Victoria Plum predicts these are the bathroom trends for 2023

an image of a large blue bathroom to illustrate the top bathroom trends for 2023

There’s no doubt that bathroom style has had a major glow-up in recent years. Interior enthusiasts are opting to combine functionality with design to create a space that offers an escape and sanctuary. So we thought we’d share the top 4 bathroom trends for 2023.

When it comes to planning a new bathroom, whether that’s a full remodel or a small upgrade, there are plenty of inspiring trends. They create a real statement, from bold tiling and colourful palettes to natural materials and minimalist style. But what are the must-have looks we’ll all be clamouring for in 2023?

Ruth Foster, interior designer at online bathroom retailer Victoria Plum, has shared her top four trend predictions for the year ahead.

a dark grey bathroom with modern suite and chrome brassware
Allure Brassware In Chrome, GROHE.

“Rather than updating the entire bathroom suite, people are infusing a statement feature into their bathroom tiling.

“For 2023, we predict terrazzo, geometric and monochrome checkerboard designs will be the most popular styles for bathroom tiles. 

“Online searches for ‘terrazzo bathroom tiles’ have grown greatly since the end of 2021, and we can see why. With its signature speckled stone look, terrazzo adds a depth of sophistication to bathrooms.

“In 2023, pair with a neutral colour palette and bathroom greenery to create a washroom with a natural and timeless theme.”

terrazzo tiles behind a white modern toilet and basin with matt black fittings
Eccitare Terrazzo Ivory, £62.99, Boutique Stone.

“Geometric tilework allows you to be bold and put your creativity to the test, and many are feeling daring in their bathroom design. Online searches relating to geometric bathroom tiles have jumped by 34,900% since last year.

“Popular geometric patterns include hexagons, bricks, chevrons and parquet-like designs. For a more masculine, yet artsy feel, opt for this in a monochromatic colour scheme. Combine with simple bathroom furniture to compliment your statement geometric tilework.

“Chequerboard tiling has always been a favoured choice in the bathroom. But this beloved retro style design has evolved and is back with a bang. 

“Year-on-year online searches of ‘chequerboard tiles’ are up by 800%. So the mosaic style is now embracing softer and more feminine colours for a more elegant feel for 2023.”

the bathroom trend of terrazzo tiles paired with a dark wood bathroom suite in a large bathroom with two skylights
Terrazzo tiles are a bathroom trend for 2023. Photography: Victoria Plum.

Seamless shower screens

“In 2023, we will be saying farewell to framed screens and hello to even more glass shower screens.

“Installing a seamless glass shower screen can maximise the feeling of light and space, even in the smallest of bathrooms.

“In the last 12 months, online searches for ‘glass shower screens’ have risen massively. This shows that the seamless and spacious look is on the minds of shoppers for the coming year.

“Opting for a frameless shower screen also means you have even more opportunity to reflect your personality. Show flair with your tile design and bathroom fittings, whether that’s with gunmetal taps or bold shower panels.”

the bathroom trend of glass shower screens in a bathroom with blue herringbone tiles and a white bathroom suite
Seamless shower screens are a bathroom trend for 2023. Photography: Victoria Plum.

“The evolution of the social media ring light is influencing our homes, with chic backlit mirrors fast becoming a bathroom must-have. Online searches for ‘backlit bathroom mirrors’ are up greatly in comparison to last year. So this is definitely an emerging luxury bathroom trend for 2023. 

“Is a refresh of your bathroom accessories all you need? Then introducing a backlit mirror is a fantastic way to bring a combination of elegance, glamour and drama to your bathroom. 

“Serving both a practical and aesthetic purpose, back-lit mirrors are ideal for style-switchers. So if you fancy bringing a spot of extravagance to your bathroom, why not add one?”

a Scandi-style spa bathroom with square white tiles, a white bathroom suite and light oak flooring and furniture
Glide II 700 Unit Marble Effect Worktop with Link Unit in Windsor Oak, £1765, Crosswater.

“Introducing metalwork touches into your bathroom furniture and accessories? This has been gradually on the rise as a design trend since 2016 and shows no sign of slowing down. 

“In 2023, we expect to see gunmetal make an appearance amongst the brass and copper metalwork features. 

“Searches for gunmetal-related bathroom furniture and accessories are up year-on-year by 1600%. We predict many will use gunmetal accents to transform an ordinary bathroom into a more lavish space. They can be effortlessly matched with a wide range of materials including marble, wood, stone and ceramics.”

Bathroom panelling

“A trend that has been popular throughout the entire home in 2022 is panelling. It’s set to take a step into the bathroom in 2023 to create the ultimate Cottagecore look. 

“Online searches related to using panelling in the bathroom have grown massively in the past year. So it’s no surprise that people are looking to kit out their bathrooms to match the new wall décor trend.

“Make a statement with panelling and install a freestanding bath with chrome claw feet for that extra-luxurious feel. Opt for floating sanitaryware so the panelling can run seamlessly around the room. And if space allows, include a design-led vanity unit with a pastel-coloured basin.”

wood panelling in a large bathroom with an arch and arch window with a grey bathroom suite
Wood wall panelling is a bathroom trend for 2023. Photography: Victoria Plum.

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