The Spa Look
Bathroom trends in 2014 are all about designing simple, usable spaces that provide a relaxing retreat. Achieving that “spa” look during a bathroom remodel begins with selecting a neutral color floor to make the space feel larger. Top choices include ceramic and porcelain tiles that are water and slip rated for use in the bathroom. In addition, consider incorporating a designer touch by creating a “rug” using mosaic tiles on the center of the floor or under a free standing tub.
Large walk-in showers continue to rank as one of the most popular remodel requests and frameless shower doors are making a statement with the modern look they bring to a space. Including a variety of rain and shower heads or jets into the design will enhance the spa retreat feel, and built-in benches and niches make the space more functional. Other luxury enhancements to consider include chromo therapy LED color changing showerheads and built-in waterproof speakers. Custom tile work is being seen more than ever before in the bathroom — from the shower to the backsplash and the floor — utilizing different sizes and types of tile.
Luxurious tubs, from well-insulated stone tubs to trendy freestanding or whirlpool tubs, continue to be part of many bathroom remodels. Modernized claw-foot tubs with plumbing coming out of the floor is an idea for those who want a modern take on a vintage style. There are also many options available to enhance a bath experience such as a negative edge tub or tubs equipped with technology to change the color of bath water, vibrate, or include an iPod dock.
Bathroom cabinetry that looks like furniture is very popular, as well as double vanities and under-mount sinks with drawers to maximize storage. Glass shelves, which can be used as a display area or to house towels, can make a space seem more open. Granite is still a popular countertop choice; however, quartz composites are gaining favor with their ease of maintenance. Faucets and hardware in polished chrome are the most requested finish. Tile backsplashes include everything from the “in” look of glass mosaics to ceramic and porcelain tiles.
With the trend of two sinks in the bathroom on the rise, homeowners also want two mirrors overhead framed in wood or metal to give the look of a picture on a wall. Another very hot option is to install a mirror TV in the bathroom. When the TV is turned off it looks like a mirror but, with the touch of a button, turns into a TV.
In terms of colors, nature-inspired neutral tones and patterns are big, with a continued emphasis on creams, beiges, browns and grays. Bright colors should be used as an accent. Adding a larger or additional window to bring in more natural light is a great addition, or creating a layered lighting effect with wall sconces or an overhead chandelier for the best mix of functional and ambient lighting.
The idea of going green is also finding its way into many bathroom remodels with the installation of low-flow and dual flush toilets and eco-friendly bath fixtures including faucets and shower heads. Streamlined designs are also in demand, with wall-mounted toilets and simplified fixtures expected to make a statement.
Universal Design details, which include complete shower access, handheld shower heads, bench seats, grab bars, and well-designed roll-under sinks, are other special features being included in many bathroom updates.
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