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Top Design Trends for the Bathroom

31 May 2019

Many homeowners remodel or renovate their home before selling. This is often a good idea as you can recoup your investment by increasing the sale price. Data shows that renovating a bathroom gives the highest returns on average. Even if you’re not preparing to sell your home, upgrading a bathroom can be fun if you manage to keep it within budget.

As a homeowner, it is important to focus on function when remodeling. After all, looks go only so far if you can’t actually use the room effectively! That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice design though. Bathrooms and kitchens are some of the most functional spaces in a home but you can also use them to make a statement.

If you are intent on remodeling your bathroom, here are a few of the top design trends you can incorporate.

Neutral Palettes for Walls

Bathrooms can be bold and dramatic or calm and soothing. If you’re going for the latter, there’s nothing better than selecting a neutral color for the walls. Most bathrooms have at least four walls, even if they’re broken up with fixtures and lighting. And if you have an oddly shaped bathroom, you may have even more. Selecting the right color for the walls will have a huge impact on the final look.

Neutral colors offer a sophisticated look, especially if you are going for a minimalistic approach. You can use it as a base for adding other colors on top. Neutral colors can make your bathroom look bigger and more spacious. It’s also easier to shop for fixtures when you don’t have to worry about coordinating with dramatic wall colors.

Remember that neutral doesn’t always have to mean beige. You can get neutral shades of various colors including powder pink, pale aqua, gray, and yes, beige. Select a neutral shade based on the colors you want to use in the room.

Use Floors to your Benefit

Whether you have a big or small bathroom, the floor offers many opportunities for creative design. You can get bathroom floor tiles in a variety of colors, finishes, and designs. Using diet has another advantage. You can easily coordinate different shades of the same color or use contrasting tiles for the walls and floor. This is a quick and easy way to create a coherent design for the entire space.

Floor tile can be trickier to select than wall tiles. Keep in mind that your bathroom is going to get wet. You need a material that is not slippery. Depending on the general climate, you may also want that feeling tiles that feel warm or cool to the touch. A glossy tile will feel cooler than a more textured material. Natural stone tiles are a big trend right now. They give an earthy look to any bathroom and come in a variety of colors.

Big Fixtures

Colors are not the only thing you can play with when upgrading a bathroom. Fixtures are an important part of the overall design. For smaller budgets, replacing the fixtures is the best option to get an entirely new look. It’s less time-consuming and expensive than replacing all the tile on the floors and/or walls.

However, one of the latest trends in bathroom design is big tubs. If you have space and room in your budget, consider installing a freestanding tub. There are several reasons why designers are going crazy for freestanding tubs.


For one thing, they offer flexibility. You don’t have to stick the tub in a corner. It could be the centerpiece of your room! Place it diagonally near a window or allow it to shine in the center. Either way, it makes a showstopping statement.

Even though freestanding tubs are actually larger than most others, they can make your bathroom look spacious. As they’re raised off the floor, you can show more of your unique and interesting tiles. They also come in a variety of colors, materials, and finishes. You’ll always find one that complements your existing design scheme.

Making Small Changes

Another design trend for the bathroom is using small changes to make it look different. Have you considered side-mounted faucets for your sink? This is actually a great option for a small space or a narrow sink. It’s different enough from the traditional faucet and doesn’t need much extra work.

Another popular option is to use floating vanities or toilets. Who knew that lifting fixtures off the floor would look so dramatic? A floating vanity or wall mounted toilet can give an airy and light feel to any bathroom.

So what are you waiting for? Get creative and make a design statement while also upgrading the functionality of your bathroom!

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