Bathroom Design Trends for 2021

Bathroom Design Trends for 2021
The Core Collection. Courtesy of Woodio.

The world’s leading trade fair for HVAC + Water has gone digital this year. As ISH Digital 2021 hones in on smart home solutions for intelligent sanitation concepts, bathroom hygiene and behind-the-wall technology, we dig into some of the current bathroom trends: colorful toilets, biophilic designs and eco-friendly products.

In line with this year’s ISH Digital event, March 22-26, innovative bathroom design concepts are on the radar. Making the interior of the bathroom as comfortable and hygienic as possible has been a must-do for some time now, and we’re seeing more products being launched that go beyond the typical standards.

Bathroom spaces are still going green with biophilic designs and eco-friendly products such as the pieces from Finnish eco-sanitary ware firm Woodio, but they’re seeing some vibrant colors, too. However, Trone not only knows how to pop some color into the bathroom, but the company has equipped toilet bowls with the latest air-purification technology that gives a fresh and microbe-free atmosphere.

Here are some of the top design trends for bathroom and toilet spaces in 2021.

Pops of Color and Advanced Air-purification Technology

More color will make its way in many bathroom spaces with toilet bowls getting some vibrant color coats and the addition of artwork plus complimentary pieces that include cushion chairs in bold shades of green, yellow, pink, blue and many more. French start-up firm, Trone, which has already created a cult following among design aficionados and trendy establishments in Europe thanks to their first collection of innovative toilet bowls with transparent water tubes, will introduce this April 2021, a new collection of toilet bowls called Callipyge. The collection is a refreshing showcase of suspended toilet bowls which come in new colors that include scale green, pink, blue, black and cream. 

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Hygiene and cleanliness is always a priority for bathrooms and this year, bathrooms are getting more spick and span with cutting-edge technology that treats the air and cleans the atmosphere installed in and around the space. The Callipyge toilet bowls that we have featured here from Trone also possess technology that releases 100 % natural air which does not mask but actually eliminates odors. Without perfumes nor chemicals, the Callipyge toilet bowls from Trone have built-in air purifiers which use the processes of diffusing active oxygen into the air, after the latter has passed through a filter with bactericidal, fungicidal and virucidal properties. The air is thus purified naturally and in-depth, in less than a minute. The ease of use and its ecological aspect and absence of microparticles in the air makes this cutting-edge air-purification technology a trend to look out for this year in many toilets.

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Still Going Greenery

We give space to our living rooms and fill the area with plants and there’s no reason not to expand the space for our bathrooms and introduce more plants and greenery. To achieve more space in the bathroom, many are adopting an open space layout, letting in more light in the area. The addition of lush green plants in the area makes the bathroom space more inviting and adding a combination of indoor species like pothos, orchids, aloe vera and many more will create a natural environment that gives back a relaxing feeling. Design and architecture firm Esrawe introduced plants in the bathroom of a cubic brick home that they did for a family in Mexico called Casa Sierra Fiera, to give life to the space.  Australian bathroom design company Caroma also introduced plants and greenery in their Elvire bathroom collection which won the gold award at the recent Good Design Awards in Australia in 2020.  The washbasins and faucet handles in the Elvire collection were built using locally grown and sustainably sourced Tasmanian Oak and Tasmanian Blackwood.

Elvire bathroom collection which won the gold award at the recent Good Design Awards in Australia in 2020. Courtesy of Caroma.

Sustainable Pieces Built with Earth Wood

Washbasins made with brick and even bathtubs made of wood are also trending this year, as sustainable and natural materials are still popular in bathrooms. At the end of last year, Woodio’s best-selling model Soft40 tabletop was awarded a Special Mention at the German Design Awards 2021 in the “Excellent Product Design – Eco Design” category.

The washbasins and bath tubs of Finnish eco-design and sanitaryware manufacturer Woodio will definitely be trending this year, as they are all made with 100 % waterproof solid wood that are sustainably made and are more impact resistant than ceramic materials, making them unbreakable in normal use.

“Woodio products have a significantly lower carbon footprint, throughout the whole product lifecycle than similar ceramic bathroom fixtures. Products are disposable as energy waste – meaning that products can be burned as energy at the end of their life cycle,” shared by Woodio on their website.

Woodio recently launched their latest bathroom collections called Core  and Northern Elements, all made with 100% aspen wood.

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