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Adventurous renovators set out looking for inspiration when they embark on a new bathroom renovation project, and often immediately begin creating wish lists. Don’t get us wrong, it’s great to know what you want – but, did you know it’s also important to know what you don’t want?

At Jostar, our Edmonton interior designers have seen it all: the gorgeous, the functional, and even the ugly. We’ve created the following guide to help you identify interior design ideas and bathroom trends not to follow so your resulting space is vibrant instead of cliché.


Rose Gold 

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Metallics are very much in, but the “all-over rose gold” trend is already on its way out. In Edmonton, interior design is thoughtful and unique, and your new bathroom should be no exception. Instead of rocking rose gold, try mixing and matching metallic tones in your bathroom design to create a space that has charm and intrigue.


Busy Borders

Trying something new with bathroom tile can be a beautiful thing, but we cringe when there are too many patterns and colours competing for your eye’s attention. Busy tile borders in your bathroom are like horizontal stripes in your wardrobe – unflattering and unnecessary.


Mason Jar Overload

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Don’t get us wrong – we love a little succulent or candle in a mason jar as a hip accent, but the  “mason jar everywhere” home decor trend needs to go. There are so many creative ways to organize your beauty products and store your bathroom items, so think outside the jar, and avoid this overdone trend.


Oversizing It

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Making a statement with a large tub in a huge bathroom is one thing, but the trend of oversized tubs, toilets, and sinks often falls flat and even wastes a lot of space. If you want to make a big statement in a small (or average sized) space, try adding a bold colour to your walls or test out a daring textured tile. It’s important to add your personality to your bathroom design, but make sure all your “big” ideas suit your space too.


Too Much Hardwood

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Real hardwood brings beautiful texture and charm to a bathroom, but you CAN have too much of a good thing. Using too many wood elements and harsh lines is distracting, and it makes your space feel smaller and confining. Instead of falling for the all over hardwood trend, choose just one hardwood element and offset the rustic texture with something smooth like marble or stone to create a playful juxtaposition.


Now that you know what not to do, you’re ready to start planning what you do want! Of course, the budget is something to consider - take our quick bathroom budget test to see where your design tastes fall.