, textured tiles in walk-in shower area
Terra Crea XL-format porcelain tiles in Calce used on floor, side wall and bench, £143 per sq m, and mosaic tiles on front wall, £400 per sq m, Domus.

For example, Amanda says wood-effect tiles or those that mimic real stone are popular choices when experimenting with decorating ideas, rather than choosing the real thing – you get the look but without the upkeep. And that’s something that I like to hear.

White tiles with brass tap
Touch porcelain tiles in white, from £98 per sq m, Solus.

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Textured tiles made from terracotta, with fluted finishes or bamboo style
1. Tunstall ceramic gloss fluted brick tiles in Royal Green, Fern and Coral, £109.91 per sq m, Ca’ Pietra. 2. Bamboo white textured wall tiles, £54.91 for 1.26 sq m, The London Tile Co. 3. White Terracotta tiles, from £172.80 per sq m, Bert & May. 4. Waterfall textured black split-face tiles, £36.95 per sq m, Walls & Floors.

Bronze brassware

Move over matt black, gold, polished chrome or gunmetal, and embrace warm bronze. While this finish has been popular for a few years, as it works well in both timeless and contemporary schemes, I’ve been spotting it even more now.

So, why not select a monobloc tap in a golden brass tone with fluted levers, perfect for a modern look? Or go for a traditional model in a deeper shade, which oozes a moody feeling.

Axor Conscious shower, from £956.40, with Axor Circular accessories in brushed bronze, Axor.

Jeevan Seth, chief executive officer at JTP, suggests going one step further for an on-trend aesthetic: “By opting for brassware, radiators and accessories in a matching warm finish, you can easily achieve a level of cohesion throughout.”

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bronze brassware, from showers to bath and basin taps
1. Samuel Heath Landmark Pure concealed thermostatic shower kit in bronze, £3105.60, West One Bathrooms. 2. MOD+ three-hole basin mixer, from £1200, Graff Designs. 3. VOS three- hole deck-mounted basin mixer in brushed bronze, £310, JTP.

In conclusion, the latest trends for bathrooms are set to elevate your style – whether you choose to only introduce bronze brassware or go all-out on all three popular features.

Although influenced by trending finishes, textures, and styles, these ideas also blend well within classic or timeless schemes. You just have to play around, find the right designs and let your creative juices flow.

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