Bathrooms And Tiling: What’s Hot And On-Trend

Is your existing bathroom looking a little sad and jaded? Perhaps it simply looks a little too dated for your contemporary tastes?

If that is the case, then you have a couple of options open to you: you can either replace your old, dated bathroom fittings with a new modern attractive suite, or, if funds are limited, you can simply retile your bathroom and give the room a fresh makeover. Whatever option you choose, Simply Tiles and Bathrooms can help you. We guarantee that whichever road you go down you’ll be delighted with the results.

But what sort of look would you like: traditional or classic, or modern and sophisticated?

The choice at the end of the day is yours – and yours alone. Never the less, we know that sometimes it’s helpful to receive advice, and we’re more than happy to supply that. So here are our top tips for what’s on- trend for bathroom design this year. We hope you find it helpful.

What’s hot in bathroom design this year?

Dark wood-effect bathroom tile flooring.

This year dark wood-effect tiling is bang on trend for both bathrooms and kitchens. Wood-effect porcelain tiles can give a room all the beauty of wood, but with the added practicality of ceramic. Large rectangular wood-effect tiles are the most popular look at the moment. But for an ultra-stylish and modern look think about using the same tiles on the wall too, to give a chic wood cladding look to your room.

Geometric patterns.

Geometric tiles are in this year, particularly fashionable geometric tiles that have a hint of retro about them. If you want a really stylish look, then mix and match, by combining new geometric patterns with some old school elements and traditional accessories.

Curved edges.

Don’t be square: this year is the year of the curve. The latest look is all about rounded corners and curves, whether that baths and basins or mirrors and accessories. Curved bathroom cabinets don’t only just look ultra-stylish; they’re practical too and free up more precious floor space.

Utilitarian simplicity.

One of the latest trends harks back to the 1930s. Everything was simple then, wasn’t it? Well, we’re not so sure about that, but the robust, utilitarian style definitely looks great and chic. If you want that modern-take on 30s styling, look for bathroom fittings that have minimal detailing or have built-in ridged splash backs.

Frameless showers.

If you want to make your small bathroom look bigger, then go for the frameless look. Frameless showers have no visible edges and can make a room feel more airy and spacious, particularly if you keep the walls and floor plain and make maximum use of the available light. If the look is a little stark and cold for you, you can always add splashes of colour with towels and accessories.

Coastal shabby chic.

The shabby chic look never seems to go out of fashion. This year’s trend is all about the beach hut look, with tongue and grove wooden wall cladding and rubbed paintwork. Complete the seaside look with striped bathmats and wicker accessories.

Vibrant colour.

Bathrooms are no longer just clinical places where we go to wash; they’re now places we choose to relax in. Many people see bathrooms as just as important as living rooms because they’re also places in which we can relax and unwind. If you’re happy using vibrant colour in your living room, then it follows logically that you should use the same sort if colours in the bathroom too.

Monochrome glamour.

If you want to create a really stylish and stunning look, the go monochrome. A stark black and white colour scheme can look amazing. It’s simple and elegant, but striking none the less. You can always soften the edges with mirrors and shutters if you find the look a little too clinical.

Open-plan bedroom/bathrooms.

Who says the bathroom should always be the smallest room in the house? Our lives have evolved. We now want the king of look that you find in chic boutique hotels – the decadent, luxurious look. Who says the bath can’t be in the bedroom? Why not knock down the wall separating your bedroom for the bathroom, so that the bathtub’s in the bedroom. If you’re shy you can always add a room divider or folding screen.


It’ maybe an expensive option if you plump for the real McCoy, but marble is definitely stylish. This year’s hottest trend is for 80s-style wall-to-wall marble glamour, covering everything from floors to walls and even bath panels. This kind of look is particularly good for smaller rooms as the uniform, seamless look can make the available space appear much larger.