For most people, the bathroom has become a personal sanctuary. It is not
just a place to wash off the grit. It is your personal spa, where you
relieve the stress of the day and relax. So, when you are renovating your bathroom, you are not just creating
a practical bathing space; you are creating a place when you can get away and
be yourself. Every aspect and component has to come together towards this goal
while also meeting the practical needs of bathing.
If you are building a new home or planning a renovation, the
following list of the hottest upcoming bathroom design trends in 2018 should
get your creativity going. It includes some really cool bathroom designs for
2018 that you can borrow and adapt for your specific needs.
1. The Bathroom is Getting Efficiently Small
For many homeowners, their dream bathroom is inspired by those luxury
magazine pictures with enormous double tubs, his & her cabinets, and
expansive marble flooring. But in recent times, some have discovered that
smaller bathrooms can be just as great. The 2018 bathroom interior design trend
will be towards smaller bathrooms with a focus on efficiency and small-scale
The secret to making small bathrooms comfortable, and not cramped, is the
efficient use of available real estate. Every inch must be put to good use. You
will see freestanding single-person tubs starting to get more popular. Smaller
but artfully designed toilets and smaller uniquely designed sink bowls will
also begin to make a presence in the bathroom.
Other companions to scaled-down bathrooms include space-saving walk-in
showers, more shelving instead of cabinets and large floating vanities to
increase the perception of space. As with large bathrooms, small bathrooms can
also be decked out in wall patterns or interesting floor graphics especially
those that make the room feel bigger.
If you are short of space in your home, you do not have to miss out on
the magazine bathroom–you can still renovate your small bathroom into a relaxing
2. Toilets Go High-Tech
For years, Japan has been the undisputed leader in high-tech toilets with
other countries seemingly okay with retaining the same mechanism for decades.
But homeowners are starting to get interested in a bit of tech in their
The 2018 high-tech toilet will see things like seat warmers, automatic
lid openers and slow close features, an adjustable air dryer,
built-in deodorizers and so on. Another feature available, that I bet you
never thought of; is a wireless music player that automatically turns on
when the lid is opened. It shuts off when the lid is put back down. The
jazz and nature tunes are a good alternative for those who do not carry books
(or phones) into the bathroom.
It is not just the toilet that is going high-tech. The entire bathroom
will see a few innovations in 2018. You can have a smart shower that
automatically knows your preferred temperature and turns on your favorite tunes
during shower time. Or you can add a small fridge within your bathroom
cabinetry to keep medicine and drinks cool. There are also faucets that turn on
automatically when you put your hands under them and turn off when you are
done. Take a look at our design portfolio for remodeling ideas.
3. Brass & Gold Tone Fixtures are Making a Comeback
Erase the memories of your Grandparent’s bathroom brass faucet,
because this lovely new warm toned gold plumbing fixtures will become your new
go to. This new tone twist is the perfect complement to the cooler gray
paint colors that have become extremely popular in recent years.
The warm gold tone add just the right amount of depth, dimension, and luxury
feel to any space.
Homeowners love the change to warmer accents with the brass/gold
toned bathroom fixtures versus the traditional shiny polished chrome
which conveys a more cool, modern, and sleek feel. Offered in new
finish options like in satin, matte, and spun gold this subtle change is just
what was needed to add that classic traditional element to any space.
With the added bonus of keeping fingerprints and water spots hidden.
This warmer tone has become the accent pieces of a room,
with complimenting hardware, light fixtures, and mirrors as well.
Look around and you will find more gold tone items than you think.
The reason for the comeback–it just looks great in so many different
4. Vanity Lighting
The bathroom vanity area usually consists of a cabinet, countertop, faucet, and hardware..
Secondary, we think of the mirrors and lighting. But these two items are
just as important to the function of the bathroom. Using lighting
strategically can make a world of difference, so not only the bathroom shines
brightly, but so do you. Not only in style but function as well.
The 2018 bathroom design trends lend ones focus on lighting schemes.
To highlight this mostly functional space, homeowners are using creative
lighting techniques, fixtures, and dimmers to create a luxury and relaxing
There are many lighting styles you can use for the vanity area including
light bars and wall sconces, but don’t forget about using small pendants as
well. They can be an stunning addition. For larger bathrooms, it’s not
uncommon to see a chandelier near the whirpool tub or centered in the space for
just the right amount of glamour.
The various lighting options not only helps with makeup application, it
creates better bathroom aesthetics.
5. Underfloor Heating Systems and Under Counter Appliances
If you bought a pair of slippers just to escape the cold sensation
on the bottom of your feet while walking across your bathroom floor;
then it might be a good investment for you to consider adding a heating system
under your floor. When the temperatures outside are dropping–your wish
could become a reality. Underfloor heating can be used with a variety of
flooring options like: tile, concrete, vinyl, and wood to name a few.
