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Creative Bathroom Lighting Design Tricks

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Creative Bathroom Lighting Design Tricks

Every room in the house can be improved with more lighting, and the bathroom is no exception. For privacy reasons, bathrooms don’t tend to have large windows but there are still plenty of ways to brighten up a bathroom. In this post we will describe the various ways to brighten your bathroom from task lighting to reflective lighting, strip lighting, sconce lighting and more. Read below to find out which creative bathroom lighting design tricks would work best in your bathroom.

creative bathroom lighting design tricks

What Kind of Light Do You Already Have?

Standard bathrooms typically have two main kinds of lighting, general lighting (a light in the center of the ceiling) and some form of task lighting (a light over an area such as a mirror or the shower.) While these light sources are adequate they don’t always provide ample lighting.

If your bathroom is only equipped with general lighting, we suggest adding task lighting. Examples of task lighting would be lighting above a shower, mirrors, makeup area, and over a stand alone tub.

Another quick fix can be replacing your old incandescent lightbulbs with LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs. LED will give you a brighter light compared to incandescent; you will also save money as LED is energy efficient and lasts longer. With LED lights you can choose between a whiter light for cool colors or a yellow light for earth tones.

To improve the lighting in your bathroom, try one of these options below:

Reflective Light

You can increase the amount of light in a room by using reflective surfaces. Metal, mirrors, glass, and even white or light colored paint can reflect light to make your bathroom appear brighter and larger.

creative bathroom lighting design tricks

LED Strip Lighting

LED strip lighting is a great addition to any bathroom due to its versatility. LED strip lighting is a long string of lights, (some are bendable while others are stationary) that can be added around the edge of a mirror (like pictured above) or medicine cabinet, above wall cabinets, or inside wall cabinets with glass doors. They can also be installed under a floating vanity or above the vanity toekick, making them one of the most versatile and creative bathroom lighting design tricks.

led strip bathroom lighting

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Sconce Lighting

When adding light near a mirror, you want to avoid direct light above your head. Overhead lighting will fall directly on your head and cast a shadow on your face making grooming difficult. The addition of sconce lights on either side of the mirror lights your face evenly.

creative bathroom lighting design tricks

Dimmers

Dimmers can be a very simple fix to change the feel of your bathroom. Instead of having to turn on a bright light at any time of the day, you can vary the intensity of the lights. Dimmers allow for a softer light in early mornings and late nights.

 

If you’re in the market for a bathroom remodel let the pros at Re-Bath help ensure your beautiful new bathroom will be well lit. We offer Free No-Commitment Home Consultations with a Guaranteed Price on the Spot – so what are you waiting for – give us a call today!


4 Reasons to Consider a Walk-in Shower Without Doors

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4 Reasons to Consider a Walk-in Shower Without Doors


A walk-in shower without doors is the latest feature in luxury bathroom design. These custom designed showers are great for universal design, require minimal maintenance, and can make your bathroom look and feel larger.

walk-in shower without doors

Sometimes referred to as Roman showers, the walk-in shower without doors resemble those early, unenclosed spaces in the middle of the city squares that Roman’s bathed in.

If you’ve been considering installing a walk-in shower without doors in your bathroom read this post to decide if it’s right for you.

 

1) Unique Shower Design

 

A main advantage of a walk-in shower without a door is their one-of-a-kind design, creating a truly unique space that will be the envy of all your friends. These lavish and luxurious showers can be designed to fit in any space, whether in a corner, taking the place of a large garden tub, or even in small bathrooms.

showers without doors

Most people would think their smaller bathroom couldn’t accommodate a walk-in shower without a door but we’ve been able to install many walk-in showers in smaller bathrooms because of our creativity, ingenuity, and experience.

While any showerhead will work within a walk-in shower without a door, it is recommended to use an overhead mounted showerhead, commonly known as a rainfall showerhead to minimize splashing. A wall-mounted shower head should be placed at least 5 feet from the shower opening to prevent splashing.  You can also install a handheld, personal shower head to make it easy to clean the shower.

 

2)Perfect for Universal Design

 

 Universal Design is the practice in which environments are designed that are inherently accessible to older people and people of all ages with or without disabilities.

walk-in shower without doors

Walk-in showers come in three entry varieties, or entry levels:

  • level entry (a seamless transition between the floor and the shower)
  • no threshold (no barrier to walk over)  
  • low threshold (a small barrier to walk over no more than 3” in height)

 

This allows homeowners to choose the entry design that is right for them and their needs.

