If you’re looking for a way to ring in the new year in style an excellent way would be to remodel your bathroom. It’s important to thoughtfully design this space and use the right materials to make it not only be stylish for today – but to most importantly work for your family in the years to come. Learn 5 top bathrooms trends for 2013 below:
Trend 1 – Showers that are made to last – Ditch the old soaking/Jacuzzi tub – nothing screams 80’s styling as much as the big monster tubs that are barely used. 2013 is about the larger shower (that takes the place of the old tub + smaller stand up shower that used to be in the bathroom). When designing consider making it an accessible shower by using a barrier free entry and slip resistant tiles. To add more function, safety and comfort add a hand held shower, rain shower and corner bench seat.
Trend 2 – Low maintenance bath countertops using Quartz – While granite is still being used a lot low maintenance quartz composites are growing very fast. They require minimal effort to keep up (which is excellent for a wet space) and look great.
Trend 3 – Incorporate the hot colors of 2013 – One popular color for 2013 will be charcoal. This color blends well when used with chocolate, gray and a bit of green. In addition deep emerald greens are taking off in popularity – and they don’t have to be limited to the runways. According to Leatrice Eiseman Pantone’s color specialist “Emerald is just fusty enough to feel retro fresh when Angelina Jolie, Mila Kunis and Catherine Zeta Jones all wore emerald gowns for the Golden Globes award.”
Trend 4 – Staying put – Baby boomers want to stay in their homes in longer. This has changed bathroom design greatly. There are now Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) who can guide owners on how to make a cool bathroom space that will also serve them over the long run (safe bathrooms do not have to look like hospital rooms any more with products like full body driers, decorative grab bars and well designed roll under sinks. Universal design (baths designed to be used by anyone) will become a buzzword known by many.
Trend 5 – Healthy Homes & Healthy Living – Sustainability is not just a cool word anymore – homeowners are looking for the use of low VOC materials to improve air quality and to create an environment free of toxins and harsh chemicals (more care will be taken to ensure that projects are done responsibly with long lasting safe materials).