Bathroom Design Trends That Are Ruling in 2016
How the Picture has Changed Over the Years
According to a report published by the National Association for Home Builders in May 2016, bathroom remodeling produced 81% of the total jobs in the remodeling sector in 2015, while the first half of 2016 saw a huge rise in demand as compared to previous years. In fact, most of the remodeling projects were planned and scheduled in 2015 itself.
The desire for high-tech devices has always been a characteristic of the human species but people now want such equipment even in their bathrooms! In the United States, 46% of the people renovated their bathing space because they “could no longer stand the old bathroom,” while 38% of them “always wanted to do it but had the means now” and only 29% did it because the “old one broke down.”
About 82% people spent between $5,000 and $50,000 on the renovation. This makes us wonder what technology can people possible bring to a bathroom!
What were These New Upgrades?
According to the 2016 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study, of the people who are upgrading their toilets, one fifth want at least one high-tech feature in it. Some of the common preferences were:
- Self Cleaning: 43%
- Overflow Protection: 31%
- Motion-Activated Cover or Seat: 28%
- Built-in Night Light: 18%
- Heated Seat: 17%
- Self-Deodorizer: 12%
- Hands-Free Flushing: 9%
Other popular technologies that are growing rapidly in popularity are radiant heating, chandeliers, towel warmers and more.
Trends to Look Out For
Out of the new bathtubs installed in 2015, about 12% had features like lighting, heated backrests and scented mist dispensers, say experts at Tuscan Basins. About 9% of the newly installed showers had high-tech goodies, such as digital controls, built-in sound and shower heads with speakers. Here’s a look at the trends that are likely grow in popularity in 2016:
- Trough Sinks: Contrary to the name, these sinks are more elegant than you can imagine. Popularly known as the “double sink,” this is basically a concept where slightly longer sinks are being installed, allowing two people can get ready at the same time.
- Vanities with Open Shelving: This a fast growing trend but has to be thought through before you opt for it. While it adds style to your bathing space, there are a few downsides too. Since you put cleaning products along with soaps and toilet paper in the vanity, it will be up for display for everyone who uses your bathroom. Having said that, the embarrassment also motivates some people to keep the shelves clean!
- Water Efficient Faucets: Rising water bills, along with the growing shortage of water, is a huge concern in some parts of America, especially in a place like California, which has seen a drastic reduction in the availability of fresh drinking water in the last few years. This has led to the popularity of water efficient faucets that help in saving a significant amount of water, as well as money on your water bills.
Upgrades in Showers
- Shower Seats: Showers were designed in the past for use by people standing upright. However, lately the concept of shower seats has become very popular. Whoever came up with this idea, must be a genius. If you woke up early or are tired after a workout, then simply have a seat under a hot shower and rejuvenate yourself.
- Grab Bars: This is an excellent option for seniors. Ideally, grab bars can be put anywhere but their use is of great help in bathrooms, where the floor could be wet or slippery.
- Accessible Showers: The latest designs eliminate the built-in tripping hazard for a safer shower experience. Now you won't trip over something on your way to the shower.
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