Thinking about updating your bathroom, and wondering about the latest trends? Bathrooms are looking more natural, and feeling more comfortable.
Vanities are being made to look more like furniture. Wainscoting is gaining popularity in the bathroom, as are clever storage niches, tucked into the wall between the studs. Quartz countertops with undermount sinks are stylish, and matte tiles — not glossy — that look like stone or wood, with minimal grout lines, continue to be popular.
Other important details to remember when updating a bathroom include:
Large tiles. The traditional 4-inch x 4-inch bathroom tiles rarely are used anymore. Look for tiles that measure at least 18 inches x 18 inches. Rectangular shapes (for example 12 inches x 24 inches) are popular choices for, not only the floor, but the walls as well — sometimes installed vertically, sometimes horizontally. And texture, texture, texture is very much on trend.
Paint colors. White and gray are the top bathroom choices, followed by blue.
Large, walk-in showers with a seat or bench are very desirable. They can have a rain shower head that is mounted into the ceiling over the center of the shower. They also may include multiple body jets spaced along each side wall.
A spa-like atmosphere. A freestanding or soaking tub will help create a spa-themed bathroom. One factor to consider when choosing a freestanding tub for your spa bathroom is that this type of bathtub is about five to 10 times more expensive than a traditional tub, once the plumbing is factored in. If you have a larger budget, consider a steam shower.
Vanities. Larger vanities with double sinks or one extra long trough sink are in vogue. A standard double vanity is 60 inches long; however, more people are making space for a 72-inch (or longer!) vanity. If you’re willing to spend a little extra for custom work, you can have any length (and shape) you want.
Toilets. If you have to share your bathroom retreat, you may want a toilet that is separated by a half-wall, or is located in its own room. High tech toilets also are available.
Lighting. Today’s lighting options include chandeliers, instead of standard overhead light fixtures, wall sconces, recessed lighting with dimmer switches, and an overhead light source in the shower.
Storage space. Make sure to include plenty of cabinet space and open shelving in your bathroom renovation. You also can maximize space by using barn doors.
Fixtures. Choose plumbing fixtures that are practical as well as beautiful. Brushed nickel, chrome and satin nickel fixtures blend with almost any type of decorating style and are subdued enough to avoid drawing attention. One trend to watch for is rose gold finish.
By Elisabeth Stubbs, contributing writer and one of the owners of Enhance Floors & More.