CranberryHome Column: Bathroom trends for 2021

Hugo Fleming, Design Director of award-winning local interior design company Cranberryhome, gives us an insight into upgrading your bathroom for 2021.

Looking to 2021, if you are thinking of updating your bathroom, there are plenty of inspirational ideas, colours, textures and gadgets to get excited about next year.

Bathrooms are usually the smallest room in the house, so the layout, proportions and fittings need to be thought about carefully.

There are space-saving wall-hung toilets and vanity units which keep the floor clear as well as useful mirror cabinets with storage for all those beauty products that clutter bathrooms.

If you haven’t already discovered, have a look at 3D tiles where you can get all touchy-feely with the wall in a new way to create that feature wall. Try concrete wall and floor tiles in larger formats for a more urban look.

Matte black and brushed brass are trendy right now. Premium finishes look set to stay throughout 2021, so taps, flush plates, even bowls and toilets can be different colours.

If space permits, a double vanity looks great and helps avoid all that queuing in the morning rush!

Using black taps paired with classic Carrera marble tiles creates a timeless look or for something more spalike, go for the warm glow of taupe colours with wood elements. These can be wood effect tiles, vanity units or accessories.

Consider lighting to frame units and key areas, this can be organised within the mirrors, using stylish wall lights to frame the vanity unit or LED lighting to create linear ombre effects.

Choose the best quality you can afford for the brassware as any leaks behind tiles can be costly. If costs
permit, insist on underfloor heating for that luxury element.

Finally, a few must-have gadgets to look out for: heated mirrors to avoid the steamed-up look; smart toilets that open the seat as you walk up and smart runway lighting for the nighttime toilet visits.

Hugo is often found at Ask an Expert at Grand Designs Live, and is in demand as an interior designer all over the UK. You can email him on or visit for more information.

This feature was published in the November 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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