Thinking of remodeling your bathroom? So is everyone else according to a recent survey from the National Association of Home Builders. Bathroom remodeling was the most common project for homeowners in 2015 and 2016 is looking no different as homeowners are motivated to upgrade their bathrooms and add some modern amenities in the process.
Bathroom design has come a long way from just a functional space in the home. Now bathrooms are more zen-like getaway spas that provide you with a place to relax and unwind in your own sanctuary. At Cutting Edge Kitchen and Bath, we have received a lot of interesting requests from our customers that have provided us with some insight into what’s currently trending in the world of bathroom remodels. Here are a few design trends that may help inspire your own slice of bathroom paradise.
Clean and modern with a touch of nature:
Contemporary style mixed with clean lines combined with natural materials and simple shapes provide a sophisticated and comfortable space. Just by removing the clutter from the countertops and adding more functional shelving and storage will add wonders to the look and feel of your space. You can easily remove those outdated knobs and pulls and replace them with more modern hardware that will improve the appearance. And for the love of all things good and holy, please take down those brass light fixtures and towel racks that spawned from the early 90’s and update them with more modern fixtures.
Modern design, complemented with simple organic additions of a few indoor plants, will help add balance and add some nature to your space. By focusing on a more clean look combined with your own personal style, you will be on your way to updating your bathroom and adding value to your home.
More than 50 shades of grey and a few whites:
If you’ve been watching any episodes on HGTV, you will see that many of the home remodels end up with elements of grey or white somewhere in the home. The bathroom is no different, and these two colors help provide a clean and modern palette. There are several varieties of grey and white and they can be used in combination with other accent colors. You can add hints of other colors to the mix by incorporating towels or backsplashes with complementary colors to the surroundings.
More homeowners are deciding to keep the bathtub and shower separate, or do away with the bathtub entirely.
Large walk-in showers complete with floor to ceiling tile, multiple shower heads, shower seats or benches are creating the spa-like feel and complement today’s busy lifestyle for those that may not have the time for a daily tub soak. Another thing to consider is the installation of grab bars that provide added function and safety. Steam showers are fast becoming a popular request for those that want to indulge in a daily dose of soothing relaxation.
Turn up the heat:
If your going to be tearing out the floor and adding new tile, it may be a good time to consider adding radiant heat to your new floors. With radiant heat your space quickly becomes warm due to the heat being distributed evenly across the floor. This type of system is more efficient than using a radiator or forced air because it does not require the constant circulation of air to warm up a room. Cutting Edge Kitchen and Bath carries a unique underfloor system called Warmup that makes renovations much easier because it does not raise floor levels and can be installed by a competent DIYer. Warmup can be used under a variety flooring such as carpet, laminate, wood and of course tile.
Sink into this:
Undermount sinks are not just popular in the kitchen anymore. Having an undermount sink creates a continuous flow from countertop into the sink and makes cleanup a breeze.
While the vessel sinks may have their place in a small powder or guest room, having an undermount sink in one of the most used spaces in your home blends form and function for any new bathroom remodel.
3D is not just for the movies:
You can now add some dimensions to your tile design with the three-dimensional tile. You won’t need any special glasses for this tile, just your imagination as three-dimensional tiles come in organic waves, as well as symmetrical patterns. Adding the third dimension of depth to your tile installation leverages the dramatic appeal of texture, shadows, shapes, reflection and light to facilitate flow, create energy and bring a sense of drama to almost any space.
Hip to be square:
Incorporating squares and angular shaped designs are finding their way into many of today’s bathroom designs. You can see this in many of the sinks, faucets and fixtures on the market today that complement the look of a modern bathroom with their clean straight lines and sharp angles. Choose tile and backsplash with geometric shapes to add interest and character without sacrificing the minimalistic design.
Light it up:
Lighting is an overlooked bathroom feature, but it’s among the most important. Like kitchens, bathrooms require practical and functional lighting solutions for a primarily task-oriented space. Grooming requires just the right amount of well-placed lighting. Too little and you won’t be able to see what you’re doing, too much lighting, or poor placement can cause glare issues. Consider which spots you want to highlight and what mood you want to set. For example, you might try a wash of light on a beautifully tiled wall or under your cabinets. Some showerheads even have built-in LED lights.
A digital future for bathrooms:
From shower systems that allow you to digitally control the water pressure, temperature and steam, to shower heads that will pump music into your morning routine, the modern age of technology has made its way to the home design scene and implemented into our bathrooms. There are many new energy saving products like low flow toilets and water saving shower heads that help keep your monthly expenses low and keep you up to date with new ways to make your bathroom more efficient. There are new LED mirrors, and programmable lights that can give your bathroom the perfect ambiance. For a look into the future of your next dream bathroom, come visit our showroom and meet with one of our Designers. We can help you bring all of these bathroom trends and ideas to life.