Create the Bathroom Design of Your Dreams With New Styles, Products

When it’s time for a bathroom renovation, think beyond the sink because there are all sorts of new bathroom designs to choose from. Long gone are the days when you were limited to a slab of countertop with a standard drop-in sink. Manufacturers have launched new styles that are more like furniture. From compact models that make the most of a small bathroom stylishly to larger sets that celebrate hardware and elevate plumbing to a chic element, the choices are endless. If you haven’t browsed bathroom designs recently, you’ll be in for a surprise. Have a look at these to get your imagination started:

Mixing materials in the bathroom is a very on-trend choice.View in gallery
Mixing materials in the bathroom is a very on-trend choice.

With a chic industrial twist, the Elemental Collection from Stone Forest offers flexible and stylish options for a bathroom vanity.  This is the double vanity, which is an outstanding example of the mixed materials trend. Instead of sticking with a matchy palette based on a single material, the contemporary stylish look comes from the artful mixture of stone basins, wood cabinetry, steel components and brass legs. The vanity can incorporate different finishes and is has unlimited opportunities for customization and additional components. The sinks are also wide and shallow, which is one of the most popular basin forms in new sink designs.

Wall-mounted vanities have cleaner lines and a lighter look.View in gallery
Wall-mounted vanities have cleaner lines and a lighter look.

Also with square, shallow basins, but with more traditional cabinetry is this bathroom design from Duravit. The Brioso wall mounted vanity is a lighter look because the bulk does not sit directly on the floor. This one features drawers, but other styles also have cabinets instead if that’s a preference. The streamlined look also features wall-mounted fixtures, which free up valuable space on the vanity for placing bathroom necessities. Another innovation for bathrooms is a mirror that has built-in lighting, both embedded in the surface as well as incorporated behind the unit. This gives great task lighting for the mirror and ambient light.

Slim lines and furniture styling make this set very functional.View in gallery
Slim lines and furniture styling make this set very functional.

This similar, slim-line design is ideal for bathrooms that don’t have a great deal of space. From COMAD, a company based in Poland, these pieces are from the Bali Collection and feature a silhouette that is common across a number of their collections. The vanity sits on the floor but looks more like furniture because of the legs. The side cabinet is a great solution: When storage space is at a premium, go for the vertical. This closed cabinet is stylish and allows you to stash your jumble of bathroom goods behind closed doors, keeping the look clean and uncluttered.

A long, single basin is just one option for this vanity.View in gallery
A long, single basin is just one option for this vanity.

Wall-mounted but with the lines of a more traditional shape, the Avant 620 vanity from The Furniture Guild has a sleek look. The smooth surfaces and lack of drawer pulls makes it a modern look. Moreover, the basin is built in, instead of sitting atop the vanity, with twin, slim fixtures mounted on the surface. A shelf underneath offers a hand ledge for storing extra towels or baskets of additional bathroom supplies. This bathroom design is fresh, new and comes in different configurations with options for two individual basins. While this smooth finish gives it a masculine look, the vanity is also available in rich natural woods and other finish choices.

This eclectic style has a warm and friendly appeal.View in gallery
This eclectic style has a warm and friendly appeal.

For a more eclectic look with clean lines that still feels home, this bathroom design from Hastings Tile & Bath is a great launchpad for renovation ideas. The cabinetry sits on the floor like a traditional vanity, but instead of simply plopping the sink atop the base, it is mounted on the wall, hovering above the unit. This allows the fixtures and plumbing to become an accent feature and lightens the look. In addition to the counter space that is part of the sink unit, the longer base adds a convenient storage area. Twin mirrors do the job more stylishly than a large expanse of one big mirror.

Today's small bathrooms have many more options for fixtures.View in gallery
Today’s small bathrooms have many more options for fixtures.

The options for a small powder room or tight bathroom are much more varied than they used to be. With new bathroom designs made specifically for tight spaces, homeowners are no longer forced to cram standard-sized fixtures into tiny bathrooms. Smaller basins like these from La Cava that are highly functional can be used with pedestals or wall-mounted cabinetry depending on the space and intended use. The self-rimmed sinks have fixtures that are mounted in the corner. This preserved valuable space along the edges, both for placing items as well as the overall space required for the installation. Slim vertical mirrors hide storage space within the medicine cabinets.

A dramatic washbasin is a wonderful focal point for a powder room.View in gallery
A dramatic washbasin is a wonderful focal point for a powder room.

Of course, new bathroom designs are not limited to shallow square basins. For those who want a dramatic piece, large artful sinks made from all sorts of luxury materials are available. This conical, extra tall basin is from Stone Forest is matched by a tall, modern faucet from Franz Viegener. The single-handled faucet is the best choice for a tall basin like this one, where users might otherwise have to fumble around to reach the knobs. The drama of a tall faucet also enhances the vertical styling of the basin.

Wall-mounted fixtures can save a lot of counter space.View in gallery
Wall-mounted fixtures can save a lot of counter space.

A rich copper basin is a warm choice and it can be paired with either a traditional faucet mounted on the vanity or with more streamlined fixtures mounted on the wall. Here, the faucet options are from the Inciso Collection by Gessi. The choice of wall versus vanity mounting is driven by not only by visual preference but also by considerations of space and function. In a powder room, wall-mounted fixtures can save precious inches when space is at a premium.

New technology allows for the design of novel bathroom fixtures.View in gallery
New technology allows for the design of novel bathroom fixtures.

The look of bathroom fixtures is also changing with the advent of new technologies. Unusual, architectural designs are more widely available. This one from Kohler looks like a modern line drawing, with the bulk of the fixture erased. It’s an intriguing design that still has plenty of water flowing from the tap, just as an ordinary faucet does. designs like this allow homeowners to be more creative in coming up with a bathroom design that expresses their personalities and adding interest to this hardworking space.

Freestanding tubs are currently very popular.View in gallery
Freestanding tubs are currently very popular.

Freestanding bathtubs have been all the rage in recent years, replacing the mammoth built-in jacuzzi tubs of decades past. Now, within the freestanding category, there are different types available. This new model from Villeroy & Boch sits on a chrome base, lifting the height of the tub and lightening up its footprint in the bathroom design. Similarly, the wall mounted toilet, where the tank and plumbing are secreted within the wall, is a streamline option. Even if space is plentiful, the wall-mounted toilet is a sleeker option than one with a hulking tank attached.

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Shower fixtures have also come a long way in terms of design as well as function. Designers have created sleeker, more streamlined fixtures to go with today’s modern showers, whether they are tiled with stone, glass-enclosed or made from something else entirely. Alape’s wall of fixture options shows how low-profile they have become. Large button-like knobs, slim hand-held units, and electronic controls are all possible in today’s shower designs.

Almost anything is possible in bathroom designs now, from integrated color-changing lights and music to programmable water temperatures and bathroom furniture options that are as stylish as can be. With bathroom renovations — or even just a refresh — planning, prioritizing desires and budgeting are key because today’s options are so wide-ranging. Even if an overhaul isn’t possible, it’s really fun to look at all the new bathroom designs!