Bathroom Trends

Having gone through the exercise of redesigning our bathroom, I look at other bathrooms a little differently, taking the time to notice everything from shower curtains and fixtures to floor and backsplash selections and sink shapes. I guess that’s why I liked browsing Matt Muenster’s bathroom trends round-up so much (check it out below), there’s some really cool stuff out there. Can you believe it’s been more than a year since I gutted our only bathroom?

From December 2011, when we gutted our bathroom.

After living with the finished space for the past year, I can honestly say that there isn’t a lot we would have done differently; the color palette is relaxing, the white subway tiles in the shower were well worth the 4-day install effort, the grouted vinyl tile floor gets a lot of compliments, and the vanity and coordinating mirror really hold their own (there’s a video of the “finished” space right here if you want to see the whole room).

It’s no secret that we have other things to add to the space (we’ve already added a custom kid-height mirror, and upgraded the lighting) but there are a few more ideas running through our head that will make our only bathroom even better.

Keep on reading to find out more:

Would you believe me if I told you there was no fan installed in our bathroom? Serious problem, hopefully not causing serious damage. The good news is, we believe that there was a fan at one point and it was removed during a prior renovation; the big tip-off being that there is an exhaust already leading out of the attic above the bathroom. We bought an efficient and quiet fan to install (Merry Christmas, us), but the bad news is, it’s January, and the idea of trying to hook this up in our very cold attic is, well, chilling. Let us wait until a warm day.

Bringing home the new bathroom fan!

It’s hard to tell how old our toilet is. It’s holding up pretty well (I even just replaced the fill valve) but it’s surely not as efficient or as low-flow as it could be. To improve our water usage, I’m planning to add a dual flush converter to add functionality to our current commode. I don’t know if I’d go as far as to say that it’s a trending home update like those that Matt Muenster revealed, but it would be a positive improvement for us in the long run.

Planning to install a dual flush converter.

Furthermore, I’ve been eying the very sleek, contemporary toilets at the home improvement store. Kohler has a few in our price range that match our design aesthetic. Lets just say, when the current one fails us, I have it’s backup picked out.

New toilet options by Kohler.

There’s one last thing that we’d like for our bathroom, and it’s something I’d like to try and build myself: a storage vanity. We have plenty of low storage thanks to the vanity and a coordinating set of drawers (as seen here) but there are some things in the bathroom you want out of reach, and for those, we think an over-the-toilet shallow shelving system would be nice. I spent some time at the hardware store eyeing their options and taking notes on their construction for future inspiration.

New medicine cabinet inspiration.

What are some of your favorite bathroom design trends?

Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Winters is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects she covers on her blog Merrypad range from painting a wall to building a deck, so it’s only natural she landed at You can follow Emily on twitter at @merrypad and like her on facebook at

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    "Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Winters is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY"…

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  3. Moodyvega says:

    It reminds me of my first handyman project I did ..

  4. Callie says:

    I'm thinking of putting a fan in our bathroom so I'll be looking forward to you blogging about how-to! (Although I'll need to install an exhaust to the outside through the attic :( )

    One of my favorite parts of our bathroom remodel last year was the vintage suitcase I turned into a medicine cabinet for bathroom storage! I was dubious of its sturdiness originally but it's held up great and makes quite the conversation piece!

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  6. @muzenews says:

    If you're looking for a warm day for that bathroom fan, this Saturday would be perfect! 55 in January in Rochester :-)

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