Combining efficiency and style are the driving forces behind modern bathroom designs. As new home construction and home remodeling bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic homeowners continue to favor multiple bathrooms and larger bathroom suites. If you’re looking for bathroom renovation ideas for your Waukesha WI area home you’ve come to the right place.
Young homeowners know a busy lifestyle revolves around a modern kitchen. And, they know an efficient well-thought out set of bathrooms get a busy day off to a smooth start. Older homeowners planning to make their current residence their “forever home” want efficiency, too. Defined as easy to keep clean and easy to get around in. Their ideal home has a bathroom on every floor so there are fewer steps to negotiate.
The desires of old and young are promoting bathroom inspirations from every angle. Designers are taking into account the latest technology in:
- Plumbing fixtures and fittings
- Toilets and lavatories
- Shower design and construction
- Sinks – multiple installations plus designer styling
- Vanities and cabinetry
- Floor and wall coverings
Ever-increasing water cost and threats of drought lead to development of products using less water – toilets use less per flush and shower heads with lower flow rates are top selections. Water conservation is one element driving technology. Comfort is another. Walk-in bathtubs, step-free shower surrounds, touchless faucets, programmable temperature settings in showers and under-floor heating are all popular advances.
Trends In Modern Bathroom Designs
As you scan the many resources for bathroom renovation ideas several changes are evident. One of the most popular changes moves from large, jetted bathtubs to smaller, stand-alone soaking tubs. The old-school shower in a bathtub has given way to walk-in showers. Consider these basic bathroom features:
- Tubs and sinks – stand-alone tubs and unique water basis are show-stoppers among modern designs. A sink need not just catch water, it is an artistic touch in the bathroom. Capturing the glamor of a bygone era, the claw foot soaking tub is all the rage. Tubs and sinks come in colors, various materials and styling to fit everything from an ultra-modern space to a bathroom full of country charm or North Woods cabin chic.
Stand -alone tubs are versatile. Install them in the middle of the room, in a corner or against a wall. Whatever suits your imagination and the space you have.
Sinks, too, come in many variations and are easily designed to look like stone or concrete. High-end metal and glass sinks add elegance to performance.
Double sinks and unique installations are in demand. If there’s enough room in your new bathroom, putting the sinks in a kitchen island style vanity is a trend that’s growing.
- Showers – depending upon the space you have, a shower within a bathtub configuration is still a popular choice. However, the trend is to open up showers as stand-alone features you walk into. A walk-in shower with or without doors is the way to go to stay with the latest trends – and increase resale value in your home.
Open-concept showers with multiple heads, built-in seating and niches for the must-have supplies are in demand. Special lighting, temperature-controlled fixtures and even sound are high-end options.
Bathroom Tile Options
Whatever your goal for a new bathroom there’s always one priority: It must be easy to clean! Tile is the go-to material for floors, tub surrounds and showers – anywhere water is likely to splash. Modern tile manufacturing techniques opened doors to unbelievable designs, textures and color combinations. When you’re going “all in” on a bathroom remodel you want the very latest and greatest, right?
When it comes to bathroom tile it’s all about detail. Neutral colors form the basic palette allowing for more accent colors. But, anything goes from basic white to black. Textured tiles subtly play with light and shadow and mirror tiles speak of spa-like luxury. A word of caution: dark walls make small guest bathrooms and powder rooms seem even smaller.
Terrazzo is a historic material that’s back on track with designers. It’s a mix of natural stones, cement and marble. It works almost anywhere from walls to countertops. It’s ideal for floors and shower walls. Terrazzo is available in a rainbow of color combinations.
There are time-tested materials and designer choices that never seem to go out of style, including:
- Marble – it goes anywhere. Small tiles created distinctive patterns while big pieces are ideal for floors and shower walls.
- Subway tiles – the true building blocks of most bathroom applications these sturdy tiles come in various colors and with new colored grout add a new dimension to an old style.
Among the newest tile choices, wood-look tile planks remain popular for bathroom floors and shower walls. They are especially valuable for large spaces.
Small Bathroom Equal Big Potential
Your Waukesha home may not have room for a spa-like master bath addition. Or, you may already have one. When it comes to making the most of your home’s bathroom potential don’t undervalue a small guest bath. Or even a small bathroom adjacent to your master bedroom. You don’t need a suite to enjoy all the benefits of an up-dated space.
Actually, there are benefits to remodeling a smaller space. For starters you can afford more high-end materials since you’ll use less. In a small space you provide accents with custom-designed sinks, creative lighting and specialty fixtures. A designer sink transforms a basic vanity into a real piece of furniture and provides the “cool” factor for visitors. You don’t need a big footprint to really express yourself.
Where Modern Bathroom Designs Take Shape
Whether you’re planning to expand the footprint of your home to include a spa-like retreat, update your existing master bath or redo a small bathroom your choices are plentiful. So are the challenges. A few minor changes here and there might be do-it-yourself projects. Most are best left to professionals. A professional’s training and skill is worth it for an amazing result, isn’t it?
When you’re ready for a bathroom renovation, call upon the licensed and skilled plumbing professionals and Schoenwalder Plumbing. Our certified plumbers make installing fittings and fixtures look easy. And we’ve got a vast selection of everything you need to make your new bathroom perfect. Call 262-542-7908 to make an appointment and visit our showroom to see for yourself what’s hot and exciting for modern bathroom designs in Waukesha WI and throughout the Lake Country.