The bathroom is certainly a functional room, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be devoid of style and beauty. As the place where you start and end your day, the room should put you in the right mood for your lifestyle. Invigorate in the morning, and soothe into peace and tranquility in the evening with these trends of 2017 — some that have been around for a while, and some that are up and coming.
We’ve been going green for a long time, but 2017 is the year when we’ll fully embrace the organic. Clean colors, seamless lines, and simple arrangements provide room for organic elements to add to a soothing atmosphere.
Add wood to the bathroom in a floor, cabinetry, or teak wood bench or mat to bring in an organic element that adds texture and warmth. Choose organic shapes in your tub, sinks, and more. Add organic patterns in your shower and floor tiles. Choose earth-toned colors, and allow windows to showcase the nature outside.
Technology is entering our lives in every other room of the house; why not in the bathroom? Add built-in audio systems, tub-side refrigeration, chromatherapy, and more. How about a control system in the shower to control water pressure and temperature? Or radiant heating pads in your tub?
Using less water is on trend this year, and bathroom fixtures are stepping up to meet the need. The government’s new WaterSense label is encouraging manufacturers to be even smarter about water usage. Toilets offer two different flushing options: .8 and 1.6 gallons per flush. You can even install hands-free faucets with low-flow aerators, and you have options to install showerheads that use less water.
Aging in place can be stylish. Universal designs are not only functional, they’re downright on trend. Walk-in bathtubs and showers are great for people with reduced mobility. Shower seats and towel bars provide safe bathing options. But none of it looks like a hospital bathroom anymore; practical and safe meet design and style in a gorgeous, modern combination.
We live our lives in a hurry. That means we can’t waste time looking for makeup brushes, toothbrushes, and hairbrushes every morning. Taking its cue from the kitchen, bathroom cabinetry is beginning to be built with a place for everything — so everything can have a place. Drawer dividers are now essential in vanity designs. You can add custom pullouts specifically designed for hair dryers and curling irons. You can even install a medicine cabinet with electrical and USB ports to keep your devices charged.
Waterjet technology advances have opened up a new world for tile. Tile manufacturers now offer dimensional tiles that add a sophisticated style to any bathroom. Excellent as accent walls behind a vanity or in the shower, they’re also a practical choice for your wall as their material is more durable and water resistant than traditional options.
Freestanding tubs are still standing. Gaining in popularity over the past few years, they continue to be a first choice for many people. Without the platform of master bathroom tubs in years past, the freestanding tub is given the space to take simple center stage. Because of this, the shape of the tub is important. With several options, from oval to round to rectangular, the freestanding tub is more like a sculpture than any other item in the bathroom. And it handles center stage quite well.
The floating vanity seems to hover in the air, with an empty space of 12 to 18 inches below. This not only looks incredibly stylish, it’s also easy to clean. Plus, with a floating vanity, you have more freedom to choose the height to suit your own needs.
It’s Yours to Design
2017 is the year of bathroom style. Incorporate these elements into your perfect sanctuary. The bathroom is no longer a utilitarian room; it’s your oasis. Make it yours.
Gerety Building & Restoration can help you design and build your dream bathroom. With more than 35 years of experience and plenty of five star reviews, Gerety is the top choice for bathroom remodeling in the Westchester, NY or Greenwich, CT area. Give us a call today at (914) 248-1300 to discuss your project.