01 of 09
Trends On Their Way Up
When a new year comes, it's always a great time to look out for new decor trends too. And thankfully, trends for home decor don't change so fast that you can keep them going for a few years without fear of being cliché or passé.
You can also change small things, like the shower curtain or smaller decor elements, to keep a neutral bathroom trendy and fresh.
Looking for a way to refresh your bathroom look for the new year? Here are a few ideas.Continue to 2 of 9 below.
02 of 09
If you don't like dealing with color schemes, 2018 is your chance: monochrome bathrooms are back in style. Monochrome is easy: choose one color and decorate with different shades of it. Usually, all you need is a single color strip from your favorite paint company.
This clean, minimalist bathroom by House of Sylphina features mostly white tile (note the different textures and patterns!) and a little gold to bring some shine.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
03 of 09
Bathrooms with minimal storage are out; practicality is back in. But storage doesn't have to mean ugly: there are many beautiful ways to add storage space to your bathroom, without getting in the way of your decor style.
This bathroom, photographed by Eliot Cohen of Zeitgeist Photography, shows how beautiful AND practical well thought-out storage can be. Focus on unused corners, heights, and areas below eye level. Even in the smallest bathrooms, there's more space than you think!Continue to 4 of 9 below.
04 of 09
Did you know that certain kinds of bamboo can grow several inches every day? This quick growth, coupled with a low need for water and great durability, makes bamboo the renewable, green material of the future.
No wonder then that more and more bathrooms in 2018 will feature bamboo flooring and furniture, as in this modern master space by Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Stone Vessel Sinks
Vessel sinks have been making their way to the top of the trends list for years, but for 2018, one thing is clear: hand-carved stone sinks are this year's must-have. Hand-carved stone has a beautiful organic touch, and it can also be beautifully unpredictable.
This bathroom by Bill Fry Construction features a stone block carved by hand into a vessel sink. Note how the outside and the inside look different, which expands the decor possibilities.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
06 of 09
Escaping To the Spa
In a age when we are busier than ever, a spa-like haven of relaxation is a necessity. This is why you will see plenty of spa-like, escapist bathrooms with muted lighting, deep soaking tubs, and lots of soft textures.
Don't forget a little greenery and even smooth river stones! This bathroom by Ashley Campbell Interior Design is an inspiring example of what you can do with the spa style.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
07 of 09
Showers With Metal Frames
Designers expect 2018 to be the year when metal-framed showers really take over. Although we've seen this trend growing in the past few years, now is the time when we'll see this popping up in every trendy bathroom.
Metal frames make showers look window-like, with a touch of rustic and/or industrial feel to them. This shower by Janus Custom Building Products, via Houzz, is a great example.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
08 of 09
Affordable And Practical Ceramics
Thanks to wonderful developments in design technology, ceramic tile can be made to look like almost anything else, while still remaining affordable. Slate, marble, granite, even wood grain: ceramic can now take the place of your favorite luxury materials, without the luxury cost.
For example, this contemporary bathroom by Gabor + Allen uses a chevron installation style with a dark grey ceramic tile that looks like slate or dark granite. There's no need to spend thousands of dollars on... fancy tile if you can get the same look (and a much easier maintenance regimen) for a fraction of the cost.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
High Tech Accessories
The bathroom may be the last bastion of analog living, but not for very long. More and more high tech gadgets are making their way into the bathroom. Most noticeable this year is the increased use of digital temperature settings: set your shower at your preferred temperature, and get a steady flow of water that won't cool down or heat up unexpectedly.
Cool light effects are also making their way into bathroom spaces; this bathroom by Phil Kean Design, for example, has shifting mood lighting... that can be programmed with different patterns.