For the second year running, SONAS Bathrooms – Ireland’s largest supplier of bathroom products – have surveyed the nation to find out what is happening in the world of Irish bathrooms.
While Pinterest has reported bathing rituals as a hugely searched trend in 2021, 81% of us still prefer a shower to a bath. Less than 3% have a bath daily and 54% say they have a bath less than once a month. However, 89% of us still have at least one bath in our homes.
“When planning their bathroom, people still like to see retailer showroom displays to help choose bathroom products.”
With Instagram awash with glamorous gold taps in bathrooms, two thirds of us are still opting for chrome, while a quarter (up 9% from last year) are fans of black taps to bring that designer feel to the bathroom.
Heads will nod in agreement at the fact that 59% of us haven’t enough storage in the bathroom. For those with bathroom cabinets, the most popular unit colours are greys, whites and blues.
Most homes have at least two WCs and coloured sanitaryware is having its moment. While 83% still favour the standard satin white WC, one in ten braver souls would opt for a charcoal grey WC, with 5% going for carbon black.
When planning their bathroom, people still like to see retailer showroom displays to help choose bathroom products, with websites the second choice, but 48% of respondents say they are likely or highly likely to purchase bathroom products online. Unfortunately, for those in market for a new bathroom, Covid restrictions have delayed plans for self-build or renovation for 68% of respondents, with 29% saying the delay is more than six months.
The survey was carried out amongst 1,245 respondents in Spring 2021.