Outdated Bathroom Trends We're Retiring In 2023

Is your bathroom the most dated room in your house? It’s probably time for a refresh.

Whether you're planning for a major renovation or a simple refresh, the bathroom can be a tricky space for homeowners to tackle. It's also one of the few rooms that can reveal the age of your house instantly. Bathrooms consistently see big trends take over, from bright pink everything to oversized jacuzzi tubs to wet rooms . For a long time, the bathroom was seen as a purely functional place, however, the recent emphasis on wellness has impacted decisions we make for the space. Today, designers and homeowners are emphasizing relaxation and infusing personality into every inch, which means a shift in design that leaves many trends looking dated and out of style. There’s no better time than the start of a new year to update your bathroom and give it a fresh facelift. Here are a few trends we are putting behind us in 2023.

bright blue carpet runs up along the sides of the tub and outdated wallpaper with small flowers off-sets this dated master bathroom

Any Type Of Carpet

There are countless reasons carpet doesn’t belong in the bathroom, namely it’s a breeding ground for mold and mildew growth. Stepping out of a shower onto a soft surface is always nice, so when it comes to floor coverings, opt for bath mats instead. Not only are there tons of super-absorbent options available, but there are also many sizes, styles, and colors to choose from.

All White Everything

We might not be going back to Pepto Bismol pink floor-to-ceiling rooms, but we are moving on from stark, all white spaces . It's time to give the bathroom some much needed attention, so start by incorporating splashes of color and pattern with wallpaper , tile, artwork, and hardware.

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Oversized Bathtubs

Don't be alarmed, we’re not talking about beautiful, deep clawfoot tubs (those are always welcome), but rather the bulky built-in, jetted models. Also, anything jacuzzi-style is best to avoid for this coming year.

Corner Tubs and Showers

If you're making the bath your renovation project this year, carefully plan your layout with every inch in mind. While the idea of corner tubs and showers might be to maximize space, they can end up making the bathroom feel cramped and commercial-like.

Dark Wood Paneling

It might have been popular in the 1970s, but a wood paneled bathroom can easily reveal the room's age. While this retro style still shines in other rooms of the home with its texture and cozy character, let's keep it out of the bathroom.

Glass Block Windows

These dense windows managed to make a splash in the 1930s and 1940s, and were often solutions for concealing exterior eye sores, such as poorly designed architecture or unkept yards or gardens. Instead, bring in natural light and fresh air with a traditional double-hung style window.

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Frameless and Bulb-Framed Mirrors

Your bathroom should be pretty and practical. It should not feel like a backstage dressing room or a sterile office bathroom. To make a modern day design statement, consider choosing decorative or antique mirrors for the bath. (Don't overlook estate sales across the South, which can be great places to find these one-of-a-kind touches.) If you have a double sink, opt for a pair of matching mirrors rather than a single large one.

Overly Ornate Details

For many, the bathroom is a sanctuary, which means a soothing, simple aesthetic can often be the ultimate goal. Beautiful antique vanities , unique sconces, and framed artwork will always have a place in our bathrooms. Embrace these thoughtful touches and move away from gaudy crown molding, crystal chandeliers, and overly-detailed millwork.

Matchy-Matchy Toilets, Tubs, and Sinks

There are some retro elements making a comeback, but not in the same manner as those found in your grandmother’s 1960s pastel pink bathroom. Give yourself permission to mix it up, and refrain from the "everything must match" approach. The concept of perfectly coordinating colorful vanities with tile flooring and walls is being replaced with one or two statement elements.

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