Putting plans in place for a bit of a home makeover is always a lot of fun (although, be warned, it’s not without its stresses, either) - and one of the most enjoyable parts of the process is checking out all the latest trends and styles to see what you like and what you don’t.

If you’re planning on redoing the bathroom this year or next, you might find it particularly useful to have a look at a new study carried out by Harvey Water Softeners that reveals the very latest looks and trends for bathrooms on Instagram.

Based on order of frequency in top posts on the photo sharing app, the top five bathroom design trends were found to be pure white tiles, dual sinks, devil’s ivy hanging plants, freestanding oval baths and geometric tiles.

Go and have a look at some of these trends on Instagram itself and see just how beautiful some of those bathrooms are… they’re sure to help you put together a mood board of looks and design ideas you’re especially drawn to.

Just make sure you remember to add the crowning glory of exposed filament bulbs, particularly if you’ve gone for a more industrial or vintage look in this part of the house.

Other trends proving popular on Instagram right now were also found to be circular mirrors, rainfall showers, gold taps, black taps, in-shower recessed shelves, silver taps, boho rugs, marble sink basins, woven baskets and floating sinks.

Naomi Nunn, an interior designer from Soak, commented: “Geometric tiles in the simplest style were massive, but I’ve noticed more detailed and even imperfect geometrics becoming popular. There’s still space for the simple hexagon and lily-pad tiles for a while, but the introduction of colours and patterns used asymmetrically is increasing and can create more of a journey through an interior for the viewer.”

As for colour itself, seek inspiration from the likes of Behr and Pantone. The former recently announced its 2020 Colour of the Year as Back to Nature, a meadow-inspired green that “imparts a fresh sense of vitality”.

Vice-president of colour and creative services at Behr Erika Woelfel explained that the colour encourages us all to re-engage with nature and the outside world, which can have a huge impact on our health and wellbeing.

Behr also recently revealed its 2020 Colour Trends palette, forecasts based on global colour trend research across both commercial and residential settings. There are 15 colours, with the idea behind the palette being to simply the process of choosing colours for any painting project.

Tips from the brand include creating a focal point with a big swipe of colour somewhere, highlighting noteworthy architectural elements like columns, mantels and doorways.