A forever home deserves a forever bathroom that will stand the test of time.
That might mean putting aside any idea of ââlaying miles of pink tile or installing that awesome wooden trough-shaped sink. No, this is a room where the classics should really reign supreme.
Confused about what âclassicâ really means when it comes to bathroom design? Think simple, bright, airy and clean.
Imagine the prettiest hotel bathroom you’ve ever seen – a pretty bathtub, sparkling chrome fixtures, and sleek but simple tiling in all-white or neutral tones.
As part of our continuing series, “Timeless home design trendsâ, We cover all the rooms in the house and the bathroom is next door.
Here are the top 10 timeless trends to install in your restroom that will never look out of fashion or need a makeover.
1. Black and white
A simple color scheme is always the best and most durable choice, especially in the bathroom. (How many purple or orange bathrooms have you seen, anyway?)
âBlack and white is by far the more classic color choice, as many tile options can blend seamlessly into it, including subway, hex, and penny tiles,â explains Draw Henri of design guys.
Want a touch of color? Add bright towels or neon bathroom accessories, like a colorful soap dish or trash can.
2. Freestanding bathtub
More and more homeowners have turned to freestanding bathtubs.
âA freestanding tub is a timeless choice that you won’t regret, whether you choose the traditional claw foot or a more modern vessel shape,â says Henry.
âAn extended bath will never go out of style, and the luxurious and elegant look of these tubs enhances any bathroom,â adds Ana Cummings from the eponymous design firm.
This acrylic and fiberglass pick is 69 inches long, has polished chrome legs, and can be fitted with a freestanding faucet or wall mount ($ 629, Home deposit).
3. Subway tile
This kitchen classic spills over into the bathroom, in part because of its popularity among home builders and DIY enthusiasts.
âIt’s cheap, cheerful, and most people can install it themselves, making it the default choice for bathroom design,â Cummings explains.
Fortunately, you don’t have to stick to just one layout as more designers are branching out from stacks of rectangles on the wall.
âYou’ll also see subway tiles in creative colors and patterns, such as chevron, chevron, and basket weave,â she adds.
4. Penny Tile
Subway isn’t your only choice when it comes to classic bath tiles. Tiny tiles have been around for a long time and they’re not going anywhere.
âPenny is classic, but also has a retro vibe, and there are so many ways to use it in designs,â Cummings explains.
These pretty porcelain circles come in sheets of different shades of blue, which will give your final design its own unique look ($ 9.49 per square foot, Wayfair).
Whether used on floors, as a shower base, or as a vanity counter, classic and durable marble is a preferred choice in the bathroom.
Of course, marble is expensive and it is slippery when wet. (So ââyou should put on a good-sized bath mat, with a non-slip backing.) However, it’s a beauty to wake up every day.
6. Rainhead showers
Aah, spa! This is the feeling you get when you watch a rain shower.
Water flowing through several small holes is far better than dribbling from most smaller devices.
This easy-to-clean chrome number is beautiful and affordable, and is also available in stainless steel and two shades of bronze ($ 254.70, Home deposit).
7. Completely white bathrooms
The most important factor in a bathroom’s appeal is cleanliness – and you can achieve this easily if the predominant hue in that space is of the white family.
Dirt, hair, and soap scum are easily identified and swept or cleaned, leaving you with the pristine bathroom you deserve.
8. Cool colors
The only other bathroom colors that rank as timeless, after whites, are cool blues and greens.
âWatery hues are very popular in hot tubs because they are nerve-relieving – and in fact, environmental psychologists have scientifically proven sea blue to calm people down,â Cummings explains.
9. Hardwood vanities
Does it look like a piece of furniture that you would display in another room?
If so, you have chosen the right vanity for the bath.
Drawers and a bottom shelf give vanity utility, and the solid hardwood construction provides a traditional and timeless appeal ($ 1,369.99, Wayfair).
10. Simple wall lights
You may see a chandelier in a few random bathrooms, but that’s not the norm and they probably won’t age well.
Instead, stick with simple school-style lights and sconces.
This one does the trick and comes as a single, double or triple fixture in three classic finishes: Antique Brass, Brushed Nickel, and Polished Chrome ($ 49.99, Amazon).