Has your bathroom started to feel a bit outdated? With a new year often comes new dreams of a space that feels more like you and reflects what’s on trend. Or perhaps moisture and constant use has worn down parts of your bathroom, and you can’t ignore it any longer. Whatever your reason for remodeling your bathroom, here’s why you should focus on making it an enjoyable place to be:
- Updating the bathroom is one of the few investments in your home that can increase its value greater than the cost of the improvement.
- With how much time you spend there, it should be relaxing and uplifting.
Some design trends are so tempting, it can be hard not to do everything you can to ensure they’re in your future bathroom, but be sure to think about two things before making final decisions:
- Your budget
- What will stand the test of time
You want to appeal to yourself—and potential buyers. And you never want to go broke on one room in your house.
Here are four of the most popular bathroom trends that you might consider when planning your updates.
1. A Simple Vanity (with a View)
Big, bulky vanities that feel like serious pieces of furniture are out. They’re being replaced by simple pieces that resemble tables more than traditional vanities. A pared-down console vanity opens up the space, giving the rest of the bathroom a lighter feel. It also means more items are on display instead of being hidden in drawers and behind cabinet doors. Arrange necessities so they work with the flow of the piece. You may need to pare down your collection of bathroom items or move some of them to another storage area.
This bathroom design trend encourages you to opt for any functional vanity you like, whether it was made to be one or not. Just be sure the material can withstand the heat and moisture it will experience in a bathroom environment.
For a truly trendy look, position your new vanity in front of your bathroom window. Natural lighting can’t be beat, and you’ll be able to take in a view as you brush your teeth or put on your makeup. Suspend a mirror from the ceiling or the nearest wall.
2. Nature Indoors
Houseplants aren’t just nice to look at; they do important work. Their natural process of taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen helps remove toxins from the air, and just the sight of them can help you feel more relaxed. With that in mind, why wouldn’t you bring a few into your bathroom?
The biophilic look is trending, and you can take advantage of the benefits of plants by putting a potted plant or two on your vanity, on the back of your toilet, or on shelving. Opt for plants that don’t mind humidity, low light, and temperature swings. These are great options:
- Chinese evergreen
If you don’t have a window in your bathroom or struggle to keep plants alive, you can still enjoy nature. Add a skylight, so you can see the outdoors, or create a statement with plant-themed wallpaper on one bathroom wall.
3. These Colors, Not Those
The fact that millennial pink is out might have you believe neutral colors are back in. While they are timeless, stylists are still playing with color. Opt for:
- Light yellow
- Pumpkin red
- Forest green
- Ash charcoal
To avoid making your space feel vintage, use color sparingly, like in your accessories rather than on entire walls.
Another unique way to incorporate multiple colors is in bi-color combinations, like white on the inside of a sink bowl and color on the outside or a toilet with a black basin and white ceramic.
Copper hardware is out. Instead, choose a faucet and hardware that’s:
4. Big Statements in Small Spaces
Current bathroom trends don’t shy away from doing a lot in a small space. If you’re remodeling a powder room or smaller-than-average bathroom, don’t be afraid to hang a large, artful mirror or to create a statement wall. That could mean hanging an oversized print (artwork or photography) or enjoying pattern-on-pattern wallpaper.
If you do opt for a statement-making piece, tone down the rest of the room, so you aren’t overwhelmed by too many dominant pieces in the small space.
What’s Always on Trend?
A few bathroom trends aren’t likely to go out of style anytime soon:
- Subway tile – First seen in the New York City subway in 1904, these tiles are still going strong in bathroom décor.
- Marble – Use it on countertops for a classic, timeless look.
- Neutral and light tones – If you’d like to play with color, but you’re a little intimidated, go for neutral tones (grey, white, light wood) generally in your bathroom with pops of color in things like your cabinets, your towels, and your other accessories.
Whether you are replacing damaged fixtures or you’re simply in the mood for a change, redesigning your bathroom is a chance to create an aesthetic that suits you and makes you happy every time you’re in it. These bathroom ideas can be incorporated into any design, so you can work towards building the bathroom you’ve always wanted.
If your bathroom design involves replacing a shower or bathtub, moving a bathroom sink, or changing any plumbing, contact C&W Plumbing. We’ll send out a licensed plumber to check that your remodel is carried out safely and everything is in working order before you enjoy!