First things first — the most important thing about the design of your bathroom is that it works for you, both aesthetically and functionally. Keeping an eye on trends and incorporating your favorites is always fun, but which trends are here to stay, and which ones aren’t? Even more crucially, which trends come along with functional problems that could actually decrease the enjoyment you get out of your bathroom? Here are 5 bathroom trends to avoid if you’re looking for a new design for your bathroom.

1. All White

All-white bathrooms look great in pictures, but in reality, it can be hard to keep them looking pristine. If you think you might sell your home in the future, you should know that some buyers won’t be keen on too much white.

White bathroom with gray tones

In addition, too much stark white can create a sterile, almost hospital-like appearance, instead of the clean, minimalist aesthetic that originally kicked off the white bathroom trend.

2. “Dated” Elements that Might Decrease Your Home’s Value

If resale value is important to you, you may also want to stay away from certain vintage bathroom trends. Incorporating a few antique pieces can be elegant, but a fully vintage look may turn off potential buyers. For example, you may want to avoid:

  • The all-pink look
  • 70s-style colors like mustard, olive green, and burgundy
  • Overly busy wallpaper
  • A stand-alone sink (if space is limited this can be a great option, but otherwise you lose potential counter space and storage)

Antique inspired free-standing sink

3. Oversized Bathtubs

Most designers and homeowners seem to agree on this one. While big, glamorous bathtubs can work with certain floor plans, they’re impractical for most bathrooms. This is because they take up so much floor space and can visually dominate the room, making the whole space feel unbalanced.

With that said, if a giant luxury bathtub is what you’ve been dreaming of, trust your instincts. But if you’re looking for an alternative, many homeowners are now leaning toward designs that are simpler, more serene, and highly functional.

4. Inefficient Fixtures and Appliances

The desire for functionality, paired with a general movement towards more environmentally friendly homes, has led many homeowners to choose more resource-efficient fixtures and appliances.

For example, water-saving fixtures, like low-flow showerheads, are a great investment. Plus, newer models can give you the same water-saving benefits without that frustrating low-pressure feeling that many of us associate with low-flow showerheads.

5. Trends You Don’t Personally Love

Outdated bathroom

It’s one thing when a trend goes a bit out of style, but you still love it. It’s another thing when a trend looks dated and you never really loved it to begin with. As you consider various trends and style options, keep in mind that you are the one who will be using your bathroom every day. You deserve a space that makes you feel relaxed, comfortable, and happy every time you step through the door.

Let’s design your dream bathroom together

At Karen Linder Interior Design, we love keeping an eye on the latest bathroom trends, but our real passion is helping homeowners realize their own unique visions. What bathroom trends do you love? We can’t wait to help you bring them to life.

Call us today at (503) 515-4745 or contact us online to get started!