These showers are designed with a gentle slope towards the drain to contain all the water within the shower area. Tile shower bases and precast shower bases are considered slip-resistant however if you are concerned about additional safety you can always add slip-resistant adhesive strips to the floor or the base.

 

3)Cleaning and Maintenance


The biggest challenge with any shower or bathtub surround is cleaning. A walk-in shower without doors fixes this problem. By removing the door, you are eliminating 50% of the cleaning.

walk-in shower without doors

However if you choose to design a walk-in shower with glass you will still have to squeegee the glass, however coatings can be applied to the glass to reduce water spotting and keep the glass cleaner longer.

 

4) Visual Space

 

Shower doors break up space and can make your bathroom appear smaller. Removing the shower door will create more visual space which makes your bathroom appear larger. In an entry-level design use the same tile on the floor as the shower base to give it a seamless look.

walk-in shower without doors

Think your bathroom is too small for a doorless walk-in shower – take this amazing bathroom above for an example. By installing water-resistant flooring and tile walls, homeowners are able to shower and bathe in the same location within a small space. This design would be perfect for smaller master bathrooms or stylish guest bathrooms.

To find more inspiration on how to incorporate a doorless shower into your home, visit here.

Endless configurations of these unique and spacious walk-in showers are possible and we’d be happy to help you design one to fit within your space. Our experienced design consultants are available to answer any questions you have and would love to visit your home and give you a Free In-Home Consultation and give you a Guaranteed Price on the spot. Give us a call today and we can start designing your new bathroom tomorrow!

 


5 Hottest 2017 Bathroom Trends of the Year

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5 Hottest 2017 Bathroom Trends of the Year


2016 is finally over and with a new year comes new changes to the 2017 bathroom trends in design and composition.  From new colors to smart storage ideas, and even getting a little funky with dimensional tile, we are bringing you the best 2017 has to offer when it comes to designing your bathroom.

1) Colors of the Year: Every year Pantone, the experts in color, create a color matching system to best fit the latest trends and styles of the upcoming year. This year “Greenery” was chosen as the Pantone color of the Year for 2017.

Green is a great way to bring nature into your bathroom, whether through paint, plants, or décor. Its complementary colors combine dark and moody tones including emeralds, ruby, and navy. They also contrast with pastels to be used as accents offsetting the bright whites that never go out of style, or to give a pop of color to neutrals, or to tone down dark colors.

2017 bathroom trends

 

2) Smart Storage: Storage is essential in the bathroom but with the creation of new designs storage is more than just the usual sliding drawers. Some of the most popular creative storage options are long and lean vertical drawers, open storage on the side of cabinetry, drawer dividers, and specifically designed pullouts to fit your space.

Newer medicine cabinets are more decorative and make a statement, combining the necessity of a mirror with the functionality of hidden storage.

2017 bathroom trends

 

3) Organic Elements: Elements from nature such as wood, stone, metal, and ceramic will never go out of style. These classic designs add warmth to any room and mesh perfectly with whites, neutrals, and grays. Most people find that organic elements bring a sense of tranquility to their bathroom and are usually paired with plants.

If budgetary restrictions prohibit you from adding high-end items such as furniture-like vanities, copper tubs, or marble tile don’t fret. With new technologies many products are available that look identical to these must have items but only cost a fraction of the price. 

2017 bathroom trends

4) Farmhouse Décor: With the popularity of HGTV shows like Fixer Upper, farmhouse décor is popping up in stores, design catalogues, and even in the bathroom. Farmhouse décor is an interior design trend that represents the simplicity and beauty of rural living and the simplistic ideas of the past, incorporating freestanding tubs, large basin sinks, rustic ladder towel holders, woven or metal baskets, open storage, exposed beams and an abundance of wood. 

Of course, no farmhouse décor would be complete without shiplap, the inexpensive wooden siding used commonly for exteriors that has been making it’s way into homes the past few years. Shiplap can be seen in the photo above to the right, and is primarily used as a feature wall or to bring texture into the bathroom.

2017 bathroom design trends

 

5) Dimensional Tile: Tile that creates movement and depth are making waves in the bathroom. In the same way wallpaper adds dimension, tile can create an entirely new room. As the same way wallpaper can be bold and overwhelming, same goes with dimensional tile, use this technique for an accent wall, behind a vanity or toilet area. When working within a budget use these tiles as a mirror surround or as a feature strip in the shower.

