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Some of Our Favorite Master Bathroom Design Trends and Ideas for 2021

Here at The Bath Barn, our dedicated and experienced bathroom remodeling and design team stays up-to-date on current trends for all types of bathrooms, from small powder rooms to sprawling en suite master baths. After all, our bath designers must be able to translate a customer’s ideas and preferences into an inviting oasis.

Especially with master bathrooms, the recent trend has been creating a spa-like atmosphere where homeowners can relax and unwind after a busy day. But, how to achieve this feeling in a bath is up to the designer and their unique knowledge about putting together the right colors and materials to provide a visual cohesiveness to the flooring, cabinetry, faucet finishes, and more.

Today’s blog post offers just a little insight into some of the biggest trends in fixtures, master bath layouts, and décor that our designers are adding to their repertoire now.

Open Showers

open showerThe days of the simple enclosed shower stall are over! In master bathrooms with the square footage to accommodate showers that forgo doors or the need for a curtain to block water spray into other areas of the bathroom, open showers are all the rage. Check out this example from a spa-like master bath renovation completed by our Designer Bob!

Don’t have the floor space in your bathroom to accommodate an open shower? Not to worry. Frameless and low profile framed glass doors are also en vogue and can help you achieve that more open feel without the risk of spreading water throughout your space! Just get in touch with us at The Bath Barn to learn more!

Gold-Tone Finishes

gold-accented bathroomIt’s true that if you wait long enough, everything comes back in style. Gold fixtures are the latest trend in luxury bathrooms, but with a modern twist. The brass of yesteryear was a bit different and tended to not be very subtle in appearance. The updated gold-toned metallic fixtures and accents in bathrooms, like drawer hardware, faucets, and shower hardware, come in a variety of shades and textures.

Our designer Linsey shows in this recent remodel project that gold tones don’t have to be brash and brassy! When used sparingly with warm neutral grays and barely-there blues, golds can lend a subtle wow factor to your bathroom.

Frameless Mirrors + Bonus: Black Accents

bathroom with black accentsDesigner Bob shows off two big trends in this recent bathroom remodel project: a generously sized frameless mirror and gorgeous black accents throughout the room, such as on the unique shower doors.

Frameless mirrors have come into and out of fashion at various points throughout bathroom design history, and they tend to lend a modern flair to a space with a clean, unadorned appearance. Some are now available with high-tech features, too, such as hidden backlighting (to create a sort of “selfie ring light” appearance to your reflection).

About Black as a Trending Bath Color

A little while ago, we published a post here on the blog about white being the new trending color in bathrooms. It’s true that white is still very much on-trend going into 2021, especially when it comes to fixtures like toilets, tubs, and sink washbasins.

No wonder. White lends a clean and neutral appearance, which can help create the spa-like feel many people prefer in their master bathrooms. But, it’s polar opposite—black, especially in matte finishes—has been coming on strong as an accent color.

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Wooden/Natural Touches—Including Plants

painted cabinetryWhile painted cabinetry remains quite popular, natural wood and wood-look finishes on vanities, cabinets, furniture pieces, and even flooring have been showing up in more bathrooms lately. Wood floors in bathrooms aren’t generally a good idea due to high moisture levels, but luxury vinyl or tile flooring with the appearance of wood can be a showstopper.

This project by Designer Cody proves just how great understated wood accents—like open shelving—can look in a bathroom. Also, notice the use of artificial plants here to give a pop of color to the overall style. You can also incorporate live houseplants in your bathroom design to really bring nature indoors. In fact, many tropical houseplants thrive in the moisture that fills the air when the shower is running, so don’t be afraid to add plants—even if you don’t have a green thumb.

Unique Tile Placements and Shapes

Unique Tile Placements and ShapesTile isn’t just for floors or accent walls inside the shower anymore! Ceramic and other material tiles come in a dizzying array of shapes, sizes, and styles today, which can be used in nearly any application you can dream up.

Think subway tiles on walls from floor to ceiling, colorful glass tile accents, and surprising tile shapes like hexagons and triangles. The understated silver backsplash from one of Designer Tiffany’s recent projects adds a stunning sparkle to the sink and vanity.

Freestanding Tubs

Freestanding TubThe earliest bathtubs were freestanding. While their graceful look never quite fell out of favor among designers, bathrooms embraced the shower/tub combo’s efficiency for much of the later 20th century into the early 2000s. What’s old is now new again, though, and freestanding tubs are back!

Are you imaging giant clawfoot cast iron bathtubs that you are sure you could never get into your second story master bath? Think again—today’s freestanding tubs come in various sizes and styles. They are also extremely easy to live with. Check out this lovely freestanding tub from a recent project by our Designer Linsey!

See More in Our Idea Gallery—or Stop By The Bath Barn Showroom!

Need even more design ideas to make your bathroom renovation dreams come true? Are you feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices and trends and want a professional opinion? Our talented bath designers are ready to help.

Check out our full bathroom remodeling idea gallery here on The Bath Barn website, or stop by our Lititz-area showroom to browse. With social distancing still being a concern, we also offer convenient virtual design consultations. Discover why we’re the best choice among bathroom remodeling contractors in Lancaster, PA!