But in a bathroom, the cold tile can transform into a beautiful
soothing warm floor. Heating systems not only provide heat, but they can
also reduce noise levels and possible allergic reactions since there are no air
currents disturbing dust.
More and more technology is being included in bathrooms, which means
more small appliances are being integrated. For instance, some luxury
bathroom designs now feature a beverage center or under counter refrigerators
near the makeup area or vanity for your medicines or organic facial remedies.
Or you may find some home bathroom designs featuring warming drawers for
linens & robes. Aside from the traditional dryers in the makeup area, you
can also have wireless music systems, TV’s, cooling or warming systems, and so
The bathroom used to be the place where electric appliances were a no-no.
Now, it can rival the kitchen in the number of gadgets and the amount of
tech in it. This trend will continue in 2018, especially in master
6. People Still Love Neutral Styles But With Organic Undertones
Neutral decors are super popular right now. We even have a buzz word for
it: Griege. Homeowners love the whites, grey and warm brown color palette
that make a space look modern and elegant. In 2018, neutral bathrooms will
still be very much in vogue but with a bit of an organic infusion.
There is a certain unwavering appeal to the natural and organic for our
well being. This is why we are drawn to things like aged flooring, weathered
tiles, and vintage plumbing fixtures. Homeowners are looking to create
some of that natural feel to make the bathroom more relaxing.
The new neutral will have to make way for some organic colors of
nature–greens, blues, and warm browns. Expect to see more attempts to bring the
outdoors indoors through plants, flowers, and even grass. As for
materials–brick, reclaimed wood, and natural stone will find more uses in the
There are plenty of creative ways to combine a neutral style with a
relaxing organic accent. You can have your wall covered in a leaf tile mosaic,
and/or nature inspired wallpaper design, or leave the brick exposed on one
wall, or create emphasis with wood accent pieces, or add a skylight to let the
sun stream directly inside and bath you in light. There are endless organic
bathroom design ideas you can borrow from to create your dream bathroom.
7. Darker Tones Will Pick Up… Though it’s Not Their Time Quite Yet
There is a surprising parallel in kitchen and bathroom design trends for
2018. In the kitchen, darker color palate’s are starting to pick up especially
on appliances and cabinetry. In the bathroom, the same thing is happening.
In a space known so long for its neutral whites and light wood stain
colors, it is a bit surprising to see dark shades starting to pick up pace.
This includes dark tile flooring, grey painted elegant cabinets, matte black
plumbing fixtures and cabinet hardware and even dark painted accent walls.
Many homeowners are hesitant to introduce darker colors into their
personal spas oasis and it is understandable. It is a color that can prove
tricky to balance. If used wrongly, it can create a feeling of gloom or result
in a painfully awkward contrast. Though the trend is slow, darker tones will
continue to get popular as homeowners get more comfortable with it.
8. Unique Tile Shapes
We have already seen how technology is allowing manufacturers to create
all sorts of designs using basic tiles, but now they are going beyond the
colors and graphics to change the traditional tile shape into something more
We are seeing a resurgence of the once beloved tiles of decades past,
plus a few new designs. No longer are we content with just a subway tile or a
large format tile on the wall. We have lots of tile shapes to choose from
once again. So, look for new and improved hexagon, arabesque, diamond,
Moroccan fish scales, or chevron patterns in new colors & textures.
These eye-catching shapes will not just grace the floor either; they will also
be used as bathroom backsplashes, on shower walls, and possibly ceiling accents
to create the bold accents we so desire.
If you are looking for a safe way of livening up your bathroom, this is
one of the best trends to try out in 2018.
9. Bold Accent Walls &
In the modern neutral bathroom, an accent wall is the sparkle that sets
the space on fire. It is the defining statement of personal style and
character. It is the focal point that greatly determines the mood and look of
If you want to create a gorgeous impact on the floor, then I would look
at adding ceramic or porcelain graphic tiles to the space. With bold
patterns and colors, it is a cost-effective way to make any space a show
stopper. But remember, it’s just not for the floor!
Maybe you like things to be a little more subtle and natural. Then
consider natural stone in a textured and/or stacked pattern to highlight the
shower or an area behind the vanity. Or look at the point above. Shaped
tiles, in subtle colors make just the perfect accent piece as well. Plus,
you can put them just about anywhere in a bathroom.
So, look for a dramatic accent wall to get even bigger in 2018 as
homeowners look unique accents to incorporate into a bathroom remodel or design
project. With all this talk of tile, don’t forget something as simple as a new
coat of paint can have the same effect. If you are feeling a bit creative, why
not flirt with the idea of a graphic drawn on the full wall or hang a large
painting that covers the entire wall.
One common thread has been evident in all home design trends for 2018;
homeowners are looking for ways to break from the mold and be unique in their
styling. In the bathroom, they are relying on tech, tiles and bold
accents to make their bath time more interesting.