2017 bathroom trends

If a new bathroom is one of your resolutions give Re-Bath a call! We offer a free, no-commitment in-home design consultation with a guaranteed quote on the spot. We’d love to bring your remodel up to speed with the best 2017 bathroom trends with these or other great elements.


Choosing the Right Shower Wall Material

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Choosing the Right Shower Wall Material

Choices for shower and tub wall surrounds have grown over the years and with a little research; you can find the right shower wall material that suits you best. Depending on your budget and taste, you can choose from plain and practical to exotic and stunning.

shower wall surrounds

 

Re-Bath offers the three most common types of shower wall surrounds: tile, stone, and the Re-Bath patented DuraBath Wall System.

Here’s How the Top Three Stack Up:

Tile Shower Wall Surrounds:

Tile has been the standard for quite some time because it’s durable, comes in a myriad of colors and styles, and can be arranged in many different ways to create a unique look.

 

Tile is manufactured in ceramic, porcelain, and glass and can be made to resemble wood and stone. Tile is a designers dream come true because of all the possibilities that can be created by using different patterns, colors and textures. There are also many features that can be incorporated to give you a one-of-a-kind design including oversized tile or feature strips.

Oversized Tile Wall Surrounds:
One of the newest styles is oversized tile. These tiles are great for large walk-in showers and come in a variety of sizes ranging from 12×24 inches to as large as 32×32 inches.

shower wall surrounds

 

Feature Strip Shower Wall Surrounds:
Use a feature strips to create a contrast or complementary pop of color.

shower wall surrounds

One of the major cons of tile is upkeep. Spaces between tiles are filled with grout, which must be maintained regularly. Grout stains easily, is hard to clean, and can crack, causing leaks inside the walls. However, if tile is the look you prefer, use a quality grout sealer to reduce maintenance and keep your tile shower clean.

Click here to read more about Re-Bath’s tile options

DuraBath Shower Wall System:

Re-Bath offers their own-patented material called DuraBath. Made from a nonporous polymer that is both mold and mildew resistant, it is so durable it comes with a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty. DuraBath wall systems are panels, which come in a wide variety of colors and patterns resembling stone and tile.

shower wall surrounds

DuraBath is the best option if you want to upgrade a bathroom for aging in place design because it requires little upkeep. By using mild cleaners, DuraBath can keep its original shine and beauty effortlessly.

shower wall surrounds

The only negative to DuraBath is that you cannot incorporate unique designs such as a feature strip. However you can incorporate shelves, in the wall niches, and other shower accessories.

shower wall surrounds

Click here to read more about Re-Bath’s Durabath options

Natural Stone Shower Wall Surrounds:

One of our most desired and attractive offerings, stone makes a profound statement. With a wonderful selection of travertine and marble Re-Bath can design a majestic shower for you.

Re-Bath uses state of the art technology that reinforces each natural stone panel to give it 800% more strength at a fraction of the weight. We adhere the stone to a strong durable backing system, creating large-scale panels with the durability of stone slabs.

shower wall surrounds

The only deterrent of Natural Stone is that it is on the higher end of the price scale and can require more maintenance than tile or DuraBath. Stone must be sealed regularly to maintain its beauty, although newer sealing systems have been created to make this process easier and last longer. Most agree the style and sophistication of natural stone is worth a little extra effort.

Check out our Natural Stone options here


If you need any extra help when it comes to making a decision about which wall surround is right for you, come visit us or give us a call. We offer free, no commitment, design consultation with a guaranteed quote on the spot. We’d love to discuss the pros and cons of each of these options with you and help you determine the right product for you.


How To Make Your Bathroom Look Biggerma

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How To Make Your Bathroom Look Bigger

Do you have a small bathroom? Many homes have a full or half bathrooms that just aren’t as spacious as we wished they were. Luckily, there are many design choices that can help you learn how to make your bathroom look bigger. We’re going to teach you a few of our favorite professional bathroom remodeling design techniques to make a bathroom of any size appear larger and more spacious. Check out these expert-level tips:

The Art of Luxury

The art of fooling the eye can be created by distraction. A well-chosen high-end touch, such as the combination of the onyx vessel sink and pillowed onyx tile in this powder room, can make such a dramatic effect that you won’t notice the size of the room. The impression of resplendence can leave guests feeling refreshed by their surroundings instead of oppressed by them.

how to make your bathroom look bigger

 

Balance Your Space

In a tight space, it’s important to consider visual balance. Too much art on a wall or too many decorative items on a shelf make the room feel cramped. Keeping at least 40% of the room as negative space (that means empty walls. No art, no towel racks, no cabinets) will keep your bathroom from looking overcrowded.

