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Emily Henderson bathroom trends 2019
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We’re back with another 2019 trend report post, but before you get turned off by the word “trend,” let’s talk real quick. We wanted to start this post with a little disclaimer as many of you (and understandably so) were put off by the “T” word in Monday’s kitchen post. We get it…kitchens and bathrooms aren’t spaces you just rip apart every year on a whim because of what’s “in” or “out.” These are pretty permanent materials, fixtures and design decisions, backed by A TON OF YOUR MONEY.

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So, before we continue, we just want to be clear that we by no means want anyone to ever feel like their home, whether it’s newly remodeled or not, is no longer beautiful or stylish because of new “trends” we present. This is more about presenting cool new ideas we have our eye on, that we’re seeing pop up in the design zeitgeist, because, well, it’s inspiring and fun and IF you are remodeling, we want to be a great resource for new ideas.

With that said, let’s get back to the topic at hand…bathrooms. You may have noticed that 2018 was basically The Year of the Bathroom for EHD because we designed nine…yes, NINE across the Portland Project and Mountain House. You should see our INSANE pinboards. Needless to say, we reported on a lot of bathroom trends over the past year (you can see those all in the Trends & Inspiration section of the Rooms page). But it’s a new year, and there are new things to talk about, so we are here today to report on what could be in your next bathroom remodel or refresh. Let’s dive in.

1. Rounded Rectangle Vanity Mirrors

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image source | design by amber interiors

We’re declaring it: the rounded rectangle is king in 2019. It feels like the next move from the large circle mirror that reigned supreme the last few years (which we still love very much). It’s simple and softly linear which is that happy place between thw stiff and angular rectangle and full-on circle.

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image source | design by sarah sherman samuel

Another talking point here is their individual use. Where the circle tended to be overscale, the rounded rectangle works so well in a more compact size (though we also like it on a much larger scale, too). And for anyone who’s like “wait, what about the medicine cabinet?” we want to know from you…are we done with medicine cabinets? How are people actually storing things? Please chime in in the comments! \

2. Floating Vanities

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image source | design by nicole hollis

Floating vanities are hip you guys. It took some time for there to be some really beautiful options which is why we don’t think it’s really hit until now. In the past, they were considered too modern and lacked visual depth. However, in a beautiful material (like these wood ones), they are seamless and airy which is a nice feeling in a bathroom, no?

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image source | design by sarah sherman samuel

Now, we’ve already learned this in the kitchen trends post but seamless design is the real king of 2019. These vanities are definitely in line with that idea. Plus, they are SOO much easier to clean under which is not to be discounted. Please and thank you. There are a few floating vanities in the mountain house and we all love them (and hopefully you will, too, when you see those reveals in the coming weeks).

3. Console Sink Vanities

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image source | design by decus interiors

Now, these vanities are not super practical for a main bathroom but they are oh so beautiful. This trendy vanity is how you can add some beautiful (even slightly ornate) detail into your bathroom with the leg design and still have it feel open and light. This is definitely a powder room vanity though (unless you have zero products). If so, PLEASE teach us your ways.

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image sourcedesign by sarah sherman samuel

This no-storage look is a modern take on a very traditional style which makes us feel very confident of its timeless potential. But what we really love and are seeing now is that there are more modern designs coming on the market and in a variety of materials. So no matter your style, you can incorporate one of these beauties into your bathroom design.

4. Wall-Mounted Toilets

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image source | design by studio ezra

The floating toilet has a similar story to the floating vanity. Until recently they were only put in super modern homes. But times are a changin’ and we predict them to be the toilet of 2019. Oh the phrases you never imagine you’ll say. Potty mouth has taken on a whole new meaning. 🙂

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Maybe it’s due to the surge of technology in our daily lives that we are becoming more attracted to extremely modern design or maybe modern design is just getting better. It’s a “chicken or the egg” conundrum. Regardless, we have been seeing the floating toilet become much more popular recently. And like we mentioned with the floating vanity, there are far less nooks and crannies to collect dust and, ahem, other bathroom grossness. A quick Swiffer under the bowl and you are done. No more face-too-close-to-the-bowl-while-on-hands-and-knees-wiping-down-all-the-crevices.

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image source | design by aiya design

5. Side Mounted Faucets

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CONTROVERSY. The side mounted faucet is here and we are kinda into it. Not only is it a crazy awesome space saver in small spaces with narrow sinks but it just looks kinda cool. We don’t know if this is a trend that is bound for greatness and will stand the test of time but we always love a new take on standard ways of doing things. Guys, LET’S GET WEIRD.

