5 Innovative commercial bathroom design trends for a post-pandemic world

by Martin Straus, April 1st 2021


Commercial bathroom design has come a long way in the last few years, moving from fluorescent lighting and basic fittings to a more elevated overall aesthetic. Since the pandemic, we’ve seen the boundaries of design pushed even further, with a slew of trends that prioritise hygiene and maintenance, resulting in a safer more productive environment.

According to a study by Bradley Corp, 64% of respondents choose businesses based on how well they clean and maintain their bathrooms - making it clear that hygiene and maintenance are important factors to consider when designing a commercial bathroom.

Depending on your client’s taste and preferences, there is a myriad of directions you can take your design, opting for a minimalist flair, industrial touches or even a spa-like feel. No matter which you choose, here are a few trends that are transcending style to deliver a safer experience and become the new standard for the bathroom of the future.

Antibacterial Surfaces


of people choose businesses based on how well they clean and maintain their bathroom

More people than ever are looking for ways to make their commercial bathrooms safer and more hygienic. One of the most effective ways to accomplish that goal is to use the right materials for your surfaces.

Choose homogeneous materials that are non-porous or have anti-bacterial properties:

  • Copper, titanium and their alloys have proven anti-microbial properties and can be used in handles, faucets and even sinks. Noken and Sinkology are good sources for inspiration.

  • Cork also has promising antibacterial properties, and it’s water-resistant. Many companies use it to make floors like
 APC Cork.

  • Ceramics that have been enhanced with antibacterial coatings can help fight off germs and have self-cleaning and anti-odour properties. Active Ceramics and Panaria are both great examples.

You can also choose to coat your client’s surfaces with products 
like Protect+ or BioCote to protect them against bacteria, mould and fungi.


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