Specialists in the design and manufacture of classic and contemporary British-made bathroom solutions, Imperial Bathrooms, reveal the latest trends in ceramic ware, furniture, brassware, accessories and lighting that are set to inspire your creative ideas for the bathroom in 2021…
“This year has definitely had its challenges and for me, it has been fascinating to see how this has influenced so many to turn to home-improvement as a way to take back some control and create a much needed escape. In fact, we have seen increased demand for bathrooms that offer authentic custom design elements and I believe, as the bathroom continues to become more of a deeply personal space next year, it will play a vital role in providing the ultimate place to decompress and luxuriate in” explains James Stevenson, Creative Director at Imperial Bathrooms.
SEEKING SANCTUARY: The need for a soothing bathroom space has never been more important and as a dominant trend in 2021, we will see the bathroom evolve into a space that not only cleanses you, but also improves your health and wellbeing by providing a private area to relax and unwind. Creating a bathroom, which is organised and free from clutter is therefore going to be essential next year with generously proportioned vanity units and value-adding accessories climbing to the top of the bathroom wish-list. Equally, ambient lighting is also going to play a prominent role by helping to create that all-important peace and tranquillity; so don’t underestimate the importance of strategic bathroom lighting, as soft, warm light really can influence your mood and state of mind.
ULTRA LUXE: With escapism high on everybody’s agenda, the bathroom needs to be beautifully deluxe and this will see trends shift towards opulent finishes, luxury stone surfaces and a bold signature style not so different from a boutique spa or 5* hotel bathroom. Providing untold personal enrichment, the addition of rich metallic finishes, marble countertops and rococo-inspired hardware is going to become the go-to for raising the comfort factor in your bathroom, as well as ornate basin stands and curvaceous brassware that achieve an air of grandeur. This will also shine a light on complementary accessories in 2021, with a preference for extra fine detailing like ornate gilded lion feet to elevate your freestanding bath, colour-matched mirrors that coordinate with the bathroom furniture through to ceramic lever handles, soap dishes, tumblers and towel rails for a truly grandiose look and feel throughout!
BOLD EXPRESSIONS: Opting for colourful designs in the home is going to continue to grow in popularity, offering a new-found way to express individual style and character through the power of colour. Vanity units and framed mirrors are adopting this type of bold design to add a dash of character, with an emphasis on more traditional British colours like green and blue. The bathroom will also look to black hero pieces in 2021, with furniture, ceramic ware, brassware and accessories taking on a darker appearance to bring a striking element, which is glamourous and high-drama. In fact, we recommend a bold mix of black, green, blue and white next year, with a focus on hand-painted finishes and glazed surface treatments.
TIMELESS DESIGN: Designing a bathroom around a centrepiece is a sure way to create impact and introduce that immediate ‘wow factor’, and stately ceramic ware remains a top choice for the design-savvy. Increasingly drawn to the beauty of a freestanding statement bath or striking pedestal basin design, tomorrow’s bathroom will look to authentic, handcrafted items that create a breath-taking focal point with timeless appeal: after all, nothing says luxe more than a beautifully crafted freestanding tub. There is huge value in choosing traditionally-made ceramic ware as it is inherently timeless, able to stand the test of time and will never outdate. Popular architectural styles in 2021 will embrace the flavours of Edwardian, Victorian and Art Deco-style ears with basins, WCs and high definition baths coming to the fore as firm favourites in the classic bathroom.
Carlyon Thurlestone 2-door Vessel Unit in Moseley Blue.
Pictured with Expression Vessel Bowl & Expression Tap | Annabel Luxury Mirror in Moseley Blue hand painted finish | Sheraton double-ended Slipper Cast Iron Bath and Lion foot in a light blue hand painted finish | Pitea Heated Clothes Horse | 2x Tube Contemporary Wall Lights in Chrome finish
Radcliffe Oban Marble* Console with Black Satin legs.
For use with the Radcliffe under-counter basin (as pictured) also shown with Classical 3-hole basin mixer with Cisne crosshead handles, part of the Classical Brassware Collection
*Supplied with a Dawn Carrara Marble White Natural stone top: also available in Black Galaxy Marble
Astoria Deco Large Basin & Pedestal, Black Sapphire Ceramic ware.
Pictured with Notte 3-hole Basin Mixer, Chrome & Black ceramic lever handles
Marlow Bath, part of the Windsor Baths Collection.
Pictured with wall-mounted Cisne Bath Shower Mixer, Chrome finish | Pitea Heated Clothes Horse