Planning to update your bathroom? Choosing the right bathroom fixtures to fit your style is key. In addition to being functional, faucets, bathtubs, sinks, showering systems and even toilets can help to create the look you are trying to achieve. We've been researching the newest trends, and here is what we predict will be big in the new year in the Washington, DC area.
5 Of The Hottest New Trends In Bathroom Fixtures
"Customization is a huge trend that we expect to continue, as manufacturers are creating a wide variety of products that allow the consumer to tailor key details, like customizable faucet handles and finishes," says Michelle Anderson, Director of Showrooms/Builder Sales – DC Metro for Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. Faucets with hands-free and touch functionality are also gaining in popularity as this new technology becomes more mainstream.
Kallista Per Se Faucet Collection
Freestanding tubs can create a spa-like feel in a bathroom and are much more efficient in terms of space requirements than traditional deck-mounted tubs. "The newest styling is shifting away from claw-foot tubs and we now see more modern designs, often showcasing geometric shapes," Anderson says. A freestanding tub can be an interesting focal point in your new bathroom, and can help set the tone for your overall design.
Jacuzzi Luxury Bath BiancaTM Freestanding Bathtub
Sinks come in many shapes, sizes and styles. Think about the space you have and the type of overall design you are trying to achieve when deciding which kind of sink to buy. For instance, pedestal or wall-mounted sinks work well in smaller bathrooms. An undermount sink allows for an uninterrupted surface between the vanity top and sink in a larger space. Vessel sinks sit on top of the countertop and come in many varieties, allowing you unlimited design options. The material you choose for a sink can make a statement, too. Metallic finishes are trending now and can create a unique, modern look in your new bathroom.
Thompson Traders Vessel Sink in White and Rose Gold
"The biggest trend we expect in the plumbing category is digital and customized showering," Anderson stated. "As more builders, contractors and designers are working on projects with a diverse, technologically savvy client base, they are requesting products that accommodate their customers’ need for customization, integration and automation. We’ve seen a lot of manufacturers respond to that need by creating products that allow for individual personalization via technology and integration for the smart home." Shower systems are now available with thermostatic temperature controls, digital touchscreen controls and wireless speakers. Some of these features can even be controlled via your mobile phone.
Fortis Scala Thermostatic Showering Kit with Handshower and Body Spray
Kohler Moxie Showerhead + Wireless Speaker
A stylish toilet? Yes, there are even new trends in toilets. Toilets come in traditional designs or new modern, sleek styles. Whatever type you choose, automation is the newest thing. From touchless flushing, to heated seats, to cleansing sprays, toilets can now incorporate old-fashioned function and high-tech to fit any lifestyle.
American Standard Studio Activate Toilet with Touchless Flush Activation
Before you begin to plan your new bathroom, do some research. Visit showrooms and websites where you can see the newest trends in plumbing fixtures. Then you can begin to design a modernized space that is uniquely yours.
*Photos courtesy of our friends at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery