A beautifully designed bathroom can provide you with an at home sanctuary; a place that helps you wake up in the morning, and lets you wind down at night.
Delving into the latest trends for 2023 can help you create your perfect bathroom interior, including colours and schemes you may not have previously considered.
Bathroom trends are forever evolving, however there are options that are not only of the moment, but can stand the test of time too. Here’s how you can use bathroom panels to tap into some of this season’s most lusted-after styles.
Helen Ray-Dennett, Senior Marketing Communications Manager at Mermaid Panels, comments on 2023 Bathroom Trends.
Dark and moody
Embrace the dark side and opt for a design with a moody feel by incorporating a rich, opulent colour palette. A deep colour scheme can create a visually exciting space, allowing you to play around with contrasting colours and materials, such as pairing dark walls with marble, metallic and wood accents.
The key thing to remember is that dark bathrooms needn’t be dull. For added interest, introduce dark patterns on your walls, floor or accessories – consider colour blocked towels, dark shower panels, herringbone flooring and charcoal sealant.
The joy of using bathroom panels is that they are quick and easy to install, seamlessly incorporating colours and designs to bring this trend to life. Bathroom panels are available in gorgeous, vivid hues such as Plum, Cadet, Coffee and Black Ice, which look striking when used in a wet room or enclosure. If you’re looking for something with texture, opt for panels that mimic natural stone. Volcanic Stone and Indian Stone offer depth and interest, whilst complementing silver and gold beautifully.
Scandi and neutral
Scandinavian design has been a popular bathroom trend for several years, and this is set to continue in 2023.
This theme is all about clean, simple lines and functional finishes, with a minimalist colour palette that leans on neutrals. The combination of these elements creates a truly relaxing space, a retreat in your own home.
White, light grey, and wood finishes are popular choices in Scandi design, and a go-to combination tends to be white or grey tiles and furniture – a scheme that oozes pared-back sophistication. However, you can be more experimental with your colour palette by choosing panels that imitate wood. Not only will this bring texture into the room, but it’ll be much easier to clean and maintain than real wood, which can often become damp and mouldy when used in the bathroom.
If you love the look of tiling but hate the task of keeping it clean, then the tile-effect panels are the perfect option. My favourites for Scandi designs are Shire Tile, White Tile and Beaumont Tile.
Industry meets luxury
The trend for industrial bathrooms is on the rise, taking inspiration from urban cities such as London and New York. A décor that was once epitomised by high-ceiling city lofts and apartments is now becoming a popular option for bathroom designs across the world.
This style takes expensive materials such as marble and pairs them with industrial textures like concrete and metal. Often, this aesthetic can be difficult to replicate on a budget due to the price of the raw materials required.
However, the look can be showcased using marble-effect tiles, which are perfect for anyone who wants their wet room to ooze luxury whilst on a budget, as the panels are a fraction of the price of the raw materials it emulates. Concrete-inspired decors are also a great option to get that industrial finish in your bathroom.
Bold and bright
Looking to make a statement? A bold and bright shower or wet room can be the perfect way to add a point of interest and inject personality. Patterns are a great way of adding fun into a design and when carefully considered, needn’t overwhelm the space. Tile-effect finishes, such as Abruzzo, are a firm favourite of mine and is a great way to dip your toes into pattern whilst still providing a neutral colour palette.
We all know that different colours can impact our mood. If you like to shower in the morning, incorporating a bright colour pop in your bathroom can provide the perfect wake up call, especially on dark and dreary days. Soft topaz, pistachio, lilac and soft yellow are the perfect hues to pep you up and put a smile on your face.
If you’re the type of person who gets bored of a colour or design quickly, then panels are a great choice as they’re much easier to replace than tiles. You can go for that daring design without a long-term commitment. That being said, it’s important to opt for panels that will stand the test of time. Look for options, such as those offered by Mermaid, that provide peace of mind with a 15-year guarantee.”