Popular Bathroom Design Trends to Watch For In 2019

What does your bathroom say about you?

While many of us often think of our bathrooms in terms of sheer practicality, these spaces can be as beautiful and unique as the rest of the spaces in a home. And just like kitchens or living rooms, bathrooms go through style phases, complete with design and decor trends worth noting.

Are you looking to elevate the look and feel of your bathroom in 2019? Ready to bring your bathroom up-to-date — or maybe even get it ready for resale?

Here are five on-trend design ideas that can help you highlight this frequently overlooked room:

1.) Go Gray

For a chic, polished look, consider bathing your bathroom in shades of gray. Recently, the Houzz 2018 Bathroom Trends study found that gray is the most on-trend color for bathrooms as we head into 2019, with gray palettes a top choice for walls and flooring, and gaining in popularity for cabinets. Gray is a neutral but stylish color, which can allow you to add visually appealing accents to your space in other ways  — say, with colorful towels, bathmats, or decor pieces.

Want to keep all of your color choices in the same family? Going monochrome in the bathroom is also a chic way to turn heads in 2019 and beyond. Designing a minimalist room centered around shades of just one color is a great way to create a more relaxing, elegant space.

2.) Add Matte Metallic Finishes

What type of fixtures do you want showcased in your bathroom? The metallic finishes of your faucets, showerheads, handles, and other hardware elements can help tie your entire space together. They can act as binding elements, bringing together disparate style ideas. Or, these fixtures and finishes can stand out, and create a striking contrast with the rest of your bathroom decor.

In 2018, 58 percent of homeowners opted for matching metal finishes among their bathroom hardware, according to Houzz. As we head into 2019, the most popular metallic finish is brushed or satin matte nickel; it appeared in 38 percent of recently renovated bathrooms in 2018. Matte chrome (10 percent) and bronze (8 percent) were also popular finishes.

But if you prefer your fixtures to be gleaming, you’re not alone. 28 percent of newly finished bathrooms featured shiny, polished chrome finishes.

3.) Make Your Bathroom Feel Like a Spa

When you’re home, you should be able to get away from the stresses and hassles of the outside world and truly relax. And what could be more relaxing than indulging in a spa day, every time you head into the bathroom?

More and more, homeowners want the bathroom to feel like an exclusive, reinvigorating retreat. As home resource site The Spruce suggests, you’ll see plenty of people focus on creating “spa-like, escapist bathrooms” in 2019, complete with calming features like “muted lighting, deep soaking tubs, and lots of soft textures.” In fact, the Houzz Bathroom Trends study found that 32 percent of people planning a bathroom renovation in 2018-19 listed a “spa-like atmosphere” as one of their top priorities for design and functionality.

Looking to properly set the mood in order to restore yourself both mentally and physically? The Baird & Warner blog has some great tips for getting started transforming your bathroom into a personal spa, available here.

4.) Embrace Farmhouse Chic

According to Houzz, creating a “contemporary” bathroom is still on the agenda for most homeowners planning a remodel. Among people planning a style change in their master bath, 20 percent had a plan to go contemporary.

But could cutting edge modernity be losing ground to a more rustic aesthetic? Here’s where things get interesting. When you look at Houzz data for the past several years, contemporary design is becoming less popular, year to year. 26 percent of homeowners planning a style change opted for a contemporary look in 2016; only 23 percent made the same call in 2017, and that number fell all the way to 20 percent as of this year.

In contrast, farmhouse-style design is on its way up. 7 percent of homeowners planned to give their new bathroom a farmhouse spin as of 2018, up from 6 percent in 2017 and 3 percent in 2016.

What design elements make up a farmhouse bathroom? Think wooden vanities, burnished metals, and lots of lived-in vintage details, from antique mirrors to clawfoot tubs.

5.) Use Your Space to Make a Statement

Some people want their bathrooms to be all about simplicity and function. But for others, this space is the perfect spot for a bold, attention-grabbing statement piece.

Speaking with Elle Decor, interior designer Carolyn Pressly encourages using your powder room for “high drama,” by highlighting “bold, bright colors,” perhaps by adding “oversized floral wall print” or “pattern-on-pattern” design elements. Designer Anne Hepfer agrees that bathrooms can be used for “making an artistic statement. As she tells Elle Decor: “A sophisticated piece of fine art will provide your bathroom with a pretty focal point.”

6.) Add Some High Tech Upgrades

For some people, the bathroom is a great spot to get away from the digital world. But for others, this space is the next frontier for technical design and innovation. 2019 could be the year to add some high tech finishes to your bathrooms. Making even one or two digital updates can help make this space more functional, and more sustainable, for the years ahead.

A few ideas? Elle Decor points to the growing popularity of infrared saunas, which can help you rejuvenate and relax in just a matter of minutes, while also adding a sleek design element to your bathroom. Smart automation has also made its way to the bathroom in recent years; 2019 could be an excellent time to start programming your shower for maximum comfort and efficiency, or take your lighting or thermostat systems hands-free.

Looking to Make Some Changes in the New Year?

Want to go deep about the next big things in design and decor here in Chicagoland? Curious what upgrades may help your home sell? Ready to finally move into a space with the master bathroom of your dreams? For all these things and more, Baird & Warner has you covered. Get in touch with your local Baird & Warner agent today to get the conversation started.