Be Bold: 5 New Bathroom Design Trends
If you’re looking to sell your home, you may want to consider a bathroom refresh. Maybe it’s time to add some color and personality. Replacing tile, for instance, is a great way to update your bathroom, the DIY Network recommends. Here are some top trends to keep in mind as you plan your bathroom reboot.
Trend #1: Rich ColorsMinimalism is out. Today, it’s all about big, bold looks, according to Realtor.com. “I think we’re seeing the end of the all-white bathroom,” says Mark Cutler, owner of Mark Cutler Design in Los Angeles. “The typical white cabinets, white subway tile and white marble have, I think, finally seen their day.” Consider getting creative and painting your bathroom a fun color — maybe seafoam green or navy blue, Cutler suggests. “Just as long as it’s not white.”
Trend #2: Playful Patterns“Bold patterns are back,” says Jason Larson, president and founder of Lars Remodeling Design in San Diego. The key is to counterbalance them with more subdued furniture or fixtures, he adds. For instance, “jungle patterns may seem daunting — until they’re paired with clean-lined cabinets.” Many designers are starting to use patterned encaustic tiles (a certain kind of cement tile) more often to add flair to bathrooms, Cutler says. Part of the tiles’ allure is that they can be ordered in any color and pattern, The New York Times suggests.Image courtesy of Rick O’Donnell Architect LLC and Olson Defendorf Custom Homes.
Trend #3: Textured WallpaperTile and paint aren’t your only options for bathroom walls, says Kari McIntosh of Kari McIntosh Design in San Mateo, California. Instead, she loves the trend of wallpaper in the bathroom. “This may seem a bit strange at first, but it’s actually quite luxurious,” she says. “Unexpected and somewhat hidden, this subtle statement is surprisingly elegant.” One major benefit of bathroom wallpaper, she adds, is that it can be tailored to your tastes. Because your bathroom is a very personal space, it should reflect your personality. “Wallpaper is a simple yet impactful way to make a statement and bring a bit of you into this room without going overboard,” McIntosh says.Image courtesy of Jennifer Bevan Interiors.
Trend #4: Statement TileBathroom walls and floors are also making bold statements with tile work, says Regan Baker of Regan Baker Design in San Francisco. “Whether it’s a wall of bright blue tile or a Spanish tile-influenced floor, these focal points create visual interest and draw you in.” It can add some personality and pep, she mentions. “The bathroom is the place most of us start our days,” Baker says. “It’s the room we turn to when we want to relax soaking in a tub or where we primp before a big night or day out. It should excite and wake us with beautiful, lively design.” As far as tile types, porcelain tile has long been popular for its low price point, Cutler says, and its versatility is another big selling point. “Now it can be made to perfectly imitate wood, stone or even plaster,” he says.Image courtesy of American Coastal Properties.
Trend #5: Modern LookRustic, country-style bathrooms are being replaced with sleek ones, Cutler says. As people seek out a simplified lifestyle, “modern is clearly the trend,” he adds. “We are seeing less and less decoration, more clean lines and simple uses of material,” Cutler says. Realtor.com suggests trying out the trend with bronze fixtures — and Brit + Co says silver metals like pewter are popular this year, especially when paired with modern cabinets.