Bathroom Remodeling Trends to Watch for in 2021

Bathroom Remodeling Trends to Watch for in 2021

Is 2021 the year for improving your bathroom? If so, now is the time to start researching bathroom remodeling trends including popular colors and finishes, materials, and more.

Just a few years ago, new bathrooms were primarily gray and white, and the most popular countertop materials were granite and marble. Things have changed since then. Now, homeowners turn toward pops of color, blended color schemes, unusual textures, and more. At Wood Construction and Remodeling, we've seen the tides turning for several months now. We're excited to deliver these upcoming 2021 trends for your consideration. Which trends are your favorites?

Blended Schemes


Gone are the days of simple gray and white bathroom color schemes. Today, homeowners are in love with color schemes that blend attractive muted tones, from soft beige to stormy gray to gentle sea foam green. It's hard to pick the right pallet for your bathroom remodel.

A well-rounded color scheme requires the right combination of base colors and accents to provide contrast. Not sure how to craft your bathroom color scheme? There are many online apps and websites that can help you find the right color scheme including base colors and accent colors.

Fluted Finishes

Fluted finishes to add texture and understated visual interest. They contrast nicely against the other textures in the bathroom, like natural stone, ceramic tile, brushed metal, and gentle wicker baskets. Fluted finishes now appear on walls and on vanities. Want a fluted finish for your bathroom? Water resistance and easy cleaning are most important when choosing any texture or material for your bathroom. Look for finishes that are smooth and glossy, for easy maintenance.

Your contractor can help you explore materials with reputable suppliers in your area. When you're interviewing contractors for your bathroom remodeling project, ask them what they do to help homeowners connect with the best suppliers. If you're specifically interested in fluted finishes, you might have a picture of finishes or materials that interest you the most. Show these pictures to your contractor.

Warm Earth

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Yes, cool tones were popular for a long time, but the pendulum is now swinging the other way. Warm tones like soft browns, warm beige, reds, and coppers are rising in popularity as homeowners try to make their spaces distinguished and unique. We recommend incorporating warm tones into your bathroom with natural materials like wood, copper, and travertine stone.

Make these materials pop with a scattering of plants to contrast against the warm tones. Plants make your bathroom inviting and more spa-like, to create a relaxing environment where you can enjoy a hot bath or warm shower.

Minimalist Mood

Modern minimalism looks best in the bathroom because it creates a natural sense of calm and order in a room that is naturally very small and chaotic. There are many things you can do to create a "minimalist mood" in your bathroom.

  • Install a vanity with few decorations or details. Flat, smooth surfaces are the trademark of modern minimalist furniture.
  • Focus on fixtures without the flourishes found on older, more traditional fixtures. Look for faucets comprised of straight lines and smooth planes.
  • Go curbless with your shower to create a sense of airy openness in your bathroom. Replace that old shower curtain or foggy shower glass with clear shower glass that creates a greater sense of space.

Luxe Lighting

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One of the design problems that compromise the beauty and functionality of many older bathrooms is a lack of lighting. For many years, most bathrooms had only a single overhead light combined with a few light bulbs over the bathroom mirror. Modern home designers have wised up to the importance of additional lighting in the bathroom.

Have your contractor install recessed lighting over the shower, toilet, and throughout the bathroom. Install pendant or sconce lighting to create visual interest while improving visibility in the bathroom. Installing extra lighting in the bathroom improves safety and makes your bathroom a brighter, more cheerful space.

Heated Happiness

Just a few years ago, electric in-floor heating was only found in high-end newly remodeled bathrooms. Now it's becoming a standard addition found in major bathroom remodels - and for good reason.

There's nothing more luxurious than stepping out of the shower and onto a comfortably warm floor. Electric in-floor heating helps keep your space comfortable even in winter when indoor temperatures dip. If you're installing new flooring in your bathroom, discuss heated floor installation with your contractor to find out if it fits in your budget.

Wood Look-alike Flooring

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Speaking of flooring replacement, wooden floors are one of the rising stars of modern bathroom remodels. Wood is a natural material that ties together the other natural materials finding their way into the bathroom. Of course, wood flooring has been traditionally excluded from bathrooms because of its sensitivity to moisture.

Wood has recently become popular again because of the many wood look-alike flooring options now available. Ceramic plank flooring looks like wood but is water-resistant and scratch-resistant. A luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is another wood look-alike that requires almost no maintenance and is water-resistant. Talk to your contractor about both options to find out which one is best for you.

Quartz Countertops

Not that long ago, homeowners wanted nothing but granite or marble for their bathroom countertops. Now quartz (engineered stone) is king, and you'll see this reflected in 2021 bathroom remodeling trends. Why quartz? It's resistant to scratches, stains and requires no sealing. It can also be made to mimic the look of granite or marble, which means you get all the beauty of natural stone, without the maintenance. It's a win-win!

Contact Wood Construction to Start Your Home Remodel in Tennessee

Get ready for the remodel you're planning in 2021. Contact Wood Construction and Remodeling to discuss your interior remodeling goals. Not sure which remodeling trends will fit with your budget and remodeling plan? Call today to set up an appointment for a consultation. Our professionals will help you navigate your upcoming remodeling job.


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