Home Tip Tuesday: Bathroom Trends for 2016



Transitional style and neutral decor are big this year.
Images from Plote Homes.

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, the bathroom must be, well, extremely important! Outdated bathrooms can lower your home's value and turn off potential buyers. An older bathroom that doesn't function well can even add stress to daily life. From the basement powder room to the master en suite, if you're considering an update these bathroom trends for 2016 will ensure everyone at your home is sitting pretty. 

Lost in Transition
Transitional style-a blend of traditional and contemporary - is gaining popularity in all avenues of décor. If you're planning an update for possible resale or simply to bring your bathroom out of the dark ages, a transitional makeover may be just the answer. Traditional elements such as tile look more contemporary when you ditch the bold colors and stay with neutral or tone-on-tone palettes, and that's the essence of transitional décor - taking the best of yesterday and blending it with what's fresh today.




Because We're Not Getting any Younger
"Aging-in-place" is a new term being used in the home design and décor industry. Over 14% of all Americans are currently 65 or older and the average age of U.S. citizens is getting older. It's no wonder that amenities that make it easier for older people to continue living independently at home are becoming a popular design trend. The days of ugly retrofitted grab bars and non-skid tub mats will soon be behind us. Update your bathroom with a no-threshold shower, a comfort-height toilet and built-in safety bars. 

The Warm-Toe Trend
Okay, the idea isn't brand new, but radiant floor heating is still one of the best ways to update your bathroom. It's energy efficient, convenient and a bit of a personal luxury-something else that's trending in the bathroom for 2016. Other personal amenities to consider include a steam shower, smart toilet seats, towel warmers and, yes, even a coffee bar.



Shower Like a King
Separate tubs and showers are still popular, but while soaking or jetted tubs may have garnered all the attention in the past, in 2016 the shower is really steaming up. Built-in seats and benches, multiple shower heads, ambient lighting and sauna options will turn your shower into everyone's favorite room in the house. Of course, you wouldn't want a curtain or frosted glass to block the view of that gorgeous shower. Seamless glass doors are the perfect complement to the modern shower.

As a general rule, to be on trend in 2016, keep your color palette neutral and eliminate as many lines, lumps and bumps as possible. Drop-in sinks, vanities with flat doors and floating shelves will help create the highly functional yet streamlined look of today's modern bathroom. 

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