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But weird isn’t always what you want when talking about permanent fixtures placement. So we are super curious if you are into this more controversial look. Would you do it or are you in the mind of “if the faucet mount placement ain’t broke, don’t fix it?”

6. No Shower Dam

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image source | design by tamar barnoon

All hail seamless, dam-less showers. It’s so clean, open and very pretty. Please don’t fret over your dam if you have one (Emily does in her master bath and loves it). We still think it’s the way to go if you have a bathroom style that leans traditional (like the master bath in Portland). But if you are planning for a bathroom that’s more on the modern side, DEFINITELY consider this look. Emily did this in a few of the mountain house bathrooms and she/we couldn’t be happier with the decision.

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There is something that is so effortlessly chic about this look. However, the main thing to consider is the construction. The shower floor needs to slope down toward a linear drain. Those drains are really the only way to go because it will keep the water away from getting into the main area of your bathroom. Unless you have a wider shower in which you could use a center drain. Just remember less mess = less stress.

7. Floor-to-Ceiling Shower Glass Enclosure

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image source | design by lisa lev design

This 2019 trend is something that Emily and the team REALLY love and feel strongly about. If you are remodeling anyway and like the idea and look of seamless drama, we absolutely recommend going floor-to-ceiling with your glass enclosure. This is one thing that Emily wishes she would have done in the Portland master bath. It looks beautiful and custom (because often times, it is). Basically a slam dunk.

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This floor-to-ceiling look also goes for the single glass panel wall. The bathroom above still would have been beautiful if they had done a shorter, rectangle shape but it would have visually cut off the room and made the room feel shorter. But with this design, the room looks SUPER tall, visually seamless and super custom.

8. Long Skinny Tiles

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image source | design by np.co

The long skinny tile is another one of those trends that popped up at the end of last year but is moving full speed ahead into 2019. EHD is a BIG fan of this material. Does double stacked staggered ring a bell? The long skinny tile is like the cool little sister to the classic subway tile. Both awesome but one is currently a little fresher than the other. Ultimately, it just looks very cool.

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image source | design by doherty design studio

What was very 2018 in tiling was tile stacking in all sizes and widths. In 2019, we think we will be seeing a lot of A. primarily skinny tiles and B. varied configurations (not just stacked). It’s going to be a wild tiled ride, folks.

9. Polished Nickel

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photo by sara tramp for ehd | from: reveal alert: how i transformed a dark & dull downstairs bathroom in the portland project

Yep. As the people who love unlacquered brass more than most, we are saying that polished nickel is the metal of 2019. What we love about it is it’s a warmer tone, making it a little less harsh than it’s sister chrome. We think that it’s the more high-end looking metal of the silver family which is why people are into it. It’s one of the reasons we used it in the Portland Project.

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image source | design by elizabeth roberts

Just so were are clear, we aren’t saying brass is out. Can you even imagine?! But with the dark honed marble trend on the rise, silver-toned (especially polished nickel) fixtures visually blend a little nicer as the color is quieter. Brass would be a much bolder and color contrasting choice in that combo. So we welcome this trend and see it sticking around because it’s time some room was made in the fixture world for something else. Are you happy about this shift?

10. Using Marble as Art

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image source | design by ccs architecture

My marble, oh my marble. In 2019, a good piece of marble or stone is really all the decor you need in your bathroom…right? Remember the nerve-wracking decision of the green stone in the kid’s bath in the mountain house? Well, we could not be happier and Brian’s first thought when he saw it installed was that it looked like an abstract piece of art. Mother Nature is quite the artist. 🙂 Of course, this amount of stone is $$$, so it’s not exactly practical or for everyone, but it’s nice to look at aspiration spaces sometimes as design nerds and connoisseurs. A simple painted wall is perfectly fine, but if we’re dreaming…surfaces like in the photo above are so elegant, dramatic and make the rest of the design pretty straight forward.

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image source | design by nate berkus and jeremiah brent

More specifically in the marble/stone art world, we have been noticing a pretty big comeback with book matched marble like in this bathroom from Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent. Notice how the two pieces of marble mirror each other? That’s called book matched marble. For a long time, this style felt dated with simple pieces of stone but now that designers are using really interesting “art-like” marble, it’s coming back with a vengeance. Like a true ’90s makeover movie. #ShesAllMarble.

