The Latest Trends in Bathrooms
Contemporary Styles and Comfort Amenities
By Rob Robillard
According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA) 2015 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends report, contemporary designs top the list.
Top designers also note that nearly all bathroom amenities are also on the rise. This includes features like steam showers, frameless shower enclosures, sound systems, unique tiles, low flow toilets/fixtures and electric heated floors. When it comes to color, white still tops the list but, grey is making strides while beige is becoming passé.
Showers & Baths
The largest and more dramatic component of a bathroom is the shower, and we’re not talking about the old single tub/shower solution, because homeowners have determined that this is officially “out.” Now, showers are taking over but, not at the expense of a tub. Freestanding tubs are still finding a place in the bathroom.
The tile, hardware and fixtures are where most people start and tend to spend the majority of the budget within the shower. However, the shower door and enclosure provide that subtle luxury that showcases those elements of personal style and interior design and, as such, should be considered much earlier in the planning and budgeting process.
Frameless heavy glass enclosures are a huge design trend because they give the bathroom that spacious, luxury spa-like feeling that homeowners want.
Since frameless enclosures are custom designed to fit the space, they tend to be more expensive. One of the more affordable alternatives is semi-custom enclosures that still offer the designer look, but allow for minor adjustments for out-of-plumb conditions.
Basco Shower Doors now offers two new products in their RODA collection that bring together the best two worlds with their Vinesse and Cantour shower enclosures. They offer a balance of beauty, function and affordable luxury that fits most standard opening sizes while delivering high design features such as rolling doors, clean lines and high-end finish options.
With the ability to manufacturer custom or “standard” products and a nationwide installation program, Basco has the capability to create a showpiece bathroom for any budget.
Ceramic/porcelain tiles are far and away the most popular choice for bathroom floors as they are durable and easy to clean, but produce the coldest sensations of all the common finished floor materials. One solution is to incorporate a radiant heating system under the tile to greatly enhance comfort for bare feet. Heated floors are the fourth most popular bathroom trend, next to floating vanities and open shelving, according to NKBA’s report. Several manufacturers offer a system of thin electrical elements that install directly in mortar underneath tiles and stone. (In wet areas like bathrooms, the heating elements often have to be installed under a waterproof membrane to avoid risks of sneak current and/or short circuit.)