Think Wallpaper is Outdated? It Can Actually Update Your Bathroom

Wallpaper. Just the sight or sound of that word usually evokes 18th Century scenic or floral images or, worse, the gaudy, headache-inducing designs that were widely – and wildly – popular in the 1970s. However, wallpaper is making a comeback. Maybe “reincarnation” is a better word since, thankfully, the new trend in wallpaper looks radically different from the styles of yesteryear. In fact, wallpaper can actually be used in the bathroom to create glamour, elegance, drama and even fun. Below are some of the various options to consider:

Half-Wall Application

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This gold and white wallpaper helps to create a luxurious bathroom. Image: Moen

You don’t have to wallpaper the entire bathroom. Used sparingly, like the wallpaper applied below the chair rail molding in the photo above, it can still create a powerful impression. “Wallpaper done tastefully can add character to any room, especially bathrooms and bedrooms,” says Angela
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What’s Trending in Bathroom Design? The National Kitchen + Bath Association Reveals All

Traditional bathroom designs are taking a back seat to a more spa-like, clean and minimal look, according to the National Kitchen + Bath Association (NKBA). The organization queried hundreds of designers, remodelers, architects, manufacturers and dealers to discover the trends in bathroom styles, sinks and tubs, cabinets, lighting, flooring, colors and other elements. Freshome asked trend spotter Elle H-Millard, Certified Kitchen Designer and Industry Relations Manager at the NKBA, for photos and comments on key design trends in U.S. bathrooms. Here are the NKBA bathroom design trends you should know.

The most popular bathroom styles

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A transitional bathroom. Image: NKBA

According to H-Millard, both transitional and contemporary styles are popular in bathrooms. “Transitional bathrooms have clean and classic lines, with painted walls and wood cabinetry,” she says. Undermount sinks, brushed nickel and cool color palettes are also features of the transitional style.
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A contemporary bathroom. Image: NKBA

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What’s Trending in Bathroom Design? The National Kitchen + Bath Association Reveals All

Traditional bathroom designs are taking a back seat to a more spa-like, clean and minimal look, according to the National Kitchen + Bath Association (NKBA). The organization queried hundreds of designers, remodelers, architects, manufacturers and dealers to discover the trends in bathroom styles, sinks and tubs, cabinets, lighting, flooring, colors and other elements. Freshome asked trend spotter Elle H-Millard, Certified Kitchen Designer and Industry Relations Manager at the NKBA, for photos and comments on key design trends in U.S. bathrooms. Here are the NKBA bathroom design trends you should know.

The most popular bathroom styles

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A transitional bathroom. Image: NKBA

According to H-Millard, both transitional and contemporary styles are popular in bathrooms. “Transitional bathrooms have clean and classic lines, with painted walls and wood cabinetry,” she says. Undermount sinks, brushed nickel and cool color palettes are also features of the transitional style.
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A contemporary bathroom. Image: NKBA

“The uptick in
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Small Bathroom Vanities that Take Back Your Space

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  Just because your bathroom lacks space doesn’t mean it can’t be functional. You simply have to figure out clever, space-saving ways to lay it out. In most bathrooms, the sink cabinet is often too large and lacking in useful storage. Take back some of your tiny bathroom. Replace old, outdated cabinets with one of these modern small bathroom vanities.

Wall-mounted small bathroom vanities

One of the best ways to open up the flow of a tiny bathroom is by wall-mounting your bath vanity. Add baskets or boxes below the vanity for extra storage. Or, you can also leave the space open for a clean, minimalist feel. Wall-mounting a small bathroom vanity takes a little extra work – the vanity must be anchored to
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Kohler’s New Components Collection Offers Mixing and Matching Elements for Personalization

                                <em>The following post is brought to you by <a href="https://www.us.kohler.com/us/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Kohler</a>. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design.</em>
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                                If you’ve ever thrown up your hands at the lack of compatible faucet elements during a bathroom build or redesign, have a look at <a href="https://www.us.kohler.com/us/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Kohler&#8217;s</a> new <a href="http://kohler.com/Components"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Components</a> collection that allows you to personalize faucets, handles, and finish in a range of modern and minimal options. Components interchangeable range is the epitome of forward thinking design that also offers a bit of technology with gentle precision of flow and temperature control with a hidden aerator that creates an organic waterflow.
Kohler has made it easy to create a look that suits your own design needs with this pared down, yet refined line. To create a luxuriously chic personalized faucet configuration with the Components line there’s a simple three-step process to follow. First, choose your spout for
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Brizo Unveils the Limited Edition Vettis Concrete Faucet

