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SPRUCE UP YOUR BATHROOM WITH ATTRACTIVE ACCENTS AND HIGH-TECH GADGETS
Bathrooms have the historical reputation of being decidedly unglamorous. The spaces were once designed for hygiene and nothing more. Thankfully, commodes are now more comfortable and bathrooms have been upgraded from strictly utilitarian settings to deluxe destinations. While a master bath may lean toward an area designated for lounging, the average powder room has also become more impactful in terms of function and design.
Even if your home doesn’t require a full renovation, there are plenty of ways to add a visual kick to your private or shared bathrooms. Update these spa-like spaces with some of the following fashionable accents and functional gadgets that will surely make your bathroom shine.
According to the 2016 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study, high-tech features are on the rise in updated master bathrooms. The survey of over 2,100 U.S. homeowners using Houzz who are in the process of, are planning, or recently completed a bathroom project found that in master baths, 20 percent of updated toilets, 12 percent of updated tubs, and 9 percent of updated showers have high-tech features.
Upgraded, high-tech toilets often include self-cleaning functions, motion activated seats, and built-in nightlights. Built-in lighting, heated backrests, and scented mist dispensers are popular options for high-tech bathtubs. For high-tech showers, mood lighting, digital controls, and built-in sound are prevalent features.
The study also found that homeowners are investing in luxurious features in their renovated master bathrooms to create spaces that make you want to stick around. These include rainfall showerheads, bathtubs with enough room for two, chandeliers, and bidet-equipped commodes. Luxury items also top the list of features that homeowners who recently completed a project wish they had installed in their updated bathrooms, such as radiant heating, towel warmers, and supersized showers.
One reason homeowners may be adding these extravagant extras is that they tend to spend more time in their master bathrooms with 60 percent occupying this space for 30 to 60 minutes per day, and nearly a quarter staying in there for more than an hour a day. There’s also been an increase in the use of mobile devices while in the bathroom with more than half of those who responded to the survey using their smartphone or tablet in the bathroom at least once a week. Checking e-mail, texting, and taking calls are the most common activities, while checking social media, listening to music, and reading are also popular.
Whether you’re working with a newly remodeled bathroom or a space that could use some updates, there’s no need to play it safe with your accent pieces. Go for trays and other containers in playful colors and patterns that awaken that neutral palette you may have chosen for resale value. Magnifying mirrors, architectural ledges and shelves, and even quirky toilet paper holders add personality to a small space like a powder room where a pedestal sink leaves little in the way of storage.
Another way you can dare to be different when decorating a bathroom is with coordinating rather than matching essentials like your soap dispenser and toothbrush holder. Do away with towel bars and opt for the more casual look of hooks and rings. Don’t be afraid to hang mirrors at different heights above the double sinks in the master bath to better suit the end user.
You can also choose to revive your environment with a little whimsy, which offers a welcome distraction in any bathroom. For instance, decorative signs that say “Brush Your Teeth” or “Good Morning, Sunshine” will bring a smile to anyone’s face, even at the crack of dawn. So will Poo-Pourri Toilet Spray, especially in a guest bath where visitors will appreciate the sentiment behind the scent.
Add a gallery of lighthearted family photos or caricatures that personalize your personal space in a cheerful way. The next time you head to someone’s house, consider bringing a hostess gift for a powder room like a soy or beeswax candle poured in a decorative container. Something else that is sure to surprise and delight is the Toilets of the World book, the perfect conversation piece for any commode. Written by Jeanine Matlow. Photography provided by (left to right) ©iStockphoto.com/harmpeti, ©iStockphoto.com/Bosca78, ©iStockphoto.com/mauinow1, ©iStockphoto.com/upiir.
Raul Acuña - Raul has been in the Real Estate Industry since 2005. Raul began working at an REO brokerage before opening his own REO company in 2010. Raul has a business degree from Cal Poly Pomona, ....