You Only Need 5 Pieces to Try These Bathroom Décor Trends (Yes, Really)

Updated 03/05/18

The average bathroom remodel costs just over $9000, so it’s no wonder classic all-white décor is often the safest style of choice. If your modest design decision has left you feeling a little uninspired, though, there’s a simple solution: Buy trend-driven accessories. You can quickly turn your least favorite room in the house into a canvas for spring’s top trends with the right personality-packed buys.

From British townhouse-inspired pieces to super-sleek matte black décor, it's easy to try a new look with our five-piece rule. The concept is simple: With just five accents—and no big furniture investments—you can update your space in an instant. Affordable and interchangeable, these curated picks, inspired by leading bathroom décor trends, offer an easy way to give your bathroom a fresh look, commitment-free.

Brittany Ambridge
Natural bathroom decor trends

Part equestrian, part bohemian, these neutral accents breathe new life into a sterile space. Made from materials like jute and leather, each item has an organic shape that is a welcome step away from the typical glass or stainless steel accents common to a bathroom. Try this accessible trend with a handful of easy-to-style items, like a collection of woven baskets or a neutral Moroccan-inspired bath mat. A hanging mirror and screw-in towel hooks give the appearance of permanence without a long-term commitment.

Ready to commit? Opt for a quality runner rug or Sepulveda overhead pendant light for double the impact.

victor leather 24
CB2 Victor Leather 24" Mirror $179
IKEA Fryken Boxes $15
Snowe Home Rinse and Repeat Diffuser $40
Teak Bathroom Mat
Skagerak Inc. Teak Bathroom Mat $199
West Elm Oversized Pure White Ceramic Vase $104
French Industrial Bathroom Trend

Raw yet refined, this trend is the perfect way to inject personality into a neutral space. Start with statement accents like a wire basket and cage-like mirror, and then continue the trend with smaller details like rough cement hardware and an industrial-looking hand soap dispenser.

Ready to commit? Complete the look with an exposed wire pendant light in unpolished metal for an instant high-impact update.

Menu Cage Mirror $134
Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm
Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm $97
Large Wire Basket
H&M Large Wire Basket $18 $10
CB2 6" Matte Black Square Handle $17
Restoration Hardware Pharmacy Clear Glass Bottles $29
British Bathroom Decor Trend

Looking to give your rental a five-star upgrade? This chic British-inspired trend is easy to adopt and has timeless appeal. The trick to mastering this classic style is investing in quality pieces. Keep color at bay with an understated black, navy, white, or cream palette. Swap worn-out linens for fresh, fluffy, hotel-quality bath towels, and give cabinet staples like cotton balls a countertop-worthy home in matching glass and silver canisters.

Ready to commit? Continue the British vibes with a classic showerhead, and add a pewter or ceramic vase with a fresh floral bouquet of hydrangeas or lavender.

Pottery Barn Sussex Paper Holder $99
Parachute Home Classic Bath Towel $29
White Marble Wastebasket
CB2 White Marble Wastebasket $50
Framed Shower Curtain
Rejuvenation Framed Shower Curtain $59
Chambers(R) Classic Robe
Williams Sonoma Chambers Classic Robe $99 $79
Matte Black Bathroom Decor Trend

This bold décor trend might seem intimidating, so before you go all-out and renovate your bathroom with statement charcoal tiles, dip your toe in the trend pool with a few carefully chosen accents. Our picks: an architectural towel rack, an ombré bath mat, and a matte soap dispenser, among others. Don’t be afraid to incorporate small pieces of furniture in the space, such as a sleek stool or side table, and update switch plates to finish the look. The key to mastering this trend is in keeping the black shade and sheen consistent.

Ready to commit? For serious street cred, swap out a tired metallic faucet for a modern matte black option.

Jackson Standing Towel Rack - Crate and Barrel
Crate & Barrel Jackson Standing Towel Rack $180
CB2 Rubber Coated Soap Pump $5
ombre bath runner
CB2 Ombre Bath Runner $50
Lewis Double Toggle Switchplate
Rejuvenation Lewis Double Toggle Switchplate $20 $16
black towel hook
CB2 Black Towel Hook $8

This story was originally published in April 2016 and was updated in March 2018.

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