Beyond The Boring Bathroom – Create Your Home Oasis

When it comes to bathrooms, being square is cool. From shower heads to faucets to sinks, consumers are looking for clean lines and sharp angles and they are adding features that make life a little more relaxing and convenient.

Our bathrooms are our sanctuaries, quiet places, retreats and, for some, a place for a little solitude where a locked door means Keep Out. When it comes to renovations, bathrooms are right up there with kitchens as the best place to invest your money and time.

Bathrooms and powder rooms are also high-traffic areas whether you live alone in a small city condo or with a large, active family in a sprawling country home. They are well-used by you, messy children and your guests and can leave a big impression during those quick pit-stops. Whether you are going for warm and welcoming or cool and clinical, when it comes to fixtures and colours, there are endless possibilities. Let’s look at some of the fun and exciting trends that are shaping the industry today.

According to Stephanie Ackerman, sales consultant at Bathworks in  Barrie, black is hot for modern bathrooms. Matte black finishes are adorning faucets, taps, light fixtures, bathtubs and accessories of all kinds. “Simplicity is in. The cleaner the lines are, the better. Matte black finishes are trendy and so is gold or burnished brass. It’s more of an industrial look.”

Designs are all about convenience and simplicity in the loo, as well. Toilets with removable seats for easy cleaning and skirting to hide ugly hardware are popular. Tiles of all sizes, some graphic, on floors and walls offer a variety of personalized looks and quick cleaning.

Revamping a bathroom can improve function and take the space to a new level whether you are planning to maximize your profit when you sell your house, or you will be relaxing and pampering yourself in your new space. A few upgrades can make even the smallest powder room more aesthetically pleasing.

Ackerman suggested adding an unexpected and impressive feature like a vessel sink to a powder room where guests will be visiting. “Powder rooms are a great place to get a little funky,” she said. “It’s a place that everyone uses, including your guests, so imagine adding a rock sink to the space with a popping faucet. It’s a fantastic look.”

People who have larger bathrooms are upscaling their space with his and her showers, toilet enclosures, and steam showers that require floor to ceiling glass enclosures.

“A steam shower gives you a true spa feeling,” Ackerman explained. “If people don’t want to keep spending money going to the spa all the time, then this is a great investment. It gives you a chance to relax and enjoy right at home and you can even add Eucalyptus to the steam which is very good for you.”

While bathrooms are all about comfort and convenience for people, many are also adding features with their four-legged family members in mind. Dog showers are gaining in popularity.

“People are putting in adjustable walk-in showers with easy access and removable hand showers so they can just easily clean the dog when they come in from the backyard or a walk,” Ackerman said. “Again, this is about convenience and it’s something new that is becoming popular.”

by Allison Dempsey & Robin MacLennan

Local Links

Bathworks Barrie

Designers Plus Kitchen & Bath, Barrie

Atlantis Bath Centre, Barrie

The Water Closet, Orillia

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