Bathroom Trends: Designing a Bathroom That Will Last

Designing your bathroom can be difficult, sorting through all the online articles and wondering which ones you should be listening to. The average bathroom should last about 10 years before it will need updating. So, the question is; how do you design a bathroom that will stand the test of time? Here are some of the trends that we believe have what it takes.

The Spa Bathroom

The bathroom has become a place not just for hygiene but also for relaxation and beauty. Due to this, people upgrading their bathrooms have started to pull inspiration from spas. To capture the calming ambiance of a spa centering your design around natural elements is a good start. Installing a rain shower is the perfect way to add an element of relaxation. Simulating rain, the rain showerhead is a modern trend that won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.


Wood is also making its way into the bathroom. It can create a warm and natural atmosphere in your space. Wood can be integrated into storage elements, flooring, or even accessories.

Stone is also very popular and can add contrast through texture, color, or pattern depending on the stone you pick. You can use it on countertops, flooring, in the shower, or even on the walls. It is a simple way to turn your bathroom into an oasis. These natural elements have a very neutral color scheme and can help in creating a classic yet modern looking bathroom that will last.

The bathroom below is a prime example of a spa-like bathroom with the marble hexagon mosaic creating a very subtle focal point in this neutral color scheme. The floating rift-sawn white oak vanity also brings in a nice wood element to the space. Using white fixtures, like the sinks and tub is the perfect finishing touch to make this bathroom look simple yet relaxing.

Lots of Practical Storage

The cleaner the space, the larger it looks. Having plenty of storage is a must for any bathroom. The rise of Scandinavian design has made clean lines a must have for any space. Self-supporting vanities help to bring that feeling of simplicity to the forefront, while also being easily accessible.


Ceramic tiles are popular for both showers and flooring. The fact that they can come in all shapes and sizes is a valuable advantage. Large tiles have become popular for small bathrooms because they have fewer grout lines, which makes the space appear larger. Having an accent wall adds some contrast to any bathroom and using ceramics is an easy way to achieve that as they can come in all kinds of colors and shapes. They also have look-a-likes for the higher end materials such as limestone, quartzite, and marble.



Steam Showers

Steam showers have been proven to have many health benefits such as, improved circulation, aided in the recovery of muscles, stiffness and joint pain, skin care, detoxification, and even stress management. A steam system can be an added amenity that will give your shower a sense of luxury. But be careful when choosing to add this to your bathroom. This is not a DIY job, you will need to contact a professional as there is a lot of technical work that is involved with installing these.


Industrial Style

When trying to keep a clean and simple design, there are various styles that fall into the “simple design” category, Industrial style is one of them. Common especially in metropolitan areas, this style draws inspiration from warehouses and urban lofts, featuring elements like exposed pipes, waxed concrete, brick walls, and rustic woods. If you really want to add a statement piece you can add a metal tub or a metal vanity, as seen in the photo below.

These are just a few of the trends that we believe will help you create a stunning bathroom that is classic and will last for years to come! At Toulmin Cabinetry and Design, we've been helping our clients in and around Tuscaloosa add cutting edge design features to their kitchen and master bath design and remodel. If you'd like to learn more about these or other trends, feel free to give us a call. We're always ready to help!

Christina Copes