A Fresh Start for your Bathroom Design

Happy New Year to all of our readers!  It’s hard to believe 2014 is here already, but the start of a new year has everyone thinking about goals for the year.  If one of your goals is a bathroom renovation then you might want to consider some of the latest developments in bathroom design for this year. 

Any major home project should incorporate a design you will be happy with for many years to come.  Select a bathroom design that will have a timeless quality for the style of your home and the needs of your household, and then have fun adding wall colors, accent pieces and accessories in the latest trends and colors.  The design ideas featured are both stylish and practical solutions that will stand the test of time in any bathroom renovation.

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Curbless showers offer a seamless look for today’s bathroom design.  This type of shower can complement any style or size bathroom, and particularly provides a clean approach to designing a smaller bathroom.   The curbless shower also offers greater accessibility with no step required to get into the shower, and the sleek style evokes the feeling of a spa experience.  There are now a number of options for drains for this type of shower, making it a more practical addition to your bathroom than ever before.  In addition to the traditional drain in the middle of the shower, your curbless shower could incorporate a trenchlike drain along the side of the shower or along the door. 

Stand-alone tubs are increasing in popularity, where your bathroom design includes both a shower and a tub.  Though embellishing the shower experience has increased in popularity, sometimes a soak in the tub can be the only way to relax after a long day!  The free-standing tub is a structural element that can itself become a focal point in your bathroom and help to define the style of your bathroom renovation.

Built in storage in the bathroom offers sensible storage solutions but can also be a sleek design element to complement your bathroom design.  Designers are becoming ever more creative in finding stylish storage solutions that use all available space to ensure you have useful items at hand. Built-in medicine cabinets are one way to create hidden storage in your bathroom (have a look at Custom Creativity for an example of this).  Ledges in showers as well as shelves integrated into your shower and other tile walls in the bathroom are becoming more prevalent as they look elegant and provide practical storage space for the items you need within reach (see more ideas for integrated storage in Customized Storage Solutions).

A good lighting design is critical to pulling together your bathroom design, and a greater emphasis is put on a robust lighting design in today’s bathroom renovation projects.  Start with utilitarian lighting to brighten up the bathroom, along with well-designed lighting for your vanity mirror to create no-shadow localized lighting.  Then consider adding a dimmer to set a relaxing mood for a spa-style bathroom, or task specific lighting such as reading lights at the tub so you can read your favourite book while soaking in the tub.

January is a great time to think about a fresh start, so why not use the cold winter days to plan your next bathroom renovation project.  Your design expert can advise you on the best way to integrate these ideas and more into your new bathroom design!