Fluted bathroom products: textured tiles, furniture, basins and more

Reeded shower screens, textured taps and tiles, and ridged furniture – fluted finishes have taken over our bathrooms. But we’re not complaining because we’re fully on board with this tactile trend.

Recently, we’ve spotted this finish everywhere, from grand renovations straight off the glossy pages of Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms to DIY projects on Instagram and aspirational boards on Pinterest. And we’re not the only ones to notice this. “We’re seeing more demand for fluted bathroom products as they add three-dimensional elements to a design that can otherwise be quite stark,” says Lee Reed, head of design at Easy Bathrooms. “While fluting can add character and quirkiness, it doesn’t overpower a space and is instead classic and understated.”

Have you ever wondered where this finish comes from? Lee explains that it originates from architecture. “Fluting is usually achieved through a series of shallow grooves that run across a surface, creating texture and interest,” he says.

There’s no doubt that fluting can instantly elevate anything from your bathroom walls and a plain tub to a dated piece of furniture. “From fluted tiles, vanity units, and cabinets, there is a wide range of bathroom products available in this fun and on-trend surface,” suggests Ruth Foster, interior designer at online bathroom retailer Victoria Plum.

If you’re ready to embrace this look in your home, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite fluted bathroom products. Screenshot button at the ready – let’s begin…

Textured tiles

One of the easiest ways to welcome fluted finishes in your space is through – drum roll, please – tiles. Plenty of styles are available these days, from fluted metro tiles to bamboo-style slabs. They also come in a wide range of colours, so you can get creative with your design.

“Vertical fluted finishes can not only make a space feel taller, but also more contemporary,” explains Jorge Hernandez, product and design manager at Bathroom Brands Group. “Textured products invite interaction, drawing us to engage with our surroundings.”

We recommend mixing and matching plain and textured tiles to add interest and dimension to your bathroom walls. For example, you can refresh your vanity area or create a dreamy backdrop behind your bath or in the shower.

Fluted wall tiles in a neutral bathroom with a green concrete basin and a brass tap
Fluted sand decor wall tiles, £48 per sq m, Porcelain Superstore.
Green bamboo tiles behind a modern bath with black brassware
Meraki Kitt Kat turquoise wall tiles, £38.95 per sq m, Walls and Floors.
simple and fluted tiles on a feature wall with a pink bobble mirror and pink Edwardian basin
Tunstall ceramic brick tiles in Royal Green, £94.43 per sq m; Tunstall ceramic fluted brick walls tiles in Royal Green, £109.91 per sq m, and Rotterdam Chevron Mid Wood floor tiles, £89 per sq m, all from Ca’ Pietra.
Marble tiles behind the basin area in a luxurious bathroom
Project: Rigby & Rigby, Hughes Group. Tiles: Artisans of Devizes.

Reeded shower screens

If you’re team shower, then why not make the upgrade to a fluted shower screen? They look oh-so-stylish and offer that boutique hotel look. Plus, they are a practical bathroom update, which will instantly take your space up a notch.

You can opt for minimalist panels, fitted doors or square enclosures, depending on your needs. You can also customise the finish of the hinges, door handle or surround to ensure it matches the rest of your fittings and fixtures.

Fluted shower enclosure with brass accents
Liberty hinged door with in-line panel with fluted glass for alcove fitting, from £2563.69, Real Stone, Tile & Bathrooms.
ribbed shower enclosure with bronze hinges
Crystal Drawn fluted enclosure from the Art Glass collection, £2400 per sq m of glass, Majestic.
modern bathroom with reeded shower enclosure with golden accents, matching radiator, wooden furniture and simple, round mirror
Fluted glass fixed panel from the Portrait collection, from £1138, The Shower Lab.
colourful bathroom with reeded shower enclosure, black shower tray and brassware, and green vanity unit
Fluted wetroom screen, price on application, Nuie.
textured shower enclosure in a blue bathroom wit blue tiles, mural and tub
This fluted glass shower screen with natural brass surround is available in a variety of width and height options, price on application, Aston Matthews.

