November 30, 2020 3 min read


 Like most of the world, we’ve got our sights set on 2021 – it will soon be time to say goodbye to the old and ring in the new.

If the bathroom is high on your list of new year’s renovation resolutions, trends galore await you – all guaranteed to get your design mind in gear.

The natural elements trend continues to reign supreme, and we can expect to see ongoing widespread use of natural materials or manmade products which replicate the appearance of stone, wood, brick, slate and marble. But there are dozens of other exciting trends now on the rise.

Here we’ve written about five of our favourites…

  1. The zero-commute spa
Home spa, luxury wellness at home

After the year we’ve had, we’re all entitled to a little luxury. And there’s nothing more luxurious than a spa-like experience, all in the comfort of your own home.

Massaging showers, hydrotherapy baths and state-of-the-art steam rooms and saunas boost your wellbeing, without calling for a trip out to a spa or wellness centre.

Other at-home spa features include heated floors, aromatherapy with HVAC scenting, heated or cooled vanity drawers for towels or skincare, as well as built-in speakers with your own personal soundtrack to help set the mood.

These spaces should incorporate warm, mellow lighting that will maximise your wellbeing, adjusted through the use of a dimmer switch.

  1. Turning up the heat

Whether you want to incorporate vibrant colours, a matt finish or natural materials such as wood and stone into your spa-like aesthetic, a signature radiator is a “yes” from us.

Vertical radiators reminiscent of a sculpture or painting have recently emerged onto the scene – and now designers are branching out into a huge range of looks and materials.

Choose a sleek, slim line matt black towel rail, or go colourful with a shining lime green… there really is no limit on creativity here.

  1. Out on the tiles

Zellīj tilework favoured in Marrakech

Tiles are a thing of beauty. You have only to look at the elaborately-painted azulejos tiles of northern Portugal, or the gorgeous Zellīj tilework favoured in Marrakech, to see there’s far more than function to these intricate accessories.

Today’s bespoke tile manufacturers can print any design on ceramics and produce any pattern on cement tiles. There are several fantastic providers based in the UK that manufacture beautiful mosaic tiles in any pattern or colour.

We love these hand-made fish-scale bronze tiles – which look like a ginko leaf at the turn of the season –  available at Otto’s Tiles. They’re perfectly autumnal and deliver a nature-inspired retreat aesthetic.

  1. Going 3D

Another trend picking up steam this year is 3D printing, due to its ability to create custom bathroom fittings and accessories in a much more sustainable way than traditional manufacturing.

3D printing can be used to design a wide variety of touchless bathroom fixtures without the need to “switch on” or touch for intended use. There’s also the capacity to create beautiful brassware designs for taps, sinks and shower fittings.


  1. Reeding between the lines 
IP44 reeded bathroom wall light

Tactile and practical, reeded surfaces combine contemporary style with Art Deco glamour. Perfect for vanity units, cabinets and shower doors, the reeded trend follows on from the geometric aesthetic long beloved by designers, but pares it back, delivering simple texture and beauty to even the plainest of surfaces.

Gwyn Carless at The Light Yard is right on trend (as usual!) with our IP44-rated Reeded Glass Bathroom Wall Light. The shade is made using premium quality reeded glass which adds a beautifully textured appearance; it brings a touch of chic to any contemporary bathroom, spa or wet room. It’s also available in pendant style, dimmable, and incorporating an Edison-style LED bulb to help you create that retreat-like atmosphere.

No matter which design trend you choose, complete your bathroom renovation project with bespoke IP44-rated bathroom lighting handcrafted to the highest standard by Gwyn Carless at The Light Yard. Click here to browse our full range of options.

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