If our previous article got you thinking about renovating your bathroom, you’re probably looking for some design inspiration to gather ideas for yours. As the popularity of bathroom renovations continues to rise, it’s no surprise the trends are moving towards renovator friendly changes. Sleek and simple design mixed with unique touches can be found in most newly renovated bathrooms this year. Take a look at our favourite bathroom renovation trends for 2018.
1. Unique Mirrors
Say goodbye to traditional shaving cabinets in newly renovated bathrooms in 2018. The trend this year is all about eye-catching and statement-making mirrors. Take this opportunity to experiment and have some fun with the mirrors in your bathroom. We’re seeing circular shaped mirrors as the front-runner of this trend, but uniquely designed and recessed mirrors are also gaining popularity this year.
2. Bold Sconces
Industrial inspired fixtures have been popular for a hot minute, but we’re now seeing the opposite come into popularity. Homeowners are now trending towards polished pieces with unique and sculptural shapes. The bigger the better when it comes to sconces around your vanity. Adding bold scones is also an easy update to make to your bathroom if you’re not ready for a full-blown renovation. Try updating your scones to bring your bathroom into 2018.
3. Mixing Tiles
Most bathrooms will use the same tile, possibly two styles, throughout. In 2018 we’re seeing multiple styles of tile being mixed and matched throughout the same bathroom. Not only are the designs of the tiles different, we’re also seeing much larger tiles being used alongside smaller sizes. The trick to making this trend work? Keeping everything in the same colour palette. Experiment with different sizes of hexagonal tiles along with your traditional subway tile. The end result is a unique look that’s all your own and truly one of a kind.
4. Storage on Display
Similar to the exposed shelving trends we’ve been seeing in kitchens and living rooms, storage on display is now in our bathrooms. While we’re not recommending you take the doors off your cabinets to expose the mess of towels and toiletries, you may want to consider adding in some purposeful shelves to display items. Choose your display pieces wisely. The fastest way to ruin the look of a display shelf is to crowd it with too many items. Keep things organized with nice looking baskets and have fun displaying some nicer items in your bathroom.
5. Smart Bathrooms
Everything else in our homes has become smart, so why not the bathroom as well? 2018 is seeing a rise in the amount of smart bathroom technology available to homeowners. Items like sensor-activated toilets (some with self-cleaning functionality), touchscreen mirrors with speakers, and high tech shower heads with custom settings are at the top of tech fans’ wishlists. If you want your bathroom to feel like it’s from the future, or are just looking for some modern day conveniences, adding smart tech to your bathroom is a good place to start.
6. Multiple Metals
It seems the design world keeps going back and forth on whether brass is in or out. Right now in 2018, it’s in. All shades of gold, brass, and even copper are making appearances in bathroom remodels. While you may think brass and gold are the only metallics you’ll have to consider, think again. The matte black trend we saw last year is still here and is still a very chic option when done right. Some designers are pushing for chrome to be the metal of 2018, but the jury is still out. The good news is that at this point you can really get away with any metallic hardware you want in the bathroom. Plus, the resurgence of brass and gold means that your 1980s fixtures just might be considered cool again.
7. Abstract Wallpaper
Alright, wallpaper in a bathroom isn’t necessarily a groundbreaking new trend. The trend here is what the wallpaper print is. In 2017, bathroom wallpaper was largely dominated by big floral prints and moody blues. This year, the trend in wallpaper is focused on more abstract prints — think brushstrokes and watercolours. This abstract and more artistic approach to wallpaper is what sets it apart from previous years focusing on fun and funky prints. If you’re looking to change up your wallpaper, click here to get in touch with a wallpaper specialist who can do the hard work for you.
8. Naturally Imperfect
2018 is the year to embrace imperfections, especially when it comes to natural elements being used in design. Throughout the home, reclaimed and recycled natural materials like wood and stone are being used for vanities, seating and shelving. Adding these materials to your bathroom is a great way to bring some natural elements into your home in a unique way. Mixing organic with non-organic materials also helps to create balance and unexpected visual interest.
Which of these trends do you think you’ll try incorporating into your bathroom? Let us know in the comments below. When you’re ready to tackle your next project, be sure to click here to quickly and easily be matched with top-rated bathroom renovation specialists in your area.
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