Bathroom renovations are one of the most popular remodel projects undertaken by homeowners – and with good reason too. The bathroom is one area of the house the whole family uses frequently, and having an updated and modern bathroom can really improve the comfort level and appearance of your home. Bathroom renovation also provides a great return on investment if you are planning to sell the house down the track.

If you’re looking to bring your bathroom up to date with an expert remodel, here are some of the top 10 trends in bathrooms for 2016 so far.

Neutral Color Palette

Neutral color palettes are still the most popular for bathrooms, with grays and whites as well as beige and bone appearing most frequently. These color schemes are often chosen for their contemporary look and calming ambience.

Transitional Style Competes with Contemporary

Transitional style, which is a combination of the best aspects of both modern and traditional décor is now even more popular than contemporary style as the leading choice for bathroom decor. The combination of old and new styles brings warmth and familiarity to clean lines and modern profile.

Greater Built In Storage Capacity

With our need for convenience always increasing, handy in built bathroom storage for bathroom products, hair dryers and linen, as well as electrical outlets and charging stations hidden in drawers helps keep the world at your fingertips even when getting ready.

Accessible Bathrooms

With an aging population it’s no wonder that aging-in-place amenities including accessible and/or universal design elements are becoming more popular in homes with this trend set to continue.

Open Shelving and Floating Vanities

Open shelving allows for clean cut lines and opens up bathroom space while making products and accessories easily accessible. Floating vanities provide a beautiful, seamless addition to your bathroom that blends well with contemporary or transitional style.

Revamping Tub Style

While 67% of renovators remove tubs and whirlpools from master bathrooms when renovating, another 67% add freestanding tubs, revealing a trend towards the stunning and functional freestanding tub in master bathrooms.

Undermount Leads in Sink Styles

Although the sink is one of the areas of greatest creativity in the bathroom, undermount sinks are the leaders for their flawless finish and ease of cleaning, while streamlined trough sinks are also on the rise.

Enriching the Shower Experience

Adding additional amenities such as double shower heads, built-in seats or benches and custom lighting adds a special touch to the shower experience in modern bathrooms.


The use of metallics in home décor is gaining steady popularity, with polished chrome being the most popular finish in bathrooms in 2016. Satin nickel and brushed nickel are also popular, while further down the list polished nickel and warm metallics like bronze/oil-rubbed bronze also make an appearance.

Trending Amenities

In the spirit of making life easier and more convenient, or just for adding a touch of luxury to the everyday bathroom, other bathroom amenities are expected to trend in 2016. These include easy maintenance features, electric radiant floor heating, master bathrooms with coffee bars, microwaves, and wet bars, TV incorporated in bathroom mirror, quiet or soft-close toilet seats, and steam showers.

If you’re considering a bathroom upgrade, contact a leading design build contractor to discuss how to incorporate some of these stunning bathroom trends into your own home with your next project.