When it comes to the bathroom, all you really need is a functioning space where you can get in, do your business, and get out. But come on—it can be so much more! The latest bathroom design trends offer a way to express your unique style and indulge yourself as well.

This year, experts say, homeowners are focused on making the bathroom a place you’ll want to be—not just where you have to go. From statement furniture to bold decor pieces, the bathroom is the new “it” space of the house.

Here are the biggest, boldest, and most beautiful design trends to expect in the rest of 2019.

1. Half-baths that make a statement

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This year, the half-bath is getting its full share of attention—designers are transforming this space into something that everyone will want to see.

Where better to make a bold statement than in a small space? 

High contrast and large scale will actually make this usually forgotten, but important, room in your house be heard.

2. Black baths

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If you’ve tired of the white-on-white look that’s taken over our homes for the past decade, you’re in luck: Black is back. Yes, black-and-white decor is trending, and it looks especially fierce in a small interior space like a bathroom. Try painting the walls ebony, get a charcoal vanity, use it on the finishes—or all of the above.

3. Furniture in the bathroom

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Hear us out on this one! If you have the space, a beautiful piece of furniture can create a lounge feel in your bathroom—and give you a legitimate reason to retreat there when you need to get away.

Be sure to pick pieces that have extra storage for towels or toiletries, or that you’d be comfortable draping your towel over, he recommends.

4. Luxe spa touches

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“Self-care” has been the catchphrase for the past couple of years, with lifestyle gurus preaching the endless benefits of taking time to nurture yourself. And nowhere is that mentality more clear than in 2019’s bathrooms.

This year is all about adding some relaxing touches to make the whole space one where you can truly indulge.

5. Eye-level lighting

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Hate what you see in the mirror when you wake up in the morning? It might be your bathroom’s fault. This year, try to adjust your lighting.

6. Plaster light fixtures

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And you thought plaster was just a building material. It’s also being used in stylish light fixtures that fit nicely into a bathroom space, says Annabel Joy, interior designer and co-founder of Trim Design Co. in Boston.

Try out this trend with wall sconces in the bathroom, or a statement chandelier.

7. Vintage rugs

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Carpet isn’t usually welcome in the loo, but there’s nothing wrong with a rug that protects your feet from the cold tile. This year, turn to something vintage that you know can stand the test of time—and the inevitable moisture from your bathroom.

These come prefaded and distressed, so they will hold up well in baths even if they get wet from time to time.