Give Your Clients a Red Hot Bathroom
Ask most anyone what room they’d most like to remodel and they’ll probably say ‘the kitchen.’ Ask them for a second choice and they’re almost certain to reply ‘the bathroom.’ It can make a huge difference in the value of a home and carried out with style, a remodeled bathroom can make those who feel like selling decide to stay right where they are. So what’s in style right now? What makes a bathroom red hot?
Mosaic tile can make a big statement and add richness to any bath. You needn’t redo all the walls, shower and floors with mosaics or Moorish-style tiles. Just a hint changes everything. Consider a mosaic wall in the shower or a backsplash over the sinks.
Practical storage will never go out of style, but making it a high-style addition to the bathroom can make quite a statement. Use vertical space and let bathroom storage cabinets climb the walls. Open shelving has gained a lot of fans, but make sure your clients are the type to keep things pristine. For the rest of us, consider a free-standing armoire as a linen closet. The use of furniture adds old world charm to even the most contemporary bath.
Color—or the Lack of It
The most popular color for the bathroom is white. Classic white fixtures look crisp and clean against white subway tile. Or make things interesting with dark gray or navy grout. Other popular bath colors are gray, beige, pale green or blue. Neutrals are exceptionally popular.
The Year of the Shower
While there will always be a call for bath tubs, especially old-fashioned footed tubs, sculptural tubs or sunken soakers, some people have turned away from tubs altogether in favor of spacious showers with lots of extras. The curbless shower is especially popular. It’s the ideal addition for those who want to “age in place,” especially with the addition of seating in the shower. Steam showers, multiple showerheads and the addition of wireless speakers turn a shower into a sensual experience.
For those who want to splurge on their bathroom remodel, creating a wet room is a hot idea. The glassed-in area features a spacious shower, usually with multiple showerheads, as well as a sculptural tub. Electronics are big news, too, including docking stations, blue tooth connections, shower speakers and even television.
Fire is a hot addition. Fireplaces or free-standing fire features are worth their weight in gold on resale. Electric or hydronic in-floor heating is another popular feature, or cut a corner and just add a built-in towel warmer. The floating vanity is gaining popularity. It has a sculptural charm and can be adapted to any height. Rethink bathroom lighting, too. Add a mix of sconces and overhead—even lamps or a dramatic chandelier.
And if your clients want to go all-out, suggest a pet-washing station to eliminate trips to the groomer or cold water showers with a garden hose!