The bathroom, like the kitchen, has become a space in the home that needs to be updated on a regular basis. Non-renovated bathrooms stick out like a sore thumb. It is one of the first spaces that homebuyers look at when considering purchasing a home and it is a space friends and family will definitely notice.
Before you remodel or refresh your bathroom, it is a good idea to be in the know about trends in bathroom design.
Trends in Bathroom Design
Today’s trends in bathroom design range from the easy to the more difficult, and from the cost-effective to the expensive. Here are some of the more “hot” trends in designing a bathroom in today’s market:
Large & Airy Showers: Showers are getting larger and larger. In small bathrooms, homeowners are tearing out the tub to expand the shower. Not only is the stall getting larger, it is getting more airy, with the addition of more glass. People want to feel like they are entering a spa. Some homeowners are even taking out partial shower walls, or in some cases all shower walls, and transforming the entire tiled bathroom or section of the bathroom into a shower.
Rain Shower Heads: This is the fastest growing trend in bathrooms today. Rain showerheads give you the feeling that you are actually showering in the rain. They are soothing, relaxing and connect you with nature.
Wall Faucets: Wall faucets are also a popular, but a more expensive trend. Rather than having your faucet connected to your sink, it comes directly out of the wall for a more modern, chic look.
Jacuzzis Replaced by Soaking Tubs: Individuals are now seeking the quiet experience of a soaking tub. These jet-less tubs are often deep and insulated. They typically have less decking surrounding them in comparison to tubs installed in homes in the ’80s and ’90s. Eliminating this feature has lead to less difficulty entering and exiting these tubs.
Open/Natural Light: People want master bathrooms to be as bright and sun-filled as possible. This means adding windows and skylights to increase the amount of natural exposure to light in the room.
Steam Bath: Another trend in high demand is creating a steam-room. To do this, the bathroom usually has to be reconfigured to include the following: a sloping ceiling to drain condensation, a seat floor drain, tile or marble on all surfaces, and a vapor-tight door. (The steam room must be completely enclosed and insulated on all sides.)
Bathroom Fan: Most bathrooms could use better ventilation to clear off mirrors and extend the life of the finishes. A remote fan with a motor elsewhere, such as the attic, is very desirable. It is about 10 times more powerful than other fans, but only slightly more in price. These fans are also extremely quiet if installed properly. Certain fans are equipped with humidity sensors that switch on automatically.
Walling off the toilet: One of the biggest trends today is “privatization of the toilet” by giving the master bath’s toilet its own private room, or at least a privacy wall.
Bathroom Technology: More homeowners are requesting additional features such as small coolers, flat-screen TVs (flat screens can be placed behind a mirror, where they are not seen until they’re turned on), speaker systems hooked up in the shower, towel heaters, refrigerated medicine cabinets, and sinks that signal water temperature.
Smarter Storage: Big, deep drawers do not work in bathrooms. In bathrooms, small drawers, with dividers are quite useful. Homeowners are installing towers with drawers that start at countertop height and go up, because it makes all the storage easily accessible. Additional options include pre-manufactured medicine cabinets or vanity cabinets that have an outlet inside for an electric toothbrush, shaver or curling iron. This design removes items from out in the open and gives the bathroom a much less cluttered look.
Dueling Vanities: Homeowners are often asking for his-and-hers sinks and vanities, even in small bathrooms. Two vanities allow for each person to have his or her own space and storage.
Stylish Sinks: These continue to become more popular. Homeowners are also interested in vessel sinks, which rise up from a base, faucets that protrude directly from a wall, and sinks that have their own legs or stand.
Universal Features: Once found only in nursing homes, grab bars are hand bars that are bolted to walls in the shower and above a tub to help keep people from falling. While mainly intended for older individuals, the younger generation is now accepting them as well since they no longer look so institutional. They make grab bars nowadays that look like decorations. Other universal features include chair height toilets and walk-in bathtubs.
Heated Floors: Radiant electric heating under the walls and within the floors are used to warm up bathrooms and shower areas. It is safe, and uses little energy.
Tiles: Porcelain or stone tile is very popular in bathrooms because each exudes more warmth. Glass tile is also gaining in popularity.
Bathroom Fireplaces: Bathroom fireplaces create a unique, cozy feel like no other.
On-demand water heaters and other green products: Sustainable and green choices are signaling a larger trend in home remodeling.
There are several ways to make your improvements more energy-wise.
- If you do put in a heated floor, make sure it is attached to a timer.
- Also, investigate the latest low-flow toilets that have two buttons: One releases much less water, when very little is needed.
- Another thing that is becoming more popular is on-demand water systems. The unit heats water almost instantaneously, eliminating the need for a water heater.
Updating and remodeling your bathroom not only adds value to you home, it also enables you and your family to enjoy these updates for years to come.