A lot has changed in the last few years, and that’s certainly held true in 2023. One thing that never changes – when life overwhelms us, the humble bathroom is the perfect escape. As we head into 2024, let’s look back at some of the biggest trends in bathrooms this year.
1. BATHROOM OR SPA?
After COVID, people started spending a lot more time at home. That means more folks converting rooms in their homes into personal getaways, and no room is a better fit for this trend than the bathroom. Most popular is the emerging “spa at home” trend: turning your bathroom into a miniature spa you can visit any time. For showers that means expanded size, customizable water features, and multiple shower fixtures. Rainfall heads are particularly trendy this year. Think about adding integrated seating or adjustable lighting to set the mood, maybe even steam showers or aromatherapy. No need for that expensive spa membership when you have a spa at home!
2.CURBLESS SHOWERS – SLEEK & ACCESSIBLE
On the subject of showers, have you heard about “zero entry” or curbless showers? Zero entry showers are designed without the curb that usually protects water from spilling onto your bathroom floors. That might sound risky, but they’re actually built with a slight slope so water drains properly. This requires more precise installation, but means you can finally walk right in and out of your shower without any physical barriers. And it’s not just stylish – the accessible design would help a variety of people with mobility issues, allowing less hassle in the shower for everyone.
3. WOOD VANITIES MAKE A COMEBACK
Wood vanities have been considered dated for a minute, with most homeowners opting for a white or gray finish. No more! People are starting to bring more natural and organic materials into their home decor, and that means the wood vanity is making a big comeback. Natural woods can bring a cozy traditional touch, or lighter woods are popular for a more contemporary look.
4. BIG, TEXTURED, NATURAL TILES
Speaking of organic materials, bathroom tile is headed in that direction too. People are continuing to opt for larger tile than in the past, and subbing out that predictable porcelain and ceramic for more natural textured materials like marble or stone.
5. COLOR POP
Bathrooms have always been a low-risk way to experiment with color in your home, and all those pastels and neutrals are starting to go out of fashion anyway. Now is the perfect time to add your favorite color or print on walls, accessories, or towels. Don’t be afraid to ditch the beige!
6. GOODBYE OVERSIZE TUBS
Say farewell to the bulky built-in tubs, because they’re going out of style fast! Replace them with sleek, freestanding tub that will open up your space and make the tub the focal point of the bathroom again.
7. HELLO, BIDETS!
Maybe the most controversial on this list – bidets are continuing to increase in popularity since their surge began after the great toilet paper scare of 2020. And it’s not just about functionality and cleanliness, less toilet paper means less waste in our water system.
Putting It Together
Now, let’s bring all these trends together in one bathroom – free standing tub, curbless shower, wood vanity and natural stonework, with pops of pink! Note how each element works into the overall “spa at home” vibe everyone seems to be going for these days.
The bathroom has always been a private escape – hopefully these tips can make that escape all the more comfortable and rejuvenating for you! If you need any help at all updating your bathroom, give Morgan Miller Plumbing a call at (816) 765-4843!