Form and Function
Present bathroom renovation and remodeling trends have transformed a room that in the past was once reserved as a kind of “unmentionable place” for performing grooming and bodily functions into a designer outfitted trend setting room whose layout is all about form and function for the washroom user. Due to the current direction of home remodeling, the modern designed bathing space has taken its place beside the kitchen and living-room, as an area of the home that is intended to please the end user by providing more functionality, personalization and relaxation.
What’s making a splash in home decorating is designers moving towards turning our master baths into a home spa sanctuary, the proliferation of washroom themes to personalize our bath spaces, the changing relationship of the family structure dictating grooming and usage tendencies, and the movement toward more environmentally friendly building materials and EPA water saving standard fixtures have all contributed to this new direction in bath remodel trending and design sensibilities.
Lifestyle changes have had the greatest impact on new remodeling ideas in the home to help indicate where this new design sensibility is going. Blended families are more common; this new wrinkle in social behavior needed to be addressed by larger or multiple residential lavatories, supplemented by grooming environments designated for specific end users to help fuel this new inclination in home decorating.
With this latest direction in house remodeling, not only do parents have their own master-bath decked out as their own personal home spa with a whole body ceiling mounted rain showerhead overhead but their children now have their own bathroom catered to their specific likes and dislikes. “Bud Light-year” and “Dora the Explorer” themed bathing spaces give kids a personal grooming space they can call their own.
This themed personalization of our washroom space has had a resounding impact on the course of popular interior design trends, as accessory manufactures have caught on to this rapidly flourishing redecorating craze. Consequentially, now, not only are powder rooms designed around a more traditional or classical theme but current lavatory decorating trends are also mirrored in the pop culture fads of our times.
Furthering the direction and acceleration of the latest bath makeover approaches, compartmentalization of large family bathrooms into user specific areas has developed with the changing times to transform our bathing areas. This design alteration was mainly caused by the time constraints society has imposed upon us. Not wanting to be late for school or work has forced us to adapt these popular solutions to get the most out of our limited grooming space.
Many outdated home remodeling concepts, colors, fixtures and appliances are gradually disappearing in favor of, and in order to accommodate these new lifestyle changes. Other remodeling tip; multiple his and her sinks, separate areas for changing, steam showers, bathtubs and a separate or a partially screened area for the toilet, all increase usability and functionality for multiple facility users in the modern family bathing area.
The classical style of cabinetry that was once in the bedroom has migrated to the master bath for the sake of convenience and storage. But this washroom remodeling trend does not stop there; other novel pieces of lavatory furniture can also be used to help with the decoration process. Furnished design elements like end tables for trending magazines and comfy upholstered chairs, sculpture and even glass art depending upon your taste, has made our bathing spaces a more inviting place to linger and relax after an eventful day.
Another lifestyle choice that has indirectly inspired trends in home remodeling is the career minded socialite that is in favour of their career ahead of raising a family. These modern trend setting individuals would rather have a life partner with a prenuptial agreement than a traditional home spun family. Their disposition is all about the accumulation of material goods and the enjoyment of life.
They hold a strong interest and are early adopters of the “latest thing” in bath technology. Needless to say these fashionable enthusiast demand the best, and have the money to get it and as a result have spawned an upper echelon market for opulent lavatory luxury and novelty items. This small but influential market of washroom remodelers would not bat an eye at a chic new thirty-thousand dollar nickel plated deep soaking tub imported from Europe.
A Space Well Traveled
Furthermore, being well traveled, they are more likely to adopt foreign bathroom renovation trends like open space bathing spaces called wet rooms and tankless flash heaters to heat their baths. Personal health and welfare are the focus of this segment of society, proliferating the purchase of steam showers, infrared dry heat saunas and deep soaking wooden Japanese bathtubs that promote mental well-being and a healthy lifestyle.
Chroma-therapy bathtubs are all the rage, with their soothing color changes that are said to affect your mental mood and stimulating water jets. To this crowd, what is fashionable in home remodeling is to sit in a comfy leather chair reading a book or watching their fog-less television while their life partner lounges sumptuously in a deep soaking air tub (with its non-intrusive bubbles) or gets in a quick workout on the exercise bike next to the classical clawfoot tub before jumping into their steam shower for an invigorating steam bath to sweat out the day’s bodily toxins and increase blood circulation in an effort to ward off father time.
No one can really predict the trends in future bath remodeling but all favorable indicators point to simplicity and an embellishment of richly subdued finishes and surfaces. This new style in trending is a far cry from the furor of patterns and in-your-face colors that was the in-thing back in the 70’s and early 80’s when the psychedelic design look was all the rage, along with free love and the outlandish hippie fashions of the time.
Excess was the name of the game but today’s bathroom designer has a more refined, if somewhat restrained, approach to current interior design. However, this new temperament is not the harsh almost extremist clinical white on white bath decor that was prevalent just a few years ago but this new direction in lavatory upgrading gets its flavor from contemporary living with subtle contrasts in texture, opulent finishing materials like gold and platinum, and subtle off white earthy colors with accents of colors from mother earth.
The preoccupation of large slabs of natural stone tile is prevalent; wall mounted fixtures creates openness and an airy feel for this modern bath decorating trend. In-floor heating is another in-thing in transforming your bathing facility. Ceramic and stone tiles hold in the heat and distribute the thermal energy throughout the bathing area on those chilly winter days.
Conservation and Efficiency
Today’s bathroom design experts are keeping their ear to the ground looking for solutions and recommendations when it comes to exploring new ways to incorporate green construction methods into their remodeling plans. Longstanding building construction procedures that have been the norm for the past decade are now taking the back seat to the more eco-friendly and energy efficient fixtures and building materials.
Not only is the bathroom industry as a whole moving towards more environmentally conscious home improvement building and construction materials but some homeowners are even beginning to demand the use of these materials for their new fashionable bathing facilities and are willing to pay a premium price to remain in vogue with this emerging home improvement direction.
Current residential transformation trends have created a modern bathing facility with bells and whistles that our grandparents could never have dreamed of. Showers that activate on a timer, fog-less televisions in mirrors, steam showers that suck out the mist so there is no condensation left in the bathroom, bathtub and showers with chroma-therapy, heated floors, shower enclosures that clean and dry you, technology has made our home improvement aspirations a reality.
I can’t wait to see what the future of home decoration and design holds for the renovator wanting to upgrade their bath. Indisputably, one thing is for sure when it comes to current trends and that is while peoples tastes may change over the years, the lavatory will always remain a central part of their daily lives.