Just because you have a small bathroom, doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style and functionality. In this guide we outline all the latest design trends you need to know to spruce up your small bathroom in 2021.
Small bathrooms can bring a lot of problems and your thoughts around design will often need to change accordingly. When designing a small bathroom, you'll need to think much more carefully about the placement of your furniture. Compared to a larger bathroom, slight changes in the positioning of furniture can make a huge difference to the appearance and feel of your smaller bathroom.
When coming up with bathroom ideas, it's also important to consider the location of your current plumbing. Moving the pipes in your bathroom, particularly the toilet waste, can be expensive. As a result you will probably want to keep the toilet, basin & shower/bath in roughly the same place.
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Wall Hung Furniture
One of the easiest ways you can create the feeling of extra space in your bathroom is to raise the furniture off the floor. Wall hung furniture will increase the amount of visible floor in your bathroom, which gives the illusion of extra space. Wall hung furniture also makes it easier to keep your bathroom clean.
Wall mounted vanity units are a great place to start. These will house your sink and give you some much needed storage underneath, which will help you to reduce clutter. Our wall hung vanity units are available in a huge range of different designs and colours, so you can find the perfect style and size for your bathroom.
When adding furniture to your bathroom, picking the right size is crucial. If your vanity unit is too large, it will make your bathroom feel cramped and even smaller. If your furniture is too small, chances are you won't have enough space to store everything you need, which can lead to clutter which you don't need in a small bathroom!
Although they aren't the most common sight, a corner toilet can help free up space in a smaller bathroom for a larger sink or bath.
Removing the large frame from a shower is a fantastic way to reduce the visual clutter from your bathroom. Perfect for lovers of minimalist design, the glass of frameless showers will allow the flow of light around the room, something which will help reduce the feelings of clutter.
Mirrors are an excellent way to make your small bathroom appear larger. They will not only reflect light but will also give the appearance of extra depth. When choosing mirrors, go for a frameless mirror which will help to create a minimalist, clutter free look. Or if you really want to maximise space, take a look at one of our bathroom mirror cabinets.
Short Projection Toilets
Every inch counts when designing your small bathroom so why not install a short projection toilet? As the name suggests, these toilets have a smaller protrusion into your bathroom, which will help free up space.
Tall Bathroom Cabinets
If you don't have the space horizontally in your bathroom, why not go vertical? Tall bathroom cabinets can hold all your essentials, without the need for large spaces. Think about the layout of standard bathrooms, there will be lots of items on the bottom half of the wall but the top is under-utilised.
A tall bathroom cabinet will look great on it's own or it can be mounted next to your basin, so all your essentials are close to hand. However, we recommend you use tall cabinets sparingly, too many will make your bathroom feel cramped.
Combine Bathroom Features
If you are working with a small space, one of the options you have is combining bathroom fixtures. With a toilet & basin combination, you will get a toilet and basin in one small package which will leave extra space for storage or a larger bath/shower.
Shower caddies are an excellent way to maximise the wall space in your shower. At Drench we have a great selection of sizes & styles, so you can keep all your essentials close to hand without the clutter!
Install Underfloor Heating
Radiators and heated towel rails can take up a lot of space on walls, space you might not have in a small bathroom. Installing underfloor heating is an excellent way to minimise clutter on your walls and make your bathroom feel as spacious as possible. If you still want a towel rail in your bathroom, these are available in a great range of sizes so you can find one to fit.
Small Bathroom Trends 2021
Paint With Light Colours
If you have a small bathroom, making it as light as possible is crucial. Light can open up a room and make it feel much brighter. One of the easiest ways to improve the brightness of a room is painting with light colours. White or other lighter shades will bounce light around the room to make it feel more welcoming.
Paint Or Tile Halfway Up The Wall
Painting or tiling halfway up the wall can give the illusion that your bathroom is taller than it really is. The paint or tiles help create a difference between the floor and ceiling, which will give walls more depth, making them appear larger than they really are.
Bathroom Tile Ideas
2021 is the year pink tiles come back! Pink can give your bathroom a fresh, minimalist look which is ideal for smaller bathrooms. If you aren't ready to take the plunge and tile your whole bathroom, why not add a pink feature wall?
2021 is also going to be the year marble tiles feature in more and more bathrooms. Marble will introduce a relaxing, natural element to your small bathroom.
Finally, vintage tiles are growing in popularity this year. Vibrant vintage tiles are an excellent way to bring some bright colours into your bathroom. Again, all walls in vintage tiles can be overwhelming, so why not add a feature wall?
Black Bathroom Products
Although we wouldn't recommend painting or tiling your small bathroom in dark colours, black bathroom taps & sinks are an easy way to give your bathroom a modern refresh. Black Bathroom design has been growing in popularity and we think 2021 is the year it will really take off!
Concrete Bathroom Decor
We think 2021 will be the year concrete bathroom products really take off. Their clean, industrial design is perfect for creating a minimalist, relaxing bathroom. Drench have a great selection of concrete vanity units and an excellent range of accompanying accessories.
One finish that's becoming increasingly popular in bathrooms is dark blue or navy. This gives the modern look of grey and black but adds a touch of colour. It also pairs really well with the white finishes of many bathroom fixtures. Team up a dark blue cabinet and vanity unit with a grey floor and white basin for a stunning, modern bathroom.
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Open Plan Bathrooms
This is a trend which has been around for a number of years and like many trends which are different from the norm, has taken a while to move to the mainstream. Open plan bathrooms are ideal for anyone who wants to create a relaxing minimalist space without any dividers.
Many people will feel uncomfortable having a bathroom, particularly a toilet, in their bedroom. For this reason, a more common design choice is installing a freestanding bath within the bedroom. If you have a small bathroom, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to install a full size bath so this is a great alternative.
As more of us work from home, it’s becoming increasingly important to introduce touches of nature indoors, particularly in a smaller bathroom. Wood bathroom vanity units are an excellent way to bring an organic look to your bathroom. A light wood finish will also stop your small bathroom feeling too dark and cramped.
Our whole lives are becoming more connected to technology and our bathrooms are no different. In a small bathroom where you might not have enough space for a shower speaker, a Bluetooth bathroom mirror is perfect. A Bluetooth bathroom mirror can be connected to your phone so you can listen to all your favourite music in the shower. If you also want to add some light to your bathroom, choose an illuminated Bluetooth mirror.
Industrial design has become popular throughout the home, particularly in kitchens, for a number of years. However, it’s only recently that this design style has moved into the bathroom. If you want to create a small bathroom with a modern yet rustic touch, this is the style for you.
Think steel baths, matt black or brushed finish taps and industrial style shower valves. This is a style which usually favours darker colours. However, as you are fitting out a small bathroom, you might want to use darker fixtures whilst painting in a lighter colour.
Wallpaper is becoming a popular choice for bathroom walls. This is perfect for anyone who wants to add a feature wall to give a smaller bathroom some character. Many people will add a unique touch to their bathroom through the colour and pattern of their tiles and although this can look great, it’s also a very permanent option. In comparison, wallpaper is a lot easier to remove should you want a change of style.
As we spend more time at home, bringing a touch of nature indoors will be increasingly important, which is where house plants come in. There are a whole host of different plants which will thrive in your bathroom. Although you’ll need to think carefully about the size of your plants in a small space, you still have a great selection to choose from. If you're not sure which plants to choose, take a look at our top 14 bathroom plants.