The New Bathroom: 5 Top Trends

The New Bathroom: 5 Top Trends

Dabney Frake
Jan 24, 2014

People spend more and more time in their bathrooms these days, and are thinking more and more about their design. As a result, the look of these rooms is changing. If you're thinking of renovating or building a house (or just like the eye candy!), here are five of the top trends for modern baths.

Looking Less Like Bathrooms
People spend more and more time in their bathrooms and want a decorated space that reflects the rest of the home. Today's bathrooms are more individualized, where art, decor, and even furniture are the focus instead of fixtures..

  1. Vogue featured this Brooklyn home with spa-like bathroom, complete with furniture for hanging out.
  2. Anna Donohue Interiors designed this awesomely patterned bathroom for the Boston Junior League Design House Show.
  3. You have to look twice to see that this space, from Lonny, is actually a bathroom.
  4. The Milan apartment of Kartell CEO Claudio Luti reads more eclectic salon than bathroom, as seen in Casa Vogue Brazil.
  5. A chandelier and plants add atmosphere this bathroom in Anne & Leo's Cozy Cosmopolitan Loft House Tour.
White and Wood
Hardwood floors (or walls) provide the warmth, but the white is all clean and modern. And what happy bedfellows these two make.
  1. Rounded white sinks against the linear wood wall makes for a nice contrast in this bathroom from Lonny.
  2. A little swath of wood in this Williamsburg bathroom from Trendland adds just enough texture to the otherwise white shower area.
  3. More white and wood in this modern, yet cottage-y, bathroom from Bestor Architecture.
  4. Altereco Design shows that even inexpensive plywood can warm up the white.
  5. The wood floors ground the otherwise bright bath nook in this Santa Monica beach house from Evens Architects.

Patterned Cement Tile Floors
Some of today’s splurges come in the form of handmade cement or encaustic tiles, often based on old world techniques and styles. These graphic floors pattern otherwise simple rooms, and make them feel handmade and special.

  1. Recycled Spanish tiles make up the floor in this gorgeous Australian home by Etica Studio via House Nerd.
  2. Graphic black and white tiles stand out in Misha & Nick's First Passive House in Texas.
  3. Brightly colored tiles from the Cement Tile Shop.
  4. Whiting Architects designed this striking black and white bathroom in Melbourne, Australia.
  5. The Country Living House of the Year, designed by Emily Henderson, features blue geometric tiles from Granada Tile.

Vintage Styling
You’d think that the bathrooms of 2014 would be modern marvels and high tech wonders. Instead, a lot of today’s baths look more like throwbacks to the past. People are either restoring what's there, or recreating the look with standard black and white, hints of brass, and classic materials like subway tiles and marble.

  1. A black tub and what looks like original hardwood flooring reinforce the old school look of this bath from Domino.
  2. Mandy Milk, of House and Home, redid her bath using an old school claw foot tub and marble subway tiles.
  3. Aaron Hajman’s Casa Zinc, seen on Trendland, is filled with repurposed materials and beautiful, but unfussy features.
  4. This renovated bathroom, from 47 Park Avenue, mixes the new with antiques and unexpected finds.
  5. House Beautiful named this retro industrial bathroom one of its favorites of 2013.

Frameless Showers
Move over shower curtains and traditional shower doors: frameless showers are taking over. Once only for the most modern and high end of bathrooms, these sleek features are increasingly commonplace in remodeled masters, no matter what the style or decor.

  1. This beautiful and elegant shower was designed by Mark Williams.
  2. Frameless shower doors pair just fine with inexpensive white tile as well. From Dwell.
  3. Russell Piccione paired classic Delft style tiles with a modern frameless shower. The clean looking doors are a nice contrast to the busy wall.
  4. Nico and Michelle put frameless in their contemporary condo.
  5. Meg & Steve's Urban Nest bathroom reads pure serenity, with next to no visual distraction.
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