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January 7, 2024

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7 Bathroom Trends for 2024

Cottage Core

What is Cottage core? It is a resurgence of a country style aesthetic and particularly cottage homes style. It embraces traditional design values and a combined a sense of comfort, charm, and simple living. This aesthetic is decorative, maximalist at times, and typically complemented by a warm and even earthy colour palette.

Cottage core has been trending throughout 2023 on social media, Tik Tok especially, and will be even bigger in 2024. 

Dreaming of a Cottage core bathroom design? Here are 3 simple rules to follow:

  • Chose tiles that are a small to medium format: a mosaic pattern or a contrasting square format for your floor. For your wall tiles, a handmade small square tile is a perfect choice, otherwise you cannot go wrong with a classic glossy white subway tile. 
  • Bring in natural materials: for that touch of warmth and comfort, add some timber to your space. It can be to your walls or ceilings with timber panelling or in the form of beautifully crafted timber vanity or even a recycled piece of wooden furniture. 
  • Vintage style tapware: For a true cottage core bathroom, always chose vintage style tapware in a brass or copper colour. Aged finishes are even better. Stir away from ultra-modern tapware shape and finishes such as matte black. 

Darker and Richer Timbers

Over the last 2 decades, light timber has been at the forefront of interior design and by extension bathroom design. No one could get away from that oak colour timber. 

Well, we have finally reached the point of no return as darker and richer timber are now a growing trend.

There are a multitude of home trends which resulted in this shift. 

First, we are all a lot more eco conscious and the recycling and upcycling of vintage pieces of furniture has increased exponentially in the last few years. There has also been a renewed appreciation for old furniture and wood craftsmanship popularised by growing trend such as the cottage core trend.

Darker and richer timber also lend well into the intention we have to make our interiors and our bathrooms, cozier and more comfortable as opposed to the sterile look of the early 2000s. 

Finally, darker tones have this luxurious and more sophisticated quality to them. 

How do you use darker – richer timber in your bathroom design? Easy! 

You can inject darker timber tones into your bathroom design in various ways. The most straight forward way is to choose a timber look or solid wood vanity in a darker or richer tone wood. You can also refinish an antique piece of furniture to use as a vanity for a vintage look. 

Another way to inject timber into your space is with wall or ceiling panelling for an interesting, natural, and almost spa-like look. This is guaranteed to give you that sense of relaxation every time you step into your bathroom.


Curves in our interiors have been around for decades but they have been growing in popularity for a few years now. From doorways and windows to pieces of furniture, we can all appreciate the ease that a curved line gives us as opposed to the strict sharpness of an edge. Of course, there is something very feminine about this trend, it is both appealing and soothing. 

Bathroom designs have been embracing this trend lately and it will only get bigger in 2024. 

There are some easy ways to add curves to your bathroom or ensuite design. For a quick and simple addition to your existing bathroom, why not choose a round or oval shaped mirror? 

If you are more committed to bringing that softness to your space, there are many options: opt for a rounded edge vanity or a curved shower screen, this will give you a luxury bathroom design without going overboard with your budget. Now, if you want to go all out, you can create curves in your walls, ceiling or doorways for that guaranteed designer bathroom look.

Earthy Colours

Colours in bathrooms have been having a huge come back recently. For 2024, those colours will be earthy tones: all shades of warm neutrals, beiges, earthy terracotta and even browns, natural shades of green and relaxing blue hues will be the way to do it. 

Lighter or darker, these colours will give your space some character and individuality.

Many people tend to stir away from using colours in their bathrooms either because they are unsure how to do it, or they are worried about making their room feel less spacious than it might be. 

So here are a few tips:

If you are unsure how to marry colours in your bathroom, the easiest way to do so it to pair your selected colour with white as it goes with everything. This way, you can let your selected colour be the focal point of your bathroom design. Another tip is to just add only one pop of colour to your bathroom, it can your vanity, or a fun sink or very simply in your bathroom accessories. 

Now, if you are concerned about the making your space feel smaller than it is, don’t! Colours, even darker colours will give so much character to a small bathroom or ensuite design and will make it feel cozier.

Statement Pieces

When you are unsure what to use for your bathroom renovation or don’t have clear ideas, it is always best to focus on one main statement piece that will be the focal point of your bathroom design. The rest will come together easily.

This statement piece can be many things, but as we are going into 2024, here are some trendy new ideas. 

If you have space, a beautiful free standing bathtub always feel luxurious in a bathroom. Even better, spruce up your free standing bathtub with small format tiles. A small kit kat or a pennyround format would both work perfectly for this. 

An instance statement in a bathroom or an ensuite, is using a natural stone or a natural stone look slab. You can use it as countertop, behind your free standing bathtub or in your shower. For an extra wow factor, opt for a coloured stone. 

If you are looking for a designer bathroom look, splurge on curved wall or ceiling. Nothing says statement more than a beautiful curved walk in shower. 

Now, if you are looking for more budget way to make a statement, there are some simple ways to do that. You can opt for a statement tile, vanity, or sink, in a cool shape, a special colour, or both!

Niche Details

Niches are always a very good way to add practical and beautiful storage to your bathroom design. They are not only a place to put your soap and shampoo bottles, but they can take your space from plain to luxurious looking. 

Niches have been around for years but now they are being updated with bold new ideas for 2024. Do you want to add a niche to your bathroom or ensuite design? Try of the these!

Use a statement natural stone in your niche for a definite luxury bathroom feel. For a slightly more budget friendly option, use a statement tile, that will give you a similar look. 

If you want to add some softness and elegance to your bathroom, add a curve to the top of your niche. 

For some extra smart but beautiful storage, stack multiple niches of different height to fit your different products. Otherwise, you can also add a shelf inside a taller niche. 

Finally, when you add some interest to your bathroom with a niche, don’t forget to shine a light on it, literally! Take it to the next level with a strip of LED light.


Tapware are one part of bathroom design which have been going through many trends over the years, particularly when it comes to colour. We went from brass, to chrome, to black, to white, and even a dabble into coloured tapware. For 2024, the trend for our bathroom tapware is to go back to all shades of brass, copper, and generally warmer tones.

With a renewed interest into all things classic and antique as well as the new cottage core trend, brass is back to the forefront of our bathroom tapware. Forget the modern look of black, white, or wild colours and sticks to the classic and timeless style tapware. 

We are not only seeing classic colour tapware come back to our bathrooms but also classic and decorative styles of tapware. Now, in terms of shape you can opt for more minimalist look but there is a clear come back of classic and classic-inspired style tapware such as basins set with two taps as opposed to one mixer. This trend extends to all accessories in your bathroom such as rails, hooks or toilet roll holders. 

Now if brass and copper are not your cup of tea, don’t worry, you can never go wrong with a classic chrome tapware. And, if modern and minimalist is your aesthetic, opt for a brushed nickel or gunmetal colour. Neither of them will date your design.

Looking for more inspiration to renovate your bathroom? We are Origin Bathrooms, experts in bathroom renovation Sydney and we would love to help you. We custom design, supply and build bathrooms that fits your needs. Our Leichhardt showroom is the perfect place to brainstorm and spark ideas for your renovation project. Give us a call on 1300 998 252 to book your free in – home consultation with a member of our team and we will guide you through the renovation process.

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