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/brizo-unveils-the-limited-edition-vettis-concrete-faucet/vettis-concrete-faucet-brizo-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Vettis-Concrete-Faucet-Brizo-1-810x540.jpg" alt="Brizo Unveils the Limited Edition Vettis Concrete Faucet" /></a>
                                In 2017, <a href="https://www.brizo.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Brizo</a> launched the nature-inspired <a href="https://design-milk.com/brizo-unveils-the-vettis-bath-collection/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Vettis<img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/2.4/72x72/2122.png" alt="™" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /> Bath Collection</a> and now they&#8217;ve just unveiled a new, limited edition version of it in concrete. The single-handle <a href="http://brizo.com/vettisconcrete"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Vettis<img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/2.4/72x72/2122.png" alt="™" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /> Concrete Faucet</a> is the first of its kind and its innovative design was years in the making. The design is the work of Canadian expert sculptor, Christopher Shannon, who painstakingly crafted the faucet in his Victoria, British Columbia studio.
While being released in a new raw material, the concrete faucet still maintains the original design’s geometric form. The nature of the hand-poured material results in a textural finish and color that will add a lovely sculptural element to any bathroom sink. Only 500 of the Vettis™ Concrete Faucets are being released so if you’re interested reserve the $2500 faucet soon right here.
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Tips for Creating the Outdoor Shower of Your Dreams

An outdoor shower can be both fun and practical. If you don’t want kids, pets and other adults tracking dirt through your house, an outdoor shower is a great way to keep the great outdoors where it belongs: outdoors. Below are some of the biggest trends in outdoor showers, along with tips from experts on how to incorporate them into your outdoor space.
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Turn a boring backyard into a relaxing retreat with an outdoor shower. Image: Pearl Remodeling

Tips for installing your outdoor shower

“Outdoor showers are a nice feature for pool owners or beachfront homes,” says Jarret Acevedo, a master plumber and owner of Jarret Acevedo Plumbing and Heating. However, depending on how low your temperatures drop in the winter, you’ll need to take precautions with your shower. “Care is definitely needed to plumb it properly to protect from freezing if it’s an area with frigid temperatures,” Acevedo warns. Placing
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Fantini Design Awards 2018 Winners

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                                I was very honored this year to be a judge for the 2nd Annual <a href="http://www.fantiniusa.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Fantini</a> Design Awards, alongside Stefano Giussani, Lissoni Inc., and Arianne Nardo, <em>Robb Report</em>. There were so many beautiful projects that the judging was really hard! I was envious of every beautiful bath and kitchen space in the submissions, but the judges finally settled on the following winners (congrats!):
5th Ave. Loft
Andrew Pollock Architect, PC renovated and designed a New York City loft overlooking the Flatiron building and Madison Square Park. The inspiration for each of the three bathrooms came from different 20th century landmark buildings, which are visible outside each window. Durable, yet luxurious materials were chosen for the walls, surfaces and fixtures to represent the timeless nature of the surrounding city. The bathrooms were designed to be very open, meaning each fixture could be easily viewed. Boffi & Fantini’s Aboutwater AF/21 Fukasawa
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Fantini Design Awards 2018 Winners

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                                I was very honored this year to be a judge for the 2nd Annual <a href="http://www.fantiniusa.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Fantini</a> Design Awards, alongside Stefano Giussani, Lissoni Inc., and Arianne Nardo, <em>Robb Report</em>. There were so many beautiful projects that the judging was really hard! I was envious of every beautiful bath and kitchen space in the submissions, but the judges finally settled on the following winners (congrats!):
5th Ave. Loft
Andrew Pollock Architect, PC renovated and designed a New York City loft overlooking the Flatiron building and Madison Square Park. The inspiration for each of the three bathrooms came from different 20th century landmark buildings, which are visible outside each window. Durable, yet luxurious materials were chosen for the walls, surfaces and fixtures to represent the timeless nature of the surrounding city. The bathrooms were designed to be very open, meaning each fixture could be easily viewed. Boffi & Fantini’s Aboutwater AF/21 Fukasawa
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Fantini Design Awards 2018 Winners

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                                I was very honored this year to be a judge for the 2nd Annual <a href="http://www.fantiniusa.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Fantini</a> Design Awards, alongside Stefano Giussani, Lissoni Inc., and Arianne Nardo, <em>Robb Report</em>. There were so many beautiful projects that the judging was really hard! I was envious of every beautiful bath and kitchen space in the submissions, but the judges finally settled on the following winners (congrats!):
5th Ave. Loft
Andrew Pollock Architect, PC renovated and designed a New York City loft overlooking the Flatiron building and Madison Square Park. The inspiration for each of the three bathrooms came from different 20th century landmark buildings, which are visible outside each window. Durable, yet luxurious materials were chosen for the walls, surfaces and fixtures to represent the timeless nature of the surrounding city. The bathrooms were designed to be very open, meaning each fixture could be easily viewed. Boffi & Fantini’s Aboutwater AF/21 Fukasawa
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5 Ways to Create the Perfect Spa Bathroom

