Written by Pat Caulfield, AKBD, CAPS
Patricia L. Caulfield, LLC
Globally, people spend an average of 70 minutes per day in the bathroom. Women spend slightly longer than men with an average of 73 minutes verses 67 minutes. And that’s just time spent without getting wet. The typical shower time for women is 13.27 minutes. Men log in at a not so shabby 12.66 minutes per day.
And 72% of us admit to have experienced new ideas while in that shower.
Bath remodels have become front and center by creating spaces that we inhabit every day to become more personalized, serene and, well, more fluid. Technology has begun to take part in the plan with toilets that sport night-lights in the seat to self flushing, “tankless” and wall mount commodes. While these are not the norm, the plethora of products and selections today is overwhelming for most.
With ever increasing options, let’s take a look ahead to see what trends industry experts have forecast for 2015.
1: Free Standing Tubs
The whirlpool has been replaced with a single freestanding tub, often the focal point of the room. Wall mount or floor mount compliment the tub, typically white, and use for one is the norm. Often seen as the statement piece in the space. Re-Bath & More installs freestanding tubs in a number of styles.
2: Larger Showers
The “spa shower” or shower experience still rules. Zero threshold or barrier free relating to Universal Design as well as glass walls and multiple shower heads, hand held spray and adjustable body sprays are options to ponder. While the rain head is now an add on experience – the functionally of the space is key. See our extensive line of showers!
3: Elements of Universal Design – well designed.
No one likes to admit they’re getting older. But we are getting smarter. With Universal Design becoming more prominent in smart design, grab bars have become more decorative, seats in the shower – wall hung teak or built in tile – are incorporated into the shower design. Re-Bath & More president Jon Witmer is certified in aging-in-place remodeling! Learn about our aging-in-place bathroom remodeling.
4: Tiles Take on a Large Role
From glass to patterned, large format to natural stone, tile is the desired material for walls and floor. Bolder patterns have emerged as trending. Reminiscent of wall paper, dimensionally screened tiles in many sizes, shapes, patterns and colors create that unique space for an individualized experience. See Re-Bath & More’s wide selection of bathroom tiling options.
5: Love that Lighting!
LED lighting is not only energy efficient; it comes in a range of colors to set the mood. From clean bright white to soft amber, lighting determines the ambience of the room. Pendants, chandeliers, sconces or a combination the choice is yours. Lighting has never been more exciting! Yes—Re-Bath & More installs lighting too! See our bathroom lighting selection.
6: Countertops Created
Ease of use, clean lines, understated and coordinated – engineered stone is more than a back up singer in this sonata of selections. Less pattern and more streamlined colors – Cambria, Silestone or Caesarstone quartz composite countertops are edging out granite in 2015. Adding to the visual unity of the room, solid surface countertops supports the undermount sink in either an oval or rectangular shape. See the wide selection of bathroom vanities and countertops that Re-Bath & More offers.
7: Faucets + Fixtures = Fashion and Fun
Fixtures put the fun in function. Artistically styled, purist configurations or industrial chic there is a style to fit your lifestyle. Hands free, single lever or 8” centers, faucets are the bling of the room. New tones of elegant white gold and polished nickel add elegance while chrome is affordable and popular. Pick your function first – then head for fun. Take a look at our high-quality bathroom faucets in a variety of styles and finishes.
8: Wood Is Good
Soft wood tones with a natural appeal work in spa bath, while white paint gets softened in 2015 to add creamier colors. Furniture-like configurations with drawers, decorative feet or wall hung – vanities give the room presence. Easy, ample storage for essentials should be considered with the end user in mind. Double bowls? Single bowl? Tower or linen closet – form meets function here. 36” high vanities are showing up regularly as are wall hung in Contemporary stylings.
9: Custom Comfort
Comfort height commodes are the new standard. Dual function/flush or wall mount toilets – they are going behind closed doors. The water closet rules with a single door or pocket door. If space allows the toilet is tucked away in 2015. We can help you choose the right toilet for your needs!
10: Gray Matters
While Marsala is the Pantone Color of 2015 (think wine or chicken) the gray palette reigns supreme beating out neutral beige or white on walls. My favorite is “greige” – or a gray beige that morphs the two colors and reflects well in any space. Marsala can be a great accent color in any room, but shades of gray are the mindset in the year ahead. Re-Bath & More’s new line of natural stone bath products has a couple of gray colorways to choose from!
To sum up the Top Ten – intelligent choices of well made, well designed products with value in cost, function and longevity are hands down the trend. Luxury at every price point is important. Seeing the value in the remodel in every aspect is a trend that is here to stay.
Happy New Year! Happy Remodeling!
Your Re-Bath & More bathroom design consultant can help you sift through the many bathroom product options available and choose the right styles and finishes for your bath remodel. Contact us today to schedule your free bathroom design consultation!
- *2014 survey commissioned by Hansgrohe with contribution by cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kauffman, Ph.D.
- *Kitchen & Bath Design News issues 11/14, 12/14
- *Huffington Post HOME December 31, 2014
- *Forbes Magazine, HOUZZ contributing article