Design Features that Add Function and Value to Your Bathroom

Date: January 10, 2019

In 2018, one of the smartest home improvement investments for this region of the country was a universal bathroom remodel, according to Remodeling Magazine.


Remodeling a bathroom that was built or last remodeled 15 years ago not only helps to bring your home up to today’s standards, thereby increasing its value, but this investment does something even more valuable. It improves the functionality of one of the most important rooms in your home, whether it’s a master bathroom or other full bathroom. So whether you’ll be living in your home for the next decade or just the next two years, these design features could very well be worth your investment.


Tiles: Tile styles have evolved more quickly over the past decade than they have in prior decades. This trend has been facilitated by online design sites and HGTV, which have inspired homeowners with new looks ranging from classic to chic. If you’re planning on selling your home, opt for the former with neutral, gray, or cream-colored marble or porcelain tiles. Your remodeler can be creative in mixing larger and smaller tiles for interesting patterns. If you think you’ll be staying in your home for the foreseeable future, you may also consider matte, textural, and metallic finishes, as well as graphic patterns. Another popular option is wood-look plank tiles, which are not only being used on floors, but on walls and in showers as well.


Vanities, Faucets, and Fixtures: Among the most popular trends are white, gray, and ebony vanities with marble tops and modern brushed nickel faucets and fixtures. Vessel sinks are particularly popular in 2019. More drawers help you to declutter, keeping the items you need neatly stored. Cooler, lighter tones make bathroom spaces appear larger, as does open shelving and bottoms. Cabinets with flat bottoms, flush with the floor make your bathroom look dated. Just be sure that if you opt for the open look, your tiles go all the way to the wall. Under-mount sinks are becoming as popular in the bathroom as they are in the kitchen, because they’re easier to clean and aesthetically more pleasing. HGTV is showing some bronze and gold fixtures, but these have the potential to lose appeal within a few short years.


Lighting Flair: Mid-century modern and retro lighting designs are trending right now, but they should age better than most lighting trends. Lighting investments are affordable, dramatic, and easy to change. Consider using Edison bulbs to highlight a wall with wood or brick tiles (or tiles that have the wood or brick appearance). The objective is to create contrasts in colors and textures, with light fixtures that create focal points, for an inspired look.


Minimalism and Space: The totality of bathroom design trends that we’re seeing all create a minimalist aesthetic. The overarching idea is to create more functional space in your bathroom. For this reason, many people are converting outdated tubs to minimalist tubs with showers, or walk-in showers, built flush to the floor with fold-out seats. Minimalist design also allows you to be creative with accessories, like your curtains, towels and rugs. Go for the splashy colors with your accessories, and this will give you the flexibility to change things up on the cheap as design trends evolve. At Modern Kitchens & Baths, we believe this is an ideal time to invest in a bathroom remodel. We expect these design trends to have staying power, making your 2019 remodel one that will please you or your buyers for years to come.

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