Spa days are a wonderful way to get away and relax. But they can get expensive, and it can be hard to carve out the time to head out to one. Luckily, there are several ways you can create a spa bathroom right in your own home. That way, every day can be a trip to the spa. You don’t have to take time out of your schedule to travel to a traditional spa or pay the hefty fees. Your spa amenities are right in the comfort of your own home. Read on to learn how to make a relaxing spa bathroom.
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Stone-textured walls add a natural, zen feel to a bathroom. Image: Architectural Homes by Anders

Remodel using deep colors and natural textures

The overarching aesthetic of many spas is in their natural textures. Many spas use natural stone walls, deep wood coloring and other relaxing, zen-like elements such
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Build a Better Bathroom: 6 Bathroom Upgrades Worth the Money

Kitchens are usually seen as the heart of the home, but bathrooms are the muscle. A poorly planned bathroom could affect the way you feel about your home for years to come. What’s more, it’s one of the most expensive rooms to renovate. If you’re building your own home, it’s important to get the bathroom right the first time. Your builder should have a list of standard options and upgrades, but how do you know which bathroom upgrades will add to your home’s value? Repeat after us: Bathrooms should be the most functional rooms in the home. Choosing the right bathroom upgrades means you’ll love your bathroom for years to come — no matter what. Invest in these bathroom upgrades to get the most value for your money.
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A master bathroom is a major selling point. Image: Clay Construction

Master bathroom

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5 Ways to Work With Colorful Grout

Designers are always looking for ways to incorporate color into spaces. And for a good reason: Shots of bright color add visual interest and a playful feel to any room. One new way people are using color is with colorful grout. Once simply a way to seal the spacing between tiles, grout is taking on a fashion sense all its own. By dyeing the actual grout bright colors like teal, yellow and pink, a tile design can have a fun accent color that adds some artistic flair to a space. Read on to learn how to work with the new design trend of colorful grout.
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Yellow grout adds a cheery pop to any space. Image: MRTN Architects

Match the grout to other walls

In order to ensure that your new colorful grout doesn’t go unnoticed, you can match the grout color to other accent walls, like in the photo
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Which Uses More Water: Taking a Shower or a Bath?

If you’re trying to save money, which bathing option uses more water? How can you tell? Comparing a shower to a bath is like comparing apples to oranges.  That’s because you measure showers by duration (how long the water is running while you’re in the shower), but you measure baths by the amount of water it takes to fill up the bathtub (regardless of the time). As a general rule, taking a bath uses more water. However, these are some factors to consider when trying to determine which method is more (or less) water efficient.

Which uses more water: the shower or the bath? Image: LEAN Home Remodeling

How big is your bathtub? According to data from the USGS Water Science School, the average person needs 36 gallons of water to fill the bathtub. However, a larger than average tub will need more water.

Patterned Tile: What the Portuguese Can Teach Us About Style

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Look to the Portuguese for patterned tile that transforms a room. Image: CTI Kitchens

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  During any renovation or new build, the designer – or design-minded property owner – is tasked with balancing functionality and style. Choices present themselves at every turn. Will you prioritize form or function? Blending your vision with the realities of a space is a major undertaking. If you’re in the thick of this process and feel overwhelmed, we’ve got good news. Patterned tile can deliver both high impact and high function. Your days of deliberating are over! The patterned tile revival in the US leans into Mediterranean culture. If you’re looking for inspiration to turn a simple stretch of tile into a permanent art piece, go straight to the
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Target Launches New Decor Line, Made By Design, Aimed at Millennials

Retail giant Target is taking aim at Millennials with its new home décor and accessories line, Made By Design. With economy-minded price points that still delivery style and function, the collection has over 750 items to choose from covering everything from bedding and bath, to cookware, dinnerware, furniture and more. Target’s Made By Design has a tag line that reads “Everyday ingenuity that’s a joy to use”. The new line invokes a clean, simple aesthetic that is affordable and pleasing to the eye. Launching both online and in stores on June 23, 2018, Made By Design is organized into six different categories: Home Décor, Furniture, Bath, Bedding, Organization and Kitchen & Dining. Beginning with items listed for as little as $2, the majority of the products stay under the $30 mark. Much of the furniture is more expensive, as to be expected, but not priced out of reach for young
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5 Ways to Get the Mixed Metallics Look in the Bathroom

Mixed metallics is a huge trend that’s taken the design world by storm. At one time it would be taboo to mix metallic textures in a space — too much clashing. But today, purposefully mixing metallics creates a sense of contrast and visual interest. And there’s no better way to get that artsy, sleek and stylish look than in the bathroom. With all of those fixtures going on in the space, it’s a great way to try out mixed metallics. Keep reading to learn how.
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Try pairing gold with a dark wall to make it pop. Image: Décor Aid

Gold and silver go well together

Combining gold and silver won’t steer you wrong. As the two most popular metallic shades, they can be combined in such a way that they actually balance each other out. The cool silver and warm gold adds a stylish contrast to your bathroom. The photo
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