Over many years, bathrooms have transitioned from utilitarian spaces into personal havens for solitude and relaxation inside the home. So, it’s no surprise that today’s homebuyers are putting a lot of emphasis on the design and functionality of these spaces, especially when it comes to new construction.

While there are a multitude of new and exciting bathroom design features to entice new homebuyers, here are eight elements that are trending today.

1.Undermount Sinks & Vessel Sinks
When it comes to bathroom sinks, homebuyers are opting for a sleeker appearance that undermount sinks provide. Compared to a drop-in sink, an undermount sink is flush with the countertop, creating a seamless, more visually appealing bathroom vanity. Square (instead of round) undermount sinks tend to be a more modern preference as well.

Vessel sinks also remain a sought-after option for those aiming to make their bathroom sink a showpiece of the space. That said, because it’s easier for water to splash out of a vessel sink, this option is more commonly found in powder bathrooms where there the sink is primarily used for hand washing.

2.Quartz Countertops
Quartz continues to reign supreme when it comes to bathroom countertops. Not only is it stunning and visually versatile, but it is also extremely durable and easy to clean.

3.Curbless Showers & Linear Drains
One of the newest trends to emerge in bathroom design is a curbless shower entry paired with a linear drain. Curbless showers eliminate the step-up into the shower and instead create a seamless transition from the bathroom floor to the shower entry.

Linear shower drains that can be “hidden” toward the rear of the shower are also gaining in popularity. In many cases, this allows the same tile used on the bathroom floor to continue into the shower for gorgeous visual continuity.

4.Playful Tile Designs
The bathroom is an ideal place to have a little fun with tile design. And with virtually endless options of materials, shapes, sizes, and colors, why not? Whether it’s a bright hexagon tile behind a bathroom mirror, or a herringbone-patterned subway tile in the shower, or a bathroom floor covered with geometric encaustic tiles, the sky is the limit.

5.Freestanding Bathtubs
Freestanding bathtubs have been a hot item in new-construction bathrooms for quite some time. While the timeless antique clawfoot style is still around, most new homebuyers are choosing a glossy-white sleeker version. In either case, freestanding bathtubs—in comparison to their deck-built counterparts—have taken over as the preferred soaking spot.

6.Unique Vanity Fixtures, Handles & Pulls
Like tile, there are seemingly endless options when it comes to styles and finishes available for bathroom fixtures, as well as cabinet handles and pulls, giving homebuyers another great opportunity to have some fun. Finish options include brushed nickel, brushed gold, oil-rubbed bronze, chrome and matte black, among others. For LifeStyle homebuyers, matte black is currently the top choice.

7.Rain Shower Heads & Handhelds
For the ultimate zen and spa-like feeling, rain shower heads—which bring about the feeling of standing underneath a gentle rainfall—are another preferred option in new home bathroom design. At typically 8-10 inches wide, this shower head offers more water coverage than a typical shower head. For those seeking versatility and convenience, handhelds represent another trending shower-head option.

No matter what design elements you choose to incorporate into your new home, if you build with LifeStyle, our incredible interior design team will assist you in piecing together the right features, finishes, and colors to suit your style and purpose. Stop into our Design Studios or give us a call at (321) 727-8188 to learn more.