Bathroom Remodeling Trends 2013

January 22nd 2013

Bathroom Remodeling Trends 2013

A little decadence, a lot of functionality and a touch of green

January is a popular month to start on a bathroom remodeling project. The great thing about bathroom remodeling and bathroom trends for 2013 is that you can go crazy with a full-scale, spa-like remodel or invest in a few simple upgrades. The bathroom remodeling trends this year lean toward having a bathroom that incorporates the best of all worlds—decadence, functionality and green—sprinkled with touches you’d usually only enjoy in a spa or 5-star resort. 2013’s the year you can bring those frills home.

The simple streamlined, open design that’s dominating kitchen remodels has spilled over to the bathroom. Clunky bathroom vanities are being replaced with simpler, modern designs. Functionality is elevated with more thoughtful storage and different height options. Vanities are also being wall mounted, lifting them off the floor. Under vanity lighting is a gorgeous touch that can be a soft nightlight and highlight specialty wood or tile flooring. Vessel sinks and wall-mounted faucets remain popular because they epitomize simplicity and clean design.

The trend in bathroom tubs is going two opposite directions. Large soaking tubs are being nixed all together, replaced with mammoth walk-in showers complete with multiple showerheads and seating. Showers are being encased within glass enclosures. Glass shower walls may not be for the modest folks, but definitely make a stunning impression. Unless you’re a big advocate of long baths, an upgraded shower may be more worthwhile. Those who want to keep their tubs are pulling them away from the walls to the middle of the bathroom, making it a focal point.

Tile, tile everywhere. Tile is being taken from the floor all the way up to the ceiling. 2013 bathroom remodeling is seeing travertine tiles from floor to ceiling and not just in the shower area. Tile walls throughout the bath or half way up the wall creates a spa-like feel that’s luxurious, but unpretentious. Not sure about the tile craze? A tile backsplash behind your vanity and sink can add interest, just as it does in kitchens. Radiant floor heating should be as common as a toilet, especially during Kansas City winters. Alas, it’s not, but 2013 bathroom trends are making radiant floor heating more common even in mid-priced homes.

If the heating the floor seems a bit over the top, then consider heated towel racks. There’s nothing more heavenly than grabbing a warm towel straight out of the dryer after a shower. Heated towel racks deliver the luxury without running off to the dryer.

The demand for green bathroom fixtures is going strong. Low flow toilets and showerheads aren’t only a bathroom remodel trend, but a smart and money saving one too.

Many of our remodeling customers draw bathroom design inspiration from top design magazines and websites like Pinterest and Houzz. “Pins” and ideabooks are terrific starting points. A good bathroom remodel contractor like Built By Design will take those ideas and scale them to your needs, bathroom layout and size and budget.