8 Bathroom Decor Trends

grey slate tiles

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Trends for home decor don't change too quickly, so you can keep them going for a few years without fear of being ​terribly outdated. 

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? Here are a few ideas. 

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    Monochrome Style

    Monochrome style bathroom
    Anna Stathaki

    If you don't like dealing with color schemes, you're in luck: 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.

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    More Storage

    Bathroom with many storage cabinets
    Eliot Cohen

    Bathrooms with minimal storage are out; practicality is back in. But terribly 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. 

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    Bamboo Flooring

    Bamboo flooring in a bathroom
    Diane Padys

    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 are featuring bamboo flooring and furniture, as in this modern master space by Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects

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    Stone Vessel Sinks

    Stone vessel sink in a bathroom
    Bill Fry Construction

    Vessel sinks have been making their way to the top of the trends list for years. 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.

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    Escaping to the Spa

    A spa-themed bathroom
    EMR Photography

    In an 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.

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    Showers With Metal Frames

    A shower with metal frames in a bathroom
    Janus Custom Building Products

    Although we've seen this trend growing in the past few years, it seems like metal frames are 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. 

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    Affordable and Practical Ceramics

    Ceramic tiles in a bathroom
    Gabor + Allen

    Thanks to 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 tiles if you can get the same look (and a much easier maintenance regimen) for a fraction of the cost.

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    High-Tech Accessories

    A bathroom with a colorful electric light fixture
    James F. Wilson

    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 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 well-thought-out mood lighting that can be programmed with different patterns.​