At the start of the year, Westco looked at trends in bathroom design, and the developments we expected to make the biggest splash (pun intended) in 2016.
One of our key predictions was that style was on the rise. And that the demand for luxury showers, wetrooms, quality fittings, and stylish taps would increase; as homeowners sought to turn dated bathrooms into more contemporary, indulgent spaces.
The master bathroom
In the US, master bathrooms have become one of the most important spaces in home design.
Indeed, as much as $350 billion is likely to be poured into home remodellings, additions, and improvements this year; with the American Institute of Architects stating that homeowners are opting for luxury bathrooms over any other room in the house.
“The master bathroom is becoming a real point of focus, and since it’s one of the most used rooms in the house, it’s an opportunity to make a statement.”
Beth Fisher, Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group
The size of master bathrooms is also becoming increasingly important, with almost 30% of homeowners undergoing renovations and remodelling looking to achieve bigger bathrooms. That’s up from 25% from a year ago.
Luxury bathrooms in the UK
When it comes to bathroom design, this demand for contemporary, indulgent spaces is being mirrored here in the UK.
“The stresses of modern life have led many to seek this refuge in the home, and more bath lovers across the nation are transforming their functional bathrooms into relaxing spaces that rival spa and hotel facilities.”
Key Note, Baths, & Sanitaryware Market Report
And, while space is often at a premium, luxurious fittings, taps and showers are being used to transform even the smallest of bathrooms into a decadent, modern day refuge.
With 98% of people believing that their renovations have added value to their homes – and installing a new bathroom at a cost of £8,400 able to boost a home’s value by £10,000 – bathroom renovations are likely to remain a top priority over the next year and beyond.
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