This term is more in regards to the growing Baby Boomer population who are having their bathrooms redone. But many have noticed that just because the elderly are asking for these things doesn't mean that everyone else shouldn't, in fact if it's not already on their list- it should be! So what exactly should be on the list? Or what is it that when it comes to accessibility it's growing towards everyone and not just the elders?
The answer to that is curbless showers. Originally they were designed with accessibility in mind but since then they have evolved to be something more for their visual appeal and simplicity. Since these showers require a linear drain, designers are using that to their advantage and are starting to incorporate same flooring throughout the bathroom (if consumers want that of course). Of course not every home has the architectural ability to have a curbless shower (i.e. direction of water, gasketing on the bottom, etc.) which is why there's an alternative which is a rolling curb shower which has a soft speed bump appeal to it. Another feature that's becoming more in demand are wet rooms and it's no wonder why; they save space by having the tub and shower in one area and they offer a cleaner look overall. Regardless what design option suits you, make sure that grab bars are in place because safety first!
As you've heard for the umpteenth time, when it comes to bathrooms maximizing space is an absolute must! Which is why wall-hung vanities are becoming increasingly popular because they're a great storage strategy. Some designers also like to have fun and play with that design such as adding lights underneath or creating custom ones. Other efficient storage features are cabinets that have outlets and/or USB ports as well as double-tiered drawers. And depending on how big the vanity is, opting for one sink instead of his/her can save lots of space.
Now for the type of sink is up to you as both under- and over-mounted sinks are currently popular. Quartz still tends to be the preferred countertop material with the trend of having white, gray, and pale or neutral designs. The lighter palette actually helps those who don't have much room because it makes the room seem larger. Downlights are still popular for bathrooms since they help with finding your way at night and also because they're pretty neat (I swear that's a valid reason). Mirrors that come with built-in lighting are also something new simply because they come in handy when wall space is limited. But don't forget to also incorporate natural daylight into your bathroom!
More often than not when using the bathroom one would like to have their privacy. So how does that come into play? Well for instance, toilet rooms are nice but not everyone can access them due to mobility issues which is why a wall block is starting to become the preferred way of having toilet privacy without sacrificing movement. As consumers grow older many are thinking ahead and installing features such as heated seats and hygiene functions (like bidets) that would become essential later on. Another trend that's starting to grow is having wall-hung toilets. They're expensive but many say it's worth every penny.
And those are the current "trends" that many say won't be trends any longer but something permanent. Which one do you like? Let us know!
Til Next Time,