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2023 Bathroom Trends

These 2023 bathroom ideas will assist you in making your bathroom smart, luxurious and, most importantly, a place where you can retreat, relax and find time for yourself.

With a new year just a few calendar turns away, we’re keeping an eye out for the latest and best in design ideas for the coming year, particularly when it comes to bathrooms. If you’re wanting to update your home’s smallest, yet most crucial, space by 2023, we’re here to support you. Because you’re working with restricted square footage in a bathroom, you have some leeway to try out new designs, whether it’s wild wallpaper, a cabinetry trend or anything else. Each of these suggestions, from simple changes to extensive remodels, would revitalize the design of your bathroom.

Keep scrolling to get a full breakdown of the latest trends. 

Adding Dramatic Elements

You should feel the most emboldened to be brave in your bathroom of any area in your house. The modest square footage guarantees that prominent features, such as dramatic wallpaper and dark paint, do not overpower the small space or anyone who may visit that vital room. Consider gloomy baths to be standout jewelry for your home. These tiny places are supposed to be unique, memorable and daring.

Here are some examples of dramatic elements you can add to your bathroom:

  • Voluptuous curves from mirrors
  • Raw organic texture finishes
  • Smoked glass
  • Statement shower screen
  • Luxe lighting
  • Bold basins and consoles
  • Botanical wallpaper
  • Bold colors

Splashes of Natural Materials

Surrounding yourself with natural materials, such as wood, is an excellent approach to subtly promote happy emotions. It has been proved that spending time outdoors and inside nature – where wood is abundant – has a great impact on our mental health, and we can mimic those same benefits on a smaller scale by bringing it into the home. Some natural elements you may see include:

  • Natural wood (teak, cedar, and oak)
  • Earthy tones
  • Plants
  • Greens
  • Stone
  • Marble

Creating a Spa-like Atmosphere

In recent years, many of us have realized the untapped potential of our bathrooms as wellness places, and some designers have stated that changing one’s bathroom into the ultimate retreat will be a top trend for 2023. Homeowners want freestanding tubs surrounded by tables for candles and glasses of wine, as well as comfy chairs, to establish the bathroom as more than just a place to primp and wash up.

Many people want their bathrooms to seem more spa-like in 2023. They want twin shower heads, steam showers, side sprays and more wellness amenities. As everyone likes a truly decadent, luxury hotel bathroom, residential developments are looking to hospitality rooms for inspiration. The fluffiest, plushest white towels available, over-scaled glass-walled showers, superb lighting and magnificent tiles throughout—all of these features from the world of hospitality combine to create a luxury private sanctuary for the homeowner to retreat to at the end of a hard day.

Changing to Open Layouts

Top bathroom trends include making more space by removing bathtubs to make way for larger showers, reducing walls and establishing a linked dressing area. According to National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA) annual report, 77% of respondents were removing tubs to improve shower sizing. In those bathrooms with tubs, 74% are free-standing, and 68% are deep soakers. Removing walls to expand the footprint of the principal bathroom was a trend for 63% of the responses. Connecting to a closet or dressing area (58%) and adding a laundry space (34%), respectively, were also popular. Extra seating, coffee tables, fitness spaces and mini freezers are among the additional amenities.

Adding More Sustainability

Concerns about sustainability raised in the NKBA report’s kitchen trends section also apply to the bathroom. This is reflected in a preference for complete LED lighting (82%), as well as enhanced natural light through larger low-E doors and windows (55%). 56% of responders identified EPA WaterSense-rated faucets, showerheads and toilets. EnergyStar-certified appliances and ventilation, as well as recycled countertops and flooring, and FSC-certified and formaldehyde-free cabinets, all appear in the sustainability column. If you’re looking for more ways to add sustainable elements to your bathroom, read this guide

Installing Statment Tiling

Look for complicated and intriguing bathroom floors in 2023, such as mosaics in bespoke designs and hues. Because bathroom floors are often not very large, a higher-priced tile will not break the bank. The basic, large format floor tiles are no longer in use. These intricate mosaics draw attention to the floor and provide an excellent opportunity to incorporate pattern and color into a bathroom.

Mixing Old with New

Several designers commented that bathrooms are now getting that mix of old and new to create an extra-special place that fits right in with the rest of a well-collected home, just as we’ve witnessed a return of antiques and vintage furniture filling our living spaces and private quarters. We’ve noticed some fascinating trends in bathroom design recently, particularly when it comes to using antique furniture in place of millwork, and we’re also hanging art over bathroom vanities, freeing up mirror space for more imaginative placement. In addition, homeowners are far more eager to experiment with strong designs in their bathrooms, particularly when it comes to merging bathroom wallpaper and tile.

