If you’re looking to remodel your bathroom, or are in the middle of making selections, 2018 is bringing in some hot trends for bathroom designs. Since you spend the first and last minutes (and many in between) of your day in the bathroom, it’s important that your space feels serene and spacious, like your own personal sanctuary. An old, outdated, oppressive space, on the other hand, is a recipe for disaster. So, whether you’re doing a full-scale remodel or just making a few tweaks, here are the top trends in bathroom designs for 2018 that you’ll totally want to steal.

Open and Airy

In modern times, the bathroom isn’t just for hygiene purposes. It’s also enjoyed as a sanctuary space, a place for beauty and relaxation. What does this mean as far as design? Maybe expanding the space by downsizing adjacent rooms, adding a small addition, or if all else fails, playing up appearances through design tactics. You can give the illusion of a larger, more open space by using large tile flooring, mirrors, and bright paint colors.

Material Mixup

A material overhaul is in order for 2018. Here are some of the things to look out for.

  • Bold brass hardware is coming back swinging. This ‘80s staple can add a comforting, warm tone to your bathroom and really complement the right cabinetry, paint colors, and other design elements.
  • Granite is out. Quartz is in. With its stone-like, clean appearance, quartz works for your floors, walls, counters, and vanities. Plus, it’s environmentally friendly and has a slightly lower price tag.
  • While traditional porcelain is always a classic for sinks, 2018 is headed more towards beautiful hand-carved stone. They were all the rage at the KBIS blog tour.
  • All white is out. Mixed materials, colors, and textures are in. Mix it up by choosing a few unique materials instead of just picking one.

The Blues

Bathrooms are getting the blues in 2018. From bold navy to bright cerulean, every shade of blue you can imagine will be popping up in countertops, tiles, walls, cabinets, and more. While blue is the top color trend, it’s not the only color making its mark. Bathroom cabinets faucets, and even sinks are beginning to veer away from traditional hues.



That NYC-loft/dive bar industrial trend is now taking over home bathrooms as well. It’s a trend that will stand the test of time, yet always feel unique. Think exposed pipes, raw brick walls, metal tubs and sinks, and the use of concrete.


Texture and Pattern

Plain-colored, boring tile is out. Instead, texture, color, pattern, and overall unique designs are taking over the tile world. Bathrooms don’t have to be traditional. Change it up by adding in some experimental tiling with a little personality in 2018.



Hey, it’s almost 2020. That means technology is no longer an accessory for the first-adopters. It’s accessible for everyone. That means things like touch mirrors that let you control light and temperature, hi-tech shower jets and controls, motion-detecting lights, voice-activated speakers, and anything else you can control by your phone, are going to be taking over bathroom designs very soon.

If you’re about to dive into a bathroom remodel, remember that your bathroom is your sanctuary. You should bathe like royalty. Take some of these bathroom design trends for 2018 and use them to modernize your space. Ready to get started? Contact the pros at Sandy Spring Builders.