Bathroom Design Trends – 2018

This year’s bathroom trends are taking the design world by storm. More and more no matter how small or large, the big push is to really reflect your own personality and unique style to make your bathroom just as amazing as every other room in your home. I’m excited to share some of my favorite 2018 trends with you today just in case you are ready to tackle yours in the upcoming year.

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Spa-Like Style – Really, when has spa style not been on trend? Achieve the look this year with concrete tubs, steam showers with built-in benches and multiple shower heads, dim mood lighting, deep soaking tubs, organic materials, greenery, soft textures and stone vessel sinks like this:


Nipomo Stone Rectangular Bathroom Sink, Courtesy:

European Inspired Showers  If you’ve never been to Europe, perhaps a curbless shower has never crossed your mind. And although one must be careful to design the bathroom so that water drains properly, the benefits are that they’re easier to clean, make the bathroom appear larger, and allow homeowners to stay and age where they’re at.

Designer Tiles – This trend draws influence from Mediterranean countries like Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. Additionally, it is inspired by art deco patterns that were popular in the 60’s and 70’s. Make a statement textured tiles in various shapes such as herringbone, waves, scales, hexagon, mosaic and diamond. Or go with a gorgeous pattern like this one:

Artea Porcelain Field Tile, Courtesy:

Color  We are seeing a steady movement from neutrals to bold color – especially blues. Monochromatic color schemes are specifically making their way on the scene. To achieve the look, select a single color and decorate with various shades of the hue.

Brass  It’s all over kitchens, so it’s no wonder we’re finding it all over bathrooms as well. Fear not, this is not the brass we’d all like to forget from the 80’s. It’s a bit more understated, less shiny, and more luxurious. We are finding the trend embraced in fixtures, faucets, and hardware. One caveat is that due to excessive moisture, the bathroom is the toughest place to introduce brass. Keep it minimal or go for the brass “look” with imitation pieces such as these pulls in Elusive Golden Nickel:

Skylight 5″ Center Bar Pull, Courtesy:

High Tech Features  This may be my favorite bathroom trend because honestly I’m a techie at heart. And also because, put me in a bathroom with all of these features and I just may never leave: high tech body sprays and jets, smart showers that remember desired temps, button and voice command fixtures, programmable mood lighting, docking stations, shower heads with built-in speakers, touch-less flush and self-cleaning toilets, bluetooth, modular televisions and beverage centers.

Black Accents  Matte black, to be exact. There really is nothing more classy and timeless than black and it does an excellent job balancing out otherwise retro style. Fall in love with this trend with accessories such as light fixtures, robe hooks, towel bars, shower door hinges and faucets like this:


Moen Align 2-Handle High Arc Bathroom Faucet, Matte Black

Moen Align 2-Handle High Arc Bathroom Faucet, Courtesy: Houzz

Comfort  This trend reminds us that a bathroom shouldn’t just look good; it really needs to function well. Look for it in comfort height toilets, side mounted faucets, and floating vanities with logically customizable heights.

Bold Lighting  Have fun with this trend by bringing in unique sconces, ornate chandeliers, funky pendants…even table lamps. I like to add wall-mounted lights on either side of a vanity like this for maximum task lighting and minimum shadows:

Brass Wall Sconce, Courtesy: MODCREATIONStudio, Etsy

Warmth – This trend spans from the warmth of wood tones to actual ventless fire features. Additional ways to bring the heat are warming drawers, radiant flooring and heated towel bars. Talk about bringing the luxury. 

Statement Mirrors – This is such a fun trend and really a great way to elevate a room’s style without breaking the bank. This arched wall mirror is definitely one of my favorites these days:

Evelyn Arched Oversized Wall Mirror, Courtesy: Joss and Main

Smart Storage  Riding on the coattails of this year’s styled Open Storage trend is ‘Smart Storage’. Practicality is highlighted by bringing storage floor to ceiling, taking advantage of unused corners and spaces both above and below eye level.

So there you have it. I’d love to hear about which trends are your favorite in the comments below. And if you’d like to get caught up with even more of what’s in style this year, check out Kitchen Design Trends and Interior Design Trends 2018.

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