3 stylish bathroom trends you’ll want to know about in 2020

Planning a bathroom renovation this year? These three bathroom trends will give you all the inspiration you need to help you choose everything from tapware to flooring

Modern minimalism

Future-proof your bathroom with this clean and simple look.

Creating the perfect bathroom requires not only a marriage of form and function but space and aesthetics as well. One broadly appealing look which strikes that happy balance is modern minimalism. Its slimline baths and basins and simple, fuss-free storage solutions not only make efficient use of available space but create an incredibly clean and calming feel.

Whether you’re planning a super-practical minimalist space or aiming for a splash of luxury with a few extra-special bells and whistles, Mico has a huge range of products and brands of proven quality for all budgets. Download the Mico Bathroom Book for fresh ideas. Their team of nationwide bathroomware specialists can assist you when selecting your bathroom products and introduce you to reliable tradesmen.

Louise Cook, Mico’s resident style guru and national category manager for bathrooms, says planning is easy and free with Mico. “Our team love getting creative and making it work for you. Our 3D Design Planner also means they can really help you visualise the possibilities. From there, we can understand your needs, access products to fit these requirements, help with budgets and support you through the project as much as possible.”


Bath, shower and surrounds

Modern minimalism calls for a squared-off bath with thin sides. When choosing a shower, think about the dynamics of the space and consider what kind of door or entry system is required. Frameless showers create a sense of space and simplicity against a tiled wall. Be sure to go for a high tray lip to provide a good water seal. As for tiles, choose a crisp, minimal range in black, white or grey. Square shapes (eg the Adesso Degree Bath) and thin sanitaryware (eg Adesso Urban Basins) help to create a refined, minimal feel, especially in monochromatic colour schemes.


Built-in storage or clean white or black cabinetry is recommended to avoid clutter. Couple this with a thin-sided basin to echo the look of the bathtub.

Showerheads and tapware

When selecting showerheads and tapware, opt for black or gunmetal with minimal detailing – wall-mounted for the ultimate seamless look. For those seeking a contemporary bathroom, Mico’s Adesso range offers edgy, minimal design as well as functionality. Mico’s bathroom products are manufactured by world leaders in the industry and bring sought-after European styling to New Zealand within an affordable price range. Also exclusive to Mico is the Raymor range. This collection is distinguished by its simple, modern design, fine engineering and value for money.

Finishing touches

A matching slimline toilet seat will help complete the look, along with snowy white towels. Be sure to hide toilet brushes and roll holders. Soften the hard edges and materials with a plant or two and set it all off with invisible recessed lighting.

Japanese Scandi style

Scandinavian style meets Japanese simplicity in this forward-looking bathroom look.

If you’re refreshing or renovating your bathroom and are after a beautifully simple, stylish space, the Japanese Scandi look could provide the perfect inspiration. Combining the ever-popular pared-back Scandinavian aesthetic with the Japanese knack for blending clean white, matte black and touches of nature, this trend efficiently masters both function and form to create a tasteful, timeless sanctuary.

The Japanese Scandi look is easy to assemble and produces striking results:


Bathtubs and surrounds

A free-standing clean white bath lends itself well to this style, but a drop-in bath could also be accommodated. Consult your local Mico branch to help you make your selection. Any adjacent tiles or walls should be concrete, panelled or have a natural look and finish.


Pale or bleached varieties of flooring, in keeping with Scandi tradition, work well with this look. In smaller bathrooms keep as much of the floor visible as possible; floating vanities help to simplify and enlarge the appearance of an area.

Showerheads and tapware

Stainless steel, black and gunmetal are all complementary to the Japanese Scandi trend. With Mico it’s possible to channel the latest looks without spending a fortune. Louise explains: “Our private-label brands have pieces that are affordable but offer the same look and style as more expensive brands. Our team can also work with you to help you invest in a statement piece that becomes the focal point – but keep it more simple elsewhere to balance that cost.”


Choose a vanity made of wooden materials in a clean, minimal shape and go for an unfussy finish with integrated handles. Visit mico.co.nz and download the Mico Bathroom Book for fresh inspiration and ideas.

Finishing touches

Accessories help you to personalise your bathroom and create a relaxing retreat. Prevent the space from feeling cold and clinical by using details such as soft towels – in a limited palette – plants and appropriate furniture, such as a simple wooden stool for a Japanese vibe.

Tapping into nature

Pair tiles in soft, herby green with warm timber for a calm, grounded vibe that embraces the textures of the natural world.

As more and more Kiwis seek to bring elements of nature into their homes, this trend has naturally progressed to the bathroom, prompting a host of beautiful new design options for anyone thinking of renovating (or building from scratch) this all-important part of the home.

Far more than just functional spaces, bathrooms are increasingly viewed as sanctuaries where people can de-stress and soothe away the cares of the day.

“You are in your bathroom every day, so, like a kitchen, it is important to ensure this space is perfect for you and your family,” says Louise.


Lift and refresh

An effective way to make your bathroom feel inviting and tranquil is to take a leaf out of nature – literally. An earthy green tile with an uneven, hand-fired look works beautifully with natural materials such as wood and stone. Aim to include some softer, curvier lines, too, such as rounded or oval mirrors and basins, and keep the styling minimal yet impactful – a few flower stems or foliage from the garden and a pop of colour through soft, plain towels.

You don’t need a big bathroom to create an evergreen sanctuary. Plenty of light, a large mirror and fuss-free storage all help to give the illusion of space. Alternatively, new taps or some wooden cabinetry could be the only update you need.

“You can also play with colours and textures, perhaps adding a feature wall to give the space a refresh,” says Louise. “Because bathrooms are relatively small, it doesn’t take much to create an amazing new look and feel.” Browse the options and glean ideas and inspiration from the Mico Bathroom Book, and shop online at Mico.

Eco-friendly innovations

We’re all increasingly aware of the need to conserve energy and water, but it can be tough when it comes at the expense of a gushing shower or a properly flushing toilet. Fortunately, innovations that solve these conundrums are already available, says Louise.

“Our trusted suppliers have products that cater for this. We have products with waterflow limitations on basin mixers and showering, and our water flowing products have a WELS star rating so people can see what their water efficiency is.”

Book a consultation at your local Mico Showroom and let the experts help you plan your perfect bathroom. 

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