Ribbed taps

With the help of textured taps, you can instantly give your basin area a glow up. No matter whether you lean towards a polished chrome finish or are into sleek matt black, as long as the design is embellished with minimalist grooved lines, it’s a great choice.

Pair your solution with simple, white sanitaryware for a pared-back look. Or why not opt for a matching fluted basin to achieve a modern scheme?

textured chrome bathroom basin tap
EVO basin mixer in chrome, £210, JTP.
fluted matt black tap
Arezzo fluted round matt black high rise mono basin mixer tap, £139.95, Victorian Plumbing.
fluted stainless steel tap with matching accessories
3ONE6 basin monobloc in stainless steel, £299, Crosswater.

Fluted baths

There’s nothing like finally finding the right piece to complete your bathroom design. Ready to make a statement with a beautifully reeded bath? These days, you can go for a solution that’s the perfect shape to comfortably fit your space. Plus, you can have it painted in the exact colour your heart desires. Think round and compact, curved and modern, fitted or freestanding. However, it’s the finish that elevates the look – be it scalloped or meticulously ridged.

Casini bath, from £4236 and £420 for the painting service, BC Designs. Photography: Darren Chung.
Olympia Midnight Grey freestanding acrylic bath, £1759.20, Easy Bathrooms.

Textured basins

You can now pick from a multitude of basins available in different shapes and a myriad of colours to perfectly match your bathroom style. The go-to material at the moment is concrete. Apart from already being a tactile surface, you can upgrade your space with an ornate model, which displays a fluted front. Dare to go bold?

Smith & Goat Concrete scalloped bathroom basin, £750, Artisan Basins Company.
blue fluted basin on steel washstand
Ferla ribbed basin in Azzurro Blue, from £828, Elle & James.
Delia Zero basin in Akron, price on application, Acquabella.
Inbani Grate fluted freestanding basin, £7801, West One Bathrooms.

Fluted furniture

No matter your style, or budget, when it comes to furniture, you are spoiled for choices. Think wall-mounted or freestanding solutions, in bold or pared-back colour palettes, from big to small.

Sharing an ensuite with a partner or perhaps you’re looking to improve the look of your family bathroom? Well, you can find grand, fluted double units that can cater to your needs. And if you’re working with a smaller space, you can opt for a wall-mounted cabinet with practical drawers or open shelves for extra storage. Scroll down to get inspired.

Granilate porcelain tiles in Verde on the floor and Grigio on the walls, £66 per sq m for 60x60cm, Stone & Ceramic Warehouse.
Couture floorstanding fluted vanity unit in matt black 140cm, £1595, Lusso.
Loop wall-hung two-drawer bathroom cabinet 80cm, from £1150, Claybrook.
Alfie unit, £425, Harrison Bathrooms.

Tactile lighting

Tired of your old wall and pendant lights? Why not choose fluted glass solutions to refresh your bathroom? They are a great way of adding character to your vanity area, for example.

Before you hit ‘purchase’, remember that your new lighting needs to be IP44 in order to be used in the area around your basin. To find out more about bathroom zones, click here.

Roddy wall light (IP44), £140, and octagonal bevelled Luxor mirror, £83, Pooky.
Tamara bathroom wall light (IP44), £82.80, Där Lighting.

Fluted wall panelling

Wall panelling took over our kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms a few years ago, but it’s still a go-to design trick for spicing up a scheme.

“Fluted finishes are also becoming a popular wall panelling idea and can give a space a reinvented, contemporary twist,” advises Ruth. The latest ideas include the popular wooden grooved panelling, curved fluted finishes or with raised, rounded edges.

Remember to consider the material you are going for as it needs to be waterproof in order to be suitable for such a humid environment.

Xcross glazed steel washstand, price on application, Alape.
Library Roman blinds in Pampas Grass Frost, price on application, PT Blinds.
SlatWall Waterproof in Natural Oak and black, £119.99, Naturewall.

If you’ve been looking for bathroom makeover ideas, we hope you now feel inspired to add a dash of texture to your space – whether through a ribbed tap, reeded wall panelling or fluted sanitaryware.

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