Other than the kitchen, the bathroom is the most used room in the house. And while it used to be used more for a utilitarian purpose, homeowners are outfitting the bathroom with their own touches of style and décor.
From the standalone claw-footed tub to the…nothing? Homeowners are foregoing tubs in favor of showers because they take up less room and require less maintenance. Almost half of new projects this year (43%) won’t include a tub, unless the homeowners have children, in which case standalone tubs will be the preference.
Bold, Geometric Designs
While some homeowners prefer to have a tranquil, spa-like atmosphere in their bathrooms, 2014 is calling for the opposite. Instead, expect to see bold, strong colors on the walls and pieces as the bathroom makes a new statement. Going hand-in-hand with this new color scheme will be the use of geometric patterns to complement the bold colors, with lines and shapes getting new attention.
On the other hand, homeowners may not want to remodel their bathrooms in such strong colors and shapes, with the alternative being monochromatic tone schemes. Black-and-white has always been a timeless choice, and now homeowners will be adding a twist of modernity by playing around with floral patterns, wallpaper, contrasting vanities and sinks, and bathmats and rugs.
The days of a showerhead with only one option for the type of water stream are long gone, and homeowners are splurging on fancier showerheads with multiple water streams. Rain is becoming an increasingly popular choice, as it appears 45% of the time in the master bath. There’s also a divide on the type of showerheads based on age, with younger homeowners more likely to choose modern showerheads, while those aged 55 and older are opting for hand showers and sliding bars.
One of the difficulties homeowners with small bathrooms face is how to give the illusion of a larger space, and marble’s one of the easiest ways to achieve that. It’s not cheap to invest in marble, but it’s an incredibly durable, strong stone, and marble-tiled floors and walls instantly make the space look bigger.
Light and Sound Show
One of the great things about technology getting more and more sophisticated is it’s possible to manipulate it into just about any space desirable, including bathrooms. Popular options include LED lighting incorporated into the showerhead itself for an ambient atmosphere, built-in speakers that attach to an iPod outside the shower, and even a waterproof TV or projected TV for those with extra-deep pockets.
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