What's New in 2014? The Latest in Bathroom Design Trends

Every year the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) conducts a survey of its members to review trends seen in kitchen and bath design in the previous year and to provide insights for the coming year.

So what is happening this year in bathroom design trends according the NKBA’s members?  Since a renovation is a significant investment, design trends do not tend to shift very drastically from one year to the next.  This year is a bit different in that for the first time contemporary bathroom designs will take over the lead spot for bathroom renovation projects from transitional designs.  Other trends this year include:

  • An increase in spa-style bathrooms,
  • Greater accessibility, such as no threshold showers or comfort height toilets and vanities, and
  • Easy to maintain bathrooms.

The more traditional style bathroom is still very popular and will certainly not go out of style any time soon.  Even still, members of the NKBA noticed a shift this year toward greater popularity of contemporary designs.  Traditional designs now sit in a close second place to contemporary for the first time.

This trend toward more contemporary bathroom renovation projects fits in closely with the clean lines characteristic of “Zen-like retreats” and spa-style bathrooms.  The spa feel can be achieved by a complete bathroom remodel, or even by including specific spa-inspired features in your design.  This could include a steam shower or an open shower design with no threshold, a soaking master bath tub, or electric radiant floor heating to ensure you step out of your relaxing shower onto warm floor tiles.

Showers are increasingly becoming a focal point for the bathroom, and NKBA members noticed a trend toward adding extra features to your shower space to help re-create that luxurious spa experience in your own master bathroom design.  A lighting design in the shower helps to create a relaxed mood, while also providing useful task lighting.  Many showers now include benches or seats built into the shower itself to allow an easy place to relax in your steam shower or to rest your feet while shaving.   Most bathrooms last year also contained a soaking tub, with a preference for freestanding, non-jetted tubs, like the one pictured below.

Bathroom design with a gray color scheme and freestanding tub.

Bathroom design with a gray color scheme and freestanding tub.

Color schemes have not changed significantly, with beige and bone color schemes taking the lead, along with white fixtures and polished chrome faucets.  Gray tones for the bathroom continue to gain momentum as the fastest growing color scheme, and this is expected to continue in 2014.

Other features that have been much sought after in bathroom renovation projects in 2013 include:

  • Ceramic or porcelain tile for flooring,
  • Quartz for vanity tops,
  • Undermount sinks,
  • Wall-hung floating vanities, and
  • Open shelving.

 These trends give us an idea of the direction that bathroom design is headed and provide inspiration for future designs.  Do you want to learn more about this year’s bathroom design trends and perhaps find the inspiration you have been seeking for your next remodeling project?  Read more about the NKBA’s annual review of design trends here, or contact us for more design advice today!