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Have you noticed that in new home construction, bathrooms are getting larger and larger? That’s because homeowners now prefer a spa-like atmosphere in their baths where they can linger and relax. This has sparked a number of new trends in how people plan their new bathrooms or remodel their existing ones. As you design yours, keep these ideas in mind.

Popular Bathroom Design Trends

  • .COLOR
  • .RETRO
  • .ECO-FRIENDLY
  • .TILE
  • .TECHNOLOGY

COLOR

Your color choice will set the mood of the room. For years, white with some black and gray accents had been the standard for achieving a clean bathroom look, but alterations to this palette are being explored. Add some excitement by replacing black with indigo blue. Or take the monotone approach to a new level by using any soft color as the dominant hue with a bold splash of color somewhere in the room for a dramatic effect.

RETRO

Nostalgic, freestanding bathtubs are back in fashion, often becoming the focal point of the room. In fact, designers are adding antique furnishings and classic paintings as romantic accents around them. To take the retro effect a step further, install a trough or bucket-style sink. They’re available in porcelain, copper, and even contemporary composite-granite forms.

ECO-FRIENDLY

Bathrooms continue to “go green” as more and more environmentally sound products come on the market. Bamboo is a key example. It’s easily renewable and is being used to manufacture bathroom flooring, cabinets, and sinks. Why not bring the outdoors in by installing a hand-carved stone vessel sink, wooden fixtures, and lots of live plants?

TILE

Tile has always been found in the bathroom. However today, larger tiles are gaining favor over traditional small ones. Simplify the overall appearance of your bath with fewer grout lines, and mimic marble slabs with more expansive stone tiles. Watch for a wider selection of textured tiles to hit the market too. They add dimension you can feel.

TECHNOLOGY

And there’s no escaping the progress being made in technology. Even in a retro-oriented bath, electronic aids are sneaking their way in. Devices that can digitally set the water temperature, warm the seat, and dim the lights, are sure to become more common.

Any trend is fun to keep up with, but don’t feel pressured to adjust. That is, unless you’re still bathing in an avocado-colored tub.