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14 bathroom trends you'll want to try in your home this year

Since many people haven’t had the opportunity to travel until recently, many are instead completing home renovations for the ultimate staycation. Many bathrooms need a refresh or a complete makeover. From space-saving hacks to breathtaking design details, here are the best bathroom trends for 2021 that will turn your bathroom into a total oasis.

1. Country chic

This look combines rustic with modern and some industrial elements if that’s your thing. Think wood and a matte black finish. The angled ladder mirror is also great for this look and allows you to have more storage space for blankets, robes or towels. Think of a land tile as hexagons rather than a pure subway tile.

2. Brass fittings

Brass hardware is so versatile — especially with printed wallpaper or another eccentric detail. Brass is warm yet modern. It’s great for layering with other aspects, tying together busy or seemingly unrelated topics. Consider pairing brass mirror frames, faucets and drawer handles with graphic tiles or bright wallpaper.

3. A pop of color

Neutrals are a surefire way to make your bathroom look classy and expensive, but they can also get a little boring. To make your bathroom more cheerful, consider a pop of papaya, emerald or sunny yellow. It’s crazy how just an inexpensive paint job can liven up a space!

4. Texture, texture, texture

Bathrooms can sometimes feel flat due to the lack of texture. Of course, you can go matte or shimmer, but both are pretty basic. Consider incorporating a wooden, slatted vanity, or wood pieces with a live edge. You can also try different architectural treatments for the wall, such as paneling in a swoon-worthy color.

5. Be eclectic with it

It can be tempting to go all-out in the bathroom, but consider channeling your inner interior designer (and wild side) with an unusual combination of materials you wouldn’t normally think to combine. We’re thinking lavish chandeliers with funky tiles and a corner bath.

6. Statement bath

There’s nothing more luxurious than a sculptural, freestanding tub to draw attention and create a decadent bubble bath. Consider surrounding it with dark and romantic styles for a dynamic look. When buying a tub, look out for unusual colors or shapes to make it stand out and double as a work of art.

7. Floating vanities

Vanities can be bulky, and there’s just something about a floating countertop that adds an elevated, contemporary look to any bathroom. They are clean-lined and space-saving, with endless customization options to suit any style and provide an ethereal look inspired by privacy.

8. Built-in shelf niche

Lack of space in your bathroom? Consider a built-in shelving unit that can hold everything from books to grooming essentials and scented candles you use for the bath. These functional additions are not only practical, but also elegant and simplistic.

9. Get smart

In a world that is gradually being taken over by smart devices, why not make your bathroom smarter? There are mirrors with buttons that can dim, fog, and even change the color of the light from warm to cool or vice versa. You can also opt for handleless smart faucets and smart toilets that are self-cleaning and have touch-free flushing.

10. Natural textures

Using natural materials can bring a sense of calm to a space and create a spa-like atmosphere. Consider sandy-colored backsplashes, natural wood (or wood-paneled ceilings), and bamboo accents. You can even add a few plants in there – eucalyptus will make your shower experience life-changing.

11. Fix it with marble – in different tones

While an all-marble bathroom can be overwhelming, we’ve found the perfect way to transform it into minimalist luxury. Mix and match marbles of different colors – for example, you could have white marble walls and dark marble floors, with a worktop of a different material to break up the aesthetic.

12. Medical cabinets/mirrors with backlight

What is a bathroom without mirrors? Today, the best way to make a bathroom look modern is to integrate it with illuminated mirrors. This feature allows for ambient lighting without the glare or reflection. It can even replace a bedside lamp and act as part of the decor with this glowing effect that makes it look like a floating mirror.

13. Floor heating

The worst part of a hot, steamy shower is having to step out and face the cold air and frosty tiles. The heated floor solves this problem and allows you to shower without slippers or a towel to relieve that cold. We suggest choosing porcelain and ceramic tiles that are durable, hypoallergenic and moisture resistant.

14. Large wall tiles

Once upon a time, small mosaic tiles were considered the most chic addition to the bathroom. But today, bathroom walls that cover a larger area are gaining popularity. They show fewer grout lines and look luxurious, especially when combined with natural stone or a material that imitates stone.

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