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2019 Bathroom Trends: What’s In and What’s Out

Kitchens might be the heart of the home, but bathrooms are definitely the muscle. After all, which room in your home has to double as a dog wash and a makeup station? Of course, making your bathroom one of your favorite rooms in your house has as much to do with style as it does function. As you work to create a bathroom that is fashionable and functional, you’ll want to know about all of the latest 2019 bathroom trends. We’ve rounded up some of the trends that are on their way in and some on their way out.

Powder room with floral wallpaper

Statement wallpaper makes the most of a small space. Image: yampi/Shutterstock

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Instead of paint, try statement wallpaper

After years of being out, wallpaper is back in a big way. And while you might not want to commit to wallpaper in a large space like your living room, the bathroom is the perfect place to experiment. Try a statement wallpaper in a powder room by opting for a bold, graphic print with plenty of contrast. Instant style update!

Black painted bathroom with natural accents

Black is a fresher take for 2019. Image: PlusONE/Shutterstock

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Instead of gray, try black

It’s one of the oldest pieces of interior design advice: use lighter colors to make a room feel bigger. But darker colors can actually convey more depth, which is a great choice for bathrooms. Skip the gray and paint one wall black to make a room feel deeper, or opt for black fixtures to increase contrast and call attention to the room’s features.

Industrial loft bathroom

Exposed pipes and a masculine design bring more style. Image: PlusONE/Shutterstock

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Instead of glam, try industrial

Glam bathrooms (think all-pink, heavy chandeliers and gold features) are on their way out. One of the biggest 2019 bathroom trends is the complete opposite of glam. Industrial chic means heavier fixtures, metal and a more masculine aesthetic. Something as simple as swapping out lighting or even leaving exposed pipes makes a bathroom look more stylish.

Separate tub and shower in bathroom

A wet room makes your bathroom feel more spa-like. Image: ImageFlow/Shutterstock

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Instead of a separate tub and shower, try a wet room

If you have the luxury of designing your bathroom from scratch, consider going with a wet room approach. A wet room is basically a separate tiled space in your bathroom that contains a shower and tub. It makes your bathroom feel more spa-like while still being incredibly easy to clean. An added bonus? It creates separation so someone can use the rest of the bathroom, including sinks, even when someone’s in the shower.

Modern bathroom with floating cabinetry

A floating vanity creates a sleek look. Image: Beyond Time/Shutterstock

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Instead of a console vanity, try a floating vanity

Console vanities are inexpensive and easy to find. But for some bathrooms, they can look clunky and limit storage options. For a 2019 bathroom trends update, check out floating vanities. By bolting the vanity directly into the wall, the result is streamlined and modern. Floating vanities also let you store smaller things inside while tucking larger items (think baby tubs or step stools) underneath.

Modern industrial bathroom

Metal mirrors streamline your bathroom style. Image: Peshkova/Shutterstock

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Instead of fussy frames, try mod mirrors

The overdone carved mirror is out. Let’s face it: a mirror with nooks and crannies isn’t always the best choice for bathrooms. They’re hard to clean and can collect dust. For 2019, it’s all about the mod mirror. Metal frames and even frameless mirrors are both streamlined and easy to wipe down. Simplifying your bathroom to-do list? Very 2019.

Bright bathroom with blue tile

Use tile to bring color and texture into the room. Image: Image Flow/Shutterstock

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Instead of subway tile, try statement tile

For the last five years, subway tile has reigned supreme. From kitchen backsplashes to shower surrounds, subway tile is always a classic choice. But for 2019, the tile trend is leaning toward making more of a statement. Patterned tiles are less overwhelming in small doses, so they’re great for limited spaces in showers or around tubs.

Attic bathroom with wood accents

Wood tones make a more organic bathroom. Image: Wolfgang Zwanger/Shutterstock

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Instead of stained cabinets, try natural wood

Natural wood tones are back in a big way. If your goal is to make your bathroom feel more spa-like, lightly stained natural wood is a great option. It looks best when accented with light tile and other natural elements like bamboo or cotton. Try opting for a light pine vanity or bring in natural tones with wood shelves piled high with fluffy towels.

Painted vintage bathtub

Use paint to update a vintage tub. Image: sylv1rob1/Shutterstock

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Instead of a jetted bath, try a colored tub

Jetted tubs are one of those polarizing topics: you either love ’em or you hate ’em. But personal preferences aside, the heyday of the oversized jetted tub is coming to an end. Instead, tubs are becoming less utilitarian and more of a statement piece for your bathroom. Colored clawfoot tubs put a modern spin on a classic fixture. They’re essentially painted on the outside but still porcelain on the inside. Some of our favorites are coral, turquoise or even terracotta.

Matte surfaces are easier to keep clean. Image: Archi_viz/Shutterstock

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Instead of high gloss, try matte finishes

From your fixtures to your tile, one of our favorite 2019 bathroom trends is the pivot toward matte finishes. A matte marble tile or matte showerhead adds a layer of texture and sophistication. It’s also easy to take care of since you’re not constantly trying to achieve a high shine. It’s one of those trends that is functional and fashionable, the holy grail for bathroom trends.From home haircuts to pre-party primping, your bathroom is the true workhorse in your home. By keeping up on some of the best 2019 bathroom trends, you can combine fashion and function to come up with a space that works for you, your family and your design style.


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