A bathroom is one of the most important rooms in a home and should therefore be given attention. These are the top bathroom design trends for 2021:

  1. Vibrant Paint Colors
  2. Natural Textures
  3. Smart Bathroom Fixtures
  4. The Art of Lighting
  5. Colorful Water Closets (a.k.a. toilets)
  6. Plants in the Bathroom

1   Vibrant Paint Colors

People are going for vibrant colors this year, something like the cheerful Illuminating Yellow of Pantone. Don’t limit yourself to yellow though so check out other warm colors.

2021 Bathroom Design Trends | MyBoysen

If you want to make it lighter, then adjust the tint of the paint color. Look at the paint swatches when you go to the Boysen Mix and Match Station.

Boysen has many different paint products. For bathrooms, we recommend Boysen Healthy Home, which is excellent for damp and humid areas where an added level of protection against microbes is desired. It is easy to apply, odor-less, quick-drying, antibacterial, eco friendly, and is formulated to hold up to regular cleaning and light scrubbing!

Read this link to find out more about Boysen Healthy Home. You can also explore the website to see what colors are readily available.

Watch out for this green logo because any product that has this stamp has qualified for the Indoor Advantage™ Gold certification of the US-based SCS Global Services, an international leader in third-party certification, validation, and verification for environmental, sustainability, and quality performance claims. This certification means that Boysen Healthy Home is internationally recognized as a paint product that contains very low VOC levels, making it an excellent choice for indoor air quality.

2   Natural Textures

Painting is the simplest thing you can do to revamp a bathroom. Everything else like retiling or changing bathroom fixtures would require an investment in time, materials, and professionals.

The bathroom is one of the priorities when choosing a home. First of all, it has to be super clean. No mold, mildew, or smell of damp. It has to have good ventilation. It has to be functional with working bathroom fixtures.

Marble would be nice if you can afford it. But if not, there are so many other good-looking tile materials available nowadays that are more reasonably priced and that can also do an excellent job of making your surfaces waterproof.

Choose subtle colors and less physically-textured tiles. Smooth and flat surfaces that have visual textures instead of physical ones are easier to clean. Also, it is better to choose neutral colors because color trends keep changing and there is nothing that dates bathrooms more than colors that are no longer considered stylish.

Shapes also go in and out of style but not as much as color. Click the arrow on the right in the image above to see the rest of the collection. This collection even has a wood finish which is great if you want a natural feel in your bathroom.

The trend for 2021 is large-format tiles but trends come and go and you do see them being recycled or updated through the years and called retro or vintage styles.

So as we always say in Let it B, choose what appeals to you and not what trends say.

3   Smart Bathroom Fixtures

Design and function for toilets have undergone several innovations through the years to bring us what we call today intelligent toilets. Read about the toilets available in the market and you’d really be surprised at all the bells and whistles that you can have…at a price, of course.

You now have toilets that are rimless so you don’t have corners where germs and bacteria could hide, or those that self-clean at a touch of a button, or one that cleans YOU also at the touch of a button — you’re washed and dried with the temperature of water that your private parts enjoy. You can have: “Sensor-activated touchless flush technology [that] leaves behind fewer germs on the hands (Kohler).”

You can have the following: built-in deodorizer to prevent smelly stuff from permeating the bathroom, intuitively-controlled adjustable water temperature, pressure and position to allow for a pulsating, oscillating spray that cleans your body parts thoroughly. Ok, ok, enough. I think you get my drift.

What about a shower head with a wireless speaker all in one because yes, you want music while you shower?

Got money to burn? Google all the top name brands and explore what’s available.

4   The Art of Lighting

Gone are the days when you just have one ceiling light to illuminate your bathroom as you go about your daily ablutions.

For a cozy bathroom, you need ambient lights on the ceiling, and task lights in the vanity area above the mirror or special ones for the make-up mirror. You may also need lights in the shower and the toilet area.

Then there are these trendy back-lit mirrors and medicine cabinets that can be dimmed so that you can use them as night lights. The lights cast a glow on the wall and give an air of serenity. Even if you are not glowing yourself, at least your wall is.

5   Colorful Water Closets


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Artoletta is a Japanese firm that has gone wild with color and design. Check out their website.

Japan is arguably known as the first to bring the world the most advanced toilet. All the innovation I mentioned above that are now incorporated in western toilets started in Japan.

Here’s what the company believes in:

According to an English statistic, human life span is 78 years while sleep for 26 years and toilet for more than 3 years.We normally pursue peace of mind for bedroom and living room i.e. we spare no effort in preparation of spending daily life comfortable and ECO oriented.How about restroom ? Japanese has been doing a big effort to be comfortable in toilet ( maybe world No1. ) for these several years. But it has not yet become usual that the space of the restroom should be comfortable and beautiful, why ?

During the disaster of eastern Japan earthquake, we lost ordinary life and found it inevitable to have a chance to face and review toilet space in human life.The hospitality brought by a space of Artoletta has no border and is a key to bring comfort, impression, joy and environmental friendliness to people all over the world. [Artoletta]

Remember that color is a personal experience. So if you have any intentions of moving out of your house in the future, then it’s better to rethink your decision to install such singular-looking toilets, even if the company has received a certification for achieving four of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

I suggest that if you want splashes of color, bring these in with bathroom soft furnishings like towels and bath rugs. That way if you have a new favorite color, it would be easy to make a change.

But again, if you’ve got the moolah, and you want the zebra stripes or the leopard print on your toilet, why not?

6   Plants in the Bathroom

Rejoice for this is your time, Plantitos and Plantitas! Bring those plants inside your bathroom. If you’re a serious lover of green living things, you would know exactly what plants will benefit from the humid, damp atmosphere of a bathroom. There are plants that absorb moisture so they would be perfect especially if ventilation is a problem. Besides, they purify the air too so what’s not to love.

There you go, six ideas that can help you make your bathroom look stylish. What’s the best thing to do first? Give your bathroom a deep cleaning and get rid of all the mess. After that, get creative.

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Annie is the Managing Editor of Let it B | MyBoysen Blog. An unrepentant workaholic, she runs this blog and her own company Talking Lions (https://talkinglions.com). She thrives on collaborating with people who are good at what they do, and working together with them to create something special. Annie learned interior styling while managing her own wholesale business in the Netherlands, importing high-end, handmade home furnishings to stock four outlets and a showroom in the country.

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