Bathroom Trends Every Showroom Owner Should Know

How do you separate the passing trends from the lasting ones? It’s about knowing your clients. You can do all the research you want, but in the end you want to offer the products your customers are most likely to buy.

With an average of 10 years between bathroom renovations, most homeowners keep it simple in terms of color, plumbing, tile and accessories.

Below you will find a summary of the top trends of 2018- and the ones your clients' should be avoiding!


  • Water-saving toilets, faucets and showers

  • Better storage for small and large bathrooms alike

  • Vessel sinks

Vessel sinks, made of porcelain, stone or wood, are popular

  • Metal-frame showers

  • Affordable ceramics: get the look of slate or granite without the price tag.

  • Freestanding tubs

Free-standing tubs make a statement

Stylish Options

  • Colorful walls: sultry blues, tropical greens and deep reds are bold choices

  • For a more classic look, go with greys or beige neutrals

  • Wallpaper: for those who don’t want to commit to one color in the time between bathroom updates, there are many easy-apply and peel-and-stick options on the market.

  • Statement window treatments

  • Color-blocked tiling (pic)

  • Mixed tiles- small hexagonal tiles combined with larger tiles is popular

  • Jungle in the bathroom- the right plants thrive in the high-humidity environment and bring a splash of nature and color.

  • Mid-century cabinetry and accessories

  • Upcycled or vintage dressers, hutches and china cabinets altered for bathroom storage. Even if you don’t sell it, it’s a great design feature to suggest.

  • Statement mirrors

  • Pendant lighting

Luxurious Extras

  • Spa-like spaces: it’s not just about a Jacuzzi anymore; many bathrooms are becoming personal spas complete with steam showers, saunas, bamboo flooring and stonework elements.

  • Sensor lighting

  • Light/color therapy in the tub and shower

  • Interesting lighting elements around floors and vanities

  • Smart toilets: sensor-activated, self-cleaning, heated seats and night lights.

  • Digital showers customized to each user’s preferences.

  • High-tech mirrors offer anything and everything: touchscreen with USB ports, speakers, integrated television screens, LED clocks, auto-demisting functions.

  • Waterproof televisions and stereo systems

  • Digital shower dials and digital bathroom thermostats

Fixture and Finish Trends

  • Natural wood finishes

  • Terra cotta

  • Gold, silver and bronze fixtures

  • Industrial-style lighting, cabinets and shelving

  • Monochrome palettes- mixing textures adds visual interest.

Trends to skip

Some trends get old fast and make it harder for homeowners to sell. Persuade your clients to avoid:

  • Multiple jets and shower head options- people are moving towards water-saving faucets and shower heads.

  • Patterns, in paint, tile or wallpaper, on the walls. Patterns are better suited for flooring.

  • Rose, copper, nickel and chrome finishes.

  • Subway tiles

  • Oversized tubs

  • Dated paint colors live avocado, salmon or mustard.

  • All-white bathrooms are trendy but hard to keep clean. This can turn potential buyers off.

all-white bathroom
All-white bathrooms are sleek but are hard to keep clean!

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