Your master bathroom is your oasis. This is where you go at the end of a long day to wash off the stress, practice self-care, or prepare for the day ahead. The bathroom is more than just a room in the house; it is a haven for relaxation, reflection and continuous well-being.
Not only that, but your bathroom is where you literally and figuratively expose your authentic self, so your interior design should be a reflection of what that means to you.
Recent events have left many of us feeling anxious and exhausted. As a result, current remodeling trends rely heavily on comfort and relaxation. Spa-like bathrooms with quality amenities and eco-friendly textiles are the world of the world right now and there are many exciting options to consider.
Explore design styles
In recent years, we’ve seen an explosion of stark and minimalist bathroom design trends. Many homeowners love this look for its clean, sleek, and durable aesthetic. Of course, you can’t go wrong with the classics: Black and white are bathroom color staples that have persisted in one form or another over the decades. There is also an increase in Scandinavian-inspired simplicity, a style that reflects an affinity for warmth, depth and the beauty of nature.
Ostensibly, the less cluttered your bathroom is, the less cluttered your mind will be — and that is sure to appeal to many modern homeowners.
And while this humble style isn’t going anywhere, we’re also starting to see bathroom design that strays from simplicity.
For some homeowners, it’s all about embracing beautiful things. Forget minimalism: some people just want to appreciate the finer things in life! Therefore, you might see bathroom trends that take a more uncontrolled approach to self-care and relaxation. In many cases, this means style and glamour, with plants in gilded pots dangling leaves over bathtubs, intricate tile work, and a variety of items (think sculptures, freestanding towel rails, and even luxury furnishings) that make the home’s residents happy.
No matter what style you feel most at home in, there are no wrong answers. Indulge your senses, and it will always feel just right.
Quartz has become one of the most popular choices for countertops in recent years. It is loved for its beauty, hardness and stain resistance, making it the perfect choice for the bathroom. Quartz is a crafted natural stone that comes in a veritable rainbow of colors, textures and patterns, so it lends itself to any decor palette. It is dense, non-porous and heat resistant, so it can withstand hairstyling appliances, water splashes, knocks and scratches. In addition, unlike other natural stones such as marble, it requires minimal care to remain fresh and beautiful. Finally, because quartz is an engineered stone, it can be cut to any size or shape, making it perfect for odd-sized bathrooms or custom vanities.
Quartz countertops are an investment, but they are significantly less expensive than natural granite — another popular countertop option. While both are beautiful and durable, quartz is much more versatile and durable. The classic elegance and durability of quartz countertops will serve you for many, many years.
If you are looking for an alternative to stone, concrete is a popular choice in modern design. While not traditionally thought of as something you would see in a luxury bathroom, you might be surprised at its beauty and versatility. Concrete countertops are smooth, sleek and beautiful in their simplicity, and the options for colors and finishes are expanding rapidly. And depending on how you design the rest of your space, they don’t have to look industrial unless you want them to. Concrete is naturally environmentally friendly, very durable and low maintenance. With concrete, cleaning up spills quickly is necessary, but investing in periodically sealing and waxing the countertops to maintain the finish and protect them from staining makes maintenance a breeze. When you invest in concrete countertops, you can be sure to get something unique, elegant, simple and ultimately versatile.
Bathroom floors and tiling
Tiles have been the choice for bathroom floors for centuries. Depending on the function, bathrooms are wet and the floor and walls need a surface that can withstand moisture. That’s why so many homeowners choose tile: both ceramic and porcelain are non-porous and highly durable, making them ideal for a steamy bathroom.
Subway tiles are a perennial favorite for bathroom decor. Today they are so ubiquitous that some feel they are overused, but we tend to think of them as an enduring classic. This neat, brick-like design with a twist is an ideal choice for homeowners who want to be stylish, and there are some great ways to avoid a clichéd look. To brighten up your subway tiles, play with patterns, such as herringbone, or use contrasting grout colors to create a three-dimensional effect.
In 2021, homeowners will forgo tiles with small, dazzling patterns in favor of bold, eye-catching designs. That’s not to say that every bathroom floor or backsplash should be screaming for attention, of course; a single color bathroom with a striking floor tile design can be very effective. Block color tiles, oversized prints and patterns, saturated hues, unique shapes and even colored grout are a great way to boost the style factor of your bathroom without having to do a complete renovation.
Texture also plays a big part in tile selection. From rough, matte surfaces to glossy, hand-painted finishes, there’s a wide variety to choose from. There are even tiles that look like wood, which is a great way to incorporate a “natural” element into your bathroom without worrying about warping and rotting.
Whether you use dazzling tiles as your focus feature or give it a subtle addition to the rest of your design, don’t be afraid to play with tiles in your bathroom. And tiles don’t just have to be relegated to the floor! Visually appealing tiles are also great for a bathroom wall or accent.
Fittings, Fixtures and Finishes
The bathtub will experience a renaissance in 2021. Much more versatile and space-saving than its traditional built-in counterpart, the bathtub is as stylish as it is luxurious and can be used as a statement or accent piece in the bathroom. These freestanding beauties come in a variety of shapes and sizes, making them suitable for almost any space – and the name of the game is a good, deep dip, which is undoubtedly what you’ll get when you sink into one of these lavish soaking tubs.
Homeowners who like a moody and minimalist look will be drawn to the “dark fixture” trend. Black matte fixtures are modern, stylish and visually striking without being flashy. As any fashionista will tell you, black goes with everything, so this trend will suit any palette. And for individuality, brushed black fixtures are a great alternative to the shiny chrome that has been everywhere for decades.
Metallics are incredibly trendy in 2021; copper, brass and gold are having a moment. Silver fixtures, of course, haven’t gone anywhere – you still see them in many a stylish bathroom – but 2021 will give other metallic shades an extraordinary chance to shine. Whether clear and glossy or brushed matte, metal fixtures in your bathroom are a must.
Strange as it may sound, the digital age is coming to a bathroom near you. While you’re probably most focused on the style of your fixtures, keep in mind that you can also upgrade them with smart capabilities. Now it is possible to preset your shower temperature and turn it on at the push of a button. You can also track water usage, heat up your toilet seat, adjust bathroom lighting, and even check your emails and the weather on your smart mirror. Customize your bathroom to create the most relaxing, efficient space possible, and you won’t want to leave.
The most important thing to remember about your bathroom decor is that trends come and go. Classic design, high-quality materials and reliable fixtures will always be in style. And as you consider your budget, weigh it up against the upgrade for your comfort and quality of life. Ultimately, if it makes you feel comfortable and relaxed at home, you couldn’t ask for more.