This article was published in the April 14th, 2019 Sunday edition of the Houston Chronicle.
Bathrooms are functional spaces, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a statement with design. Right now, the most popular design styles for bathrooms are transitional and contemporary. Transitional design is a blend of modern and traditional elements. It is a timeless look, a blending of old and new with a relaxed feel. Lighter colors prevail such as white, grays, beiges and blues for walls and cabinets. Natural light and other types of lighting such as chandeliers, pendants and sconces created ambiance contributing to the relaxed atmosphere. Contemporary design is more minimalistic with clean, crisp lines, light colors with elements of darker gray or black.
Master bathrooms have become the most requested bathroom remodels with guest bathrooms and powder baths coming in a close second and third. Over 50% of bathroom remodels stay within the same square footage and layout. However, homeowners will choose to enlarge if extra space can be added by taking space from a closet or moving a laundry room.
Some interesting remodeling trends for bathrooms include European style cabinets, floating cabinets, and open shelving. Popular shower features are open showers with no doors, double showers with dual showerheads, unique shower floors with linear shower drains and if space allows, a freestanding tub. Technology innovations for showers include audio touch controls, water temperature presets and steam showers all controlled by Wi-Fi.
Mirrors and lighting can make a statement. When choosing mirrors, consider full wall mirrors. They not only make a big impression but make the space seem larger. When natural or LED lighting is added, the room is brightened considerably. Mirrors are a way to reflect your style whether you choose framed or unframed, modern or vintage. Some mirrors offer features with Bluetooth connectivity and have touch controls to adjust lighting, play music, check the time, weather, news and other items.
After you remodel your bathroom, it is no longer just functional but becomes more efficient, modern, and enjoyable. Whether you plan to stay in your home or sell, updating a master bathroom is an excellent investment that will provide a generous return on investment.