Five Ways to Reinvent Your Bathroom in 2019

By Reagan Miller
Photo by Micheile Henderson

Home design in 2019 will be all about luxury and the highest standards of quality. Expect to see a rise in maximalism, indulgent materials, and Victorian-era influence updated with contemporary sensibility.

To carry these designs into the bathroom, we’ve put together a list of five ways your can reinvent this space in 2019.

Photo by Regan Wood
Photo by Regan Wood

Coastal Shower Doors Gridscape collection, interiors by Birgitte Pearce Design

Update your shower with a versatile design

We love a beautiful shower. To blend modern design with early 20th-century elegance, we love a design that’s both simple and versatile.

Our new favorite is the Gridscape series by Coastal Shower Doors. These tempered glass doors and fixed panels, which can be accented with black or white grids, are available as French doors, sliding panels, and single swinging doors. You can even customize glass style and texture as well as the material and look of the handles.

The versatility of this design is what makes it great for 2019: use it to update a traditional bathroom, solidify an industrial look, create a centerpiece in a modernist space, or blend it seamlessly with monochromatic design.

If you want an ultra-custom shower door option, try the Gridscape Eclipse, which can be tailored to any grid or pattern: design circles, hexagons, diagonals—whatever you imagine.

Photo via Waterworks

Waterworks Keystone White in Galaxy

Create a new backdrop with exquisite stonework

Stone is one of the strongest and most durable materials for bathrooms. Variation in graining and texture adds natural character to your bathroom backdrop—whether you go old school and elegant or modern and sleek.

This investment is easily incorporated into just about any design. Go with a minimalist stack-bond pattern or experiment with mosaics, herringbone, weaves, blocks, or stripes. Make a statement with contrasting colors or go with a single color for an opulent feel.

Our pick for 2019 is the Keystone White in Galaxy by Waterworks. This ultra-durable surface is clean and simple and elevates any space.

Photo via DXV

DXV Oak Hill Console Sink

Blend timeless design with contemporary standards

For those ready to embrace classic design of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, tub and sink updates are the way to go. Blend farmhouse simplicity with pared-down design standards of the 21st century.

We like the Oak Hill Console Sink, part of the Oak Hill collection by DXV. The Victorian-inspired basin sink with polished hardware has been perfectly modernized with minimal embellishments and contemporary lines. Incorporate into a modern farmhouse design or more traditional looks.

Photo via Signature Hardware

Signature Hardware Avon Acrylic Pedestal Tub

Indulge in a soaking tub

A free-standing tub is the perfect emblem of an indulgent bathroom—an invitation to pause and relax. Victorian tubs were typically made of cast-iron and set on claw feet, and though classic and beautiful, some may find them difficult to work with this style year over year as their tastes and style change.

For a Victorian-inspired yet modern soaking tub, we love this pedestal tub by Signature Hardware with its wide plinth and graceful design. This is the perfect update for a modern bathroom that nods to timeless style. 

Photo via Urban Electric Company
Photo via Urban Electric Company

Left: Urban Electric Company Huntley light, interiors by More Design + Build

Right: Urban Electric Company Jennifer Wall light, interiors by Disc Interiors

Light the way with vintage-inspired fixtures

One of the most simple yet powerful ways to update the look and feel of your bathroom is with fresh lighting. Simple sconces and exposed-bulb fixtures are perfect additions to the 2019 bathroom—classic forms meets clean, modern sensibility.  

We love these fixtures by Urban Electric Company. Handmade in Charleston, Urban Electric Company lighting is some of the finest in quality and most diverse in design.

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