Transitional style is especially popular, as it mixes the rich character of elements such as paneled cabinet doors and traditional lights with elegantly simple finishes such as stone slabs and subway tiles. It’s the perfect choice for those who refuse to stick to just one style period.
Wood vanities. More and more designers and homeowners are opting for wooden furniture-style vanities (those that look like freestanding furniture pieces). These vanities take a crisp, clean bathroom and give it a welcoming touch, especially in a mid- to light-tone stain that shows plenty of the wood’s natural character.
Engineered quartz countertops. Love the look of marble but don’t want to commit to a porous material in the bathroom? Just as in kitchens, the big trend for bathroom counters is quartz, a manufactured, natural-material-based surface that can mimic the appearance of other stones (or sleek solid surfaces) while being durable and highly stain resistant.
Shades of gray. Expect to see many bathrooms in the coming years skipping brighter colors and instead focusing on shades of gray, with fresh white and hints of black all coming together to achieve a peaceful, mature palette. These tones work well with dashes of wood and other natural materials, or on their own to create a monochromatic masterpiece.
Mixing shades of gray is an easy way to add interest to a space while keeping it looking airy. For example, you might use a darker shade for a cabinet and a paler tone for the walls. For those who don’t like stark white walls, a soft gray is an excellent choice that still allows a room to look a little bigger.
Porcelain and stone floor tiles. What could be a better anchor to a minimalist color palette than a dark gray floor tile. While there are many wild and wonderful tiles to choose from, a huge trend is to use classic porcelain in a simple shape, especially in a charcoal shade to give the room a weighty look.
In second place to porcelain floors is stone, which can create a similarly weighty and mature feel but with a greater sense of texture and luxury.
The floor is a great place to include a controlled dose of stone if you don’t want to use too much. The floor surface in a bathroom is often smaller than many of the walls, so it makes an impact without overwhelming.
Nickel faucets. While the trend of warm brass in bathrooms is certainly not over, the most popular choice for faucets looks to be warm nickel and classic polished chrome.
Brushed nickel especially is a safe-bet choice that has a hint of warmth, minimizes water spotting and goes with virtually any other palette of materials and finishes. It can even be mixed with brass, bronze or black accents if you want to try out other finishes in more changeable elements but keep the fixtures trend-proof.
Undermount sinks. It wasn’t that long ago that vessel sinks were the big bathroom must-have, and while there are still many beautiful options, designers are now overwhelmingly choosing a simple white undermount porcelain sink.
Plus, an undermount sink is easy to keep clean and doesn’t eat up counter space.
Freestanding tubs. Perhaps the years-long popularity of the walk-in shower have left people craving a relaxing soak in a tub, or maybe people just love the sculptural shapes, but either way, freestanding tubs are definitely having a new day.
It’s important to note that freestanding tubs aren’t just for impossibly vast bathrooms, nor do they have to be the thin claw-foot style of decades ago.
Choose a well-made freestanding tub that retains heat and makes a statement in your bathroom.
LED lighting. Lighting is always essential to the design of a space, and that’s especially true in a bathroom where brightness is very important for virtually every task. LED lights, with their ability to create bright, glowing light that seemingly emanates from the walls, are a huge trend not just for their looks, but also for their sustainability. These lights use less energy and last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, and the crisp light gives a fresh, clean look. It’s a win-win.
Integrated technology. Lighting isn’t the only part of the bathroom racing toward the future. Technology integration has gone from being only for the hardcore tech-heads to being a part of many homes, with a variety of benefits. For example, smart controls outside the shower allow you to press a button and turn on the water to a preset temperature. Ironically, that might just give you a reason to put down your phone for a while longer and linger in perfect comfort.