The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home. While you want it to obviously be functional and practical, you still want it to look good, right? If you’re looking for some design ideas, we’ve compiled five popular bathroom design trends prevalent in 2016. While you don’t have to buy into the latest trends, we hope that you can get some ideas for what you’d like to integrate into your bathroom when the time comes to remodel.
Brass and Other Metal Finishes for Faucets and Fixtures
In 2015, brass faucets and other bathroom fixtures saw a good rise in popularity. However, in 2016, metals are being taken to a whole new level. Sophie Seeger of Seeger by Design says that “Metals offer glamor and contrast beautifully with natural materials.” ImproveNet suggests that oil-rubbed bronze and brushed nickel are two of the trendiest metals for updating your bathroom hardware for a minimal cost. Other metals gaining in popularity for the bathroom include gold, silver, platinum, and stainless steel.
Besides metals, stone and wood are becoming more prevalent in today’s bathroom remodels. Natural stone isn’t just being used for vanity countertops, but for walls and floors, as well. People are opting more for ceramics or polished stone sinks than traditional porcelain. The natural materials also give excellent visual contrast to the metals used in fixtures and other accessories.
Raised Panel Cabinetry
Like with the kitchen, cabinetry is the primary design element in the bathroom, as well as the greatest part of the remodeling budget. In particular, raised panel doors have been becoming very popular among homeowners. Wood finish is also very popular, for an upscale look that continues the trend towards using more natural materials.
Dramatic Colors and Focal Points
Black and gold have been making their way into bathrooms as a trendy color combination in 2016. Black tile, dramatic lighting and stark contrasts are a major interior design trend this year. This is definitely against the more traditional beiges and whites typically seen in many bathrooms. Even though beige, white, and even grey walls are still in, contrasts are still important, especially as making visual focal points in the bathroom
Fashion is Important, But Functionality Comes First
Although fashion is important in the bathroom, the practicality of the space is the primary focus for today’s homeowners. For those that don’t want to go overboard on the design, much like the modern trends in the kitchen, streamlined designs are gaining in popularity. You can still use the dramatic colors and contrasting materials in the space, but storage is extremely important. It’s becoming more important to keep unnecessary or nonfunctional items out of sight. Sophie Seeger says this helps the bathroom be a “room of quiet contemplation.”
The best part about many of these trends is that they can be done on a relatively small budget. You don’t have to break the bank to get trendy looks. Also, natural materials and classic metal finishes will still be relevant for many years to come.