Bathroom Remodeling Trends For 2021

large walk in shower with rain head, dual shower head, benchIt’s your own little sanctuary, a blissful escape from too many obligations and not enough hours in the day. At least that’s what a primary bathroom can be. Normandy designers keep tabs on all the trends while maintaining appreciation for tried and true classics. They gave us a rundown of fixtures and finishes to consider for a fresh take on the bath.

Pampering Comfort

A little bit of soothing heat right where you need it can make all the difference in the world, which is why heated floors and benches are finding homes in more bathrooms than ever. Adding a heating element to your shower bench allows you the luxury of resting or shaving comfortably during your shower. And while it sounds decadent, it’s a relatively modest upgrade that is definitely worth considering. Bidets are another easily incorporated upgrade gaining popularity in the US. Here you’re more likely to find an integrated bidet than a stand-alone version. There are even models with heated seats if you want to extend temperature control across the bathroom.

master bathroom with two vanities and oversized luxury showerFabulous Fakes

Love the look of nature but not necessarily the upkeep? There’s a treasure trove of engineered stone, laminate cabinets and more finishes that deliver most of luxe with less of the worry. Try porcelain tile made to look like gorgeous reclaimed barn wood. Ride the wave of woodgrain you thought was impractical. Designers can help you pick your favorite look with a nod to what they know will wear well with minimal upkeep. The result is more gorgeous, worry-free choices for you.

Water Sense

decorative tile in shower nicheWhether you are a dedicated or an accidental environmentalist, bathroom fixtures in 2021 will help you enjoy all the self-care while conserving water imperceptibly.Sleek shower systems that inject air with the water to maintain a forceful spray, water sense toilets that defy their title, and water-saving faucets are a few simple choices that let you feel good about your environmental impact without sacrificing your daily water therapy.

Tiny Tiles

The penny tile, also known as a penny round, is a small round or hexagonal tile with the potential to make a big impact in a bathroom. One penny round is as humble as the coin for which it’s named, but a whole floor or shower wall of them brings dynamic visual punch to a design. Repeating shapes are also calming so expect to feel a little more relaxed in the bath. If you love the look of Parisian glamour, go with marble or chic black and white. If you’re more modern, why not try a bold green or seafoam blue?


Perhaps not the newsiest item on our list, but rest assured, if you add a soaking tub to your bathroom remodel, it will hold its appeal (and lots of bubbles or salts) for years to come. If you like to soak away the stress after a long day, a soaking tub will quickly become your favorite place in the house. Freestanding tubs find home in spaces ranging from cramped to spacious so don’t be shy about asking for one in your bathroom remodel. Where there’s a will there’s usually a way to soak.

Whether you’re drawn to the bathroom trends of 2021 or prefer the timeless approach, finding a design that’s just right for you is essential. Set up a time to meet with a Normandy Designer to discuss your primary bathroom or join us for an educational webinar for a morning filled with information and inspiration.

The Normandy Remodeling photo galleries are a great place to see fixtures and finishes in the spaces of real people’s homes. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more ideas and home remodeling insights.

walk-in shower with mother of pearl inlay tilefreestanding bathtubFloating vanity and large mirror

Top 5 Home Design Trends For 2021

These 20s are roaring at home more than anyplace else and design trends reflect that fact. The past year has given families chances to truly assess what’s working for them and what needs to change with the times. Normandy designers and architects shared what’s showing up in their sketches and builds, and what they are excited about for the rest of the year.

Blue cabinetry in a home office

1. Home Offices
Having a space to shut out the distractions and really be productive, even if you have to do so at odd hours, is a necessity now. A new office can be created by building an addition or by repurposing existing square footage. Planning these spaces for future flexibility lets today’s home office become tomorrow’s extra bedroom.

Window seat2. Nooks and Niches
Togetherness is a gift to be treasured. So is time to oneself. That’s where cozy little spots are especially useful. Our designers are hearing requests to keep or add window seats, make the most of alcoves and lofts, and transform unused areas into ideal perches for reading or streaming. As you walk through your home, why not consider the possibilities in your crannies and corners? Don’t confine yourself to small spaces, either. There are bigger options waiting upstairs in the attic or over the garage.

Sitting and eating are off kitchen for entertaining

3. Flexibility Above All
Why give over a third of your main floor to a dining room or living room that’s rarely used when you can plan in multiple purposes for each room? Families are living in every inch of their homes. It makes sense to design to this fact and create floorplans with all the necessary flexibility and fun built right in. Spaces that can easily flip from one function to another make it a snap to convert your casual eating area from a morning coffee spot to a game-day buffet setup, or even the perfect place to host a book club meeting. Some families are even reconsidering the once-dominant trend of open floor plans to create quieter, more private spaces throughout the home.

Basement family entertainment area. Built in shelving, open shelving, storage

4. The Other Space
Sometimes you want to experience an event. That’s why some families dress up for Sunday dinners or gear up for the game day. It’s also why transforming your basement into the ultimate screening room, lounge and even sports bar can help create that feeling of an activity being special. Similarly, adding a sitting area off your kitchen puts the cook at the center of the action, making meal prep feel more like booking the chef’s table at a hot restaurant. People are definitely looking to add amenities to their homes that bring everyone together and elevate everyday viewing and eating into memorable experiences.

Kitchen with decorative ceiling inlay and island5. Sustainable Style
Choosing materials with less of an environmental impact does not relegate your project to anyone’s look. Using reclaimed wood, choosing smart light fixtures and appliances, and careful planning to maximize the use of a home’s square footage are all ways to design with the environment in mind. Designers and architects are knowledgeable about making smart choices that add value and never feel like you’re sacrificing style for sustainability.

Infusing your existing spaces with what is current but timeless can be tricky, but we’ve got you covered. If you’re ready to give your home a makeover, set up a time to meet with a Normandy Designer to discuss your next home renovation project. You can also register to attend an upcoming webinar or follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, and Instagram for more daily inspiration.

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