Step 1 of 2
Join Our Mailing List
Effetto is the marketplace connecting interior designers and collectors with curated selections of high-end furniture and collectibles from the world’s best dealers.

To ensure you get the most relevant news please let us know if you are:
Please select an option to proceed

6 bathroom design trends shaping the future of interiors in 2024

From the rise of wet rooms to couple-friendly showers, the modern-day bathroom is getting a stylish new upgrade

Once upon a time, the bathroom was simply seen as a functional space for rinsing off the day, freshening up and preparing for sleep. Thankfully that’s no longer the case, and today it is increasingly becoming a canvas for artistic expression and innovation in interior design.

2024 has seen several exciting trends enter the arena, promising to transform bathrooms into luxurious sanctuaries that blend style, comfort and practicality, all reflecting a growing desire for personalised, high-end bathroom experiences. What’s more, these trends are going nowhere for 2025 and beyond.

Arches and curves

While curves throughout living spaces may be nothing new, their emergence in the bathroom has been picking up speed in recent months – a trend that only looks set to get more popular towards the tail-end of the year. “Arches create a layer of softness to any room, and they are a particularly nice approach in a utilitarian space,” London-based interior designer Samantha Todhunter tells Effect. “I think that the aspect and perspective created by an arch naturally draws you into a space.”

Evoking a cool, calm and contemporary feel, creating that relaxing spa-like experience that homeowners are increasingly craving, when used in a bathroom, they are a great way to create the sense of a room within a room. “Whether looking into a shower enclosure or a bath enclosure, it is a simple trick to add depth and interest to a space,” adds Todhunter. “Equally, a vanity can be given an extra level of charm and detail by curving the vanity top and creating an ogee profile on the stone or, one step further, curve the shape of vanity itself to add a layer of softness.”

Couple-friendly showers

Perhaps one of the more indulgent bathroom trends of the year, dual showers may require a little more space than your average bathroom, but are aesthetically pleasing as well as a great time-saver. “The double shower trend speaks to a growing focus on the bathroom as a place for busy couples to catch up,” says James Lentaigne, creative director of Drummonds. “The key is to cater to each individual’s preference and routines whilst fostering a sense of luxury and intimacy.”  

As such, careful consideration of space with separate vanity basins, showers and storage is essential to avoid stress. “When it’s done well, this format can really elevate a couple’s daily experience to a new level of comfort and convenience.”

Adventurous tiles

Adventurous tiles add drama to a Drummonds bathroom

It’s clear that today’s homeowners are growing bored of simple spaces and, mainly thanks to social media, are looking for new and exciting ways to infuse more character into their homes. That’s where the humble tile comes in, with an increasing number of statement styles being introduced to the market by the day. “Customers are looking to create spaces of interest and are more confident in their design choices, so incorporating bold primary colours and geometric patterns in a bathroom scheme is becoming a lot more common,” says Lee Thornley, founder of Bert & May (whose striped rhubarb Brighton stone is pictured top).

Terrazzo tiles, which once felt dated, are hitting the spot again, while the impact created by vertically stacked tiles in alternating colours is also increasingly coveted. “Checkerboard is a classic tile pattern that never goes out of fashion, but it feels like it is having a moment right now,” adds Thornley. “The timeless design lends itself to creating an expressive bathroom space that can be livened up or kept neutral depending on your choice of tile colour, size and finish.”

An advantage of this trend is that an impression can be made without needing to cover the whole room. “A statement can be big or small, from enveloping the entire room in tiles or mixing with other materials like wood, to adding a subtle pop of colour with a splashback behind the vanity,” advises Thornley. “We recommend finding a tile you love that compliments the feel and character of your home, then using it in a way that feels right for the space.”

Eclectic vanity mirrors

An essential – yet often overlooked – feature of bathroom design, the bathroom mirror is going through something of a renaissance. A fast and effective way to transform any bathroom, hanging a large mirror can even help bounce the natural light around the room and make the whole bathroom feel larger. “A good juxtaposition always keeps things interesting and adds another layer and story to a space,” Crystal Sinclair, founder of Crystal Sinclair Designs tells Effect. “In one of our recent projects, the addition of a vintage gilded mirror added some softness to a room filled with hard materials and sharp edges.”

“In the coming year, I expect to see different types and colours of marbles other than the usuals, and I’m also crazy about unlacquered nickel finishes that will tarnish and patina over time, like unlacquered brass but for a silver finish,” adds Sinclair, who recommends looking on online marketplaces for some truly unique designs. “You can get creative and suspend the mirror above a ledge or vanity from the ceiling, or hang the mirror in a more traditional fashion.”

Wallpaper

Immersive wallpaper transforms this bathroom by Drummonds

One of the more controversial bathroom trends of the moment, bathroom wallpaper is an increasingly popular alternative to paint, and a fairly easy and inexpensive way to breathe new life into an outdated space. “Bathrooms are a great place to play around with some patterns. They are typically closed off in a space of their own, so using wallpaper can be a fun surprise,” says Sarah Stacey, founder of Sarah Stacey Interior Design.

There are plenty of great options here, including going oversized with bold prints and stripes, which can help lengthen walls. “Botanicals and florals are classics, but I think they are especially popular right now, especially in some fun mural varieties. It’s no secret that red is having a big moment right now too, which we are loving.”

Given the nature of the bathroom, there are certain practicalities that need to be taken into account before application. “If your bathroom gets very steamy and wet, wallpaper might not be the best option for you,” advises Stacey. “There are moisture barrier treatments that can be applied, or as an alternative, you can opt for a vinyl wall covering – several manufacturers have great options.” Ventilation is key, however, while it’s advisable to steer clear of applying wallpaper to areas that experience a lot of splash-back, such as around a bath, shower or sink.

Wet rooms

Wet room by Drummonds

With people increasingly looking to incorporate wellness into their homes, the wet room has been steadily on the rise. On the higher-end scale of bathroom layout, it can be used to create a serene, luxurious atmosphere, emphasising a clean, uncluttered aesthetic that can make the space feel more sophisticated. “A totally waterproofed or tanked bathroom with a shower area at the same level as the rest of the floor, wet rooms offer several benefits that are making them increasingly popular in modern bathrooms,” explains Mark Schubert, founder and lead designer of Phillip Harrison Interiors. “They provide a sleek, open-plan design that maximises space and accessibility, ideal for small or minimalist bathrooms, while their fully waterproofed environment also reduces maintenance and the risk of water damage.”

Wet room designed by Phillip Harrison Interiors

To ensure success when installing a wet room, Schubert points to the importance of proper waterproofing to prevent leaks and water damage; effective drainage and a suitable gradient for the floor to ensure efficient water flow towards the drain, preventing water pooling; slip-resistant tiles or flooring materials to ensure safety, especially when the floor is wet; good ventilation, such as an extractor fan, to control humidity and prevent mould growth; and a smart layout that carefully optimises space and functionality, positioning fixtures and fittings to allow for easy movement and use.

Read more:  Interior Designers I Interiors | Design | Bathrooms | Spas | Wellness