A remodeled bathroom is nice when it's done well. Clean fixtures, smooth countertops, and up-to-date wiring all look great. As you plan your new bathroom, however, there may be a push to make it somewhat trendy. Whether your designer is pushing this idea or whether a family member really wants the latest designs, you have to think about trends carefully. Some become timeless trends that work well for many people over the years, but others can become dated, as so many trends do. For a remodel that stays attractive to you — and that is easy to care for — you may want to look for alternatives to these four trends.

Raised Sinks

The typical in-counter sink (the ones whose edges are flush with the counter) may seem old, but the raised sinks that have started replacing those can bring some issues of their own. From chip damage because you accidentally side-swiped the too-tall edge with your brush to a buildup of scale around the angled base, raised sinks can often create long-term issues. If you truly don't want an in-counter sink, at least look for raised sinks where the edges aren't too high up and that are more rounded, rather than the thin glass ones you see in so many catalog pictures. Also, look for sinks whose bases meet the counter at wider angles that allow for better access when cleaning.

Concealed or Blocked Toilet Tanks

A European-style trend that appears in some design examples involves concealed toilet tanks, where the tank is in the wall, rather than in front of the wall. Another trend, used often in the 1950s and 1960s, has counter space placed right above the tank, so the view into the tank is kind of blocked. These can make maintaining and fixing the toilet more difficult. If you do really want one of these setups, make the maintenance panel in the wall much bigger (you can hide it somewhat with creative wall tile designs) or raise the counter height up a bit more.

Dark Grout Colors

For some reason, dark grout colors among shower tiles have been in vogue for a while. In a bathroom, these could potentially hide mildew and mold formation. At first, that sounds like a great thing because then you won't have to look at icky spots between shower cleanings. However, if you tend to not clean that much, that dark grout could lead to you missing a lot of mold buildup, which could aggravate allergies and look terrible to those who spot the mold before you do. Unless you plan to clean the shower walls every few days, stick with lighter colors of grout.

Your new bathroom should be one you like being in. When you carefully choose fixtures and don't fall for the latest trends without thinking about them first, you end up with a remodeled bathroom that is beautiful.

For more tips on bathroom renovations, reach out to a remodeling contractor in your area.