2015 Bathroom Tub and Shower Trends
Your bathroom should be your relaxing escape from the stresses of the world. Ditching the cramped shower stall or that double-duty tub shower combination is the perfect place to start when reconfiguring the bath to create a design that is both more functional and aesthetically pleasing. In fact, the biggest trend in bathroom remodels right now, according to the 2015 trends report from houzz.com, focuses on the shower. A luxurious, dedicated shower stall is the top priority these days for home remodelers as more and more homeowners are focusing on separate, stand-alone showers. Here are three trending styles to consider when creating the ultimate shower retreat.
Luxurious water fixtures
Create your own spa experience by choosing showerheads and jets that deliver excellent water pressure and exposure from all angles. More common these days are rain showerheads. You’ve probably seen them in friends’ homes or perhaps made a mini-update to your own outdated showerhead with one.
If you’re new to the concept, rain showerheads have a larger circumference and the individual openings produce larger drops of water allowing for a more enveloping experience. Mount the showerhead from the ceiling and, as its name suggests, the overall effect is supposed to remind you of standing outside in the rain. The water pressure and overall effect of the overhead, encompassing shower will go a long way to creating a tranquil and refreshing experience.
But to really bring your shower experience to the next level, take it one step further. Add built in water jets to the walls of the shower stall to deliver water pressure from multiple angles. Using focused and high pressure jets will give the shower that little extra something that turns your morning rinse into a mini spa water massage.
Personal and functional touches
Once you decide to undertake a major remodel in your bathroom, the last thing you want is to end up with a finished product that isn’t perfect for your everyday life. Instead, be proactive and consider the minute details of your everyday routine.
Do you love your boutique bath shampoos, lotions, and oils? You don’t want to be stacking all those bottles on the floor or balancing them on a tiny soap dish. Consider built in niches in the shower area to keep those products organized and in easy reach. A shower niche is also a great opportunity to create an area of design interest with unique shapes, sizes and beautiful tile or stone detailing.
You’ll also want to consider long-term functionality. You’re remodeling now and should aim to create a design foundation that is an investment that will work for years to come. If you plan to be in your home as you age, considering accessibility features can be important. By working these additions into the original design, you will end up with a look that is both beautiful and functional. You won’t have to worry about compromising the aesthetic of your gorgeous master bath down the road with add-ons as you age.
Adding a built-in bench made from the same material as the rest of the shower or leaving a dedicated space for a free standing and stylish teak bench is another great option for aging-in-place designs. You can also consider an edgeless shower or lipless shower stall. This creates a smooth entrance into and out of the shower, eliminating the need to navigate over that tricky four inch curb. Grab bars to prevent falls are another popular accessibility feature. Working in the strength of practical grab bars from the get go keeps your design looking blended and purposeful while keeping you safely away from that hospital room vibe.
Remember to enlist the help of a professional when installing accessibility features. They’re your best asset when it comes to making sure safety standards are met – and, more importantly, that the features are installed properly.
To bath or not to bath
Many people are choosing to nix the bathtub all together in favor of focusing on the shower. If you decide you’re not ready to let the chance of a soothing soak go completely, you can incorporate the tub into the design in modern yet stylish ways.
The best way to approach modern tub design is to think of your bathtub as a sculpture. It’s a great place to focus the design and bring the room to life. A stylish option is to position the tub behind the same glass wall as the shower, creating a dedicated wet area. That means no worrying about errant splashes or drips. It also keeps other areas of the bathroom protected from water contact.
If you want to work in a separated freestanding tub, you’ll need to get away from the space consuming garden variety tubs that are restrictive and outdated (and unfortunately somewhat ubiquitous). Instead, a freestanding bath tub gives you a more contemporary feel. For that ultimate spa experience, they tend to be deeper and offer a better soaking experience. Showers are your everyday option, while tubs offer the occasional spa like relaxation and calm.