Because bathrooms are subject to wear and tear from water damage and constant use, they are a favorite room for updating with a designer remodel. The latest trends in bathroom remodeling reflect a combination of elements contributing to both tranquility and utility.
Overall, the latest bathroom remodeling trends reflect a theme toward bathrooms being places to spend time relaxing and adding a spa-like ambiance. Improving the design of a bathroom involves several elements, and homeowners are increasingly investing in updates that add value and improve aesthetics. These seven trends apply to a variety of bathroom remodeling projects, from large master bathrooms to tiny guest bathrooms. They can be used as inspiration when considering a fresh take on an older space.
Let the Light In
Homeowners are increasingly favoring bright, airy bathroom spaces that harness the beauty of natural light. Installing an additional window or skylight in a restroom is an investment with results that can completely transform a bathroom space. Larger, more dramatic windows in bathrooms are a trend worth investigating because of the way they inspire a room. Bold, geometric windows are also showing up in bathrooms — some resembling the circular windows of ship cabins. If installing an additional window or skylight is not possible for your current bathroom, you can still “let the light in” by adding strategic mirroring to increase ambient light.
Silent Soaking Tubs
The last major bathtub trend was Jacuzzi-style tubs with jets similar to those in larger hot tubs. A strong current trend is one toward including elegant soaking tubs that are free of jets, providing a silent bathing experience. Very deep tubs are currently in, as are traditional or claw-foot standalone tubs. Best suited for larger bathrooms, silent soaking tubs exude elegance and offer a rejuvenating bathing experience.
Recycled Tile Elements
Part of a broader, sweeping trend toward the use of eco-friendly building materials, using recycled tiles has found its way into many bathroom remodels. Recycled tiles can be ceramic, glass or even metal. Because tile can be used on nearly every bathroom surface, it is a highly useful trend. You can use the tiles for a more traditional look, favoring classic geometric designs or you can get creative with mosaic-like designs on walls and floors. Sustainable tile is a wonderful choice for eco-conscious remodelers and for anyone who appreciates the timeless beauty of functional tile.
While neutrals and earth tones offer a good choice for a serene bathroom color scheme, bold colors are showing up more in remodels. Opting for darker, more saturated bold color in tiles, fixtures, lighting and paint is a vogue choice for your remodel plan. Some of the trending color schemes include the use of a stark contrast color — usually black or white — against deep tones of mahogany, indigo or emerald.
Because they offer an inexpensive way to bring a spa feature into the house, steam showers are a popular choice for bathroom remodels. Going from a regular shower to a steam shower is a world of difference, and provides the daily possibility of experiencing the therapeutic benefits of steam. Potential homebuyers are looking for spa-like features, and a steam shower is a fast way to include one.
Radiant floor heat can be installed under tile or slate bathroom flooring and offers a cost-effective heating method for bathrooms. Plus, heated floors provide the luxury of never having to step out of a hot shower onto a frigid floor. They are also eco-friendly; their installation cost is offset by power savings over time.
Updating a bathroom can be as simple as installing an embedded flat-screen monitor or a TV that connects to Wi-Fi. Ideally, you can embed a screen where you can view it while soaking in a tub. “Smart screens” are also showing up in bathrooms; these are touchscreens that can connect with your bathroom appliances to monitor water heat and pressure. Another way to enjoy embedded electronics in your bathroom is to install a shower-specific karaoke machine that can support your shower-singing endeavors.
About the Author: Rachel Weissman is a home redesign expert specializing in green and eco-friendly remodeling. She recommends researching the latest in bathroom trends if you’re about to embark on a bathroom remodel yourself.