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5 Hottest Bathroom Design Trends For 2014

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5 Hottest Bathroom Design Trends For 2014

bathroom design trends 2014The bathroom continues to be one of the most requested remodeling projects. But bathroom remodeling has become more than just replacing worn out fixtures and repairing water damage. Bathroom remodeling has evolved into designing for comfort and accessibility. Homeowners want their bathrooms to have features that make the bathroom more convenient. And even though consumers may not spend a fortune on their bathroom remodel, they want to feel as if they did.  Bathroom design trends for 2014 will include features that are practical AND pampering.

These are the latest trends our customers are asking for and the trends that the industry says are on the wish list of homeowners across the county.

Here are my top 5 bathroom design trends for 2014:

1. Easy Entry Showers

bathroom design trends for 2014Replacing a bathtub with a shower has been popular for some time. But shower base manufacturers are now offering lower thresholds or curbs, which makes entering the shower easier for all ages.

The latest trend is level entry showers (no threshold or curb), which eliminates tripping and allows easy access for a wheel chair if the need arises. Level entry provides a seamless transition from the floor to the shower offering a more open look.

The shower base is delicately sloped towards the drain to keep pooling water from escaping the shower enclosure. The end effect creates an elegant and accessible shower design, making it one of the most popular bathroom design trends for 2014.

2. Large Airy Showers

Homeowners who have a claustrophobic shower often request the largest possible shower. However, the constraint is often the size of the bathroom. Removing walls, soffits (lower ceilings over the shower), and stealing a little room here and there increases the actual and visual size of a shower.

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In addition to gaining more space, using a clear glass shower enclosure gives the appearance of an even larger shower. A frameless (without metal framework) shower enclosure gives an even more open look. The clear glass allows you to see right through the shower while giving the appearance of a much larger bathroom.

3. LVT Flooring

Ceramic tile has been the standard floor for bathrooms since indoor plumbing became popular. Tile was chosen and used because of its durability and low cost. The drawbacks to ceramic tile are difficulty cleaning, little if any slip resistance, and tile is cold on the feet. LVT stands for Luxury Vinyl Tile, which is available in tile sizes of 12 x 12 and 16 x 16.

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It has the look of tile or stone and can be installed with or without grout. The surface is slip resistant and warm on the feet. Unless you see the LVT flooring being installed, you’ll never know it’s not real tile or stone. The tile is only 1/8” thick, so it can be installed over most any floor that is in good condition. LVT is extremely durable and easy to clean. Not only is it water resistant, but also impact resistant and much more durable than stone floors, making LVT flooring a chic bathroom design trend for 2014.

4. Free Standing Bathtubs

Freestanding bathtubs are perfect for those who want the luxury of a roomy soaking tub. The old claw-foot tub was the original freestanding tub.Sizes and styles were limited. But today manufacturers offer a wide variety of tubs from claw-foot reproductions to modern almost futuristic looking tubs.

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Freestanding tubs require more space than a tub installed in an alcove, so they are usually reserved for larger bathrooms. The plumbing is exposed, which requires more expensive plumbing fixtures.

5. Transitional Styling

Transitional style refers to a blend of traditional and contemporary or modern styles. This concept is similar to the eclectic style, which uses a combination of elements from different styles while still achieving a unified look. In other words, it’s okay to mix and match different styles as long as the look is pleasing to the eye. Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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If you’re thinking of remodeling your bathroom, keep these trends in mind and work with a designer who is up on the latest bathroom remodeling trends. We spend a lot of time in the bathroom so our bathrooms should be a place we enjoy –a place where we can groom our bodies and soothe our souls.

What Is Good Design?

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What is Good Design?


Merriam-Webster defines design as “to design is to create, fashion, execute, or construct according to plan, or to conceive and plan out in the mind.”

So, what is good design and how is it achieved?

