Top 11 Bathroom Trends for 2015

Posted by Laine Smith on 8/20/15 2:05 PM

Topics: Home Ownership

Though trends in kitchen and bathroom remodeling and construction don't change nearly as quickly as home decor and furnishings, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) has identified several evolving designs in bathrooms as many homeowners transition their homes to "classic-updated with a contemporary twist".

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If you're in the market for a bathroom update, here are some design trends from the NKBA's 2015 Style Report to keep in mind.

Contemporary Ambiance

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According to the NKBA's style report, more than 400 designers agreed that bathroom design has shifted from the coastal cottage style trend to a more simplistic and contemporary look. Cleaner lines and minimalism give a modern, spa-like vibe.

Polished Chrome Fixtures

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Polished chrome is the fastest growing choice for bathroom faucet finishes, according to 80% of responding designers. Meanwhile, bronze and oil-rubbed bronze fixtures are on the decline.

Floating Vanities

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Floating vanities are immensely popular right now, especially those made of wood.

Ceramic Tile

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Many homeowners are opting out of vinyl and linoleum and choosing ceramic tile instead. Elegant, yet affordable, ceramic tile is a great flooring option because of its low maintenance, resale value, and durability. Specifically within this trend, designers are seeing an increase in usage of natural stone or pebble tile.

No-Threshold Showers

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Once considered only as a convenience to homeowners with mobility problems, no-threshold showers are now a bathroom design trend. No-threshold showers enhance a contemporary and streamlined appearance.

Undermount Sinks

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Designers are predicting this sink style to continue to grow strongly in 2015. In 2014, undermount sinks were the number-one sink style used by 90% of designers. On the contrary, basin sinks are on their way out.

Soaking Tubs

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Free-standing bathtubs used to be viewed as space-hogs, but as homeowners are turning their bathrooms into spa-like retreats, there has been a significant boost in soaking and free-standing tubs. Designers are expecting to see a decline in standard tubs with shower-surrounds.

Leggy (Pedestal) Sinks

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Organization-lovers beware: under-mounted leggy sinks are on the rise, decreasing space for under-counter storage. But this design trend also complements an ever-emerging kitchen and bathroom trend of open shelving.

Gray Shades

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While gray has been a popular shade for awhile (along with blue and beige), the NKBA found gray to be the fastest-growing color trend for bathrooms.

Quartz Countertops

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While luxury bathrooms may have you thinking there is nothing better than granite, quartz is a rising option in countertops.

Black Tiles

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Also a large kitchen decor trend at the moment, sleek black tiles are pushing out the trend of white subway tiles.

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