With many of us living in apartments, whether in an HDB flat or a condominium, we have come to expect a dismally small bathroom. But that doesn’t mean it has to be an uninspired space! Start thinking about making yours stand out from the crowd in 2021. From stunning shower niches to unconventional curved details, these trendy bathroom features are guaranteed to help you do just that.
His-and-Hers Sinks (no more morning jostle!)
If you are clashing elbows with your partner to use the sink every morning, twin sinks—otherwise also known as his-and-hers sinks—are your answer. Sure, they do come with extra costs (plumbing, fixtures, etc.), but if the results are a five-star worthy en-suite and the freedom to brush in peace? Totally worth it.
Curved Shower Screens
Curves are really on-trend in the interiors world of late, and the bathroom space isn’t spared from this post-modern/retro element. While most would go for an arched mirror to incorporate this trend, the brave ones would go for a full-fledged curved glass shower screen. Just make sure you go for the right sort of glass for safety reasons!
And if you have two bathrooms but don’t need both for showering, consider turning one into a powder room. These are usually reserved for guest use, making them perfect for folks who entertain often.
Conventionally, powder rooms comprise a sink and a toilet with no shower facilities, so they present the perfect opportunity for going a little adventurous with your bathroom design. Put up wallpaper, show off a nice chandelier or go for a really dark colour scheme—do things you wouldn’t do in a normal bathroom!
Small tiles don’t usually have their place in bathrooms, because scrubbing all those grout isn’t a whole lot of fun. But they can really bring out a strong, graphic element to your space. Juxtapose them with a contrasting grout colour, and you’ve got a winner.
If you like them, consider them for use on bathroom walls in areas where fewer splashes happen. In the bathroom below, the top half of the wall uses tiny tiles, whereas the lower half uses large format ones to reduce grout cleaning.
Concealed Bathroom Fittings
We’re also noticing a lot of concealed bathroom fittings. Think wall-mounted faucets and rain shower heads and concealed shower mixers and cisterns. These make a bathroom neat, tidy and oh-so-luxurious. With fewer nooks and crevices, clean up’s also a breeze. Make sure you talk to your interior designer early if you are looking to include concealed fittings since they will need a bit more pre-planning.
Sink’s on the Outside
With our bathrooms so small, having the vanity sink on the outside seems like a great way to have a larger shower area. (Freestanding bathtub, anyone?) Plus, it also helps to keep your vanity cabinets less exposed to the humidity from hot showers—yes to no more peeling laminates!
Ceiling-mounted Towel Rack
Towel racks often don’t get a lot of attention in bathroom design. But they should, because everyone needs an area to hang up towels. Instead of going with a conventional towel rack on the wall, which is not only blah and boring, get custom-made rails that can be installed on the ceiling. These not only offer plenty of room to air even the biggest and fluffiest of towels, they also add a visual statement to your space.
Recessed Shower Niches
Recessed shower niches are the dream! We love them because unlike shower caddies, they don’t jut out and get in the way of things when we shower. The recess helps to keep things looking neat, but they also allow you to be a little creative with your space.
Do up a contrasting niche to make it pop against a neutral space or go for a black border (with the ABS trimming) to really define your niches. Using the same tiles as the rest of your shower area will provide a more visually seamless look.
Not-so-transparent Glass Enclosures
Open-plan bathrooms with see-through glass walls have always been around and continue to be trendy. But for those who are shy, you would be pleased to know that there’s a new take on this open concept—using glass that isn’t so transparent.
Whether it’s the use of wire-mesh glass panels or fluted glass panels like the ones below, they offer just a bit more privacy without completely taking away the sexy and luxury factor associated with open-plan bathrooms.
If you are looking to make a statement, there is no better place to start than with the door. And nothing says statement like an arched one! Not only is it in line with the curve trend, it can definitely hold up on its own in a small space like a bathroom so you don’t really need any other bells and whistles elsewhere.