Small bathrooms have always been around but with the growth of the minimalist movement and innovative technology and styles that make the most of even the smallest spaces, small baths are actually becoming a trend in home renovation and construction. Borrowing ideas from European homes, American designers are creating small but mighty bathrooms everyone can love. Take at how you can make the most of your small bath with these top 2018 trends.
The Power of One
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If numbers could be a trending bathroom theme we would pick the number one for 2018. One material, one color palette, and one whole body wash space all top the list of small bathroom trends this year. Let’s talk first about the quickly growing trend of using one material to cover your entire bathroom from floor to ceiling. The most popular material used in this trend is tile, but we’re also seeing materials such as plaster, limewash, and concrete being used to create walls, flooring, and showers or baths.
Speaking of showers and baths, 2018 will see more and more become one as the European integrated shower trend continues to gain momentum here in the U.S. This trend works well with the one material trend as showers blend right into the whole bathroom space with only a partial glass wall or no wall at all separating the shower area from the rest of the room. Some homeowners are inserting small freestanding tubs right inside the shower area or adding a full-length bench on the inside wall of the shower to add more comfort and options.
Monochromatic decor also continues to grow in popularity this year. Like integrated showers, monochrome pairs well with the one material trend. If the use of one material across the whole room isn’t your thing, you can incorporate the monochrome trend by choosing one color palette for your bathroom. To make the room feel the most spacious, we recommend using the lighter shade of your chosen color on your walls while choosing the darkest shades for your cabinetry and flooring. Add flair by incorporating brass or gold tones in the hardware, trim, and mirror.
Free Your Floors and Walls
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Floating vanities and minimalist shelving and storage solutions open up small areas by freeing up floor and wall space. Floating vanities attach to the wall instead of the wall and the floor, opening up the floor space underneath the vanity. Minimalist storage includes open shelving or ledges that free up wall space and gives the illusion of a larger room. Open ledges are popular along the back of vanities and in the shower.
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Many trends from the kitchen are bleeding into the bathroom, especially in hardware. Brass, gold, silver, and black hardware trends have made their way into our showers, baths, and sinks. You may choose to go with one tone or metal or bring another hot trend into your bathroom by mixing metals. Wall-mount faucets are also popping up more frequently, especially in bathroom sinks.
Combining Nature and Technology
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Perhaps the biggest way to make the most of a small space is to make it as luxurious and enjoyable as possible. Turning bathrooms into miniature spas with the use of technology and natural element decor is possible in any size area. Heated flooring, controlled lighting, towel warmers, wireless water-proof music systems, and shower technology that allows you to set the exact water temperature and pressure you prefer are just a few ways technology is making your bathroom experience more enjoyable.
Bring nature in to bring out the spa in your small bath. Add wood elements, greenery, or other relaxing decor like smooth river stones to your space for a serene feel. Continue the look by adding a stone vessel sink or metal frame shower doors built to look like window frames.
Practicality is Key
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The most important element of a small bathroom design is practicality. Practical storage that makes the most of unused space or creates more space with creative solutions like open shelving or ledges is essential. Add organization inserts into vanity drawers and cabinets like those made by Rev-a-Shelf to keep morning chaos away. Use bright lighting and mirrors to brighten the area and give the illusion of a bigger room. Choose technology that makes your bathroom work better for you without taking up coveted space.
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