Bathroom Trends

What’s New, What’s Next: Bathroom Design Trends for 2017


Nancy Mitchell

Feb 12, 2017

(Image credit: One Kind Design)

What are some of the most exciting trends for the bathroom in 2017? Like the kitchen trends we’ve identified, a lot of new trends for the bathroom reference older styles, combining them with modern, minimal shapes for a look that’s clean but also timeless. Here are seven things to look for in the new bathroom.

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Textured/patterned tile

Cement, terracotta and even zellige tiles lend a rich, old-world feel to the bathroom. If you’re concerned about price, try half-height tile in a smaller bathroom, like a powder room, or creating a small accent behind the sink.

(Image credit: My Paradissi)

Rustic/industrial elements

Rustic and/or industrial elements (like the exposed copper pipes pictured here) are another great way to bring in texture. Other ways to get the look: worn woods, exposed brick, or concrete accents.

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Vintage vanities

Using a vintage piece as a vanity gives your modern bath a timeless feel. If you have the floor space in the bathroom, you can also press a vintage piece into service as extra storage — both beautiful and practical.

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French door shower enclosures

These eye-catching glass enclosures take the shower from a utilitarian space to the focal point of the bathroom. Our roundup below contains lots of links to inspiring examples.

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Darker colors

As part of a trend towards darker, moodier colors all over the house (and especially kitchens), we’re starting to see more somber, dramatic colors in the bathroom as well. Balancing dark colors with shiny white fixtures and gold accents is one way to keep this look from getting too gloomy.

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Vintage-look tile floors

Everything old is new again. Vintage-style tile floors look great in any style of bathroom, are relatively inexpensive, and they’re sturdy enough to last for a long, long time.

Round mirrors

Round mirrors are great way to soften the hard lines of a modern bathroom, and lovely to look at as well. A pair of mirrors over a double vanity, or just a single oversized one, is especially eye-catching.


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