In this bath, for example, a quiet, soothing tile rather than a busy pattern counts as negative space. A mirrored medicine cabinet in addition to the over-sink mirror produces the illusion of depth, but the lion’s share of wall space is free of ornament and restful to the eye.

Stripes or Solids?

While vertical stripes give the appearance of looking taller or leaner, horizontal stripes or tile bands around your bathroom can help make the room look wider. Choose a brighter base color that will refract more light, and offset it with a darker band to wrap around your bathroom walls. Narrow horizontal stripes will make the maximum impact with minimum square footage.

how to make your bathroom look bigger

A Little Off-Center

Want to give the illusion that you have a little more usable counter space than you really do? Place the bathroom sink off-center rather than in the middle of the vanity top to create more usable surface to the left for toiletries. This works exceptionally well with vessel sinks, which draw the eyes naturally away from the vanity top while offering a little extra space.

Go Vertical

Floor-to-ceiling tile emphasizes every inch of height you have and makes a stunning presentation. Subway tiles, mosaic tile or diamond-shaped tiles are good choices. Floor-to-ceiling tile can elongate the walls in your bathroom and make the ceilings appear higher. Combining this effect with a pencil stripe border about eight inches from the ceiling can enhance the effect and make your bathroom look bigger.
how to make your bathroom look bigger

So, when designing a small bathroom, use some of these ideas to create a space that will make your bathroom look bigger than it really is. A small bathroom that appears larger will feel more comfortable, spacious, and airy. Your guests will fall in love with your bathroom, they just won’t know why.


How to Use Transitional Design In Your Bathroom

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How to Use Transitional Design In Your Bathroom

What is transitional design?

Transitional design is a combination of modern and traditional design elements that creates a classically stylish room. To achieve a transitional designed bathroom, one would combine design trends from multiple eras to create a truly unique and one of a kind bathroom.

For example, the revival of “Mid-Century Modern” takes design elements from the 1950’s and 1960’s style of furniture and combines modern elements such as sleek, straight lines, and updated hardware to create pieces perfect for a transitional look. These combinations of design techniques are great for transitional design, whether pieced together or incorporated as one.

Elements of transitional design include; clean lines, neutral color schemes, minimal ornamentation and natural elements such as marble, stone, or wooden accessories contrasted with modern design features.

Follow these easy design steps to create your own unique, Transitional design in your bathroom.

transitional design in your bathroom

Step 1: Choose a Statement Piece

The first step in designing a transitional bathroom is to choose a statement or focal piece. If you choose a traditional element such as a claw-foot tub, use modern cabinets and faucets to create a striking and appealing juxtaposition. If you prefer modern focal pieces with vintage elements, perhaps choose an oversized glass walk-in shower with mid-century or Victorian cabinetry.

transitional design in your bathroom

Step 2: Find Pieces that Combine Vintage and Modern

Modern bathrooms are sleek, employ straight lines, and are very minimalistic lacking embellishment. Traditional bathrooms use curved edges with ornate details.. One way to create a transitional bathroom is to combine these elements.

Instead of piecing together modern and vintage pieces you can find pieces that embody both characteristics, much like this vanity. With an modern aesthetic of straight lines with a traditional faucet this piece is perfect for transitional design.

transitional design in your bathroom

Step 3: Mix and Match?

Another way to create a transitional bathroom is through flooring and countertops. Choose a rustic element such as exposed wood cabinetry and combine with modern and sleek hardware, or in reverse choose a modern tile flooring with extravagant cabinetry including crown molding and Victorian hardware.

This Re-Bath Remodel features retro 1950’s style flooring and shower tiles with modern cabinetry and lighting.

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Step 4: Incorporate Mixed Era Décor

When creating a transitional bathroom, you want your design choices to appear though out. This bathroom incorporates a Victorian style makeup vanity with transitional cabinetry. The floor to ceiling glass walk in shower is a perfect modern focal piece for this transitional bathroom.