Okay, that’s a wrap on our 2019 bathroom trend predictions. When we spot more, we will be sure to report back and see how you feel about them. It’s one of our favorite things to do because design is always changing and evolving and why not celebrate that. Now, just for fun, how do you still feel about some of the 2018 trends like: the micro knob and micro sconce, the wallmount + undermount combo, and mixed material lighting? Also, which is your favorite 2019 trend? Let us know in the comments!

 

  1. I am from Europe (currently living in Austria) and wall-mounted toilets and floating vanities are the norm here since ages, definitely not a trend. Also single-handle faucets. I will never stop wondering WHY are you still not using it. Admittedly, all the faucets you used in renovations are really beautiful, but I couldn’t be bothered to use them in my house, it is just so annoying. As it is something used so much, I would always choose function over form (although, there are pretty faucets in both camps). It is very intuitive to find the right water temperature and you only need one hand.

    1. I’m also from Europe, Portugal, and I was going to say the exact same thing!! And also amen to single-handle faucets! It’s the norm around here.

      1. I think that thanks to Pinterest we are seeing European trends SO much more here, while previously it was mostly magazines or hitting the right internet sites. So I think you are absolutely right. When I was designing these last 9 bathrooms I found myself pinning so many bathrooms that were clearly European (some not working with our code, by the way) so YES! you are right and per usual Europe is forward on somehow simplifying the bathroom in a way that we apparently are loving.

    2. Same here, in France 🙂

    3. American here. I’ve had single-handle faucets in my homes for YEARS. Never gave it any thought.

      1. Amen to single handled faucets. I don’t understand ever installing something else? About to do four sinks – all will have single handled faucets!! I can’t believe how many pre-made vanities come with three holes. In a way it makes my choice easier because there are so many less options! As for a floating vanity- love the look. A bit timid about doing it- as we’d loose storage space.

        1. I must be the only one who hates single handle faucets!

      2. Single handle faucets in our bathrooms and kitchen since 1970s. Brought some back from Italy when we were building. When were updated, I was able to find them more easily.

    4. I HATE single handle faucets. More finicky I find. And ugly.

    5. I think in America we’ve seen wall-mount toilets mostly in public restrooms for the last 40 years, so people have avoided them in their houses because it looks so “commercial”, and choosing it is making a decision that would be very expensive to change later, so people just go with the standard floor-mount toilet even when they like the idea of a wall-mount one. They’re also expensive to install to begin with in America, and who wants to spend extra on their toilet when the standard works just fine?

      In the last 20 years, single handled faucets became popular in houses, but to the point where they became sort of the builder-basic option – my house was built in 2001 and EVERY sink in the house has a single-handled faucet that is definitely builder-basic. I plan to replace the kitchen sink faucet with another newer, single-handled one for convenience purposes, but I could completely understand choosing double-handled faucets for bathrooms or other lesser-used sinks – they have that pretty, vintage feel. I think some people love that look enough to use it for their kitchen sink too, even if it’s not the most practical option, and that’s definitely what has popped up in high-end remodels for the last several years. So fear not, at least on the faucet discussion, America definitely jumped on that bandwagon years ago, the vintage resurgence has just brought the old double-handle back a bit.

      1. The cost of wall-mounted toilets in the US are much more than standard toilets. The tank systems are around $300+ and the bowls are an additional $250+. And if you’re going to get the wall-mounted system, why not spring for a bidet seat while you’re at it (add in another $250 – $1000!).

        Additionally, the time/cost/effort of installing is much greater as well since you have to have your carpenter frame out the wall studs to properly fit the tank, then the plumber has to come in and futz around with mounting the actual bowl and connecting the plumbing behind the wall.

        The process I described above is really for new construction and says nothing of the extra effort it would require to retrofit a space from a traditional floor-mounted toilet to a wall-mounted toilet.

        That being said, I have two wall-mounted toilets, and I love them. They are insanely easy to clean, and saved a good deal of space in our small bathrooms. So expensive, but highly recommend if you can stomach the cost and installation headaches.

        1. I second everything you said. The labor is waaaaayyyy more on these toilets. I’m glad I have it, but I probably would have been fine with a regular toilet and spent more money in other ways in the bathroom remodel.

