Transitional bathrooms gracefully walk the line between traditional and contemporary, with just enough detailing to please folks in both design camps. While elements of traditional and contemporary styles are both present, transitional bathrooms don’t veer far in either direction.
Key features of transitional-style bathrooms:
Light-hued stone counters, floors or wall treatments in materials such as marble and quartz
Glass shower enclosure
Classic lighting such as drum pendants, updated chandeliers and sleek wall sconces.
Color palette: Whether you opt for cool or warm hues, the colors in a transitional bathroom tend to be soft and subtle. For a richer look, consider blue, brown, gray or wood tones.
Modern bathrooms are sleek and streamlined, emphasizing strong horizontal lines. Clean, flourish-free details keep the focus on the architecture.
Key features of modern-style bathrooms:
Glass shower enclosure
Color palette: The focus of a modern-style bathroom is on the architecture, which means the color palette tends toward crisp, clean white, subtle neutrals and black. Pops of color show up in the form of accessories such as bath towels and plants.
Contemporary bathrooms fully embrace the latest in technology, materials and trends for an of-the-moment look with clean lines and minimal adornment. Contemporary bathrooms can (and do) break the rules, but as a whole they stay away from heavy embellishments and traditional shapes.
Traditional bathrooms are timeless, comfortable and refined, with gleaming surfaces and high-end materials. Unlike minimalist modern bathrooms or trend-conscious contemporary bathrooms, traditional bathrooms favor a healthy amount of decorative detail and classic elegance.
Key features of traditional-style bathrooms:
Elegant stone counters, floors or wall treatments
Classic bathtub such as a claw-foot or pedestal style
Wainscoting, wallpaper and decorative molding
Color palette: The colors in traditional bathrooms tend to be soft and relaxing. Subtle neutrals and pale shades of blue and green work well, or consider deeper shades of blue, brown, gray and wood tones for a richer look.
Farmhouse-style bathrooms balance the rustic appeal of regional, rural heritage with simplicity-loving modern sensibilities. And while farmhouse bathrooms today often incorporate modern elements, this isn’t the place to experiment with trends: Think simple, honest and homespun.
Key features of farmhouse-style bathrooms:
Sliding barn doors
Color palette: Farmhouse bathrooms favor simple, natural color palettes. White with crisp black trim is a popular choice; for richer hues, look to nature-inspired neutrals and other classic colors.
Rustic bathrooms embrace the natural beauty of the outdoors, pairing rugged materials with warm, cozy textiles to create a welcoming space. Today’s interpretation of the look can lean more (or less) contemporary depending on your personal design sensibility.
Key features of rustic-style bathrooms:
Wood or wood-look vanity
Vessel sinks made from stone or copper
Natural stone counters, floors and wall treatments
Copper bathtub, Japanese-style soaking tub or classic claw-foot
Hardware in weathered finishes such as oil-rubbed bronze, antiqued brass or hammered copper
Inspired by factories and warehouses, industrial-style bathrooms are simple, utilitarian spaces where raw materials and tough fixtures and finishes take center stage. Favoring practical, hard-wearing surfaces, industrial bathrooms find beauty in the way things work rather than in surface ornamentation.
Key features of industrial-style bathrooms:
Glass-and-steel shower enclosure
Raw materials such as concrete, stainless steel, brick and cinderblock
Trough and basin sinks
White subway tile
Hefty sliding doors
Exposed pipes and gear-like hardware and faucets
Color palette: The raw materials used form the foundation of the color palette in an industrial-style bathroom, with an occasional pop of saturated color.
Beach-style bathrooms are light and airy, with a focus on natural materials, coast-inspired colors and a casual, easygoing mood. Beach bathrooms can lean traditional, contemporary or somewhere in between — the important thing is to keep the mood relaxed and breezy.
