Malmo single drawer open shelf unit in Night Sky Blue Matt, Stockholm Night Sky Blue Matt wall pillar and Astrid style rope feature illuminated mirror.

Colour me beautiful

A rumour had swept design circles that 2021 was going to herald the return of the avocado bathroom suite.

That hasn't quite happened, but the design platform Houzz has listed the return of colour to the bathroom as one of the design trends for 2021.

This is borne out both by the success of the Sonas Scandinavian collection introduced last year, and expanded on for 2021, and also strong sales of other bathroom furniture collections in a range of bright and bold colours.

Richard Sloan, MD of Sonas Bathrooms, said despite the pandemic the bathroom supplier has seen a significant increase in bathroom orders.

“As people are spending more time at home, many are using this time to review how their homes are working and making changes. People are adding in en-suites, exchanging baths for showers and doing full refurbishment of the bathrooms in their homes,” he said.

He continued: “I can really understand this need for colour in our homes and our bathrooms. Having spent so much time in at home, I feel people are feeling a bit braver. In the past we were used to all white- or neutral-coloured bathrooms, with touches of colour injected through bright towels and mats. Now people are going all out, with bright bathroom storage furniture, stunning tiling and wallpaper in their bathrooms.”

The popular Sonas Scandinavian range of furniture is characterised by simplicity, minimalism, and simple accents, combining design and functionality to create a luxurious ambient space for your bathroom.

The range consisting of five models - the Fjord, Finland & Stockholm with the additions of the Malmo and Vagar collection for 2021 - is designed with a palette of contemporary matt finishes, and a range of coloured handle options which add the flawless finishing touch to help create a perfect space for you to indulge in.

Richard advised: “Adding colour is especially true of the smallest room in the house. Indeed, I believe this is where many people start. Once they have mastered the cloakroom, they get the confidence to go bright elsewhere. With units in green, blue and greys, Sonas has plenty of tips and tricks to give that wow factor to your downstairs cloakroom. Pick your bathroom furniture.

“For a smaller space, a slimline and wall hanging Stockholm unit will help give the illusion of space. Add impact with more colour and wallpaper. With care and good ventilation, any wallpaper can be used in the bathroom. You just need to make sure it doesn't come into contact with water on a regular basis.”

The trend in high lacquered gloss is declining as matt finishes, muted tones and some wood finishes are growing in popularity. Dark colours in the bathroom really enhance the natural wood colours. The Malmo vanity unit accompanied by the Stockholm wall pillar in Night Sky Blue Matt with matching bath panels, new for 2021, combined with black matt fittings ensure a streamlined, spa like feel to this bathroom.

Houzz also reported that 'pink bathroom,' 'navy bathroom' and 'gold bathroom' were popular search terms in 2020 and there was an interest in taps in with bold finishes such as brass, matt black or rose gold. The team at Sonas said consumers are taking inspiration from hotels, spas and social media platforms, like Pinterest, Instagram, and Houzz, as the trend towards luxurious and elegant spaces are more prevalent.

Bathrooms are generally remodelled on average every 15 years so styles evolve significantly in the period from when consumers have last designed a bathroom. As such, creating a design and style that endures is critical to maximise their investment.

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