We’ve entered into 2021 in a quarantined state of life. With so much time spent indoors, you acquire a different view of the premises – focusing on what can be changed.
Besides social distancing, there’s also a heightened need to maintain hygiene which raises awareness of cleanliness. As bathrooms are high-traffic environments where most of our personal hygiene takes place, it’s no wonder that they’re a top priority for renovation.
Although most used, bathrooms are also usually under-designed. We need our personal oasis more than ever, and that’s why we’ve prepared a list of easy ways to get there with both design and functionality in mind.
Let it Float
The first step to both cleanliness and style is getting rid of the clutter. The ultimate storing solution comes in the form of floating vanities. These wall-mount storage spaces don’t look like heavy boxes on the floor and they make cleaning the floors much easier. The sense of floating gives the whole bathroom light, airy feeling.
And the best thing is a wide array of customization options that can fit any style. While you can purchase the vanities as a complete unit containing a storage base, sink, and countertop, we recommend going for separate pieces and making the design your very own. Nowadays people rely much more on these DIY projects as tons of inspiration can be found online, not to mention useful tips and tutorials on just about any renovation needed.
A Fresh Coat of Horizon
A fresh coat of paint can make any room look new and bathrooms are no exception. During the COVID-19 pandemic, bathrooms as places to relax are more crucial than ever so your color palette for 2021 should be comprised of warm and inviting colors. But these colors should also invoke nature, which seems so distant right now – light blue and azure shades of the sky and oceans, earthy hues such as mushroom shades, brown, tan, and beige.
Just make sure you use new durable paints so the bathroom stays clean for longer. And no need to mention that the same color palette applies to tiles. Earth tones for tiles and those of the sky for the walls above seem perfect as your eyes can rest on the horizon in the middle.
Reflection as a Focal Point
Besides heightened attention to hygiene, being isolated at home also directs our attention to our looks. Spending more time in front of mirrors is inevitable, so a new bathroom mirror is a good investment. And a back-lit one is the best choice as it plays as an ambient light at the same time, avoiding unwanted additional glare and reflections.
But this 2021 trend is not merely functional – the glowing effect of the mirror will give the same sensation of floating as with vanities we mentioned before, highlighting the wall textures around it. That way you also get a great focal point – with your reflection right in the middle of it.
The Air of Luxury with Fewer Lines
Tiny mosaic tiles are leaving bathroom walls for good in 2021. What we want is fewer grout lines to clean, so large-format tiles are a way to go. But the trend of larger tiles is not all about cleanliness – combined with the color hues we mentioned above, they’ll make a huge impact on the space, lending it an air of luxury.
If you have a larger bathroom and require more texture, you can add vertical or horizontal rows of subway tiles as a contrasting inset whose various textures, colors, and finishes will provide you with just the right amount of additional interest.
Open or Free-Standing
Our desire for relaxation has only increased during these stressful times and that has cemented open-concept showers as a trend in 2021. They’re becoming larger and larger, equipped with linear drains, ambient lighting, misting system, integrated bench, etc., sometimes separated with a glass wall from the rest of the bathroom.
If you don’t have enough budget or space for this piece of trendy extravagance, a free-standing soaking tub is an equally good option. Even the smaller-sized one is an excellent focal point, needs less water, and less time to fill. Keep in mind that flat-bottom ones are the better choice over more decorative ones such as clawfoot since they’ll look good with any style.
Nature Over Natural Materials
Since we’re so disconnected from nature, incorporating natural materials is an obvious choice, but the problem is that they can become stained and frequent cleaning can leave scratches. Your best bet in 2021 is quartz for countertops as it’s one of the hardest natural materials and therefore resistant to both staining and scratching. Its surface can easily stand the frequent cleaning and it’s non-porous, which means it’s less susceptible to fostering bacteria.
Of course, you can include pieces of wood or stone here and there, but the best way to introduce natural materials in 2021 is to introduce more greenery into the space. Many great plants thrive in bathrooms and the rising jungle trend shows that’s the way to go.
Keeping the Distance
While smart toilets were once considered a luxury, the pandemic has brought them closer to the mainstream in 2021. The technology incorporated inside, especially the self-cleaning varieties, makes them healthier and easier to live with. Even the cheaper varieties all have touch-free flushing and self-closing lids, which will keep your hands away from germy surfaces.
We admit that this is more of a maintenance upgrade, but their usually sleek design will also boost the overall style of your bathroom and it will undoubtedly be a talking point when guests visit for the first time.
As you can see, bathroom trends for 2021 are where the aesthetic meets the functional. No matter if it’s getting rid of the clutter, putting on a new coat of paint, creating a focal point, changing the tiles – the goal always lies in both cleanliness and eye-soothing relaxation.