Try incorporating antique art with modern shelving, or apothecary jars on an updated countertop. With a myriad of ways to mix and match your favorite design elements from all eras, the possibilities are endless.

transitional design in your bathroom

Step 5: Choosing the Right Color

Choose a light or neutral color when designing a Transitional bathroom. The color should highlight the features in the bathroom without overpowering them. Neutrals such as white, grays, and beige are always great choices when combining Victorian or rustic eras with modern design. Pale yellows, blues, and greens can also work for a Mid-Century Modern bathroom.

Need help creating a Transitional Design for your bathroom? Designing a Transitional bathroom is a fun and creative process. Call Re-Bath today—we know Transitional Design. One of our passionate and innovative Design Consultants is waiting to give you a free, no commitment, in-home design consultation.

 


What Kind of Bathroom Privacy Windows Are Right For You?

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What Kind of Bathroom Privacy Windows Are Right For You?

Is an age-old struggle: You want plenty of light in your bathroom, but you also want privacy. So what is the best privacy window for your bathroom? Fortunately, there are quite a few bathroom privacy window options and the prices range from inexpensive to expensive.

Here are a few questions to help you find the right bathroom privacy windows:

  • Do you want to control the light?
  • Do you care if people see your silhouette through the window?
  • Are you looking for something functional or decorative?
  • Can a skylight or window be installed in your bathroom?
  • How much are you willing to spend?

Here are four options for bathroom privacy windows starting with the least expensive and moving to the most expensive:

Privacy Window Film
bathroom privacy windows
Privacy window film is an inexpensive option. Window film starts at under $20 per window. It’s easy to apply; some adhere by static cling so it’s a no mess install. Films are available in solids and a wide variety of decorative patterns. Depending on the film, outsiders may be able to see your silhouette, especially at night. Films may even reduce heat gain.

Window Coverings
bathroom privacy windows
Window coverings that provide privacy include shades, shutters, blinds and curtains. Window coverings allow you to control the amount of light. A pull down window shade will give complete privacy for little money. Shutters, blinds and curtains allow you to control the light and add a decorative touch. You can find all of these inexpensively, but custom sized wood plantation shutters will cost several hundred dollars.

Glass Block Window
bathroom privacy windows
Replace your window with a glass block window. A glass block window offers privacy, insulation and security. They are available in custom sized units, which makes installation easier. Distorted silhouettes can be seen through glass block. Expect to pay three to six hundred for a glass block window installed.

Add a Skylight or High Window
bathroom privacy windows
If the budget allows you can add a light source without privacy concerns. A skylight or a light tunnel is a great way to bring light into the bathroom. A light tunnel is mounted on the roof and the light flows through a flexible shaft that exits through a lens in the ceiling. It provides a great amount of light, but the light cannot be controlled. A window, twelve to fifteen inches high, installed a foot down from the ceiling is a great light source without privacy worries. Light tunnels start at $500 installed. A window or skylight with construction costs start at about $1,500.

Bathroom window privacy comes in many forms and prices. Which solution is best for your bathroom and budget?


Bathroom Plants: What are the best plants for your bathroom?

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Bathroom Plants: What are the best plants for your bathroom?

You may never have looked at it this way, but our bathroom can be a place of retreat and an opportunity to reduce stress. No phones, no faxes, no conversation, just peace and quite (hopefully you didn’t take your smart phone or tablet in the bathroom with you). We need time to ourselves. Time away from the endless noise and daily distractions. We need solitude, if only for a few minutes.

So, if our bathroom is a place to escape, our decorating should promote relaxation and peace. We can accomplish this in many ways. We can use color, art, lighting, texture, and nature. All of these elements can help to lower our blood pressure, slow our breathing, and change our focus. But the element that can have the greatest impact is nature itself.

Plants are often used by designers to add color, texture, and form to a space. Adding a plant (or plants) to a room brings the outdoors inside and gives us a sense of serenity and calmness. Plants have the power to take us back to nature and improve the quality of our lives. Also, plants can purify indoor air better than any machine.

It’s no secret that plants have a psychological effect on us humans. But the effect may be more than we realize.

According to several studies, here’s just a few examples of how plants can affect our physical and emotional well being.

• Lower blood pressure
• Increase attentiveness
• Improve well-being
• Reduce levels of anxiety

According to Virginia Lohr, a professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Washington State University, indoor plants offer better air quality, reduced stress, increased productivity, calmness, and better tolerance to pain.

