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5 Modern Bathroom Trends to Watch in 2018

Over the past few months, we’ve talked a lot about furniture, lighting and decor at Salone del Mobile in Milan and ICFF in New York. But another element of those shows that we cannot ignore was the unexpected focus on designer pieces for the bathroom.

While not uncharted territory, the bathroom is not usually the first place in which you’d expect to find fashion-forward design innovations. But a demand for high-tech, customizable, spa-like accommodations–and the challenges thereof–have captured the imagination of more and more high-profile designers. As such, we are seeing a number of design trends emerging in 2018 to make the loo more stylish than ever before.

Open Concept Baths

Open Bathroom Concepts - 2018 Bathroom Trends | YLiving
Bathroom suites, both by Duravit

In the bathroom, good design often means easy maintenance and easy access as much as good looks. In that vein, bath designers are minimizing shower door tracks–or removing those doors altogether. And, more and more, toilets, sinks and cabinets are being hung on the wall, keeping the floor clear and easy to clean.

Slimmer Lines in Bath Fixtures

Slimmer Lines in Bathrooms - 2018 Bathroom Trends | YLiving
(l. to r.) Wall-hung toilet by Duravit, Washbasin Console with Shelf by Laufen

Innovations in materials and manufacturing processes have made it easier to slim down the designs of bathroom sinks and toilets. Toilets’ sleeker forms actually make them an attractive component of a bathroom design, rather than just a necessary evil. And sinks’ smooth curves and seamless integration into surrounding countertops mean countless design possibilities for vanity areas.

Matte Black and Rose Gold (and More Finishes)

More Bathroom Faucet Finishes - 2018 Bathroom Trends | YLiving
(Clockwise from top left) Faucet finishes from Graff, Isenberg, and Kohler

Brushed nickel and chrome will likely never go away, but now you have more options than ever to create a bathroom that is sleek and modern, and personalized to you. The variety of faucet and other hardware finishes has blossomed. Matte black, rose gold, bronzes, brasses, a rainbow of high gloss lacquers, and even woods are being used to create eye-catching accents in the bath. Such components stand out even more against the versatile neutral tones seen in many vanity and storage furniture pieces.


Using FENIX in the bathroom - 2018 Bathroom Trends | YLiving
FENIX NTM (Nanotech Matte Material) by Arpa Industriale

For a few years now, we have seen FENIX used for kitchen countertops and storage. But now it has made its way into the bathroom. This high-tech synthetic material is made using nanoparticles and acrylic resins. It is unique for its durability, water-resistance, soft matte texture, and ability to repel fingerprints. With a range of colors inspired by nature, FENIX is also fantastically customizable, again addressing the desire for personalized modern bathrooms.

Bathrooms You Could Live In

Bathroom Trends 2018 | YLiving
Bathroom design by Arblu

What all the above trends mean are bathroom designs that blend-in better than ever with the other living spaces of the home. Fine furniture-style cabinetry, luxurious finishes, sleek lines and a removal of common barriers connect the bathroom to bedrooms and other living spaces like never before. With so many great materials, layouts and plumbing designs available, the bathroom does not need to hide behind closed doors any longer.

To see more of your options when it comes to creating your best modern bathroom, check out our great selection of innovative bath designs.

Nissa Hallquist

Nissa Hallquist

As the Content Marketing Manager for YDesign Group, Nissa has been writing about lighting, furniture and decor for many years. Considering that there's always something new out there, she'll likely write about them for many years more. She loves all things modern design, especially those designs that reinterpret classic forms in cool, imaginative ways. If she had her way, she'd spend all her money on such pieces (and wine).

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