Design encompasses many elements. Form, function, color, pattern, and texture are all a part of design. Each element contributes to the function, look, and feel. I think of good design as having two components. Unless you are designing a cog for a machine, designs include both parts.

What are the two components of good design?

Since we specialize in bathroom remodeling, I’ll use bathroom design as an example.

good designThe first part of good design is function. Good design demands that we make the bathroom safe and easy to use for users of all ages and physical abilities. Safety grab bars and slip resistant flooring are two examples of items that make a bathroom safe. A good design incorporates adequate clearances that allow the user to move comfortably and safely.

For example, the recommended clearance from the front edge of a vanity top to an opposing wall is 30”. Some older bathrooms may not have this clearance, but when remodeling, if a clearance can be improved, it should be.

Design Aesthetics

good designThe second part of good design is aesthetics, or the combination of color, pattern, texture, and form to achieve an appealing look. Where the first part of design is black and white, the second part is in the eye of the beholder. Certain color combinations are known to be more pleasing than others, but if an individual wants an unusual color or pattern and that combination pleases him or her, then it’s good design.

The aesthetics of a design should arouse an emotional response. The ability to design a space that makes the user feel uplifted is the essence of good visual design. The next time you walk into a room and get that inviting feeling that beckons you to stay awhile, look around and notice the design elements.

The best-qualified bathroom designer has designed and seen many bathrooms. It’s one thing to design a bathroom on a piece of paper; it’s another to see how the space is actually used and how the visual design elements work together to create an appealing environment.

Designing for Function and Space

good designWhen planning a bathroom remodel or any other remodel, consider the two parts of the design equation. Think of who will use the space and what their needs are. Design the room for safety and comfort. And after giving consideration to the functional aspect, choose a color, pattern, and texture that will make you smile every time you walk into the room.

Good design, good life.

How To Start Bathroom Planning Like a Pro

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How To Start Bathroom Planning Like a Pro

You’ve thought about bathroom remodeling for years and you’ve finally decided now is the time. You’re past the dreaming stage and ready to dig in and get the process going. Bathroom planning can be overwhelming- there are so many things to consider and many decisions to make. Your new bathroom should be planned with care. But where do you start?

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Start by asking yourself some preliminary questions:

  • What is the main reason for remodeling my bathroom?
  • What features are important to me?
  • What problems do I hope to solve?

It’s important that you write down the answers to your questions because writing nurtures inspiration.  Doodle on the page and let the creative juices flow.

This process may take a few days. When you can’t think of any more answers, it’s time to put your tablet down and start again tomorrow. Time spent on this exercise will make the rest of the remodeling process easier.

Here are some key questions to get you started:

1. What is my primary goal?
Do you want to replace just your bathtub and wall surround, or completely remodel your entire bathroom with the latest style and features, or somewhere in between? Write down as many answers to the question as you can. The purpose is to jog your brain and think through all the reasons why you want to remodel.

2. What problems do I hope to solve? 
Think about how you use the bathroom. What works well and what creates frustrations? Is there anything that really irks you? Write down every dislike in as much detail as you can.

3. Write a description of your dream bathroom.
What features must you have? What luxuries would make your bathroom spa-comfortable? What features would make you smile every time you stepped into your new bathroom? What color would you use? Write as many details as you can, even though the budget may exclude them.

4. Look through magazines and online to find ideas.
Make a scrapbook of design ideas and features that appeal to you. Tear out magazine pages and make notes on them. Print interesting online articles. Write down anything that’s the least bit interesting—we’ll sort through everything later.

When you can’t look at one more home magazine and you feel comfortable with your scrapbook, it’s time to purge. Review all of your notes and pictures. Throw out pictures that don’t make the grade and rewrite all of your notes in a more organized fashion. This process will eliminate the ideas you no longer like and clarify your overall design concept.

Now that you have your design concept along with all of the details, you are ready to either tackle the project yourself or to talk a professional bathroom remodeler. You should feel confident that you know what you want and how you want your bathroom to look.