From flooring to open shelving and cupboards, wood is becoming a more popular element in the bathroom. This spike in interest in mixing old and contemporary in the bathroom, though, isn’t just about creating a tasty design moment. It’s also about creating a cozier, more appealing environment in which to spend an hour or two at a time. To create a one-of-a-kind room, homeowners are increasingly interested in antique vanities, stone trough sinks, and hardware that feels and looks like finely aged jewelry. They are also considering using three or four different materials, rather than one or two in prior years, to create a layered space that appears to have evolved through time. Consider the bathroom to be a jewel box, and urge clients to step outside of their comfort zones.

Blending of Styles

Bathrooms are no longer limited to clinical white, polished ceramic and a clean modern atmosphere. Instead, individuals are getting more comfortable with being busy and daring in the bathroom and powder room. Biophilia will be all about bringing the outside in next year. People will construct spa-like sanctuaries with complex murals and magnificent installations that blend vintage and modernity. Victorian roll-top baths will continue to play an important role in a 2023 chic bathroom, but they will be harmoniously blended with modern, sleek alcoves, bright tiles, and cutting-edge technology.

Adding Technological Enhancements

Home automation is no longer a sci-fi concept of the future; it is here and now, and the good news is that it is helpful, simple to use, and a little smarter than you might imagine. Smart technology promises to put control in your hands and make your home work better for you, and it has now made its way to your bathroom. The bathroom is a haven for smart technology, with de-misting mirrors, integrated charging and USB outlets, LED temperature monitors and automated hand-wipe sensors. The future has arrived.

Heated floors, temperature/moisture controls, voice/app controls, smart toilets/bidets,and smart mirrors are popular among homeowners. Heated floors that can be controlled by phone mean that you can warm up the bathroom on your way home from a cold hike or from under the covers in the morning, and 69% of respondents mentioned them. Temperature controls for showers and flooring were preferred by 67% of NKBA respondents, and sensor humidity controls were mentioned by 55%.

A 23% preference in the NKBA survey was for digital showering, which allows one or more users to program their desired flow rate, temperature, and mode, as well as potentially control steam showering, but a strong 44%, want the ability to start their shower with their phone. The NKBA respondents emphasized lighting and physical therapy possibilities for showers – especially for active adults. For convenience, integrated lighting and internet screens in bathroom mirrors were mentioned, as well as leak detection, vanity charging and towel warming.

Installing Wellness Features

Wellness characteristics overlap and are frequently enabled by technological advancements. For example, 25% chose chromotherapy, 29% chose preset lighting schemes for different times of day and 45% chose steam bathing and bidet capabilities, all of which are wellness-driven by wellness-focused NKBA respondents. Low-maintenance, nonporous quartz countertops (82%) are also a good choice for health. Floating vanities (71%) increase accessibility, which is another aspect of wellness. Bathroom faucets reflect wellness concerns as well, with 61% preferring accessible lever handles, 48% preferring motion, and 36% preferring touch or tap. The preference for voice-activated faucets was 12%, and it is likely to rise as more models become available.

A robust 75% of trend survey respondents choose heated flooring, with ceramic or porcelain tile topping the list (71%), more than doubling the closest second-place finisher, premium vinyl wood plank (33%). LVP, as it’s commonly known, is softer underfoot, although certain versions have had off-gassing difficulties. Large format tile (59%) and slab (40%), which require fewer grout lines and upkeep, were the most popular tub and shower surround materials, making users’ lives easier.

Showers are becoming larger, as previously stated, with 82% of NKBA survey respondents planning them for two-person use. They are frequently open (55%) with no door, or they are part of a wet room (35%), which may also include a tub. These showers frequently have a seat (79%), linear shower drain (78%), hand-held shower head (77%), zero clearance entry (66%), grab bars (65%), and multiple shower heads (64%), one of which is a rain head (58%). Steam appears in 41% of the spaces, with body sprays, music, heating, and chromotherapy improving them as well. To optimize natural light, windows above tubs (51%) and skylights (37%), will be heavily used. They should ideally have smart controllers for increased accessibility. For people with upper body weakness or balance concerns, reaching a window above a soaker tub is a difficult task.

If you’re wondering how long a bathroom should endure, it’s estimated that the typical lifespan is roughly a decade before it needs a little sprucing up. There’s no reason why it couldn’t be much longer if properly cared for. It’s only natural for us to want to change things up now and then, so the 10-year mark is a decent place to start when considering longevity. There are several inexpensive solutions to modernize a bathroom, such as just painting the interior. This might be the walls, ceiling, or floor, and why not try a bright new color to shake things up and keep things interesting? Alternatively, rather than a total makeover, you could paint the tiles or experiment with wallpaper. Either way, create a stress-free makeover and update experience by working with the best in your area — Valor Home Services. Our skilled team will help you create the bathroom of your dreams. But first, we need to talk about your project. Give our team a call to get started.