2016 Bathroom Remodeling Trends

When it comes to home remodeling projects, bath upgrades continue to dominate, even over kitchen renovations. With so many resources and choices out there, it can be overwhelming to sort through the different options and styles on your own, so I’ve researched the topic for you.

Transitional and contemporary style bathrooms are gaining steam over traditional designs. Modern style baths tend to be popular among homeowners who are remodeling because they offer eye-catching features that are sure to impress. See what’s trending in 2016 so you’re prepared the next time you want to buy a home or update your bathroom.

Emphasize A Focal Point

Make an intentional effort to create a focal point for the eye to be drawn to when you walk in the room. Walk-in showers and freestanding tubs are two examples of how you can master this trend. Think of your bathroom focal point as a statement piece of clothing you’d wear to generate a reaction.

Showers with frameless heavy-glass enclosures have a designer appearance and deliver a spa-like luxury to the bath. Color, hardware, vanities and tubs are all ways to you can emphasize a main focal point in your bathroom. Surprisingly, new tubs can be installed at a fairly reasonable price.


Modern Metallics

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, updating your hardware is an effortless way to add visual interest and style to any room. Oil-rubbed bronze and brushed nickel are two trendy metals that come in interesting and appealing colors and textures. Believe it or not, brass tones in a warm-colored copper are coming back to the bathroom scene. Updating your faucets and shower hardware will give you the look of a high-end bathroom at a low-end cost.

Light fixtures are no longer just for brightening up a room. They’re installed with the purpose of being seen. This includes pieces that are bold, large and full of personality. These days, you have a wide range of styles to choose from. We’re seeing anything from glamorous chandeliers made of crystals, to clusters of hand-blown globes or drum pendants made of metal. Ultimately, the decision is yours!


Modern Wall & Subway Tiles

Tile is in and it’s prettier than ever. Modern wall tiles in bright colors, with floral designs and creative shapes are entering bathrooms, and it’s a beautiful thing! This is your chance to use creativity and personal style to bring some energy to your bathroom.

Subway tiles are nothing new. They’ve been around for more than a century and are a demonstration of lasting elegance. Subway tiles are a perfect choice for the bathroom because they’re durable, attractive and water resistant.

As the styles and trends change, so do the tiles. There are a wide variety of modern appearances and colors available for your liking. The most popular subway tile colors have deemed to be winter white, cobalt blue and slate gray. Tile experts have been mixing tiles to create one-of-kind designs that remain timeless.


Raised Panel Cabinetry

Cabinets are an essential part of a bathroom remodel, both as a design element and budget line item. Raised panel doors are very popular among homeowners and will continue to be in 2016. Designer, Loretta J. Willis has laid out the top trends according to the different types of cabinet frames and doors that exist.

Bath or Vanity Cabinets – Type of Cabinet Frame

  1. Frameless (European Style)
  2. Face-framed (Traditional Style)

Bath or Vanity Cabinets – Type of Door

  1. Wood finish, raised panel in frame
  2. Wood finish, flat panel in frame
  3. Glass panel in wood frame


Heated Floors

Heated floors are definitely an added luxury, but they can be a life-changing upgrade in colder climates. The average reported cost to install bathroom floor heating for 100sf is $600. Installing heated floors is a great selling point for those considering listing a home.

Heated floors can also save homeowners money by allowing them to keep the temperature in their homes lower during the colder months of the year, without having to worry about their floors being cold. As far as material goes, ceramic and porcelain tiles are going to be big sellers in the days ahead.


Zen-Like Designs With A Contemporary Twist

One of the newer trends you’ll see in 2016 is a Zen-inspired bath design with contemporary features. Homeowners like to have their bathroom be a spot they can relax and rejuvenate, and this is why spa-like designs are gaining attention and popularity.

To achieve a modern Zen setting, you have to think outside the box and combine and pull design elements, colors and creativity from both styles. Large spa-like showers and ultra-clear glass adds luxury to a master bath by creating free-flowing light and an open, airy atmosphere.


Technology is not only evolving in our professional lives and our smartphones, but also in our bathrooms. Water-resistant music systems and streaming Bluetooth systems can be operated wirelessly, from smartphones and other various audio devices. New technology allows you to add a little fun to your morning routine!

And have you heard of this one, Optum VorMax, the new flush system technology developed for toilets? This new technology is being offered by American Standard. It not only gives a powerful flush to your toilet, but also scours and cleans the bowl at the same time! Why not let technology do the work for you!


There you have it, some of the leading bathroom trends of 2016. Take some of these ideas back to your bath and see what features you think might need a facelift. At the end of the day, it’s your home and your bath, so pick styles that suit you and your overall design.