As Europe’s leading wall and shower panel supplier, Mermaid knows all about staying one step ahead of the latest bathroom trends. With home improvements showing no sign of slowing down in 2021, the desire for practical, aesthetic shower and wall surface solutions for the bathroom is greater than ever and with a complete portfolio spanning across fully antibacterial finishes to innovative glass designs and seamless styles with a unique waterproof core, Mermaid shower panels offer luxurious decors that will can bring an old and tired-looking bathroom, en-suite or wet room back to life.
Whether it’s a fully-tanked walk-in wet room, a luxurious en-suite or a busy family bathroom that needs to work for all ages and abilities, Mermaid has identified three key trends for 2021 that will give any space a premium look and feel with all the functionality to match. Opulent Marbles, Natural Woods and Refined Industrialism each offer a distinct design style, which will perfectly complement both classic and contemporary bathroom schemes.
“These three trends are currently dominating the luxury market,” says Keely Greenhalgh, National Sales Manager at Mermaid Panels. “There are natural woods that perfectly emulate our desire for biophilic design; refined industrialism with concrete and stone effects teamed with brass and bronze details along with opulent marble, a material that has long been synonymous with creating luxurious spaces.”
Shower panels are quick, easy and hassle-free. Easier to fit than tiles and less messy, they don’t need a specialist installer and can be cut to size on site as well as fitted over virtually any existing surface. Moisture and humidity doesn’t affect acrylic, glass, laminate, or composite Mermaid bathroom panels and therefore the possibility of mildew or mould creeping in is eliminated. Furthermore, Mermaid panels also don’t require grouting so they stay looking as good as new for longer and are much easier to maintain and keep clean. Mermaid’s waterproof, durable designs are practical, easy to fit, easy to clean and available in a choice of styles and trends, including plenty of choice when it comes to three main luxury looks predicted for 2021.
For those seeking to bring a sense of the outdoors in and enhance a feeling of wellbeing, the Metropolitan collection of laminate bathroom panels from Mermaid are soft and subtle. “Wood effects are all about a sense of bringing the outside in and restoring a feeling of wellbeing,” adds Keely. “Biophilia, or a tendency to connect with nature, has become the buzzword of recent times, as homeowners look to ground themselves with the family, with their home and their health.” Think stripped-back, sawn and treated wood grains with panels that provide peaceful, tranquil surroundings, perfect for a relaxing retreat at the end of a hard day.
When it comes to creating a bathroom adorned with luxurious marble, the cost-effective way to get this natural stone effect is with Mermaid’s premium Elite range of seamless panels. Made using a unique waterproof core and featuring innovative post-formed edges, the panels are trimless for a fuss-free finish and a smooth, uniform look with marble effects and distinctive veined detail that appears just like the real thing.
While in recent times the urban look was all about a raw industrial feel, looking ahead to 2021 this design style has evolved into a more refined industrialism with sophisticated stone and concrete effects. “We often see coloured finishes of brassware in hues of brass and bronze being used in statement bathrooms like this,” explains Keely.
“Opting for panels in the bathroom as opposed to tiles is a popular option for statement bathrooms as they can not only be used in the shower enclosure or for the basin surround but throughout the space for a cohesive and coordinated look.”