What are the best kind of plants for your bathroom?

So, if we are going to put plants in our bathroom, which plants work best? Most bathrooms have limited light, but a generous amount of humidity. Which plants will thrive in this environment?

Bathroom plants love low light high humidity environments. Here are a few of our favorites:

1) Philodendrons

best bathroom plants

2) Snake Plant (Sansievera)
best bathroom plants
3) Cast Iron Plant (Aspidstra Elatior)
best bathroom plants

4) Ferns

best bathroom plants

5) Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

best bathroom plants

6) Prayer Plants

best bathroom plants

7) Aloe vera

best bathroom plants

8) Bamboo

best bathroom plants

9) Dieffenbachia
best bathroom plants

 

10) Begonias

best bathroom plants

These plants are easy to care for and will thrive in the bathroom. Check with your local nursery to see which plants have the greatest success in your area.

You don’t have to be a master gardener to grow these plants. Your local nursery can give you a few tips on planting and care. You may be surprised how much enjoyment you get from nurturing a few plants. It’s the simple things in life that give us the greatest pleasures.

I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow.”-David Hobson

Give it a shot. Buy a plant or two for your bathroom and enjoy your own private oasis.


5 Hottest Bathroom Design Trends For 2014

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5 Hottest Bathroom Design Trends For 2014

bathroom design trends 2014The bathroom continues to be one of the most requested remodeling projects. But bathroom remodeling has become more than just replacing worn out fixtures and repairing water damage. Bathroom remodeling has evolved into designing for comfort and accessibility. Homeowners want their bathrooms to have features that make the bathroom more convenient. And even though consumers may not spend a fortune on their bathroom remodel, they want to feel as if they did. Bathroom design trends for 2014 will include features that are practical AND pampering.

These are the latest trends our customers are asking for and the trends that the industry says are on the wish list of homeowners across the county.

Here are my top 5 bathroom design trends for 2014:

1. Easy Entry Showers

bathroom design trends for 2014Replacing a bathtub with a shower has been popular for some time. But shower base manufacturers are now offering lower thresholds or curbs, which makes entering the shower easier for all ages.

The latest trend is level entry showers (no threshold or curb), which eliminates tripping and allows easy access for a wheel chair if the need arises. Level entry provides a seamless transition from the floor to the shower offering a more open look.

The shower base is delicately sloped towards the drain to keep pooling water from escaping the shower enclosure. The end effect creates an elegant and accessible shower design, making it one of the most popular bathroom design trends for 2014.

2. Large Airy Showers

Homeowners who have a claustrophobic shower often request the largest possible shower. However, the constraint is often the size of the bathroom. Removing walls, soffits (lower ceilings over the shower), and stealing a little room here and there increases the actual and visual size of a shower.

bathroom remodeling trends for 2014

In addition to gaining more space, using a clear glass shower enclosure gives the appearance of an even larger shower. A frameless (without metal framework) shower enclosure gives an even more open look. The clear glass allows you to see right through the shower while giving the appearance of a much larger bathroom.

3. LVT Flooring

Ceramic tile has been the standard floor for bathrooms since indoor plumbing became popular. Tile was chosen and used because of its durability and low cost. The drawbacks to ceramic tile are difficulty cleaning, little if any slip resistance, and tile is cold on the feet. LVT stands for Luxury Vinyl Tile, which is available in tile sizes of 12 x 12 and 16 x 16.

bathroom design trends for 2014

It has the look of tile or stone and can be installed with or without grout. The surface is slip resistant and warm on the feet. Unless you see the LVT flooring being installed, you’ll never know it’s not real tile or stone. The tile is only 1/8” thick, so it can be installed over most any floor that is in good condition. LVT is extremely durable and easy to clean. Not only is it water resistant, but also impact resistant and much more durable than stone floors, making LVT flooring a chic bathroom design trend for 2014.

4. Free Standing Bathtubs

Freestanding bathtubs are perfect for those who want the luxury of a roomy soaking tub. The old claw-foot tub was the original freestanding tub.Sizes and styles were limited. But today manufacturers offer a wide variety of tubs from claw-foot reproductions to modern almost futuristic looking tubs.

bathroom design trends for 2014

Freestanding tubs require more space than a tub installed in an alcove, so they are usually reserved for larger bathrooms. The plumbing is exposed, which requires more expensive plumbing fixtures.

