The bathroom is part of our daily ritual. For many of us , it is the most private room in the house and a place to get away for a short while from the noise, stress and pressures of the day and the world we live in. It is the space where most of us start and end our days. And although the basic functions of the bathroom continue to be the same each and every year, the bathroom is evolving and changing to adapt to our lifestyle and the way we live in the 21st century.
If you are planning to build or renovate your bathroom space in the next 12 months, incorporating some or all of these trends will not only give you a more enjoyable bathing experience, but will add value to your home when you decide to sell
1. Smart Storage
We understand that that a beautiful bathroom is an organized bathroom. When you are in a hurry in the morning, you don’t have time to be searching for your hair brush or favorite tube of lipstick. Cabinetry manufacturers are now offering many interiors options to help you keep all the essentials right at hand. You now have options for keeping small appliances such as hair dryers and curling irons plugged in and ready to go with built in drawers and pullouts specifically designed for them. Drawer dividers for toiletries and makeup are becoming essential in vanity designs, much like they have been for years in kitchen design. Even the tried and true medicine cabinet is now becoming the epicenter for organization, with many new models featuring built in electrical and USB ports for charging devices as well as keeping electric razors, toothbrushes, all in place and ready to go.
2. Free Standing Tubs
“Freestanding designs serve as eye-candy while additional experiences added to a freestanding bath will appeal to the avid bather,” says Kristina Spindler, director of marketing at Jacuzzi Luxury Bath. It may be a simple soaking tub, or a therapeutic air tub with chromotherapy, heated backrest and built in speakers. But whether you select rectangular, oval, round or a shape that is more organic in nature, the tub for 2017 is sculptural and beautiful, taking on a quieter yet prominent place in any master bathroom design.
3. Deluxe Showers
According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), showers are becoming far more popular than tubs. So accordingly, high-tech spa-like body sprays, water jets and shower heads are becoming more commonplace.
Fully enclosed steam showers with multiple shower heads are a luxury that is becoming more conventional in new homes and remodeled master bathrooms. It’s nice to have a place to sit and enjoy your Zen-like walk-in shower, thus built-in and portable benches are an extra-added luxury that doesn’t have to break the budget.
4. Media & Music
Wireless speakers, Bluetooth devices and docking stations are being incorporated into bathroom mirrors, shower heads and vanities. Kohler has taken multitasking to a new level with its all-in-one shower head and speaker combo.
You start and finish every day in your bathroom: when is there a better time to get caught up on the news, or bing watch your favorite Netflix show while soaking in your tub.
5. In Floor Heat and Towel Warmers
Warm toes and a warm towel can make all the difference on a cold winter’s morning. Radiant floor heat is energy efficient because the heat is touching your body, warming you from the bottom up.
There are two types of radiant flooring, electric and hydronic (water). Electric mats are easier and less expensive to install because you don’t need a separate system to run the heat, they can run off your home’s electrical system. Hydronic systems need a separate power source, like a heat pump to run the water through the pipes. A hydronic system is more expensive to install, but in the long run, it is more affordable to operate.
Either way, radiant floor heat works best with natural stone and tile because their thermal properties hold the heat better.
6. Classic White
Like denim jeans, old-school white subway tile never goes out of style. White subway tile can be paired with just about any look that you want to create. It can allow a simple classic design, or go with a dark contrast to make your bathroom really Pop. It is best used with a dark color grout like gray or black. Especially in the bathroom because it is less likely to get stained with mold and soap residue.
Also, you don’t have to stick to white subway tile, because there are a ton of different options out there to choose from. Glass, different colored tiles, and even marble versions of these tiles exist and can be laid in the same traditional pattern for a different, yet beautiful application in a variety of different designs, from modern to traditional.
7. Floating Vanities
The floating vanity creates a sense of space and openness even with the smallest of bathrooms. It offers the clean, transitional look that so many homeowners and home buyers want in a home today. Expect these vanities to offer drawers over doors in many instances, as a way to over more practical storage and, as stated above, smart storage is becoming standard in many of the well-thought out designs.
But while they are stylish, they offer a few practical advantages as well. By its very nature, the vanity can be installed at just about any height. This is great for the homeowner that finds standard height vanities either too tall or too short. Next, by leaving an area of 12-18” open beneath the vanity, it makes for very easy cleaning. Whether you prefer traditional or modern styling, you should consider a floating vanity in your new bathroom design.
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