Eight residential bathroom design trends for 2021


The dramatic events of the past year, in particular the Covid-19 pandemic, will continue to exert their influence on our homes in this new year. So will the urge to invite technology to add convenience and escape to our lives.

Here are eight design trends that industry leaders are seeing for the New Year. They can appear in master bathrooms, powder rooms, or the bathroom addition you created for your new work-at-home suite.


The popular social media site and inspiration app uses search terms Pinterest visitors type and save (“pin”) to determine upcoming design trends. These are some of the best bathroom pins her team sees:

1. Bath rituals take on new importance. This year, we’ll see people take time for a special soaking experience, user data indicates, the company trend report notes. It is likely that the excess stress that everyone experienced throughout the pandemic drove this trend, and the elements that support rituals like music systems, planters, bath trays, candle holders and candles. niches or shelves to contain them will end up in the tub enclosures.

2. On a related note, searches for deep soaking tubs on Pinterest increased 145%, with sleek, modern styling being the strongest preference. (Other sources of trends agree with modern style as the dominant bathroom style for the year.)

Ferguson bathroom, kitchen and lighting gallery

The large luxury retailer publishes an annual lookbook highly regarded by industry professionals, especially interior and bathroom designers. This is what Ferguson sees entering its showrooms of the premium brands it offers:

3. One of the main inspirations for 2021 are tropical getaways. With millions of Americans canceling travel plans during the pandemic, it’s no surprise that some escape is trending this year. Tropical looks feature shapes, patterns and materials – from wave prints and exotic woods to woven inserts – inspired by gentle islands.

4. Nature and texture are also a source of inspiration for current looks. These include bark, stone, grass, and other items that get you as close to the great outdoors as possible while still being in your bathroom.

National Kitchen and Bathroom Association

NKBA members include designers [myself included], manufacturers, retailers, distributors and related professionals in this huge category. The association surveys its members every year for its trend reports. Here’s what these pros see for 2021:

5. Lighting is becoming more and more sophisticated, going far beyond the basic bath bar or sconces. As primary bathrooms become even more important for relaxing and escaping everyday stress, designers are using multiple sources of lighting in mirrors, showers, and vanities. These will be activated with the addition of dimmers, motion detectors or connected controls.

6. Technology is also making its way into primary bathrooms in other ways, especially smart controls for floors and showers, water conservation, and leak detection sensors with mobile alerts.


Like Pinterest, Houzz is an important and popular destination for users looking for inspiration and organization for their projects. As the name suggests, this site and app focuses on home related projects, and its trend reports are compiled from surveys of homeowners and home service professionals. Here’s what the company sees for the new year:

7. As NKBA members have noted, technology is all the rage. Houzz users add toilets with bidet seats, heating elements, and self-cleaning features. Could the great shortage of toilet paper from the first wave of Covid be a factor? It’s hard to say, but those who had a bidet were in better shape around this time than those who didn’t.

8. The biggest change in trend on the site is the increase in the size of the showers; these are growing faster than the overall bathroom size, and they are getting premium checks in the process.

A ‘bonus’ trend to note for 2021 is language, not design, and started to emerge late last year. The well-established descriptor of “master bathroom” is moving to “master bathroom” or “master bathroom”, due to the racial justice conversations of the past year.

Many professionals in the design industry began to discuss issues they could solve on their own, had conversations with colleagues from various communities, and began to examine their practices to find opportunities to be more inclusive. . It was fairly simple to do, and is widely used.

A quick Google search returns 1.2 billion results for “master bathroom” with top results from HGTV.com, Houzz, Pinterest and other major sites. The master bathroom generated 158 million hits, including articles on real estate ad services dropping the term “master.”

It’s likely to be tossed in the trash of history by the end of the decade, and that seems to suit many trendsetters and trend watchers in the design industry perfectly.


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