As the latest trends of the year come to light, we set out to discover what’s happening in 2024 bathroom design trends. From industrial style to bold colour palettes, there’s a lot of ground to cover. With so many inspiring options to choose from, we have lots of ideas to give your bathroom a well-deserved makeover!
1. Japandi style
In a bathroom setting, the Japandi style blends minimalist Japanese and Scandinavian styles to create a calming and cocooning atmosphere. Curved shapes and refined lines, very much the norm, encourage you to relax.
How to include it Go with neutral and soft colours on walls that are conducive to mindfulness. Decorative accessories in warm shades are preferred, such as earthy-toned soap dishes and towels. A handmade basin or vase with organic contours will complete the visual harmony.
2. Majestic lighting
The ultimate trend in bathroom lighting: an over-the-top chandelier. An artistic centrepiece, it becomes a bold and elegant focal point in the room. You’ll also have to add another source of light, such as recessed spotlights with dimmers or wall lights - to be installed near the mirror(s). This will balance the brightness.
How to integrate it Picture a hanging light fixture, either in glass, metal or crystal pendants, in the centre of the room or above the bathtub. Pair it with some high-end faucets, like brass or brushed nickel, and a built-in mirror for an added touch of sophistication.
3. Industrial style
The industrial look, inspired by an urban aesthetic, is making its way into the bathroom. Raw materials like metal, concrete and reclaimed wood are being introduced. Brick walls, subway tiles and brass accessories add a rustic feel reminiscent of old warehouses. This is a trend designed to transcend simplicity in the bathroom.
How to include it Draw inspiration from the working world of factories and labourers with exposed pipes and ducts, industrial light fittings, metal-framed mirrors and steel shelving. Neutral tones with black accents are the way to go when it comes to colour.
4. Raised textures
Raised textures take pride of place in bathroom trends and can be found all over the place on walls, floors and accessories. They enhance the room’s appearance by infusing it with depth. The overall aesthetic remains quite simple and, above all, minimalist.
How to include it Introduce ribbed finishes to vanities, cabinets or storage units to add a quirky visual dimension. Look for wallpaper sculpted tiles or Zellige ceramic to dress up walls.
5. Artwork on walls
The bathroom, a bland and impersonal space? Not anymore. Once reserved for the living room or bedroom, paintings are showing up on bathroom walls. Personal taste is the order of the day for works of art that enter this area. Get the creative juices flowing!
How to include it Choose artwork in water and moisture-resistant frames. This should obviously include reproductions. You can also decide to display art on waterproof shelves.
6. Chromatic experience
In 2024, achieve harmony in the bathroom by choosing one specific colour palette, to create a a distinctive atmosphere. This colour family should include a dominant colour and a range of tones. If you want to create a soothing setting, pick shades of blue, green or violet, colours that emphasize calm. Yellow and orange, on the other hand, introduce a more energizing ambiance.
How to include it It’s important to stick to one section of the colour wheel when making your choice. You can find colour wheels online that will help you create the ultimate colour harmony. Play with nuances by selecting lighter and darker shades of the same colour. Enhance the overall look with accessories, wall paint, tiles, household linen, etc.
7. Bold patterns
We find the room morphing into a work of art yet again. Walls and floors feature attractive patterns, whether it’s toned tiles or expressive wallpaper. Add a dose of visual energy to the bathroom with elements that will make it truly unique.
How to include it Start by picking a theme, like a geometric or floral pattern. Use it in moderation (on an accent wall, for example), then complement it with matching accessories. Lighting should serve to highlight your selection. You could choose wall sconces or a pretty pendant light.
8. Brilliant shades
This trend breathes a breath of fresh air into bathroom interior design. Shades of turquoise, coral and lemon take centre stage. A wonderful opportunity to inject some optimism into soft, neutral colours.
How to include it Dare to show off your true colours from vibrant tiled backsplashes to painted accent walls. Bring some balance to the design with minimalist fixtures and materials made from natural materials. It’s all about drawing the right amount of attention. This would work very well in a child or teen bathroom.
9. Mix of styles
In 2024, the bathroom becomes a playground where various styles collide. Bold combinations are welcome to seamlessly blend the past with the present. Modernity can just as easily mingle with a refined classical style as with the raw appeal of an industrial look. The watchword: think outside the box and the sky’s the limit.
