Renovating your bathroom is a major task. Whether you are going for a traditional or modern look, make sure none of the elements feel out of place. When it comes to interior design, there are certain rules, or at least guidelines. (Rules are made to be broken after all.) Keeping yourself up to date on the latest bathroom design trends is a good idea, but some trends are timeless. Striking the perfect balance between trendy and timeless is the secret to the appeal of your bathroom. And this goes beyond just applying some attractive vanity ideas. Of course, it all sounds straightforward until you actually go through all the options and compare the different colour combinations, features and styles. To save you the trouble, read our complete guide instead.
Trendy Yet Timeless Bathroom Trends
1. Seamless Design
One of the most popular bathroom trends is the seamless design that produces a high-end appearance and feel. To achieve this, every architectural detail counts. One of the best ways to do this is to use trim with each moulding element. In this way every joint and reveal becomes seamless. Installing a large, seamless, neutral-coloured shower is a great way to integrate the shower space into the rest of your bathroom.
2. Smart Storage
This is not just for the aesthetic appeal of your bathroom; it accentuates functionality as well. A custom built-in storage and shelving unit helps maximize your bathroom space. This is where rounded, compact vanities come into the picture since their design is perfect for small spaces. A modern vanity can also ensure that all the other fixtures and furnishings fit perfectly into your bathroom space. For more leg space, opt for floating vanities.
3. Classic White Palette
White never goes out of style. Although we understand how tempting it is to incorporate trendy colours, they can soon go out of fashion. If you are planning a long-term renovation, especially with the intention of selling your property in the future, choosing colours based on trends can be risky.
White can be used in various places in your bathroom to enhance the design scheme.
- White Cabinets
Looking for the perfect design scheme to function as a neutral backdrop for your other bathroom colours? Getting white cabinets is an inexpensive way to achieve that. It also makes your bathroom appear more spacious.
- White Tiles
Installing white subway tiles is a classic interior design move when it comes to your bathroom. This traditional decorative element is applicable to bathrooms of any size.
- Black & White Colour Scheme
A slight deviation from all white, black & white is the most timeless pattern. The contrast between black and white makes any dull interior interesting. The best part? You can use any accent colour to match this colour scheme.
- Simple Doors
Simple white doors give your bathroom a classic look that you can spruce up with glass knobs, metallic handles and other stylish hardware pieces.
4. Neutral Tiles
Removing tiles is no big deal when you remodel. However, to do it you may need to also remove fixtures such as toilets and showerheads. The patterned ones, though, no matter how beautiful, will outdate someday. Stripping your floor and walls of tiles may not seem like a big task but moving (and dusting) your bathroom fixtures is. Therefore, choose neutral tiles. These will not be hugely attractive but go with any colour scheme.
5. Tub As a Focal Point
A popular choice is to use a freestanding tub as a focal point. Not only does it add a feeling of luxury to the space but the fixture will never go out of style. Simply use an oversized shower with a linear shower drain and a tub inside the shower for a seamless appearance. You can achieve a lot with this simple technique, in terms of space and style, without burning a hole in your pocket.
6. Bold Paint
Unlike fixtures, walls, shower and tiles, paint is easy to replace. You can, therefore, experiment without worries. Go bold with wall and vanity paints. If after a while it feels monotonous, simply repaint.
7. Natural Stone
Implementing some type of natural stone, such as granite, into your bathroom space instantly increases the quality of your interiors. This material retains its elegant appearance for years to come. If it seems beyond your budget, you can simply apply some natural stone in a smaller area of the space, such as the shower. Light-coloured granite works best with showers. The best thing about granite is that acid, ammonia and alcohol will not damage it, and it requires very little maintenance compared to marble or other natural stones. It also comes in a variety of colours and textures, and though expensive, is unparalleled in making your bathroom interior luxurious.
8. A Single Material Room
Utilizing a single material throughout the bathroom can prove to be immensely impactful. The idea is to use a single material for everything, from floor to ceiling, including the walls. Plaster and concrete are common material choices. If you feel like experimenting, consider using graphic patterns to display unexpected visuals to add some distinct character to your bathroom.
Lighting is of utmost importance, as it brings all the elements of the bathroom together. Proper lighting can do wonders to change its energy and feel. LEDs have been the latest lighting trend for quite some time due to their calming bright glow and environmental sustainability. Compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, this modern innovation may prove to be more useful in the long run than other lighting schemes.
Last but not least, let’s not forget one of the standard bathroom must-haves –mirrors. Since most bathroom designs consist of continuous straight lines, you can easily use statement or accent mirrors to make a style statement.
Remember, these are only guidelines; nothing is to be taken too seriously. There are many other ways to accentuate your bathroom interiors so break a few rules if you like. Or consult a interior designing expert before plunging into your bathroom makeover.