8 Bathroom Design Trends of 2021

September 28, 2021

Whether getting ready to go out, go to bed, or just relax, the bathroom is an important room in your home. It needs to be functional, first and foremost. But, it should be comfortable and relaxing too. If you’re not sure what you want, trends can be a great way to figure out what you like and what you don’t like. Here are some of the top bathroom design trends of 2021 to help inspire your bathroom design:

1. Consider a Little Brass

Brass finishes are one of the top bathroom design trends of 2021. Not only does this finish add a little brightness and color to your bathroom, but it can also add a little luxe to the design as well. Brass finishes make great accents as mirror frames, drawer handles and pulls, lighting fixtures, other bathroom fixtures, and more.

2. Think About a Floating Vanity

Wall-mount vanities may traditionally have crisp lines for a more contemporary look, but they are also highly customizable. They are also a popular option for wet room bathrooms. Floating vanities may not have quite as much built-in storage space as freestanding vanities with a storage base, but they certainly don’t lack storage space.

Instead of hiding storage below the vanity, floating vanities leave the space open between the vanity and the floor. Not only does the wall-mounted vanity save space, provide tons of options for customization, and create an interesting look, but it also allows you to use that space between the vanity and floor however you want.

You could add some baskets or shelves for some visible storage that also adds a decorative touch to the bathroom. You could also leave this space clear to allow the bathroom wall options to shine and give you some space for your feet.

3. Make Space for a Soaking Tub

Walk-in showers are great for getting ready quickly, but nothing beats a long, relaxing soak in a bathtub. A deep soaking tub continues to be a top bathroom trend and can be the perfect addition to your master bathroom. It can also help you create a spa-like, relaxing bathroom retreat in your custom home.

Plus, it’s a versatile element to add to your bathroom. All deep soaking tubs take up some space, but they can look pretty much however you want. Whether you prefer art deco, rustic, farmhouse, or another interior design theme, you can get a bathtub that fits right in. Black freestanding tubs are starting to gain popularity with this trend as well.

4. Use Integrated Lighting for a Sleek, Minimalist Look

Although lighting fixtures can add an interesting design element, you don’t necessarily need to have them visible or taking up space. As lighting technology and construction techniques continue to advance, there are a lot of options available for integrating lighting into architecture, whether it’s simple backlighting or something more complex.

Not only does this help create a sleek, minimalist look in your bathroom, but it also allows you to customize where you need light the most without taking up a lot of space. Mirrors with integrated lighting tend to be the most popular option, but you can integrate lighting in other areas as well. You can also pair integrated lighting with dimmers and other options to be able to control what you’re lighting and how bright the lighting is as well.

5. Think About Including Marble or Quartz

Although travertine, limestone, and warmer earthy tones are becoming more popular as bathroom floors, marble is still a top bathroom design trend of 2021. Marbelized wallpaper, especially in small areas or powder rooms, can provide a little luxury, glamour, and interest to the space.

Unusual marble with rich tones and bold designs can add a unique element to your bathroom design. Zebrino, Paonazzo, Arabascato, and more are unique materials that are popping up with this bathroom trend. They can be used on the sink, the shower, and more for a unique and original look.

Also, quartz is a popular choice for bathroom countertops. As one of the most popular kitchen countertop materials, it’s no surprise to see quartz also being popular in bathroom design. For 2021, quartz countertops tend to be lighter, warmer finishes.

6. Opt for Large-Format Wall Tiles

Although smaller tiles are a great choice for creating mosaics or adding an accent to a shower wall, large-format tiles are becoming more popular for bathroom walls. Large-format wall tiles can create an interesting aesthetic and make a big impact with fewer visible grout lines.

These large-format slabs are a popular choice for shower surrounds. They also tend to create a luxurious look when paired with natural materials and materials that look like stone. Plus, fewer grout lines also make these tiles easier to clean and maintain.

7. Use Shapes to Your Advantage

Tile is a popular material for bathrooms and regularly shows up in bathroom design trends. Rectangular subway tile can give your bathroom a polished, sleek, and clean look. But, tile is also a versatile material and you can play around with shapes for a unique and interesting aesthetic.

Obsessed with mermaids? Scalloped tiles can give your bathroom a mermaid makeover or just add a classy modern look. Scallops, hexagons, and more are all tile shapes showing up in this top bathroom trend.

On top of that, you can play with color and glossy finishes as well. Plus, with partially tiled walls and things like wainscoting continuing to gain popularity in bathrooms, you have a lot of options available.

8. Add Technology for Added Convenience

Technological advances mean there are a lot of integrations available for more rooms in your home. The bathroom is no exception to this rule. Vanity mirrors with built-in LED lights can give your bathroom a high-tech look while other elements can provide a high-tech experience.

Smart home technology for your bathroom like faucets and fixtures with motion detectors, automatic temperature control, smart toilets, and more can upgrade your bathroom use. Touchscreens integrated into the mirror can also provide control for lighting, control music, provide information, and more.

Something as simple as heated towel racks can add a high-tech element to your bathroom while also providing something luxurious. Heated flooring is a more permanent and involved feature that continues to gain popularity for its comfort, luxury, and ability to make a cold bathroom warmer.

Getting the look and feel right in your bathroom is one step towards the perfect custom home for you. One or more of these bathroom design trends of 2021 can help you get there and working with the right custom home builder can help you through the rest. If you’re ready to make your dream home a reality, contact Custom Home Group at 717-284-4090!