How to include it Juxtapose vintage furniture with contemporary lighting. Pair a state-of-the-art bathtub with an aged brass faucet. Combine raw wood with an industrialized sink. Mix textures, colours and trends. The point is to express yourself and have fun!
10. Sharp contrasts
Creating clean contrasts is the be-all, end-all in bathroom trends this year. You can revive a somewhat bleak and dull space by mixing materials, textures or colour. Combining a grey glazed tiled wall with warm wood cabinets would be a most excellent example.
How to include it With a pale floor covering, match an accent wall with a dark main colour. The contrast creates a more arresting effect when working with only two shades and it is advisable to keep following this principle when selecting accessories. In short, always keep the pursuit of balance in mind when deciding where to distribute a two-colour combination and materials in a décor.
11. Metallic layout
This trend relies on metals to give the bathroom an upscale and avant-garde look. Gold and rose gold remain the top choices in 2024. Black is still sticking around, while chrome is gradually being phased out. A combination of polished and matte finishes energizes an aesthetic that goes way beyond taps: it also includes light fittings, mirrors, furniture, hardware and much more.
How to include it Select a monochrome palette (meaning one colour and done), while delving into various finishes such as glossy, matte and distressed. Identify elements to harmonize: furniture with metallic accents, accessories like towel rails and soap dispensers, and mirrors. Also consider introducing plant pots and soap dishes to complete the overall look.
12. Green design
Reducing our carbon imprint is a collective goal that calls on each of us to adopt sustainable practices... and design trends are no exception! The bathroom can be eco-friendly – it’s all about encouraging environmental sustainability, for example by choosing natural materials such as glass, stone, metal and wood.
How to include it Think about reducing your water consumption by buying low flow taps and showerheads. Choose reclaimed countertops for surfaces. Use natural cleaning products – and not harmful chemical solutions. Lastly, introduce second-hand or locally made decorative elements: antique furniture, mirrors with recycled wood frames and accessories found in nearby shops.
13. Anti-stress zone
Taking care of our physical and mental health should be a top priority. It’s fitting that bathrooms are becoming a peaceful oasis of well-being, a space to go to regenerate, relax and unwind. Cocooning mode activated!
How to include it Infrared lights, steam shower and tub with massage features are certainly great ways to induce muscle relaxation. And then there’s the sauna cabin, back making a splash inside the home. Go all out with accessories like natural soaps and wooden brushes in order to create a spa atmosphere that transports you into a totally zen universe.
14. Scandinavian accessories
Drawing inspiration from the Danish concept of hygge, made popular in recent years, the emphasis here is on ease and tranquillity in the bathroom. Scandinavian-style accessories (candlesticks, wooden hooks and mirrors, marble bath tray, ceramic soap dispenser) create a relaxing environment. This trend also highlights neutral colours and refined shapes.
How to include it Place your favourite products on a small wooden bench beside a vase decorated with eucalyptus leaves. Or store them in a wicker basket. Choose comfortable materials when it comes to textiles, items that have simple patterns and beige shades. For example, pick up a set of triangle or diamond-decorated cotton wash cloths and bathmat.
15. Old-fashioned appeal
Pairing new items with antique elements is another strategy to harmonize bathroom décor. Accessories that exude old-fashioned charm fit in well with a modern bathroom.
How to include it You can convert old dressers into a vanity or even opt for vintage-style tiles – checkerboard tiles with geometric patterns are reminiscent of retro fashion. Opt for door handles, taps and towel rails in brass or bronze. Reminder: metallic fittings are all the rage this year.
Before updating your décor, explore 2024 bathroom trends by RenoAssistance, all driven by layout and materials.
Outdated design trends
All-white bathroom The quest is on to design warm spaces… so all-white (often so impersonal) is out. It’s now recommended to choose colours that evoke a relaxed atmosphere and that can better cover up any design imperfections.
Oversized bathtubs Pick a tub that attracts attention, but not one that breaks the bank. Compact models have swung back into action. Besides being bulky, large bathtubs require a lot of water which doesn’t flow with the eco-friendly trend.
Flat, frameless mirrors Elaborate designs with a lot of details and textures are now in. Mouldings and frames bring an added touch of sophistication to the bathroom unlike flat mirrors that can look devoid of personality.
Thinking about completing redoing your bathroom? Contact a RenoAssistance Renovation Advisor to start your project.