2020 saw us turn to the bathroom as a space for rejuvenation like never before. We embraced the space of bathrooms with warmth and refuge to harness the power of wellness.

With all that renewed energy of our homes, we are expecting 2021 bathroom trends to support the idea of the power of rejuvenation – both immediately and in the long run.

These, in no particular order, are the trends shaping this year’s new bathrooms.

Delivering long-term value

Right now, above all else, Australian renovators want to protect their investment by focusing on usefulness over time.

They are thinking open spaces, wide and accessible showers and overheight toilets. As the year continues on, there is a shift towards using sensor toilet flush buttons and tapware—not just because of an increased focus on hygiene at home, but also long-term accessibility as needs change.

Tapware: a hot topic

An emerging trend in 2020, this year will see more people taking a personal approach to their tapware. Natural finishes are on the rise as Australians become more accustomed to non-traditional colours in the bathroom.

Aged finishes such as living rustic bronze or tumbled brass, which naturally tarnishes over time, giving the appearance of a worn and much loved tap – but without losing any quality or functionality.

Gunmetal and brushed nickel are also strong contenders for straight-talking chrome, encroaching on Australia’s #1 tapware colour choice one mixer tap at a time.

Warm, over cool tones

The idea of rejuvenation and relaxation has elevated the humble family bathroom, and Australians are leaning away from a staple in recent modern bathrooms. We are opting for beautiful warmer tones, something close to an earthy, stone colours.

Consider these tones slightly warmer than grey, they are ideal for the trend of rejuvenation and the power of wellness.

It’s no surprise…

That the pandemic has reminded us that health starts in the home, and a healthy home starts in the bathroom. Interest in Smart Toilets — with an integrated bidet that offers washing & drying functionality — is on the rise.

Not all hygienic options need a remote control. Rimless toilet technology and innovative surfaces that remove waste immediately are also front of mind. Similarly, hands-free solutions like sensor flush panels, similar to the kind you may see at the airport, will start to contribute to the home’s hygiene factor.