One of the most important rooms in the home is the bathroom. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a spa-like shower or a nice soak in the tub? While an upgraded bathroom is a luxury, it’s also something that can add value to a home. So, you want to make sure you are choosing the most up-to-date finishes and styles to maximize your investment. From tiles to tubs and sinks, here are ten bathroom design trends that are going away in 2024.
Bathrooms That Don’t Go With The Rest Of The Home
One of the worst trends in recent years is bathrooms with a style that’s incongruous with the rest of the home. A traditional style home should never have a modern bathroom and vice versa. “Home buyers are really looking for authenticity in every element of the home, so the bathroom design should match the overall vibe of the home,” says Los Angeles real estate agent Lori Levine Harris, of Brock and Lori. “People are rebelling against those who take traditional architectural homes —whether they be Tudor, Craftsman, Spanish—and make incongruous renovations. 2024 (and hopefully the rest of time) is about being true to the home, and doing research to restore and create a timeless look and feel.”
The All-White Bathroom
Much like the all-white kitchen, the all-white bathroom is also over. Naomi Neilson, Founder and CEO of Native Trails tells me over the past decade, homeowners have consistently opted for the timeless and clean aesthetic of all-white bathrooms. However, like all trends, this one is cyclical. “We are now witnessing a resurgence in the embrace of color and texture. Whether it’s the warmth of natural woods, the sheen of copper or nickel, or the introduction of sinks and bathtubs with blue and green hues, homeowners are seeking to infuse pops of color and tactile elements into their spaces.”
The “Flipper Special”
“Our benchmark for design trends that are going away is whether cheap home flippers are using them,” says Harris. “As they say, charm attracts money, which destroys charm.”
Levine has noticed that the all-white bathroom was being replaced last year by an aesthetic she calls The Flipper Special with graphic cement tile flooring, blue cabinetry, and matte black finishes. “We are so over this. It frankly looks cheap and overdone.”
Vessel and Console Sinks
Interior designer Ryan Saghian tells me he’s had numerous clients who used to request vessel and console sinks, but in 2024, these options are falling out of favor. “They are considered impractical because they take up precious counter space and lack storage functionality.”
Levine tells me that vessel sinks have been replaced by the carved-out basin. “The chicest design trend which we home is here to stay. Having a marble countertop with a built-in basin is a trend you’ll find in any luxury home these days, and we love it! So minimal and gorgeous.”
On the other hand, when it comes to more traditional aesthetics, interior designer Jennifer Hunter tells me, that basic, boring sinks are out of style. “Say goodbye to sterile. We are seeing vanities that are made to look like furniture pieces with exceptional details or even vanities that are made of materials such as caning or natural woods.”
Frameless Glass Showers
“Instead of frameless glass shower enclosures, we are seeing a shift toward more private, cozy showers that are framed and drywalled to have an interesting opening such as an arch,” says designer Audrey Scheck. “Glass doors are certainly still functional to waterproof these openings, but we are seeing a shift toward more solid materials and much less glass in bathrooms.”
Built-in bathtub and shower combinations have been waning in popularity for a long time. In 2024, they will start to look dramatically dated.
“Today, we are seeing a big shift toward the freestanding bathtub, and it is chosen to be a focal point in the bathroom. It is an opportunity to place a piece that can feel almost like artwork in the bathroom, while of course providing an important wellness function. Many of these modern tubs are being manufactured using durable, eco-conscious materials including concrete blends and copper, which are long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing. They can turn a drab bathroom into a sanctuary,” says Saghian.
Part of the reason for this change isn’t just that bathrooms are larger and more elevated than ever these days, it’s also due to the popularity of the open floorplan. “This focus on materiality and drive for open floor plans has led to a healthy increase in freestanding bathtub installs, steering away from those dated, built-in tub bathroom designs,” eplains Neilson.
Why use a regular toilet when you can use a luxurious one? From simple built-in bidets to heated seats, homeowners are leveling up their toilets in a big way, explains Saghian. “Initially, smart toilets were a luxury beyond the reach of most due to their high price tags. However, the landscape has changed, with various companies offering affordable smart toilet options, making them accessible to a wider audience.”
Subway tile has been ubiquitous in recent years. From classic white with white grout to larger tiles and subway tie laid vertically, everyone is absolutely tired of this look. “Subway tile is done. It’s affordable and can complement any style but people are using tile more decoratively now,” says owner of furniture and decor retailer Paynes Gray, Chelsea Marks.
So what’s replacing it? According to Marks, anything that’s more interesting. “We’ve noticed fun tile shapes, colors, patterns, and textures are really taking over the bathroom.”
Very few people feel neutral about the neutral aesthetic. In 2024, these bathrooms will start to look dated says Marks. “No more bleak neutral bathrooms. We’re seeing more color overall including our bathrooms. White walls and neutral tiles are being replaced by bold wallpaper and patterned tile work. People are mixing metals more so the days of matching hardware, faucets, and mirrors are gone. The cookie cutter all brass or all bronze has turned into perfecting your personal metal mix.”
People are seeing bathrooms and especially powder rooms as a place to go bold with design.
Manmade stones like quartz were very big from 2019 to 2023. But according to Tald designer Jessica Reynau, things are changing this year. “Designers are embracing more natural materials, and less manmade. Think more use of zellige tile, stone, and terracotta tiles.”