10 small bathroom design trends for 2024 that'll make your space sparkle

These are the only bathroom trends you need to know about this year

bathroom trends with a terrazzo tiled shower, organic shaped mirror and matt black hardware
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Want to know the best small bathroom design trends? Keeping on top of these will help you keep your place feeling fresh and clean, which is always a good thing in the place you do just that.

We're revealing the bathroom trends that'll dominate the interiors sphere this year. We've scoured all the lookbooks and spoken to some key bathroom designers in the world of interiors, to share with you a succinct roundup of the key trends of 2024.

If you love the latest small space interior design trends as much as we do, you'll be excited to hear about all the latest designs, colors and ideas that we'll be seeing throughout the year. From chunky furniture to colorful statement stone walls, this is everything you need to know.

These trends are all useful small bathroom ideas, and can be done in any-sized home.

1. Chunky sanitaryware

bathroom with chunky sanitaryware, checkerboard flooring and striped wallpaper

(Image credit: BD Designs)

We're seeing a surge in solid, sturdy and oh so chunky baths, basins and toilets. After several years of delicate and dainty, slimline designs, the tides are turning and we must say, we're loving it. While, yes, these curvy designs are better suited to larger bathrooms, used as a statement, one-off feature, they can work in smaller spaces too

2. Grace and grandeur

a grand bathroom with a freestanding roll top, ornate tiles and grand armchair

(Image credit: Original Style)

Very much in line with 2023's Royalcore trend, we're upping the luxe factor with bathrooms that scream grandeur, poise and elegance. These Arabo tiles from Original Style  are inspired by grand palatial buildings in Italy, and the ornate, trellis like pattern adds a regal edge to this classic space.

3. Biophillic beauty

a neutral bathroom with a bath and lots of plants on the shelves

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Our obsession with houseplants knows no bounds, and it's no surprise that this is set to continue into 2024. Position them on any available surface in your bathroom and even the most clinical of spaces will feel like a tranquil oasis. 

4. Warming terracotta

freestanding bath with terracotta walls

(Image credit: BC Designs)

One of the stand out small space color trends of the year will be earthy shades of burnt sienna and terracotta. Grounding and vibrant at the same time, these red clay tones are going to add warm richness and sophistication to bathrooms in 2024,' Barrie Cutchie, Design Director at BC Designs

Combine with fresh whites and raw woods, for a bathroom color scheme that's calming and cocooning, the perfect antidote to a cold winter's day.

5. Wallpaper wonder

Green bathroom with wallpapered ceiling in a tropical print by chango and co

(Image credit: Design: Chango & Co)

With a new found recognition of the wellness benefits a long soak in the bath or a peaceful shower can bring, we're upping the anti with our decor. We're decorating our bathrooms with as much love, care, attention and thought as we would our living room or bedroom. And with that, comes the boom in bathroom wallpaper. 

While you may have always thought it a no go as splashes will make it peel, there are many specialist bathroom wallpaper ideas, and paint-on sealants, that'll keep you print looking good as new, no matter how humid the space gets. 

6. Statement stone

Onyx effect wall tiles walk in shower

(Image credit: Ca Pietra)

We're loving everything organic and natural, but after the past two years, we also want some extra color and fun in our lives. And so, our two desires are combined to create striking, statement stone tiles. Available in a range of colors from deep wavy blue to pink and this gorgeous green, we're loving this fun take on classic stone. This California Porcelain Jade stone from Ca'Pietra emulates the luxe of real onyx. We're loving the brushed brass hardware too. 

"Brushed brass features are emerging in high end bathrooms. Their power to add warmth to most color palettes is what makes it a versatile, on trend finish. Use brushed brass features to ooze luxury and create a mesmerizing effect," says Antonia Clayson, design expert at Victorian Plumbing

7. Recessed shelving

A shower enclosure with vintage monochrome tiling and matching shower floor tiles

(Image credit: Carla Aston)

In a bid for a clean lines and sleek hygienic spaces, recessed shelving like this is on the rise. They're made by building a stood wall slightly in front of your existing wall, allowing shelves to be embedded into them. With many benefits such as hiding away pipework, they create an interesting architectural feature, and we love how this design highlights that with patterned tiles. Be warned though, this does mean you will loose some of the footprint of your space, so consider it carefully if your bathroom is on the smaller side.

8. Pretty in pink

Two-tone modern bathroom scheme in pink and black

(Image credit: Photography: Dan Duchars; Styling: Sara Bird)

Love it or hate, soft shades of pink will be big news this year – from organic and earthy plaster pink to a more sorbet, pastel shade. We love how the black walls and ceiling create a dynamic contrast in this pink bathroom, giving a powerful, striking twist, to the pretty shade.

"Pink is surprisingly versatile, able to be mixed with almost any other color, opening up the hue to the widest range of accessories, such as brushed brass or matt black cabinet handles, taps, showers and other extras," says Julie Lockwood, project manager at Bathrooms to Love.

"Looking forward, I predict we will continue to embrace pink and it will become a much sought-after colour theme, and one that will quite rightly establish itself in every bathroom manufacturer’s portfolio," says Lockwood. 

9. Spa style sanctuary

bathroom with wooden flooring and panelling and black bath and wooden blind

(Image credit: Hillary's)

Neutral shades simply never go out of style when it comes to bathrooms. We love how this bathroom takes its wooden floor up the wall to form wall paneling, creating a cozy log cabin-come-sauna feel, which is just what you want as you're bathing in your roll top. 

"Wood is an iconic material that instantly brings a homely feel to any space. Whether it’s flooring, shelving, or accessories, wood is a versatile material that can act as a statement piece or sit back quietly," says Antonia Clayson, design expert at Victorian Plumbing. 

10. Organic shapes

bathroom with terrazzo tiles, an organic mirror and black radiator

(Image credit: Walls & Floors)

In line with our penchant for all things au naturelle, we're rejecting the sleek symmetry of classic bathroom mirrors, for shapes that are a little more organic and random. Pebble shaped mirrors are set to be big news. The soft curves and uneven nature of these shapes mimics nature's imperfections and brings a soothing, chilled out and fun feel to a space.


Are colored bathrooms coming back for 2024?

Colored bathrooms are coming back for 2024. While our bathroom walls were once the reserve of whites, beiges and a light gray if we're daring enough, we're now throwing that rulebook out the window and experimenting with every color of the rainbow.

What is trending for bathroom walls in 2024?

Natural stone such as marble is trending for bathroom walls, particularly large format tiles which are used all over the room for a real dramatic look. Wall paneling was big news last year and that's set to stay. 

Giving your bathroom a glow up will help you feel more relaxed when you're using it. If you want to decorate more rooms in the house, these small bedroom trends for the year will also help invigorate your space.

Eve Smallman
Content Editor

Hi there! I’m a content editor at Real Homes. I've been a lifestyle journalist for over five years, previously working as an editor across regional magazines. Before this, I graduated from Nottingham Trent University a degree in journalism, along with an NCTJ gold diploma. I love running, decorating my rented Victorian home, and discovering new cheeses. For Real Homes, I specialize in interior design, trends and finding the best viral buys.

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