Redecorating your bathroom? From sunshine yellows to softer greens, play up the colour in your bathroom by tapping into 2021’s trending hues.

With more households improving their homes since the start of the pandemic, Sanctuary Bathrooms analysed Google search data to find out which colours are set to surge this year — and how you can incorporate them in your space. Whether you’re planning a full refurb or a simple refresh, take a look at the colours to have on your radar.

1. Burgundy

Burgundy — a gorgeous wine-red hue – is making waves in the bathroom. In fact, research found a 300 per cent search increase this year alone, as more Brits look to refresh their bathroom walls.

It can often be an overpowering shade to decorate with, especially if your space is small. To make it work for you, Richard Roberts, Director of Sanctuary Bathrooms, advises: ‘Feature walls are not usually linked with bathrooms but there’s a definite trend towards being more adventurous with colour, so burgundy may be a good choice if you are looking to try this.’

Other ways to embrace the shade without decorating includes using accessories, such as a bath mat, towels or burgundy plant pots. Why not give your bathroom the love it deserves with a fresh pop of colour.

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Farrow & Ball


2. Greens

Mint and classic green shades are on the up. Often associated with health, wellbeing and the great outdoors, these two hues are perfect for tapping into nature’s palette.

Need some inspiration? Richard explains: ‘Green pairs itself well with wooden tones, whites and pale colours or equally with darker tones such as black fixtures and fittings, if you’re feeling a little more daring. One of the simplest and cheapest ways to incorporate green into a bathroom is through adding in lots of plants. Not only are plants lovely to look at, adding greenery into a room can also help oxygenate the space and be mentally stimulating too.’

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3. Black

Feeling brave? Go bold and black in the bathroom. Whether you add a black freestanding bath or opt for black wall tiles, the dark hue is both timeless and elegant, perfect for contemporary designs.

‘Black continues to prevail, being a strong robust colour, with more accessories, brassware and coordinating components allowing a complete theme,’ says Nick Graville, Sales and Marketing Director at Kudos Showers.

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Abstract Wall Chart Black and White, Abode Living

Abode Living

4. Lemon, coral and tan

Put a spring in your step this year by decorating your bathroom in mood-boosting shades of lemon, coral and tan. Whether you have a flat in the city or a country cottage, these pleasant hues are anything but boring.

‘The surge in searches for lemon and coral bathrooms shows that after an incredibly challenging year, we’re choosing to harness our own sunshine all year round by surrounding ourselves with bright, positive colours in our homes,’ adds Richard.

‘Whether you choose to go bold with a big yellow bath or reign it in with pops of lemon or coral towels, adding a burst of bright colour can do wonders for your mood!’

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yellow bath mat, christy

Yellow bath mat, Christy

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