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Update Your Bathroom for 2021 With Wall Panels

Update Your Bathroom for 2021 With Wall Panels

Gone are the days when the bathroom was the most-used, but least-inspired room in the house. These days, bathrooms have become sanctuaries within the home, and simple utilitarian designs have been replaced by elegant touches and a spa-like feel. If you’re eager to create a new look for your bathroom in 2021, you have an almost unlimited choice of textures, colors and materials available.

When it comes to updating your bathroom, choose a look that shows off your personal style and creates a distinctive ambiance that ties in with the rest of your home. Let’s look at some of the most popular features that we’ll see in bathrooms this year.

Creature Comforts in Modern Bathrooms

As bathrooms have grown into spaces that make a statement, demand for certain features has grown. Some of the hottest accessories for bathrooms in 2021 are:

  • Basins and faucets: Whatever style you choose — modern, classic or something in between — your fixtures will play a starring role in your bathroom. Basins and faucets must complement the overall décor. If you’re going for the vintage or retro look, for example, a classic faucet and basin will work well, but a free-standing basin and faucet would be more appropriate for a minimalist bathroom.
  • Warming/heating elements: Cold bathroom floors are becoming a thing of the past with the growing popularity of heated tile floors. But that’s just the beginning. Features like towel warming racks and mirror defoggers can add both comfort and class to your bathroom makeover.
  • Light and mirrors: Bathroom mirrors should be big, and now they are available in stylish frames that complement the rest of your décor. Brighten up the space even more with light; natural light is best, but additional fixtures can also do the trick. If you go that route, add dimming features for those evening visits to the bathroom or relaxing bathtub soaks.

Three Looks for Your 2021 Bathroom

When it comes to reinventing your bathroom, your biggest challenge may be narrowing down the look you want to create and deciding which elements to include. Your wall treatments should support the overall feel of the room. You may choose to create dramatic contrast by combining paint with the texture of natural elements like wood, stone or brick.

One way to make your budget go farther is to install polyurethane panels from Barron Designs, instead of using more expensive natural coverings for your walls. Our panels are a great choice because they are extremely durable, and can hold up to the humid conditions of a bathroom. They’re also lightweight, easy to cut and simple to install. Here’s a look at three design styles they can help you achieve:


If modern and minimalist is your style, there are many ways to achieve your look. Free-standing sinks that offer form as well as function have become a key piece in this look. Bathtubs are just as influential in modern bathrooms. Free-standing bathtubs are as much a piece of art as they are a place to soak and unwind; and like any piece of art, they need the proper backdrop to showcase them. Consider an Old Chicago Brick Wall Panel in Glacier for a bright, white bathroom, or go with our Carolina Chiseled Stone Wall Panel in Frosted Gray to add more contrast to the room.


A modern coastal bathroom can give you a beach vacation, even when the only water in sight is coming from your tap. Soothing hues of blue and green work well in these bathrooms, and the design can range from a boho beach feel to a sophisticated seaside resort look. Light wood cabinets and bright white basins feel at home in these settings, as do large round mirrors and accents of jute or rope. Drive home that coastal feel with River Rock Wall Panels to bring the outdoors in, or go with a rustic beach house look by adding Weathered Reclaimed Shiplap Barn Wood Wall Panels.


The farmhouse look continued to explode in 2020 and shows no sign of slowing down. It started with farmhouse kitchens, but the popularity of this design style has now extended to other rooms. You can capture that aesthetic in your bathroom in many ways. Start by narrowing down the direction you want to go. Do you like a country rustic feel? Or do you want a more contemporary farmhouse vibe? For the former, go with darker tones and wood accents, such as wooden shelves, towel bars and faucets with a vintage feel and rustic door pulls. In this room, Reclaimed Shiplap Barn Wood Wall Panels in Rustic or Brown are a perfect fit.

For a more contemporary design, lean toward lighter, brighter colors and accessories in nickel or stainless steel. Touches like a wooden bench, wicker accessories and even a sliding glass barn-style shower door are excellent ways to integrate more of the farmhouse feel to a modern farmhouse design. Look to lighter wood, such as our Reclaimed Beveled Shiplap Barn Wood Wall Panel in Aged or Weathered, to support the contemporary farmhouse theme.

Get the Look You Want

Whatever look you’re going for when you remodel your bathroom, Barron Designs can help you achieve it. If you want to talk about your project, our design consultants can help you decide what might work best for your vision. Reach out via chat on our site or call us at 800-651-4223.