Toilet design trends deserve a spot atop a list of vital considerations for any bathroom renovation.
While remodelers, TV personalities and writers all gravitate to style and ambiance, no bathroom remodel is complete without a toilet. A new bathroom plan can be “spa-like” and present a holistic living space, but it cannot do without its most basic, functional element.
What’s driving the latest I toilet design trends? According to recent surveys of remodeling and plumbing professionals, the most important features in modern toilet design include:
- Low-flow to conserve water – making a new bathroom “greener.”
- Clean designs – one-piece configurations with tank and bowl molded as one to eliminate gaps between elements
- The “right height” – a higher bowl height for added comfort and to accommodate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) specifications (about 17 inches high).
- Elongated bowls – makes it easier to clean the toilet itself.
While homeowners take toilets for granted, plumbing professionals, especially those steeped in bathroom renovation experience, always think performance. Homeowners shouldn’t have to think about their toilets – they should be assured of reliable performance. There are two reasons homeowners give toilets more than passing consideration:
- When they don’t work properly.
- When they are developing a plan for adding or remodeling a bathroom.
More and more, people realize a toilet can be stylish and attractive. The new toilet design trends allow planners to be sure these basic fixtures blend well with tile choices, cabinetry and all the décor elements.
Toilet Design Trends to Look For
Today’s manufacturers evaluate their various models in what’s called a MaP or Maximum Performance test. Results of these tests reflect the day-to-day performance you can expect from a new fixture.
Keeping the bowl clean is another critical element that weighs heavily on design engineers. The amount and intensity of “rim wash” – the force of water coming from beneath the rim with each flush – is the key. Most of the latest water-saving designs either have or are applying for a WaterSense certification. WaterSense is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) version of an Energy Star rating on appliances. To obtain this certification manufacturers must demonstrate optimum performance while using less water than standard products.
TIPS FROM A PRO – the new water-saving toilets don’t repeat the failures of the early models introduced in the 1990s when the government dictated the rate of water use. Today’s models employ the latest technology and deliver performance even better than the restrictive guidelines of the past.
Bathroom Renovation Choices
Choosing the right unit from amongst all the toilet design trends is a significant job. There are shapes, sizes, colors and performance issues to consider. Here’s a place to begin:
- One Piece or Two – two-piece toilets are the traditional common option. Tank and bowl pieces fit together to form a working unit. There’s a seam area that can be hard to keep clean. The newer one-piece designs offer more style options, are seamless and easier to clean. They are also on the high end of the price scale.
TIPS FROM A PRO – Many manufacturers product their one-piece toilets in traditional-looking styles so there’s a good chance that if your budget and installation plans lean toward it you can get classic appearance in a one-piece unit.
- High Tank or Low – for some rustic or country-look bathroom renovations the two-piece style is taken to an extreme with a tank set higher on the wall than normal – using a pull-chain release. Designed for “Old World” or old-time appeal they function well if they fit your décor. The standard tank is adjacent to the bowl in a low setting. Most homeowners go with this option.
- In-wall Installations – among the most modern looking toilet installations is the in-wall design where the toilet tank is actually built into the wall behind the bowl. A long way from a standard design, they require a significant construction effort in the beginning and if any maintenance/repair is required.
TIPS FROM A PRO – Significant investigation is required before choosing the in-wall option. You have to know what’s behind the wallboard before you commit. Can the space accommodate the required plumbing and the fixture itself? Is there already something there that cannot be moved? Best to explore ASAP so you can adapt accordingly.
- Gravity or Pressure-assisted – another technical consideration is whether you want gravity to do the work or will add a pressure-assist to the water flow. Pressure added to the system provides a stronger flush and leaves a cleaner bowl. Adding this kind of system also requires additional work inside the walls and isn’t an option in every building.
- Color Options – while auto-makers may have several names for white, the plumbing industry isn’t as intense. White is white and the most popular choice. (NOTE – white from one manufacturer may not match the white from another, so choose carefully.) However, toilet design trends keep pace with interior design trends so there’s a range of colors to choose from. White offers the best resale value and has never gone out of style. Selecting a toilet in any color but white makes a statement – and color combinations are becoming popular like a white toilet with a colored lid. Choosing a toilet that’s all colored can be too aggressive for a small space – color as accents is often more common than a colored toilet.
The “retro look” is available in toilet design trends. You can still get a variety of “old school” colors, including such notables as…
- British Biscuit
- Bahama Pink
- Jamaican Beige
- Dawn Blue
- Citron Yellow
- Regal Blue
- Spanish gold
Plumbing Pros Anchor Bathroom Renovations
Schoenwalder Plumbing professionals stand ready to complete any bathroom remodeling or bathroom renovation project. Our team has years of experience and the best products in the business at its fingertips. Call or email Schoenwalder Plumbing – or stop in and shop our showroom – for the latest toilet design trends for your home in Waukesha WI and Lake Country.