Last week I outlined a few kitchen trends for 2021. If you missed that article, you can find it here. This week, I'd like to offer some trending ideas to the other most important room in your home (at least it is in my home) and that is your bathroom. Its where we can all find private time - a quarantine necessity!) and luxuriate in warm water, steam, or aromatherapy. Don't you feel better just thinking about it? Here are some pampering ideas that are trending in bathrooms right now...
1. Bigger Showers. Two in 5 homeowners who renovated a master bathroom say they rely on their new space for rest and relaxation. And over half say taking a long shower helps them relax. A larger shower increases the comfort level.
2. European Showers. These are border-free showers that allow the water to run up to the glass enclosure - which will typically run from the floor to the ceiling to lock in steam, as well as wetness.
3. Zellige Tile. As I mentioned in the 2021 Kitchen Trends article, gone are the subway tile of the decade. Taking it's place is the extra shiny handmade-looking tile that reflects more light and hides spills and fingerprints. This look should stand the test of time by not going out of style for a long time.
4. Bigger Tile. The bigger the tile, the less grout. This equates to easier cleaning and a more contemporary feel. What makes this fresh is the herringbone pattern many remodelers are designing.
5. Slab Quartz and Porcelain Showers. Engineered materials aren’t just for countertops and backsplashes. Improved manufacturing process can now allow these slabs to be cut as thin as 6 millimeters and be used to clad shower walls. That means no grout to clean.
6. Clean Air. Between an airborne virus and record wildfires, Marin County homeowners are increasingly investing in air purification. I think smart homeowners would be wise to consider whole house models that include germicidal UV lamp technology to irradiate bacteria and mold spores in the air stream or on the filter. It's also possible to add a UV light system to your HVAC system, but they aren't cheap.
Yes, luxuries are important during this time, but as important, especially if you're thinking of selling or buying a home, is the need for our homes to be places of nourishment, safety, rejuvenation and health.
If you are thinking of a remodel and wonder what is the smartest investment you can make, give me a call and I can recommend the best home improvements within your budget. Building a relationship with a Realtor® is an important one to make, regardless of whether you are in the market today. I’ll be ready to help you when the time is right, and am here to answer any questions you have in the meanwhile. Tracy Curtis, Coldwell Banker Realty, 415-910-0599.
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