Are you ready to liven up that tired old traditional bathroom in your home? Take advantage of one or more of these emerging bathroom design trends for maximum impact and a truly luxurious experience.
If you’ve never heard of this emerging trend, it might initially strike you as … well, strange. But in fact, getting rid of the separations between showers, baths, toilets, and sinks is one of the hottest bathroom design trends around these days.
When they’re well-designed (and implemented), wet rooms lend a user-friendly, easy-to-clean, stylish and streamlined modernity to your home. Of course, when they’re designed poorly, the result can be more “high-school shower room” than “high-end luxury spa.”
Generally a wet room will include shower nozzles (yes, more than one for that spa-like luxury we crave -- read the section below for more on this), a toilet, and basin. However, there’s no reason you couldn’t also include a freestanding tub, if your space allows. Remember, a crowded, heavily “decorated” feel is antithetical to the wet room aesthetic.
If you want to add a wet room to your home, hire an experienced contractor for the conversion. A wet room must be watertight and well-tiled. After all, it’s not like the moisture will be tightly contained as in more traditional bathroom construction.
Also, invest in the highest quality materials you can afford. The key to making a wet room look and feel like a high-end spa lies in the quality of the wall materials (usually tiles). Mix textures in the same color family for an earthy, glamorous feel.
Spa-Like Shower Heads
Speaking of spa-like bathrooms and showers, the trend of including multiple shower heads in your walk-in or wet room shower also continues to grow in popularity.
And it’s easy to see why. Nothing turns a boring old shower stall into a spa faster than multiple shower heads, especially if at least one provides a drenching rain-like experience!
But you have a number of options to help transform your standard shower stall into something more luxurious. Rain shower heads are generally top-mounted, as opposed to the traditional wall-mount, to provide a more drenching overhead flow.
Or you could add more flexibility with a sliding bar shower mount, which allows the shower head to be re-positioned along a vertical axis. The wall mount stays stationary, and you can adjust the height of the shower head to suit your needs, or pair two mounts on opposite or adjacent walls to create a more luxurious spray.
Another option to consider is the shower panel system. You can design your own, or choose one that’s been pre-assembled, for a standing-Jacuzzi shower experience. Multiple shower flows that you can adjust to suit your individualized preferences for flow type and speed offer the ultimate in customization and a truly indulgent shower experience.
Before you make a purchase, however, double-check to ensure your present water lines and hot water heater can handle the extra workload. Adding panel systems in particular add a heavier burden to hot water heaters. Additionally, in many locales, multiple showerheads may run afoul of local water use regulations, so check with your municipal authorities before you proceed.
Furniture Pieces as Storage
When it comes to adding storage to your bathroom, why not look beyond the usual suspects in the home store bathroom aisles and consider actual built-for-the-rest-of-the-home furniture?
Antique and well-made reproduction pieces in particular add originality and elegance to any stylish bathroom. Vintage styles help you express your creativity, while still providing functional form, and help make the bathroom feel more like a sanctuary than a purely functional space.
Adding re-purposed vintage furniture pieces to a bathroom with a postmodern or contemporary aesthetic also helps you take advantage of another hot design trend: skillfully mixing the old with the new. Too much “antiquery” can create a staid, somber effect. Mixing it up with more contemporary lines and styles helps keep the look lighter and fresher.
One of the easiest and most common ways to incorporate vintage furniture into your bathroom is to turn a substantial piece such as a dresser, dressing table, or bureau into a vanity for your sink. Just make sure that your selected piece is sturdy and well-constructed enough to handle the added weight and stress of the basin, fixtures and pipes.
If you’re unsure about re-purposing a vintage piece of furniture as a vanity or additional storage in the damp atmosphere of your bathroom, explore reproductions offered by modern manufacturers. They’re made expressly for use in the bathroom, so you don’t need to worry about whether an expensive piece will withstand the added moisture and new function.
Alternatively, take a yard-sale or vintage consignment store find -- an armoire that’s seen better days, for example -- and turn it into a freestanding “shabby chic” piece for storing towels and toiletries.
To protect your furniture from moisture damage, apply a coat of deck sealer to wood surfaces. You can also swap out wood surfaces for sturdier materials, such as granite or other types of stone.