  2. Loving console sinks and polished nickel, too!

  3. While I love the look of the “dam-less” shower, I think it’s only really practical, and would only consider it when the whole shower is enclosed, like in the photos with the floor-to-ceiling shower glass enclosure. Now that’s the way to do it! Love it. Otherwise water gets absolutely EVERYWHERE outside of the shower. (This is actually one of my pet peeves in hotels that feature this.)

    1. We did this in the master bathroom at the mountain house and as your shower head faces away from the door its totally fine. We put in a linear drain and obviously sloped the floor to it slightly. A couple times the hand shower was facing the door and since we turn ours on through an electric panel I have to make sure that its not facing the door or else it goes under for sure. Anyway that’s all to say dams/curbs contain the water better, but if you design the shower right (and yes have the same flooring throughout) then I love this look so much and it does work very well. Less lines. It’s all about less lines 🙂

    2. We’ve had a dam-less shower with no enclosure in our bathroom for the past 15 years with absolutely no issues. The floor is slightly slanted so the water drains properly and the wetness is perfectly contained. This is a larger-sized bathroom, so perhaps that’s a factor that sets it apart from hotel bathrooms?

  4. Living in Europe, a lot of these trends are the norm here (wall hung toilets, floating sinks, no medicine cabinet, single handed faucets and side on taps (Ikea has been doing one for a while now!) as well as wet rooms with glass walls for showers. Nevertheless, all pictures here are beautiful examples! The only thing different / a trend (at least for me) are those very narrow tiles. Oh – and I really like those curved rectangle mirrors!

    In terms of the wet room / shower – the water really does stay in the area it is meant to – honestly. It’s also possible to get them with a hinged side door return to keep every last bit of spray inside the area. I love using the one at my parent’s place in Germany.

    1. See, agreed! And yes, as I said above Europe is doing the modern bathroom in a much simpler way that we apparently love. Nice going, “old world”. 🙂 Maybe that should have been the angle – how “Old World Europe is bringing the new ideas to America’s bathrooms”. Surely someone will be upset by that but you get my point. Well, thanks Europe. My bathrooms appreciate the ideas.

      1. 🙂 thanks for the laugh! However, I should have added the caveat that there’s still a lot of dodgy plumbing in the UK! Don’t get me started on electric showers!!!! And my boss still has a Victorian toilet (complete with oak seat and cast iron cistern and chain) at his country manour house in Hampshire. So we’re really not all living with seamless shower cubicles and floating toilets here.

        That said, in Austria and Germany. I think they probably are!

  5. i love all these, but with the floating toilets, as much as i HATE HATE HATE cleaning around the bottom of our toilet, i don’t think i could ever get on board with a floating toilet (thought i love the appeal of how much cleaner it would be/easier to clean). I would always worry about how much weight it could handle. like, i wonder that in public bathrooms that have these. what if a very overweight person sat on it and then it broke out of the wall? am i the only one that worries about these things? actually, i worry about this with the floating vanity. like, what if someone leans too heavily on it?

    also, this is a general question. in all pictures of bathrooms (on interior design websites such as this), why is that that the bottom of the toilets are not caulked? everyone i know who has a toilet, has caulking between the very bottom of the toilet and the floor? Is this just because the bathrooms are not completely done yet in the pictures, or do not all people caulk that part? it seems like without caulking it, there’s a little gap there that could get pretty gross.

    1. HA, that’s funny re the caulk in bathrooms. That is the exact reason WHY you should float your toilet. First off I think that most contractors use clear sealants now and secondly probably photoshop if its messy. But I think that you’d actually love a floating toilet because its easier to clean. Just use a mop and you don’t have to scrub the little bits! I ALMOST used one in the master bathroom at the mountain house but I feared that it pushed the room into a way too modern direction because I was still trying to mix in the ‘cozy cabin’ aspect of it, but for cleanliness I wish that sucker was floating.

      1. Float a toilet?! Sounds amazing. How does the install actually work? I googled it and it just comes up with the float valve 🤣 is there another term for it? Thanks!

    2. No need to worry! They are fixed into a steel frame with a hidden cistern and then covered up by dry wall. In all my 50 years of using them in Europe I’ve never come across one that has fallen off. The only real problem is if there is a issue with the flush / cistern as it is virtually impossible to access without destroying the wall. That’s why it is worth investing money / in a good brand to avoid those kind of problems!

    3. The reason that I never caulk the seam at the bottom of the toilet is that if there is a failure and water is leaking from the bottom of the toilet I’d rather know when a puddle appears on the floor than find out months/years later when the floor/subfloor/ceiling below are completely rotted out. I find that caulk on the floor can be hard to keep clean anyway since it’s soft and never completely smooth so dirt and gunk seem to get caught in along the edges.

