5 Top Bathroom Design Trends for 2018

Whether you’re plotting a bathroom renovation—or simply dreaming of one for when you win the lottery, it’s fun to stay au courant on what’s au courant. From decor to hardware, here are the latest bathroom design power players.

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Cabinetry: Floating Vanities

Aka vanities that seemingly levitate above the ground. Why we love ’em? They free up tons of visual floor space, making even tiny washrooms feel airy and light. A longtime mainstay in modern design schemes, they're now infiltrating farmhouse, traditional and mid-century settings. We mean, how dreamy is Elizabeth Roberts's floating vanity situation above?

Tile: Colorful Classics

’Tis the year of bold, juicy color across home design, friends. In the bathroom, we're loving the return of classic (and cost-friendly!) tiles in dimensional tones. Our faves? Old-school penny tiles in sherbet hues, as well as elongated subway tiles—like Jen Pinkston's gorgeous teal master bath above. 

wall mount silver sink
Studio McGee/Kate Osborne Photography

Plumbing: Wallmount Faucets

See ya, under-the-sink mounts. A wall-mounted choice reads modern, clean and custom. We’re particularly obsessed with the shiplap meets silver tap pairing in this space by Studio McGee. 

bathroom pendant light blue tile
House of Jade/Lindsey Salazar

Lighting: Pendants

When we think “bathroom lighting,” we typically think ceiling-flush overheads and sconces. But recently, we’ve been noticing an increase in pendant lights, whether flanking either side of a sink or as a focal point directly above it. Check out this chic powder room setup by House of Jade Interiors.

wet room shower stall
The Designory

Layout: Open Showers

Whether partitioned by a glass half wall or footloose and fancy free, integrated showers are the chicest way to make your bathroom feel like a spa. The real keys to making this high-end layout work? 1) Tiling every last surface and 2) installing a big guns drain—like in this moody, modern stunner by The Designory.


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From 2014-2019 Grace Beuley Hunt held the role of Home Editor covering interior design, styling, trends and more.