When it comes to remodeling, bathrooms are a good investment. It will boost the value of your home and a bathroom is a big renovation, which in return will be rewarding when it’s all done. A lot goes into planning a bathroom remodel. First and foremost you have to decide what you envision your new bathroom to look like. Then you have to research a remodeling company that fits your budget. Here is a great way to start planning your bathroom remodel, check out the trends for 2018 below.
Navy Blue Paint Color- Neutral colors are still timeless and will never go out of trend but Navy blue paint is becoming popular with white and silver accents.
Rainfall Shower Heads- It’s exactly how it sounds, relaxation is key. It is one of the most popular trendy accessories to add to your bathroom. Of course, popularity comes with a price tag. This item will run $150-$250 so if that is at the top of your list, make sure to budget it for your project.
Industrial Lighting- Industrial lighting is definitely making a statement in 2018. Soft spa-like lighting once was trendy but now with vintage and rustic coming back, the industrial lighting adds to this trend.
Large Natural Stone Tiles- You would think with all the subway tile on HGTV channel that, that is the new trend for bathrooms nowadays but you’re wrong. Larger stone tile is taking over bathroom trends because of the less maintenance aspect. Natural stone now comes with a 15 years sealer that protects grime build up and therefore homeowners are cleaning a little less. That is definitely right up my alley, I don’t think anyone really likes to clean. The larger tile is more popular because there is less grout to be cleaned but also mixing and matching different size tiles can turn out beautiful if you want to break away from a standard look.
Greenery- Some plants thrive in the bathroom. This is becoming a popular trend adding a nice decorative feature. It is an affordable upgrade that adds warmth to your bathroom. Some plants that do well indoors are Spider plants, Pothos, Bromeliads, Philodendron, Air Plants, and Aloe Plants.
Warm Metal Faucets & Fixtures- Warm metals in this year including brass, bronze, copper and even satin nickel. It adds a softer touch and then pairing these metals with bold colors like dark blue or black really make them pop.
New Bathroom Technology- Technology advances each year and is now in almost every area of the home. The bathroom is definitely no exception. One of the must-haves in 2018 is a digital shower control. This device gives you the right setting for the water temperature every time. The latest models are sleek and are easily disguised in your bathroom’s decor. Some shower control models even come with a feature where you can turn on the shower from your phone. What will they come up with next?
Large Showers- The industry is starting to get away with the standard shower and tub master suites. Even though having a tub in the house is a good resale value for families with children, we are starting to see tubs less and less in the master suite and instead large spa shower are replacing them. One idea I saw that was interesting if you want to keep your tub in the master suite is having the tub enclosed with the shower. It keeps the tub from being bulky and taking over the room.
Popular Trends From the Past That Aren’t Popular Anymore
Tranquil colors and white bathrooms were at the top of the list last year but now it’s changing to deep, bold colors. Another item that is out is medicine cabinets. I love medicine cabinets so I found that you can buy ones now that flush with the wall and just look like a giant mirror so if you still love them you can look into those and still be up to date with the trends. Some other trends that are dying out this year are subway tile backsplash, granite counters, chrome faucets & fixtures, oversized bathtubs and floral patterns.
Interesting Storage Ideas
Shower Niches- These are very popular in bathroom remodels. A place to put your shampoos, conditioners, and soaps. Ones that wrap around a corner add a little more depth and space to keep extra stuff in.
Hidden Cabinets- The trend now is to maximize space and bathrooms need it the most since they usually are tight anyway. Homeowners are finding innovative ways to hide storage instead of hiding their belongings in storage. One clever way is building pull-out cabinets in the walls, nooks, and crannies.
Here Are Some Trends To Avoid
- Oversized Tubs: Big bathtubs are going out of style like there is no tomorrow. Tubs, in general, are becoming less used as it is with the exception of families starting out and needing it for children. As long as there is one tub in the household usually the other bathroom tends to have an extra large walk-in shower instead. This adds luxury to a master bathroom giving the homeowner more space and still giving relaxation to a fast-paced lifestyle. They are also quite expensive too, you are better off investing in a quality water saving shower.
- White-On-White: Light colors might make the bathroom seem larger but a bathroom that is completely white might not be a seller for another buyer if you plan on selling. Not everyone is up to the task of keeping white tile and flooring clean. After a while, if it isn’t cleaned constantly the wear of the bathroom may show up faster also. Instead, go with a varied color palette using other neutrals like grays or beige and bring a pop of color with accents. This will be very complimentary and catch eyes of future buyers quickly.
- Tacky Colors: Make sure to choose color accents that are more common. Choosing shades like mustard, salmon or avocado can be a turn-off. Keep your color scheme tame by using a mix of three timeless, muted colors in a 70/20/10 distribution. Use the lightest color for 70% of the room; the second lightest for 20%; and accent the room with the boldest for 10%. A grayed white, pale teal and charcoal gray are one of the most popular mixes of color for 2018.
- Subway Tile & Nickel Finishes: Subway tile and trendy metallic finishes, like nickel and chrome, are fading in popularity. Go figure that modern looking brushed gold is making a come back. Black finishes are also becoming quite popular. Large format tiles and geometric tiles are also safe to go with especially in a large bathroom. Plus the natural stones now have a product that seals the tile for 15 years to keep cleaning to a minimal.
- Open Master Concept: Open floor plans are very popular in the main living area but when you create that in the master suite it tends to turn off some people when you go to resell it. It isn’t very appealing to be sitting in bed and see your spouse sitting on the toilet. Be sure to think about the design layout when you are updating your bathroom.
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