      1. Reply to Ryan:
        OMG. I never thought of this. The leaking part. 🙁 Now I want mine uncaulked just in case!
        And yes, it is very hard to keep clean. okay. you’ve totally convinced me.

    4. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a toilet with caulking around the bottom – must be a regional difference! I’ve torn up and laid new tile in a few bathrooms in my house, which requires removing the toilet, and it’s just bolted down on top of a goopy gasket thing that seals the water in – no additional caulk! I guess it would get a little dirty under there, but toilets usually sit pretty tight to the floor, don’t they? I’ve never thought about that before, but now I guess I’m going to be looking at every toilet to see if it’s gross there!

      1. Reply to Jessie: Really? I wonder why I’m used to seeing that. My FIL is a plumber and installed our toilet and caulked around it. Okay, now I’m going to check every toilet I see from now on. Ummmm. This officially makes me a weirdo.

    5. You just put words to my thoughts.

  6. Beautiful and aspirational!

    If you’re going to do floor to ceiling glass, consider a steam shower! I was completely biased against them because of disgusting gym steam showers where basically you’re just sweating it out in a room full of condensation, but my husband convinced me to put one in our enclosed shower and it is life-changing. Being able to have it to yourself, warm you up on cold days, use when you’re sick to get nice humid air, and being able to balance your own temp by using the shower and steam combo? Incredible. I swear my skin got so much better, and colds are over sooner.

    Some things here are impractical/would drive me nuts though. All that grout to clean on the walls with those tiny tiles? 3×6 subway tiles are bad enough. Turning on and off a side faucet? Awkward. Fixing a wall-mounted toilet when it malfunctions? UGH, much harder/more expensive. As someone else said, water absolutely runs on the floor when you have no shower dam – maybe if it’s perfectly designed, but I’ve been in so many hotels with this issue and they haven’t solved it.

    1. We put in a steam in the master in mountain and I LOVE. RE grout – yes, its harder to clean (thats probably why you shouldn’t choose white grout if this is a concern of yours). i’m sure where we did it in the mountain house is going to be annoying at some point, but maybe i just don’t let anyone use that bathroom. JUST JOKING MAYBE KINDA NOT.

  7. I don’t think the side faucet is very practical. You lose half your counter space that way.

  8. Thanks damless shower is amazing. As long as you pour the slope right, you won’t need it. Our shower is maintenance-free and never gets mold or buildup

    1. See? I think it just has to be perfectly designed with a contractor that gets it 🙂

    2. I would also think it would be amazing for seniors or other people with mobility issues.

      1. YUP. I broke my ankle in September and my boyfriend had to carry me over that damn shower dam. Having a shower without would definitely be better for seniors and people with mobility issues!

  9. We renovated our home in 2007 and I guess we were ahead of the curve.
    All our vanities are wall mounted (except for the powder room, that’s a console mounted sink) Our toilets are also wall mounted. The master bath shower has floor to ceiling glass, one side is frosted, for privacy, the other is open for light. We used polish nickle for most of the faucets and handles. We also side mounted our faucet on our bar sink in the kitchen. Our plumber thought we were nuts for that one.
    I guess we were drawing our ideas from Europe, you would have thought we were redsigning the wheel though, as we live in Boston, in a very historic neighborhood and the front exterior of our house is red brick and blends with the other homes built in the early 1800’s.

  10. Am I the only one who thinks that wall mounted toilets just look like they belong in an airplane bathroom? Eek! I haaaaate this. Though I do see the merit in cleaning underneath it, it seems way easier… Also I have to agree that while wet rooms are beautiful to look at, all I can imagine is that unless there is a full glass wall, you’re getting water EVERYWHERE… or am I the only one who basically breakdances in the shower?

    1. picturing breakdancing in the shower. now i’m happy. 😉

  11. I’ve always wondered how you repair a floating toilet. I guess I should Google that. Getting rid of shower dams is super smart especially with our aging population. Lifting just enough to get over my shower dam when I had hip surgery was hard.

    1. The push button plate on the wall can be removed, and critical parts serviced that way. The other option is through the back, depending on what is going on for the wall on the other side. I’ve installed these where the other side is a closet, so it’s easy to cut a service panel if needed. That said, they’re pretty reliable, can withstand 800lbs and take up less space, which is very helpful in smaller homes and apartments.

