Top 5 Bathroom Design Trends for 2016

When it comes to home remodeling projects, bathroom upgrades continue to dominate. With so many resources and choices out there, it can be overwhelming to sort through the different options and styles on your own, so here are the top 5 bathroom design trends for 2016.

Image Source: Flickr
Image Source: Flickr

 Wood
“Timber will continue to flourish in the bathroom,” says Andrew Crawshaw, director of design at Smarter Bathrooms. “The release of new purpose-designed timber products enables us to bring its natural warmth into a previously timber-tabooed space.”
If you’re interested in working wood into your bathroom, take a cue from this striking example and consider using the material in unexpected ways, such as on the wall or as a sink. Source: Houzz

In-Floor Heat and Towel Warmers
There are two types of radiant flooring, electric and hydronic (water). Electric mats are easier and less expensive to install because you don’t need a separate system to run the heat, they can run off your home’s electrical system. Hydronic systems need a separate power source, like a heat pump to run the water through the pipes.  A hydronic system is more expensive to install, but in the long run, it is more affordable to operate.
Either way, radiant floor heat works best with natural stone and tile because their thermal properties hold the heat better.  Source: DIYNetwork

Trough Sinks
Don’t let the name fool you; a “trough sink” is more elegant than it sounds. Some people would refer to this as a “double sink.” It’s basically an extra long sink that’s big enough to serve both you and a significant other if you should both happen to be trying to get ready to go somewhere at the same time.
A trough sink is configured differently than the double sinks that were so popular in the 1980s. Back then, it was trendy in some areas to have two separate sinks incorporated into the same vanity.
Trendsetters and early adopters were already aware of trough sinks as of late 2015, but we expect to see more mainstream interest in the trend in 2016. Source: DecoratorsWisdom

Moroccan Style
Burdus loves the personality of a pattern and predicts Moroccan-style patterned floor tiles with plain tiles on the walls will be big in 2016.
After travelling to Marrakesh, Davison says she is “a bit obsessed with Moroccan Tadelakt in bathrooms. This is a seamless waterproof render you can use in showers and even form baths from. The result is soft and luminous, a bit like the inside of a seashell. I find it creates a much more relaxed feel than tiled walls with grids of grout.” Source: Domain

Smart Appliances
This year, technology will continue to spread, all the way to our bathrooms. This is no surprise, considering we already have phones with voices and coffee makers with alarm clocks. When it come to the bathroom, smart appliances are designed to make self-maintenance a little simpler.
For example, hands-free faucets will allow users to wash their hands without turning a handle. It will work entirely by sensing the motion of the hands. This is not only more sanitary, but also easy and fast. While this design is commonly seen in commercial locations, it will become more popular for home installation as 2016 continues. Source: DoItYourself

 

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