5 Bathroom Renovation Trends in 2020

Take a look at 5 bathroom renovation trends that are popular in 2020 for houses, units or apartment living.


5 Bathroom renovation trends in 2020 to give you inspiration

Once you decide it is time for a change the first thing you need to do is begin looking at the current bathroom renovation trends in design, materials, fixtures and fittings to get some inspiration for your project. This can be either daunting or exciting depending on your expectations, there are literally millions of variations and choices you can make although it is easy to narrow these down.


  • Step 2: Make the decision about whether you are complimenting the existing styling of your property or starting a new one. This will eliminate lots of potential choices immediately.
  • Step 3: Begin creating a ‘mood board’ with examples of the colours, textures and styles you have in mind.

#1 - Hotel Inspired Bathroom Renovation Trends

Hotel style luxury for your bathroom.

It’s possible to create 5-star hotel luxury in your bathroom at home. By selecting the right materials with textures and finishes that are similar to those used by the large hotel chains you can replicate the look for your home fairly easily. It is a bathroom renovation trend that probably won’t go out of style.


What to choose

  • Colour palette; colours that make you feel good, that remind you of places of luxury and relaxation.
  • Textures; a tactile paradise with a rich array of layers and shapes. Don’t be afraid to mix and match.
  • Tiling; tiles that make a statement in both look and feel. Consider bevelled tiles for depth.
  • Finishes; Stick with the classics like chrome or black.

#2 - Natural Material Bathroom Renovation Trends

Using natural materials in your bathroom.

The natural materials we walk past everyday can provide incredible sources of inspiration to design a new bathroom for your home. Natural timbers, granite, metallics or stone can all be used to create stunning results and incredible, opulent, bathroom designs. It is a bathroom renovation trend that probably won’t go out of style.


What to choose

  • Colour palette; start with a base of grey, white or natural timber, then layer over with rich patterns, textures, finishes and materials.
  • Textures; smooth, rough, raw and gloss, it’s all about contrast. Use three distinct textures for a dynamic look
  • Tiling; stone finishes, veined marble tiles, granite, colour and patterns. Create a lush look by tiling the whole space.
  • Finishes; timber bowls, glass candle holders and metallics

#3 - Day Spa Inspired Bathroom Renovation Trends

Create your own personal Day Spa in your bathroom.

You can create that relaxing ambience of a high end Day Spa for your bathroom at home. It could even include an indoor / outdoor element with bi-fold doors. Simplicity and space are key elements of this type of design and a free standing bath tub. It is a bathroom renovation trend that probably won’t go out of style.


What to choose

  • Colour palette; keep it simple and add greenery to give it a really tranquil feel.
  • Textures; a tactile paradise with a rich array of textures and materials.
  • Tiling; for the walls choose a pattern with a little movement and then pick something solid for the floor
  • Finishes; materials that feel organic to touch; timber, stone and porcelain.

#4 - Black and White Bathroom Renovation Trends

You can't go past a classic black and white style of a bathroom renovation.

Using the simplicity of black and white as your theme, this style can be easily applied to small or large bathrooms whether it is a unit, apartment or house. It creates a simpler styling exercise to manage and can fit a wider range of house decore. It is a bathroom renovation trend that probably won’t go out of style. 


What to choose

  • Colour palette; layer varying shades of black and white to create a bold monochrome look. Don’t be afraid to introduce colour accents with plants for extra vibrancy and life.
  • Textures; add interest with patterns like stripes, checks and spots, and have fun with intricate patterns.
  • Tiling; try alternating black and white tiles in a checkerboard effect, white subway tiles with black grout, or for something unique – try faceted tiles.
  • Finishes; invest in unique black tapware, then carry the look through with accessories like black-framed mirrors, dark timber cabinets and coordinating towel rails and hooks.

#5 - Traditional Style Bathroom Renovation Trends

Sometimes the classics are just the simplest and easiest way to create classy bathrooms.

With so many houses and apartment blocks in Sydney built between the 1950’s and 1980’s there is a plethora of old style bathrooms just waiting to be updated. Although to keep with the style of the rest of the property it becomes necessary to renovate using traditionally styled elements and colours. It is a bathroom renovation trend that probably won’t go out of style.


What to choose

  • Colour palette; the beauty is in the detail of ornate features and an uncluttered aesthetic. Lean toward curved tapware, claw-footed baths and simple accessories.
  • Textures; a subtle, neutral palette with warm tones is the key to traditional design.
  • Tiling; lush textures from yesteryear complete a traditional space. Embrace simple woven towels, rich timbers and soft florals.
  • Finishes; simple is best. Stick to floor tiles and partial wall decorations in a gloss or matte. Add an accent with trimming or feature tiles around the edge of the bathroom.
Rick Karagiannis - Plumber & Bathroom Renovator

Rick Karagiannis - Plumber & Bathroom Renovator

Rick Karagiannis is a licensed Plumber, Building Renovator and Director of Nu-Trend, a Sydney Plumber and Bathroom Renovations contractor. Nu-Trend has been operating since 2009 as an independent sole trader in Sydney. Rick provides all types of services for small bathroom renovations, leaking tap repairs, hot water high-pressure jet blasting and more.