    2. On the subject of repairs, it depends who you are. If you have $$$, you buy a $1000+ toilet that you’re unlikely to repair for a long time. Or you design it with a narrow wall in such a way that you wouldnt need to destroy too much wall when replacing the old toilet. Good toilets dont need to be repaired for a long time. Some Europeans like to remodel more frequently than Americans. Let’s say, every 10-20 years, as opposed to living with 50× old interiors as Americans do. Even when they are not rich, they often feel yucky and internal pressure to remodel. Because the hoghlighted designs are so common, they are available at every price point, unlike the antiquated American market and home style which offers them at the premium. Longevity and timelessness is what I appreciate about the US style, but that shouldn’t be confused with traditional and boring, which often is And unfortunately, quality and timelessness is extremely expensive in the US. Everything else pretentious because there aren’t many options at every price point.

  12. Medicine cabinets are awesome:) I have been using one in my condo, and it’s so nice! We are remodeling our house, and I specifically asked my contractor to add one, using the old original 1925 medicine cabinet door. I’m 100% sure I will not regret:)

    1. We are definitely pro-medicine cabinet. More storage is never a bad idea. We’ve just been noticing the lack of them in new designed homes and were wondering everyone’s thoughts:) The one in your remodel sounds awesome!

  13. I saw an ad yesterday for a wall mounted toilet and had never seen one before that! I love where these trends are going!

  14. The stone used in these photos is gorgeous–especially the stone sink in the side mounted faucet section. I have one of those floating vanities in my (fairly new) condo–never thought of putting a shelf underneath to store the towels. Thanks for the inspiration–I’m going to check out to see if we have enough space to do this when I get home! Thanks also for addressing some of the issues readers have brought up, it makes me feel heard.

    1. So glad to give you a little inspo! We are always listening and want to make sure you all know that:)

  15. I love medicine cabinets for their handiness and storage. We have an upcoming remodel on a 5×7 FULL bath that serves guests and my two young daughters, so for sure we will be continuing with a medicine cabinet. The answer to the looks vs utility problem is Pottery Barn’s vintage medicine cabinet which has the rounded rectangle we are all loving, plus storage, and 5 finish options and 2 sizes 🙂 voila!

    Love looking at the bookended marbles but it’s laughably out of my budget- still nice to admire! I am not a huge fan of some of the shower trends shown here just for practical reasons – our well water is SUPER hard and spotting on glass, and I will always prefer the softness of fabric shower curtains anyway. The non threshold edges make me oddly unsettled. I do like the floor to ceiling with door component though- they will hold in the shower heat nicely in a large bathroom!

    1. I agree that medicine cabinets are awesome! I would never renovate a full bath and not install one (I think a powder room can get away without one). We just installed a Kohler one in our master bath reno, with rounded rectangular edges. You may want to consider that one too, because when you open it up, there are 2 more mirrors on the inside! Comes in really handy IMO.

  16. Well I guess I get to be a trendsetter because I installed every one of these ‘trends’ in bathrooms in 2015. Except the marble as art – although I did install terrazzo floors in a bath in 2015 too. 🙂 Needless to say, I love all these.

  17. Re: the complaints about the “trends” posts – I really enjoy them because following what’s going on in the design world is interesting to me.

    BUT, I’d love to see these posts split into “Design Trends” and “Decor Trends” so that even if you can’t, say, replace your whole sink and backsplash, maybe you COULD switch to a marble tray or toothbrush holder! Even with something like a floating or console vanity, you could link to a great DIY that shows how a designer removed doors, painted, or used baskets for an open vanity look without ripping out permanent fixtures.

    Y’all are getting better and better at making great design accessible for everyone – I really appreciate that every time I notice those details!

    1. Thanks for the feedback and your sweet words! We are going to be posting about furniture and accessory trends next week which will much more user firendly for those of us who can’t or don’t want to remodel:)

  18. Can we please start a bathroom trend in 2019 where men, after using the toilet, use a little toilet paper to wipe the rim of the bowl and floor before leaving the bathroom?

    Asking for everyone who lives with men.

  19. Installed rounded rectangle mirrors in 3 baths in the past 6 months. I’m so trendy. 😉

  20. Less keen on the side-mounted faucet, but I’m a big fan of symmetry. I think in a narrow sink situation, I’d be more inclined to go with a wall mounted faucet.

