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Updated: Nov 22, 2020

Today we are looking at what’s hot in the world of bathrooms. From ceramics and minimalist furniture to complete modern bathroom collections that have an eye on sustai.

Strap in…. bathroom finishes are in for a huge shake up!

When exploring bathroom materials, I’ve noticed trends fall into two camps this year. The natural camp focuses on craftsmanship and earthy materials and the other embraces the artificial, changeable and experimental finishes.


Long has it been the case when deciding on bathroom finishes that clients tend to think in the 6 10 year realm, ofte trying to predict what they will still love in 10 years. Trying to create a scheme that’s future proof…. basically white. It dawned on me that this is so far removed from how we live in our modern world, with a fast pace of adaptability in almost every element, food, fashion and other elements of residential interiors. Why has it taken bathrooms so long to join the party?

With this in mind I was excited to see the introduction of organic & sustainable materials that were never thought possible in the world of water, step up wood, cork, terracotta and rattan.

These additions shatter the illusion that bathroom materials are cold and unforgiving with a new focus on earthy elements that bring natural warmth to the space. Reclaimed wood cabinetry is a hot option this season. I’m excited to see that Axor is offering this as an upgrade to the standard brassware, as seen below in the ”My edition” range.

If you were to take an existing dresser or cabinet I would advise (as a minimum) a class 2 protection. FYI – class 2 timbers have occasional moisture content greater than 18% and it is essential to add a water protective finish like oil or varnish. Some types of wood reach class 2 conditions when protected such as pine, red oak and elm.


It’s here…. visionary finishes such as glass illuminated with LED light. Brassware furniture with ombré surfaces. This all sounds like an outtake from “BACK TO THE FUTURE” but it’s a reality and actually incredibly appealing.  

At Milan Design Week 2019, Odd Matter showcased liquid-look furniture with ombré surfaces. They were blurring the lines between natural and digital design by embracing gradient colours across what we would see as a traditional surface.

These are all far fetched for our domestic environments, I can’t see this making it into your local John Lewis. However as with high fashion elements do filter down to the high street. I think we will see these in the form of colour-changing and glossy metals and ceramics with liquid reflections and subtle texture.

The beautiful pieces below are a subtle take on this movement, working in harmony with a traditional white basin and pan to bring it up-to-date, yet future proof it with the interchangeable elements of the “So” basin mixer. The dials can be swapped and changed fairly simply to refresh the look, prolonging the bathroom’s design life.

In conclusion, I’ve interpreted the natural and futuristic elements into a cohesive and considered design. Inspiration, not trends are a minefield of fads, however the mood board screams longevity; it creates the feeling of a bespoke space, with a nod to a traditional bathroom vibe.

That’s all folks! I really hope you found the piece interesting, and as always I’m happy to answer any further questions you may have alternatively email

All images & mood board copyright are owned by Emma Merry Styling except where noted. Please make sure you credit and link/tag if you use them.

With thanks to the following for the use of their beautiful product images.http://www.cphart.com

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