With the holidays fast approaching, many homeowners are looking ahead to upcoming holiday parties or to hosting friends and family. If you’re thinking about updating a bathroom or two in your home, now is the time to get started.

If you’re considering an upgrade, keep reading to learn 10 of the top bathroom remodeling trends happening in 2021.

1. Statement Lights

Lighting is an often-overlooked element of any bathroom remodel. While wall sconces and basic ceiling lights have long been a staple, upgrading your lighting is a simple way to make a big impact in your bathroom. It’s also a trend that’s easy to implement and customize to fit any size bathroom or remodel budget.

For larger bathrooms or those with a high ceiling, small chandeliers are one popular trend. But if you don’t have the space for that, an intricate, modern light bar above your vanity is a great alternative.

2. Wood-Look Tiles

Tiles are perhaps the most popular flooring choice for bathrooms, and for good reasons. They’re durable enough to stand up to heavy foot traffic and are waterproof, so you won’t have to worry about splashes and spills causing your floors to bubble. Clean-ups from small spills are easy to deal with as well, as long as you use the right methods and cleaning solutions.

Wood-look tiles are taking over homes, and the trend is making it into bathrooms as well. These are a great alternative to real wood floors, which are difficult to maintain and easy to damage. With some light sweeping and simple clean-ups, and regular visits from the pros at Zero RezⓇ for deep cleanings, your wood tile bathroom floors will look great for years to come, no matter how messy bath time gets.

3. Patterned Wallpapers

Wallpaper, once a home-decorating staple, has fallen out of fashion for the past decade or so. But now, it’s making its way back, with a few modern upgrades.

Wallpaper in bold patterns and textured finishes are a big trend in 2021. In bathrooms, wallpaper is perfect for making a big impact in a small space. To keep your wallpaper from overwhelming your room, use a bold pattern on a single accent wall, or stick to a neutral color paper in a fun texture to use throughout your space.

4. Floating Vanities

When it comes to decorating your bathroom, most homeowners don’t have room to add much furniture or other accents to their space. This means that you’re left to express your style through the pieces that are already there; namely, your vanity.

Because of the shape and function of vanities, style choices might seem limited. But designers have gotten creative in recent years, giving homeowners no shortage of options for choosing different styles, sizes, shapes, and colors for their bathroom vanities.

One vanity trend that’s making an impact this year is the floating vanity. This minimalist-look vanity style is great for creating clean lines in a space and is particularly suited for small bathrooms. This style does mean sacrificing some space for storage, though, so if your bathroom or linen closet is already short on space, this may be one trend that you want to skip.

5. Big Wall Tiles

Wood-look floor tiles aren’t the only trend making their way into bathrooms in 2021. Oversized wall tiles are another popular choice for lining showers and tubs.

Large tiles create a more modern look. They require fewer grout lines, which is great for creating a more minimal look — and is easier to clean! Natural stone tiles are a popular choice for large wall tiles this year. Much like your floors, these tiles are easy to clean, though regular visits from tile cleaning pros can keep them looking great and help you remember to seal them regularly to lock out moisture.

6. Natural Touches

Natural stone tiles also fit well with this next trend. Natural elements, like stone soaking tubs, natural stone on vanities, and other neutral, nature-inspired touches are also popular choices in 2021. 

If your goal is to create a relaxing space, or if you’re lucky enough to have a great view of the outdoors from your bathroom windows, this is the trend for you.

7. Spa-Like Touches

Many of us have spent more time at home indulging in some extra self-care for the past couple of years. That could be why many homeowners are now inspired to add spa-like touches to their bathrooms. Rain head showers, heated floors, fluffy rugs, and teak floor mats or stools are all great ways to make your bathroom feel like a visit to a luxurious spa

8. Quartz Countertops

Brilliant and bright quartz countertops are already a popular staple for minimalist or modern kitchens. But they’re making their way into bathrooms as well.

While granite is a less expensive and popular choice for bathroom countertops, these have to be resealed at least once a year, or else it will be susceptible to stains and mildew. While quartz is a bigger investment, it’s also a durable choice for your bathroom, and one that will look beautiful for years to come.

9. Soaking Tubs

Whether you’re looking to create a spa-like space or just value your relaxing time in the bath, a soaking tub can be a great choice for larger bathrooms. These luxurious tubs come in all shapes and sizes, as well as some awesome upgrades like jets or fragrance diffusers.

Stand-alone tubs are a big trend this year. But if you don’t have the room for a separate tub, you’re in luck; space-saving soaking tubs are another trend in 2021.

10. Colored Subway Tiles

Classic subway tiles are one bathroom trend that never seems to go out of style. But this year, this trend is seeing a slight change with some bold colors. 

Modern tones of blue, pink, and green are just a few of the colored subway tiles popular in bathrooms this year. Use them on your shower walls to create clean lines that have a big impact, especially in bathrooms that are short on space. Seal them at least once annually so that you can keep enjoying your trendy bathroom for years to come.

Keeping Your Trendy Bathroom Looking Great

If you’re thinking about remodeling a bathroom in your home before the end of the year, these are a few of the trends you’ll want to consider. Try one — or several — to give your bathrooms a modern refresh you’ll love to show off this holiday season.

After you’ve finished your remodel, ensure that your bathrooms keep looking great for years to come by scheduling your next visit from the Zerorez® pros!