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2018 Bathroom Trends

By on Dec 10, 2017
2018 Bathroom Trends

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Is your bathroom old and outdated? Make it a new year’s resolution to give your bathroom the update it deserves. A bathroom remodel is a worthwhile project for your home that can even help to add value if you plan to sell. But a common problem many homeowners run into is determining what’s trending now.

While there are timeless options you can choose for your bathroom, technology and trends are always changing. If you plan on updating your bathroom this year, make sure you have the latest. Here are the top bathroom trends for 2018.

From a new bathtub installation to a complete remodel, a pro can help with it all. Contact a bathroom remodeling contractor today to receive quotes from contractors in your area, for free.

Bathroom Trends 2018

2018 Bathroom Trends

While there are plenty of timeless elements you’ll need to include in your bathroom remodel, there are plenty of ways you can introduce the latest trends into your look.

This year, there's a focus on easy-to-clean and modern-looking bathrooms. "People are starting to realize just how much they can get out of their bathroom design," Emily Hoefler, kitchen and bath specialist at Renovations Group Inc said. "With more functional storage and easier-to-clean items, bathrooms can work for homeowners more than ever now. With a little bit of smart design, a bathroom remodel can drastically improve your life."

Bathroom trends tend to stick around for some time, so don’t be afraid to try a few of these out if they pique your interest. 

Here’s what’s trending in 2018.

  • Navy Blue Paint Color
  • Rainfall Showerhead
  • Industrial Lighting
  • Large Natural Stone Tiles
  • Greenery
  • Warm Metal Faucets & Fixtures
  • New Bathroom Technology

Navy Blue Bathroom Paint

1. Navy Bathroom Paint Colors

Did you see this one coming? Incorporating navy blue into the bathroom may surprise some, but the look will leave you loving your updated space. Navy blue compliments white and metallic accents, which are perfectly trendy in 2018. While neutrals are always a timeless style, a fresh coat of navy blue paint is just what you need to dress up your space. Some homeowners choose to DIY their bathroom paint project. If so, use our paint calculator to help get just the right amount of navy blue paint for your bathroom.

2. Rainfall Shower Head

Relaxation is key to a trendy bathroom, so naturally, a rainfall shower head is a must-have in 2018. While it’s been gaining in popularity, a rainfall shower head is now one of the top-trending items for your bathroom. It’s an upgrade you won’t want to live without. The average cost of a luxury shower head, such as the rainfall type, is between $150 to $250.

Industrial Bathroom Lighting

3. Industrial Lighting

Lighting can make a statement in your bathroom. While soft, spa-like lighting was once trendy, 2018 is bringing industrial lighting into the bathroom. It gives a rustic look, especially if paired with the trendy bathroom color of the year, navy blue. An upgrade in vanity lights is the perfect way to start incorporating this look into your bathroom. While some homeowners choose to DIY their bathroom lighting upgrade, it’s always a good idea to contact a pro for electrical work.

Bigger Natural Stone Tiles

4. Bigger Natural Stone Tiles

Subway tile has been the must-have look in trendy bathrooms, until now. As one of the trends this year is making a bathroom easier to clean, larger stone tile is taking over for bathroom tile trends in 2018. "I’ve been hearing the need for more easy-clean materials," Hoefler said. "A lot of people are shying away from tile because they don’t want to be cleaning grout. If a homeowner does want to do tile, they’re opting for larger format tiles to reduce the amount of grout needed."

You’ll soon see plenty of showers outfitted with large stone tiles in darker hues, even backsplashes too!


5. Greenery

You may not have considered it before, but some plants thrive in the bathroom. Plants and greenery are a trendy decorative feature to have in your bathroom this year. It’s also an affordable upgrade for anyone to make. Here are a few plants that do great in the bathroom:

  • Spider Plant
  • Pothos
  • Bromeliads
  • Philodendron
  • Air Plants
  • Aloe

Gold Bathroom Faucets And Fixtures

6. Warm Metal Faucets & Fixtures

As an overall home trend, warm metals are hot this year. "One of my absolute favorite things that are becoming increasingly popular is warm metals," Hoefler said. "Brass is back along with bronze, copper and even satin nickel for a softer take on the trend. For warm metals, my suggestion is to go bold. Pairing these metals with contrasting colors such as black or dark blue or even bright white is a great way to make them pop. And while I’m usually not one to shy away from mixing metals, I think it’s best to stick with one finish for this trend."

You can incorporate this trend into your bathroom by replacing your faucets and fixtures. It’s also a budget-friendly upgrade. The average cost to install or replace a faucet is $235, with most homeowners spending between $174 and $250.

Bathroom Technology

7. Bathroom Technology

With every year, technology advances in almost every area of the home. The bathroom is no exception. One of the must-haves in 2018 is digital shower control, where you can get the right setting for the water temperature every time. While digital shower control is not new in 2018, the look of it is. The latest models are sleek and are easily disguised in your bathroom’s décor.

Some digital shower control models, such as Moen’s, come with a feature where you can turn on the shower directly from your phone. Now that sounds like a hot item to have!

What’s Out In 2018

As new trends emerge, old ones must go away. In 2017, we saw tranquil colors and white bathrooms at the top of the list. Now, that’s changing with deep, bold colors such as navy taking over. Another item that's out in the bathroom is the medicine cabinet. "People are opting for shower storage or linen closets with a larger square footage of storage over the few inches of depth one can get out of a medicine cabinet," Hoefler said.

Other trends that you can say goodbye to include:

  • Subway Tile Backsplash
  • Granite Bathroom Countertops
  • Chrome Faucets & Fixtures
  • Floral Patterns
  • Oversized Bathtubs


You can have the trendiest bathroom in 2018. Try incorporating a few into your bathroom this year. If you’re planning a bathroom remodel, these trends are a great place to start when determining décor.

What are 2018 bathroom trends that you think will be popular this year? Share with us in the comments below!

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