Key features of beach-style bathrooms:
Textured elements such as pebble tile, weathered wood and mother-of-pearl
Accents in breezy coastal colors
Color palette: Beach bathrooms use colors inspired by the sand, sky and sea to create a sense of place. Crisp white paired with seaside blue is a popular palette, though it’s certainly not the only option. For a more vibrant take, look to leafy greens and bold corals inspired by the tropics.
Mediterranean bathrooms emphasize natural materials like wood, brick and stone for a casually elegant, earthy look inspired by sun and sea. While Mediterranean-style bathrooms can incorporate contemporary touches, the focus is on classics that have stood the test of time.
Key features of Mediterranean-style bathrooms:
Burnished metals such as hammered copper, wrought iron, oil-rubbed bronze and antiqued brass
Vessel sinks in rounded and organic shapes
Color palette: Rich hues inspired by the warm earth and sparkling sea look striking in a Mediterranean bathroom, especially against a calming backdrop of white and natural wood.
Craftsman bathrooms spotlight the simple beauty of natural wood and quality workmanship within a warm, cozy atmosphere. Craftsman-style bathrooms are natural yet refined, and simple without being fully minimalist.
Key features of Craftsman-style bathrooms:
Rich, medium to dark wood tones
Natural stone counters, floors and wall treatments
Artful stained glass
Warm lighting in rectangular and square shapes with geometric details
Color palette: Craftsman-style bathrooms feature rich earth tones, vibrant greens and warm neutrals that coordinate well with natural wood.
What's a "wow!" exterior these days? Think bold, clean lines. Maybe a touch of stone. Graceful porch columns. These new house plans deliver head-turning style and modern open layouts. Sleek Metal Roof This bold design shows the modern side of Prairie style with its sleek and low-pitched metal roof and lots of windows. Double columns draw your eye to the entry porch. Inside, a great room flows into an island kitchen and open dining room for a modern feeling. A two-sided fireplace warms the great room and the rear porch. Upstairs, the master suite shows off a big shower, two sinks, and a walk-in closet. All three bedrooms enjoy easy access to the laundry room and media lounge. Four-Bedroom Farmhouse You’ll find all the modern must-haves inside this chic farmhouse. A large island anchors the kitchen, which overlooks both the great room and open dining area. Step out to the rear porch from these gathering rooms or from the relaxing master suite. Family-friendly
The pandemic has influenced so many areas of our lives these past few months. It’s not surprising that it’s also affecting the design of our homes. Let’s look at some of the biggest home design trends influenced by the pandemic. 5. The waning appeal of open floor plans. A growing complaint with the open floor plan: It’s noisy. As many people transitioned to remote work, a lack of barriers to buffer noise became a real problem. The open floor plan combines the kitchen and living space to form one big, open room. It isn’t exactly the best for privacy or concentration. Add in hardwood flooring, and sounds can really echo. But homeowners aren’t rushing to add walls just yet. Instead, they’re turning to privacy screens to section off areas, or they’re adding in large area rugs or artwork to help absorb noise. If the open floor plan really wanes in popularity, it will become apparent first in new-home construction and then in home remodeling. In new homes, we may start to see more pocket doo
1. Make Your Countertops Deep Enough The biggest mistake I see people make with their laundries is specifying countertops that are too narrow. As a result, their undercounter washing machine and dryer stick out, which makes the laundry look messy and unsightly. I would recommend a minimum countertop depth of 26 inches to ensure that appliances can fit neatly underneath. Monarch & Maker 2. Opt for More Closed Overhead Cupboards and Fewer Open Shelves Most of the items you store in a laundry room, such as cleaning products, are ones that you’d want to conceal rather than leave out on display. As such, it makes sense to have more closed cupboards than open shelves in a laundry. I’d also recommend including plenty of overhead cupboards, as this is generally where you’ll store most items, plus a decent-size tall cabinet to accommodate awkward items such as mops, brooms and the ironing board. To add interest to a laundry design, you may wish to include some open shelving for display —