From bold splashes of colour to relaxing spa-style retreats and natural materials, 2013 is the year to bring that tired, lifeless bathroom right up-to-date. Creating a new, stylish bathroom doesn’t mean that you have to spend a fortune, and with clever thinking you can achieve the perfect space. Here are three main bathroom trends for 2013.

Bold colours

red gloss vanity unit

Adding bold colour to your bathroom is easy and affordable, and provides the perfect way to add extra interest and depth to the space. Bold splashes of colour can easily be introduced to your bathroom by painting the walls and fitting new tiles. If you don’t want to paint the walls, colour can be added with accessories, towels and bath mats, which is ideal if you’re on a limited budget.

Bathroom furniture which features bold colour is also set to become a key trend, and more manufactures are creating vanity units and storage units that have interesting colours and textures. A vanity unit with a bright red gloss finish really catches the eye. Also, there’s an increasing trend for baths with coloured surrounds, which are great for adding that all important wow factor.

Sleek and minimal

walk in shower

A sleek, minimal bathroom provides the perfect way to create a contemporary look and helps to open-up a small space. A sleek bathroom can be created by installing a walk-in shower enclosure or by creating a wetroom, which provides you a spacious area to shower in. Choosing storage such as a vanity unit with a white gloss finish and clean lines enhances the minimal trend further, plus you can hide all your toiletries away from view to ensure all surfaces are kept free from clutter.

Spa-style retreat

enjoy a relaxing bath

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The bathroom should be a space where you can escape to after a long day, a place where you can truly relax and unwind, and creating a spa-style retreat is going to become a very popular look this year. Shower panels are ideal for spa-like bathrooms as they include a variety of functions such as a fixed shower head and body jets for a truly invigorating shower.

A spa-style bathroom should be neat and clutter-free so including storage with natural textures such as wood will make the perfect addition. Choosing one or two countertop basins with organic shapes will enhance the calm and restful feel further and look simply stunning too.

A freestanding bath not only provides your spa-style bathroom with a beautiful focal point but ensures a relaxing and indulgent soak. For the ultimate bathing experience why not opt for a whirlpool bath?