Trends, style, and innovation may not be your first concern when it comes to bathroom remodeling, but technology and personal taste does evolve, even for plumbing and fixtures. If you’re thinking of sprucing up your master bath or dragging that extra bathroom into the twenty-first century, check out these five bathroom remodeling trends.
Let’s face it, tiles can be cold, and bathrooms are the one room you’re most often barefoot. Installing radiant heating underneath your tiles can cut that chill entirely, and allow you to step out of a steamy shower and onto a toasty floor.
In Japan, which leads the world in toilet technology, some toilets have seat warmers, built-in deodorizers, automatic open-and-close features, and even music that’s triggered by use. If you’re not quite ready to hear country music every time you take a seat, you can always consider the more low-tech water-saving dual-flush toilets.
When was the last time you took a good, long soak in a tub? Probably not recently, which is why the trend for bathrooms is to ditch the tub altogether in favor of a shower spa experience. A spa experience can mean multiple shower heads, side body sprays, technology that sets the water to your perfect temperature, built-in benches, as well as wireless speakers that can be set to play your favorite tunes.
Zero-threshold showers, which ditch the raised threshold under the shower door, are also more popular. They’re easier to clean and friendly to seniors and the disabled.
Docking stations where you can safely leave your phone while you shower, faucets that turn on when you slip your hands beneath the spout, and vanity mirrors that light up with the touch of a finger are some of the ways tech is changing bathroom design.
Ditch that shiny chrome, because brass and gold-toned fixtures are making a comeback. They can come in many finishes such as satin, brushed, and matte, and they add a touch of warmth to the neutral gray and white, pale blue-and-green palette that’s trending right now.