Photo: James Bombales, design by Soda Pop Design Inc.
New year, new
you bathroom. If you’re about to swing the hammer on a bathroom renovation you’re not alone — it’s the second most popular space to update after the kitchen, and most will spend upwards of $7,000 decking it out, according to the 2018 Houzz & Home Study. To find out which upgrades today’s homeowners are shelling out for, we turned to another newly-released Houzz study tracking bathroom trends across the US. Read on to find out which design trends you should be on the lookout for in 2019.
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1. Yee-haw for farmhouse style
Favored by 20 percent of renovating homeowners, contemporary bathroom style still reigns supreme, but farmhouse is on the rise. In 2017, only 7 percent opted for the Fixer Upper look, but in 2018 that number rose to 12 percent — guess we have Chip and Joanna Gaines to thank for that.
2. Make America gray again
Gray isn’t going anywhere. The new neutral claimed 32 percent of the vote for top wall color pick, and it’s also the most popular hue for master bathroom floors. When it comes to cabinets and vanities, homeowners prefer a bit of contrast. White (24 percent) and wood or wood-like colors (32 percent) proved to be the most favorable.
3. Accessibility matters
Baby Boomers are planning for the future, removing bathtubs, losing shower curbs and installing safety features like seats, grab bars and non-slip flooring. A whopping 47 percent are even opting to change the layout to improve function and flow.
4. All in all it’s just another brick (lay pattern) on the wall
Renovating homeowners can’t get enough of tile. In fact, 88 percent are choosing to install it on their master bedroom walls. Subway tile is often favored for its reasonable price tag and wide array of color options, but increasingly, design lovers are looking for fresh ways to install the material. Brick lay patterns are the most popular (66 percent), but grid (11 percent) and herringbone (7 percent) are also on the up and up.
5. Pedal to the mixed metals
Remember the all-gold fixtures trend of 2017? Well it turns out you can have too much of a good thing. Homeowners who embrace mixed metal finishes (42 percent) are slowly catching up to those who prefer to use the same finish throughout (58 percent). Mixing your metals creates a more timeless look and adds visual interest.
6. Oh buoy, vessel sinks!
Vessel sinks, or those that rest on top of a vanity, grew in popularity by 50 percent between 2016 and 2018. It’s no wonder, given all the shapes, styles and colors consumers can select from. Two-sink setups remain a real crowd pleaser (66 percent), as do undermount sinks (63 percent).
7. Two shower heads are better than one
Always arguing with your partner over who gets to shower first in the morning? Consider upgrading to dual shower heads, preferred by 23 percent of those polled. As shower sizes increase overall, home owners are tricking them out with rainfall shower heads (57 percent), body sprayers (18 percent), thermostatic mixers (12 percent) and relaxing steam features (5 percent).
8. “Alexa, flush the toilet.”
If you’ve ever been to an upscale sushi restaurant, you’ve likely encountered an elaborate Japanese toilet that made you question everything you’ve ever known about going #1 or #2. The trend seems to be catching on in North America because toilet seating with a bidet and/or heating feature rose in popularity by 12 percent and 9 percent, respectively.