If you’re one of the many homeowners looking to upgrade your bathroom this year, it’s hard to know where to start. There are so many decisions you’ll have to make, from tile, to appliances, to walls, to floors, to cabinets, and more. It can be overwhelming!

If you’re looking for a good place to start, we’ve gathered some of the top bathroom renovation trends for this year. 

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Metals and Natural Stone

Let’s talk metal - it’s making a huge comeback, and it looks super sleek in a bathroom. 

Antique bronze, brass, copper, gold, and nickel are all popular at the moment. Matte brass is also becoming a favorite bathroom trend.

Remember, not all of your metallic accents and finishes must match. When done right, a mix is good! 

Marble is another trending natural material. It can be used on the floor, walls, on countertops, and in sinks. 

Covering the walls in marble is a stylish on-trend statement, but may also get pricey. There are many less expensive ways to incorporate metal and stone accents into your bathroom for less that still take your bathroom design to the next level.

Matte Black

Black is always in style, but it’s truly having a moment this year for more bold homeowners. Incorporating black into your bathroom design offers an urban and industrial look, not to mention it goes with everything.

Black is great for: taps, bathroom window frames, light fixtures, mirror frames, countertop basins, and more. A black tub can suit many interior design styles, from minimalist to transitional and eclectic.

If you’re looking for something a bit more temporary, black curtains even add volume and boldness.

Subway Tiles & Large Tiles

2021 trends favor bigger and bolder alternatives for floor and wall coverings.

Subway tiles have been popular for a few years, and continue to be popular. It’s important to think about your desired arrangement of subway tiles and favorite colors. Think about installing the tiles in a pattern other than the obvious horizontal - make it unique to your home and style. 

Also, large-format tiles can have a big impact on your bathroom renovation. There are fewer grout lines to be seen, which is a big help when it comes to keeping things clean (and sanitation has been such a big part of the past year, and still today). 

Big tiles are perfect for a minimalist shower. They can make your bathroom feel more luxurious, especially when you pair them with natural stone materials.

Freestanding Tub

Nothing looks fancier than the popular freestanding tub. This accent will help make your bathroom feel more exclusive and luxurious. 

Whether you want a natural stone bath or a more traditional, ceramic clawfoot tub, it is sure to be an enticing centerpiece in the room.

After this past year especially, self-care is on many to-do lists. 

Why not work on creating an at-home sanctuary for yourself and start here?

Floating Sink and Mirror

Backlit mirrors are trending since they are both functional and attractive. They serve as a great night light without taking up additional space. They provide ambient lighting, which means no more reflections or glare from another light source. 

Because these mirrors look like they’re floating, they can also serve as a decorative element.

Larger mirrors, commonly rectangular, can make the room feel a lot bigger..

Bathrooms that are short on space will also see a boost in functionality and aesthetics in 2021, thanks to the rise in popularity of floating sinks.

A suspended sink is a great way to maximize space since you’re freeing up the space below your sink. With the extra space available you get back, your bathroom may also look and feel larger. 

Greens & Colorful Accents

Try incorporating color in wall accents and/or fun wallpaper. 

The color green is tranquil and reminiscent of nature. You can add plants, tiles, ceramics, and cabinets in shades of green into your bathroom. Softer green tones elicit calm feelings and are popular among bathroom colors in 2021. Darker greens will add depth and a sense of grandeur to your bathroom space. 

With the stress of the past year, cool tones that create a calm environment are trending this year. They can be combined with natural touches and metallic details for a more sophisticated design.

Smart Toilets & New Technology

Once seen as a costly luxury, smart toilets and bidets are finding their place in post-pandemic homes. Smart toilets have hands-free components - self-closing lids and touch-free flushing - which help to reduce interactions with dirty surfaces. 

“Even fixtures that you would never expect - like heated towel racks - are becoming more common,” says says Grace Tsao Mase, Founder of BEYREP. “Towel heaters are an amazing sustainable solution because they dry up your towel quickly, which means you don’t have to wash them nearly as often.”

2021 bathroom trends are overall bold, efficient and sustainable - which make for a great bathroom space in your home.

Looking for a way to finance your bathroom renovation project? Check out RenoFi’s guide to financing a bathroom remodel.

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