Whether you are trying to make your home more enjoyable for your family or you are planning to put your home up for sale, bathroom renovations can be a key component in increasing your home’s value and comfortability. Your bathroom should be your personal sanctuary and, when you are remodeling, it is important to choose your new design wisely. These four trends will ensure that your new bathroom is relaxing and up-to-date, so you don’t make any costly mistakes in your renovation.
Frameless Glass Shower Enclosures and Elegant Tubs
Shower curtains and rods are now a thing of the past! More and more people are opting for beautiful, streamline frameless glass shower enclosures. Simple yet sophisticated, this style of shower can make your bathroom look bigger and more upscale. It allows for you to showcase beautiful tilework on your walls and floors and implement some high-end shower details such as a rainwater shower head or digital shower controls. Take it a step further an add a steam feature too!
If you are someone who can’t live without indulging in a relaxing bath every now and then, you can use this opportunity to add a freestanding statement bathtub to your new bathroom as well. After all, the combination shower and tub does not scream luxury. Spa-like bathrooms are all the rage and a great bathtub plays a key role in this trend. Make sure your bathtub is a place that you can relax and de-stress. Tubs now come in many different shapes, including circles, ovals, and rectangles, so make sure to find the one that is most comfortable to you.
Gehman Remodeling can help you choose a new tub that is modern yet sleek and simple. If you choose something too unique, it may cause trouble when you try to sell your home in the future. It is best to choose something with clean lines and simple shapes. You can take your luxurious new bathtub a step further by adding high-end hardware in your choice of metallic finish. Also, if your ceiling height allows, consider adding some interesting lighting above your tub, such as a vintage-inspired chandelier. This can give your bathroom the “wow” factor you are looking for.
No More Medicine Cabinets
Everyone is familiar with the outdated medicine cabinet/mirror combo. This type of storage is now becoming tacky and obsolete as people are opting to implement more creative storage solutions and unique mirrors over their vanities in their bathroom renovations.
While medicine cabinets are disappearing, the need for storage in the bathroom is not. Shower nooks are one type of storage solution that is getting used more often, especially with the increase in popularity of glass shower enclosures. Spacious, built-in shelving inside of updated, stand-alone showers allow you to put your products somewhere that is easily accessible and esthetically pleasing, rather than sitting things on the ledge or ground.
If you are doing a total remodel, you may find that you are able to add in a storage closet or extra built-in shelving that you didn’t have before. Adding additional storage can be a wonderful renovation choice, as it can simplify life and impress potential future buyers.
There are also many new vanities on the market that have unique touches to make bathroom organization easier. These special touches include built-in racks for towels and double vanities with built-in storage in the between the two vanity units.
Beautiful, bold mirrors are another one of the biggest trends right now, so removing your old medicine cabinet can allow you to take full advantage of this and totally transform the look of your vanity area. A new mirror can tie all the elements of your bathroom together. It is okay (encouraged, actually!) to get something ornamental or with an interesting frame, as the mirror can be a great place to get more creative with décor.
Vintage-inspired or repurposed vintage design elements have been popular for a few years now and they continue to be desirable. You don’t have to have your whole bathroom look like a blast from the past to take advantage of this trend. You can simply choose one or a few places to add a little vintage flair, such as your lighting, mirror, vanity, or tub. Art Deco or Industrial design aspects are particularly in vogue right now.
You may be able to find repurposed pieces, such as vintage dressers that have been refashioned into stylish and unique bathroom vanities. You could also find one-of-a-kind vintage mirrors at your local antique or thrift shop that will add a little something special to your home that no one else will have.
You might find that you already have a vintage freestanding bathtub, such as a clawfoot tub, in your home. Instead of replacing it completely, one option is to take an old tub that may look outdated and shabby and give it new life by re-glazing it and updating the hardware. This can transform it into something elegant and luxurious.
It is also an option to get something vintage-inspired, rather than use actual vintage or antique pieces in your bathroom. Many brands are taking advantage of this trend by creating reproduction décor and there is no shame in using some of these beautiful pieces to add some vintage flair. There is everything from vintage-inspired lighting fixtures to vintage-inspired vanities on the market, so you should have no trouble finding something that suits your personal taste.
Artistic Powder Rooms
Powder rooms are small places that can make a big impact on the overall style of your home. Often, these are the bathrooms that your guests will see, rather than them seeing your master bathroom. One trend in bathroom renovations is to use these spaces to do something more unique and funky, which is sure to impress both you and your guests.
Accent walls in fun, bold colors or quirky wall papers are becoming more common in power rooms. It allows you to play around with some more daring design ideas without having to do something crazy right in your living room. Floral or geometric patterns can be fun to implement, yet classic enough to withstand the test of time. Adding a unique sink basin, interesting hardware, or a fun lighting fixture can also spice up your power room.
Often, because of their small size, powder rooms are a less daunting construction project than remodeling a full bath in your home, which makes it a perfect place to be creative in your design. Just be sure not to choose something too crazy that could be costly to replace in the future or will go out of style too quickly. You will also want to make sure that the room still ties in with the overall motif of your home so you don’t have one room that seems completely out of place.
These four trends take elements of both modern and vintage design to create a sophisticated, elegant look. The amenities you choose for your bathroom will be there for years so come, so it is imperative to be forward-thinking in your design choices. It is understandable to feel a little overwhelmed with making all the selections for your new bathroom. Gehman Remodeling is here to guide you and help you to create the bathroom of your dreams by taking elements from your personal style and merging them with on-trend finishes for a classic, lasting look.