  21. One cool thing about the damless shower is that it’s accessible for people with mobility issues! Love that accessible design and design-design are converging! Beauty for everyone!

  22. What an interesting post! I’m beginning two bathroom remodels now, so this was timely!
    My input:
    side mounted faucets: I did it in my kitchen and here’s why: big, deep sink (love) big brass curved faucet with single handle- I’d be forever nudging the faucet to swivel right or left to put in a big pot or whatever. This way, it’s always over to the right and I rarely have to get it out of the way. Also, because so many things in the kitchen are so symmetrical, I find that I like this little bit of asymmetry.
    floating vanities: I just cringe when I think of my 10 year old casually popping up on it…to reach for something up in the cabinet or just hoisting himself up to chat with his brother…Am I the only one that thinks of this? I suppose I need the security of legs to hold things up.
    marble as art: when wasn’t it? It’s glorious.
    floor to ceiling enclosures and damless showers: yes and so yes! anything to visually open up these (in my case) cramped spaces! My tiny ensuite bathroom is going to be damless come hell or high water! (ha) I think it’s so beautiful and worth the extra bucks (to get what I want!)

  23. Book matched marble always ends up looking like a giant vagina to me. There. I said it. Please tell me my mind isn’t the only one in the gutter.

  24. I’m loving the damless showers paired with the floor to ceiling glass! Everything here is so beautiful. I just told my mother yesterday after seeing the kitchen trends, that if I ever redo another bathroom, I will insist on solid stone slabs. No more incessant grout cleaning for me.

  25. My original builder-grade bathroom vanity had a boring dark golden oak “traditional” cabinet with a plate glass mirror that filled the wall up to the ugly built-in soffit with fluorescent bulbs under a sheet of textured plastic. Yuck.

    Before we remodeled I had replaced the sheet of mirror (which I really hated) with an antique carved mirror. Pretty and individual. Then, during the remodel I had the ugly fluorescent fixture removed and replaced with sconces on either side of the mirror.

    The medicine cabinet was on the wall left of the sink. Pretty typical. But awkwardly placed. I got rid of it, but worried about storage…especially for small bottles and tubes. Serendipitously, the antique cabinet that I already had and was using as my new vanity was about 8-10 inches smaller than the width from wall to wall. My gc had his carpenters construct those spice rack pull-outs that you usually see in kitchens to fill in the empty spaces on either side of the vanity. Perfect! Convenience and good looks. And no more medicine chest.

  26. I’m redoing a bathroom now with a console vanity and no medicine cabinet, even though I have plenty to store. My solution is to add a marble top (for water resistance) to an antique dresser that I’ve always had and put it next to the sink. Not installed yet but I’m hopeful. I just love that dresser—for a moment I considered actually using the dresser as the vanity but there’s enough space to have it in there separately, without losing storage for the pipes.

  27. love all of these except single handed faucets and the stacked skinny tile- reminds me of a high school locker room!

  28. I live in Canada and winters are very cold.I like an enclosed shower, when it is open I find it a bit chilly. They do mean less glass to clean but a prefer the warmth and steam of an enclosed shower.

  29. I love the look of all glass doors, but are there any good options for people that want more privacy? I’ve never seen frosted doors that look very stylish, but not sure what the other choices are. Thank you!

  30. If you guys could find me a large gold rounded rectangle mirror about 50×36 I’d love you forever!!!! I’ve looked high and low but haven’t found one yet!

  31. Floor to Ceiling shower glass
    Do you recommend this when there is not steam shower ? How does the steam, humidity get out if it doesn’t vent ? I’m building now, and I have glass going up 8ft.

  32. So gorgeous! Especially the marble trends. Hoping some new restaurants near me are taking your inspiration, so I can go visit their bathrooms and drools over the designs there, hah!

  33. On the console vanities- it was mentioned how it wouldn’t be practical in a main bathroom. I live in a 1 bathroom house (gasp!) and it’s not a large bathroom and I’ve considered this option as a way to visually gain space. I can store all that under sink crap somewhere else and I bet many others can too.
    I like the idea of them over a pedastal sink option in a small space because of the working space around the sink. Pedestals often have no where to set your things

  34. During a recent bathroom remodel I was not able to get a medicine cabinet recessed into the wall behind the sink due to the location of the plumbing stack. Instead, I use a custom-made floating vanity where the top drawer is u-shaped to fit around the under-sink plumbing. The drawer has a small compartment in the middle and two longer rectangles for the long sides of the U. I put everything that used to be in the medicine cabinet in this drawer and I love it. I do have a couple of very large bottles of vitamins, etc., that I need to lay on their side but I prefer this arrangement to a medicine cabinet after living with it for a year.

