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Bathroom Design Trends for 2016


Bathroom Design Trends for 2016

Redecorating the bathroom can not only add value to a home, but also create a spa-like oasis where family members find relaxation and rejuvenation in their busy lives. The top bathroom design trends for 2016 step away from sleek, mostly-white style and add more color, texture and interest. Bathroom fixtures, cabinetry and decor focuses on form, function and an eye-catching focal point.

Bathroom Fixture Trends

Large bathrooms have more room for luxury and the current trend of separating the shower and tub instead of a combination style used in decades past. Walk-in showers with built in seating, rain shower heads and multiple shower heads are the right choice. These usually have a clear or frosted glass enclosure on all sides, interior lighting and built in shelves or nooks for shampoo, soap and decor items like candles and small plants.

Free-standing bathtubs remain a popular choice for home owners who enjoy a soothing soak. Frequently white, sometimes metallic, they are situated away from the shower stall. Built-in options surrounded with a tile encasement still retain popularity as well. They work well in rooms with great tile work. In general, tubs are over large and deep for more relaxation. Vessel sinks retain their popularity in the new year and can be found in stone, porcelain, metal and glass.

Bathroom Cabinet and Storage Trends

All bathrooms need a considerable amount of storage and designers install plenty of cabinetry in new ones. For 2016, cabinets mimic furniture styles for the rest of the house. Raised detail on the cabinet doors and drawers, large hardware and bold stains or paint are common. Conversely, some home owners prefer a much more minimalist style. Instead of a sturdy vanity and under-sink storage, they opt for hung sinks with exposed pipes.

Bathroom Decor Trends

Decorating a bathroom means more than picking a toothbrush holder that matches the towels. The new year sees an upswing in dramatic tile-work and stone. Classic marble, quartz and granite will always be popular for counter tops. Tile mosaics and even cement make a bold statement as well. Walls, showers and tub surrounds may feature subway tile, tiles larger than 10 inches square and accent panels with color, pattern, metallics and even mirrors. People enjoy more color than the neutral palates of years past.

Spa-like accents such as towel warmers, chandeliers or recessed lighting with dimmer switches, natural accents like wood and plants and trays and jars for all toiletries.

When it comes to bathroom hardware, the metallic tones of brushed nickel and oiled brass are in. The first gives a classier or modern feel while the latter works well with natural colors and antique style. Simply changing the sink faucet and shower head can breathe new life into an older bathroom.

Home owners who want to update their bathrooms in 2016 have a host of great design styles to choose from. Minimalist to exotic, spa style to classic luxury, no matter what the budget, bathrooms can be updated to create a relaxing oasis at home.

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