5. Transitional Styling

Transitional style refers to a blend of traditional and contemporary or modern styles. This concept is similar to the eclectic style, which uses a combination of elements from different styles while still achieving a unified look. In other words, it’s okay to mix and match different styles as long as the look is pleasing to the eye. Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

bathroom design trends for 2014

If you’re thinking of remodeling your bathroom, keep these trends in mind and work with a designer who is up on the latest bathroom remodeling trends. We spend a lot of time in the bathroom so our bathrooms should be a place we enjoy –a place where we can groom our bodies and soothe our souls.


5 Hottest Bathroom Design Trends For 2014

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5 Hottest Bathroom Design Trends For 2014

bathroom design trends 2014The bathroom continues to be one of the most requested remodeling projects. But bathroom remodeling has become more than just replacing worn out fixtures and repairing water damage. Bathroom remodeling has evolved into designing for comfort and accessibility. Homeowners want their bathrooms to have features that make the bathroom more convenient. And even though consumers may not spend a fortune on their bathroom remodel, they want to feel as if they did.  Bathroom design trends for 2014 will include features that are practical AND pampering.

These are the latest trends our customers are asking for and the trends that the industry says are on the wish list of homeowners across the county.

Here are my top 5 bathroom design trends for 2014:

1. Easy Entry Showers

bathroom design trends for 2014Replacing a bathtub with a shower has been popular for some time. But shower base manufacturers are now offering lower thresholds or curbs, which makes entering the shower easier for all ages.

The latest trend is level entry showers (no threshold or curb), which eliminates tripping and allows easy access for a wheel chair if the need arises. Level entry provides a seamless transition from the floor to the shower offering a more open look.

The shower base is delicately sloped towards the drain to keep pooling water from escaping the shower enclosure. The end effect creates an elegant and accessible shower design, making it one of the most popular bathroom design trends for 2014.

2. Large Airy Showers

Homeowners who have a claustrophobic shower often request the largest possible shower. However, the constraint is often the size of the bathroom. Removing walls, soffits (lower ceilings over the shower), and stealing a little room here and there increases the actual and visual size of a shower.

bathroom remodeling trends for 2014

In addition to gaining more space, using a clear glass shower enclosure gives the appearance of an even larger shower. A frameless (without metal framework) shower enclosure gives an even more open look. The clear glass allows you to see right through the shower while giving the appearance of a much larger bathroom.

3. LVT Flooring

Ceramic tile has been the standard floor for bathrooms since indoor plumbing became popular. Tile was chosen and used because of its durability and low cost. The drawbacks to ceramic tile are difficulty cleaning, little if any slip resistance, and tile is cold on the feet. LVT stands for Luxury Vinyl Tile, which is available in tile sizes of 12 x 12 and 16 x 16.

 bathroom design trends for 2014

It has the look of tile or stone and can be installed with or without grout. The surface is slip resistant and warm on the feet. Unless you see the LVT flooring being installed, you’ll never know it’s not real tile or stone. The tile is only 1/8” thick, so it can be installed over most any floor that is in good condition. LVT is extremely durable and easy to clean. Not only is it water resistant, but also impact resistant and much more durable than stone floors, making LVT flooring a chic bathroom design trend for 2014.

4. Free Standing Bathtubs

Freestanding bathtubs are perfect for those who want the luxury of a roomy soaking tub. The old claw-foot tub was the original freestanding tub.Sizes and styles were limited. But today manufacturers offer a wide variety of tubs from claw-foot reproductions to modern almost futuristic looking tubs.

bathroom design trends for 2014

Freestanding tubs require more space than a tub installed in an alcove, so they are usually reserved for larger bathrooms. The plumbing is exposed, which requires more expensive plumbing fixtures.

5. Transitional Styling

Transitional style refers to a blend of traditional and contemporary or modern styles. This concept is similar to the eclectic style, which uses a combination of elements from different styles while still achieving a unified look. In other words, it’s okay to mix and match different styles as long as the look is pleasing to the eye. Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

bathroom design trends for 2014

If you’re thinking of remodeling your bathroom, keep these trends in mind and work with a designer who is up on the latest bathroom remodeling trends. We spend a lot of time in the bathroom so our bathrooms should be a place we enjoy –a place where we can groom our bodies and soothe our souls.