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Bathroom design: Experts reveal how to create a space you’ll love for decades

Use this advice and never redesign your bathroom again

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When it comes to home design, the bathroom is often overlooked, but it shouldn’t be. A well-designed bathroom can be a sanctuary, a place of relaxation and rejuvenation. And if you want this space to stand the test of time, it’s important to incorporate timeless bathroom design elements that won’t go out of style. Let’s dive into expert tips for designing a bathroom that you’ll love for decades!

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Incorporate classic materials instead of trendy ones

Samantha Odo, Real Estate Sales Representative & Montreal Division Manager at Precondo, says we can expect to see a continued push toward colors, designs, and materials that have been and will remain in style for a long time.

“Consumers can expect to see an increased popularity in spaces that feel truly timeless,” she says. “This trend is driven by homeowners aiming to stay in their homes for a longer duration of time—perhaps well into retirement.”

While trendy materials and styles may be tempting, they often become outdated quickly. Classic materials, on the other hand, stand the test of time. We recommend incorporating the clean lines and simplicity of subway tile, the ageless beauty of marble, and traditional-styled hardware like brass or bronze fixtures.

By selecting classic materials, your bathroom will remain stylish and relevant for decades to come.

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Keep energy efficiency in mind

Energy efficiency is not just a passing trend; it’s a fundamental aspect of modern living that’s here to stay.

As we become increasingly eco-conscious, energy-efficient features in bathrooms are more important than ever. Here are some elements Odo says to consider:

  • Water- and energy-efficient fixtures: Low-flow toilets, efficient showerheads, and motion-activated faucets not only conserve resources but also reduce utility bills.
  • LED lightbulbs: Highly energy-efficient and long-lasting, and provide bright and consistent illumination while saving you money on electricity bills.
  • Dimmers: Allow you to adjust the lighting intensity to your needs, reducing energy consumption and extending the lifespan of light bulbs.
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Aging-in-place features are on the rise

Thomas Borcherding, lead designer and owner of Homestar Design Remodel, says that with a growing aging population, homeowners are increasingly interested in creating spaces that allow them to age in place comfortably. This trend has extended to bathroom design, where accessibility and safety are paramount.

“The bathroom is the perfect candidate for aging-in-place features,” he says. “This is due to its frequent use and water surfaces that act as fall hazards.”

Borcherding says to consider the following aging-in-place bathroom features:

  • Curbless showers: Walk-in showers not only add a touch of luxury to your bathroom but also provide accessibility for individuals with mobility issues. They eliminate tripping hazards and create a seamless transition from the bathroom floor to the shower area.
  • Grab bars: These bars provide support and stability, ensuring that the bathroom remains a secure space for everyone, regardless of age or ability.
  • Built-in shower benches: Built-in shower benches are not only a luxurious addition to your bathroom but also serve as an aging-in-place feature, providing a convenient and stable seating option for those who may need it, ensuring comfort and safety for years to come.

Creating a timeless bathroom design involves a thoughtful combination of classic materials, energy-efficient features, and aging-in-place considerations. By incorporating timeless styles, as well as prioritizing energy-efficient and accessibility features, you can design a bathroom that will remain stylish and functional for years to come. Remember, a well-designed bathroom is not only a space you’ll love, but also a valuable investment in your home’s long-term appeal and comfort.

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