Have you been contemplating renovating a bathroom (or multiple) in your home this winter? If so, you are not alone. While the upcoming cold weather can make outdoor projects more complicated, it is the perfect time of year for a home bathroom renovation. Contractors are often less busy and can get to your project faster. The holidays can sometimes mean products and supplies ship more slowly, so keep that in mind and plan in advance for potential delays.
Now, once you have decided on a remodel, it is time to think about the design. The number of colors, materials, and layout options for bathrooms can be overwhelming. Luckily, we’ve got you covered there. We have been listening in on the new trends and have compiled our favorite design ideas below.
Top Materials for 2021 Bathroom Projects
There is no standard anymore when it comes to what materials to use in your bathroom. Gone are the days of simple white porcelain fixtures, laminate or tile flooring, and beige plaster walls.
- Stone: Marble is certainly not the new kid on the block when it comes to design materials. Its popularity continues to rise – homeowners use it now for the traditional countertop and other bathroom areas like the tub surround and shower walls. Other natural stones currently seeing more and more use in home bathrooms include onyx, sandstone, and even slate. While natural stone provides a unique look for your shower, tub, or countertops, you must take certain precautions. Stone needs to be sealed very well and resealed over time. Also, weekly cleanings are necessary as well as is removing excess water after showing – every time.
- Wood: It used to be that wood was never used in bathroom design, only because it easily absorbed moisture and was difficult to keep sanitary. However, advances in sealant and the desire for a more natural look have finally brought wood into the bathroom. Wood flooring is a popular 2021 design element, as are wood panels as an alternative wall option.
- Mosaic Tiles: While white subway tiles are still a heavily sought-after option, homeowners are pushing boundaries and making big statements with tiny mosaic tile designs. These small tiles transform walls, showers, floors, and even ceilings into works of art. We are also seeing a rise in the popularity of geometric designs using these mosaic tiles or other tile elements.
Top Color Trends for Bathroom Spaces
Color is arguably the easiest and most cost-effective way to transform your bathroom. Changing up a wall color can significantly affect the overall aesthetics. Many homeowners looking to mimic that popular natural stone look without the big investment opt for natural paint colors that resemble stone.
Green entered the scene recently as well in a variety of ways. It is thought that green evokes feelings of harmony, freshness, and health. It is no wonder why folks turn to green as an option for bathroom walls, shower tiles, and even flooring. Emerald, sage, and mint are among the top choices of greens making an appearance in 2021.
Contrasting Combinations for An Eccentric Look
Does one style not suit your intended look? Good news – in 2021, anything goes regarding incorporating multiple styles, materials, colors, etc. In fact, contrasting design elements is a hot trend in bathroom design.
The most popular example of this is the combination of modern and organic elements. This could mean opting for gold metal fixtures in an otherwise natural bathroom space, full of organic elements. The gold can reflect light and add a touch of glamour and modernity.
Another example of this is those bathrooms designed with a very industrial look (think cement), but that also incorporates many live plants. On its own, the industrial look can appear harsh and cold, so it is important to pair this with some natural elements to bring comfort back into space.
Unique Plumbing Fixtures
One of the most dramatic shifts in bathroom design over recent years is the rise in modern plumbing fixtures and how they are mounted. We are starting to see many homeowners opt for toilets and faucets that are mounted directly onto the wall. In contrast to those that rest on the floor, these fixtures make it much easier to clean the floors around them. Also, they collect less dirt themselves and can help reduce limescale buildup.
In smaller city homes, space doesn’t always allow for oversized bathtubs and vessel sinks. Those remodeling their bathrooms often now opt for stylish micro sinks or corner sinks to get the most of their small space without sacrificing design.
Heated Elements for Added Comfort
The bathroom(s) in your home should be a place of comfort and relaxation. To make this possible, many folks are looking to unique heating options to warm the space. Heated towel warmers continue to maintain popularity. Also, some are considering heated flooring to amp up the coziness of their master or guest bathrooms.
Flotechs Plumbing & Heating as your Bathroom Renovation Consults
Before any type of bathroom remodels, it is essential to consult a professional plumber. They can give you the best advice for ensuring your vision for design is also functional and long-lasting. Whether you are looking to change out your fixtures, add a heated floor or simply want to update the existing pipes, Flotechs is here. Contact us today to set up a consultation and get your project underway.