Whether the bulk of your budget is going toward high-end fixtures or custom flooring (like ipe), this year’s trends in bathroom décor are sure to stretch your imagination beyond the chrome-versus-brass dilemmas of yesteryear. Antique looks are fashionable, though, as you’ll realize by a few of the trends listed below.
From an ecological standpoint, LED lighting, and smart sensor fixtures and low-flow shower heads are right on the money. From a design perspective, wall-mounted bathroom faucets and custom finishes such as brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze are increasingly popular. Uniformity among fixtures throughout the bathroom is just as important as the type of finish, though. The finish should also complement the overall theme of the room, as well. Antique themes might be best achieved through warm tones and bronze fixtures, rather than shiny chrome. But for a modern design, chrome isn’t a bad choice.
Of course, ceramic tile has long been touted as superior to laminate, and for good reason. Now, it’s making its way up the walls, as well. In addition to the increased amount of tile found in today’s bathrooms, two big trends in flooring include renewable materials and artistically arranged glass tiles. Because glass tiles break more easily than ceramic tiles, they usually come in smaller sizes. Those sizes lend themselves more easily to artful arrangements, such as mosaics, which can even take the form of murals.
Cork, bamboo, exotic woods, and concrete are also increasingly popular alternatives to traditional vinyl or ceramic bathroom flooring. Rubber leather and modular carpet are options that are easier on the feet. Perhaps the most striking natural look comes in the form of pebble tiles.
Not only is repurposing trendy because it’s earth-friendly, but it also helps bring a homey and possibly antique look to a bathroom, without sacrificing storage or vanity space. If you’re the DIY-type, you can convert an dresser into a vanity by following the steps outlined in this tutorial by “This Old House” or this one by HGTV. If you like the look but would rather go commercial, you can purchase vanities made to look like repurposed dressers, too.
In some ways, the hottest new trends for luxury baths have to do with—you guessed it—heat! Heated flooring, towel racks, and toilet seats can add that special “wow” to your bathroom remodel. So if you have room for some extra pampering power in your remodeling budget, these additions can be paired with any décor style. Depending on your bathroom usage patterns, a steam shower, tub heater, or fogless mirror may provide extra benefits, as well.
Whether it’s the fixtures, furniture, flooring, or frills that most anticipating your first deep soak or long shower in your remodeled bathroom, you’re sure to find some options that you like among these hot new trends.