6 key bathroom trends


As of August 2018, we no longer design bathrooms at Burnhill Kitchens. But the following article could still be useful if you are planning a new bathroom. 

We may be a kitchen company at heart but here at Burnhill Kitchens, we also design and create beautiful bathrooms. Once the excitement and chaos of the summer holidays are over and the kids are back in school, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about your next home renovation project. If the bathroom is your priority then you’ve come to the right place.

In this article we share all of the latest bathroom design trends to provide you with some interiors inspiration. Whether your preference is a chic and contemporary bathroom or a more practical family-oriented space, there’s a style for every home.

Freestanding baths

Freestanding bathtubs have seen a huge surge in popularity, with the primary reason being that they look beautiful. Available in a variety of styles, you will be able to integrate a freestanding bath no matter the wider aesthetic of your bathroom. Opt for a claw-foot tub for a vintage feel or choose one with no legs for a more modern look.

If you are tight on space then a freestanding bath may not be an option. Assess the available space and consider whether such a feature would work within the confines of your bathroom. Not only do freestanding baths look stunning, they can also offer comfort benefits, depending on the style chosen and personal preference.

Statement tiles

Modern trends are all about creating a visual impact. One of the most popular ways of achieving this punch is by integrating statement tiles into your bathroom design. There are plenty of options to play with in order to add that dynamic dimension to your design.

Geometric patterns are increasingly popular and can add a real focal point of interest to your bathroom. Both eclectic and playful, geometric tiles offer an array of design possibilities. Mix and match tiles for contrast, experiment with classic looks such as monochrome and play with different colours. The possibilities are endless!

Bold colours

Minimalism will always be a popular trend. However, all-white bathrooms have been around for a little while now and it’s time to make way for a bit of change. Now it’s about colour and the bolder the better.

It doesn’t have to be applied to the whole bathroom; instead, add pops of colour to emphasise points of interest and bring a touch of vibrancy. There are no limits on colours to choose from and bold does not necessarily have to mean bright. Try bold but dark colours like navy or even black, as these are perfect for exuding luxury and opulence.

Natural materials

Under the influence of those stylish Scandinavians, natural materials have made a real comeback in the world of interior design. The bathroom is no exception and we have seen an increased preference for organic materials like stone, wood and brick.

It is not difficult to understand why this trend has become so popular. Firstly, no two natural products are the same, therefore giving a sense of uniqueness and authenticity to the design. Secondly, these types of materials add depth and texture, providing a tactile alternative to the more traditional smooth ceramic tiles. Ultimately, natural materials add that sought after touch of luxury.

Handleless units

For a truly clean and minimal bathroom style, opt for handleless units. Popular in urban style bathrooms, these handleless looks are built into the units for smooth integration. We always recommend this style for small bathrooms where space is a little tight. This is because the handleless units ensure the space remains uncrowded. Ideal for a contemporary chic aesthetic.


Current interiors trends appear to be dominated by modernisation schemes and innovative designs. Although there are many beautiful contemporary trends to take note of, these may not be appropriate for old country houses or period homes where the overarching style is more of a traditional one.

This is where the period bathroom trend stands out and it has been further boosted by the popularity of television series like Downton Abbey or Victoria. There is a yearning for the grandeur and authentic allure embodied by these eras. Utilise period fittings and art-deco designs to add vintage charm, or consider opting for original pieces of furniture that can be restored to their former glory.

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