    You can Google “u shaped vanity drawers” to see some examples.

  35. Love these! We just did our bathroom-a total DIY. I am on the hunt for two great/weird antique mirrors, but in the meantime we had to have something, so for now we opted for round mirrors trimmed in rubber-no rust in our San Diego always humid space. It’s black, white and grey modern with a darker wood cabinet ( all drawers-no medicine cabinet!)
    We didn’t float anything, but we did use big hex tile, porcelain that looks like “statement” marble and the coolest hooks from onefortythree:

    https://www.onefortythree.com/collections/wall-hooks/products/wood-block-wall-hook?variant=1118273436

    You can see a few pix on IG at : s8j8s8

  36. I’m German and American and have seen many of these trends in Europe over the years as others mentioned. Love them all especially all glass enclosure shower rooms with a linear drain. It’s the prettiest! However living in America with these small bathrooms in most homes (girl needs some storage), I can’t get behind the open consoles except in a powder room they’d be great.

  37. Please bring back the medicine cabinet! It’s where I keep all my everyday items. My favorite stores don’t make/sell them. Why?! They are so so so functional and could still be pretty from the outside. I want to remodel my bathroom soon and can’t imagine my bathroom with just a gorgeous mirror with nowhere to put my stuff.

    1. I really like the 2nd shower under 6. , with the white shower and grey tiled floor and niche. Wondering what the seemingly seamless white walls of the shower is made of because I can’t see any groutlines. Is that a wall of quartz?

  38. We’ll be remodeling 2 full baths in our house this year, so this is great! I just pinned so many of these images and literally took notes. (I have a feeling I’ll be using your “rooms” sections to pour through other bathroom posts of yours, too).

    The ones I can see implementing are the rounded rectangle mirror, floating vanity, no shower dam, polished nickel (which I never stopped loving), and possibly long skinny tile (although sometimes it just looks so busy to me). The others are either too expensive or a little out there for our Midwest home.

  39. These are all beautiful. I am a real sucker for shots of black and the unlaquered brass, but honestly, if you asked me if I liked brass ten years ago I may have rolled my eyes. I have learned to pay attention to trends, but not to be completely overwhelmed by them to the point of ignoring the classics. Speaking to the European trends and impacts on this side of the ocean, there is something I would like to see far more of. The hardware! Spending as much time as I have in Scandinavia, England, France, Spain and other European countries, I could spend my days just opening and closing doors and stroking handles. Also, the wall switches! You know you love design when you swoon over a light switch and door handle.

  40. I’d love to see a roundup of small/tiny bathrooms!
    I know they’re difficult to photograph, but I’m sure plenty of designers have tackled the omnipresent toilet right next to the sink right next to the tub bathroom.
    I’m currently debating replacing my pedestal sink with a vanity – I need some EH Team curated inspiration!
    I’m also a fan of the dam-less shower (I’ll definitely be insisting on that when my parents move to a new home) & I’ll be using brushed nickel for my bathroom reno. It’s a 1928 home but I just can’t do chrome.
    Also I can’t imagine having a wall-mounted toilet. How do you fix stuff? Do you have to call a plumber at any weird sound?

  41. I have a floating toilet and I just want to let everyone know that they are a nightmare to install. It’s tons of labor. I love my floating toilet and we used it because we have such a small bathroom. But, if you are looking to save money in a bathroom, probably don’t have in wall tank toilet aka floating toilet.

  42. I renovated my master bath about two years ago and hunted high and low for the perfect rounded rectangle mirrors. Rejuvenation options were tempting, but Pottery Barn won out in the end – large size, great finish, beveled edge for that perfect vintage touch, and best of all, massive medicine cabinet storage hidden behind its pretty face (in glass and a finish that matches the exterior). I love them insanely.

    I also have a side-mounted faucet in my main floor bath, because the Asian chest we retrofitted as a vanity wasn’t quite deep enough to accommodate a sink and a deck-mounted faucet behind it. It’s at 3-clock, as opposed to being squarely on one side, and I’ve learned to love it.

  43. I am desperately trying to find a custom infinity mirror or rounded mirror in above pictures. RH, CB2 West Elm only featured certain sizes! I’m in NC and apparently the mirror shops here aren’t too familiar with this trend😊

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