Bathrooms:Trending Styles

Hardware and accessories pull things together they are the finishing touches. Gone are the days when this hardware and accessories were of similar textures, materials and finishes. Today the trend is toward simplicity. Clean looks, simple soft lines without anything too ornate is the trend. Clients are also looking for bathrooms that function as relaxation centers. Designs that provide a calm and serene environment are being asked for more and more.  People are under more stress every day and want to bring the spa into their home. Towel warmers, heated floors, media and larger overall bathrooms are being seen.

Universal design and aging in place elements are being seen with more frequency in large part because of the aging market place. Grab bars once seen as a tool for the elderly are now being featured in contemporary bath design. They are being recognized as a feature that everyone can use for safety.

Featured materials are glass, crystal, brass and metals and typical materials that were found outdoors are now being brought into the bathroom. Brushed nickel, polished chrome, and oil rubbed bronze are the top 3 finishes. Also in demand are living finishes that age or develop a patina over time. Raw copper and brass are 2 such metals that age and develop the type of patina that gives the piece some added character. Recycled glass is also another material that is being used more in bathrooms.

One advantage to using these types of materials is that they tend to give the bathroom a whole new look without a full blown renovation. Changing the faucet, towel bars, and light fixtures, coupled with adding some glass tile and paint can give a bathroom a fresh and trendy feel while staying within a reasonable budget.

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